Night Time Is The Right Time -4-

I intended for there to be more images, but what the hell.

Rather than dilute the quality of my output, I want to raise it, which means being even more critical of what I’m doing.

Fact is, I frequently get the urge to delete this blog, and all its contents, safe for maybe whatever 500px portfolio selection I currently have.

All the more weird is that this doesn’t seem to apply to my poems in that extent. They are terrible, but I actually like most of them.

My general tastes are morphing into something peculiarly nondescript, which may be alright.

Food for thought, huh?

 

 

 

 

S S S

Spittelau Space Station

 

 

 

 

 

L o s t / W a y

 

 

 

 

 

As for lyricism, I’m stuck at my third crown of sonnets poem. Can’t write what I don’t feel.

 

So long.

 

 

Zero State

This latest episode of my quest helped me remember why I’m so smitten with creating imagery in the first place. It’s the sense of wonder and excitement that makes itself present when you bear witness to the sublime – and often subtle – allure of a state in time; only to conquer its reflection.

Playing with the cheap legacy glass I got from the bay, I went to Vienna’s most prominent urban development site. A location I’ve been meaning to check out for some time now.

All images were shot hand-held, because I couldn’t be bothered to set up the tripod. Gear is a drag, literally.

 

R e v e r i e

I made this with an old 85mm FSU lens that copies the optical design of the Zeiss Sonnar. What can I say – I adore the otherwordly colors and they have me believe that my previous aversion to color may have only been dissatisfaction with my digital lenses’ way of handling color. Wide open, the 85 has a soft focus effect that can already be considered specialty and is not very easy to use.

 

S e c o n d  S e a s o n

This image and the following were made with a Japanese 50mm lens that essentially copies the Zeiss Planar formular, except that it actually uses Zeiss glass and was assembled in the same factory even. I don’t know how it compares to the real deal, but build quality is amazing and it is sharper than my 45mm ZD, which is considered quite sharp. Plus, it has this thing. People call it Zeiss 3D – I don’t know – which appears to just be good micro contrast. It makes things pop by transitioning smoothly between the zones. Digging it. I’m trying to do more high key work also, so here you go.

 

W o o d / W i r e

The construction site will eventually blossom into quite the location on the outskirts of Vienna. A good deal of this little “town” will apparently be centered around housings for businesses. They even have a pretty big artificial lake.

Black and white is simplicity and – being a core value of my aesthetic consciousness – will always matter to me. Playing with focal planes here… I want to attempt focus stacking some time soon.

 

U n t i t l e d

 Macro contrast is really good too. And that’s shooting without the hood, which has yet to arrive. There’s so much at that location I couldn’t frame in my mind in time. I’ll need to return in the future.

 

All in all, I’m very glad I gave vintage lenses a shot. Being a student, I simply don’t have the money to spend on modern auto focus hocus pocus. Prices are a complete joke in comparison, and so is build quality. Not to mention, I focus manually anyway and like the rendering characteristics of the older lens designs. I’m sure of this now that I have the contrast to my “modern” looking Zuiko Digital, which I’ve used for the majority of my work so far.

The downside to old, adapted lenses is that they are bigger, heavier and need an adapter, which adds to the weight and length still. Luckily, I have big hands and keep to the <125mm side of things anyway.

 

There’s yet another bargain FSU lens yearning to be used. Some other time.

 

Also, I’m now on Twitter, in hope of connecting with more like-minded people. Updates on images, poems, inspiration etc. Please follow me @roundtableism!

 

Next is an architecture feature, I guess.

 

So long.

 

 

When at a crossroads I met…

 
 
 
 

B a n q u e t

 
 
 
 
 

1 1 7 8 9 9

 
 
 
 
 

D e v i l ‘ s B l u e

 
 
 
 
 

T i n G o d s

 
 
 
 
 
Expressive experiments.
 
Test driving a new lens.
 
City scenes are next.
 
 
So very long.
 
 

Fashion, Revisited

It’s been two and a half months, since I’ve last shared any images on here. Exams took their toll on me, and the pressure at my job didn’t exactly contribute to my well-being either, but things have somewhat died down.

So here we are now. Lots and lots of pent-up emotions, asking to be expressed.

 

Only recently, I was given the chance to do a fashion shooting. Fashion being partly responsible for making me pick up the camera (I admired Scott Schuman at the time), and being offered the opportunity of working with a model for the first time, I couldn’t refuse. The shoot was fun, but time was extremely scarce, and I had no choice but to post-process the requested images in a single night on a working day. You can imagine that this didn’t result in the most satisfactory of outcomes. Still, I gave it my best effort with the selection and hours I was given, so I hope everyone’s happy.

Dealing with other people’s ideas and cooperating was a worthwhile experience that I’m glad I could make, and definitely a primer on doing collaborations in general. If you can participate in a project with other motivated people, do it, even if it seems like a lot of work!

However, when it comes to sufficiently expressing your vision and ensuring work that is complete in itself, passing the wheel during your part doesn’t fly. Should I ever do another shoot, time and permission to make choices of my own volition will probably be a prerequisite.

 

The following photo essay is my preferred selection, coupled with the processing I felt was needed to bring out the appeal I wanted to convey.

 

Fashion Design: Ken Kumagai

Model: Philipp Oberthaler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of the shots are in black and white, because I think it suits Philipp, avoids the mildly clashing colors of the location and fits the compositions better. Still, Ken’s fashion collection was the focal point of the shooting (he’s up for award consideration) and inspired by the ambience of youth and baseball, so I can absolutely understand his request for color and nothing too fancy or out of the ordinary. Now that I could go a little crazy on the shots that weren’t chosen previously, I’m satisfied with the affair too. All in all, the whole thing was pretty awesome!

Next up is a series of abstract portraits that I had started before my absence. This will account for the “dreamy stuff” I was promising last time. Plus, I found nice and cheap legacy lenses online, of which I’ve already got one in the mail. The old, heavy glass feels like you’re shooting through a gem. More about that on another date.

Talking about gems, I’ve completed the first two pieces in my crown of sonnets and a couple other poems. Read them over at 7snf.

 

So long.

 

 

Liquidity

I’ve been feeling moderately creative lately, so I thought I’d take my chances and capture some of those delusions.

Ultimately, I found myself shooting funny looking buildings, not dressed for the frosty occasion, in the midst of winds fierce enough to take the entirety of my tripod+camera with them.

The images turned out okay, and I got to work my angle wizardry, so all is well.

 

Multiplex

This is Austria’s tallest building. Construction was finished not too long ago. It’s a fancy hotel with office floors, so the place looks pretty neat design-wise.

 

Untitled

I wanted to give this one a title, but nothing good came to mind. I’ll revisit it later. Maybe. Same with the post title.

The waves look a lot like sand dunes on the RAW file…

 

Sickle

Seeing all kinds of weird shapes and contraptions is probably my favourite aspect of architectural photography. Playing with, and seemingly liquifying, geometric forms is fun. Also, I actually managed to use the tiny (14mm focal length on m43) moon.

 

Untitled

Color. I want to invest myself in color. I stumbled upon inspiration that had me radically rethink how I see color in photography. With the few ideas I have, I will attempt to output new takes on color photography with (one of) the next post(s).

 

Brew

This may be my favourite from the crop. I think the composition really works and it has something unidentifiable.

 

Next up is dreamy afternoon kind of stuff, if everything goes as planned.

 

So long!

 

 

Syncopation

Interruption of the regular flow of rhythm. To play off-beat.

Experimentation. Disregard of any norm.

Moments all to yourself, ready to be shared.

This is where I’m hoping to take my ambitions.

 

edit: Re-sharpened images and slight adjustments. Web display needs to be striking, I guess…

edit2: Decided to add borders via CSS, because that’s the only way now. I’m also returning to black, because it provides the much needed anchor point for your eyes.

 

So, following up my revival and expected blunders, I’ve decided to just be bold and do whatever the heck I want. Everything is way more fun this way.

 

Void

It took forever to create this one. Hours of grinding on my tablet. I like how it turned out and will continue to explore that alley. In fact, it brings matte/digital painting a lot closer, which really piques my interest.

40 seconds of exposure, in case you’re wondering.

 

Sullen Waves and Dropping Stars

Not too much to say here, except that space is one of my biggest sources of inspiration, if not the biggest. The crown of sonnets I’ve announced for 7snf in my last post will also feature a galactic traveler.

 

Pisces

Color! Wooo! It’s been ages. I almost turned it black and white when I figured out an interesting alternate take at the end of my workflow, but opted for color still. I adore the vivid sculptures that reflective surfaces cast off. The park I visited for this shot was incredibly relaxing. I’ll be sure to hang there again.

 

1000

This one, too, took large amounts of picking on my tablet and out of the box thinking to create. Throwing rules and restrictions out of the window is like a fresh breeze of air. I’ll only abide by the rules when they lead me to something beautiful. It’s simple, but therein lies the answer.

 

Listen to Wes Montgomery. All that jazz!

 

So long!

 

 

Night Time Is The Right Time -3-

Well, that was a long break. Time to scrape off the rust.

I’m unsure of where to take my effort next, but for the time being, simply moving forward will do.

 

edit: I’ve changed the images, thus re-publishing.

edit2: Put borders back here too.

 

After finally coming to terms with personal matters, I’m filled with courage and zest yet again. Moving out of my artistic rut is overdue.

In case you didn’t notice, I’ve overhauled both roundtableism and 7snf. Admitting to myself that people use their phone instead of a desktop computer to browse content these days led me to optimize both sites for mobile devices.

As implied above, I need to un-rust, so cut me some slack.

 

Untitled

 

This one I took on an unexpected nightly stroll. First time I had my camera with me in weeks. The idea was to abstract lantern-lit treetops. Most of the shots weren’t remotely worth keeping. Ha.

I really hate using high ISO. There’s no other way to get usable images hand-held at night, but it’s absolutely incomparable to the quality you get with a tripod and base or low ISO. (see previous posts of the series)

 

Flowers for…

 

I hope you can see a message in this image. This too was taken hand-held at ISO3200. I care even less about the conventional rules of photography now, so I’m slowly changing up the processing to fit my vision better.

edit: Completely re-did the computer part for this one, because it was eye-cancer inducing. The shame.

 

There’s a few other captures in the pipeline. Let’s see what I can make out of them. I also want to mention that the new WordPress changes suck quite a bit. Blogging gets more streamlined and dumbed down by the minute. I guess I won’t get around hosting my own site at some point in the future.

 

Plus – some new things on 7snf and about to start a crown of sonnets.

 

So long!