[vi:n] .II

Yet again I’ve come to realize that I’m still doing lots of things I don’t like and think in ways that ultimately burden me, in an irrational attempt to conform to invisible norms and guidelines set by the mirrors that surround me.

And here I really only care about what furthers life and helps make this stay more of a fascinatingly fun ride.

Writing a manifesto of sorts might be a good idea.

 

What does that mean for my photography? For starters, I’ve never considered or called myself a photographer. Because I’m not and never will be.

All I seek is personal truth and to conquer what is – by whatever means available. Utilising freedom of mind and following my instincts is what I can do until I’ve figured out more.
 
 
“a lo di me” is now “A Swirl Of Ivory And Red” and features a bunch of new poems. Check it out.
 
 
 
 
 


P h a s e

 
 
 
 
 


U n t i t l e d

 
 
 
 
 
The second one was shot with the lens mentioned in the previous post. Rich, interesting colors and it is very sharp, especially considering how loosely constructed it is. Russian lenses are growing to be a favourite fast. P h a s e didn’t turn out too much to my liking. Shooting the moon is frustrating with less than a focal length of 300 and the whole thing just wasn’t a lot of fun. I also really, really feel like changing my style. I want to focus more on color and evolving a scene into something that is only somewhat based in reality, reigning over it supremely. Such was my original vision, and I can safely say that I’ve lost sight of it. I’ll try to go back to the roots for whatever I do after this series about Wien.
 
So long.
 
 

[vi:n] ..I

Vienna’s architecture and mood are the center of this nocturnal series of posts. As promised, I’ve directed my attention to the city’s historic locations. What occurred to me while strolling around town was that I’ve never really bothered to take a good look at those buildings before. They’ve always been there. They aren’t going anywhere. They are for attracting tourists.

- Thinking that way is quite limiting.

While I used multiple lenses for this series, the idea was also to test my Industar 61, a Soviet-era copy of early Leica designs. You’ll find images from that lens in the next entry.
 
 
 
 
 


E u r o p a

 
 
 
 
 

U n t i t l e d

 
 
 
 
 


V #

 
 
 
 
 
Wide-angle galore. I don’t like the modern rendering characteristics of this lens (14mm pancake), which become especially evident in processing. It’s like there’s only macro and no micro-contrast. Variation of tone between “details” almost doesn’t seem to exist, which results in things feeling blown. That being said, there are no other good, cheap wide-angle lenses for m43 and I got it as a kit lens off the bay for even less, so I won’t complain. Plus, the size is incredible and perfect for street photography, even though I don’t try my hand at that anymore. At least not in the traditional sense.

V#’s inversion is an experiment of sorts. Creating it was terribly fun and it’s easily my favourite. I’m glad I don’t carter to public taste.

More images should be due early next week.
 
So long!
 
 

Cellophane

I’m all bogged down with real world issues, which makes it unpleasantly hard to gather energy for more interesting pursuits, such as creating things. And here we are in full-blown autumn, presenting what is probably my favourite color palette of the year – what a waste!

Anyway, have a couple of experimental images I finished just recently. Taking the abstract approach is always reassuring, because it shows that you can do quite a bit without having to rely on the sun, which will undoubtedly make itself scarce in the months to come. Even just being creative with a some light source and shutter speeds at home can get you all kinds of funny results.

 

Plus, “7 seconds night flight” is now “a lo di me” and features the third sonnet of my crown. Read it here!

 

Images, go!
 
 
 
 
 

T h e D e s t r o y e r

 
 
 
 
 

U n t i t l e d

 
 
 
 
 

W i n d o w p a n e

 
 
 
 
 
I’ve been inspired to attempt more night time architecture and cityscape images, after re-discovering the beauty of inner-city Vienna. Don’t expect them soon, but do look forward to it! All thanks to the nourishment my eyes and ears received from experiencing a stellar concert at one of the city’s historical venues and finally watching The Third Man, which I now believe should be required watching for every Austrian.

 

So long!

 

 

Night Time Is The Right Time .4.

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

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 to that extent. They are terrible, but I actually like most of them.

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

Food for thought, hm?

 

 

 

 

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 formula, 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

 
 
 
 
 

U n t i t l e d

 
 
 
 
 

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.