Zurich by Holga

Only after walking through Zurich during Christmas with my Holga and a 400ISO film that I realised who spoiled I am with my digital gear and the light sensitivity of a 50mm f/1.4 🙂

Despite the deep black images the Holga took, I found them somehow interesting.

Location: Zurich, Switzerland, December 2012
Gear: Holga CFN120, Ilford HP5 Plus 400

DIY Lense Filter or How I got my Ingress Invite Code

On my hunt through the internet for an Ingress invitation I stumbled upon the Ingress Google Plus Community where you can submit Ingress-related artwork and, with a little bit of luck, get an invite.

I decided to embed it within some other pictures I made with some DIY Lens filters. Just cut out some shapes (hearts, stars, etc) and put it in front of you lens. The bokeh then has the form of your cut.

I then submitted it to the community and voilà, the next morning, I got my invite 🙂 I’ve been hooked by the game right from the tutorial… I met lots of nice people while playing… from both factions, went to the Google HQ in Zurich for a user meeting and extended my way to work through Zurich quite a bit, just to visit some more portals 🙂

If you wanna know more about the game, here are some links:

Holga Lomography – Taking blurry pictures before Instagram

I’ve got my Holga CFN120 now for quite a while, even took her with me for the last wedding I shot as a secondary camera. Although is quite cumbersome at times (taking pictures, waiting till the film is full, having them developed..), it’s a lot of fun to see, what ended up in the frame. If you’re interested in purchasing an Holga, please visig klangundkleid.ch where you can get a nice starter kit. You even get duck tape to make the holga lightproof :).

Equipment

 

Pictures

Fuerteventura 2012 – The Dolphin Session

Dolphins in Fuerteventura

I took these pictures during a catamaran trip to Lobos Island from Corralejo, Fuerteventura. They told us, that they see dolphins about once a month, so we were stoked to see these beautiful animals in the wild.

Gear: Canon EOS 7D & EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

 

How to take group pictures – Tips and Tricks

ISO

Watch your ISO. With a high ISO you might end up with lot’s of noise. If you can, put the ISO to auto but limit it to max 1600 (depends on the camera you have. Some can even handle higher ISOs without too much noise).

Speed

Shoot like a machine gun. Fortunately, my EOS 7D can make 8 pictures per second, because someone will always have their closed eyes 🙂

Location

Reconnoitre the location you are at or where the shoot should take place. If possible, take someone with you to test the the light / shades / distance, etc.

Lenses

Especially if you’re shooting indoors, take something fast with you. I’d like the 50mm 1.4 or the 40mm 2.8. These lenses give you a nice light-sensitivity. But be careful about the narrow depth of field when going lower than f/2.0. For outside shots I prefere the 70-200mm f/4. Being able to take a step back, the group does not have you / the lense right in front of them when you can gain some distance.

Post-Production

Take your time, sort out good and only provide the really good ones. Play with the image clipping. Sometimes you’ll be surprised  how much you can gain with the right clipping.

Smile 🙂

If you smile, they will smile. Also talk to them and tell them what to do. Usually, you don’t get much time for you shoot.. Nevertheless, take the time and have a quick look at the last batch of pictures you’ve taken. Nothing worst then realising afterwards, that you missed something (Spinach between the teeth, an open fly or mysteriously changed settings of your cam)

Here are some of my latest shooting for the company I’m currently working for (no, not as a photographer).

Jobup AG, Pic 1, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 2, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 3, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 4, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 5, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 6, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 7, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 8, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 9, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 10, 2012

What is your experience? What are your tipps and tricks?

Light Trails

I know this has been done at least a thousand times before 🙂 Nevertheless, here are my “Light Trails”.

Zurich, Switzerland, November 2011
Canon EOS 7d, 24-105mm f/4L, Tripod, warm Jacket