Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I wish everybody a happy new year 2014! For me, 2013 has been a very busy year with lots of work related travel and 2014 looks just as busy – in fact I am leaving for a business trip to CES at Las Vegas this weekend.…

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Someone is wrong - Perspective versus Focal Length

Someone is wrong – Perspective versus Focal Length

In photography, one of the most common misconceptions is about perspective, how it is defined and what alters or modifies it. Just search the Internet for a good definition of the term and you’ll understand where some of that confusion is probably coming from in an age where nobody seems to bother buying a decent text book anymore and resorts to free content online only as their only source of wisdom.…

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A day in London

A day in London

Due to my work, I benefit from international one day business trips occasionally. Yesterday, I had a meeting in London, so I hopped on a plane from Hamburg to London in the morning and back again in the evening. On my way to my meeting and back to the airport I managed to get away with some images.…

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London Street | Analog - Part Two

London Street | Analog – Part Two

In part one of this blog post, I shared London’s Underground and trains as well as some quieter street scenes away from the main hustle and bustle of the busy areas. I did turn my attention to a wide area of locations while in London, including a pub.…

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Photography


Example Pictures: Perspective versus Focal Length
Example Pictures: Perspective versus Focal Length
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A lot of people wrongfully associate perspective with focal length and suggest that a change or different choice of focal length alters the perspective, “compresses” it or “distorts” it.  This of course is rubbish as perspective is defined only by the distance of the lens to the subjects in the image. Often the term lens perspective is used incorrectly which in itself is a manifestation of ignorance to what perspective is and how it is altered. Focal length only determines the angle of view and the magnification of the image. In other words, if you set up your camera at one location – or viewpoint – and shoot the same scene with different focal lengths, that scene will be rendered with an identical perspective for any focal length, no matter how short or long. Expanding on that thought, effects such as perspective distortion and perspective compression cannot be associated with specific focal lengths but are only the result of a specific viewpoint choice.…

Stories


London Street | Analog - Part Two
London Street | Analog – Part Two
Jun 10, 2013 | by | 1 Comment | Read →

In part one of this blog post, I shared London’s Underground and trains as well as some quieter street scenes away from the main hustle and bustle of the busy areas. I did turn my attention to a wide area of locations while in London, including a pub. Pubs are not typically among the locations I seek images in. Depending on the kind of location and local culture, a pub borders on being a private domain rather than public space, the semi-public extension of someone’s living room of choice away from their home. On the other hand, the pubs I produced these images in qualify more as faceless places of eating and drinking, the typical customer not returning a second time – at least that’s my impression. Nonetheless, even places without their own local social routines are good stages for the theater of life I am interested in.

Every metropolis has a commercial dense spot, where consumers flock on shopping sprees and well known brands are lined up one after another.…


Gallery

  • London Festival of Photography Feedback
    London Festival of Photography Feedback

    Last year, I participated in the International Street Photography Award 2012 of the London Festival of Photography. The entries I submitted are a mix of black and white images (all digital), circling on the theme of commuting. Most images were taken either at dark evenings or at night or within areas with little available light.…

  • Hamburg's impressive photography summer
    Hamburg’s impressive photography summer

    It has taken a long time until photography became a recognized genre in the art world and beyond. Transforming from craft to art, photography is now a permanent part of many world class museums. For this summer, Hamburg offers some excellent exhibitions that are photography based or related.…

  • Xishuangbanna in pictures
    Xishuangbanna in pictures

    Many believe the Chinese province offering the most diverse China experience is Yunnan. In fact, I share this belief as I’ve had the chance to travel Yunnan twice over the last years. One Yunnan region especially exotic is Xishuangbanna, located all the way in the south of Yunnan, bordered by Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.…

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Get your bottom off the couch. Travel the world. Or just explore your city. Take a million images and share them with the world. Life is too short to just sit around.


Blog

Report from the trenches – #2

I thought it’s time to share stuff more frequently here, so starting today you will find a selection of interesting finds and reads from all over the Internet. Rather than just resorting to re-tweeting or re-posting stuff on Twitter or Tumblr, it’s more fun to post them on this blog where I have the room and freedom to comment with more than just a handful of words.…

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Hints

The Audio CD is alive – and well?
The Audio CD is alive - and well?

The human being is a lazy entity, always striving for the path of the lowest resistance. Businesses try to get the better of us by making use of this wisdom. They lock us into proprietary formats when we download movies and music via their paid services and we like to think that the services we use today will remain available forever in the future, making the same assumptions about the devices we use to consume those proprietary formats.…

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Books

Alain De Botton – The Art of Travel
Alain De Botton - The Art of Travel

When someone says travel guide, most people will think of Lonely Planet, National Geographic, or other well known travel guides. Alain de Botton’s “The Art of Travel” is an utterly different approach to structure and present a guide for travelers.…

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Gadgets

Konica Hexar AF – a quiet camera for quiet moments
Konica Hexar AF - a quiet camera for quiet moments

The term compact camera often has a condescending ring to it, as most compact cameras don’t live up to premium expectations. In the 1990s, when film photography was still a mass market for professionals and consumers alike, a number of Japanese manufacturers – many of them not in the photography business anymore today – swarmed the market with a range of outstanding premium compact cameras, some of them still in production today.…

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Hamburg

Hamburg – Analog Seasons
Hamburg - Analog Seasons

It feels like the new year barely started and now the first quarter is already gone. And yes, in many parts of Europe, winter is still in charge! That’s very much true for my native Hamburg in northern Germany where it has snowed until the last days with large spots of snow still dominating the landscape outside.…

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