I was invited to a brunch with friends. We sat in their garden in Klagenfurt, and just before I left, I noticed this beautiful lantern. I asked about its provenance, but they couldn’t tell me. It just had “always been there”.
A small twig with leaves on a white patch of paint on the street. I didn’t arrange that, I just saw it.
Some people do, but even if I don’t, it has nothing to do with purism at all. It’s not my thing. Photography is a meditative act for me, an act of seeing, not an act of arranging.
This is not good or bad. In the end both ways of photography are acts of creating. It’s just that I find one relaxing and the other tedious. Most of the time.
Hmmm … 60mm lens, 120mm equivalent, this perspective, … actually I have no idea how I’ve taken this image. I must have held the camera high above my head, but could I possible have achieved that weird perspective? I didn’t levitate (I’d remember that), in that place there is no overlooking vantage point, and I didn’t use drones either 🙂
For a long time I was a Photoshop user, now I’m a Lightroom user. I once wrote a few Photoshop tutorials, but I can’t even remember Photoshop’s keyboard shortcuts now.
I’m a Lightroom user, but I keep Photoshop around. It’s part of the Creative Cloud photography bundle anyway and I use it for the few things that I can’t do in Lightroom, like “Edit / Transform / Skew”. That happens less than once a month.
The other software that I keep (and actually have acquired not so long ago) is DxO. I use it for pictures like this. I’ve taken it on the train, I like it in a way, and although the camera’s stabilization would have allowed me to get away with ISO 800 and 1/20s (maybe lower with a few tries), I forgot to change to manual mode. The result was ISO 1600 and 1/40s. ISO 1600 is by no means bad on the E-P5, but when I can make it look like ISO 400 using DxO, I’ll happily do it. Basically I’m only abusing DxO as a noise reduction plugin for Lightroom, but it’s so excellent at that, I’d buy it again any time. Now that I think of it, I might have to, once I switch to the E-M1 MkII 🙂
Alternatively I could also call this post “The Fisheye” 🙂
It’s interesting: I don’t use that lens very often, but I use it regularly. Sure, this image was taken more than five months ago, but I’ve used my new fisheye every once in a while in between.
I had one on the Nikon D300, and there it was more of a novelty. I used it for some time and then almost never again. It seems, that in the meantime I have found my way of working with this lens.