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4049 – Saint Michael III

Color-wise this church is every photographer’s nightmare. It’s all amber, yellow and brownish, and only when you begin to apply all sorts of loal color adjustments, the colors come out as they must have been meant. After all, when you don’t want something to be seen as blue, why would you use blue color at all? Or Green ­čÖé

4047 – Saint Michael I

In a recent comment Wolfgang Lonien said

What always amazes me is your mindfulness of the corners, and also the straight lines you produce. Are these all handheld shots? To me sometimes they look like taken from a tripod, and with a large format camera (Scheimpflug principle, or what they now call with ÔÇśkeystone correctionÔÇÖ).

Thanks, Wolfgang! Fact is, I haven’t used a tripod in years. Well, that’s a lie, I used them for creating product photos when selling a lens or a camera, but I didn’t use them “out in the wild”.

Yes, all images of the last years and in any case the overwhelming majority of my older photos were taken handheld. Actually you can’t use a tripod in so many places, that I don’t bother to lug one around at all. Nor do I need one. I only take images of things and places. They don’t move, they all keep perfectly still, while the stabilization of my camera does its thing.

As to corners and lines, it’s a fetish of mine, and, no, I can’t hold a camera with an ultra-wide lens perfectly still, while composing the lines into the corners, all the while being bent backwards, trying to shoot perfectly straight up into a cupola, keeping the camera exactly below the center.

No. I cheat in post. For me an image is raw material for post-processing.

  • When I find a distraction that I abhorr, then I clone it out. Does not happen all the time, but it happens.
  • When an image needs keystone correction, then I apply it in post. Happens all the time.
  • When I have left space around, I crop. I may even crop a 4:3 image to a square, or I may crop out part of an image where I like how the lines fit, and I may also rotate the cropped part by a mostly small angle.

Normally those things suffice. In a few cases, instead of cropping and rotating in Lightroom, I take the image into Photoshop and use “Edit / Transform / Skew”, which allows me to basically drag a certain line into a corner. That’s extremely easy and comes handy when only one corner needs to be fixed by a small amount.

4046 – For Those Of Us Not Flying Drones

Have you ever flown a drone? I certainly didn’t, although I think I could afford one. But then, I have pretty high expectations when it comes to the quality of still photography, and on the other hand I am not at all interested in creating videos. Seems like I’d want to fly a drone that could be able to carry one of my Olympus cameras, or at least something of similar quality. Maybe, after all, I can’t afford a drone ­čśÇ

4045 – The Chandelier

Now that I think of it, I have no idea how old these chandeliers in old churches really are. Obviously this one is electric. I wonder when it was that it replaced a predecessor, that still carried real candles. And what did that predecessor look like? When was it lit for the last time? And how long did it take? Did they have to use a ladder or were they able to lower the chandelier?

4040 – So Many Stories Told

This was the my first time in Brixen / Bressanone. I’m 53. I may visit the town once more in my life, but I’m not sure. It’s not because I didn’t like what I saw (much to the contrary!), it’s because the world is too big and too beautiful.

The cloister is full of beautiful imagery. Stories over stories. I’ve taken a few pictures, and the framing was more determined by my compositional style than by anything content-related. It’s sad in a way: I most likely won’t ever see more of those stories than I do now, when I look at my images. It’s also true that I did not concentrate on seeing while I was there. I concentrated on framing.

But then: I’ve been in places where I didn’t take images, places where I did concentrate on seeing, and now all is lost, all is gone from my memory. These images at least will remain.