I haven't had the opportunity to play too much with my flashes so I unpacked them late in the evening, sat down in the stool and then started playing with all three of them to see what kind of lighting I could come up with. I still need to finish reading Lighting 101 from The Strobist, so look forward to better portraits over the course of the year.
These are actually called snowdrop flowers but in German the name translates to "snowbell" (Schneeglöckchen). Funny story behind this photo: when bending/crouching to get low enough to the ground to make a photo of these tiny flowers, my jeans split right in the crotch. Had the jeans for several years and the denim has been wearing thin all over and they finally gave up the ghost.
This was taken at the Zieglergasse station in Vienna, Austria. This is one of the stations and escalators that I use the most outside of my normal commute because this is the route I take to go to the photo lab. I often come here in the afternoon and I love doing so because when you come up this escalator in the afternoon you are often almost blinded by the sun once it begins setting. Usually I find myself in a rush to get up the escalator and over to the lab before I have to go somewhere else but today I had time to enjoy the sun and made this while coming up to the street.
A typical Saturday morning at Hannovermarkt. People doing their shopping, enjoying a coffee at a cafe or simply going for a walk.
A typical midday scene at one of the many restaurants along one of the alleys of Naschmarkt, a famous open air market in Vienna.
Lately I've been rather obsessed with textures and patterns. Some of this can be seen in my Project 365, as well, but if you were to look at the pictures on my memory card you'd see a great deal more. Most of them are just experiments - looking at something up close with the lens. This particular image is of the wall in my building. Vienna has so many old buildings and my building is in desperate need of new paint on the walls, but I find it fascinating that this paint (that's not wallpaper!) has been on the walls for perhaps almost one hundred years. I don't really know, though. Perhaps it's not quite so old. I know my neighbor has been living in the building for over 60 years, though, and when she moved in the building wasn't new...
I know this is not an amazing photograph or terribly interesting, but my Project 365 is all about getting out of my comfort zone with my photography. In this case, I struck up a conversation with a woman selling Easter decorations. In English this is typically not a problem for me but in German I'm still quite shy. I'm trying to get away from that. I talked with this kind lady for a while before asking for a quick photo. Photos should also have emotions and memories attached to them, even if the photo doesn't explicitly express them - photos can still be very personal.
In my first attempt at a macro photo I took a frozen raspberry and dropped it into a glass of water.
This is my second attempt at macro and this time I decided to get my Konica Autoreflex TC out of the display case. This was my first ever camera that I inherited from my uncle, who unfortunately recently passed away, so it has a special place in my collection. In this particular image, like yesterday's, I took my Nikon 50mm F1.8D, attached it to my macro tubes, set up an off-camera flash and then went to town. This particular photo was shot at F22 to achieve maximum depth of field.
Taken at my favorite kebab stand/Turkish restaurant in Vienna late at night when they were closing up the restaurant.
This time I wanted to experiment with a gradient background and my flash. I used a couple of pieces of printer paper for the white background, set the flash off to one side and then started experimenting.
Another experiment with a gradient, this time using a backlight.
Outside my building is, I think, a cherry tree of some sort. I went out and plucked a branch this afternoon, stuck it in some water and then got out my flash.