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Introducing my new series „The Frame“

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I just started working on my 2016 series „The Frame“. The idea is to combine two images which have a common idea or theme using an old Frame (as can be seen above). Below, you can see the „inner“ image in a larger scale. The Frame_Köln_Basis2_IMG_6560 als Smartobjekt-1_web

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The third pic shows a different inner image.

I’m looking forward to produce this series, got a whole bunch of ideas in my head. Stay tuned.


Five minutes @ Pont Neuf

For a black-and-white photographer, dealing with colour images always seems to be kind of an adventure. Last week, I took this pic in Paris – a five minute exposure during the blue hour, using the fabulous Firecrest ND 16 filter.The original image is on the right side below.

I love those clouds (even thought about introducing a new category called „Cloudporn“ …), and a first black and white conversion didn’t convince me. So I did a colour version (right side, up) which I did like much more. But … I redid it again and added kind of a vintage look (image on the left), in my opinion the best version. So the question to you is: Do you agree with me? Or am I completely wrong?

Maastricht – Test Fuji X-E1

Maastricht_DSF1436_VergleichIch glaube ja nicht daran, dass die Qualität der Arbeit eines Fotografen vom Preis seiner Kamera abhängt. Gleichwohl … wenn man viel Zeit in seine Arbeit steckt, will man natürlich auch die bestmöglichen Resultate erzielen. Und wenn die Kamera-Objektiv-Kombination zum Gelingen eines Projekts beiträgt, ist es zumindest legitim, sich mal ein Bild zu machen. Nun denn: Ich habe den Kollegen Holger Glaab für eine kleine Fotosafari in Maastricht (NL) getroffen, und er hat mir netterweise seine Fuji X-E1 mit dem Samyang Fisheye für einen ausführlichen Test zur Verfügung gestellt. Eines des Ergebnisse seht Ihr hier – oben der Vergleich des unbearbeiteten JPG-Bildes (OOC, links) mit dem von mir bearbeiteten Bild (rechts). Mit Silkypix habe ich vier Varianten aus einer RAW-Datei erstellt (-2 LW, -1 LW, 0, +1 LW) und diese dann mittels Ebenen und Masken sinnvoll kombiniert.


Danach folgen natürlich noch viele weitere Arbeitsschritte …

Zusammenfassend kann man sagen, dass die Grundschärfe sehr gut ist, zudem bietet das RAW satte Reserven für die Bildbearbeitung. Die grausamen Farbverschiebungen im Original-JPG gehen nicht auf Kosten der Kamera, sondern sind auf die Fensterscheiben des Gebäudes zurückzuführen.

Hier noch einmal das fertige Bild:


Yabba dabba doo!

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Terrific news!

My image „Guillemins Fine Art Project“ received a honourable mention at the STARK awards – being one of 30 winning images. Many, many thanks to those who organized the competitions and who chose the winners!


Click here for the awards page

Congratulations to all fellow winners, I am proud to see my image in such an amazing collection.

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another image from Vroenhoven


Juxtaposition – Shape – I


First pic of the new Juxtaposition series

New series „Juxtaposition“

Juxtaposition – unexpected combinations of colours, shapes and ideas

For years, my creative work has been focusing on architectural photography. Mostly, the images were black and white; the pictures showed 20th and 21st century buildings. Modern architecture is a world created of stone, steel, and glass. Hence, the images are defined by clear lines, patterns, and shapes, by a “cold” atmosphere. By using some elements of the Chiaroscuro style this effect is enhanced even further.

You’ll hardly find any fine art architectural photography showing people – mine included. But still, those buildings are created by human beings, and even more important, they are built to be used by people.

That’s the initial idea of my all-new series “Juxtaposition”, consisting of the two sub-series “Shape” and “Colour”. I want to create images which have both elements – architecture and portrait.

This project is a cooperation with fellow artist Kypris Athina who is not only a wonderful model but an excellent photographer and make up artist as well. Check out her work – you won’t regret!

My sincere thanks also go to my old friend Ingo Werner. Most of the pics were taken with his fabulous Canon 70-200/2.8 lens. Danke!

I will post the images of the Juxtaposition series on my blog and on various internet and social media platforms. Your comments and likes are hugely appreciated – feel free to share the images (and don’t forget to name the source …). So have fun and enjoy!

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