Gray, dull, cold and rainy weather… I needed some colours in my life. So I sat down and create some abstracts for me and you. Happy days. Reinhold
Autumn is at its peak in the moment. I captured this yellow/orange tree in sunset light in the woodlands around our lake. I transferred it into a burning tree using the oil paint filter (once again).
Happy days. Reinhold
I am currently creating my Berlin 2019 calendar. This is my first preselection. I am using a square format. So it doesn’t matter if the images are in square, portrait or landscape format. Only the position of the “calendar” has to be adjusted. I have already used this for my Landscape 2019 calendar.
It is called “Moorland”. The proof version of “Moorland” is on its way to a printer.
Both calendars will be in English and available for pre-order starting in November 2018. The will be produced in 40×40 cm size using fine art paper. It is easy to cut out these images and use them as images to be framed.
I have just finished a special version of a “Landscape” calendar. I have combined images of products of a local company and my landscape images into a final composition. This was a very challenging and time consuming job. The image had to fit to the season (month) and to the product. And the integration shouldn’t “ruin” the image.
This sample shows a “filter” swimming in the water creating some interest for the gulls.
Hope to get all 3 calendars ready / printed soon.
Happy days. Reinhold
The German transportation system is a nightmare. At least when I am traveling. Wasted time… wasted hours. I usually take out my iPad and start to work with some of my images and Snapseed. At the end some Covers are left in my Scrapbook. Who knows. May be I can use them in one of these days. Happy days. Reinhold
An escalator can never break… it can only become stairs.
Image: Berlin / Potsdamer Platz / Fuji X100F
The making of Bridge in Amsterdam
I processed the underlying image in Lightroom CC
Converted it into black and white
Used dodge and burn to create more contrast
Afterwards edited it in Photoshop CC
Used the oil paint filter once
And … after leaving my playground…
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
– Pablo Picasso
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it”
– Ansel Adams
Wouldn’t it be awesome if one could paint an image like this?
I captured the underlying image in Amsterdam and stumbled upon it today while I was cleaning up my files. Always nice to go back to these older images and to play around with them.
This is the first video of my 90 days in Berlin series. Hope you will enjoy these first impressions of a city that never sleeps. Happy days and a nice and creative weekend to all of you. Thank you for your visit and your continuous support. Reinhold
This is an abstract created from a colorful ad sign in Berlin. For those of you who live in Berlin or have visited Berlin it is easier. The word has something to do with inspiration, creativity, … Happy days. Reinhold
In 2018 I would like to write about my workflow / my creative space. All of my camera gear and technical equipment is displayed above. The top 3 items are: glasses, tea and orange juice. First subject will be: my WACOM tablet. Why and how I use it, why it broke and how I fixed it. Happy days. Reinhold
It is 7:00 in the morning. I am planning to visit the Fintlandsmoor. Trying to get some snowy images of the wetlands and moor lakes. There is some snow left. But I think it is more rain than snow. It will be a cold and wet experience. I will see it in a few minutes. And you will see it later this afternoon.
3-2-1-Go. Waiting to be released. 99 red balloons are waiting to escape from their red jail into the blue air. A fascinating view.
This is image #3 of 4 of my Patterns series.
Another image of my “Fiction Series”. Location of the beach and beach chair is the coast resort Schillig in the National Park Wadden Sea. My famous puppet of my “Puppets Series” has been captured at a fashion fair in Frankfurt.
Inspired by a post from Laura I wanted to see what the plugin Topaz Impressions 2 could do for me and my landscape photographs. I downloaded the 30 days free trial version and installed it on my MacBook Pro. After the installation I had 3 options: stand-alone, integrated into LR, integrated into PS. I decided to go for the LR version. I played around for quite a while and soon I had the feeling that creativity is reduced to waiting for the plugin to apply the filter (and I have a powerful MacBook with lots of RAM) and more important is reduced to clicking through presets, filter options and moving sliders from left to right. After a while you see the result “created” by the plugin. Now that is really a “jump and run” (clicking as fast as you can) experience. The problem is the workflow is not near to “jump and run”. The bottle of wine did not help. After a few hours I was bored and tired looking at the results of “someone (something) else”. I think the plugin produces some “interesting” results but it depends a lot on the underlying image. And may be it is me not being able to work with such a workflow. I was always looking at my Wacom tablet and pencil getting ready for some paint work. But I think that is not the purpose of the plugin.
Images I thought would work well were crap, others were better than I thought they would be. I did 10 images in 2 hours. Here are some examples. What do you think? I decided to let it alone for a while but my tendency is to not use it for my landscape photography. I think there are areas where it could produce additional interest to the underlying image. Objects, flowers, isolated objects in the landscape. I saw a really good example in Laura’s post. I have to get going to pack my bag and see if the weather is good enough to leave home this evening and get some photographs.
All the credit for the after images goes to Topaz Lab. I was only the operator…