Tree in Flames

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RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Tree in Flames

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

Calendar 2019

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Preselection Berlin Calendar 2019
Preselection Berlin Calendar 2019

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.

Sample

Hope to get all 3 calendars ready / printed soon.

Happy days. Reinhold

Bridge in Amsterdam

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Bridge in Amsterdam

“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.

Happy days.

Reinhold

My Creative Space

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RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Creative Space

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

Red Jail

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Red Jail

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.

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Image #2 of 4: Vivid Dream
RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Sky Above
Image #1 of 4: Sky Above

Chair with a View

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Chair with a View
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.

A plugin, 3 images and a bottle of wine

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.

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Before with >>> Selfie <<<
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After

All the credit for the after images goes to Topaz Lab. I was only the operator…