Sometimes I struggle to stick to a certain style which I suppose great photographers develop over time, so when you see their images you immediately know it’s their very own work. I on the other hand seem to adapt every single time my style (if I have any) to the image and motive I’m dealing with when editing it. You could call that somewhat random – which it probably is.
The images in this post may serve as a good example. They were all taken during a hike and are landscape pictures. The picture above I shot in the Bohemian mountains during a pretty chilly and windy hike. Although I took it in color with my Leica SL later in post I decided it would look better in black and white with pretty harsh contrast reflecting the somewhat adverse weather conditions. So I went for it.
The two pictures below I took with my iPhone XS in the midst of the vineyards on a warm and sunny autumnal afternoon. The new XS got a great built-in camera, and as many smart photographers before me said: “The best camera is the one that you have with you.” And mostly that’s your phone. But then of course, despite the fact that the camera in the new “XS” is the best smartphone camera there probably is to date, there are certain limitations which again would distort your photographic “style” if you had any to begin with.
In the end there is probably merit to both approaches of either sticking to a certain style to be recognizable or to adapt to the situation and motive. My Instagram feed (or even this blog) is never going to look as monolithic as many feeds of accomplished photographers I tend to follow. But I guess that’s alright too :).
As you know by now, from time to time I like acting like a tourist in my own hometown. I do think that by going back to places you walk by almost every day and you start looking a little bit closer you always find new perspectives and new details you had never realized where there.
This is a photograph taken in one of the stairways at the Dresden Zwinger looking down into the courtyard. Probably not the typical picture a tourist would take. Nonetheless I thought it provides an interesting perspective.
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summicron-M 35mm/f2 ASPH. | ISO 320 | 1/125sec | f/8
To me, shooting with a Leica M is already the essence of photography because it reduces the influence of technology to a bare minimum – even when shooting digitally. Shooting with film Leicas takes this experience even up a notch. As such, from time to time I like to fall back to my Leica MP, load it with film and let me surprise when I get the film back from development. Also, the post editing process is a lot more straight forward, there is no need for fancy filters or any other extensive retouching. The analogue film look in itself is the best Instagram filter anyone could hope for.
This time I loaded up my MP with a roll of Lomography XPro 200 and had it cross-developed. The subject of my taking photos was right around the corner of where I live – in the midst of vineyards. And I think the greenish tint and the very strong blue colors of the cross-developed Lomo helped the subject in this case.
As I mentioned in my post earlier this week I’m no expert in long-time exposures. But taking photos of the lunar eclipse was a bit of a tedious exercise for my having to impatiently wait until the moon was in a position to be remotely photogenic. So what better can you do than to look around and take photographs of everything there is. Admittedly that’s not a lot at 10PM in the middle of a vineyard. But luckily there is a restaurant nestled on top of the vineyard that is beautifully lit at night.