Deep inside of me, I know that I am a King!

Day 38 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

After the weather was persistently bad, I continued to concentrate on motifs for the exhibition „Proportion“.

For quite some time now, I had a composition of a chess piece and a shadow cast in mind.

Here I also wanted to emphasize the difference in size between the pawns and the king’s shadow.

It was not easy to make the shot. Mainly to work out the outline of the shadow costs me a lot of headaches. But in the end, it was worth it not to give up and finish the shot.

Let me know if you want to know how I created the shot!

Have fun guessing!

A glimpse of a Taste

Day 37 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I took the time to continue taking pictures for our future exhibition of the German Chapter, Royal Photographic Society with the topic „Proportions“.

It is not an easy topic, because it is very complex and leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

After I stumbled over these spoons by chance in the kitchen drawer, I thought they would be very suitable for this theme.

I used a slate plate as a background, which was placed close to the balcony door to illuminate the scene with the soft ambient light.

I also use spices to add colour to the composition. To find the ideal viewing angle, I refrained from using a tripod, which would probably have restricted me too much.

The only problem was to find the right photo aperture for adequate depth of field. But after about 30 attempts I finally managed to solve that too!

Hope you don’t get too much appetite for a hot meal!

Bob the Minion

Day 34 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today’s image features a painted rock, portraying „Bob, the Minion“.

As already mentioned in one of my previous posts, the painted Rocks are an initiative of the local schools and kindergartens to stimulate young kids during the CORONA pandemic.

Hope you enjoy the smile of the little fellow and get delighted by him!

Together we are strong!

Day 20 of my 365 Photo Challenge

Today I was experimenting with a chess game.
I used my 50mm lens again. To light up the scene, I used the available light from my large window.

For sure, it was not the last image of it.

So for now – enjoy the photo!

Nodding Dachshund

Day 12 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

For the 12th Day, I stuck to my 50mm lens and Close-Up Photography.

As a Motif, I used a well known German figure, the Nodding dachshund. It is comparable with the Elvis figure on thousands of dashboards, wobbling around with his body while in driving.

For exposure, I used natural light again from the window and a little white card as a filler for the left side of the dachshund.

To get a more decent sharp depth of field, I switched to F2 on my Nikkor 50mm F1.4.

Although being artificial, it looks so alive! It is funny, don’t you think so as well?

The musical Conni

Day 11 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I focused again on macro photography.
More precisely, the depiction of toy figures. This time I used my Nikon 50mm F1.4.

The motif was Conni.

Conni is one of the six famous mascots of the 2nd German state television channel, called the Mainzelmännchen.

He has the most childlike demeanour in the group and is especially looked after by Det paternalistically, which implies that he is the youngest of the group.

The figure was produced in 1964

For the exposure, I use natural window light. To brighten up the left side, I took white cardboard.

I wish you a lot of fun while watching Conni!

Broken Shell

Day 6 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Motivation is still high, and ideas are floating around in my brain!
This time, I picked a little empty bird’s egg, which I found while filling the bird feeding stations in my back garden. Initially, I wanted to portrait the different proportions of a hen egg and this little egg, but due to a missing white hen egg, I decided to push this motif to a later day.

Luckily, I still had some pebbles leftover from a previous still life shoot which I used to provide a new background for the egg.
For the lighting, I used a LitraTorch again, mounted on a Manfrotto single arm mount.

To get the close up of the egg, I used my Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VR2, mounted on my Gitzo Tripod.

Before I took the image, I did some research on what others have come up with, but haven’t seen any close up of an egg on eye level. So I decided to approach the subject on such a low angle of view.

Hope you enjoy it and let me know what comes to your mind by viewing the image!