Photo assignment - Vertical Panorama

Everyone is familiar with the term and possibilities of a panorama image. Why not think out of the box and try to do a vertorama. What? A vertorama? What's that?

A vertorama is essential an image composed of two or more capture, joined together in image editing software, along a horizontal line. As our cameras are build in a rectangular format it is often hindering creative folk to illustrate the wide and tall nature of what they see. With the technique of stitching panoramas in different ways, especially vertically, everyone can change this and your viewers get an enhanced view of what you saw… like in a vertorama.


Rhineland - Culture


The old capital of Germany is Bonn and one of its parts is called Dransdorf. As Bonn has still some celebrities and a lot of them connected with the local custom of Carnival it was just a matter of time to get to know of them a little better.

The red bench

The red bench

There is a series of events - you could call them "Famous local heads just simple and private" who are invited and asked in a talk show manner by the president of the local carnival club Mr. Willi Baukhage. He invites his guests on a red bench donated by a local bank. 

Willi Baukhage enjoying the evening

Willi Baukhage enjoying the evening

I had the chance to take part at one of this events lately and he invited three interesting local community members who had music in common. A new music group who is intended to sing in the local dialect, a member of a nearly 40 years standing group who is famous as well in different cities and last but not least a character mostly acting as a clown.

the three evening guests together on stage

the three evening guests together on stage

All in all a very good performance with a lot of background information about local custom and stories about the performers. you can see some images and a little video here if interested.

Love, love, love

Love can be quite a challenge and even as Valentine’s Day is a long time gone and a long time to go I thought it a good theme, may be influenced by the cities I visited - especially here in Paris. I know some don’t celebrate Valentines day, or find such holidays rather cheesy, but I as stated in the beginning it is far away and I was  intrigued by different perspectives and takes on love. There will be certainly many different interpretations of this theme, from the traditional to the abstract.

For many of you, love might not be the romantic nature, but rather the connection between parent and child, or the bond between animals, or the smiles of strangers. So take the challenge and take your interpretation of love. 

 

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Number of the day

Another week, another challenge. Look for the number of the day. At least at the beginning of next month. Just take images which are grouped in numbers according to your shooting day. Easy for the first, second and third day of the month. Afterwards is getting quite difficult. 

 

 

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One cup of coffee ...

Eight windows if you crop it

Eight windows if you crop it

And on and on for thirty one just use some pencils, matchboxes or alike. 

Have fun! 

Photographic assignment three

There is a lot which can be achieved with post processing software, but why not trying to do something in a real world situation and still manipulating the image? There are some simple techniques especially with reflections. I didn't come up originally with the idea but read it in one of the many online magazines. Using windows, puddles and other shining objects as well as a piece of plexiglass can give you some great unexpected images. Just have a try and fun! 

 

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Through the glass

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Through a film negative

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through dirty plexiglass 

Photography assignment - one

Lately our monthly or bi-monthly meeting with the Hanoi Photo Club had been not as regularly as wished. Partly of different work schedule, holidays, extended travelling etc.

As I got some emails from members if we could have at least an assignment in between which everyone interested could take part in I decided to put up some weekly assignments on my blog site. Whoever likes to try it your welcome. If there are questions or if you are in need of some helping advice please take the chance to use the comment section to ask or show your work ( link to your website/Flickr/500px or other account. 

Here the first assignment for the first week in August:

 

Photographing people - Candid Portraits

When making and taking candid portraits people should not have any idea their image are taken. In this case you shoul get the best natural portrait. There are certainly a lot of different approaches to do this. Following I'll list some examples:

- use a long telephoto lens

- hold the camera at the hip

 - use a wide angle lens

- pretend to shoot a friend in front of you

- use a camera with a tilt screen

There are certainly much more ingenious ways you will come up with. Have fun, take your lens cap of and got photo hunting.  

Some examples.  

 

 

Buying bread for breakfast

Buying bread for breakfast

painter along the Hoan Kiem lake

painter along the Hoan Kiem lake

skater at the Tho Ly park

skater at the Tho Ly park

photographers taking images of birds

photographers taking images of birds

Vintage cameras

After yesterday's partly quite wet photo walk the weather today behaved decently. Nevertheless I got wet again but this time due to humidity. I strolled again through the old quarter just looking for some new impressions as I suddenly notice this small signboard. 

here along to the second floor

here along to the second floor

Vintage cameras I got intrigued. Walking up the different floors it got darker and darker. 

parking solution interior

parking solution interior

Some park their motorbike just in the floors. Others do the burning for the ancestor as well in the common stairwell. 

burning place on the fourth landing

burning place on the fourth landing

On top I still didn't detect the store announced but met a friendly family who didn't speak my language but did invite me to come in and have a look and some drink in their home. With a lot of sign language, misunderstanding and a lot of laughing they explained that the shop can be found on the second floor. 

some nice old medium format models 

some nice old medium format models 

The store captured nearly wholly 

The store captured nearly wholly 

Different models and lenses in various condition

Different models and lenses in various condition

There are quite some old models here to be found as well a lot of additional gear from straps to filters to film 35 and 120 mm.  They do developing as well but I don't no about the quality. Have to test them some day. 

Where to find? Here the details:

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If you like to go back to analog or start with this kind of exciting part of photography that's certainly one of the places to go. The owner speaks as well some English. 

Hanoi or Paris - confused?

I got a tip from one of our Hanoi Photo Club members who had been searching for a new flat in Hanoi. He was in the south west from Hanoi Center and there is a kind of Korean community who build up a quarter who looks alike some areas of Paris. Little stores, little coffee shops and as well some nice restaurants with Korean barbecue. In the right light and mood you can imagine you are in some part of Paris - just have to forget the humid weather. Here some impressions.


Break two

It was just very hot lately but otherwise very clear and so I could go once again high on the roof of Lotte Tower. I was just one hour there and felt like staying in a steam bath. I can't imagine to work here day out day in. It's quite admiring what the workers are doing here. At least they have some breaks and erected a kind of sun shade. Just some time before sun set I could get the image above. Another break from work. For them and for me doing something else than usual. 

Another break

Another break

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Work day ending.