“I really need an ultra-wide-angle lens because it will enable me to get more into the frame” – that’s what I had in mind when I bought my new Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens. Little did I know.
very December, I like to look back at and reflect on my photography of the past year. Apart from reliving memorable moments, I find it interesting (not to say fascinating) to look back at completed (and sometimes ongoing) projects and find out which photographs stand the test of time and continue to stand out beyond the first excitement.
With the notable exceptions of lions, apes and monkeys are my favorite animals to photograph. Their similarity to us humans and the wide variety of facial expressions they are capable of allowing for an anthropomorphization like no other group of animals. For photographers, this is a wonderful storytelling opportunity, and for the viewers, it is a vibrant and fascinating experience to come up with their own stories as they look at the photos.
Recently, I finished a whole series of animal photographs with some new images of apes and monkeys among them. In this post, I’d like to share them with you.
I am glad to report that my photograph “Catholic Library” won the Simple Architecture Contest over at ViewBug. Click on the link to view all the other outstanding finalists, each and every one of which would have deserved to be the winners just as much (if not more) than I apparently did in the eyes of the judge Donald Boyd.
In this series, I explore ways to photograph historic items and places in a way that reflects their age and inspires ideas and stories of their glories past. Today, we are going to explore reflections and (semi-)transparency. They both add a layer to the photograph, an extra step for the viewer to grasp the subject. They make the subject more distant and less immediate. They can obscure it, covering or distorting historical and original and adding new detail like haze or dirt.