Curved lines 01

Curves are an important element in image design. This weeks exercise is about curves that divide the image in two parts and therefore create tension. The idea is to let the eye wander from one part of the image to the other. I could have also used straight lines which is a lot easier exercise. By using curves lines the photographer has to look harder to find and to create such an image.


This image is a good example of a image where the curved curved line divides the image into two parts. The wall is a real obstacle. You see the beginning of an shopping card and you can imagine that there is a pharmacy on the left. You would like to see more but the wall is right in your face.Notice the great amount of tension in this image!

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Point & Shoot 05


Of course I was curious how my little camera would perform in low light condition. I put the camera on my car roof when I took this shot. The result is quite good. The automatic picked f4.0, 1/8sec., ISO800, not a bad choice. There is hardly any noise in the image which surprised me.

After shooting a week with my little Point & Shoot I must say that all overall I am happy with with the result. Of course the image quality cannot compete with my full frame camera but for the less than $200.00 I spent on my Point & Shoot I got quite a good camera.

Point & Shoot 04


I really liked how easy it is to get close-ups with my Point & Shoot camera. Then I decided to shoot larger compositions like this tree. The camera picked f3.3, 1/30sec., ISO80. F3.3 gives you a relatively small depth of field even in a wide angle lens. The 1.30sec. is combined with an image stabilisation system and still it is too soft in my opinion. I was astonished that the tree is very well exposed. In the past I have seen the skys perfectly exposed and the tree trunk was just black. The “automatic” picked a great exposure time.

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Point & Shoot 03


I was inside a “Fast Food” restaurant drinking ice-water from a paper cup. The lights were pretty poo and normally I would have not taken any pictures at all. I decided to use my Point & Shoot and got this image. There is a little bit of grain in the picture but otherwise the camera performed really well.

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Point & Shoot 02


I continued to take my Point & Shoot camera with me wherever I go and I shot a lot. This image I created during yesterday’s morning exercise walk. When I say “I created” I have to correct myself a little bit. The camera created it for me since I photographed in the so called “intelligent” mode of the camera. There was no thinking about f-stop, timing etc. The camera did it all. I felt like I surrendered a lot of control and also creativity. Is that all negative? Yes and no. I found that on one side the camera took simply over on the other side I concentrated on composition, looked for shapes and interesting compositions in mother nature. I will see how my week processes but I am looking forward to getting back to work today where I have to use my DSLR.

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Point & Shoot

This week I decided to do an exercise that I normally absolute despise. Shoot everything fully automatically. My old point & shoot camera got stolen so I decided to buy a new one. I paid less than $200.00 for it and I would like to find out if I can produce great images with it. Normally I shoot almost everything manually. This will be a real challenge for me. I also decided not to use any filters, tripods etc., just the camera.


Smaller camera sensors are usually very good with close-ups. Here I shot the chain of a large container. Camera setting (automatic): 28mm focal length,  f3.3, 1/60sec., ISO 80.

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Feeling of depth 04


The large leaf with the brightest green clearly dominates this image. The leaves in the background that are partially covered by other leaves create the feeling of depth in this image.

I photographed these leaves at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, CA. The Conservatory is the oldest building inside the Golden Gate Park and worth a visit anytime. It is a paradise for photographers.

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