White Wedding

June 25, 2013

I was asked to take the wedding photos of a young talented musician, who played on one of my many birthdays, and his wife. They told me that professional photographers could only be hired for the whole day, covering the complete wedding. And these so called professionals would then open their big wallets and ask the young couple to do so too. I have already seen a variety of wedding photos, for which , I’m sure, people have spent a lot of money. And believe me some of these printed memories were really disappointing. It’s sometimes a shame. Benny and Wei, that’s the couples names only wanted some decent pictures in great quality and brought three hours in return. Make a long story short this is how they came to me.

Benny & Wei in the Allée

To be honest I’m always a little bit nervous when doing wedding pictures. The couple relies on you. And you (actually me) are standing there with a lens as big as the frozen grin in your face, knowing that you have to be somehow creative without any influence on weather. Well alright the location was perfect. The couple decided to have their photos taken in the Eremitage in Bayreuth, which is a large area with old fashioned buildings and gardens. The weather was very cloudy and thundery, but stable.

For the first picture I positioned the couple right in the light, which fell through an open spot in the allée. Rolf, my right hand, reflected the light with a Lastolite Trigrip from left. This gave enough natural light and contrast in front of the long green allée.


The next spot was the so called sun temple. Both desperately wanted a picture in front of the building. My first attempt was to take these pictures with a wide lens. It was almost raining and the result looked like crappy pictures from a disposable camera. So I tempted the couple away from the building and attached my 80-200 f2.8. And here we go.

Eremitage - Bareuth - Germany

Sometimes people reproach me for using photoshop (PS) without knowing if I even do so. The fact is, for all these pictures I have not touched PS. But it’s true I’ll never be able to use the raw pictures my camera gives me. Sorry cam but you are dumb. My camera has no human eye and I’m not speaking about retouching, hell no! It will always have problems with levels and sometimes with white balance. I think adjusting pictures is not a sakrilege. It is sometimes just a necessity.

The proposal

Wedding - Benny and Wei

The grass was wet but I simply like the depth of the picture and the faces in the picture.

Wedding at the castle

Actually sometimes you have to be lucky. Who were these people and where were they coming from? Don’t ask, just shoot! I only used some fill light light from my flash, mounted on the camera.

For the last two spots a reflector made no sense as there was nothing to reflect any more. The sun was gone and a few rain drops fell. So hiding under the big trees and at the sun temple was a good option. The sun temple with its white pillars wouldn’t necessarily give enough contrast to the bridal dress, but due to the different color tones it worked out perfect. Rolf softened the light with a white “softener” (or whatever this is called).

Wedding in the Garden

Wedding at the Sun Temple - Eremitage

Wedding Flowers

Thank you, Rolf!

Production Picture - Wedding


Filed under: Portrait,Wedding — Andreas @ 8:51 PM

Under the Softbox

August 29, 2012

You must be strong now as the following pictures will show nothing else but me!
I usually do not like photos being taken of me but sometimes I feel I could need a shower under the softbox, so I can remember what I once  looked like when sitting in my rocking chair.
Main light comes from a softbox almost above my head and in a straight line with the lens. Some of this light reflects in a reflector close to the floor.

Filed under: Portrait,Studio,Studio — Tags: , , — Andreas @ 8:44 PM

Studiolike portraits with the X100

February 29, 2012

Today my sister was visiting me and she brought fake lashes, make-up and a hat. I brought my X100 and we both exercised patience as I do not have a modelling light and the X100 performs bad in low light. But the pictures turned out to be sharrrrp! Eazybox with SB-800 camera left, trigrip gold/silver.

Portrait X100

Portrait X100

Portrait X100

Portrait X100

Portrait X100

100% crop from Fuji X100

100% crop from Fuji X100

And then her husband came, Dimtrij Dimitrijanovitch:

Portrait X100

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Self-portrait (continued)

January 2, 2012

Here are some additional pictures of yesterday’s session.

Filed under: Portrait,Studio — Tags: , , — Andreas @ 9:50 PM


January 1, 2012

Once again I had the desire to take some self-portraits of me and what could be better than to start the year with a camera, a flash and an idea. Inspired by a portrait shown in a german newspaper-supplement I saw the challenge to reproduce the light setup in my apartment. It (happily) still has a lot of white walls, which is always criticized by guests. In this case the white wall was just good enough to serve as a background. So basically everything I did was to position the softbox with one SB-800 approx. 6ft from the floor, pointing down, so that the wall would not catch too much light. What followed was: camera on, flash on, release shutter, Mac on, sync with Ipad. And then I had to take like 80 pictures, every time interrupted by a position check on the display, until the right hand and the tablet matched the face and the hand in the picture; aarghh… it was almost driving me crazy!

Filed under: Portrait — Tags: , , , , , , — Andreas @ 10:46 AM
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