Prora and the old M3 disco.

Photography

Recently I made a trip to Rügen and revisited Hitlers failed KDF- (Kraft durch Freude – Strength through joy) project Prora. Last time I was there they had begun turning the massive buildings into luxury apartments. I reckon they have a year or two left until the transformation is complete. So this might be the last pictures I’m getting of the original structures. I was hoping to get some more photos from the inside but it’s really hard to get in nowadays.

Next to the complex lies what used to be the biggest disco on Rügen. The M3 Miami. After the owner Peter died a few years ago, the massive nightclub which had five floors  shut down for good. Here are some of the photos I got.

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Make your portraits stand out.

Photography, Photoshop

Yesterday I tried a new approach to facial lighting while shooting portraits. I wanted to bring out the beast in my model so I decided to give scissorlighting a shot, and I think it turned out great. This is not a standard approach when it comes to setting up your lights but in this case I think it worked quite well. For this technique you’ll need two sources of hard light, I used my 800W redheads. The photo was shot with a Canon 700D using the 50mm f1.8 lens (wide open) and a .3 ND filter.

The idea is to shine the light on the sides of the face, slightly from the back of your model. The model is placed in the center where the two lights cross. Here’s a sketch:

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I shot my portraits in RAW so I had a lot of wiggle room in Photoshop. Which light setup is your favourite when lighting for portraits? Drop me a comment – I’d love to know.

Model Marcus Witold Piorkowski is a talented musician and filmmaker. You can check out his portfolio here and listen to his music on Spotify.

Doomey lakelife

Photography, Photoshop

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Yesterday I went to a lake in a small community called Hyllinge to get some better photos of a treehouse I Instagrammed about a year ago. I knew I was going for some black and white shots, mainly because of the doomey weather combined with the uneven angles of the treehouse. I thought the shot of the structure against the lake would be my best (and only) shot for the day (since Hyllinge isn’t the center of the visual world really), but I was lucky enough to catch a man fishing which turned out to be the better photo. As I left I noticed some flowers growing on the roof a little cabin, something you don’t see everyday. I felt lucky because this way I could shoot the flowers comfortably from below, catching some light in a different way than normally, and I even liked to colours enough to keep them. No matter what you’re planning, you just don’t know what you’ll end up with as you step out the door with a camera.

 

Tranquilized.

Photography, Photoshop

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Having kids is a hard work. They drive me nuts, daily, both of them. The chores never end, and I’m quite amazed that our washing machine hasn’t exploded yet. Anyways, the point I’m trying to make here is that you need some sort of outlet, no matter what it is that drives you crazy sometimes. My passion is film but at the moment, I don’t really have the time for it. Schools out for the summer and I don’t always work, so as I mentioned in my previous post “The lay of the land” , I’m trying to improve my photographic skills, especially when it comes to landscape photography.

I try to find some time on days like this one to just go, somewhere, and get inspired by my surroundings. Today I took the smaller roads and ended up in some random spots. Nic Cave provided the soundtrack today. I came home with a 150 shots and these are the ones that really worked for me today. But mainly, I got to clear my head a bit – and that’s what mattered today. Plus I got to try out some vintage m42 prime lenses (Mirage 135 / Tokina 35 / Makinon 28) which have been sitting in my bag for a while just waiting to be put to work.

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