“[we] come from nature.…There is an importance to [having] a certain reverence for what nature is because we are connected to it… If we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves.” – Edward Burtynsky
Photo credit: Edward Burtynsky
When you think about how little a human-being is compared to the size of our planet it’s only hard to imagine what great impact we still have. For millennia human-beings have exploited the resources of nature. In the course of time mankind has developed more and more modern methods to reach even more resources. To achieve this new technologies and machines have been created. The number of the natural resources people need for their constantly changing lifestyle is also increasing. We keep changing our planet and leaving traces every day, even if we may not really be aware of it.
“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.“
That’s only one of many great quotes about Ansel Adams’s photography. Ansel Easton Adams was born in San Francisco, California, in 1902 and died in 1984. He was a US photographer and counts among the most popular and most important photographers in the world. He owes his popularity to his impressive landscape and nature photographs.
Let’s start with some technical facts: The lens covers a focus range of 24 to 105mm and the angle of vision reaches from 84,1 – 23,3 degrees. The lens weighs about 885 grams and the filter diameter is around 82 mm.
The lens has a consistent luminosity of 4 and can also resort to an image stabilizer. The closest focusing distance is 42 cm and it comes with a lens hood. The first thing I noticed when holding the lens in my hands, was its high-quality processing.
Today it was time again for another photo walk. It was mainly cloudy but very bright, actually quite perfect for what I had in mind! All those of you who’ve been outside with their cameras on a cloudy day know that then the light is especially soft and beautiful. I like the effect of the images created in such an atmosphere a lot. Besides all this, taking pictures with such weather is very easy as you won’t have to keep in mind the position of the sun or the shadows, respectively.
One should think that a dentist running a private practice does not have the time to travel to remote landscapes and be seriously involved with landscape and animal photography. However, Dr. Nicholas Roemmelt, who lives in Tyrol, shows that it is indeed possible to have a challenging job as well as indulge in a time-intensive hobby. Saying that, his portfolio is no less impressive than that of many well-known professional photographers. However, it is not so much his landscapes or animals, but his incredible self-portraits, which have been going around the internet for days and which brought him to my attention. I am consciously calling these shots “self-photos” instead of “self-portraits”, as these photographs have got nothing in common with conventional self-portraits, let alone selfies.
Like every photographic technique, double exposures are mostly used for their visual effect and not because one has arrived at the decision, after careful deliberation, that a photo is content-wise or aesthetically improved because of it. Often it is assumed that double exposure can hide a bad technique or a boring motive, or make it interesting, which is, of course, a big mistake. In fact, double exposure makes the photographic process much more complex, which in turn makes the successful implementation of such a shot – meaning the creation of a picture people actually enjoy looking at – much more difficult. A shot like this has to be well thought through.
Since most beginners are not aware of this, one gets swamped with double exposures when surfing the internet – weirdly enough it seems to be mostly portraits, which, in my opinion, do not make any sense at all. These pictures do not hold the viewer’s interest for very long.
Andreas Lie’s double exposures are different. They appear to be well though through and to the point. The stile reminds me of Japanese ink paintings, which have always fascinated me. I also like the message that wild animals and their living spaces are one and the same thing! 🙂