plants vs brauerei

Somehow I stumbled back onto a couple who inspired my greatly years ago when I first started computers and design and… then they were doing beautiful things with Flash, now yes, well still bits of Flash, but also WordPress and other things. I seem to follow without being aware of it.

He has a video, shooting HD macro with a Nikon D90, and I thought, “oh! I have a camera. It shoots HD. I like Macro. I wonder…” I wonder can I combine aperture priority with manual focus or the macro lens setting with HD video somehow to get those beautiful to me out of focus backgrounds and crisp flecks of detail? It was getting dark, or towards, towards twilight. Then I spent an hour maybe in Final Cut, trimming six minutes down to 52 seconds.

I wonder if someone who bakes might enjoy the view, and her Oma’s plants? I wonder if someone with Audiogeräte might like to play with tiny films?


nahe brauerei, sonnenblumen getötet

Playing with my camera yesterday during the rain, ah summer in Berlin would like to be tropical, but I miss dearly the blanketing humidity of Guangzhou, skin moist to melting even, it changes a body. Daniel has left this city, and tomorrow shall fly east and south to Adelaide. Not till December shall I see him again, unless I scurry west to where they will be touring in November.

Ballet today, seeing my body change from not experiencing the intensity of physical life is not pleasurable. It accelerates aging, this sloth. Ah but… plans… Plans at least to return to the Sunflowers Christian brought here early July, which have died, dried in places, rotted in others, small bugs strewn on the petals and around, where they fell, dead.

Playing with shallow depth of field again, and using Aperture Priority with manual focus. I dirty my lens and think I shall buy lens cleaner, a screen protector, and the beautiful Panasonic LX3 case. Also plans for neutral density lens filter, a polarising one, and I have heard there are infrared ones which fit, though the lens does show up a hot spot.

The manual focus on my camera is a joy, a rectangle in the middle magnifying the scene and the focus is very easy to see. Ah but shaking hands, so instead I try the opposite, set a focal distance between 1 and 3cm, and then take the shot and see what comes out. Of course the Brauerei is in the background.


a plant a brewery

Learning more of depth of field and finally moving into the full manual mode on my LX3. It has a delightful magnified rectangle to assist in manual focus. I have discovered I get a nice background blur on non-macro shots if I use the macro setting. Not sure if this is acceptable camera behaviour, but I do have a habit of “what happens if I…” … “…oops…”

(one day I shall write entirely in ellipses)

A juicy plant on the windowsill, naturally the Brauerei is in the background. I was thinking of using my mobile phone as an external lightsource or flash. I’m less concerned with nice photos and so on than in learning the technique of this camera. I had thoughts about the autofocus that follows the subject and mmm… a lot to learn.

I am taken by the 3:2 format though, quite square and has an unusual depth that 16:9 or even the usual 4:3 misses, like falling towards the horizon over the landscape inbetween. For the moment it is my favourite, perhaps especially because I have never played with it before.


brauerei, alex im hintergrund

More playing with my camera. I wondered why shooting at f/4 was leaving the background in wide-angle shots a bit blurry… today I discover such shots are better done at f/22 or so. I leaned out my window yesterday and saw Alex and the ‘turm. I discover the dynamic black and white mode is rather popular, learn a little about HDR, discover the 3:2 format produces some delightful depth yet annoyingly angled barrel distortion, wonder how to solve that… read more on things I suspect I shall need soon. Learning my beloved camera.


today i learned about depth of field

(Inbetween learning about search engine optimisation, Google Analytics… other…)

I have a book which is a basic introduction to DSLR cameras. I purloined it in the hope I could have revealed to me some of the arcane aspects of manual photography. In the course of reading on such things as bracketing and other such wonders frequently qualified with the statement, “only in dslr cameras”, the book, showing it’s age as not from this year led me to look through the LX3 manual quite frequently. Wherein I discovered everything including multi-point autofocus.

So it dawned on me fully, in which was my reason for buying this camera, it is more a DSLR in a compact body than a compact with DSLR abilities. Maybe it doesn’t have the same physical sensor size and no optical viewfinder (unless I buy one), but! f/2.0! Depth of field anyone?

Which is a simple-ish thing I am just beginning to grasp requiring the A in PASM. Here I get to set the aperture value, bigger is better. Hence f/2.0. Closer is good and bigger focal length also, though this hits the LX3’s one limit, only 60mm.

Anyway, depth of field is how in or out of focus everything is in front of and behind the one thing that is the centre of attention. By doing the above, it becomes very narrow, so lots of background blur… mmm… pretty. And then I remembered my beauty has a focus setting on the lens barrel, so I set it to AF-Macro.

I preferred the other photo I look of the pen, of the pen itself I mean, this one looks a bit foreshortened, but this one also has a far more – for me – interesting background. f/2.3, focal length 7.4 or 35mm, 1/50sec, ISO 160. Less washed out in the original (will start shooting raw soon), but that would be the fault of Photoshop’s ‘save to web’ adventure.


brauerei in sonnenabschied

Playing with things like P and A and S, but not M. Unless M is movie. HD video from a camera looks rather good even though in low light it is grainy. Still it has sharpness and much better than the mush from many video cameras.

Playing with scene modes and discovering the Black & White is rather pretty. Also in iAuto it selects scenes ok but… I shall end up sticking with P. P for Program and Photoshop and… so on.

I am reading a history of Berlin, sometimes Fontane, places ending in “-ow”, Wends and others who… are vanished in the sense of made to disappear, rather than not here. I am reminded of Guangzhou and discovering 水上人家…


first light

Something telescopes do… it feels like the appropriate description for the first photo I take with my camera.

Of course of the Brauerei.

For my own pleasure, 1/499 exposure, f/3.5, ISO 80. Shot in Auto mode. The lens is sublime and mmm… yes, this is the view my poor cameraphone could never quite manage.

I haven’t had time to play with my LX3 yet, though I have downloaded the manual and reading it makes me tremble. Oh new things to play with. I’m not even sure where to begin, wanting to throw myself into the full manual abyss but having so much else to understand. Excitement!

(Oh and i made a new category called images. About time.)


yesterday evening

Another play with stitching panoramas… it really doesn’t convey the immensity or closeness of the Bötzow Brauerei that looms outside my bedroom window, filling it even. But the colours though. In winter the brauerei was what held my attention, everything besides remaining skeletal, and now it is surrounded by green. I shall try to rouse myself next dawn when I come to with the lightening of the sky and catch the light then, for it is quite special.