The Fall

Heya all,

another photo from the last month. We tried to take some photos of the heystacks, Stanley tried to capcure me in front of it and I tried to look good, but as you can see,  none of the photos was yet published here on the blog (I´m not very photogenic person). So you have to do with just this one photo.  🙂




There Are Three Flowers in the Vase


About two weeks ago, my twelve year old sister wanted to enter a doll-like makeup contest and she asked me to take a photo of her and process it a bit. Well, I took my trusty speedlite and 5-in-1 reflector and tried to take some shots. In the end, this one worked best in my opinion. The background is the golden side of the reflector. That of course disabled me from using it to light the face. So I used the same technique I use for passport photos – turning the flash to blast behind the camera into the corner of the room just above my head. This creates an even lighting on the subject and I guess it just works. I shot this one with the Industar-61 55 mm f/2.8. This lens works nicely for portraits and other stuff, but I’m seriously looking into buying a classical 50 mm either f/1.8 or f/1.4 – I already have my eye at some Canon FDs in this range, but they still tend to be quite pricey, especially in good condition. I would also like to finally find the lens, that would get me past 200 mm focal length (either FD 80-200 f/4 or 100-300 f/5.6), but these are still a bit expensive…at least for me as a student.

Anyway, here is the result. In the end she did not win…which is a pity, as the price was a new Polaroid! 😦

I feel I should explain the title now. Whenever I hear a word “doll”, I immediately think of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. I really love this show…and all the Whedon’s stuff for that matter. The phrase “There are three flowers in a vase. The third flower is green.” is used in the show to trigger an assassin abilities in one of the heroines. I hope I’m not going crazy and you actually see, why I named this post like that 😀

Have a great day!


Car Crash!


Walking around the forest can sometimes yield interesting things to capture. As I was coming around the tree, this broken car suddenly appeared in front of me. It made a great contrast with the natural surroundings. I circled it for a bit to find a nice position and then snapped this picture. I also really like how the broken wheel is just lying there next to it. Taken with my Sears 135 mm f/2.8.



Happy New year’s eve!

So if I evaluate our score in 365 project, it’s 282 photos for me and 264 for Stanley. It’s not bad, we had a lot of work to school and there wasn’t always time for blogging. A lot of photos here were really bad (we tried post photo at all costs) and I hope the next year will be better. This is the reason we decided to post one photo per week. You can look forward to photos in better qualitty and more interesting topics. Maybe we will have more time for some tutorials and tips.

Thank all of you for your support and see you in the next year!

The last photos in this year. Hope you like them.





5 Hours to Go


I wouldn’t want you to think I’m neglecting you 😉 So while Jana wrote a summary, I will at least post some photos 🙂 Last ones for this year! In 5 hours we will go out and try to shoot some fireworks…that should cover the topic for the first week of 2015. We already got some practice last year, but the fireworks in Jana’s hometown were pretty small. We are now in Liberec and the midnight firework here should be much more awesome for shooting. We already looked over some spots from which we would like to shoot the midnight lights and picked the one we think will prove most interesting. Unluckilly, we could not have find any place with a complete view of tho town centre, but we instead picked a crossroad nearby with loads of pretty lights. So, batteries charged, cards empty, remotes prepared and waiting.

Happy new year!




No fronts, no bounds

Hello everyone,

last weekend we were on a small trip in Germany, Zittau. In this photo you can see imaginary borders between Czech republic, Germany and Poland.

No fronts, no bounds – not on the maps, not in the minds

Hope you like it.






Hello everyone,

another photos for 365 project.