In the Garden


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And for those of you who don’t speak GELF: Another photo of my super photogenic sister. I’m afraid I’ll be using RawTherapee’s Film Emulation very often now ;).





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!


Lucky Random Snap


It’s not everyday you get a random picture, that you later find to be quite good. Well, abut a week ago I was going through my pics and I stumbled across one! I can’t really say I remember shooting this one, but whatever :D. Also, it’s not every day Jana lets me post a picture of her, but this time she made an exception…I guess because she liked this one :D.

While editing it, Jana asked me to smoothen her skin a little bit. I didn’t think she needed that, but it gave an an opportunity to improve my skills in this area. I’ve done some retouching already, but this time, I wanted to give a go to something a bit different. Some time ago, I stumbled across this article on Patrick David’s blog and in Gimp Magazine issue 5 (he also created a newer version at and I was really looking forward to having something to try it on and Jana simply “pushed” me into it. I have not gone into any crazy details like Patrick does, but I have used the basic idea: wavelet decompose and selective blurring of a different detail levels (took me only about 15 minutes). With this result, Jana was happy and let me post it.



Suitable for Profile Photo


The Aquapac camera bags are great! They certainly produce great profile photos. Of course, it is all about choice of the subject 😉 thanks Jana!


Dear Stanley

Heya all,

another summer photography. Stanley will be angry about this photo with him, but I really like it. Mainly the atmosphere of the photo and colors. And of course Stanley.






Sorry for this avalanche of posts after a long time 😀

This is one of m favourite photos. Light was kind enough to bounce arond and give me this great picture. It was clear the man really enjoys his work and his facial hair just added to the effect 😀


What a Popular Craft


Well, woodcarving was and I believe it still is quite popular in our country. At fairs, you can usually come by a number of these people and this is one of them. It’s always strange how these people totally ignore their surroundings, even if you shove a camera in their face 😀


Beautiful Toys


As I was at the fair, I encountered a rather strange thing…considering it was july. In our country, it’s traditional to fashion some kind of Betlehem Cristmas crib: a set composed of, of course, baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, three wise man, some farmers, animals etc. Well, that’s just what I encountered here in the middle of july, fashioned out of cereal straw. This was just some lady sitting peacefully nearby 😀 I really like her expression: shes’s happy.


I Heard Kids Like Selfies These Days…


At our summer job with Jana, we are assistants at suburban sport camp for children and kids these days…well…they’re now what we used to be. I remember coming home from school, persuading my mum we had no homework and then running out with friends to play. But these kids?! I mean alright, it’s another time now, but this is in my opinion too much. Instead of joining in on some team sport, they sit somewhere in a shadow, talking about phones, computers and computer games and I get the feeling, succes for these kinds is defined by time spent at a computer daily. Since my sister is 11, I therefore get a chance to observe the younger mindset and I’ve come to the following conclusion: some parents just make up for their lack of creativity or interest in communication with their kids by “spoiling” them. That’s really the parent’s problem, but a complication is, that these kids become something of a “leaders” in their society…and other kids  try to be like them…and terorize the parents with high-end gaming PCs. And the topic, where I’m (we’re) totally lost with these kids is photography. Apparently, the hit of today “modern” photography, are selfies. WTF? The thing that scares me is that those kids could actually grow up to be photographers and who would be their audience? Their mates, who helped to form this selfie-based trend…Scary thought…

But to hopefully chatch up with the young, I took this selfie…I know I don’t have bikini, I’m not duckfaced and I’m not sitting on a toilet (or wherever they take these snaps…), but for me, this is quite enough 😀