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Hamburg Office Building.



Taken using a Leica M Typ 240 & 7Artisans 28mm f-1.4. Original photo overlayed with a shot taken at 25 secs exposure. ...
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Taken using a Leica M Typ 240 & 7Artisans 28mm f-1.4. Original photo overlayed with a shot taken at 25 secs exposure.
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teplikphoto July 17, 2020
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Behind The Lens

Location
It was taken in Hafencity, Hamburg near Baakenhafen Brücke.
Time
It was taken mid-afternoon
Lighting
The lighting was 100% natural.
Equipment
I used a Leica M (Typ 240) & a 7Artisans 28mm lens.
Inspiration
I like architecture with strong gemetric lines.
Editing
Yes. Because I only had one camera and one lens with me I had to take two shots of the building - one to get a sharp image of the building itself and a second shot with a longer exposure to blur the clouds. I rested the camera on a rucksack to keep it stable but there was still a slight misalignment of the two images so I had to use photoshop to transpose the long exposure shot of the sky over the sharper, short exposure of the building. I cropped the image slightly and made some minor tonal adjustments, and adjusted slightly for noise.
In my camera bag
It varies depending on what I'm intending to take pictures of. Currently, for city photography I carry a Domke F2 - in the bag is: 1x Leica M with 28mm lens, occasionally a Leica mount Zeiss 50mm f/2, 2x Leica batteries, Leica half carry case, 1x Sony A7R ii, 1x Sony 24 - 105mm G, 1x Sony 16 - 35mm, 6x Sony batteries (as the battery life sucks), 1x Velbon tripod (as it's very reliable and lightweight), a Benro 100mm filter holder with an Ice LiPo filter, and 3-6 Ice ND filters, a carry case for the filters, a bunch of SD cards, and a Hahnel wireless trigger/remote. I don't always take all of this as I like to keep what I carry down to a minimum but sometimes when you're visiting a new location and don't know what to expect, it's useful to have it there in case you need it.
Feedback
Think creatively and think about the composition, and keep your eyes peeled for interesting angles. This was just an average office building opposite the university u-bahn station but because Hafencity is still being built, there were no buildings behind it to disrupt flow of the buildings lines. Don't just take a photo of a building and leave it at that - think about how you could make that building look interesting to other people - making it monochrome, doing a long exposure, using a wide angle to emphasis converging lines etc. Think about exposure - if you use automatic metering and just point the camera at the building, you'll blow out the detail in the sky - so I prefer to under-expose these shots - it's easier to bring out detail by boosting shadows in post processing when it's under exposed, than recovering detail in a blown-out sky. Dont be afraid to digitally edit the photo in Photoshop/Lightroom, Gimp etc to get the right result - you're likely using a digital camera so roll with it and experiment; you might as well have a little fun with it.

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