52Frames – 2022-15 – Extreme Close-Up

Close-up of color pencil - you can only see the gripping dots on a palette of pencils that go from pink to blue

The theme for this week’s 52Frames was “Extreme Close-Up”, explicitly not limited to macro. I went for the easy shot of opening a drawer, opening my color pencils case, and taking a picture of that; uninspired, yes, one more week, also yes. (Hoping to get more motivation for photography eventually some time soon!)

52Frames – 2022-14 – Nature

Close-up of a white thyme flower

The theme for last week’s 52Frames was “Nature”. The weather was good and I could have gone for a more “exotic” piece of nature, but I still have a week of walking with crutches, so… not! Thankfully, a plant of thyme decided to start growing between the slabs of my 5th floor balcony. And it currently has little flowers. So, there – you get a picture of my random balcony thyme plant 🙂

52Frames – 2022-13 – Emotion

Two wooden manikins on a grass surface, one of them is jumping happily towards the sky, the other is sitting, looking relaxed

The theme for this week’s 52Frame was “Emotion. My first idea was to get a selfie of myself being visibly annoyed at the plastic walking boot that’s enclosing my ankle for another two weeks while my fracture heals, but I decided to get my manikins to use instead. I took a picture in front of my green screen, and composited them on an older background (taken a few years ago on top of the Uetliberg). This is neither a good composite nor a good picture, but eh, it’ll do the job for this week 🙂

52Frames – 2022-12 – Long shutter

Light painting of a heart figure with several surimpressions

The theme for this week’s 52Frames was “Long shutter”, with an extra credit (which I claimed) for “Light Painting”. I must admit I didn’t give too much thought on the topic of my light painting – it needed to be recognizable and basic enough for my somewhat drawing-challenged self to be able to pull it off in not too much time and takes. A heart looked easy enough when paying a bit of attention, and indeed it worked out okay.

This is a composite of three images: one where I was drawing a heart with a red-filtered Lume cube and a green one in each hand; one where I inverted both cubes, and one where I didn’t have a filter – which I blended negatively in postprocessing (so that I got the cyan, blue and magenta showing there.)

It actually looks fairly decent for the low amount of effort I put in this picture 😉

Scavenger Hunt #34 – Present

A collage of various pictures taken around Zürich, over a blue and white background representing the city colors.

My goal with Hunt 34 was to do something closer to a “real” Scavenger Hunt and to take all my shots outside in the city. I have a mix of “found shots” and “places I know where I’ll be able to take a shot” for this round, and that felt pretty good. I also have a new, more compact camera than my Pentax “monster” – so I also wanted the opportunity to shoot with it more and get more comfortable with it: my other goal for this Hunt was “everything shot with the Fuji”.

The final composition, “Present”, was something I had in mind all along during this Hunt – I wanted to have, as a final image, “a Scavenger view of Zürich”. I added a blue and white background to represent the colors of the city, and I added my pictures on top of it. I started working with Photoshop, and it was kind of hell, when suddenly I realized I wasn’t doing image processing, I was doing… layout. So I grabbed Publisher, and I was done in less time than I can count 😉 Obviously, there was a couple of “awkward” shots to place – the “Crack” one proved particularly annoying… until I realized it was abstract enough to be able to place it essentially anywhere. I setup the “bridge” image as a centerpiece of the composition, because that’s the most recognizable view of the city. While I didn’t keep with the usual aspect ratio of a postcard, this was mostly the aesthetics I wanted to reach – and I think I mostly managed.

All in all, during all of this Hunt, I wanted to show “my” city, which recently become much more than the city I live in – it’s also the city that accepted me as Swiss citizen at the end of last year, and it’s my “Heimatort” (place of origin) – I’m now, very officially, “from” Zürich, and this was something I wanted to celebrate 🙂

I also thought it’d be neat to have a map of the places where I took pictures: here’s the interactive map link, and here’s a screenshot of it for… posterity:

Map of Zürich with ten pins indicating picture locations
© OpenStreetMap contributors

The complete Scavenger album is available here: the Present album.

52Frames – 2022-11 – An Activity

A red paraglider over Locarno, Lago Maggiore and the mountains.

I knew I was going away for the week, so I did consider doing my 52Frames on Monday… and then saw that the theme was quite compatible with being on holidays. We went on top of the Cimetta during said holidays, and were lucky enough to see some paragliding happening fairly close to us! As soon as I saw that, I knew I had my 52Frames shot locked – and indeed I did – this one is one of many shots I took around that time 🙂

Scavenger Hunt #34 – Music

Window of a music shop displaying vinyls; the reflection of the window shows the St.-Peter church.

My goal with Hunt 34 was to do something closer to a “real” Scavenger Hunt and to take all my shots outside in the city. I have a mix of “found shots” and “places I know where I’ll be able to take a shot” for this round, and that felt pretty good. I also have a new, more compact camera than my Pentax “monster” – so I also wanted the opportunity to shoot with it more and get more comfortable with it: my other goal for this Hunt was “everything shot with the Fuji”.

My picture for “Music” is a mix of “found shots” and “I know where I’m getting that shot”. The Musik Hug shop was very much in my mind when I took my camera on a walk to get some shots; it also has a room with many Steinway pianos that I was hoping to capture. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a polarizing filter on that lens yet at that time, making my initial plan fail.

But I still turned around the building, and their collection of displayed vinyls caught my eye, mostly because it has one of my favorite albums on display! (Yes, that’s be the Queen one 😉 ). And when I realized that the St.-Peter church (and Europe’s largest church clock face!) was visible in the reflection… well, if you can’t beat’em join’em – it actually made me happy to get a better picture for my overarching “Zürich” theme than I would have gotten if I had gone with my first idea – it’s actually one of my favorite pictures for this round :). Here’s the initial picture:

Window of a music shop displaying vinyls; the reflection of the window shows the St.-Peter church.
CameraFujifilm X-30 II
LensFujinon XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
Focal length18 mm
F-NumberF/3.6
Exposure time1/60s
ISO2000

The complete Scavenger album is available here: the Music album.

52Frames – 2022-10 – Low key

Close-up of a hand in low-light, where the knuckles are displayed as if they were hills

The theme for this week’s 52Frames was “Low key”, with an additional (claimed) challenge for “Bodyscape”. I don’t have much courage nor interest to take pictures of body parts other than hands, but I got the idea of making a hilly landscape out of my knuckles. I lit it from behind with lume cube and a yellow/orange filter to yield an impression of sunrise/sunset (I titled that picture “Sunrise on Knuckles Hills” for 52Frames 🙂 ) and shipped it with fairly minimal processing.

Scavenger Hunt #34 – Lemon

Paradeplatz in black&white; a "Blue Lemon" shop is visible at the forefront with the lemon in its logo being the first visibly colored element of the picture.

My goal with Hunt 34 was to do something closer to a “real” Scavenger Hunt and to take all my shots outside in the city. I have a mix of “found shots” and “places I know where I’ll be able to take a shot” for this round, and that felt pretty good. I also have a new, more compact camera than my Pentax “monster” – so I also wanted the opportunity to shoot with it more and get more comfortable with it: my other goal for this Hunt was “everything shot with the Fuji”.

I expected to be in a bit of trouble with “Lemon” – should I bring a random lemon to a location? Or try to find a restaurant with “Lemon” in its name and go from there? (I knew at least some places with “Lemongrass” in the name.) So I actually searched on Google Maps for, well, “lemon”. And there’s a shop called “Blue Lemon” on one of the iconic squares of Zürich, Paradeplatz. I felt a bit self-conscious taking pictures in that place – lots of people, and feeling a bit weird about taking pictures of that shop! I finally landed on the following picture. Since I wanted the theme to be obvious and not hidden somewhere in the image, I went for the selective coloring of the lemon in post. And since I like Easter eggs, I also re-saturated te blue to get the faint blue at the bottom of the tram too 😉

Paradeplatz: shops on the side of the square, tram line, tram and crane.
CameraFujifilm X-30 II
LensFujinon XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
Focal length18mm
F-NumberF/13
Exposure time1/40s
ISO2000

The complete Scavenger album is available here: the Lemon album.

Scavenger Hunt #34 – Juxtaposition

A triangle in a concrete building showing a much older building behind it

My goal with Hunt 34 was to do something closer to a “real” Scavenger Hunt and to take all my shots outside in the city. I have a mix of “found shots” and “places I know where I’ll be able to take a shot” for this round, and that felt pretty good. I also have a new, more compact camera than my Pentax “monster” – so I also wanted the opportunity to shoot with it more and get more comfortable with it: my other goal for this Hunt was “everything shot with the Fuji”.

I think “Juxtaposition” was not a shot that I had planned before I left the apartment, but it came to me when I arrived in the vicinity of the Landesmuseum – I remembered that there was some controversy about the extension of the museum, at least partly because it was supposed to be a building contrasting greatly with the older, end-of-19th century building. Remembering that, I wondered if there was a way to maybe show both in the picture – and it turns out that, probably by design, there was! I took a short walk around the place and took a number of pictures; this one ended up being my favorite. I also like the presence of the tree – which would be better if I had taken that picture in the summer and not in the dread of winter, probably! – to add a second element of juxtaposition.

A triangle in a concrete building showing a much older building behind it
CameraFujifilm X-30 II
LensFujinon XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
Focal length18 mm
F-NumberF/10
Exposure time1/60s
ISO1250

The complete Scavenger album is available here: the Juxtaposition album.