Recent days the temperature are much more comfortable now and I decided to ride from Nangang via Yeliou and YangMing Mountain back home. It comes out to have a great sunset on the way…
After more then a decade I could join my friends gathering during my trip to Germany.
Last weekend on the famous castle ‘Hoher Kraehen’ in south west Germany close the border to Switzerland. Meet old friends there and took some great ‘character’ head shots from them.
Nostalgic place for people who are interested in old trains…
Images from a walk through Taipei last Saturday afternoon.
Recently I bought a GoPro Hereo 2 to record some of my motorcycle rides here in Taiwan. It also gives me a chance to play around with video editing which is a completely new field for me. A major challenge is to add some music to your footage without getting in trouble with copyrights. Even if you bought the music on CD and your video is not for any commercial purpose it will be easily blocked by YouTube in certain countries. E.g. due to GEMA restrictions in Germany. There are many sources in the Internet where you can find free music for your videos but it is quite time consuming to find a suitable one. I finally found some music for the video below here at Jamendo. There is a interesting blog post at fstoppers.com for more sources of Royalty Free Music for video editors.
So here the first result:
Last weekend I played around with my Westcott Apollo JS 50″ Softbox and Elinchrom Quatra at my living room studio. It is a great combination withe the really large softbox designed for speedlights but with the power of the Quadras.
First approach was as a single light from camera right to feather over the face. It pointed in from 90deg and was very close close to the face.
Second I placed the softbox right behind camera to give it more a beauty lighting look. The large 50″ softbox creates a real nice and soft light ad you can see me standing in front if it in the catch lights in her eyes.
I rally like the 50″ Westcott with the indirect lighting. The flash had is inside the box and pointing into the boox that the light will be reflected ones first before it goes through the front diffuser. It is a great combination for ‘on location’ shots. The only problem could be the huge size in strong wind conditions. So you need a strong assistant to get old of it ;-)
All photos were shot with my Nikon D3 and my 105mm/f2.0 DC lens to limit the DOF.
Turkey August 1989.