Across the Moor

Across the Moor – for those of you who like to see a few of my landscape photography locations. The Fintlandsmoor is a very unique place and a beautiful nature resort in the district Ammerland in North Germany. Again filmed with my iPhone 5s. I have to get a decent video camera in one of these days. Awesome music by Ben Sound.

Winds of Light

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Winds of Light

Yesterday in the Fintlandsmoor. It is still cold and windy. The rain had stopped for a day. The moor blooms. It was a quiet moment. A mild wind created patterns of light in the blooming grass. I heard only the wind and some birds in the distance. A perfect moment to stop for a moment or two. A am currently working on a new video. It will show the creation of this image and some others. I will see if I get this finished by the weekend. Happy days! Reinhold

The End – 20/20

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Developing my personal style

Image 20/20 – The End

This image is the last image of my series: Develop my personal style

Did I find my personal style? I don’t know. The next post will summerize my thoughts and findings. Thanks for joining and supporting me on my long journey. I really enjoyed it.

The first 19 images are already published. If you are interested… please visit my blog to view the other images of my series. Thanks in advance!

Aircraft leaving Danger Zone

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Image 19/20 – Danger Zone

This image is part of my series: Develop my personal style

January 2015. Storm “Felix” on its way to hit the coast of North Germany. I wanted to capture those amazing cloud formations. In the top left side of the view finder I saw this aircraft passing the storm. Actually I think the aircraft was flying above the storm field. But in this moment it looked a bit “dangerous” to me.

The first 18 images are already published. If you are interested… please visit my blog to view the other images of my series. Thanks in advance!

And if you are keen for more danger, please klick Danger!

Flames of Light

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Image 18/20 – Flames of Light

This image is part of my series: Develop my personal style

Yesterday. Early in the morning. In the moor. The rising sun is throwing flames of light at this tree. It only lasts for a minute. I nearly missed that moment. The routine of setting up the tripod, mounting camera and lens, attaching the filter holder, mounting the filter and doing all the settings works better in these days. It’s all about practice. A few months ago I would have missed that moment.

The first 17 images are already published. If you are interested… please visit my blog to view the other images of my series. Thanks in advance!

Beautiful – after all

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Developing my personal style

Image 15/20 – Beautiful – after all

This image is part of my series: Develop my personal style

The first 14 images are already published. If you are interested… please visit my blog to view the other images of my series. Thanks in advance!

Stormrider

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Image 14/20 – Stormrider… this one is pushing my style series to its limits. A black and white integration did not work. Background – no… foreground – no… stormrider – no…so I decided to allow some exceptions in my style. What do you think?

This image is part of my series: Develop my personal style

The first 13 images are already published. If you are interested… please visit my blog to view the other images of my series. Thanks in advance!

Fields of Gold

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Image 12/20 – Fields of Gold… sunset in the forest nearby. The trees created a pattern of golden sunlight on the leaves of the woodland floor. You can’t feel how cold and windy it was that day. But may be you can see it.

This image is part of my series: Develop my personal style

The first 11 images are already published. If you are interested… please visit my blog to view the other images of my series. Thanks in advance!

Hansel and Gretel taken by Surprise

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Developing my personal style

Image 11/20 – Hansel and Gretel taken by Surprise… I was surprised to find this old barn at the lake near to where I live. I never walked this road before. But I definitely will visit this place again.

This image is part of my series: Develop my personal style

The first 10 images are already published. If you are interested… here is a gallery of the images so far.

For other “surprises” klick Surprise 🙂

Dancing with Birds

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Image 10/20 – Dancing with Birds… an image of my “Fiction Series”. It is created from 2 different images. A puppet of a fashion show in Frankfurt and an image of Schillig, a sea resort in the National Park Wadden Sea in North Germany. I think dancing with birds is a good start of the coming long weekend.

This image is part of my series: Develop my personal style

The first 9 images are already published. If you are interested… please visit my blog. Thanks in advance!

Stepping on new ground…

… after 1 week and weekend full of new photograhy projects I first want to apologize for no or late replies to your comments and for no feedback to your recent posts.
Taking photographs of horses and dogs fills up a Lightroom folder very quickly. 500 images per shoot are the default, not the exception. Reviewing these images, selecting the “good” ones and doing basis adjustments in LR turns long days into long nights. The hit ratio at day 1: 50%, day 2: 70% day 3: 40% (bad weather) and finally the weekend: 80%. Lesson learned:  a Fuji X-T1 can do the job, especially the new focus features helped a lot. I rented a Fuji 50-140 2.8 lens (70-200 2.8 FF equivalent). Can you do the job without such a lens? NO! Definitely NO! Shutter speeds of 1000-2000 crank up the ISO very quickly to 3600 or 6400. You get a lot of noise. At the end I used the “Manual” mode only. Set the aperture, set the shutter speed and than set the ISO. If you see an image in your electronic view finder it is time to think about single, area or tracking focus and single or burst mode. Continuous focusing is a must. On day 1 I missed nearly every chance of an image. I had to learn very quickly. Another observation: if I want to be successful (means earning money) in this area I need a Canon D1 X II oder Nikon D5 + a 70-200 2.8 prime lens. Now we are talking about 8 to 10K €. It is the only time where gear matters. But so far I am very proud of my Fuji X-T1. Smiles. Reinhold

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Horses – Portrait

 

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Horses – Motion

 

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Dogs – Portrait

 

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Horses
Dogs – Motion

Rain doesn’t fall on one roof alone

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Image 8/20 – Rain doesn’t fall on one roof alone. This image has been taken in the stunning harbour of Hamburg with my Fuji X-T1. The top half of this composition is converted into B&W and the bottom half is without any major modifications.

This image is part of my series: Develop my personal style

The first 7 images are already published. If you are interested… please visit my blog. Thanks in advance!

In Love

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Image 7/20 – In Love… storchs in the wetlands. I was lucky the day before. I came to a place packed with storchs. I own no long lens. So I had to go with my 18-55mm zoom hunting the fast flying birds. Used the new focus features of my X-T1 for the first time. It was fun and may be I go back on the weekend. Practice… practice… practice…

This image is part of my series: Develop my personal style

The first 6 images are already published. If you are interested… please visit my blog. Thanks in advance!

The remaining images are dedicated to Amy. I was inspired by her “birds in the air” shots. So I hope I am closing the gap between her skills shooting birds in motion a little bit. She is still master of the game! Go and check out her birdies. 🙂

Wetland Fog

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Image 5/20 – This shot has been taken early in the morning in the wetlands. Fuji X-T1 and LEE Filter System to balance the light. This was one of the last shots into the sunlight. I stopped doing that. When I see a nice sunset / sunrise today I take the shot before or after the sun dominates the sky. Or I turn round and take a shot in the opposite direction. The light is much nicer / softer. In this case it still works because of the fog over the wetlands. It is magic to be there at this time of the day.

This image is part of my series: Develop my personal style

The first 5 images are published. You can see the first quarter of my series here: