How do you see the world?

Wiesestraße, Gera

Olympus OM-D EM1, Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 12-40 mm at 38 mm, ISO 800, f3.5, 1/500 sec.

鏡 – mirror – der Spiegel

As mentioned in my previous post, Kathrin and I were in Gera during the festive season and this photo was taken on our way back from a late lunch in the city on Boxing day. While taking this shot I was faced with a fairly typical problem in that the sky was much, much brighter than everything else. This can typically be solved by taking two photos, one exposed correctly for the sky and the other for everything else, and combining the two later for an ideal image. I didn’t have my tripod with me, however, and so I had to settle with setting the exposure as best as I could and bringing the nuances back in post processing. As such, I am very interested in hearing any opinions on the final result; did I go too far, or perhaps, did I leave something on the table?
I like the image in particular due to the features that run parallel to a point far in the distance. My eyes are drawn first to the puddle and the sky and I tried to accentuate the former by making sure that the reflections of the buildings in the water rather than the water itself was in focus.

Wie letztes Mal erwähnt, Kathrin und ich haben die Weihnachtszeit in Gera verbracht und das Bild heute war auf unserem Rückweg vom Mittagessen am 2. Weihnachtstag gemacht. Als ich das Bild gemacht habe, hatte ich ein sehr übliches Problem – der Himmel war viel, viel heller als alles andere im Bild. Normalerweise kann man das Problem mit zwei Aufnahmen umgehen, die eine mit der richtigen Belichtungszeit für den Himmel und die andere für den Rest. Leider hatte ich das Stativ nicht dabei und so ich musste alles in einer Aufnahme so gut wie möglich einfangen. Dementsprechend habe ich das Bild leicht unterbelichtet und nachher mit Lightroom überarbeitet, um zu rekreieren, was ich mit dem bloßen Auge gesehen habe. Also würde ich mich sehr freuen, wenn ihr eure Meinung zum Bild mir mitteilen würdet. Sieht es zu überarbeitet aus, oder das ganze Gegenteil?
Persönlich mag ich das Bild, weil es viele verschiedene Linien gibt, die alle zu einem fernen Punkt hinführen. Meine Augen wurden erst zu der Pfütze und dem Himmel gezogen und ich habe versucht, die Pfütze als eyecatcher zu haben, in dem ich die Spiegelbilder der Mehrfamilienhäuser im Fokus gestellt habe, anstatt das Wasser.

2 thoughts on “How do you see the world?

  1. My eyes are puzzled by this image…It seems curious that the objects reflected in the puddle are in focus but the foreground pavement is not. While the puddle is also in the foreground we’re seeing light translated in a mirror from afar – it makes more sense from a scientific viewpoint of course. Nice shot!


  2. Thanks for the comment Kim!
    It is indeed a somewhat curious construction. I guess a lot of photographers would choose a much smaller aperture for such a shot, but I was trying to leave the piece of rubbish in the puddle out of focus on purpose! I spent a good bit of time editing the photo in Lightroom and my eyes were always pulled to the indistinct lines of the paving as they disappeared under the water.


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