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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 13 April 2014

My Favorite Oak Tree

My Favorite Oak Tree

Every Doctor says: You need to move to keep your systems intact. Umm. Therefore this morning I have woken up my bicycle from winter sleep and planned my first test ride for this open air season.

The weather was perfect for cycling, but not really for photography (and lightwise it was the wrong time anyway). But to take my camera with me turned out to be quite a clever decision. Every now and then I could stop, pretending to take a photo :-). Since spring has just started in our area, I decided to take some pics of fresh leaves  and other greenstuff. So I have lots of green and surprisingly even some shiny yellow.

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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 25 March 2014

German version of Lighting 101

German version of Lighting 101

Today I got a short message from David Hobby,  a.k.a. The Strobist, that he has made my German translation of his famous e-book “Lighting 101″ available via his website.

During the last few weeks I did the translation, editing and layout with my editorial service GermanoMedia. This book is the renowned beginners guide for photo enthusiasts who want to learn lighting techniques, that drastically improve the quality of their speedlight photography.

 

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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 20 March 2014

Berlin Photowalk during Blue Hour

Berlin Photowalk during Blue Hour

Whenever one of our Friends from Nikonpoint photography forum is in town and suggests to meet for a photowalk some forum members from Berlin are ready to meet and to do some cool shoot.

Tonight FM2-User from the city of Mainz was in Berlin and we suggested to make use of the Blue Hour in Berlins Government district and to walk along the river Spree. It was quite a short distance, maybe 1500 metres and our bunch of four were shooting for about only 75 mins. But this was absolutely okay because the evening sky and the illuminated Buildings were excellent subjects.

 

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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 20 February 2014

Exclusive office space in Berlin City (near Gendarmenmarkt)

Exclusive office space in Berlin City (near Gendarmenmarkt)

Today I had an appointment with a property manager of a historic building in Berlin’s center. He gave me the assignment to shoot refurbished offices at famous Borchardt House near Gendarmenmarkt.  (You may know that my commercial photostudio specializes in real estate photography.) This was quite a challenge because those 8,000 sqft where completely empty.

But when the manager took me on a tour for a first look I immediately knew what to do. There were so many visual highlights in those offices I could concentrate on:

 

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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 14 January 2014

Red peppers filled with cheese and herbs ready to be tossed on the grill

Red peppers filled with cheese and herbs ready to be tossed on the grill

This week I had the chance to attend a BBQ seminar on behalf of BBQexperte at one of the Grill Academies powered by Weber. At a rural district of the City of Leipzig we met at Genussakademie 7Sinn in a historic farm complex, where chef Jens Becher celebrated a great variety of BBQ dishes.

Besides all theory we also had the chance to prove ourselfes als Junior Grill Masters. Okay, I haven’t done so much in terms of food preparation and grilling because I wanted to document this event with my camera.

But finally I had a blast, capped with a selfmade 8-course dinner.

 

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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 26 November 2013

Dresden Altstadt with Frauenkirche

Dresden Altstadt with Frauenkirche

Visiting a photogenic city and having plenty of time – what else would make a perfect photo night? Perfect weather. Well the first two things I had last weekend. But the weather was rather a challenge than being suitable for citynight photography: drizzling, foggy, low clouds and gusty winds.

My good old friend and photographer Volker lives in Dresden and was the perfect guide for our nightly photowalk. Ofcourse we started with one of the most famous vantage points: Canaletto’s View. (Canaletto was a painter who portrayed Dresden at around 1750.)

 

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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 13 October 2013

Festival of Lights 2013 - Brandenburg Gate

Festival of Lights 2013 – Brandenburg Gate

The same procedure as every year. For two weeks in October Germany’s capital Berlin is a magnet for nightphotographers. During the Festival Of Lights many buildings and some landmarks are colorfully illuminated with different techniques from static troopers to impressive light projections performed by lighting artists.

As every year the Berlin based community of Germany’s leading internet forum for Nikon shooters  Nikonpoint meets for a photowalk to shoot the most interesting objects. Yesterday we were a bunch of 9.

 

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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 6 October 2013

Worldwide Photo Walk Berlin  2013

Worldwide Photo Walk Berlin 2013

Yesterday a bunch of people met in a historic part of  Berlin, Germany for a two hour photo walk. This is organized by initiative of American photographer, author and educator Scott Kelby. Altogether there where almost 28,500 walkers  on their way in more than 1,200 locations all over the  world. The Berlin group consisted of about 20 photographers.

Tour guide Sebastian had organised his walk perfectly. Each walker got a printed map of the route with explanations for several spots – just in case one would get lost in this lively part of town.

 

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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 7 September 2013

Seagull at the Baltic Sea

Seagull at the Baltic Sea

This was one of these rare moments, when you take the freedom to do nothing. Yesterday I went to a music festival, by my good friend Dr. Uwe Steuer, to the German province of Prignitz right in the middle between Berlin and Hamburg. This was the first time in a row of more than 15 years that I decided not to shoot the shows. You know what? This was cool, relaxing and a I could really enjoy every concert. Ok, no backstage pass this time – but never mind.

Next day me and Dietrich, another good friend of mine from Munich, decided to go to the Baltic Sea – since we had already been half way to the German North shores anyway.

 

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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 4 May 2013

Out of Camera vs. Retouched

Out of Camera vs. Retouched

This question touches every photographer sooner or later and then from every now and then again. Photographer Matt Kloskowski has shared an article on this question he found these days on the blog of Swedish photographer Jonas Hellsén. And this led me to think about it again.

First of all I am far away of blaming anyone who has a different oppinion on the amount of retouching appropriate to a photograph than I have. I think as we look at photography as an art form it is all about personal taste (and only then about technique, equipment etc.). In German there is a saying that states that you cannot argue over taste. Full stop.

 

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