Not a night at the opera, but the opera at night 🙂
In fall 2015 I was in Dresden with a couple of friends. Besides other iconic buildings, the Semper Oper was also on our bucket list. In this case, I had a monochromatic image in my mind when setting up my gear for this image. I wanted to have a black sky to make the wonderful building pop out. Usually, I take my images of illuminated buildings a bit earlier during blue-hour.
It’s amazing. Today, I start in my seventh year of constantly posting monochrome images. Seven years ago a photographer located in Melbourne, Australia, started the Monochrome Madness Challenge. In the meantime, the challenge in its original way is retired. Here in my blog, you can find my contributions to MMC by simply following the tag “mmc“. Despite MMC is retired, I follow my tradition and post a monochrome image each week here in my blog with the same tag.
I love monochrome images for decades. They are so interesting because of the play of lights and shadows. In my digital workflow, I’m using a software imitating the chemical workflow instead of only desaturating the images. Thus, I get images of the same quality as I got from my old film lab. Unfortunately, the software I’m still using is retired for some reason I don’t understand. It’s successor isn’t that good. So, I don’t mention it here.
In the later part of my adolescence, I have had my own photo lab and was able to develop monochrome film and also do my own prints in the darkroom in the cellar of my parents’ house. Beside my SLR I used an old Voigtländer plate camera, built around 1927. Despite the age, the camera is still working. Once, that camera belonged to my grant-father whom I never met. But, I got it from my grant-mother, when I was in my early twenties and quite experienced in photography.
I also used the camera as a requisite in some steampunk-themed shootings as you can see in the attached image.
I saw these nice English telephone boxes last year in Wales. As we are currently hindered going out and are locked in our homes to save us from getting infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus for several weeks now life becomes kind of boring.
As so many of us are currently locked at their homes similar to sitting in jail and certainly have talked to nearly every relative and friend. Every housekeeping is done, reading, listening to the radio and watching TV or binge-watching whole seasons becomes boring. So, maybe it’s interesting to talk to a complete stranger, whom you only know slightly from reading her blog posts.
Although I’m not alone, but I’m curious about talking to people and get to know a bot about how they feel these days. Therefore I’m offering a skype call. Simply talk half an hour or so. No specific topic. A bit like you could do when meeting someone in a metro or a bus station.
Therefore I make an offer: do you want to talk to me? I’m offering a skype call. If you’re interested, drop me a line in the comments. I won’t publish that comment and only use the email address you’re leaving me, to contact you for negotiating a suitable time slot. You know, I’m in western Europe and located in CEST, that’s UTC+2 (because of the daylight savings time).
You can find your timezone i.e. when looking on the world map published at Wikipedia and then use Google by saying for example “13 PST CEST” and get back “22:00h”. So, you can see, it’s 10 p.m. (= 22:00h) for me when the people in i.e. San Fransico or LA have 1 p.m. (= 13:00h; PST = Pacific Standard time).
So, anybody interested? I’m curious for you 🙂