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Photography Reconsidered: #80Stays with Trey Ratcliff

Photography these days is in a strange place:

Everybody snaps so many pictures, they have lost all value.
So much is being done in Photoshop, there is little reality anymore.

And many photographers are among the most-followed people online.

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My Trusty Companion, Photographically: Sony RX100 (M2)

How my main camera is still a Sony RX100 MII, though it’s basically bent out of shape…

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Photography to Get at Home 5: Past and Present in Beijing

One of the great fascinations of photography is the insight into other places and other people’s lives that it gives.

Even in times of seemingly pervasive Photoshop-ing (and even given the long history of photographic fakery), there is a power to the photojournalistic image.

See: Dead Syrian refugee boy on Turkey beach.
But also, if you know of it: “How the Other Half Lives.”

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Rain Drops on Sichuan Pepper

(Macro)Photography to Get at Home 4

As photographers, things often become all about the big, impressive shots for us.

Dramatic landscapes, lit-up skylines, palaces and mountain peaks.

Forbidden City, Beijing

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Photography to Get at Home 3: Ye Olde Black & White

Black and white photography is something like the quaint, old, but also mysterious and possibly powerful grandpa in the happy-go-lucky family of modern photography.

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(Astro)Photography to Get at Home 2

I discovered my passion, and my Sony RX100’s potential, for astrophotography – taking pictures of stars and other sights of the night sky – through pure good luck.

The night out in the Shennong Valley area of Hunan, China, was just so dark, and thus so full of stars, that it tempted me to play around with the manual settings required for sensible astrophotography. And the results impressed.

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Photography to Get at Home 1: Tilt-Shift

The technique of tilt-shift, where parts of a photo are made to be blurry in such a way that a viewer of the photo will interpret the objects in focus as being smaller than they are, like toy models, is an admittedly playful one.

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Pollinators on Porree. A Little Photography

Porree? It’s leek in German. And it’s one of the few kinds of plants that grow in my garden without suffering too much from the attacks of slugs.

When it got to flowering, it became impressive – and all the more interesting in macro photography.

Beijing Sleepers

With all the panting about China supposedly having overtaken the USA as the world’s largest economy already, it often sounds as if the Chinese must all be worker bees (on that note, the book recommendation on the right) with nary a minute to catch their breath.

Whether it’s breathtaking speed that makes for a need to catch some zzz’s whenever and wherever one gets a chance, or the opposite of being left behind and having not much to do, or nowhere to go, but to get a little sleep in public…Beijing’s urban life sure does sometimes, suddenly, offer impressions of a very different Chinese dream, consisting of as little as a little rest in the middle of the buzz and pollution and change.

This would be a place where it would be possible, well within a lifetime, to wake up from a sleep and suddenly find oneself in utterly changed circumstances, á Rip van Winkle… or not, but that’s the theme of a different photo project.

With those thoughts in mind, after having sought out The Silence of Sound in the (European) urban landscape before, I now went and documented a few of Beijing’s Sleepers…

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