at home in... w| Gerald Zhang-Schmidt

Look Closer, Learn More, #GetAtHome In This World

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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…

“Story is King.” Talking Photography w| Jonah Kessel

Not satisfied just taking snapshots? Looking to see your surroundings more intimately, make yourself more at home?

jonahkesselcom-screenshotSo was I, and so I looked to photographers I know to be in a position to give some great answers.
First up, Jonah M. Kessel, award-winning journalist who does “cinematography and visual journalism,” most notably for the New York Times. – Check out his website at to see his great work, but don’t forget to read on for his great answers!

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