– Hey, I just wanted to let you know that I’m opening a photo show named “Desert Utopia” in my gallery NEO NOIR in Kiel this Friday, June 23.
– Yeah you are invited! Everybody is invited! Everybody will be there – there will be 20 people there!
– What are you saying? That’s bad timing because it’s in the middle of the Kiel Week, the world’s biggest sailing event?
– And that’s every year in Kiel?
– About sailing, huh? …wow.
– Well, how about a picture of a frickin sailing boat in the desert for a change?
– 7 pm.
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This is a hand held shot from a little camera test ride through Kiel. Since quite a while I’ve been looking for a small, lightweight, and weather sealed camera that performs well in the high ISO department. The idea is to have a little companion to take night images anywhere without carrying a tripod and heavy lenses. Since more than 8 years I used the Canon 5D Mark II and since the last couple months I used Steffi’s 5D Mark IV. That makes almost a decade of full-frame bliss and a good workout every time I go on a nightly city exploration. I never thought I would go back to a smaller APS-C sized sensor until I noticed what the Fujifilm X Pro 2 is capable of. I might write a larger and nerdier comparison post later. For now I’ll cut a long story short by saying that I can take these kinds of photos now with a camera I barely notice when it’s on me. I don’t know, maybe that’s a useful hint for those of you who do similar stuff and are still carrying big camera bags around.
When I have visitors in my Gallery I hear them dropping the H-word quite often. Out of awe I don’t even dare speaking out the name, but people keep doing it as if Mr. Hopper was a dude next door. Somehow my photographs seem to remind people of his works. This is as flattering as it is confusing. Yes, I often show lonely people in urban settings, but visually it’s a completely different story. In fact I’ve heard the name so many times…his pictures are stuck in my mind like a catchy song now. Last Tuesday I took this lucky shot in Italy and I decided to go down the Hopper road a little, this time intentionally. I greatly enjoyed the whole process – maybe you like it, too.