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Friday, April 10th, 2015

Fotoausstellung am 11. und 12. April

Hi zusammen,

Am 11. und 12. April werde ich meine Fotos (viele Street Portraits) und Nassplatten ausstellen.
Zusätzlich werde ich an beiden Tagen auch Platten für Euch Anfertigen. Und selbstgemachte glutenfreie Kamerakekse gibts auch 🙂

Wo: Muckendorf An Der Donau, Landstraße 8, Haus der Generationen
Wann: Samstag 11. (14-20) Und Sontag 12. April (13-17 Uhr)

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Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Fotos, Grafiken und der Machatschek

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Heute hole ich mal etwas länger aus, eigentlich wollte ich „nur“ meine letzten Fotos veröffentlichen.
 
Manchmal stehe ich früh auf um etwas für meinen Körper zu tun, heute war so ein Tag. Wie ich nach getaner „Arbeit“ noch gemütlich am Radlfahren war um etwas runter zu kommen, sah ich mal wieder auf die großen Bildschirme im Fitnesscenter. Dort erblickte ich ein Fotoshooting, ein Pärchen im knappen Outfit posierten für die Fotografin. Diese machte viele Fotos und sah sich dank digitaler Technik diese natürlich sofort auf der Kamera an. Die Models warteten einstweilen, Assistenten liefen aufgeregt herum. Es wurde diskutiert, ein wenig an der Pose geändert und dann ging das Spiel wieder von vorne los. Ich kenne das natürlich auch von früheren Shootings. Da ich jetzt schon eine Zeit lang wieder vermehrt analog fotografiere, habe ich mir dabei folgendes gedacht:
 
Wie würde der Fotograf arbeiten wenn er pro Pose maximal zwei Fotos machen darf und diese aber nicht sofort sieht (Analog)
 
Wahrscheinlich müsste man sich viel mehr konzentrieren und mehr vorbereiten. Die Idee schon fertig im Kopf haben und trotzdem Kompromisse eingehen. Die Models/Kunden müssten mit Sicherheit auch geduldiger sein.
 
Aber warum um Gottes Willen sollen wir so etwas machen? Das ist doch ein Rückschritt, man verliert so viel Zeit (Die sich heute „eh“ nur mehr sehr wenig Menschen nehmen)
Und dann noch Analog, dann muss man ja das Negativ (Nach dem Entwickeln) wieder extra einscannen um es im Photoshop bearbeiten zu können.
Die Kunden warten länger auf die Fotos und auch im Studio (oder auch draußen) müssen sie geduldiger sein, da der Fotograf zuerst alles einrichten muss.
 
 
Meine Gedanken dazu:
 
In der Zeit in der wir leben, wird alles Zeitoptimiert. Angeblich geht alles schneller und einfacher. Wenn das wirklich so ist, warum haben (oder nehmen uns) wir dann keine Zeit mehr? Warum sind viele Menschen so gestresst? Wenn wirklich alles einfacher und zeitoptimiert ablaufen würde, dann hätten wir doch auch mehr Zeit! Wenn man sich wieder Zeit nimmt um ein Foto zu machen (oder machen zu lassen), wird dieser Moment wieder zu einer schönen Erinnerung, zu einem richtig schönen Ereignis, an das man sich gerne erinnert.
 
Als Fotograf, kann man sogar Zeit sparen, man muss nicht hunderte Fotos durchsehen und entschieden welche man nimmt oder auch nicht. Man bringt (oder schickt) die Fotos ins Labor und holt sie wieder. Fertig!
 
Viele Portraits wurden so perfektioniert (entfremdet), dass ich vor solchen Gesichtern Angst hätte, würden sie mir auf der Straße entgegen kommen. So viel perfekte helle makellose Haut, große leuchtente Augen und überschlanke Körper erinnern mich manchmal an außerirdische Geschöpfe.
Ich kenne eine Geschichte wo die Mutter ihre Tochter nicht erkannt hat, als sie das Foto (Die Grafik) in einer Zeitung gesehen hat.
 
Natürlich stehen auch bei analogen Fotos genügend Mittel zu Verfügung um sie zu verbessern. Mein Labor macht das noch direkt am Foto mit einem Pinsel (Wenn wirklich notwendig). Kaum vorzustellen, aber immer noch möglich.
 
Deshalb will ich jetzt gerne eine neue Fotoherausforderung über Facebook starten. Und zwar fordere ich Fotografen auf Fotos zu veröffentlichen, die direkt aus der Kamera kommen.
 
Kein „Postprocessing“, keine Farbkorrektor, keine schwarz weiß Konvertierung, einfach direkter Export vom raw oder ein Scan vom Film. Ich würde mich auch freuen, wenn Ihr ganz kurz darauf eingeht, wie das Foto entstanden ist.
 
 
Hier gleich mein erstes Foto:
 
Franz Joseph Machatschek, ein wundervoller Mensch, der das Schreiben und Singen in seiner Liederatur vereint. Zu finden unter http://www.dermachatschek.at/ (Vorsicht Suchtgefahr)
 
Das Foto ist am Naschmarkt mit der Hilfe von zwei guten Freunden (Danke an Dani und Fritz), einer Linhof Technika Großformatkamera und viel Zeit (bei kalten Temperaturen) entstanden. Es gab auch einige interessante Reaktionen
(mehr hier vom Making of : http://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/2014/11/large-format-photography-and-street-portraits/ vorerst nur in Englisch)
 
Titel: Der Machatschek, wird er gleich lachen oder wird er grantig…ma was hoit anfoch ned.
 
Der Machatschek, wird er gleich lachen oder wird er grantig…ma was hoit anfoch ned
 
Be sure to also visit my project page: http://www.street-portraits.eu/
 

 
 
 

English version:

 

Today I gonna reach back, actually I “just” wanted to release my latest photos
 
Sometimes I get up early to do some workout, today was a day like that. After I finished everything, I found myself on an ergometer to cool down, watching the big screens in the gym. There I saw a photos shooting with a couple in a sexy outfit. They were posing for the photographer, she shot a lot of pictures and reviewed them on the digital camera. In between the models were waiting and the assistant were running around. After a while they started a discussion, they moved the models a bit and started from the beginning. I know that from earlier shootings I did, but because I’m using film now for a while again, I got some thoughts in my mind:
 
How would a photographer work if he only got two shots per pose, shooting on film without being able to review the photo?
Probably you have to be much more concentrated and the preparation would be done also more carefully. You got the idea in your head and would still accept a compromise. The models/customer also must be much more patient.
 
So why in hell you wanna do something like that? Doing a step backwards, you gotta loose time (Time nobody want to take today) and then there is the analog thing, you have to develop the film and scan it to be able to retouch it in Photoshop. Customers have to be more patient waiting for the photo and also in the studio, because of the photographer setting up the shot.

 
 
Here are my thoughts:
 
Today everything is optimized to save time, everything is easier and faster (allegedly). If life is really like that, why nobody has time (or takes time)? Why are lots of people in continuous stress? If it would be really like that, we all would have more time.
If you start to take time again for taking photos (or be taken of), you will realize, that this moment turns into a beautiful memory and an event you gonna remember.
 
As being a photographer, you will save time, because there is no sorting of more than hundreds of photos, you don’t have to choose which one you gonna delete and which not. You just bring (send) the film to the lab and pick it up again.
 
I’ve seen lots of portraits being perfected (alienated), I would be scared from faces like that if I meet them on my way home. Lots of perfect, bright flawless skin, huge glowing eyes and super skinny body reminds me sometimes on aliens. I can tell you a story about a mother who did not recognize the picture (graphic) of her daughter in the newspaper because of that.
 
Of course there are enough tools to modify an analog photograph too. My lab uses a real brush for example sometimes if it is really necessary. Most people cannot imagine to do so, but its possible.
 
Because of that I want to start a new Facebookchallenge. I will invite other photographers to post photos without post processing (Even no color temperature correction or black and white conversion, just a export from the raw file). I would be also happy if you write a short story how the photo was done.
 
 

I directly start here with my first one:
 
Franz Joseph Machatschek, a beautiful person who brings writing and singing together in his „Liederatur“ (singing literature – singrature), Find more here: http://www.dermachatschek.at/ (caution, its addicting)
 
The photograph was done at the Naschmarkt in Vienna with the help of two good friends (Thanks to Dani and Fritz), a Linhof Technka large format camera and lots of time (in cold weather). We got also some interesting reactions (read more about it in our making of: http://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/2014/11/large-format-photography-and-street-portraits/ )
 
Title: Der Machatschek, wird er gleich lachen oder wird er grantig…ma was hoit anfoch ned.
 
Der Machatschek, wird er gleich lachen oder wird er grantig…ma was hoit anfoch ned
 
Be sure to also visit my project page: http://www.street-portraits.eu/
 

 

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Large Format Photography and Street Portraits

Large format photography is the art of static photography, it claims you maximum concentration and it takes time to take a photo. That’s what I heard from my developer. So nothing for street portraits huh?

 

 

I just love challenges and I love to slow down, take time again and breathe.
That was the reason I started with my Mamiya and medium format photography.
A good friend started to talk about large format photography, he showed me lots of landscape pictures and some great macro shots he did in the studio. And guess what I saw in my mind, I saw great portraits of people on the streets.

 

 

Let’s go back to my beginning to get a better idea what I’m talking about:

 

Digital:

 

I’m shooting mostly in manual mode, due to my experience I know the settings pretty well and for the rest I look at the exposure scale in my viewfinder. After a shot I can check the photo on the screen and do another one, if I’m not happy with the result.

 

 

Analog Medium Format 645 (My Mamiya):

 

Choosing the right film for the shoot, setting aperture and shutter speed. Looking through the viewfinder and half press the button to start exposure metering. In difficult lightning situation I meter different positions and calculate myself an average shutter speed (or the one that meets my main subject in the picture). Looking again thru the viewfinder and manually focus (mostly body focus), than waiting for the perfect moment and click, done.

 

 

Analog Large Format 4×5 (Linhof Technika)

 

Setting up the Tripod, unfolding the camera and setting up the lens, choosing the right position for the lens that meets the right framing for the portrait (distance). Calculating the exposure compensation because of the lens position. Setting up the person in front of the camera, changing the position with the tripod. Measuring the exposure with either a digital camera or with my Seconic. Applying the settings to the lens. Putting the “coat” on and start to do the exact framing (from now the person should not move anymore). After I’m happy with it, I start to use the magnifier to focus accurately.
If I’m finished with that (the person should still not move), I close the aperture (don’t forget that, otherwise the film is ruined) and put the film cassette in, remove the protecting slide (Person must still stand on the same place, it’s very important, because I shoot still wide open here) and then I’m standing beside the camera and wait for the perfect moment to press the shutter button. And at this moment I really wait, because I have only one shot.

 

 

And now imagine the difference in shooting street portraits with this three cameras.
With the digital and analog medium format camera, I just can walk around with them in my rucksack and trust my feelings to talk to the right people. If I found someone, I get the cam out of my bag and in maybe 1 minutes I’m done.

 

 

I guess you can imagine, that this is different with the large format camera, even if I found somebody, I have to prepare them that they have to have patience. And if I really ask somebody to take their picture, I really want to have one of them. If you have seen my portraits already, you see that I always look for characters and for special people that are different. Now imagine what is in my mind if I found such a person. I really want to have their picture. As you read above, with the large format, I have to do a lot of preparation and get only one shot. Maybe you can now imagine how exciting this is for me. And then there is the waiting for the development.

 

 

I only did two sessions with the Linhof right now. So is it tougher to get street portraits with it?
Yes and no:
A lot of people were looking at me with my camera on the tripod, lots of them started to talk with me. Some asked me if they are allowed to take my picture. Others were joking and so on. One of them told me, that he worked a lot with the same camera, but this are mostly not the people I want to take a portrait of. Today I was lucky, I asked two and one said yes the other said no. Funny thing: When I was shooting the guy who said yes, the other one came back to me and changed his mind. I told him, he has to wait now, because I’m shooting the other person. He was fine with it and sat down to wait. As you can see at one of the photos, I was shooting on a super busy place, but believe me, when I was focused on the picture, I did not see any of them

 

 

Assistance:

 

I was lucky today, that two good friends helped me with my project (Thanks to Dani and Fritz). Holding the reflector, handing me over some stuff, sealing the film, watching my stuff and document the names and the film settings for the developer (I pushed and pulled the film)

 

 

Conclusion:

 

I arrived, this is the right thing for me. Going back to “real” photography, slowing down and finding people who are willing to do so too.This slowing down process gives the subject and me a totally new chance to capture a naturally photograph (because there is now way he is standing there and do a fake smile for that long). People are getting relaxed and interested watching me doing the preparation. Definitely the camera type can change the peoples expression.
I also like the thing, that I’m standing beside the camera when pressing the shutter button. It’s like I can watch myself taking the picture.
You gotta carry a lot of heavy stuff with you (You better work out in your free time) and every shot is very expensive.
I just can say, for me it’s totally worth it
I traveled with my Mamiya around the world to shoot street portraits, very difficult sometimes to get the right film and get it developed properly in every country, not sure if I ever will be able to do that with the Linhof…

 

 

Check the gallery for the making of photos and check my blog next week for the results. And if you want to see my work, visit www.street-portraits.eu
(Thanks to Franz and Dani for doing a great making of)

 

 

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

San Francisco China Town people

China Town was just great, love that shot and his expression

Meet also Chung, James, Nick and Mike, click the picture for more
 

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Lots of new faces from New York

Lots of new wonderful NYC people yesterday, thank you so much for your time guys!
Meet Larry the pigeon guy, the dancers Alexzandra and Keen, Emily, Mal, Clair, Aaliyah and many more
 

Familie Volkert

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Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Another NYC update: moments

Special moments and how I see them: Click the picture for more:
 

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Sunday, May 25th, 2014

First portraits from NYC

I just put the first portraits from NYC online: Click the picture for more:
 

Familie Volkert

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Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Amazing art with Youri part one

With starting my street portraits project www.street-portraits.eu I get to know new people every day. Sometimes there are stories behind that I want to share. So I was walking down the Donaukanal close to Schwedenplatz to get one last portrait for that day. As always I was focused on the people around me while walking down the street. At one point I figured everybody was looking to the left. So I did the same and what I saw impressed me a lot. “Somebody” was doing an huge amazing painting with spray cans, after watching him for a while I knew I gotta do a portrait of that guy. And I’m happy Youri asked me to also capture him during the process of creating his art.
This is called part one because I shot some pictures with my analog camera, this takes some time to develop and I’m leaving Austria soon to visit a friend in Sweden. I didn’t want to wait that long, so here are the first pictures of Youri’s great work, be sure to visit his website too. www.mantrarea.com Hope to see you soon again in Vienna

 

 

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Saturday, March 15th, 2014

street -portraits just photos no graphics

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With this private project I’m going back to the roots of photography. I have been shooting in a digital format since I started photography. In my studio or at different events, it’s super convenient to have a fast autofocus. Live view and tethered shooting to an iPad or PC helped a lot to satisfy my customers and to improve my work. Especially these days, being so stressful and fast. Everything has to happen in a moments notice and nobody takes time for the essential things in life.

 

It started off as a stressful day and I was already exhausted and I just wanted to give myself a special present. So I got myself that day an analog medium format camera with a manual focus and a standard lens, to give it a try. I had to learn (still learning) a lot about films and how the exposure effects the different types of film being used! One thing I experienced after awhile, is the unique looks I get from people. Taking a photo with this type of equipment takes more time then with a digital camera and that changes the expression of the people in front of my lens. In this 10 or more seconds, time stands still and they are just with me and my camera. It also makes them think and slow down for a moment. That really makes the difference in the shot.

 

I’m traveling the world to take your picture and If you want to be a part of this project, please contact me or ask me on the street.
(Check my schedule on the website)

 

Check www.streetportraits.eu and like www.facebook.com/mhaustria to get the latest news.


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Deutsche Version

 

Mit diesem Projekt begebe ich mich wieder zurück zu den Wurzeln der Fotografie. Seit Anfang an benutze ich digitales Equipment und ich möchte den Autofocus im Studio und bei Veranstaltungen nicht mehr missen. Auch Live View und direktes übertragen der Bilder auf PC und iPad ist sehr hilfreich für meine Kunden und mich. Wir wissen doch alle, dass die heutige Zeit sehr stressig und „schnell“ ist. Alles muss immer sofort passieren und keiner nimmt sich mehr die Zeit für die wesentlichen Dinge im Leben.

 

Es begann alles an einen sehr stressigen Tag, ich war sehr erschöpft und wollte mir selber ein schönes Geschenk machen. Also kaufte ich mir eine analoge medium Format Kamera mit manueller Scharfstellung und einer standard Optik. Ich musste einiges über Filme und wie man sie richtig belichtet lernen (und lerne immer noch). Nach einer Weile ist mir dann eines aufgefallen, dass die Menschen sich ganz anders vor einer analogen Kamera verhalten und ich dadurch einzigartige Fotos erstellen kann. Um ein Foto mit der analogen Kamera zu erstellen benötigt es Zeit, genau diese Zeit verändert den Gesichtsausdruck meines Gegenübers. In diesen 10 Sekunden steht die Zeit still und die Menschen befinden sich nur mehr mit mir und meiner Kamera. Es verlangsamt die Situation und bringt die Menschen zum Nachdenken. Genau das macht diesen Moment aus und verändert das Bild.

 

Ich Reise um die Welt, damit ich ein Foto von Dir machen kann. Wenn Du an diesem Projekt teilnehmen willst, kontaktiere mich oder sprich mich einfach an der Straße an.

 

Klicke auf www.streetportraits.eu und drücke gefällt mir auf www.facebook.com/mhaustria um aktuelle Neuigkeiten zu bekommen.


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