About the (de)focused geeks

This photoblog is kept by my wife Ella and myself as a motivation to keep photographing and persuing our visions. We're living in Stuttgart, south Germany. Ella is 32, and she's got a diploma in psychology, so beware. I'm 28, studying at the Stuttgart Media University to get a masters degree in computer science and media.

We've both taken photos for years but only got into serious photography recently, with the inception of this blog. When shooting pictures we don't focus on any particular subjects. We experiment with new ideas and possibilities that come to mind. Nevertheless we've found some subjects we enjoy and which we'd like to explore more in the future: Rust & decay (plenty of that already), media criticism, film noir, retro style and unusual portraits.

We've been asked several times: Two people running a blog, who does what?
Except for the very first pictures online all images are collaborations on at least one stage of the making. We go shooting together and seize each opportunity individually. The majority of shots that ended on the blog were taken by me, but were often results of Ella's idea. Processing is done in sync too, I handle most of Photoshop and check back with Ella at intermediate stages. She's also doing more PS work right now with her collages and gradients. In any case it is always the both of us that agree to put a picture up. We think the end result is what counts and by the time a picture is ready to be uploaded we have mostly forgotten what was whose idea.
As for style, it's hard to distinguish between the two of us, but Ella is more into collages, toy cam or artsy looks and such, while I'm a bit more into abstracts, unusual perspectives or rather clean compositions. We both like to experiment with color shifting through (digital) cross processing and grading.

While our goal is to post one photo a day, we will rather skip a day than publish something we are not satisfied with.

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  • Canon EOS 5D mkII :: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM :: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
  • Canon EOS 350D :: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
  • Panasonic DMC-LX3
  • NEC MultiSync 20WGX2 :: Colorvision Spyder2Pro



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