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    Posted: 21 March 2017 at 12:14
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Dyxum member waldo_posth writes...


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That’s me - a much younger version. This picture was been taken by my father: I never came to photography – photography came to me; I inherited it from my father who left me, after his early death, a Zeiss Ikon rangefinder, a light meter, an enlarger, all kinds of darkroom utensils, a stock of negatives and transparencies, a diascope and many photo albums. I inherited the fascination as well. I am honored that I now have the opportunity to talk a bit about my personal photographic journey on this forum which I think is one of the best in the internet and certainly the best for those using Minolta/Sony gear. Now that we have to live our lives in part digitally this is a truly enjoyable place to spend that time.

To continue the story: It didn’t take long that I had set up a darkroom and traded in the Zeiss Ikon rangefinder for a Revue Auto-Reflex (a rebadged Konica Auto-Reflex) SLR. I had longed for a Minolta SRT-101 which was heavily advertised in the days of my youth (and that longing is still lingering on today), but the Konica did a good job and was affordable. However, lenses for it were expensive which made me switch to a Canon AE-1 when it was introduced in 1976 – the year I began my studies at the University of Heidelberg which I eventually continued at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Heidelberg, Philadelphia and New York (where I also could live for some time) turned out to be sites of many photographic opportunities. And now I had a wide angle and a super zoom lens which opened up completely new perspectives for me.

#2 Hauptstrasse - Heidelberg


#3 John F. Kennedy Boulevard - Philadelphia


#4 World Trade Center – New York


One evening at Christmas time in the early 1980s I ended up in New York’s Rizzoli’s bookstore and came across a photobook that immediately fascinated me: Joel Meyerowitz’ Cape Light. [link Aperture] I bought two copies, one to keep for me, another one to have as a gift for someone who might be worthy to give it to. It turned out that I would give the second copy to a girl friend who - a couple of years later - became my wife (only afterwards we learned that there is a movie starring Meryl Streep and Robert de Niro, Falling in Love, which starts its romantic story exactly at the same place, at the same time in the year with the buying of photo books). In 1984 I visited Cape Cod for the first time and since have returned frequently. The light there has often made an overwhelming impression on me, particularly the golden and the blue hour. The Meyerowitz book not only showed me a very special place, it also made it clear for me that it is the change of light that creates those most desired images.

#5 Coast Guard Station – Chatham, Cape Cod


#6 Chatham Harbor, Cape Cod


Back in Europe my photography became bound mostly to the summer time and vacationing due to the time consuming effort to build a professional career. France, and particularly the Provence and Brittany regions became my favorite spots in these years.

#7 Aix-en-Provence – Provence, France


#8 Côte de Granit Rose – Brittany, France


For a long time I used to shoot B/W film which I developed myself and also did the printing. A second choice, slide film, did make color affordable – so I built up an archive of transparencies as well, mostly Kodachrome. With the beginning of the 1990s there was a substantial drop in prices for color prints and new negative films like the Kodak Ektar had been launched which fulfilled the promise of a much improved IQ. Returning to the US in the 1990s, to the Boston area, I enjoyed taking pictures during extended hikes in the White Mountains and on Mt. Desert Island. Unfortunately I lost all my negatives so that only some photo albums have survived from that period. I gave up my darkroom and photography changed in character for me – much of its momentum got lost in that period.

Shortly after the turn of the new millennium I settled down in Potsdam which is a 50 minute commute away from my workplace in Berlin. Potsdam is a town of about 160,000 inhabitants and famous for its Dutch Quarter, three large parks and seven castles – ideal for jogging and photography! Together with Berlin there opened up again endless opportunities for taking pictures (which I do not make enough use of).

#9 Dutch Quarter - Potsdam


#10 Sanssouci Palace- Potsdam


My experience with digital cameras began with a Canon G5 which after some time was supplanted by a Sony R1. With its (equiv.) 24-120mm Zeiss zoom lens and a 10 MP sensor (and one of the first EVF plus a tiltable screen) it was a powerful photographic tool which made me enjoy photography again. But soon the Sony NEX cameras drew my attention. That was the time when I became a lurker on DYXUM. I registered on August 1, 2012 – soon after I had bought a Sony NEX-3. Adapters and legacy lenses followed – the beginning of a phase of intense lens lust (from which I have recovered only recently). To the NEX a Sony A57 was added which turned out to be a very capable camera as well. A crucial step, however, was getting a Sony A99. This has been a camera that has really helped my photography “to grow” – at least that’s how I feel about it.

Lens lust has been inspired by one lens in particular – a CZ Distagon built for Contax SLRs. Added to my NEX-3 this lens really amazed me in terms of sharpness, contrast and detail. In the meantime I have “leitaxed” it – which has become my favorite way to preserve legacy glass for A-mount.

#11 Madeira CZ Distagon F/2.8 28mm


Below you find a small selection of my photos. It starts with three places that I discovered to be rewarding for my photography in recent times: the Palouse, India and San Francisco. Then three sections follow: city/street/architecture, night photography and sea/coast.

#12 The Palouse – view from Steptoe Butte


#13 India – sunrise at the Ganges River, Varanasi


#14 India – the master of the opium ceremony


#15 San Francisco – Judah Street


City/street/architecture. Street scenes are fascinating for me as well as the architecture and the density of big cities

#16 Yellow sequence – balconies, City of London


#17 Open curtain – reflection, City of London


#18 Palace of Charles V – Alhambra, Granada


#19 Urban density - Seaview Crescent building, Lantau, Hong Kong


#20 Street scene – Varanasi, India


#21 Shopping spree – Hong Kong


A course on night photography given by Tim Baskerville at the RAYKO Center in San Francisco introduced me to night photography in 2013. The role of light making the image is even more pronounced at night than at daytime. The initial learning curve was steep, but there is still much more room for improvement.

#22 Grocery store - Green & Kearny Streets, San Francisco


#23 Homes at night – Berkeley


#24 Nightfall – Vejer de la Frontera, Andalusia


#25 Calcada de Sao Lourenco – Funchal, Madeira


#26 Balancing the light – Vienna


#27 Shell building – Berlin


#28 Currently no meetings … - Paul Loebe Haus (offices of the MoPs), Berlin
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(continued)

Although there are quite a couple of lakes in the immediate vicinity where I live, what I miss most is the sea – living at a coast. So, I use every chance for a trip to the sea and this always translates into images. This section starts with my favorite museum – located at the Ore Sound between Denmark and Sweden. It is a photo taken with the Sony R1. This camera (and all other Sony cameras that followed it) allowed me to create HDR photos from one single RAW file which has become one of my standard workflows for images in PP.

#29 Diving board – Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark


#30 Sailing the Bay – San Francisco Bay


#31 St. Michael’s Mount – view from Penzance, Cornwall


#32 Clouds over Shadowland – Madeira


#33 Severe December storm – Ricasoli Light, Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta


One of the most satisfying aspects of photography for me is that learning, improving your skills and refining your images is an endless process – there is always more room to grow into, always another project on the horizon: What more can I want? DYXUM is a place where I find this to be a process shared with others and I can only say that I enjoy the reciprocity, the mutual respect and recognition by the members of this forum very much.
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I'm sure you will agree this is a fitting moment to celebrate waldo_posth's work, having recently won DPC 259 - Tape

It's great to have you around, Harald!
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Fantastic selection Harald!
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Great story and wonderful pictures.
Very nice to read and see!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2017 at 12:49
Outstanding pictures and a very good read about your life and career in Photography.

A well deserved honour to be featured as "one of us"
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What a fantastic portfolio of work you are truly one of the many masters on this forum.
I believe you joined dyxum around the same time as myself and I have been a big admirer of your work in all the years that have followed.
Well done on being selected for "one of us" it has also been nice to read the story of your journey so TFS.
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Looking through this post I remember many of them when reading your threads. A very pleasing selection of great diversity. I can only encourage you to continue like this! TFS, for the photos and the story!
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Congratulations on the recognition. Very well deserved. We are proud to have you here.
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Great to read about your photographic yourney and I love your work.
Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work
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congrats on the recognition and i hope your future photographic journey is equally fruitful.

thanks for sharing
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Well deserved inclusion in this special team! A very nice story to read, and well illustrated
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Wonderful to see this outstanding photographic folio and to read the journey you've been on, Harald. Most of the images are familiar, as I've enjoyed following your posts on Dyxum over the years. Congratulations on this recognition, and keep up your fine contributions and valuable commentary.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2017 at 19:31
What a wonderful selection. And nice read.
I recognize many of them. But the ones I didn't know are equally good
Congratulations with a very deserved OOU
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