Archive for July, 2008

Munich Loves You 2008

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

This weekend Munich was celebrating it’s 850th birthday with the biggest party the city has ever seen. The city closed the whole inner circle for traffic and allowed the people to party where otherwise the traffic would flow relentlessly.

And Munich had a lot to show: medieval markets, sports, theater, business zones, graffiti, concerts, and open air discos. It all seemed so well organized, with security guards everywhere, countless info points, and the ubiquitous campaign logo (a golden heart with the number “850″). This made it even more strange that you had to queue virtually everywhere for drinks, and especially for food!

Even the well-known burger chain was unable to satisfy the demand later in the evening, their restaurant being a complete mess in terms of cleanliness and quality of service. In this regard, the event was clearly a catastrophe. We think people would have spent way more money on food and drinks (and thus enjoyed the day even more) if only they would have been served in ample time.

The day ended (for us) around midnight – with a heavy thunder storm shower. Here are just very few random impressions from the party…

Thousands of people enjoying a traffic free Altstadtring
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Queueing for food - why?
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Omnipresent M Loves You Logo
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Cult DJs on an open air disco
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Enjoying the party despite heavy rain
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What you see is what you like – DVD Cases

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

When I started wedding photography a couple of years ago, the happy couples would get a CD-ROM in a plain jewel case, without booklet or inlay or anything. Just the CD. I thought that the content mattered most to them. Then I thought that the couples might like CD jewel cases with a nice inlay. The feedback was positive.

Evolution did its miracles over the past few years. Today, part of any of my wedding jobs is to design an individual DVD case for each couple. Here is a recent example (front and back, click to enlarge):

DVD Case for Weddingphotos
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DVD Case for Weddings
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Each DVD contains four directories with images from the wedding in various sizes, so that the burden of downscaling them is not with the couple. They deserve quickest and easiest access to the pictures of their great day:

  • /1024 – for easy emailing, uploading, sharing
  • /2496 – for prints up to 20×30 cm (8″ x 12″)
  • /hires – for anything larger
  • /web – with a web gallery, convenient for watching on a PC

The feedback has been overwhelming so far. Couples positively love this.

I’d be interested to hear how you deliver the shots of your wedding photo jobs? Maybe there is something to learn from and to improve? Also, if you are a couple, what would you like to see on a DVD, and how would you like to have it boxed? Please feel free to comment.

Moon over Unterhaching

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Moon over Unterhaching
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Yesterday we had one of those wonderful clear summer evenings, and I could not resist to take my tripod and capture the beauty of the moon against the light blue sky. Well, nothing too spectacular, given that Google lists “about 148 million” entries for the query photos of the moon, but then again, now it’s 148,000,001 entries. :-)

For those who are interested: Canon 1ds mark II with EF 100-400 4.5-5.6 L IS (at 400 mm), ISO 100, f/40, 1/6 sec, tripod, postprocessing with Lightroom 1.4.1 and Photoshop CS3. This image is cropped.