OSTSEE – VERBORGENE FRACHT / BALTIC SEA – HIDDEN CARGO

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I am working on a serious and dedicated photographic portrait of the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea is a small and young ocean which arose 10.000 years ago. It extends from Germany to Finland, Sweden and Russia. The Baltic Sea is very popular with tourists who love sailing, swimming or eating fresh seafood. But there is also an unpopular story about it. The sea is quite polluted and carries some irregular and critical cargo since it is surrounded by highly industrialized countries. I want to tell a story of the hidden dangers and secret dumping grounds in the Baltic Sea. A story of human beings who didn´t and don´t care about questioning their habits in order to preserve wildlife and nature. How can we forget about it? Because the trash is invisible. It is hidden in the sea. Out of sight, out of mind. I want to show what people do not like to see. But I won´t dive to muddy grounds or slippery caves. I stay on the surface at the coast and watch out for a special picture. A picture in your mind.

I published some of the photographs in the german mare magazine.

Melitta Professional

Stills from my recent corporate film for Melitta Professional “How we build professional coffee machines”.

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Musicvideo “SO ODER SO”

This video was written and directed by Daniel and me. I also shot it on the Canon 5D Mark III with Magic Lantern 14bit raw. The workflow with huge raw data is a bit challenging but in the end it provides an impressing quality. Great for grading.

My approach for lighting was to use natural light and practicals as much as possible. When we were preinspecting the private location we noticed that the daylight was coming indirectly through windows and a big skylight which encouraged us sticking to our original plan. My gaffer Simon did a tremendous job by shielding or pushing natural light where it was necessary. The secret weapon for in camera grading was the Digicon 1 Schneider filter, which flattened the contrast even more and gave as a little more latitude. Further it provided a unique, soft look when shooting backlight or straight into the light source.

A tight shedule on the shooting day forced us to decide quickly which was kind of fun.

Furthermore we were incredibly lucky with our tremendous cast, Alicia and Klaus.

In postproduction I applied filmconvert to the footage which gave me a unique look right away. I had this filmlook in mind which I knew so well. My decisions in colorgrading came almost instinctively.

Some filmstills:

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Albumfilm STROM

We created the Albumfilm for STROM from NULLZWO with a small team and used a Canon 5D Mark III and magic lantern raw. We decided to shoot only in the evening time so the sun was always setting. This allowed us to stretch the shooting over several months trying to keep the continuity in the mood. Another rule was always to use a tripod and barely pan the camera. Our camera operator Sebastian was faithful to these instructions.

The raw footage was converted into PRORES444 C-log and then graded with Apple Color and FilmConvert.

Some stills are here:

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AFFILIATIONS 3

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An older piece of work which came to new meaning for me in this combination. The fashion portrait and the picture of a Romanesque church in the south of France amplify each other. Interestingly these pictures were made in about the same time without me knowing about their affinity.

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Born in the 20th century – a period of time without digital significance – I have often asked myself how we could live back then? And often I wish we could return to a simpler and less demanding lifestyle concerning oversupply in media and information .

These pictures (from above) show me in the 1990ies, my view on a sideway and the window in my old child´s room nowadays.

Albumteaser STROM

We shot this teaser using the Canon 5D Mark III, a summicron 35 R lens, a 85mm Nikkor MF 1:1,4 and magic lantern 14bit raw. The idea was to create an atmosphere which fits the mood of STROM. All effects were made in camera. We mainly used old camera filters which were partly broken. Color grading in Apple Color and filmconvert.

Some stills:

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