Every now and then I like to grab a camera – any will do – and go out for a neighborhood photo walk and shoot what ever catches my eye. Just playing around with gear but without a specific subject. I take the opportunity to test different settings or to try different techniques. Or just to clear my mind and practice my ‘fingerspitzengefuhl’.

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All shots are captured in sRGB RAW+JPEGs. Auto-as-much-as-possible. The camera internal image processor is set to a landscape color setting but with toned down contrast. In post I only adjusted auto RGB curves and auto luminance levels using Apple’s Aperture on either the SOOC JEPG’s or when needed the RAW files.

Having some struggles with your camera technique? I’ll be announcing new fingerspitzengefuhl-photo-walks in a few weeks via my Facebook Page

Getting out of your comfort zone can be beneficial to become better in what you do. At the same time I don’t think mastering gear should take place while on assignment for a client or boss. I believe they pay for what you already know, not for what you want to be. After the walk I like to go over my shots and analyze them on a big screen in the hope I have mastered a thing or two. But often results seem a bit disappointing…

Today I went out in – what most photogs call – the worst possible conditions: harsh mid-day light. I avoided open shadow as much as possible, normally a the best trick to control exposure, ugly shadows and blown out highlights. My weapon of choice is also something I am not too comfortable with. I borrowed the trusty Canon 60d with a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 from my spouse. I am a Nikon shooter myself but wanted to see how this ‘fool proof’ camera does in today’s conditions.

See the Flickr set above for some “Straight Out Of Camera” (SOOC) and RAW conversion comparisons. I particularly love the way the camera and lens renders the colors with a punch. It is hard to fail getting punchy images with a camera like this if you keep the contrast low and push it to the max in post. I also believe you should stay away from the nasty ‘Auto Lighting Optimizer’ if you want natural looking results.
Share  your tips & tricks in breaking with your creative routine in the comments below, thx!