Photographic views on things.

365 Dishes: Travel it, dine it, shoot it.

  • Unripe pepper (piper nigrum) panicle
  • Complex set meal in a Japanese style restaurant in Singapore
  • Periodics® Table of Spices by Uwe-Jens Karl

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  • Uwe-Jens Karl
  • Grating the nutmeg
  • Basil | Ocimum basilicum [73 Ob]
  • Periodics® Table of Spices

I am amazed to look at things through a viewfinder.

365 Dishes initially was a food blog. It was logging one photo per day of one dish I was having for one year. Its "outstandingness" was the camera I was using - an iPhone 4S - and that it contained at least 25 spinach dishes after some 12 months.

My friends knew me as the funny guy who rather eats without a cutlery than without a camera.

Uwe-Jens Karl
One of my typical spontaneous ideas. I started on 1st January, but didn't finish on 31st December. For some forgotten reason (perhaps because I'd started loving it) I continued blogging every day one dish for one more year or even longer.

One day I got an email from my hosting company which let me know that my account was suspended due to a malware infection. All I could figure out was that more than 60,000 WordPress sites worldwide had been infected (through a newsletter plugin) then and that it would be impossible to restore a clean copy of my installation since all my 20 backups were infected, too.

It took me some days to realise that all my work of two years was sent down the drain here. And since I cannot do the same thing twice (boring!) I decided not to rebuild that site, but to come up with a new idea and WP theme under the same 365 Dishes label and domain.

Now 365 Dishes is called "Photographic views on things", and this describes best what it wants to be all about. I tagged myself spice-making photographer and inventor of Periodics® Table of Spices and so 365 Dishes got its new identity.

In my full-time job I am managing a spice business and my spare time is completely booked with photography, Mac & Co. while travel is part of both working and spare time. You wouldn't probably be surprised if I added here that I love shooting spices.

I slightly focus my work on food and tabletop photography and in my house I have set up a photo corner with basic studio echipment. On the other hand, I do not nail myself down on food and tabletop, but I also enjoy travel photography (street, people, nature) and latest - sports.


Thanks to my young daughter who is on performance level in a figure skating class in Berlin, I felt "forced" to invest into a second camera body with sports photography characteristics (basically, highspeed autofocus) and so I bought Canon's 5D Mark III.  

Sure, my echipment was expensive and it didn't make me taking better photos. But I have more fun with my bad pictures now.

Heiko Kanzler
Figure skating photography is quite a challenge due to generally poor light conditions and fast moving photo motif. Anyway, overall fair photo quality in terms of sharpness and luminosity that can be produced by a combination from 5DM3 and EF 70-200 f2.8 L IS USM lens in a skating hall.

For studio purposes I mostly use an EF 100 mm f2.8 L IS USM lens on a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III body which I bought back in 2008 as the first full-frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor DSLR with 20+ MP resolution available on the market then.

Traveling without photo equipment in my case means that at least my beloved Leica X1 compact camera is with me. I never enter arguments about the pros and cons of this camera, but I very much love the photos one can produce with this piece and a bit of handiness and patience. Yes, it has a lousy monitor and a poor autofocus, but I never want to do without the expressive pictures that you can force it to do anymore.

In my post-processing workflow I use both Lightroom and DxO Optics Pro, but neither Photoshop nor Elements. It is not that I don't like this software, but first I generally avoid editing JPEGs and second I want to keep the most natural character of my pictures. So my workflow starts from RAW and ends with exporting to JPEG on highest possible quality level.

For some time, I feel bored with most of that digital photo flood that's coming over us day by day and which all looks the same somehow. And, of course, I also relate this to many of my photos. One day I discovered on a backup volume scanned photo prints that I had taken 15 years ago or so with an analog EOS 300. Just mum, wife and children in our garden, nothing arranged. But what expressive colors, contrasts, dynamics and even a little bit of a film grain without any post-processing! No comparison to what an average digital camera - regardless if compact or DSLR - would produce. Or look at Instagram with all that grunge and vintage filtering.

Obviously, getting back to analog photography wouldn't be an option, at least for me. I need my photos available for immediate online access. So I began to experiment with several analog film emulating software and I understood that this could be - if not the solution - so at least an acceptable compromise for giving my digital pictures sort of an analog finish. I am very happy here with DxO Optics Pro where you can apply original analog film presets directly to your RAW photo file.

Well folks, I am not a professional photographer and I do not earn a living with photography. I am just an enthuziast who likes to look at the world through a viewfinder and I cannot stop surprizing myself with how things look after I have shot them*.


* I bet you've guessed the quote here!

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