Kire – The Leica digicam Weblog


Jürgen Gad has been concerned with the aesthetics of Zen for the previous twenty years. After studying Kire – magnificence in Japan by the Japanese thinker Ryōsuke Ōhashi, the photographer got here up with the thought for his newest undertaking: to deliver collectively nature, poetry and Japanese aesthetics.

What do nature, and blossoms specifically, imply to you? What do they signify?
Nature is the good grasp and instructor for me as a pure scientist. However nature can also be an inexhaustible supply of inspiration, once you method it aesthetically. The purely selective take a look at nature {that a} pure scientist should undertake, inevitably results in non secular impoverishment, as solely the mind comes into play. Nevertheless, in case you follow each collectively, you expertise nature, and your individual self, as a complete. The blossom represents the entire of nature, together with humanity as a result of, because the Zen saying goes: the half doesn’t exist with out the entire, the entire doesn’t exist with out the half. So the entire exists within the half and vice versa.

The place did you discover the blossoms, and what standards did you employ to pick out them?
The flowers got here from my very own backyard. Urgent them produces blossoms with an look that may’t be predicted with precision, because the compression of the flower – which occurs through the course of – can’t be managed in a exact method. Consequently, the choice for the precise {photograph} might solely be made after the urgent course of was completed, and I might see what the blossom seemed like.

How did the method of taking the images truly unfold?
The flowers had been laid out on a lightweight desk and photographed with a mixture of transmitted and mirrored mild. The digicam was then horizontally positions on the tripod. The number of image segments was achieved with the assistance of the rear show. The sharpness was set with the autofocus and, earlier than truly urgent the shutter, the lead time was set at twelve seconds. Checking the histogram along with the automated timer gave me the proper publicity time. The images had been taken in so-called pixel shift mode (multi shot).

How was your expertise with the Leica SL2?
For me, a digicam isn’t only a device but in addition an aesthetic object. I discover the SL2’s minimalistic method fascinating and it jogs my memory of the Bauhausian precept of kind following perform. The texture of the digicam once I take it in my arms can also be necessary. The scale is good – not too small, but in addition not giant sufficient to be heavy. The digital viewfinder (EVF) can also be very optimistic, because it has a excessive decision and gives a really clear impression of the image. For the photographs introduced right here, it was necessary that the digicam featured the pixel shift mode, the EVF and an digital shutter.

How did you course of the photographs?
So far as the sharpening algorithms are involved, the respective uncooked converter is especially challenged on this case, as the unique picture has a comparatively mushy look. Throughout my “experiments” with the pixel shift mode, I found that down-calculating the 96 megapixels to the native 24 elevated the SL2-S’s picture high quality significantly. Within the display screen’s one hundred pc mode, you see photos that you simply couldn’t think about being any higher. When you print them on your house printer, you’ll get pictures which have a three-dimensional look. The explanation for that is the very differentiated copy of the best particulars.

How necessary had been the photographs’ colors and construction for you?
I spent quite a lot of time contemplating how one can current the pressed flowers. Ought to I fairly them up, and improve the depth of the color artificially? Ultimately, that is senseless, as the next can occur: in nature pictures exhibitions you typically see that the color hues are too sturdy, for instance. Then, once you see the true factor, the impression is usually considered one of disappointment, as a result of they don’t fulfil the expectations created by the pictures. With the Kire pictures, I aimed to make them as shut as potential to the originals, particularly as a result of the unique color is decreased by means of the urgent course of.

What did you uncover whereas photographing the flowers?
Whereas I used to be taking the photographs, I observed the delicacy of the pressed flowers, which, when lit from beneath, is nicely fitted to highlighting the inner construction, that wouldn’t in any other case be seen in naked incident mild.

What did you need your photos to convey past the great thing about the flowers?
The phrase kire within the title for the flower pictures means one thing like reducing, separating. I took this actually for the Kire collection. In Zen aesthetics, this inventive approach is used to current the item, on this case of flowers, not as a mere picture, however to additionally level to its relational reverse. From that perspective, loss of life isn’t the irreconcilable reverse of life, however life and loss of life are mutually dependent.

Born in 1954, Jürgen Gad has been taking pictures since he was a toddler. He has levels in Pure Sciences, having studied Geology, Palaeontology and Zoology, and has labored professionally as a geologist and palaeontologist. Right now he’s retired and pursues his ardour for pictures. He’s fascinated by Zen aesthetics and has his personal web site the place he publishes quite a few pictures.

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