There are many nooks in Café Ludwig, this corner is for chats and tips about cameras, enhancing,  manipulating and sharing photos. Ludwig.Gallery is one of the front doors. Look around and enjoy!


Is it true that red attracts attention?

It must be. You are reading this. The color red has been credited with being the most readily noticed by us humans. It has been used in products, advertising, and many other area to gain a little bit more attention. Just look around. You will find the color red all around you. I won’t disappoint you here either. So lets have some red.

Oh, you say, it’s about cars. Indeed it is. It is all about British cars. This is just a peek at the Atlanta British Car Fayre 2016. Here are links to some more, and maybe more exciting, views.

British Windows

British Doors

Disclaimer: Yes, I am doing a research project. Thank you for participating.


© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Street Photography

A Little Bit of Street Photography

The term “street photography” usually has a very precise definition, but what it means precisely depends a great deal on who is doing the defining. Mostly it means photography in and of man-made surroundings, often with humans in and interacting with their environment. Much street photography is centered on the human element, while other practitioners prefer the interaction of light, shapes, lines, and shadows.  Some specialists insist that the images must be presented in monochrome.

In this post the photography is mainly centered on the shapes, patterns, colors, and textures of the urban environment in Midtown Atlanta. By no means do I consider myself a street photographer. This small collection is quite coincidental and comes from a photo walk that really centered on windows and doors.

Here are my photo colleagues intent on seeing and imaging the Midtown environment.

In and round Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta

This is one of a quartet of posts with images from this short walk around midtown. For the others see:


Monday Window – 32  “Midtown Atlanta”


Midtown Atlanta Doors


LK8-7454-X3-1200 - Copy

A Photo Walk in Midtown Atlanta




© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Spoiled your photo?

Not all spoiled photos are bad!

As I was preparing a post for another blog, I was looking for photos of cafe doors. Searching my archives I came across one that was a nice enough image but for some reason or another I took it with the camera way cockeyed. No idea what I was thinking at the time. The other photos in the series were perfectly alright, but this one was the only one that really fit my story.

Here is the original.

45 South Cafe

45 South Cafe

Just not the way I want it. OK, let’s go to Microsoft Image Composite Editor. Nothing to “composite” here, just one frame. ICE won’t accept a single file. So I duplicated it. Loaded it into ICE, told it I was using “Rotating Motion” and had it “Stitch”. It will do that with two copies of the same photo. Then it lets you manipulate it as you like. For “Projection” I used “Perspective”. This let me do some perspective correction as well as rotating the image freely. Now I had a picture I liked. Saved it without cropping.

Since the image was rotated rather strongly the exported image showed a lot of black around the useful picture. That didn’t look so good. Paint to the rescue! Just drop in “white” in each of the black triangles and here we are. What do you think, will this work?

Evening at 45 South Cafe

Evening at 45 South Cafe



© 2016 Ludwig Keck


The Unplanned Pano

Panoramas are fun, even unplanned ones

This old, long “retired”, gasoline station intrigued me. We were driving along in the rural part of Georgia, up in the northern part, when we came upon this sight. We stopped and I took a number of photos. Only when I was doing my post-processing back home did I realize that I had not taken a overall photo that showed the whole place.

Well, that what the “Create” tab in Photo Gallery is for. The first photo showed the building nicely, the third one included the fuel island, there were a number of other views as I walked around the place, and by the tenth photo I had gotten back close to the starting point and showed the pumps, including the ancient one.

Here are the two shots that together cover the whole place.

You can clearly see that I had not taken these photos from the same spot. Making a pano from these would be asking a great deal from Photo Gallery. And indeed it was asking too much. Here is what it could do. Amazing as it is, but the top left of the marque sign just didn’t match.

Old Gas Station - Pano

Old Gas Station – Pano

So on to the nest better tool, in fact the best there is, Microsoft Image Composite Editor. It too had problems, I tried the different planar motion settings and rotating motion. There were still disturbing stitching artifacts. So I did some perspective correction on each image and tried again. That was better.

Old Gas Station - ICE pano

Old Gas Station – ICE pano

A fairly good stitch but the building was way too distorted. Some more fiddling and this was more acceptable. There is a bend in the fuel island base, but I thinks it is not too bad.

Old Gas Station

Old Gas Station

Now with some cropping we have a pretty good photo of the whole place. It still amazes me what Image Composite Editor can do, even with images that clearly were not taken with stitching in mind.

Old Gas Station

Old Gas Station


Also see my post at Two Cameras – Two ViewsArtifacts: Fuel Pump


© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Monday Window – 1

Looking at and looking in

Jealousy – that’s the reason for this post. All the “likes” are going over to 2C2V. So I decided to chime in and do some Monday Window fun here. But, but, up in the header it says “chats and tips about photography”. This is a chat — not enough?  OK, I’ll think of some tip. Let me look through my archives and notes.

Ah ha, here it is. Some photos I took for a photography course. Take a look at this photo:


You can see the windows reflect the sky beautifully. When light is reflected on a smooth surface like glass or water, especially at shallow angles like here, the reflected light is strongly polarized. No, I won’t go into the physics. With strong reflections our photographs loot at the window, and not in the window. That can make for wonderful images, but what if you want to look in?

This is where the polarizing filter comes in. You rotate the filter so the polarized light is either strongly passed through or strongly suppressed. In fact the photo above was made with a polarizing filter on the lens. It was set to maximize the reflection. No turn it ninety degrees and here is the result:


Now much of the reflected light is stopped an we can look into the windows. You can see that it makes quite a difference, but it is not perfect.

What if you don’t have a polarizing filter? I did use the word “angle”. Yes, the angle at which you look at the reflecting surface makes quite a difference. Another thing that might be under your control is what is reflected. Bright sky will show up strongly. Seeing the reflection of a dark building might be so low that it is hardly noticeable.  So changing your position might make all the difference. Of course it all depends on what you are after, looking in or looking at.

Here are a couple of photos showing the difference your position can make.

Photowalk - Duluth, GA 5Oct2013

Photowalk – Duluth, GA 5Oct2013

Photowalk - Duluth, GA 5Oct2013

Photowalk – Duluth, GA 5Oct2013

Well, that’s my little tip for you. Hope you also enjoyed the pictures.


Also see my Monday Window series


© 2016 Ludwig Keck