Astra Stube – Always room for one more!

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For those of you who do not know Astra Stube, it is a small bar/club in Hamburg. Famous for its live music and loved by the bands that play there because of the close proximity of the crowd. It really makes for a great atmosphere.

Astra Stube - Venue in Hamburg for live music.

Astra Stube – Venue in Hamburg for live music.

Over the last 7 years I have been visiting Hamburg (I am now living here :)) and working for Haus73, a bar that is run by the same people as Astra Stube. Astra is the name of a locally brewed beer and die Stube, is directly is directly translated as room, or living room.

It is literally one room with a bar and well worth a visit if you plan on visiting Hamburg.

So why place this post in the new ‘Ideas’ page. Well because I was thinking about a little advert for Astra Stube, and I thought about sharing it here.

Astra Stube - Always room for one more

Astra Stube – Always room for one more.

That is All!

S

Where to invest my time – Blog or Website?

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I guess at some point I will have both a website and blog, but at the moment I only have time to concentrate on one or the other. I had started to get a website organized and was some way through the design but I never really felt like it was right.

I would like the blog to be as interactive as possible. With opinions from different people as well as from my self. Of course I ask questions in the last few articles I have written, but in all honesty I never expected anyone to answer. I hope over time this will change a little.

Anyway in the mean time I am trying Polls, to get some interaction. Hopefully it is a quick click of a button to give your views from one multiple choice question with a couple of answers to choose from.

The photos are from Finland, where I was last winter and will be again this coming winter. I will post more in a few days and let you exactly what I was up to. In the mean time here is the Poll (if it works) and the photos.

Konnevesi Research Station, Finland, View from my door.

Early morning blues! Konnevesi Research Station, Finland

Konnevesi Research Station, Finland, Silver Birch from below.

Early evening glow! Silver Birch viewed from below. Konnevesi Research Station, Finland

Konnevesi Research Station, Finland, from my door-step, before putting on my skates, a lot of ice!

From my door-step, before putting on my skates, a lot of ice! Konnevesi Research Station, Finland

Konnevesi Research Station, Finland, from my door-step, before putting on my skates, a lot of ice!

That is my door-step, a lot had melted when I took this! Konnevesi Research Station, Finland

Konnevesi Research Station, Finland, the little hut opposite, when the snow began to melt!
The little hut opposite mine as the snow began to melt! Konnevesi Research Station, Finland,

The view to Lake Konnevesi just as I step out the office, Konnevesi Research Station, Finland
The view to lake Konnevesi just as I step out the office, Konnevesi Research Station, Finland

Kind Regards

S

 

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Review of ‘The Scottish Project’ how to make it better.

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I came up with this idea last night as I had a lot of time to think, I was in bed by 2130 as I had to get up at 0510 this morning, and couldn’t get straight to sleep. As some of you may remember a few years ago I made a 30 minute film about the wildlife surrounding my parents home in the Scottish Borders. It was primarily for my Masters project whilst I was studying at Nottingham University, but I also co-founded Exposing the Wild, a small company that specialized in wildlife photography and film. Exposing the Wild has now closed as I moved to Germany and my partner decided he no longer wanted to be involved.

After I finished editing the film, I was left with a lot of footage that never got used and a 30 minute documentary that could be improved, a lot! Having submitted my project, I spoke to the lecturers at the university and they let me know what they thought was good and bad. As I wanted to try and work within the industry I got in touch with Sandy Chriton, a professional film maker who had worked at the BBC and I knew through the 2020VISION project. He was kind enough to let me know his views on my film, where I went wrong and what I was doing right.

So, my idea last night was to start making my way back through the project, re-edit, re-record, and fine tune it to the standard I am at now, a year or two later. I had always wanted to do this but never really had the motivation having spent so much time on it previously, all love seems to fade!

So what I am hoping to do over the next month or two, start from the very beginning again. From the initial idea to adding the final effects to the edit, I may, if I have time, try to add a few more shot and follow up some of the stories I had started, we will see.

In the mean time have a look at the original. Let me know what you would want to see improved or you want to see more of. I will try and talk through all the processes I did at the time, what I should have done and what I will do to rectify the problems and issues. In addition, I will talk about what I and other people liked and try to develop the ideas and add insight to what I learned then and where I have used a particular skill in more recent work.

I hope you enjoy the old version…

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S

Behind the Scenes with Gulliver Theis Photography – Part 2

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So as promised here is the second of the two short edits that I cut. This second one has a more edgy feel to it, faster and more electronic/mechanical. I think I like this one better than the first… but I am still undecided. What do you think?

As I mentioned previously, I wanted to give Gulliver two completely different atmospheres to the first video. In the first you almost feel sorry for someone, the model, the people hanging around…the dog :). In this second video, it is very different, fast pace with a completely different style of editing. There are very few cross fades that give a slow and relaxed feel to the edit. They are instant and quick complementing the speed and emotion evoked by the music.

Let me know what you think and what one you prefer.

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S

LINKS:

Photographer: Gulliver Theis

Stylist: Nathalie von Gordon

Hair and Make-Up: Eric Warnke

Music: Kevin MacLeod

Behind the Scenes with Gulliver Theis Photography – Part 1

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Last year I was working and learning part of the photography trade with pro. photographer Gulliver Theis. He works out of Hamburg and I guess he would say his specialty is advertising although he used to do a lot of car shoots and wants more fashion work.

It was the wish to get more fashion work that led us to the north sea to photograph a new model. The location had been previously scouted by Gulliver. We had two assistants including myself, a stylist and hair and make-up artist. Having lugged the gear to the site we set-up and got started.

Gulliver had asked me to shoot a few shots that we could put together for a little behind-the-scenes emotional short. The aim was not to make a tutorial, a bit of self promotion at most and a bit of fun at least!

The sun set during the shoot and I got enough clips to put something together that I could show to Gulliver the next day. I was not entirely sure what he was expecting so I edited two little short films with two very different feels to them.

Having done a lot of freelance editing work during the year, I knew how important the accompanying music would be to the overall atmosphere of the film. This particular edit gave an almost calming, mellow, thought provoking feel, I will post the second edit tomorrow.

Please leave comments here and let me know what you think! Oh and check out the links bellow!

Cheers

S

LINKS:

Photographer: Gulliver Theis

Stylist: Nathalie von Gordon

Hair and Make-Up: Eric Warnke

Music: Kevin MacLeod

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