'The Road to Nowhere' - Distinctive 'Heimat' landscape in the Hunsrück

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Comments (13)

© Carsten on September 15, 2007

Hi, very nice. analog and duplex ?

Erik Eshuis on September 16, 2007

Thanks! Actually it is digital and photoshopped. I was searching for shooting locations of Heimat 1 and came across this road very similar to the ones that can be seen in the great movie of Edgar Reitz, which I love very much. I wanted to stress the forms of the landscape which I consider very typical for the Hunsrück, took the colour out and gave it a blue, gloomy atmosphere.

I assume you live in the Hunsrück?! Saw some nice photos of you, also in Trier, that maybe are analog and scanned prints? In Holland 'duotoon' is the name of a picture with 2 colors, usually black and another ink colour...which you can also do in Photoshop of course.

© Carsten on September 17, 2007

Thank You. Actually I am from Friesland (Germany) and I live right now in the Bergische(s) Land. The problem with these photos are the difference between TFT and Monitor in the appearence of the picture. Monochrome or 'duotoon' pictures look better on TFT but a picture with nuances in the color has a better look on a monitor.

Erik Eshuis on September 17, 2007

Yes, and then there's also the difference in color on PC's and Macs. On my Apple Powerbook e.g. the colors of the walls in Roussillon and Apt are orange, which is right. If I look at the pictures on my girlfriends PC notebook, the walls look pink! How do they look like on your monitor?

© Carsten on September 18, 2007

The color of the walls is a mixture of orange and light brown. But this might be a lack of allignment of my monitor. You can adjust the monitor until you reach a point where you don't see any difference anymore. But then there still is one. So I gave up at a different point. I print out a picture sometimes just to see how it 'looks'. Sometimes I have a reference because I have a analog picture to compare. I own a Canon 400d for several months now but it is hard to take the same pictures in the same way as I would do and did with my analog slr. For me it is very hard to see the lights been cut and the dark parts still dark. This didn't happen analog in this harsh way. And finally I like your trash can picture on the beach. Did you replace the color ?

Erik Eshuis on September 19, 2007

I did not replace but did some color shifting, mainly in the sand. Digital photography keeps suffering from highlights and shadow clipping (dynamic range is still not that what film can offer), that can be very annoying if you are an 'old school' photographer, who used to make perfect prints. In my 'anolog period' I took mostly slides to capture the full potential in range and color, but now slides are almost forgotten ;-), I hope I can get the same effect again with a new digital slr and beamer, which I have to buy. The shots on panoramio were almost all taken with a Canon Ixus, which has very limited possibilities. Maybe there are cameras that do a better job than your Canon with highlights or you can keep the analog slr for this kind of work...?! Do you know this excellent site on digital photography www.dpreview.com?

© Carsten on September 20, 2007

Thank You for the internet site. You are right, analog film has a greater flexibility but digital on the other hand offers me with photoshop and the channelmixer the possebility of creating black & white pictures in every thinkeble way. The EOS 400d is a good slr but as one comment on dpreview said the lens delivered with the slr by Canon is an insult. If i try to make a picture of a house for example i have to correct all the lines manually with photoshop. Correcting left and correcting right. So if you consider to by a digital slr keep in mind that it might be neccesary to by specific lenses. In my case i try to find a wide angel lens. I also took photos as slides when i was in the navy. Are you sure that you get the similar effects with a beamer ?

Greetings, Carsten

Erik Eshuis on September 21, 2007

I'm not sure. I'll have to inform myself and look at real life examples. Depends also on the beamer. A few years ago I saw results of a photo course on a NEC beamer and that looked promising. But the main thing is that I can see my pictures BIG again and not only on a small monitor...

greetings, Erik

© Carsten on September 23, 2007

What kind and size is your monitor ? I use an 22 inch monitor and i can live with that. Do you perform presentations , or is it just for you ? I cant't afford a beamer right now. Do you know a good site like dpreview for lenses ? (maybe dutch ones) It is very confusing right now because i try to find a new lens. (the former 28mm)

Greetings Carsten (cgennert@gmx.de)

© Carsten on November 6, 2007

Hi Erik, I found your picture because I was looking for a tag for my analog pictures. I usually use the tag "scan". But this is not satisfying. So I typed in several words (to see if there are some pictures, where I can join) and than I tryed film. And I found some pictures and to be honest I didn't realised that these pictures belong to a movie or to a mood of a film or technical shot in the way of a movie or a location. And I found your great picture of the Hunsrück. Every time I answered you I automatically created clicks on your picture. But why 66 ? I have no idea. How many before we started to communicate ? The conversation my girlfreind Xenia (xpaschen) is having with Lilypon over the picture of the milk bucket pushes the clicks. So, I don't know. This is how I found you and your picture.

Greetings (from the very cold Wuppertal),


gilgildo on July 12, 2008

Diese Strasse sieht deshalb so wie im Film aus, weil sie im Film auch tatsächlich vorkommt. Zu Drehbeginn waren die Dorf- und Landstrassen natürlich in Größe und Qualität nicht mehr mit denen aus der Zeit der großen Kriege zu vergleichen. Aus dem Grund wich man bei den Dreharbeiten auf Feld- und Waldwege aus, die 1980 in ihrem Aussehen den Hauptstrassen von damals glichen.Deweiteren konnte man so dem täglichen Strassenverkehr besser ausweichen, ohne für Behinderung zu sorgen. Man darf hierbei nicht vergessen, das die Dreharbeiten fast 2 Jahre gedauert haben und manche einzelne Einstellung sich über Stunden hinziehen konnte.

Giovanni Magni (giov… on March 22, 2012

Bel colore e bella composizione.


Ciao Giovanni

Erik Eshuis on March 23, 2012

Thank you for the nice comments, Giovanni!

Ciao, Erik

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  • Uploaded on August 21, 2007
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    by Erik Eshuis
    • Camera: Canon DIGITAL IXUS 500
    • Taken on 2006/04/09 17:49:03
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 22.22mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.900
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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