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Most of my pictures have one thing in common: A very shallow depth-of-field. No wonder because I mostly shoot portraits and I love a soft and pleasant bokeh. So I would never ever use something like a compact camera or even a mobile phone for my shots – or would I?
Today Huawei launched their new mobile phone P9, equipped with a Leica dual-lens camera comprising two Summarit H 2.2/27 ASPH lenses. The two lenses are not only for capturing more light, to reduce noise and to increase image sharpness, but also to generate a three dimensional map that can be used to calculate an out of focus lens blur (bokeh).

A few days ago I had the opportunity to test the P9 in the Leica Museum in Wetzlar. Can you imagine a better place to try out Leica’s first smartphone camera 😉
All images are out of camera with ISO between 50 and 500 and a capture time between 1/280s and 1/25s. I edited them with the one or the other camera internal color filter (mostly blue and handsome) and set the “virtual” wide aperture to the max. value of f/0.95. The good thing about this effect is, that it can also be set afterwards. So if the wide aperture produces any image artefacts or you simply don’t like it, you can reduced or removed it completely.

I will not comment the results, but I highly appreciate if you do  🙂  Here or on facebook.
What do you think? Will computational photography some day replace a well crafted photographic lens? Will a mobile phone picture eventually be indistinguishable from an image taken with a fast prime lens?
I made a test and asked my facebook follower to guess the camera/lens of a certain picture that I took with the Huawei P9. You can find the answers here.

  • Philip7. April 2016 - 12:58

    You are looking like a gentle ,very mysterious and challenging lady. I like you ,your work and I like photography of photographic instruments . I am currently using a Lumia 535 for making pictures ,can’t say I’m a fan of using such devices for photography making but they are quite handy . I will consider getting a P9 as a next device of daily use especially because of the camera ,would appreciate having a software pro camera as on the Lumia 535ReplyCancel

    • Markus8. April 2016 - 18:07

      Err… Philip… I can assure you, Florian is definitely male… ReplyCancel

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The pictures I’m showing here had been taken almost a year ago when I managed to convince Astrid, Janina and Sandra to make themselves comfortable into some muddy water for a few minutes.
Don’t worry, it wasn’t as cold and nasty as it looks, at least for me 😉 But from the girls perspective I think they had much more pleasant shootings in the past.
Nevertheless, they did a great job and I like to thank them for all their patience and hardiness  🙂
Regarding equipment, I usually like to play around with different cameras (film and/or digital). But this time I only used my Nikon D700 together with a 1.4/85 and a 2.8/24-70 in order to work as fast as possible.
I hope you like our work.

  • Hannes Benz18. Dezember 2015 - 0:36

    <3 .. intense !ReplyCancel

  • andrea richey23. Dezember 2015 - 13:54

    …wieder eine wunderbare Serie Florian!!!
    LG AndreaReplyCancel

  • Pedro Libório5. Januar 2016 - 16:02

    absolutly wonderful work,
    as usual,I must say! I am a big fun of your „photos“ since I found it in 500px and it is always a pleasure to browse on your galleries and enjoy your stunning „captures“, keep enchanting us!ReplyCancel

  • Rama Reddy Ganta8. Januar 2016 - 18:48

    Your photos run like a poem and are an expression of beauty in the form of the ever mysterios feminine physique placed in the infinite spaces of nature and secured abodes.ReplyCancel

I shot Taisia a few weeks ago. It was cold and unpleasant outside and I longed for a warm and cosy place, something nice and already set up. At first I thought about a hotel room or so, but then I found this tastefully furnished commercial studio which we rented for 3 hours.
The shooting was quite straightforward. We met, exchanged a few nice words, started shooting, run into a few technical issues, solved some of them and stopped shooting after running out of time.
Taisia is a very nice, calm, patient and friendly person, just perfect for this kind of sensual shots. So it was very easy to work with her and I really love the results.
Most of the shots were taken with a Nikon F4 (1.8/105) on Acros 100, a Contax 645 (2.0/80) on Kodak Portra 400 or a Leica M7 (0.95/50) on Portra 160. But I also used a Leica M240 (0.95/50).

  • Lex Arias15. Januar 2015 - 3:53

    Bautiful and inspiring workReplyCancel

  • Striwen Photography15. Januar 2015 - 20:28

    Wonderful album ! Although the model is pretty and poses very well , but the technique is right, the lights are soft, black and white is superb.ReplyCancel

  • Yann29. Januar 2015 - 19:04

    Belles photos, belle femmeReplyCancel

  • Jackson23. Februar 2015 - 8:02

    Spectacular work on film. Truly wonderful to see Acros used with such skill. You must be very happy with these images.ReplyCancel

  • joe12. März 2015 - 2:35

    Beutiful work and beutiful model.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Boss19. April 2015 - 18:25

    Love your Work and you have truly inspired me. I feel like Im at a crossway and you have shown me the light to the right direction. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Tim Farrell31. Juli 2015 - 17:18

    I love your work. May I do watercolor paintings of some of your photographs? Thank you, Tim FarrellReplyCancel

    • Florian Weiler31. Juli 2015 - 17:26

      Sure Tim, as long as you don’t sell them 😉ReplyCancel

  • victor14. September 2015 - 6:51

    I like most of these photos on FB and here.ReplyCancel

  • Patrice27. März 2016 - 19:09

    Very Nice pictures, very soft, sensuous….do you shoot analogue ? And way so many différent cameras ? Thank youReplyCancel

This is already the third post with Astrid and I really hope it won’t be the last. It’s not only that I love the results we get, it’s more how much I enjoy spending time with her.
It was a cloudy but fortunately mild day in late autumn when we met at her place. After a small breakfast we headed for a nearby park to take a relaxed stroll along the bare trees and through the rustling leaves. Occasionally, we stopped here and there for the one or another shot. It was a small but pleasant park. Surrounded by old houses with wrought-iron fences and partly overgrown front gardens. Astrid told me that she likes to spend her summer afternoons here, reading books, having a walk or just relaxing in the sun. It must be a beautiful and pretty quite place during summertimes, I thought.
Later we went to the Main river and took some last shots at the riverside. We even caught a few low sunbeams until nightfall let me give up any attempt to take further pictures.
On this day I left my digitals at home. All colored pictures were taken with a Leica M7 (0.95/50) on Kodak Portra 160 and the b&w with a Nikon F4 (1.8/105) or a Contax 645 (2/80) on Fuji Acros 100, developed in XTol 1:1.

  • PaulG6. Januar 2015 - 21:00

    Once again: Very beautiful shots! Love it !!!ReplyCancel

  • victor14. September 2015 - 7:01

    nice face.I like the other models ,too.ReplyCancel

When model and photographer meet to shoot some portraits you can be sure that the results will comprise the personality of at least two persons. That’s the beauty of it.
When I start shooting, and sometimes even much earlier when I am looking for a model, I wonder how much the model will contribute? How much she will actually put of her character and nature into play. And I always, each and every time, encourage my models to open up and show as much as possible of her inner self.
This was not neccessary when I met Iris. In fact we did not even talk about what to shoot when we decided to meet for a Friday afternoon. She was by far the most experienced model I ever worked with and so I knew, everything would be fine. And so it was.
Due to the bad weather we agreed to stay inside and so I prepared a small setup: a bed, a tiny sideboard, an old curtain and some light was all we needed. Iris quickly put herself into the scenery and what followed was more or less in her hands. This was perfectly fine for me. I could concentrate on my camera, a Leica M240 (with 0.95/50 and R2/180) and whatched Iris doing … nothing less than a wonderful job  🙂

At this point I would also like to thank Roxana. A make-up artist who lived close to my place and with whom I worked together several times. Unfortunately she relocated to Berlin, that means far, far away and most likely this shooting was our last one together. I wish you all the best Roxana.


  • Lex Arias11. Dezember 2014 - 10:28

    Absolutely amazing, magical, elegant… congratulations for both of you. a truly inspiring workReplyCancel

  • DOFFactory11. Dezember 2014 - 13:33

    Very nice! You found a very nicely patterned curtain 🙂ReplyCancel

  • hermina enghauser12. Dezember 2014 - 22:11

    schen KunstReplyCancel

  • Jeremy Gibbs13. Dezember 2014 - 22:30

    Stunning set of pictures. Iris is so emotive and the lighting is just perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Mariusz16. Dezember 2014 - 10:21

    I am glad to see You back 🙂
    Telling the truth I’ve been waiting for that.

    Wonderfull photographs. Beautiful light.ReplyCancel

  • Matthias20. Dezember 2014 - 7:48

    Wow Florian, mind blowing.
    This is so awesome. Wonderful model, great use of light!!!ReplyCancel

  • steven@outtamymindphoto14. Januar 2015 - 0:40

    very nice, love the additional texture and feeling you get from the shadows of the old curtain.ReplyCancel

  • lulu2. Mai 2015 - 21:23

    Very, very erotic and specialReplyCancel

  • Lucian25. Mai 2015 - 11:37

    She’s fantastic…ReplyCancel

  • José Luis Jiménez22. August 2015 - 14:51

    ¡¡¡¡ Fantásticos !!!!!
    ♪♪ Mis Felicitaciones por esa maestría como fotógrafo ♪♪
    Mis saludos.
    José LuisReplyCancel

  • Quéro-Berlioux12. Oktober 2015 - 9:45

    Merveilleux ! une beauté rareReplyCancel

  • attar singh ramgaria4. November 2015 - 8:33


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