I try to learn a thing or two about photography and like comments that help me to get better.


My new photo blog is Look For Light on Tumblr.


New Lighting Ideas, Please


Gear: Digital since 2004, I now use Nikon DSLRs and mostly prime lenses. Sometimes, film cameras, macro bellows and outdated cheap glass are in the mix. I think that Nikon could learn a bit about good lenses from Olympus.


In my bag: Nikon D700, Nikkors 50mm AF-D f1.4 and 24mm f2.8 ais, 80-200 f2.8 ED, Samyang 85mm f1.4, 2xSB-600. Also a mamiya 645J with 80mm f2.8, a Nikon F3, a Nikon F90, and a Canon Canonet q-III with 40mm f1.7. Oh, and a Canon FTb with 50mm f1.8. There is no such thing as too many cameras.


zabong - View my most interesting photos on Flickriver


I am in too many groups already, so please do not invite me to even more.


zabong. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr


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If you want to licence any of my pictures, just contact me, don't steal them.


I like snap shots and close-ups, and play a lot with strange equipment.


L'esprit d'escalier


Current self-assignments:


#1: Produce a serial of five photos on one topic. (done)

#2: A really long exposure photograph that shows neither water nor humans.

#3: Make a series of portrait shots of a person I don't know too well (ok, done)

#4: One shot with slow-sync and rear flash.

#5: Invent a new style of photography (done I never said a useful style of photography).

#6: A photo that involves more than 10 people (done)

#7: A photo of a child who sneaks into a kitchen or cellar.

#8: A photograph of a person that uses f1.4 and stitching to create a strong effect of DoF (done).

#9: Explore the possibilities of reducing color and contrast (done).

#10: A portfolio of 12 pictures for a celendar in 2010 (done).

#11: A low-key siluette with a minimum of light (done)

#12: a truly extreme macro photograph with inversed 24mm on macro bellows.

#13: capture joy and action using outdoor fill flash.

#14: use a polarizer filter on my Nikkors.

#15: make some portraitures with that 135mm Carl Zeiss I bought for an apple and an egg.

#16: buy some flowers and make a series of four pictures of different colors.

#17: make a portrait of someone at work who is not in IT-business.

#18: take a day off just to photograph

#19: sell another photograph in 2009

#20: paint a photograph using an led flashlight

#21: fake Polaroid colors. (done)

#22: use Focus Stacking (done)

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  • JoinedApril 2008
  • OccupationComputer Scientist
  • HometownSaarbrücken
  • Current citySaarbrücken
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"""""Well dear friend.. I have to say that for a moment now I have enjoyed your photos and your joy and passion for the creativity in life. zabong has a unique vision and a real talent in photography and he is obviously willing to work very hard to make his vision come to life. He has a terrific sense of photography… Read more

"""""Well dear friend.. I have to say that for a moment now I have enjoyed your photos and your joy and passion for the creativity in life. zabong has a unique vision and a real talent in photography and he is obviously willing to work very hard to make his vision come to life. He has a terrific sense of photography combined with a great visual sense." He has an incredible eye and is truly gifted! His photographs stream full of beautiful snapshots and photos make you feel like you are standing right there. I look forward to his photos . Thanks so much for sharing your world.""""""""""""

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October 6, 2008
Zea Zea says:

Karsten has a beautiful eye for detail Every image is superbly composed and wonderfully lit. The images ooze artistic talent. Goin through his stream is simply a beautiful experience Fantastic Zea

September 19, 2008

simple and effective. that's what I like about zabong photos

July 14, 2008

Karsten is able to add real gut level emotion to his shots. I particularly like his abstracts. Painterly in feel, they evoke senses of self that are different, I suspect, for each viewer. Thanks, Karsten, for your vision.

July 7, 2008

Zabong's photos are an expression of technique and creativity . I love the way he tests hardware and is a good point of reference . I'm really happy to have him in my contact list. Giacomo

July 7, 2008

I´ve been following Zabong´s photostream long ago and he´s a GREAT photographer. I love the way he look at everything, turning simple things into master "paintings". He has so much to teach us. Karsten, thank you so much for sharing with us your views of your world!!!!

July 7, 2008
Scott says:

Here you will find true colors and strong portraits. We can all learn from this photostream.

July 7, 2008

Karsten's Sense of the Uniqueness and Beauty found within Everyday Objects is Very Interesting......His Sense of the Abstract is also Cool....I hope to see more Abstracts on his Stream....Abstracts are his True Calling...Check them out!

July 7, 2008

It's true that beauty is everywhere and the camera forces our view to it. Zabong has the great ability to make that sentence an axiom, in every piece of art he confront ourselves with the world and his view help us to find beauty hidden in plain sight. Thanks for that pal.

July 7, 2008
Whint says:

Zabong has a very interesting stream to browse. He has an eye for the more abstract and is quite good with the macro. Just proof that having the most expensive camera is not necessary! Great work!

July 6, 2008

Great Little Camera !!! People often think expensive equipment is needed in often to capture beauty. The camera is the mind and the film is the heart. Karsten work reflects this. He is a Light Painter!!

July 6, 2008

Zabong is one of my favourite photographers. Why? The answer is simple: his photos are true and clear, with this special magical mood and original point of view. He uses brilliant colours and makes his photos memorable. Zabong-wish you all the best and a lot of ideas - to show the world your shots!

July 6, 2008