Inspiration: Jakob Wagner

Nightscape photography

Night photography never ceases to amaze me. Long exposures renders such a surreal view of our world. Every time I see a well done long ex picture I always ask myself “What if we could see so much with our own eyes at night?”. Wouldn’t be awesome? Maybe one day we’ll have some kind of contacts lenses that will allow us to do that… but in the meantime, we have Jakob Wagner’s incredible pictures to enjoy. The first pictures I saw from this German photographer were from his Vertical Woods series and I was instantly impressed by his style and use of color. But it’s really when I discovered his nightscape shots that I was blown away. Wagner is able to capture such a high level of detail both in tonal range and image quality that it sometimes looks like an unknown time of the day from an alternate world. His urban night shots also features some excellent color grading work. I personally like the greenish cyan look he gives to his pictures. The way he makes it bleed into his blacks is just perfect. The duality between cyan vs. orange and yellow in some of his shots is very pleasing to the eye. In addition, his amount of saturation is just right; enough to make it pop while still being carefully controlled and avoiding an over the top blockbuster colorized image. Wagner also uses creative techniques in combination with his long exposures; he zooms in and out during a long exposure and positions himself on a moving object as well. The results are quite stunning. My personal favorite is the one he took on top of a moving cargo ship from his Container series. Anyways, enough said… enjoy a selection of nightscape pictures from various series that Jakob Wagner kindly allowed me to post below :

Find out more about Wagner on his personal website and also on his Behance page. All pictures © Jakob Wagner 2013. Please do not reproduce without the expressed written consent of Jakob Wagner.

Charles-Etienne Pascal is a freelance digital colorist working in Montreal, Canada. His line of work mainly consist of advertising, but he also very much enjoys grading music videos, short films and documentaries. Chuck likes photography, motorcycles, travelling, bouldering, guitar and of course color grading.

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