Misleading Lines: Nikon and photographer Max Leitner distort perspectives in Poland

New wide-angle photography series combines architecture and urban freerunning to deliver gravity-defying imagery

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 7th November 2017 – An exclusive photography series, released today by Nikon, sees German photographer Max Leitner travel to Warsaw, Poland to photograph the city’s stunning contemporary architecture – with a twist.

Showcasing the ability of NIKKOR wide-angle lenses, the images capture the unique lines of the city’s architecture, while incorporating professional urban freerunner Benni Grams, to challenge perspective and create optical illusions. The images strategically place Benni amidst Warsaw’s most beautiful structures, as Max plays with the buildings’ lines to make the viewer question what’s happening within the frame.

Max Leitner, D850, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

Max Leitner, D850, AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED

Warsaw is renowned for its varied architecture, reflecting the city’s long and colourful history. The chosen image locations aim to paint a picture of a modern metropolis, from the interiors of the iconic Polin Museum and Museum Katynskie, to exterior shots of the bustling city’s buildings, bridges and the recently renovated subway system.

Max Leitner, D850, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

Max Leitner, D850, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

Commenting on the project, Max Leitner said, “Interesting lines surround us, and I’ve always been compelled by photography’s potential to dissect this environment. Using the lines of contemporary architecture to guide, and sometimes mislead, the viewer enables me to shape the ordinary into a new visual representation. By abstracting and manipulating these lines through composition, you can challenge the viewer’s perception of space. We came to Warsaw to see how far we could push these limits, while doing justice to the magnificent contemporary architecture across the city.” 

The short focal length and deep depth-of-field of the NIKKOR wide-angle lenses allowed Max to photograph Warsaw’s tight interiors and massive infrastructures, while ensuring sharp focus throughout. Ideal for architectural photography, the lenses can exaggerate perspective and leading lines, to deliver high-impact images of buildings.

Max used the following NIKKOR lenses on the shoot:

• AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR – This ultra wide-angle lens boasts vibration reduction to deliver steady images to both the sensor and viewfinder. The optical design delivers superb resolution and contrast in diverse conditions
• AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED – An extreme wide-angle, fast aperture lens for professionals featuring a Nano Crystal coating to reduce the effects of ghost and flare. It delivers edge-to-corner sharpness that can surpass that of equivalent fixed focal-length lenses
• AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED – This professional ultra-fast aperture wide-angle lens guarantees outstandingly sharp images, even in low light. Its large maximum aperture also offers a bright viewfinder image, with a Silent Wave Motor for fast, quiet autofocus
• AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G - Professional, wide-angle, single-focal-length lens with a fast f/1.4 aperture. It boasts an aspherical lens element for superior resolution and contrast. A robust and reliable performer, its optical performance makes it the ideal option for those photographers who want a hard-working lens

Max shot the image series using Nikon’s new flagship FX-format DSLR, the D850.

Max Leitner, D850, AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G

Max Leitner, D850, AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

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About Max Leitner

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Max Leitner developed his love for photography from an early age. Over the past decade, he has traveled the United States, Asia and Europe. He lived in Chicago during his Bachelor in Fine Arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he predominately focused on trends in urban exploration, architecture and adventure lifestyle. Since returning in May 2016, Max has turned his attention to personal projects and client work throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is constantly on the look for extraordinary locations and their visual representation, as part of his ongoing aim to photograph the commonly inaccessible spaces and places and showcase their hidden architectural features.

The kit

During the shoot, Max Leitner used the following Nikon equipment:
• D850
• AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR  
• AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
• AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED
• AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G

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