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I'm an avid traveller and photographer.
Well, first comes the joy of travelling, hiking and spending time in nature.
Only then it's fun and a great pleasure to take my camera and to try to capture a great scenery or moment.
So I can keep an image not only for my memory, but also to share it with you. 
Enjoy :-)

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Dienstag, 8. Juni 2010

Dachstein

Sorry for not posting in the last time, I'm too busy...

Last weekend we were hiking in the Dachstein mountain range. The weather was bright and sunny, a welcome change after a very cold and wet May. It's said it was the coldest May since beginning of weather recordings. So you can image how we enjoyed the sun and being out all day.

Because of the bad weather there is still lots of snow in the mountains as you can see in the picture. The snow reached down to 1800m altitude, which is just where we walked that day. As we passed the track to the hut you can see in the middle back of the image, we had to cross some avalanches. The snow was fresh and clean, an indicator that the avalanches occured just recently.

And that's why we don't understand that the hiking trails was opened. Usually the authorities very quickly close trails in the Alps as soon as the danger of avalanches rises. But there many hikers and tourists walked that passage, right accross the avalanches that happend just days ago.

It was clear to us that it was not a good idea to walk there. Talking to the manager of our local hotel he agreed with us about closing the path. While we paused at the hut (and had some fine snack) we heard new avalanches coming down the mountains. It's a unqiue sound, like thunder in the distance. Sylvia also watched a small avalanche coming down at the place you see here standing in the image.

As for the image, its a panorama made of 4 shots. Using my new camera, the Canon EOS 7D, I'm amazed about the good quality it delivers. The image has 33 MB and thanks to the 18 MP of the camera I can zoom in like never before. I can switch from having the full view to see Sylvia's face in clear detail. I guess I will make some more panoramas in the future. It's fun.

Click in the image and zoom in to get the full view.

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Donnerstag, 28. Januar 2010

Look Up!


This was a great winter day, I walked up a seldom visited side valley near Hinterstoder. There I reach the Dietl Alm, in spring it's a beautiful alpine pasture. Now in winter all is covered in thick snow and its very quiet and tranquil.

After walking to the end of the valley, right before the mountains' walls, I stopped and enjoyed the scenery. There was total silence, not even a bird was flying or singing. Lookup I noticed that gorgeous blue sky peeking through the white branches. It was amazing!

The image got really well, the bright contrast between the snow and the sky is perfect. I also managed to have all trees point to the middle.

If you ever need a break from everydays hustle I recommend a walk in the forest. Best you can do for your soul.

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Dienstag, 19. Januar 2010

Praslin


A panorama of 4 images of Praslin island, Seychelles. The images has been taken from near the highest mountain on La Digue island.

Only recently I started to try out panoramas and it's fun. But sometimes it's not easy to find the right motif or to take the proper images. If you are not thinking twice it's easy to fail with the images. They just won't fit together to give a good panorama.

What I'm doing is: measure the exposure in all images you think you'll need. Remember the exposure with the shortest time and set your camera to manual mode. Adjust the settings to the exposure/aperture you measured and take the series of images. Focus can be different but the exposure should be always the same.

For the images try to make them overlap at least by 10%, even more. It's better for your panorama software to stitch the images when there are enough overlapping details. Also using wide angle for panoramas can be tricky as the single images are so distorted they won't properly fit together.

Another issue is the distance to the focal point in the single images. This Praslin panorama was easy as all images have the same distance to the motif. But I've taken panoramas of mountain scenes where the rightmost image focuses on a wall only 100 meters away while the leftmost image shows a distant hill 500 meters away. Although the hill is much higher in reality the panorama shows something completely different with a real huge wall and a tiny hill far away...

But in the end, just try it, make different series with different settings. You'll see on your PC what works and what not. Give it a try... :-)

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