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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 :-)

Posterlounge

Donnerstag, 29. Dezember 2011

Sun and peak


Time to show another image from last fall. As I've written in my last post, I made a wonderful hike on my first day in Tux. Up to the Frauenwand and then down back via the Weitental valley.

The image shows the Hornspitze, that peak (2650m) rises above the Weitental valley. I walked from the left and then down the valley back to Tux.

It was really a gorgeous day with lots of sun and a deep blue sky. As I walked this way I noticed that the sun would make a great counterpoint to the mounain peak. The panorama is a result of 3 images with almost no post processing. Only the lens flares are sometimes not the way I like it. It seems I got lenses that always produce too many colorful dots and circles when photographing the sun. If anybody has a hint how to avoid these, I really like to hear it :-)

I have some more panos and images from the week we've spent in Tyrol. All with a blue sky, a bright sun and great alpine scenery. I think I'll post more soon, it's fun to show what a great country Austria is.

Dienstag, 8. November 2011

Fall in the Alps

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Recently we've been to the Tux valley, this is a side-valley to the Zillertal in Tyrol. We know this place very well and have been there for some years now. While Sylvia enjoys ski trainings for slalom etc. I prefer to hike and enjoy the scenery.

Currently we have a really sunny and bright fall. For weeks now we see mild temperatures and sun almost every day. So it was in Tux as we stayed there. This image is from the first day, I hiked up to the Frauenwand (2541m).

There wasn't that much snow, but still it was knee-deep in places and there was lots of ice and frozen brooks on the way. I didn't have my snowshoes with me, so walking was sometimes exhausting. Still I used my crampions because of the ice and they've been very useful.

The image has been taken on the highest point of that hike. It's a small "gate" between rocks you see on the right, you can also see my traces in the snow. It's a steep ridge, one step forward and you fall... The view goes straight to the Olperer peak where hundreds of skiers run on the slopes. After taking this panorama I followed the path on the ridge to the left and then descended down to the Tuxer Joch and the Weitental valley. I reached the village of Hintertux after 6 hours.

I made some more gorgeous images and panos during our stay, stay tuned to see more ;-)

Donnerstag, 27. Oktober 2011

Classical concerts on YouTube

Today I want to share some great videos with you. If you like to listen to classical music, then you'll find plenty of great recordings of live concerts on YouTube:

Exceptional:
Bruckner, Symphony 9, Blomstedt
Mahler, Symphony 2, Dudamel
Mahler, Symphony 6, Chicago SO, Haitink
Mahler, Symphony 7, Berliner Ph., Haitink
Mahler, Symphony 9, Lucerne, Abbado
Mozart Requiem, BBC Proms
Shostakovitch, Symphony 10, Dudamel
Shostakovitch, Symphony 13, Gergiev

Great:
Mahler, Symphony 1, LA Philharmonic, Dudamel
Mahler, Symphony 6, Gergiev
Shostakovitch, Symphony 4, Ashkenazy

Interesting:
Mahler, Symphony 4, Tokyo Ph, Myung-Wung Chung
Mahler, Symphony 9, Norrington at BBC Proms
Shostakovitch, Symphony 15

You will find lots more of concerts at this channel.

I hope you like some of these videos :-)

Fall at the lake


Another colorful fall image, taken at Lake Langbathsee. It's always great fun to take pictures in fall, colorful leaves glowing in the sun, calm weather, clear air.

Although the colored leaves look gorgeous, I think it is difficult to take a good fall photograph. I always try to think about a good composition, so the color is not the only feature, Here I managed to get the leaves, the tree and the lake in one shot. Additionally there are the mountains in the background and the shoreline leading to the rocks which give depth to the image.

I hope you like it :-)

Freitag, 21. Oktober 2011

Fall Light


Last sunday we enjoyed the sunny weather to drive to Lakes Langbathseen, two small lakes near Ebensee, Austria. It was rather chilly but the bright sun lit the landscape perfectly. The fall colors in the trees and the glowing reed made for a perfect photograph.

Again I was impressed with my new Canon EF 70-200 1:4 L. It is a perfect lens, this image was taken at 200mm handheld and still its sharp and clear.

This day we've not been alone, of course. Dozens of people had the very same idea and sometimes we walked in single file. But it was a pleasure, nonetheless. It was also fun to see a lot of other photographers pointing their cameras at the gorgeous scenery. I really love the fall season, its light and colors are so rewarding.

So if you have any chance, get out and enjoy nature's beauty these days :-)

Donnerstag, 20. Oktober 2011

My new artist webpage

After joining Fine Art America I got my own webpage to sell my images:
Check it out: http://walter-quirtmair.artistwebsites.com/

Mittwoch, 19. Oktober 2011

Montag, 17. Oktober 2011

Lake Weissensee


A large panorama of gorgeous Lake Weissensee from June. We stay there almost every year for now 9 years. It's such a great place, the lake is the highest european lake you can swim in in summer. During the summer months the temperature can get to 24 C.

You also can do great hikes, I took the series of images for this panorama on the start of a walk. You see fresh mowed grass and small huts. On the shore you'll notice the white strips of sand and lime. It's that color which gives the lake its name (Weissensee = White Lake).

If you visit Austria then plan to stay at this area (or any other of our beautiful lakes :-)

Samstag, 15. Oktober 2011

New photos at ImageKind

I recently sold a print of one of my photos at ImageKind. Reason enough to upload a bunch more images, maybe there' s more potential :-)
Have a look here: ImageKind

Dienstag, 11. Oktober 2011

iPhone Cases

After a long time a new post... sorry for not writing more, I usually don't find the time. But I'll try.

The site RedBubble, where I publish and sell my images, now also sells iPhone cases.
They really look cool, have a look at my collection of iPhone Cases.

Thx,
Walter