I finally made my walk through one of the most beautiful canyons in Austria: The “Ötschergräben” in Lower Austria. The walk took about 4 hours and I managed to walk half through the canyon.
The photo shows on of the waterfalls in the Canyon. It’s an HDR made form three photos with PhotoMatix 4.0.
I started to update all the photos from this blog with Geo location. Use the “Save to Foursquare” button to save the location where I took the photo to a private foursquare list.
This is the dining room at Castle Liechtenstein in Lower Austria. The castle was built around 1300 and renovated after 1836. It belonged to the prince Petronell-Liechtenstein, after whom the principality of Liechtenstein is named. A big thank you to the responsible people for letting me take photos inside the castle for my portfolio.
What I’ve learned from this photo is to always apply noise reduction to each single exposure before creating the final HDR. Though the noise is barely visible in a single photo, combining 7 single shots into an HDR brings out the noise. I used a trial version of Topaz DeNoise instead of my favorite software Nik Dfine 2.0 for noise reduction. I’m not yet sure which of the two I’ll use for future shots.
Google bought Nik Software in September 2012, and I’m afraid that Google will axe the Software bundle in favor of integrating the know-how of the Nik Software Team into other Google products. We’ll see.
Am Hausberg 2 (Johannesstraße)
Sunset in the Reed.
A sunset shot taken during a walk at the reed nature trail at the Neusiedler See during the golden Hour. The golden hour is the first and last hour of sunlight during a day. I suggest an Wikipedia Article about the golden hour for a more scientific explanation.
The photo is an HDR made of three exposures: -2/0/+2. I Photomatix Aperture Plugin with the Painterly 2 Preset . I reduced the strength setting in Photomatix to about 75%. Then I set the Luminosity to +45 to get an overall darker image. Under the advanced options, I used shadow smoothing to further darken the green reed in the foreground without darkening the overall image. Back in Aperture [Mac App Store Link. ]I experimented with Saturation and Vibrancy to get the perfect orange for the sunset.
Horse drawn Carriage
After weeks of research I decided to exchange my Nikon DSLR for a mirror-less camera. I chose the Sony Nex 7 [Amazon Link] and took it for a walk today.
I saw this carriage at the entrance of Carnuntum, an open air museum of an old roman military camp that later became a large city.
The photo is an HDR, made from 3 raw shots with an exposure setting of +/-3 using the Sony SEL 18200 lens [Amazon Link]. I created the HDR with Photomatix Aperture Plugin using the Painterly 2 preset and turned down strength to approximately 75% and increased black point to 30%. Back in Aperture, I slightly increased definition and black point.
After I tested the incredible zoom on my new Panasonic Lumix TZ-41 [Amazon Link] I tried the macro setting. This head of a snake is from the reptile section of the Zoo Schönbrunn in Vienna using the TZ-41 set to macro mode. For a point and shoot camera, I think this is incredible.
The snake was lying in a terrarium behind glass and I used a Gorillapod [Amazon Link] to take this shot. I put it on a small area between the cement which holds the glass and the glass itself to get a sharp shot.
A few weeks ago, I broke my Panasonic Lumix TZ-31 during a photo walk and got myself the new Panasonic Lumix TZ-41. It has a fantastic 20 x optical zoom which I used it to take this photo of a Red Panda at the Zoo Schönbrunn in Vienna. The photo is almost directly out of the camera. I just increased definition using Apple Aperture [App Store Link]
Additionally to the 20 x zoom, the Lumix TZ-41 [Amazon Link] has automatic GPS photo tagging and it creates 3D Photos. I’ve uploaded some 3D photo on my flickr account. Use a flickr app on your 3D capable TV set to watch them.
The Grand Canyon was populated more than 3000 years ago and is estimated to be more than 5.000.000 years old. I had the chance to visit Grand Canyon in 2012. It’s an awesome natural monument. You can visit the Grand Canyon either by bus or using a helicopter tour from Las Vegas. I definitely recommend the helicopter tour. It’s a once in a lifetime experience. Breathtaking.
I took the photo with my iPhone 5 using Pro HDR [iTunes App Store Link] and used Apple Aperture [[Mac App Store Link]] for post processing: First I increased saturation, then contrast and cropped it to square format.
I learned the hard way that it’s not easy to get good photos of fun rides at a fairground. Here are 5 learnings from a photo session at a fun fair.
I always wanted to try taking photos of spinning rides at the fun fair. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. It can be tricky to get the exposure time right. If it’s too long, I simply got a white circle. During a too short exposure the ferris wheel wouldn’t turn far enough and the photo would just look like a blurry photo of a ferris wheel. I took that photo with a Manfrotto 190XPROB Tripod [Amazon Link].
Enhanced the photo by slightly increasing saturation and contrast in Apple Aperture [Mac App Store Link].
I thought it was easy to take some good photos at the fun fair. Turned out, it is not. I’ve compiled my learnings into 5 tips for taking great shots at the fun fair
An empty stockroom in Vienna, perfect for an HDR to bring out the details in the photo. I shot three bracketed photos with +/- 1.7 stops using a Nikon D7000 and created an HDR using Photomatix Aperture Plugin PhotoMatix Homepage Link.
He was singer and guitarist for the band “Natural” and married to german pop singer Sarah Conner. In 2005 and 2008, two reality shows starring Marc and Sarah were aired in Germany. He has released two albums so far, called “Awesome” (2005) and “Black Roses” (2008). Both are available on iTunes [iTunes Store Link].
I took this photo with a Nikon D70. It’s almost untouched, just cropped and I applied noise reduction using Nik Dfine [Homepage Link].