landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challange 167: “Colors of Autumn”

It’s autumn since last Wednesday and Amy is already asking for autumn images.

 

P.S. don’t forget to click on the images to enlarge them.

Take care!

photography, summer, travel

Throwback Thursday: Photokina time (not)

This is the time of the year when each second year Photokina was held. Last year I wrote about my expectation, Photokina might be dead. We will see if I was right.

I visited this fair a couple of times. I was the world-leading fair related to photography. Last year the fair was canceled because of the pandemic. This year would be supposed to be a non-Photokina year when following the original schedule. Besides, the organizers modified the schedule. Instead of a week each second year in September, the fair now is supposed to last only 3 days each May since 2019.

Take care!

 

landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challange 166: “Artificial light”

Our world isn’t dark anymore. Many, many lights turning darkness into bright light each day night, resulting in a lot of problems for nature. Insects are attracted by the many lights and disturbed in their natural communication. Many mammals are active during dark times. Those animals can’t hide anymore properly. And we need all those animals although they don’t need us. Even astronomists are struggling with the huge amounts of light at nighttime: light-pollution. Take a look and see: no dark areas at night.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for having proper illumination at home and at work. But, I’m sure, we can do more, to have the security at night from the light and at the same time preserve nature.

 

 

We really turned night to day and I have to admit, I like many of the illuminations.

Thanks, Ann-Christine, for this wonderful theme for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

P.S. don’t forget to click on the images to enlarge them.

Take care!

landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challange 165: “go wide”

I love taking panoramic photos. When looking at the statistics, you can see, the wide-angel lenses are used very often. Unfortunately, the main parts become quite small, when using such a lens. So, I often take a couple of images with a longer focal length lens and stitch them together in post-processing to preserve the details.

4 * 90mm (full-frame)

 

13 * 50mm (full-frame)

 

12 * 24mm (full-frame, vertical)

 

23 * 85mm (full-frame, vertical)

When printing this last image in 30cm (1ft) height, it would be 200cm (7ft) wide, to give you an idea of the size and the view angle.

For this technic, you need overlapping images. Approximately 1/3 of each image should overlap with 1/3 to each neighboring image to have enough room to stitch the image properly. I often turn the camera to take the images vertically and almost always I mount it on my tripod.

Thanks, Patti, for this wonderful theme for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

Take care!

photography, summer, travel

Throwback Thursday: it’s too early for fall!

It’s early September. So, in 2 weeks fall starts according to the calendar. In recent years, fall usually started not before October, in some years not before November. But, this year is different. Fall already started in early June. Nearly no fruits on the trees and bushes here in my region. The apple tree in our garden has severe problems: the apples and the lower leaves rot and mold on the tree. We got exactly 10 apples while 5 of them are to be thrown directly on the compost heap. According to a professional gardener, this is a result of the low temperatures and the high amount of humidity because of the frequent and heavy rains. The image below is taken a couple of years ago.

Yesterday, I read the EU published a report stating 2021 was the hottest summer ever (since the beginning of the weather recording). I can’t confirm and according to co-workers from northern France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, the summer over there also didn’t deserve that name. 😦 So, the summer in other parts of Europe (i.e. Poland and Finland according to other co-workers, Italy, Greece, and so on) must have been even hotter to balance the low temperatures in West-Europe.

 

Btw. the weather forecast proposed the next rain front starting from today and last at least until mid of next week. Fortunately, the last 5 days were kind of summerly.

Take care!