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Monochrome Madness 2-15

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Currently, I’m developing my photos taken on Corfu. And, every now and then, I stumble over an image that might look great in monochrome. Just like the one above chosen for this weeks issue of Monochrome Madness by Leanne Cole.

First of all, I make all my usual adjustments to a raw file: white-balance, color-balance, balancing the horizon, lightening the darks and sharpening. Finally saving the edited file with all layers and export it to jpeg.

In the case I feel an image might look good in monochrome, I switch to monochrome mode in my raw development tool for a sneak preview to check, if it would look great in monochrome. Just in case, this preview looks great, I do another export. But, this time I choose tiff for my export image format. That’s because I want to preserve all information in the image. This tiff file is the source for my monochrome conversion.

Most of my monochrome images are created by using Tonality Pro by MacPhun. Sometimes I use it as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, but most times I simply use it as the standalone version. Even the standalone version is capable to work with layers, similar to Photoshop. And, so I develop several parts of a monochrome image differently.

Just in case, you didn’t have tried Tonality Pro, I’d encourage you to download the trial version and give it a try.

Take care!

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diamonds at the sea

600_6055-ec_wThis is another aspect of the combination of ice and sun: shiny little diamonds laying on the back sand at the beach, just like they were laying in a jewelry store’s window decorated on black velvet.

The setting sun was able to illuminate these compact blocks of clear ice from behind. Where the sun reaches the ice, it is illuminated in a warm, soft orange. While those parts of the blocks, not hit by the sun, stay in their cold, blue appearance.

The sun must have a very low stand to illuminate the ice blocks in this way. Unfortunately, this didn’t last long. It lasted only for a few minutes, before the sun hided behind the mountains.

Many other people also were on that beach as we were there. So, it was kind of hard to avoid people somewhere in the background of my own photos. Some people even were taking ice blocks to drape them on the beach.

Enjoy!

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Monochrome Madness 2-14

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This week’s photo for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness is also taken on the greek island Corfu. In the north-western part of the island you can find an old castle, built when Corfu was part of the Venetian Republic at the end of the 14th century. In the same place, there was already a byzantine castle from the 11th century, which was overtaken by the Venetians.

In the image, you can see the final part of the track up to the castle, where you have a wonderful view over some parts of the western coast and the Adria. The exhausting trail uphill is definitely worth the effort. But, bring water with you! You’ll need it!

Take care!

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A tiny trip to Japan

610_9232-e_wNot, literally! But, you know, every now and then I told you, that in my area you can find the city with the third biggest number of Japanese inhabitants, outside of Japan. Only in London and Paris there are living more people from Japan.

On Thursdays we have had a public holiday and fantastic weather (one of the two days of summer 🙂 – the other one was Friday – grin ). All jokes aside. I still hope for more hot days this summer. Although a thunderstorm ended the current summerly period Friday night. For next week we are supposed to get only 15-20°C, just like last week, before the temperature jumped to 28-36°C on Thursday.

Nevertheless, I want to tell you about the Japanese garden I visited. It’s built about 100 years ago as a part of a huge private park. An industrial entrepreneur has had a mansion with these park. After a visit in Japan, he felt in love with the Japanese garden culture and decided to set up his own Japanese garden. He invited garden architects from Japan to create the garden for him.

Although his company grew enormously because of their success in the chemical sector , the park still exists. Currently the park’s size is about 22 hectare (= 220.000 m²) and 15.000 m² of this park are formed to be the Japanese garden. On weekends this park (and the garden) are visited by many people. There’s no entrance fee. The company still cares for the park. It’s located directly beside their headquarter. So, it’s a slight problem to get a free parking slot on weekdays, because the employees need the room for their cars. While the park is always open to the public, the Japanese garden has restricted opening hours and is always guarded.

Enjoy!

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ocean on the rocks

600_6503e_wI haven’t seen such stuff before! Ice laying on the beach. Ocean waves come and flow around them. And a wonderful sky above.

Mother nature is extremely talented in using her powers to compose scenarios with her colors, structures and other decorative stuff. What an extravagance – simply for impressing us?

No repetition. Everything is a unique piece of art.

Enjoy!

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Monochrome Madness 2-13

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For this week Leanne asked for a themed post again: water

I guess, Iceland is the perfect destination for this competition. So much water, so many waterfalls. My first idea was, to send in a photo taken at Gullfoss. Unfortunately, I already sent in the powerful photos taken over there. You can see them here, here and here.

Most of the waterfall photos put the waterfall itself into the picture and don’t focus on the water. I don’t want to show you a landscape photo simply with water in it. Instead, I want to set the water itself into the picture. So, I picked that photo taken at Seljalandsfoss.

Take care!