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A few weeks ago, a friend of mine started publishing a monochrome series on Instagram. One of the images was taken while I was standing next to her in Wales back in 2019. I liked her edit and took out my own images to play a bit with them. It didn’t come up to my mind initially to try this in monochrome. But, I’m happy, I did.
Last week I was working on some images taken back in 2016 in northern Norway at the Ofotjord.
Here we have a panorama image from that pile of up to now undeveloped images. It consists of 13 single horizontal images taken with a full-frame camera. Each image has 6016×4016 pixel. So, each of them has 24 mega-pixel. All images are shot hand-held at 70mm, ISO 400, f8, 1/1600s. It’s end of February and 13:49 😳. See, how low the sun already is at 17:01h.
Another way for creating such panorama images is by taking a wide-angle lens. But this approach has a downside: you’re losing details. For getting only the interesting part of the landscape you have to cut away huge parts of the sky and probably some parts of the foreground. In the remaining part of the image, the details are very tiny. On the opposite, when taking a telephoto lens, you get smaller parts of the landscape but each of the images has more details compared to an image taken with a wide-angle lens. In the end, all these images are stuck together to get a nice panorama image like the one above.
The resulting image of this process is quite big: 23997×2391 pixel and uses about 500MB in 16bit TIFF format on my disk. Converted to JPG the size shrinks down to about 40 MB but loses some color gradings because JPG only has 8 bit per color channel. I explained the problem with 16 vs. 8-bit color-depth already in the past. Next, I resized the file for web-quality. The image above is the downsized version: 9093×900 and 1.7MB.
Click in the image to see it in a better way.
“I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black”
written by Keith Richards / Mick Jagger
Some time ago, I heard some familiar-sounding tunes coming from my daughter’s room. Although I knew the lyrics, it sounded a bit different. It was much faster and the voice a lot higher than I had it in my mind. Surprisingly, she runs it over and over again. So, I went over to her and asked her, if she would know, how old that song is. She started guessing with 10 years than 20. before she gave up.
It’s from 1966!!! So it’s more than 50 years old!!!!
OK, she was listening to the Nightcore version of the Chiara cover which was used for the movie “The last witch hunter”. The Chiara version certainly is way younger. But, I had asked for the ‘original’ version.
In case you want to refresh your memories, I’d recommend to check out also the Chiara album version. This cover is quite good in my opinion as it transports the song from the 1960s to our current time without throwing it into the blender first. The Australian choreographer Anne Murray produced a great dance video to the song. It’s also available on Youtube.
Saturday before last, we were visiting long-term friends. The two women even are friends since their common time at school. Unfortunately, they are living far away from us and personal reasons were hindering us to meet for several years. But, that Saturday we met again. It was a fantastic day over there.
While we had a walk around a nearby lake we split. A walk-and-talk for the women and a photography walk for the men. Being prepared, I had my camera in the back of my car. So, the women walked a lot more than the men. But, for me, it was also a teaching lesson.
I guess you know this tree if you saw my yesterdays post.
It’s the same tree, but a whole trip was between these two images. Yesterdays image was the first photo taken in Wales and this one was the last photo. Morning and evening made a trip 🙂
This tree usually stands in the lake. But, the water level was very low because of the lack of rain during the winter. At least 0,5 meter of water is missing. The lake is approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) long and in size about 240 acres (~1 km²). So, you’re able to calculate, how many liters or m³ of water is missing. And, summer has not come until now. We only have May!
Climatic changes everywhere.
Sólfar is a sculpture in Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital. It symbolizes a dragon boat with 5 Vikings sailing to the west. The Icelandic name means “Sun voyage” or “voyage to the sun”.
In this image taken at about 2 a.m. (yep, in the middle of the night), I illuminated parts of the sculpture. In the older post, you can see some other images, too.
Today, 5 years ago, was the last day of my first trip to Iceland.
That island is so magical. I flipped over and over again through my images to find the one, representing the island to me.
When reading the post, I linked above, you can see, we have a very wet trip. But, the light of the nearly endless summer nights ist so fantastically.
Remembering a trip to the ‘pink birds’, the wild flamingos, here in Germany