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Subway

Monochromia

Here we have a remain from the past: an underground train for miners

Once, coal miners went down by a special elevator and than brought to their working place by one of these trains.

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Review: Aurora HDR 2018

For a few days the latest version of Aurora HDR from MacPhun is available. This new version is not only for Mac, it’s also for Windows. I got a review version for testing.

Yesterday, while out with my photographers roundtable, I visited a former coal mining building, now a museum. That mining buildings are notable because of its wonderful architecture made from brick-stones. The mine was open from 1899 – 1955.

Most of the time I was inside the machinery hall, a very modern building for that time, but with an unusual architecture style for a mine. Many parts inside reminded me to the movie “Metropolis” by Fritz Lang from 1927.

Being inside a quite dark building on a dark and rainy day gave me the opportunity to take some images by using bracketing. That is a technique where you’re taking one image just the way the light meter says, but two (or more) additional images with exposure correction (+ and – i.e. 1 or 2 EV) to develop them later with HDR or DRI software like Aurora HDR. Often HDR or DRI images have over-saturated bonbon colours, which I don’t like. So, you don’t see many of them here in my blog.

While the user interface of Aurora HDR did not change much and the preset sections are also still available, I won’t waste too much time on these parts. Have a look at my last review.

I want to focus on the new results and an unexpected feature I discovered: distortion control. The export results are much better in quality, than in the original version. I like the resulting colours more and the results don’t have so much noise in it. The auto-alignment feature works quit good. But ist’s still better to have exact aligned images by taking them with a tripod instead of free-hand. The distortion control feature is nice. I’m using DxO Viewpoint for distortion control. The results are great. Compared to Viewpoint, Aurora is too complicated. Here they have some work to do.

When you own some other tools from MacPhun, you can use them as plugins inside Aurora HDR and vice versa. They are also available as plugins inside Photoshop.

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Monochrome Madness 41

600_4618-sb_wTodays photo for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness is taken in a mining museum.

You know, my area has a long coal mining tradition. Here you can see a mining railroad, that brings the miners from the mine shaft to the place, where the coal is.

In this museum, they have a replica of the underground mining area stuffed with original tools and machines.

There are already a few other photos on that topic here in my blog.

Take care!

(as always: click on the photos to see them in a bigger size)

 

 

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

dsc_9151-e_wI like the idea of Cee to organize an open photo challenge with only one topic: “way“. I found it the other day and got an immediate idea, of what to post. But, I spared it until today.

So, here is my contribution: Choose your way and choose it right. There are many options, but not every option leads you to your planed destination.

Take care!

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Have you ever seen a miners wardrobe?


Even I’ve seen this years ago, it’s fascinating seeing it again.
Yesterday I attend our monthly photographers roundtable. We vistited the Bergbaumuseum in Bochum. It’s a museum where they present nearly everything about mining from the stone age until today. They show machines, tool, lamps, an elevator, coal galleries and so on.
In the hall, right after the entry, they have a wardrobe. Each miner used to have a chain with a basket. The baskets are hanging from the ceiling. While the miner is working, his casual clothes are in the basket. After finishing his work he undresses for taking a shower and the work clothes are getting in the basket. The basket is pulled unter the ceiling again and the chain will be locked at the wall with a padlock.