landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography, seasons, travel, winter, world

Monochrome Monday 6-51 – Wanna talk?

I saw these nice English telephone boxes last year in Wales. As we are currently hindered going out and are locked in our homes to save us from getting infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus for several weeks now life becomes kind of boring.

As so many of us are currently locked at their homes similar to sitting in jail and certainly have talked to nearly every relative and friend. Every housekeeping is done, reading, listening to the radio and watching TV or binge-watching whole seasons becomes boring. So, maybe it’s interesting to talk to a complete stranger, whom you only know slightly from reading her blog posts.

Although I’m not alone, but I’m curious about talking to people and get to know a bot about how they feel these days. Therefore I’m offering a skype call. Simply talk half an hour or so. No specific topic. A bit like you could do when meeting someone in a metro or a bus station.

Therefore I make an offer: do you want to talk to me? I’m offering a skype call. If you’re interested, drop me a line in the comments. I won’t publish that comment and only use the email address you’re leaving me, to contact you for negotiating a suitable time slot. You know, I’m in western Europe and located in CEST, that’s UTC+2 (because of the daylight savings time).

You can find your timezone i.e. when looking on the world map published at Wikipedia and then use Google by saying for example “13 PST CEST” and get back “22:00h”. So, you can see, it’s 10 p.m. (= 22:00h) for me when the people in i.e. San Fransico or LA have 1 p.m. (= 13:00h; PST = Pacific Standard time).

So, anybody interested? I’m curious for you 🙂

Take care!

landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography, seasons, travel, winter, world

Monochrome Monday 6-47

This is another image taken during my winter trip to northern Norway in February/March 2016. I’m standing at the ferry port of Olderdalen and looking over to the other side of the Lyngefjord. You can see a tiny boat on the fjord in some distance. It’s a very big ferry. Even a couple of lorries are fitting in the ferry beside passenger cars. The distance to the mountain range is approximately 9 km. So, it gives you kind of a scale.

Take care!

art, landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography, travel, world

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #81: Find Something Red

It’s Lens-Artists photo challenge time again. Patti challenges us to find something red. She started her post with the phrase “Sometimes in the middle of winter” and my brain completed the sentence with “find something red” despite she wrote “, the world is reduced to stark shades of black and white”.

Red is one of the strongest colors we have. Red means blood, fire, and danger, but also love and warmth. Also, many fruits are red, when they are ripe and thus easier to find.

It would be easy to bring up a color-key image, where everything is converted to black and white while some red spots keep their color. I was also considering some fruits.

Currently, I working on images I took in northern Norway a couple of years ago during winter. So I’d find many images of these pretty red houses surrounded by snow. (Here we have the starting line, where my mind failed in reading it correctly 😀)

 

Instead, I picked this pretty blossom, where the red color really pops out

Take care!

landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography, seasons, winter, world

Throwback Thursday: Norway Pano

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.

Take care!

 

landscape, long exposure, nature, photography, travel, world

Throwback Thursday: World of Wonders

 

Two years ago at this time, I was in northern Norway hunting the Aurora Borealis.

Standing at night outside in the cold looking in the starry sky. Admiring the countless bright spots on the dark surface. Than, slowly but sometimes all of a sudden, like someone has switched it on, it appears: the Aurora.

Bright, mostly green, light dances in front of the stars. It turns the scene in a mysterious ambience. Even the white snow turns greenish. What an experience. Sometimes it lasts only for a couple of quarters of an hour, sometimes it lasts nearly the whole night.

Sometimes it feels, like a painter has painted an abstract piece of art on the dark surface, while sometimes the changing rate of the light structures is enormously hight and builds new structures every few seconds. Sometimes it looks like the painting of light stands still in one place, and sometimes it moves rashly over the sky. Sometimes it looks like curtains and the next time you can see columns. Amazing!

Take care!