3601 – One Cool and Foggy Morning

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Aug 282016

I don’t do HDR very often. I used to do it in the past, but frequently it seems too much hassle. Dynamic range of digital cameras has become so good, that it rarely is necessary any more.

And there are exceptions đŸ™‚

This image is one. No way I could have got both clean grass and that much detail in the sky in one exposure. I can’t remember whether I had to clone out a reflection of the sun in the lower right part, but I suspect I did …

… no, I’ve just looked up the original exposures, and there is really no trace of a reflection. Amazing how good those Olympus lenses are on Olympus bodies. I have no idea how well they do on Panasonic bodies, but I’ve always had trouble with extensive flares when using Panasonic lenses on Olympus bodies. Must be some incompatibility of sensor reflectivity and lens coating.

3471 – A Forest in Winter

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Apr 202016

On the fields it already looked like mid-March, but in the forest some fog still clung to the treetops. The lens of the day was mostly the Olympus 9-18, a not so ultra wide and not so fast lens, but a lens that I frequently choose because of its light weight and its resistance to flares.

3468 – Fog Rising

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Apr 172016

This does not look exactly like a December landscape, but still, with the rising fog it looked interesting enough. The harsh contrast would have been a bit of a challenge only a few years ago, but even the “lowly” Micro Four Thirds sensors of today handle this with grace.

2959 – On My Way

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Nov 242014

The Image of the Day is my so far most successful image on Flickr. It made it into Explore early and ended up as #22 on November 12. The first day it drew 26,000 views, followed by 8,300 on the next day.

The second image has been taken with the same 12-40/2.8, this time on its long end. It also got into Explore, but only near the end of the day. Still, that made for 50,000 views in three days. Not that I particularly agree with the choice of images, but then, when have I? đŸ˜€

The Song of the Day is “On My Way” by Mavis Staples. Hear it on YouTube.

2768 – Look Into The Sun III

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May 162014

Actually this was more a test shot than an effort for an Image of the Day. I wanted to check how my new Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm 3.5-5.6 ASPH performs with the sun in the frame.

In the end I converted the image to B&W, because due to excessive overexposure, parts of the clouds had burned out, and that’s a situation that is much easier handled in the absence of color.

But really, how did the lens do? Right excellent, I’d say. There are no ghosts or flares in this image, and although you can easily provoke them with certain positions of the sun, this lens fares no worse than much more expensive lenses. You may not care about that, but for me, a notorious hunter for the sun, shooting into the light is a major application for every lens. You may remember that I sold the otherwise incredibly good Panasonic 7-14, simply because it suffered so much from ghosts.

The Song of the Day is again “Look Into The Sun” from the 1969 (That year!) Jethro Tull album “Stand Up”. Hear it on YouTube.

2737 – Life Is So Easy Now

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Apr 152014

Spring is great and life feels so easy now. This weekend I used a sunny Saturday for a short trip around Carinthia. The idea was to take images in two of our major churches, but in order to get there, I had to cross a lot of sun-drenched landscape. It was a pleasure đŸ™‚

The Song of the Day is “Life Is So Easy Now” from Son of Dave’s album “O2”. Hear it on YouTube.

Mar 242014

OK, I already suspected it: “2692 – Waters Of March” should have been “2692 – Waters Of March IV”. Today, just because the images cry for the title, I have one more.

The Image of the Day and the panoramic (the link goes to the full size on Flickr) were taken in a fen on a flat mountain range south of Klagenfurt. Never before have I seen it fully submerged.

The final image is simply a meadow flooded by snowmelt. You can see a strip of snow along the upper edge.

The Song of the Day is again Jobim’s “Waters Of March”. I’m still working through the many versions that I found three weeks ago. One example that’s also on YouTube is Anya Marina on her album “Slow and Steady Seduction: Phase II”.