Austrian Alps

Hello!

You might have caught a photo from Austria by Jana already, but despite having quite a lot of photos from there, I haven’t yet shared anything. And there is a lot of things to share!

As pretty much anyone would have guessed, we didn’t go there for photos, but mainly for skiing and snowboarding. However, we managed to find some time for our favorite hobby too, even if it meant taking the camera to the slope with us. Mirrorless comes handy in this way! We usually took the lift to about 1600 meters above sea level and then went down to about 800. However, from where the lift ended, it was possible to walk up another 20 height meters and from the summit, it was possible to capture breathtaking landscapes of the area. It was also a target of many skialpinists, so it was fun talking to them there. So, here is a photo from the summit, taken with my 12 mm lens. I think you can imagine it’s not fun to ride down the slope with your beloved camera on your back…it indeed wasn’t as I was in permanent fear of falling on my back (on a snowboard, this is not a problem to happen :D). Luckily, Nex-6 is actually quite tough little camera, so even thought I at one point landed on the camera a bit, it hurt me more then the camera. In fact, considering this camera is not water, dust or shock resistant, it endured remarkably much with me already.

Well, here you go.

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In the Shadow

Hello everyone,

last time I posted something on this blog was almost three months ago. Many things happened from that time and I think now it´s time to post new photos. This photo is one month old. It was taken at Austria, Gossau, where we were skiing.

Hope you like it

Jana

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Dewdrops, Continued

Hi!

My last post was full of dewdrops macro photos. It was also not a first time. Drops of dew make a wonderful photo subjects and there can never be too many of them. But this one is I think one of my best.

Have a great day.

Stanley

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Dewdrops

Hello there!

So, Now that all my 2015 photos are already shared, I finally get to share some more recent ones with you😉. The winter is a pretty warm one this year. Ever since I started to realize the world around me, I was more and more happy about the place I live in. It’s in an altitude of about 400 meters and is just beneath one of the mid-height mountain ranges of our country. This means we have snow in winter and can go skiing. But we also have sub-tropical temperatures in summer and have a couple of lakes scattered around for swimming or we can take a mountain hike. As I say, just perfect.

As said, this winter is a VERY warm one! The skiing conditions are reeally bad…it was only about two weeks of perfect conditions and now all we have is heavy and wet technical snow. But this yo-yo weather gives me a quite frequent opportunity to take photos of dewdrops on the plants. For this job, I love my Tokina 75-260 f4.5 in macro mode. It focuses from about 40 cm, so it’s even comfortable (despite weighing a whopping kilogram!). The second one I use is Canon 35-105 f3.5 in macro. And I can’t forget the I think best combo I just love to use – couple of macro rings with Industar 28mm f2.8. To process the photos, I rely most on RawTherapee’s Wavelet decompose – this thing works wonders but it’s almost impossible for me to come up with some universal “default” setting. Also, I just love the film emulation made by Pat David (thanks Pat!).

Well, hare you go and have fun!

Stanley

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Snaps 2016

Hi!

Well, this year we really haven’t been active so far…share-wise. We’ve abandoned any attempts at regularly scheduled sharing and decided to just share when we feel like it. Problem is, we don’t often feel like it. Personally, I have reached a new level of laziness with my process. I take the photos, I process them but I am so put off by the thought of exporting, organizing and naming them I just don’t share it and go play Black Ops or SWTOR instead😀. Well, I don’ know how, but I managed to actually finalize a batch of photos. Some of them a remnants from 2015, but most of them are more recent. Today, I want to share those 2015 ones so I can start with the new ones.

This first one I already shared in a colour version, but I really like the b&w one too. I actually also have two different b&w versions too, but I like this one more. It is also a brilliant example of the use of my Samyang 12mm F2.0 lens and RawTherapee’s (and Pat David’s) film emulation. This one is called In the Undergrowth.

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This one I’m not really that proud of, but I like it for some reason…maybe it’s the symmetry. I also recall taking this photo on more occasions, but I couldn’t even find the other versions. I call this one Windows 2015.

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This one is over half a year old. This couple was building a nest underneath the roof of our cottage and I just happened to have my monstrous Tokina 75-260mm F4.5 lens with me. I guess the thing I like the most about it is the title I’ve given it: African swallows are non-migratory. If you don’t know what the title refers to, Google it😀

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Have a great day!

Stanley

Post-Christmas Massacre

Hi!

Well, it’s been a month into 2016 and we haven’t really shared anything new. As always, it’s not that we don’t have anything to share…we just don’t seem to get around to it! A week ago, I took a walk I’ve taken several hundred times before – to the university. Along the way, I always find something new to shoot, be it a scenery, detail or downright macro photography. Suddenly, I found my way blocked by a pile of dead christmas trees.  Our family has switched to plastic tree many years ago, so we don’t contribute to this ourselves, and maybe that’s why it seemed quite decadent to me. I don’t claim this one to be an artistic photo. To me, this is only to show the senseless waste…

Stanley

Hi!

Well, it’s been a month into 2016 and we haven’t really shared anything new. As always, it’s not that we don’t have anything to share…we just don’t seem to get around to it! A week ago, I took a walk I’ve taken several hundred times before – to the university. Along the way, I always find something new to shoot, be it a scenery, detail or downright macro photography. Suddenly, I found my way blocked by a pile of dead christmas trees.  Our family has switched to plastic tree many years ago, so we don’t contribute to this ourselves, and maybe that’s why it seemed quite decadent to me. I don’t claim this one to be an artistic photo. To me, this is only to show the senseless waste…

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Catch Me If You Can

Well, well, here is the last one!

The last photo due for 2015. Again, taken a long time ago and has been sitting in my WIP folder for like half a year. Well, farewell 2015, Hello 2016 – we’ll share some new things as soon as we decide on the frequency for this year😀. It’s been 365 in 2014, Thing a week 2015…so for 2016, it should be a thing a month, right…but that seem like too little..we’ll see😉

Stanley

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The Dune

Hi!

So, again, I rummaged through my archives again and found this little photo. Taken in central bohemia on a short cyclo-trip. Interesting location – in the middle of a forest, there it is, a huge sand dune. Just sitting there, among the pines. And on the top of it, this lonely stump. So I thought a closeup with 12 mm lens and HDR might be in order. So, here you go😉

Have a great day!

Stanley

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