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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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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Graveyard Photos

Hi!

Well, the title may sound a bit morbid (and I have gotten quite a few weird looks when standing with my tripod in the middle of a graveyard on a new year’s eve). Later, I might share few photos from the actual graveyard, but the sun was just too intense, so I don’t know if there will be anything useful there, but as we were leaving the graveyard, I turned around to take this photo. And as promised yesterday, this one is an HDR too (well, the full size 16 MP jpeg is about 23 megabytes…). Have fun.

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Path to the Altar

Hi!

Welcome to 2016! We haven’t yet decided what frequency we would like to share photos with you this year and in the meantime, we still have to post a few 2015 leftovers. And now something I haven’t done in quite a while: a recently taken photo (like 2 days ago…) and it’s an HDR! Oh I have almost forgotten how much I used to love this technique! Especially the processing time I have to put into it :D. Still, I have gone out of training and it’s quite visible…I guess I’ll try to get better in 2016 an spend more time with this technique ;). But for now, this have to suffice 😉

Have a great day!

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Maybe Fuji?

Hi!

If you have followed us for some time now, you might know Jana is a DSLR user, whilst I use mirrorless. Recently, many world-class photographers have switched to mirrorless cameras as well. One of the most recent (and most enthusiastic about it!) is Karen Hutton. If you haven’t yet heard about her, you’re missing out BIG TIME! Karen has as well become a Fuji ambassador and judging by her webpage, she just revels in promoting it and giving it away. That’s right…she gives away the Fuji mirrorless cameras in several giveaways! Check ’em out HERE. If all goes well, we will have a new Fuji at our disposal (wish us luck 😉 ).

Looking at the contests, you might notice two of them are hosted on ViewBug. We joined the community there about a month ago (one of reasons of our lowered activity here and on G+…). ViewBug is really nicely optimized for us, photographers, amateurs or pros. There’s also a lot of contest you can join. Give it a try!

And now for something completely different. A photo! This is a statue by Matthias Bernard Braun, located at Kuks hospital. It Occured to me there, that I haven’t posted an HDR photo in a while and this composition provided me a great opportunity.

Have a great day

Stanley

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High Voltage Sunset

Heya!

About a week ago, as I was going to the post office to pick up my new macro rings, I took my Samyang 12 mm with me. The sun was just setting, so I thought there might be some nice landscape shot along the way. I really love sunsets in this city with all the mountains around, but the problem is the foreground. I’d also like to do a nice wide shot of the whole city, bathing in the sunlight, but I haven’t yet found a spot with a good view for this. In the meantime, I have to do with what I have. Meanwhile, I got another nice legacy lens, the Industar-61 L/D 55 mm f/2.8, so you can look forward to seeing some results with those. I have, however, yet had bad luck with findung subjects for 55 mm, but it won’t take long ;).

This shot is an HDR; raws processed with my default profile in RawTherapee and HDR composed in Luminance HDR. I love this program for making HDRs. At first, it was a bit overwhelming, but I have learned to appreciate it’s versatility.

Have a great day!

Stanley

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King of Apathy

Hi followers!

Last year about this time, we took a resolution to make a photo for every day in 2014. So far, I’m failing this miserably! I have three weeks ot go with about 100 photos to catch up. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but I’m not really counting on it…I’ll try tho! And altho maybe not  till the end of this year, I will certainly finish the 365. We already decided to do noth a 365 photos in 2015, but just 52. The hope is there will be some shift toward quality, instead of quantity. And why did I fail the 365? I don’t know myself, but I account it all to the occasional apathy. I believe I could do it, even with my studies, but sometimes I just want to sit back with a hot yerba and do nothing. If I could manage to bost my morale in those moments, I would have the 365 done by now 😀 I’d like to apologise here to my favourite band, IN LEGEND, for stealing the title of their newest released music video: King of Apathy! Also, here is some more photos fot the yet incomplete 365.

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Colours in the Sky

Hi everyone!

About a month ago I set off one morning to ascend the dominant and symbol of our city, the mountain Jested with it’s trademark: the hotel at the top. This shot was taken even before I started the actual ascend 😉

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Summer’s End

Hi!

I just dug up this photo from july (at least I think it was july…I’m too lazy to even check the EXIF 😀 ) and decided to give an HDR a try. Well, the scene may not be ideal for that, as well as the composition, but since I had nothing better to do and wated to challenge myself, I went for it anyway. The outcome: it didn’t go as well as I was hoping to and I can’t say I’m totally satisfied with the picture, but for now it’s the best I could come up with. See for yourself 😉

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