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   Pentax K5
   Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4,0-5,6 DC HSM
   Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E
   Aperture: f/6,7
   Shutter Speed: 6s
   ISO-Value: 160
   Focal Length: 10mm
   Filters: Hoya Pro1 ND8, Hoya Pro1 Circ. Pol
   Time: 8:16pm

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   Another welsh waterfall - this time there is no trivial name for it though jus the original welsh tongue breaker - located in the Valley of Neath. I shot this on my second day walking through the forests and had to notice that my Circ. Pol was somewhat scratched so I had to edit out some rainbow spots afterwards since they weren't really visible on the camera screen so it was only afterwards that I saw half of the pictures I shot in waterfall country are actually ruined or at least will take a lot of effort cloning the affected areas. It took some time to fix this picture but it#s been one of the rather easy one's since the aperture value on this was quite low.

   I must say though that walking along the river was quite an experience and I enjoyed the lush green and cold water to quite some extent. Gladly it had rained the day before - which is why I wasn't really able to shoot much on that day - so the waterfalls had enough water to be photogenic. More to come soon and I hope you like it.

   Note: I edited this on a regular Acer Laptop so I'm not quite sure about the tonalities and color of the image since Acer monitors aren't the best for editing. So I'd appreciate people to tell me if I got things right just by judging the histogram. :D

_______Update Info
   As it seems the original upload was a AdobeRGB Version and not sRGB so I had to redo the color management and I also went for a warmer white balance in the process due to some feedback by JanPusdrowski and da-phil.

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   Pentax K20D
   Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4,0-5,6 DC HSM
   Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E
   Aperture: f/8
   Shutter Speed: 0,7s
   ISO-Value: 100
   Focal Length: 11mm
   Filters: Hoya Pro1 ND8, Hoya Pro1 Circ. Pol
   Time: 2:26pm

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   After first seeing this sight in my fellow SvenMueller gallery fav.me/d3fvu9o - being the Gollinger waterfall in Austria near the German border next to the NP of Berchtesgarden, I wanted to go there and shot it myself. So after I went to the Alps earlier this year with SvenMueller I traveled down to Berchtesgarden with another friend who picked me up at his place to capture some sights in the Bavaria and Austria - this one being amongst them. I have to say it was more difficult than I had imagined beforehand and moreover the rainy weather made it even more difficult for I had to cover the lens most of the time not get drops on the filters. I cleaned them about 5 times before I actually took a decent composition but still I had quite some fun shooting this location. And although I've seen this quite some times here on DA I am glad that I have my own version of it. Hope you guys like it.

   Also here is a horizontal format, black and white verion:

   When Darkness Falls by NicolasAlexanderOtto


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   Pentax K5
   Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4,0-5,6 DC HSM
   Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E
   Aperture: f/8
   Shutter Speed: 2s | 4s
   ISO-Value: 80
   Focal Length: 14mm
   Filters: Hoya Pro1 ND8
   Time: 7:38pm

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   The first waterfall picture from my recent trip through Wales. I always wanted to try shooting downstream rather than shooting upstream but never ended up with something satisfying. So I tried this procedure a couple of times during my trip and this is one of the best shots that really seem to work way better than the upstream ones. I like how the different elements direct the viewers gaze and keep it within the picture at most places rather then leading out of it.

   The waterfall displayed is called Rhaeadr Ewynnol in Welsh and it's English trivial name is Swallow Falls. Actually it's a very famous waterfall but there are only few images of the lower falls for the upper ones are easier to work with. Sadly - and as always - it was raining while I worked with the camera but the trees above me provided decent shelter so it wasn't as hard as the shooting at Marloes Beach the prior morning. Fortunately the continuous rain resulted in lush green colors all around Wales so at least I had one advantage on my side.

   This is basically the start of a series of Welsh waterfalls since I visited quite a few so expect at least 3-4 more in the near future.

   Note: I edited this on a regular Acer Laptop so I'm not quite sure about the tonalities and color of the image since Acer monitors aren't the best for editing. So I'd appreciate people to tell me if I got things right just by judging the histogram. :D

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   Pentax K20D
   Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4,0-5,6 DC HSM
   Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E
   Aperture: f/13
   Shutter Speed: 60s
   ISO-Value: 100
   Focal Length: 10mm
   Filters: B+W 110 ND3.0
   Time: 5:09am

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   This is the first shot of my recent trip to the Island Rügen in the Baltic Sea with my mate JanPusdrowski. We got up at 3am for this specific location which is Cape Arkona to be precise and at the time the blue hour had almost started. It's very challenging to actually get up that early for someone who usually goes to bed around that time.

   After driving to the Cape and scouting the location we waited for the right directional light and the clouds to move into the right spot for our compositions, which took us quite a while; this shot was actually taken slightly after sunrise since the clouds weren't as cooperative as we had hoped.

   Also figured since this is a shot for my next exhibition and I wanted to try some anthracite passepartouts I'll upload this with the fitting framing, really curious what you think about it and if you folks think it'd work in an art gallery.
     
_____Update Info
   Due to DAs horrific green background the gray frame was really an eyesore thus I replaced it with something that fits this stupid green layout a bit better.


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Weichselboden, Austria / 2011



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Copyright 2011 Christian Íser
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   Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD
   Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E

   Aperture: f/9
   Shutter Speed:2s
   ISO-Value: 100
   Focal Length: 18mm
   Filters: Hoya Pro1 CPL, Hoya Pro1 ND8
   Time: 15:24pm

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   I always wanted to try my self shooting in a ravine like this. During my travels in the alps this year with SvenMueller I did visit one which was pretty much an absolute waste of time sadly I don't even remember it's name due to the fact it was completely un-photogenic. Still after we split up I traveled to Berchtesgarden and visited some ravines there and it really is a tough surrounding to shoot to say the least. This particular shot was taken in the Almbach Ravine a few kilometers north of Berchtesgarden during a rather sunny day thus the great colors being reflected by the rocky slopes behind me at the time. Hope you like my approach, I at least really enjoyed experimenting with this spot.

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   Pentax K5
   Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4,0-5,6 DC HSM
   Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E
   Aperture: f/9,5
   Shutter Speed: 1/40s | 1/20s | 1/10s | 1/4s
   ISO-Value: 80
   Focal Length: 11mm
   Filters: Hoya Pro1 ND8
   Time: 7:33pm

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   Another shot from Praia de Malhao although on a different evening, after shooting the beach for an evening and checking out almost all the other spots we had on our map :devemats and I decided to revisit this spot before heading home so this shot if from our last sundown in Portugal. This is a manual blend of four exposures to optimize the dynamic width although my K5 has a pretty impressive dynamic depth to begin with so most of the image is actually only two layers and the additional two were mainly used for the reflexion in the water.

   When we were at the same spot a week prior the tide was way higher thus not revealing the nicely green, algae covered stones in the foreground nor the trickles the receding tide caused so I was really excited to play with these very photogenic elements. I probably shot around a hundred pictures during this sunset. And the light conditions 20 minutes after the sun had vanished were absolutely crazy the sky literally exploded and SvenMueller was yelling across the beach because he was so amazed by the great display of colors the sky offered. I'll also be editing and uploading some of those shots when I get around to do so. In the meantime I hope you enjoy this shot as much as I do.

   Here's the sundown shot from a week earlier:    Malhao Beach I by NicolasAlexanderOtto

   And a shot 20 mins later: One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours ... by NicolasAlexanderOtto

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   Pentax K20D
   Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4,0-5,6 DC HSM
   Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E
   Aperture: f/8
   Shutter Speed: 0,7s
   ISO-Value: 100
   Focal Length: 11mm
   Filters: Hoya Pro1 ND8, Hoya Pro1 Circ. Pol
   Time: 2:38pm

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   I took quite some different compositions of this particular spot being the Gollinger Waterfall in Austria during my visit. I already uploaded a colored, vertical format some time ago but still I wanted to have a classic b/w of this spot due to all the interesting contrasts one can play with but also because the place does offer certain possibilities to conjure a feeling of danger and almost a sort of witchery if treated right. I tried to give it a hint of haunted forest one may say. If you think of it, couldn't there live some Vodyanoy right below the falls? Something ancient and old guarding the place from intruders? It's quite remarkable what folklore was actually told back in the early days about this site. I just love how imaginative people of the past were, it still seemed there was magic to nature unlike nowadays where we have a wholly different approach to nature. I'm more of a scientific thinker as well but sometime I like to revel in such fantasies.

   It's like often my images (also of others of course) for me transcend their sole state becoming a setting for imaginative figures and fiction which goes way beyond the borders of the frame. Not only preserving an impression I witnessed at a certain point in time but also adding to it so much more. When I look at a picture I see different layers the scientific one, the actual story behind it, the message it might entail, the technical and artistic facts but also everything that marks the place magic somehow. Guess I like to think there is more to photography than "just" catching light.


   Here is the beforementioned colored, vertical format:

   Vagrant Story by NicolasAlexanderOtto

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   Pentax K20D
   Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD
   Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E

   Aperture: f/6,7
   Shutter Speed: 20s
   ISO-Value: 100
   Focal Length: 33mm
   Filters: None
   Time: 4:49am

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   The famous Charmonix needles behind the maybe even more famous Lac de Chésery at dawn. SvenMueller and I got up around 4am to walk to the shores from our tent which was located a couple of minutes away (here is a picture of the tent by SvenMueller emats.deviantart.com/gallery/#…. Although I've seen more beautiful shots of this particular location I though I might as well add my version to the already existing shots floating around on DA since I haven't seen a Panorama shot of this location as of yet. This shot is made from 3 20s exposures in horizontal format - don't be fooled by the opposing shoreline being slightly crooked at the right side that is not caused by my stitching; it actually looks like that. Hope you guys enjoy.

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With an April backpacking trip to the Smokies drawing near, I find myself digging through images from my Autumn 2010 excursion to the same park. While always learning new processing techniques and ways of seeing, photos that were once looked over for whatever reason are suddenly popping out at me, causing me to question why I never game them a chance.

It's very exciting to not only revisit the memories but to realize how important it is to have faith in your abilities as an artist. I'm nowhere near the end of my photographic career and there is still an endless amount of experience I have yet to gain.

Although, I do know how far I have come. I can see a true progression from my first images to my more recent work and it causes great excitement for my future.
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