_____Random Info 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 SvenMuelleremats.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.
_______Tech Info 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: 30s ISO-Value: 200 Focal Length: 10mm Filters: None Time: 6:31am
_____Random Info Finally got around to edit a new shot. This is a shot of the barren jetties of Carrasqueira, sadly the most impressive pier got destroyed by flood some time ago so these are its remainders.
I hadn't seen a nighttime shot of these piers on DA yet so I figured early mornings blue hour accompanied by the lights of the industrial area on the opposite side of the riverdelta might look good and I wasn't mistaken, as it seems at least. Since SvenMueller and I slept right next to the entrance to the piers we had quite some time exploring the area the night before. Here I went for a rather cold white balance to counter the strong orange cast from the industrial lights which turned out to be the right decision for I really like the purple touch it added.
While standing there on the piers I found it to be intriguing that the container port on the otherside was quite the modern contradiction to the rather old fashioned fishing harbor thus the title.
_______Tech Info Pentax K20D Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4,0-5,6 DC HSM Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 65s ISO-Value: 100 Focal Length: 14mm Filters: Hoya Pro1 ND8 Time: 4:55am
_____Random Info My second deviation originating from my recent trip to the Alps with SvenMueller. This was taken on the 2nd morning we spent in the Aiguille Rouge area after our exhausting 6 hour ascend to the Chesery Lake which was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Carrying a 25kg backpack with all my camera stuff, some food and sleeping bag etc. and walking trails with more than 1000 meters of altitude difference is actually pretty though.
We spent the first night next to the smaller lakes next to Chesery Lake and used the first morning shooting Chesery and later went up to Blanc Lake for the evening which didn't really offer any usable light though, so we stayed the night to shoot the next morning. During the night rain and wind really gave us a hard time sleeping at first we were in constant fear of our tent getting blown away and we wondered if we'd rather pack our stuff and leave but in the end the gale settled and we were able to get a couple of hours sleep.
This shot was taken on the northern shore of Blanc Lake towards the Chamonix massif and Mount Blanc to the right (you can't really see it though). I did some experiments with different exposure times as well as some work on the reflections with my C.Pol but luckily the wind and rain didn't start until we were almost half done with our compositions and I was able to get this shot with some great reflections to say the least; only some of the stones at the bottom of the lake are visible in the foreground. I am pretty content with the outcome, still I guess I'll also work on one with some stones in the foreground and less reflection as well after uploading some other shots from the trip.
_______Tech Info 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
_____Random Info 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:
_______Tech Info Pentax K20D Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4,0-5,6 DC HSM Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 40s ISO-Value: 100 Focal Length: 10mm Filters: B+W 110 ND3.0 Time: 10:36pm
_____Random Info I think if the world was to end it would look somewhat like this, the sun fading and wearing away losing it's former radiance becoming a dying star.
This is also a picture from Rügen, Baltic Sea from my tour with JanPusdrowski (here's a shot by him from the same location: finaldamnation.deviantart.com/… taken after sunset though). We drove to the north-western edge of the Island to gain a free horizonline without the Island Hiddensee in the composition which I found to be pretty distractive especially for low angle shots like this one. I actually started of with a 2 shot composition one for the forground and one for the sky but ended up simply using one exposure keeping the rather omnious feeling of the darker forground due to it's nice addition to this "end-of-the-world" feeling.
_____Random Info 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.
_______Tech Info 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
_____Random Info 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.