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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/6,7
   Shutter Speed: 55s
   ISO-Value: 100
   Focal Length: 14mm
   Filters: Hoya Pro1 ND8, Hoya Pro1 Circ. Pol
   Time: 5:27am

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   This is my 2nd approach at the Lac Blanc situated in the Aiguilles Rouge in France. This shot was taken a little later than the horizontal approach and this time I had my circular polarizer on to cleanse the lakes surface of the reflection but only so much that the waters actual color does become visible to contrast the gentle violet tones of the morning light also because it did start raining and the surface wasn't as still anymore. Furthermore the light cinnamon tones of the stones fit into the image quite well I suppose. In contrast to the other image which is linked below I did adjust the white balance here a bit more to add a warmer feeling which seemed natural due to the sunrise's light peeking through the clouds here and there; you can actually see it on the rocks on the right side of the cottage.

   Due to the lowered aperture value I felt like focusing a little more on the foreground instead of the mountains as I did in the first image was advantageous in this case.

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   Recently I have been looking through some more pictures here and there, editing new ones and also looking through old ones and changing some things here and there. So I figured I add some more tonality via the levels tool in this picture and do a new channel blend to get the stones in the foreground a little crisper.

   Here you can see the first approach as well as read some more information about the location and how SvenMueller and I got there:

   Last Known Surroundings by NicolasAlexanderOtto

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_______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: 1100
   Focal Length: 10mm
   Filters: None
   Time: 10:51pm

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   Another shot from Castelejo Beach earlier this year. This shot was taken after the moon had risen behind the cliffs and illuminated the ocean and beach. After shooting the sunset SvenMueller and I stayed a little longer on the beach because I wanted to shoot the nightsky but due to the fullmoon light and the extremely high humidity there wasn't much to see aside those two, brightest stars which had accompanied us all the way through Portugal (actually those are the planets Venus and Jupiter, but heh :D), as some of the only stars we'd see at night after descending from Mt. Torre.

   After I took some shots of the cliffs and the moons reflection in a puddle the flood left over and SvenMueller decided to call it a day. I figured I may as well shot the beach's iconic stone formation with our two nighttime companions. The conditions for the shoot were in fact not very good, since there weren't only the light problems already mentioned but also severe winds howling over the beach. I must say that seeing the cloud's shadows run over the cliffs and the beach ever southwards, was very impressive and intense but my lens was smudged every few seconds so I had trouble cleaning it every interval. After I was done shooting I really feared that my camera might have taken some damage because it was really wet as if it had rained for half and hour, but since the K5 is weather sealed nothing happened; my battery grip wasn't as fortunate though from time to time the battery simply isn't recognized by the camera, a little buggy but not the end of the world, surely worth the shots. Hope you enjoy.

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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/5,6
   Shutter Speed: 60s
   ISO-Value: 100
   Focal Length: 14mm
   Filters: None
   Time: 4:30am

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   This is one of the many yet unprocessed shots from my trip to the Alps with SvenMueller last summer. I took quite a few different compositions of Lac de Chesery and still haven't gotten around to edit all of them. This is probably the earliest shot that I've done even before the Alpenglow set in and the mountain range was barely visible. Thanks to the 1 minute exposure though it looks very nice and tranquil even though it also resulted in some visible noise for I shot without noise reduction in order not to lose any time in between shots. It's also one of the rather dark exposures but I just like it that way because it still have some resemblance to the actual gloom which hung on the south side of the Aiguilles Rouge.

   It was a blast standing there eating some chocolate cookies for breakfast while waiting for the different exposures to finish.

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When I first moved to Washington, I saw images of Prusik Peak pop up in magazines here and there, and thought "I MUST GO HERE!" After doing some research I soon found that getting here wasn't a quick walk in the woods. Prusik Peak is one of the Enchantment Peaks located in the Alpine Lake Wilderness Area in Washington. The hike through the Enchantment Lakes basin is 18 miles long, gaining no less than 6,000 vertical feet. Though this hike was one of the hardest that I have done, I was also rewarded with some of the most gorgeous scenery I have ever seen. Prusik Peak is just one icon of an area with endless beauty; countless mountain lakes and tarns, huge glacial valleys, craggy peaks, and larch trees, which turn electric yellow during the fall. For me, experiencing the Enchantments satisfies a major goal of mine.

Prusik Peak and the Temple from Gnome Tarn - Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, Washington

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   Pentax K5
   Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD
   Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E
   Aperture: f/11
   Shutter Speed: 155s
   ISO-Value: 80
   Focal Length: 24mm
   Filters: B+W 110 ND3.0
   Time: 5:59am

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   I wanted to try and capture the majestic atmosphere these great cliffs next to Praia de Castelejo evoke. And black and white seemed the way to go supported by the scenic 16:9 crop. I deliberately took one of my underexposed pictures to keep the focus not to much on the rocks in the middleground but rather putting the emphasis on the shoreline and view which was impressive from that height - even though the wind was extremely strong and the hazy skies were dull. I have to say that I lately seem to enjoy my bad-weather-shots over those taken under light conditions that normally would be considered optimal. I hope this picture can convey the gloomy early morning atmosphere with the wind howling and the air tasting salty while SvenMueller and I were shooting during the blue hour.

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Ryggahola at Godøya, Norway.

Canon 7D, Sigma 10-20 mm
f/22 1,6 sec
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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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_______Tech Info
   Pentax K20D
   Sigma 70-200mm f/2,8 EX DG IF APO Macro HSM II
   Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E

   Aperture: f/11
   Shutter Speed: 1/6s
   ISO-Value: 100
   Focal Length: 200mm
   Filters: Hoya Pro1 Circ. Pol
   Time: 5:30am

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   Another Panorama from my summery trip to the Alps with SvenMueller. I always wanted to make such a panorama with only snow and mountains not giving away any other impression or connotation. Sadly the sky was bland but therefor the light conditions on that particular morning were quite impressive leading to some nice shadows on the mountain range which was about 3.5miles away. The original file is made up of 5 horizontal images and was more than 19000px wide. It's quite astounding to look for all the little details on the mountain walls. Sadly I had to downsize it for distro purposes but I think I may print this in full size for my next exhibition.

   I deliberately left out my name this time because I figured it would disturb the impression to an extend that it does indeed lower its visual potential covering up to much detail or simply distracting from the emptiness of the sky. Hope you enjoy.

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BachalpSee . Grindewald . Swiss Alps
Schreckhorn Mountain



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