Rarely has the theme of the Weekly Photo Challenge from Word Press’ The Daily Post hit a nerve with me more as this week with “Serene“.
I’m totally in need of some serenity. The job that pays the bills has completely taken over my life, add in some special topics as the upcoming move of my big girl and the typical pre-festive season stress, another upcoming ten day business trip across the big ocean, and you can imagine why I would absolutely love to jettison myself out of reality and to a serene place like the lagoon of Walvis Bay in Namibia with its Flamingo swarms. Obviously bringing my camera.
Getting to some photography and even blogging has been a bit of challenge the past days, as well as answering comments and checking out posts from the blogs I follow, so apologies for not being present as much as I want to be.
The serene scene above was taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 40-150mm F/2.8 Pro Zoom. Image specs 1/1600 secs @ f/5.6 and ISO 200, focal length was 150mm (300mm full frame equivalent). The photo is pretty much out of cam, aside from slight cropping.
Somehow I have a hard time transitioning back to Street Photography, so here find another Africa post. While sorting through my Namibia photos and selecting the ones I want to include in the photo book of our vacation, in a calendar etc…. I was also playing around with animal images I could convert to monochrome. I have a high key preset in Lightroom that I wanted to try out on panoramic groups of animals I photographed in Etosha National Park with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 40-150mm F/2.8 with the MC-14 Tele-Converter that increases focal length by factor of 1.4 . The Lightroom adjustments basically include increasing exposure and playing with the grad curves, were I increased the light midtowns and turned down the dark midtowns, to get that high key effect. I also increased the contrast and the clarity. To see more monochrome Etosha wilderness photos continue after the jump….
Driving on African gravel roads is tiring. The landscape around you is fantastic, bit keeping the car steady on the gravel or sandy roads takes a lot of effort, you can never drive on “autopilot”. After a 380 kilometer and 6 hour trip on unpaved roads we arrived at the coastal town of Swakopmund. After checking into our B&B we went straight to the historic jetty to experience the African sunset behind the Southern Atlantic Ocean.
Despite having a coastline of 1400 kilometers, Namibia has only two natural ports, Luderitz Bay in the south and Walvis Bay just 30 kilometers south of Swakopmund. As Luderitz was limited to the diamond mining operations and had no real access to the rest of the country due to being isolated by the Namib desert, and Walvis Bay was British, the German colonial authorities founded Swakopmund as a city that had at least some access too fresh water and decided to built a Jetty in 1905 to help the unloading of cargo from ships and support the settling activities. At the Ocean end of the Jetty is a great restaurant where we enjoyed a great fish dinner after getting the obligatory sunset pictures first.
The Ocean waves where impressive, as was the colors of the sky after the sun went down behind the great Oceans waves. I wanted to create a long exposure image of the waves, creating that dreamy effect. In order to achieve the longest possible exposure time I set the PEN-F to its smallest aperture of f/22 and the lowest native ISO of 200, resulting in a 6 second exposure time, long enough to create what I was after.
To keep it simple, I did not attach any filters, and neither I used a tripod. I simply set the camera on on of the rocks between the road and the beach and used a 2 second self timer to avoid any camera shake after pressing the shutter.
The photograph is a jpg out of camera, no postprocessing was applied.
“Elemental” is the current theme of the weekly photo challenge (WPC) from Word Press’ “The Daily Post”. So I share four long exposure photographs representing the elements “fire”, “water”, “earth” and “air”. Anyone remembering the movie “Angels & Demons” ? First comes fire, where I experimented with long exposures to create the streaks. Image was taken with the Olympus PEN-F, specs are 1,6 sec @ f/2.8 ISO 80 (which is ISO Low on the Oly) and 30mm focal length. The rest of the elements you find after the jump…. (more…)
Ocean Dreams | South Africa | 2015 | 1/4 sec @ f/5,6, ISO 1000 and 300mm focal length
In time for the weekend here is another edition of “Instant Inspirations”, my series for you if you feel you suffer from “Photographer’s Block” or simply want to shoot something that you have never tried. Or at least not recently. With Episode 15 I encourage you to keep the camera out after sunset, leveraging the low light to achieve slow shutter speeds without the help of ND filters. But unlike in Episode 14, I leave the tripod at home because I want to combine motion blur with a bit of intentional camera movement (ICM) to create dreamy waterscapes at the wild coast of the Indian Ocean at Tsitsikamma National Park in South Africa. For the how-to, more images and links to all previous editions of “Instant Inspirations” continue reading after the jump…. (more…)
For me, the ethereal atmosphere in Antelope Canyon perfectly symbolizes the beauty and perseverance of nature. The powerful flow of water once carved out these slot canyons in the barren landscape of Utah over the course of thousands of years, and the sun shining into the narrow canyon has created the magic beams of light in the past and will continue to do so for all future. Let’s all join in protecting the magic of our planet earth.
Photo taken with a Canon Power Shot G12, image specs 0,6 sec @ f/8 and ISO 100, camera was mounted on a tripod.
Sometimes one photograph is enough to tell the story of a whole day. Yesterday I arrived in Portland after another long flight. Went directly to the office, worked till late and went directly to the hotel. Jet lag hit me full in the face, I slept three hours from 11pm to 2am. That was all I managed. Was in the office by 6:30 am, worked until 8:30 pm. Back to the hotel pretty much destroyed, 14 hours work day on 3 hours sleep. Business travel reality. Feeling drained (pardon the pun).
Inspired by fellow blogger Uwe Richter’s recent post about light painting (you need to check out his awesome blog) I saw this gaudily lit faucet in my hotel and decided it is worth a try turning the reflections into a kind of abstract photo by using a slow shutter speed (2.8 sec) and just handholding/slightly moving the camera while pressing the shutter. This was actually my only attempt and it came out just fine (I realize you might have a different opinion but in the end, my shots only need to satisfy myself to put a smile on my face and make me feel better/good).
Photographically speaking, one shot that makes me feel good can save a whole day.
Taken with my Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 Pro Zoom at 2.8 sec and f/2.8 at 12mm focal lenght (equals 24mm in full frame).
My son asked me to post this photograph as this was his favorite image of my Saturday Street Shoot in rainy old town Nuremberg. These are reflections of Nuremberg’s Sankt Lorenz Church and of a Bratwurst Hut on the wet cobblestones of the Karolinenstrasse.
I photographed this puddle reflections with the Ricoh GR II down on my knees in pouring rain to the amusement of the passing shoppers who must have wondered about this crazy guy who took photos of a puddle.
I then flipped the image in Lightroom and worked a bit with curves, increased saturation and clarity.
Next up is an “Instant Inspiration” about puddle shooting 😉