Monday, March 2, 2015

Airplane with Contrails

400mm  f/5.6  1/400sec  ISO400
It has been a long time since my last post with contrails. So I thought I could share some photos with those aircraft created clouds again. While former posts concentrated on the massive amount of cloudy lines in the sky, today's scenes are about the aircraft producing contrails. It was a clear and sunny evening when I took these photos. The low sun illuminated the airplane and contrails nicely. The evening hours turned out as perfect for such photos. For those who are interested, the first plane is an Asiana Airlines Boeing 747 and the second one is an Etihad Airways Boeing 777.

400mm  f/5.6  1/3200sec  ISO400

I took both photos with my EOS 500D and my EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens. The camera was set into aperture priority mode with a fixed aperture value of f/5.6. Shutter speed was calculated by the camera automatically. ISO was at fixed value of 400. I shot the photos hand-held and stabilized the camera by sitting on the ground and resting my arm on my knee.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dark Clouds - 11 photos of dangerous skies

Dark and heavy clouds are always an amazing sight. I absolutely love them. It doesn't matter if you are at home or on vacation, they are always jawdropping and of course worth a shot. The photos I want to present in this month's gallery were taken over the past years at locations around the globe with various gear, including my iPhone 5.

Enjoy a collection of the most intense skies I've experienced so far.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Moonrise with clouds

I'm currently sorting out my pile of photos taken last year. While browsing and deleting I came across some photos of the rising full moon. The memories of that evening are still clear to my mind. I went out onto my balcony just the time when the moons began to rise above the horizon. It was a beautiful sight. The full moon, still a bit weak in brightness, but with some warmth in color, was rising above the trees. I grabbed my camera and tripod and took some shots. I love the scene, because the tree make it more interesting and the contrast is not that strong.

400mm  f/5.6  1/200sec  ISO400

When the moon was too far away from that trees I stopped shooting. But I noticed all the landing airplanes passing my home. Immediately I remembered the photos of aircraft passing through the moon, that I took some weeks ago. I wanted to repeat that shooting and waited until the moon was at aircraft height. But, unfortunately, some clouds developed. The scene became too dark for good photos of aircraft. While monitoring the scene I started enjoying the sight of clouds moving in front of the moon. It looked somehow mystically. So I decided to take some shots of the full moon partially covered by moving clouds.

400mm  f/5.6  1/20sec  ISO800

I took these photos with my EOS 500D and my excellent EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L zoom lens. The Camera was set into P mode and calculated aperture and shutter speed automatically. ISO was set to a fixed value. To get the moon exposured correctly in dark scenes I changed meter mode to spot metering. As I already mentioned my camera was mounted onto a tripod.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

My 200th Blog Post

135mm  f/5.6  1/250sec  ISO3200
It is now little over 3 years that I operate this blog. On a more or less regular basis I publish photos that I've taken. Some posts deal with special locations, others with a dedicated theme. Most often I try to explain why I took the photos and how I did it. Besides that I usually present a monthly gallery with a special theme. These galleries contain more photos and have less text. All in all is it a lot of work to operate a blog but it brings so much fun as well.

135mm  f/5.6  1/200sec  ISO200

Today I'm publishing my 200th post in this blog. To celebrate this event I was looking for scenes where the number 200 is in focus. I found the number many times in my direct surroundings. Of course my first idea was my Tamrom zoom lens with a printed focal length of 200mm. In a closet I found some Hungarian currency that was left over from a previous vacation. Fortunately a relatively new 200 Forint coin was with it, so I could capture the next scene.

135mm  f/5.6  1/4sec  ISO1600

The speed meter of my car also contains the number 200. It measures the speed in km per hour. In my kitchen it was not difficult to find 200s. I got it twice. First at the metering cup for baking ingredients. I've poured 200g of sugar into it and took the photo. The other location with a 200 was the temperature adjustment of my oven. I turned it to 200 degrees Celsius for this photo. The last scene that came into my mind was a 200ml squeeze bottle with skin treatment that I found in my bath room.

135mm  f/5.6  1/200sec  ISO200
Anniversaries are always a reason to look back. So, here are some statistics of my blog: As I mentioned already, the blog runs for 3 years and 2 months. In the 200 posts I have published more that 800 photos so far. I'm really happy about the 34,500 visits to my blog. Most visitors are coming from the United States, followed by Germany, UK and Russia. The most visited post was Rakotz Bridge for a long time, which surprised me a lot. Currently the post with most hits is Shells At Beach, followed by Polar Night and Skyscrapers Fireworks.

135mm  f/5.6  1/200sec  ISO200

135mm  f/5.6  1/200sec  ISO200