Sunday, April 26, 2015

Buring Torch Silhouette

I like playing with the sun and turning things into silhouettes. It was in January this year when I visited the city of Budapest once again. This time I did a walk up to the hill when the Liberty Statue is overlooking the city. It was an quite overcast sky all day long. At the square where the statue is located there are two smaller statues. One is a dragon fighter, the other is a man carrying a torch. With some luck the sun poke through the clouds and I got the chance to take a silhouette photo of the latter statue. I was taking a position where the sun was right behind the tip of the torch making it look as like it burns.

35mm  f/13  1/400sec  ISO200

In post processing the image I played a bit with the shadows ruler and turned the statue from a completely black silhouette to fully visible. I cannot tell which version of the image I like most, that's why I'm presenting both of it today.

35mm  f/13  1/400sec  ISO200

The photo was taken with my new EOS 70D camera and my also new 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens. The camera was set into P mode and calculated aperture and shutter speed automatically. I always use fixed ISO value and because of the overcast sky I've set it to 200 this time. The photo was taken hand-held.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Antarctic Spring - 11 photos of penguins in love

Last November I was enjoying a fantastic expedition cruise to Antarctic Peninsula. During that time of year the season in the southern hemisphere is Spring. Most of these cute and adorable little penguins were busy in finding a breeding partner. Those who have already found each other were celebrating their love. Every now and then I could even watch them making new penguins. Since Spring is now in full force where I live, I want to spread all that love around in this month's gallery. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The flying dog

During my recent vacation I spent a wonderful day at the Pacific ocean beaches of Oregon. At Hug Point State Park I was relaxing and wandering along the beach. Since it was early Spring there were not much other people around. A huge black dog was playing and running around. He belonged to a family that was also enjoying this beautiful day at the beach. I was just busy taking some photos when I turned around and saw this huge dog running right towards me. Instantly I went down to my knees and started shooting again. Unfortunately the sun was in front of me and so the dog turned out quite dark. But with post-processing the image I could work out some more detail. I like the result and I'm happy to have caught the dog with all his feet in the air. And his tongue is the best of it all.

85mm  f/11  1/640sec  ISO200

I took the photo with my EOS600D and my EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens. The Camera was set into P mode and calculated aperture and shutter speed automatically. ISO was at a fixed value of 200. I took the photo hand-held.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Moving Water

During my recent vacation I came across a little creek. Clear glacier water was running over rocks and branches. The plashing in the all so quiet environment was very relaxing. Moving water is always a challenge to me, because bringing the motion to attention, water needs to be captured in slower shutter speeds. I usually do not carry any ND filter nor a tripod with me. So, I had to look for a way to stabilize my camera to prevent from shakes during capture. In this scene I placed it onto one of the rocks. The other risk is overexposure. Even with lowest ISO and highest aperture setting the shutter speed can be to fast to nicely blur the moving water. I found out that 1/10 of a second is a good compromise for shutter speed.

42mm  f/32  1/10sec  ISO100

Initially I did overexpose the photos a bit. In post processing the RAW files I could darken them again and work out some more details. To further point the attention to those little waterfalls I turned the photo into a black and white one. All the colors in the scene were distracting too much.

47mm  f/20  1/10sec  ISO100

A second moving water scene that I want to share in this post was at the outflow of a lake. A little dam has been formed of rocks and branches. At a lower part of that dam the lake water was running fast and loud out of the lake into a river. This scene again had the challenges of stabilizing the camera and finding exposure settings that did not overexpose too much. The water was running so fast here that even a shutter speed of 1/30 of second was enough to blur the moving water.

18mm  f/22  1/30sec  ISO100

The photos were taken with my EOS 600D camera and my EF-S 18-55mm standard zoom kit lens. For taking photos of moving water I usually use shutter priority mode. Shutter speed is the essential factor in this scene. ISO value is set to the lowest value possible, which is 100 in my case. Aperture will be calculated by the camera automatically. Usually it runs up to the highest possible value, especially on sunny days.