Two Panoramic Views in Switzerland

In the heart of Europe one can find a quite significant accumulation of “structures and shapes”: The Alps. Today I’d like to share the outcome of two projects related to panoramic shots capturing this part of the World.

Each of the following pictures is composed of 10 shots in portait format and merged into one photo using Adobe Lightroom. For the first set I used a Canon EF 24-70 mm f/4L IS USM at 32 mm, 1/400 sec. and f/6.3 with ISO 100.  For the second set I used the same lens at 53 mm, 1/500 sec. and f/5.6 with ISO 100. I did not use a tripod. The size of the raw files are 1 and 1.5 GB. I’m showing reduced versions of 32 and 35 MB.

Below the view from a mountain called Niesen (2’362 m above mean sea level) located in the Swiss region “Berner Oberland”. The panoramic view captures an angle of approx. 230 degree and features the Bernese Alps from the north. From left to right: Thun, Lake Thun, Interlaken with Lake Brienz in the back followed by the famous mountains Eiger (“North Face”), Mönch and Jungfrau.

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Panoramic View from Niesen

The next photo is the view from the Monte Generoso (1’701 m above mean sea level) located in the Swiss Canton Ticino. Here the Alps are shown from the south side. This panorama has an angle of approx. 270 degree. From left to right: In the front Lake Lugano, in the back Monte Rosa and the north end of Lake Maggiore, famous mountains Jungfrau, Mönch, Eiger, followed by the Finsterarhorn, Lugano, in the very front Monte Generoso peak, northeast end of Lake Lugano, Eastern Swiss Alps with Piz Bernina unfortunately in the clouds, Monte Legnone, north end of Lake Como, Monte Grigna Settentrionale.

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Panoramic View from Monte Generoso

Behind the Shot – Focus Stacking

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As part of my little series on “behind the shot” posts,  I’d like to showcase today the power of “focus stacking”! Here as example an olive tree sprout. In macro photography the depth of field is usually very short. Chosing a small aperture leads to long exposure and/or high ISO both negatively impacting the sharpness of the shot. So how to solve this dilemma?

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Blue Magic

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Svinafellsjökull, Iceland

Iceland in winter is blue magic! Here I’m sharing shots from two glaciers in the south of Iceland. They carry blue ice! It’s blue because the compression in the glacier squeezed out any air bubbles and in this circumstance light of long wavelength like red, orange and yellow is absorbed by the ice while light of shorter wavelength such as blue or green remains.

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Vulcanos in the Mediterranean Sea

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Vulcano Island

Wherever tectonic plates meet there is volcanic activity as in the Mediterranean sea where the northward-moving African plate meets the Eurasian plate. Sicily has the Etna and northward in the Tyrrhenian Sea there are the Liapri Islands with Vulcano, Stromboli and 5 other islands. Today I’d like to share 3 shots from 3 different vulcanos.

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Behind the Shot – High Dynamic Range

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Bettyhill, North-Scotland

High Dynamic Range (HDR) shooting is an effective tool when dealing with very light and very dark sections in a photo like in back light landscape photography. Using this feature the camera captures three images of different exposure in a row. The camera then calculates an “average” picture out of the underexposed, standard exposed and overexposed picture.

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Scotland – Landscape & Water

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Little Loch Broom, Scotland

This sunset at the westend of Little Loch Broom in the noth-west of Scotland was captured in July at half past nine pm. A pretty typical shot for Scottish landscape and atmosphere. The shot is a 1/100 sec, f/4.0, one aperture overexposed, ISO 100. The lens was a EF 24-70 mm f/4L IS USM at 40 mm on a Canon EOS 5DSR.

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