Who would have thought! This beautiful lake, a moore lake called Étang de la Gruère, is located in the Canton of Jura in Switzerland at around 1’000 meters above sea level. These shots were taken on a bright and calm Sunday morning in June, nicely adding to my collection of Swiss lakes.Continue reading “Sweden? No, 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.
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.
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?Continue reading “Behind the Shot – Focus Stacking”
White cherry blossom, yellow rape and blue sky in the Canton Basel-Landschaft in Switzerland. Springtime greetings!
The “Diamond Beach” at the glacier lagoon Jökulsarlon in the south of Iceland is the perfect spot to look for the Icelandic version of diamonds! Clear ice fresh from the glacier washed up on a black lava sand beach!Continue reading “Diamonds from Iceland”
The Black Diamond ice cave is located at the Breidamerkurjökull in Iceland. Due to ash encapsulated in the ice the cave looks black. But when the sunlight shines right into the cave (e.g. early February at around 10 am) it lights up in golden and blue.Continue reading “Black Diamond Ice Cave”
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.Continue reading “Blue Magic”
The Giessen waterfall is located in the canton of Basel-Landschaft in Switzerland. This winter it froze.Continue reading “Icy Times”
Have you ever seen Black Ice? A rare phenomenon and a quite spooky experience! Black Ice – also called congelation ice – occurs when water freezes without many air bubbles encapsulated inside. Then the ice is extremely clear so that one can see the ground of a lake for example which is usually dark making the ice look black.Continue reading “Black Ice”
Fall: Calm water surrounded by golden pine and larch woods in the canton of Graubünden, SwitzerlandContinue reading “Fall – Golden Pine and Larch Woods”
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.Continue reading “Vulcanos in the Mediterranean Sea”
Cotton Grass with dew in the Val Fex in the upper Engadin region of Switzerland. The shot is a 1/100 sec., F/8.0 and ISO 200 with an EF 24-70 mm f/4L IS USM at 70 mm on a Canon EOS 5DSR held in the hand.
In my last post I shared the same shot as one usually sees the sky. With some magic using Adobe Lightroom one can get much more out of such an image even though the human eye cannot see the sky like this.Continue reading “Behind the Shot – Perseids Meteor Shower”
The 2016 Perseids Meteor Shower peaked between August 11th and 12th. Here I share a shot of August 12th with a meteor right above Piz Alv which is located in the Upper Engadin region in Switzerland.Continue reading “Perseids Meteor Shower – basic”
Today I’d like to publish a few animal shots from my latest trip to Scotland that all fit nicely to the theme of my website. Here a black-headed gull close to Durness in the north of Scotland. The shot was taken with 1/3200 sec. with f/5.6 and ISO 400. The lens was an EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6L IS USM at 300mm on a Canon EOS 5DSR.Continue reading “Animals from Scotland”
Today I’d like to share two shots from my latest trip to Scotland that I added to the plants’ section of my portfolio. This thistle I found on the east side of the Isle of Skye. This shot was taken with 1/160 sec. and f/4.5 and ISO 400 with my EF 24-70 mm f/4L IS USM at 70 mm.Continue reading “Plants of 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.Continue reading “Behind the Shot – High Dynamic Range”
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.Continue reading “Scotland – Landscape & Water”
On the occasion of today’s Swiss national holiday I’d like to publish a shot from a beautiful spot in Switzerland.Continue reading “Swiss National Holiday”
I’d like to start my blog addressing a question I received many times: How did you take this photo? So here is the answer: Essentially it’s a long exposure shot which makes moving water turn into mist.Continue reading “Behind the Shot – Long Exposure”