[album] IR-landscapes

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Today I took my camera and R72 infrared filter with me on a walk in the Attersee area in Upper Austria and was able to find some picturesque spots. When adding the IR-filter, the lush green colors of the foliage appeared bright white against a black sky on this clear and sunny day, even without modifying my camera for IR-photography.

All images were taken handheld with ISO values in the range of 200 to 800 and a shutter speed around 1/30s on my OM-D E-M5II and 12mm lens and were shot around the same location as my previous post on infrared photography.

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[cityscapes] tromsø analog

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35mm / analog / cityscapes / misc / slide film

I would like to share some older photos on slide film that I had already scanned and just re-discovered.. I took these photos already in 2010 in Tromsø, Norway (wow… time flies) and I want to start a series of posts with impression of cities I have visited. I will tag these posts under the ‘cityscapes’ category – as done with some images from Copenhagen already.

So, one of my first destination for an extended trip & vacation together with my girlfriend (her being quite fond of Scandinavia, and with good reason) was Norway. Going from Bergen, where I had the most relaxing sleep I can remember so far, to Tromsø, Bodø and to further the Lofoten islands.

In Tromsø, one of the most striking sights is the Arctic Cathedral with its unique architecture which I could admire outside as well as inside. The first image was shot with a polarizing filter, hence the almost black sky.  A ride with the Fjellheisen cable car to Storsteinen, followed by a short walk revealed an impressive view of the city and a magnificent panorama of the Lyngen Alps under a midnight sun (these two photos were indeed taken around 11pm to midnight).

If i remember correctly, I took these images with my Olympus OM-10 with 50mm f1.8 lens on slide film (not sure which one exactly).

vrångö

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During my recent trip to Gothenburg, I visited the southern archipelago and made a kayaking trip around Vrångö including some stops on smaller islands. It has been great to paddle across the open sea and finding some bays to explore on these last exceptionally beautiful and sunny days.

The picture was taken with my E-M5II and 12mm lens (which was stowed away ‘under deck’ in a dry bag during the tour which kept it perfectly dry :)

to the moon

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The surface of the moon – as photographed today in the afternoon with a new lens which I recently bought on ebay and just received two days ago: an MTO-11CA  from the russian manufacturer LZOS (built somewhen around 1992). This mirror lens has a focal length of 1m (!) and for this image I used an additional 2x teleconverter on my OM-D E-M5II to see how close I can get.

In order to reduce the atmospheric distortions I stacked 16 individual images (camera set to burst mode) with the free software RegiStax, so that the fine features around the crater areas are enhanced. Additional color fine tuning was done in Lightroom.

All in all, the process of capturing and post-processing the image was really fun (this huge lens also draws some attention from interested bystanders) and I am quite satified with the result.

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Edit – 28/04/18

I want to add one more image from the same day taken @ 1000mm focal length without teleconverter. This image was also stacked from several exposures do reduce distortion.

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colorful edibles pt. 2

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Following my previous post where I combined some fruits and vegetables with colorful backgrounds, I used the weekend to play around with some of the contents of my shopping bag once more..

For the above images, I again used a quite simple lighting setup consisting of a 400W halogen flood light + diffuser and reflector on opposite sides. I am quite satisfied with the results of this cheap setup – the only downside is the flood light gets really hot after some time, significantly heating up my small working area :)