An hour at the Auditorio de Tenerife

Auditorio de Tenerife When you approach the Spanish island city Santa Cruz de Tenerife by sea, you might think that your eyes are playing a trick on you: there is a building that resembles the iconic Sydney opera house. It’s actually not a trick but the island of Tenerife features its very own iconic auditorium. The architecture is quite spectacular, however, the location and the general upkeep of the building is a bit of a let-down. You can find the Auditorio right next to the harbor and it is often surrounded by oil-rigs, drill ships and other other large ocean …

Rapeseed Runner

From the archives: Rapeseed Runner

One fine afternoon in May of 2011 I took off from work a bit earlier. The Bavarian rapeseed fields were in full bloom at that time and I wanted to take some photos of the amazing colors. It always is a spectacular sight especially on a clear day with blue skies. As I was taking in the beautiful landscape, a runner suddenly started moving through a field to my left. I quickly swapped my lens for a 300mm tele and managed to grab this photograph. It is one of my all-time favorites. As a little bonus, professional photographer Ming Thein …

Fall in Kitzbuehel – A short photo essay

Kitzbuehel – The Legend Downhill racers, mountain climbers, cyclists, jet-setters and paparazzi all get goose-bumps when they hear the name of the ubiquitous Austrian ski town Kitzbuehel. It’s a fairly small town nestled in the Northern part of the Alps (1.5 hrs drive from Munich). There are so many things that Kitzbuehel is famous for: the legendary Hahnenkamm downhill race, the legendary parties, expensive cars and famous people. It’s easy to forget that Kitzbuehel is also nestled amidst breathtaking nature. Last week, I had the pleasure to enjoy three amazing days in those wonderful town. Since I was alone with …

Snow

A day in the Austrian Alps

The Austrian Alps Fall has arrived with full force in Europe. We just witnessed its volatile nature on a short trip to Saalbach-Hinterglemm in Austria. It is a famous ski town nestled high up in the Alps. The town itself was pretty much shut down. All bars & restaurants are closed during off-season. But the weather totally made up for the lack of other entertainment. Here are a few photographs from the past two days. Weather Upon arrival in Hinterglemm we were surprised to find ourselves in a complete white-out. The snow flakes were twice the size of a Euro …

‘Lonesome’ on the 500px.com Popular page

500px 500px is amongst my favorite photography websites. The collection of available photos and the sharing capabilities make it an extremely inspiring and useful tool. It’ fun and educational to review the portfolios of different photographers around the world. The overall quality seems a lot higher than what you find on Flickr. And that’s the other thing: sharing your own photos is very enjoyable. Your portfolio looks awesome. Lonesome I was really happy the other day to discover that one of my recent creations made it into the ‘Popular’ category of 500px. This page features the best photos of any …

Dubai

New Publication – Dubai Posterbook

Posterbook On Thursday afternoon I received exciting news: my new Dubai posterbook was published on Amazon.de. It features thirteen of my favorite photographs from Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. You might be scratching your head – a book with just thirteen photos. Well, this is a so-called posterbook from the German publishing house Calvendo. It is kind of like a calendar without the calendar feature. All you have is large and beautiful posters. The cool thing about the posterbook format is that you don’t have to frame each photo. Just hang up it like a calendar and then change …

Nikon D800 battery life

Let me be clear: I love the Nikon D800. But there is something that really bugs me. And that is the battery life. I took my camera on a business trip this week. The battery ran out after 250 photos. Granted a lot of them were long exposure (5-15 seconds), but this is almost ridiculous. My D300s seemed to last for weeks. However, the battery is on  re-call. I just found out. Will call Nikon on Monday to get a replacement. I do hope that this will fix the problem. 250 photos is not enough.

First Nikon D800 HDR – Single RAW file

Nikon D800 HDR The other day I wrote about the Nikon D800 file size. I do have to say that I am pleasantly surprised about who well the huge RAW files handle on my MacAir and the MacMini. Tonight, I decided to do another test: HDR processing on my MacAir. For that purpose, I took a single RAW file that I took a few days ago. I processed that file with five different EV settings (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) and exported the files to jpeg. Each jpeg is between 5.7MB and 9MB large. The files were processed HDR EFEX …

Nikon D800 impressions – part 2

Nikon D800 impressions. The Nikon D800 is an awesome camera. I am super happy with it so far. It is a major step up from my prior Nikon D300s. Picture quality is unbelievable. Here are some additional impressions after photo number 1500: Photo quality is amazing. Colors look beautiful. When you pull up the photos on a large screen you can immediately tell the difference between the D300s and the D800. Working with the files is totally ok. Even my MacAir 2011 can handle the RAW files ok. Aperture is a bit slower. No big deal. Noise is extremely well …

Photo featured on Ming Thein’s blog

Exciting news. Professional photographer Ming Thein reviewed one of my photos on his blog the other day. It got a very decent review. Check it out! Also, make sure to bookmark or subscribe to Ming’s blog. It is EXCELLENT! Highly recommend it.    

The Nikon D800 and photo detail

Nikon D800 Detail This is really tough. I have had the D800 for almost a full week but have not yet had time to take it out for a full spin. Hopefully tonight. But I have had time to take a few snapshots here and there. The image quality from the Nikon D800 is unbelievable. Take a look at the two photos in the attached gallery. The first one is the original. The second one is a crop – down from 36MP to 0.6MP. Amazing detail, from my point of view. You can actually see some cigarette buds lying around when …

D800

D800 – More tests

The D800 is truly awesome. This morning, I sat down to take a look at some the photos I took last night. Most of these were shot with higher ISOs. Take a look at the crops. The amount of detail in the photos is almost shocking. Click on the images to see the larger version.

Nikon D800 high ISO

There has been a huge debate about the Nikon D800 not being able to to handle high ISO. Well, I got my body a few days ago and I am pleasantly surprised. Last night, I used my 300mm lens to take a hand-held test shot. Here it is. ISO 12800. Pretty impressive. This is pretty much un-touched. Just the standard do-noise application in Aperture.  

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Welcome to my new photoblog! After a few years of running this site via Apple’s iWeb, I finally decided to move to WordPress. There are a lot more options and it is handy to be able to work on the site while on the road.  

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