Friday, January 31, 2014

Moody Fog


Going out for a Sunday walk involved taking our cameras. And driving through the thick fog we were expecting to find even more moody scenes down by the river.

The water was rushing by with a smooth and unbothered surface, gliding away under the blanket of fog. And the reflections were almost more clear than the actual trees looked in this weather.

Hamm, Lippeauen, November 2013.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Dynamic Woods


Panning is a technique that involves longer exposure time and deliberate motion of the camera - in one or more directions.

Lately I was hunting motives in this field of photography again and here is (some of) what I brought home.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Swans of Hvalnes

The ocean lagoon at Hvalnes, South East Iceland, is the point where thousands of whooper swans meet to migrate to warmer climate.

When we passed this lagoon in 2012 the gathering had begun but there were many more to come. Due to non-clear condition we were not able to see very far and can only roughly estimate how many swans there really were.













Sunday, January 26, 2014

Watching Rocks

I do think that these rocks are towering over the bay at Hvalnes, Iceland, as if they are guarding and watching this bay.







Saturday, January 25, 2014

Rough Land

The landscape is sometimes really rough but always interesting in Iceland.






Friday, January 24, 2014

The Fun Girl

This girl, that you saw flying in an image last week, got rewarded for her awesomeness by an ice cream.

Djupivogur, summer 2012.





Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Harbour View

This city was really nice to look at but the town itself did not call us to stay so after lunch and checking things out we got on our way again. Harbour of Djupivogur.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Flying Girl

This girl was having fun outside the little restaurant in the Eastfjords that we were having lunch at. She jumped off the bench just as I was trying to take a picture of her.

Her dress was really fun and she was acting as if she came straight from an Astrid Lindgren novel.








Sunday, January 19, 2014

Steep Road

The roads in and out of the fjords are well paved and maintained roads in the Eastfjords. The turns are steep and tight, tough.


Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Jumper

People seem to be taking jumping pictures in Iceland as an internet joke. 

We have tried it. While my husband manages very pretty jumps, I did not make it to any presentable jumping images above Seydisfjördur. Later on, I managed it pretty good.

Here, now, I want to present you a "Thinker Jump".








Friday, January 17, 2014

Restored image

A friend lately send me a scan of an old and battered photo. It shows her great-great grandfather and she was wondering, if there was a chance to make it look any better.

I took it into Photoshop and started from the face outward. I used the clone stamp in a very small diameter and worked on one light spot at a time. Some areas I worked on with colored brushes, photoshop filters and With several hours of work by hand I made the image resurface and was pleasantly surprised about the outcome.

Fortunately the face of the person had been mostly intact to beginn with. No really important information was missing.

Thanks for allowing me to show this image.

Eine Freundin schickte mir neulich ein altes und beschädigtes Foto. Es zeigt ihren Ur-Ur-Großvater und sie fragte sich, ob es eine Chance gäbe, das Bild zu verbessern.

Ich habe es mit Photoshop bearbeitet und habe vom Gesicht begonnen. Ich habe den Kopierstempel benutzt, mit einem sehr kleinen Radius, und habe einen weißen Flecken nach dem anderen bearbeitet. Andere Stellen habe ich mit Farbe und mit Photoshopfiltern bearbeitet.
Mit einigen Stunden Handarbeit habe ich das Originalbild wieder zum Vorschein kommen lassen und war selbst positiv überrascht vom Ergebnis.

Glücklicherweise war das Gesicht der Person relativ intakt und keine wichtige Information hat gefehlt.

Danke für die Genehmigung, das Bild hier zu zeigen!










 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Rock carvings

In the eastfjords of Iceland we came to this pass over into one of the fjords. The little river was deeply carved into the rock bed and had left a gurgling and troubeling river in the stone.











Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Whimbrel

This friendly whimbrel was flying alongside us for quite a while. He was notifyling all other wildlife of our presence and took that job serious.






Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The revarding view

On our hike this was the revarding view. This fjord was really wide and the view was scenic.

See the drive there in yesterday's post. (Iceland, Eastfjords)




Monday, January 13, 2014

On the way out to the fjord

When driving out to the cliffs at the end of the fjord we entered this propperty consisting of beautiful lupin fields along the fjord.
















Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Fjord View

In the Icelandic Eastfjords we went for a hike in this beautiful and wide open fjord.






Saturday, January 11, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

Achouffe

This little gnome serves quite a good beer. Image taken at Brasserie Achouffe in March 2013.



Thursday, January 9, 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Obidos in Portugal

This rustic old town is situated in middle Portugal. We loved to explore the tiny roads and the city wall.





Monday, January 6, 2014

What an amazing collection of trees

The trees in the Portugese countryside look amazing to me. Here I had the fortune of finding a group of them in a nicely wavy foreground on a hill and a bigger forrest of the same trees in the background.






Saturday, January 4, 2014

Friday, January 3, 2014

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Foggy days

Instead of a cold and snowy winter we got some rainy and overcast days around christmas.

That does not - however - stop us from taking images. You just have to look for other motives than on sunny oder snow covered days.

Here is a section of foggy woods. The little ground-bound cloud was passing over the course of a few minutes, traveling up the hill and disappearing.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Fisheye Madness


We got a fisheye lense for christmas. And we found this apple tree in the wood with no leaf left, but all those apples. I loved the testing grounds.

OK, I admit, the abberations are more than noticeable in this counterlight, but those can be treated if needed. New perspectives are awaiting us!