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When The Weather Is Bad…

…. cancel the project you planned for this day and make another one

This project is called: I don’t care for bad weather


summer?

I shot one image in december 2011 and the other one a few days before…


serenity

Wallpaper 16:9 – a day in Eastern Frisia (in the north west of Lower Saxony)


post production…..

Last summer I was in Scandinavia for three weeks. The day Anders Breivik killed 70 young socialist at the island utoya and bombed the gov.-quarter inOslo we didn’t hear about it ’cause we were in the mountains. There I shot a panorama of Sognefjellet (a part of Jotunheimen which are the highest mountains in Norway). The high contrast the lights made were difficult to capture (particularly if you want to shoot a HDR when the clouds are moving so fast and the tripod is not the best….

When I came home I tried the first stitch (1) and made some corrections – hmmm the result wasn’t that good – look at the clouds (crop 1). A few weeks ago I started a second try (2 and crop 2). The first thing was that I corrected the aperture in RAW then I stitched the images (5 pieces) and afterwards some editing in CS 4…

What did I learn: I need some more time to shoot to utilize the performance of my camera so I can save a lot of time in post production – and I need a better tripod (done!)…

Next start for a project is tomorrow. We’ll have a little vacation at the North Sea. I want some magic light 😉

btw. I’ll print the stitch in 170 x 70 cm when I’m back!

btw I never lived to see such a bad weather in Norway in my whole life (and I’ve been a lot of times up there)…


*yum yum*

the perfect end of a much too short weekend…


yeah, today we tried to cook with a tajine (from Morocco)….

*yayyyy*  with   s u c c e s s s !

The result could make me a veggie – what a wonderful taste!!!
But the arguments again a veggie-life were too strong. Sorry veggies 😉

the opener – some salmon with potatoes and a baked tomato

the main dish “cup of rump”

and last not least – the dessert


> 30° C in the shade…..

… too hot. So Tony found the coolest place in the house – the dorm.


Kari again (1920×1080 px.)


Kari


When the short night was over….

Here we say “der frühe Vogel fängt den Wurm” what means “the early bird catches the worm”.  I woke up early this morning and when I had a look out of the window and I saw a clear black sky I said to myself  “later you’ll live to see how it is to shoot at ./. 12 ° Celsius and some wind…. When I arrived at the place to make the first shoot I realized that I forgot my remote control and my 70-200mm 1:2,8….. OMG my fingers 😉

Two shots for you


Hello!

Yes I know I’m very late with it – Happy New Year!
I’ll promise that I’ll improve and show some more presence…
Meanwhile winter has come to the northern parts of Germany
and in spite of the low temperatures I’ve been outside to make some shots.
Here you see an image of my hometown


Death Reminds live @ Rock against National-Socialism

Well Death Reminds is one of the 4 juvenile bands who traveled around Scandinavia with the Tour-Project I was with as the musical leader of that project. Here they performed at a rock festival that ran one day before the election in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern . The good news is that the Nazis lost loyalists but they are still in the parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (and that’s the bad news)……


I suppose you can see what kind of music they play 😉


DOF games with my new lens ;-)

F/7,1   50 mm

 

F/1,8   50 mm

 


Hi again!

Last Saturday I screwed my new 50 mm 1/1,8 lens on my camera and went downtown to be with at the oldtown-festival. It was a wonderful warm summer night at the late spring and I realized that this lens is not only easy to handle, but also it has a great light yield. The following shots I made free hand – about one hour after sunset. It’s the wonderful time when the sky is changing from dark blue to black – we call it “Blaue Stunde” – the “blue hour”…

 

 

Some of you may remember that I posted a HDR-photo of this church last year in November (or so). The problem that I had is that I’m in urgent need of a steady tripod – an I mean steady – to make more crispy HDR’s. I think I found a good one that is not too expensive. OK, I ordered one and it will be delivered the next few days. Then I can start with some HDR-panorama-shots… We’ll see 😉


For Your Eyes….

The original image…

… and the edited version

After a little bit too long period of wonderful sunny weather

the rain is back… So good ’cause the nature is in urgent

need of rain. The following image I shot  the day before  yesterday.


Lazy Sunday


First Day Of Spring

 


Spring Fever II.


Another One… and sth. ’bout my work

I forgot this image yesterday.  I made it a few hours before….The time between I was at a band rehearsal.

I cropped it 1920 x 1080 px.  for 16:9 monitors ’cause I love to change wallpapers on my desktop. That’s  why I wanna share it with you. If you like it don’t be shy and grab it for yours 😉 As you might have noticed there’s some subtile green to be seen on the field. BTW the first snowdrops find their way to the surface. Check out Fotograf-Zahls blog.

What I have to tell is some things about the juvenile project I’m working in: To tell it in a few words – 30 kids (musicians and staff), boys and girls,  between 12 and 17 years old,  5 (may be 6)  group leaders (adults), four 9-seaters, two trucks, a mobile stage of 50 m², a PA will be on tour at the summer holidays. The idea is that 4 bands and some solo musicians shall perform at several places in Germany Denmark, Sweden and Norway on camps, festivals and village fairs. One group is for catering, one for rigging the stage and is  responsible for light and sound too, one for the camp, one for the public relation (internet and newspapers). Every group has a responsible leader to coach his group for its tasks. I’m one of these guys and my job is to coach the bands in performing their music on stage – particularly that they sound good and make some wonderful performances. After a lot of auditions we made a selection of the bands. To find the staff was very easy (we didn’t think that it was that easy). I for one was very surprised about the motivation of all these young guys to support this project! And last not least a lot of sponsors are with us. F. eks. a mobile studio that makes a 500 km-trip for 3 days with the whole recording equipment on a big truck to make a live-recording of the performances of every band  in North Denmark in front of several thousands audition on a soccer cup where 15.000 guys participate – for a CD.  – – – and they’ll  make it for free!!!!

The last two days were very interesting. On monday I visited the rehearsal of a juvenile band whose 3 singers always do their choruses monophonic (up till now 😉 ). So I asked them two weeks ago to try some choruses for several voices. I posted them some notes and they tried it – and made it very good for the first time, but didn’t forget to tell me that it was some hard work to find the right intonation. By discussing to find a solution for that problem I realized that the vocal coach of the lead singer is a very good friend of mine (we had a lot of wonderful performances together). So it’s not that difficult for me to rope him in for this project – particularly show his student how to coach his co-singers. I’m sure we are on the right way – and the band loves that stuff…

The project leader had a very nice idea how to make the whole show more colorful. (BTW we have some great support by a mentalist/magician. He’s well-known here in Germany).  He asked another band to integrate a fanfare into one of their songs. A funny idea to play a fanfare (usually used for marches) to some emo-heavy metal music. And because of the tuning of the fanfare there was no way to play this instrument to one of  the twelve songs they can play. But I was very surprised of the creativity these young musicians showed to find a solution!!! At last they/we found a way to bring the whole thing into harmony by creating a blending of cascades and chromatic scales to integrate the well-known “wake up fanfare” into a song – as a little solo – attended by a HM-chorus. Believe me we had a lot of fun and I was very proud of the two young guitarists (15 and 16) who had these great ideas. They needed only a little bit of support by me… No need to talk about the other thing we realized. A girl whose job it is to moderate the show and to introduce the bands – a nice singer btw – wanted to be added as a female voice. The result is that it’s thrilling how it  sounds if a clean female soprano is added to male grunting (a typical kind of singing on HM-Stuff).

One of the attenders’ tasks is to make some video documentation of the project. He has to follow the rehearsals of all the groups who are involved into this projects. He has been with me yesterday to make some rehearsal room recordings when some new material has to be acquired. The following day I’ll be not alone on my tours… He needs a driver 😉

Here a photo of one of the bands. They are called  “ServoRock”, a bunch of great talents!!!

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Let’s talk about a new (???) genre….

the so called – (by me)

“Bad Light Photography”

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Always again a new challenge and a great pleasure to make some acceptable shots 😉


OMG I’m so glad…

… my computer is back home again. Seems that there was a defect on my hard disk. I have a new one now – and all files are ok *yay*!!!! After I tested all programs I can say everything is ok now – nothing to re-install – and I can go on working in a normally way.

As I promised in my last post here some other information:

I’m now working in a project with young musicians. The project is to educate young bands in playing arranging composing and how to spread their music, find places to perform, create a nice profile (where and how) etc. After the project leaders heard a lot of music (mp3’s) and I visited a lot of young musicians we found 17 young guys playing in four band who shall be with in summer when we are touring in Northern Germany, Denmark, South Sweden and some days in Norway. They shall play 10 gigs at different venues – among others some open airs in Sweden and Denmark. My job is to coach the groups and when we are on tour to give them feedbacks and to check out how the audience likes their music – just to support them.

We will produce a CD what means that I need a close contact to the recording engineer who will produce the CD. A guy I became a friend with a lot of years ago 😉 another group in the project will make the PR so that everyone at home will be up to date about what’s happening up there on different newspapers who will sometimes bring articles on newspapers but a daily report shall be online in every case.

The following four weekends I’ll be on an education for a youth leader certificate because I need an accreditation to educate and support teenagers on the tour because no one is older that 17 years – 3 weekend for this and on the other side a first aid course too what means a fourth weekend.

BTW I’ll play some gigs with my band “Blackout” and found some other bands who need a booker. That’s a new job for me.

Lots of thing to do now….

Here a shot of one of the new talents I made when I was at “Made in Buxtehude” what is a rock festival particularly for young groups.

I hope I’ll post and comment more often in the future. Even if it does not seem like that but

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The end of my weekend…

… was very short. The weather was good enough to start some outdoor activities f. eks. preparing the flowers and plants outside for winter and to fix up the terrace. I was too dirty to grab my camera – and there was no reason for it in fact. Late in the evening – we were bored by advertising TV every 20 minutes (OMG that sucks),  each over 10 minutes (!!!!!!)  – Instead of zapping over to other channels I made some shots with my 70-200mm lens what had the fine effect that I could make some exercises to keep it calm 😉

… and here they are:

Have some sunny days (something I’m missing)….


Mug Shot of Tony… and sth. ’bout the last week

… and a portrait of her and her sister Kari – our housemates…

… and something about last week..

I survived

these long and hard days and nights. Well the one who saved me was my friend – the photographer – who cancelled two jobs he asked me to be with to assist him.  So my time schedule was not that tight.  At least the “Easy Moving” Session was wonderful. We played more than four hours and I met a lot of old friends I didn’t see for years at that event. It was a fine place to reactivate good old contacts without talking about things like “Once upon a time in the stone age” 😉

It was worth that to practise and make rehearsals for that event  – f. eks. I played my upright bass on “Riders On The Storm”. I know that this sounds good (different!) but the audience was surprised about that sound – they loved it – for lots of them it was a new experience – and I was asked to play in another band what means MORE  GIGS!!!  And I love to play live on stage ’cause that’s the place where music really happens  not on i-tunes 😉

So clear that we’ll make it again – next year

 

Here you can see the place where it happened (at the center of the image that follows)

Some more shots will follow when and if I receive the photos a guy made on the event (and I feel they’ll be great)…


Gas Station HDR

this is one of three images I used for the HDR. It’s the one that is correctly exposed.

Then I added two shots one under and one overexposed and made a HDR of them. Here’s the result

The photos I made with the bracketing function of my D 5000 that is only limited on three layers. It’s a nice function to keep the result sharp and crispy. Now I’d like to find a body that allows 5  -or better – 7 layers for HDR-photos that is due to my budget. Any suggestions from you? 😉

Some weeks ago we tried several 7 layers_HDR’s but only one was successful because we had to adjust the camera (a D 70) each time for each photo. But this one was really good (what made me learn that the more layers the better the result).


I really hope for you that….

… time is by your side. I’m in urgent need to recreate now! Next week the days will be very long for me. Usually I can spend my time to recover in the evening hours – not so next week:

Monday (and I’m only talking about the evenings now!):  preparing for some photosessions I’ll have together with my friend and some models (some special shootings we’ll make in a studio)…

Tuesday:  Meeting with my guys for our new project “The Formerly Unknown” we’re starting now and it will be finished December ’11 (my job is the musical leadership and coaching the bands)!

Wednesday: last rehearsal for the “Easy Moving” Jubilee Concert

Thursday: Last rehearsal for my band “Blackout” for the Saturday Showcase at New Music School

Friday: Preparing for Saturday

Saturday:  Showcase at NMS in the afternoon (3 hrs.) and Easy Moving Jubilée Concert in the evening

Sunday: I’ll be dead 😉

I’ll try to stay tuned – See ya! … and have a nice Halloween Weekend!!!

one more shoot I made yesterday (a little “encore”)

… one attempt of a HDR at the very early morning in my hometown at the railway station


and another one of the famous Bacardi works that supplies Europe and the eastern world with rum and whisky…