I shot one image in december 2011 and the other one a few days before…
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)…
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
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
…. full of new experiences.I’m in need of much time to contemplate, collect images, check my diary and – last not least – really arrive at home 😉
more about my wonderful time I had, later 😉
Do you wanna fly with me?
I want to share
of a beautiful day
with a wonderful light…
and two of my
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.
… to discover the whole world today….
Only a few clicks and you are there
– virtually –
but it has become so difficult…
– has it? –
… to discover the tiny little things
right in front of your eyes
– really –
The first sunny day that makes me really feel that spring is in the air.
I tried to capture the beautiful light you can live to see here at the Coast of the North Sea…
(by the way I made no changes in colors and saturation – what you see is true reality)
… a World Heritage – natural site. Only a few places are like this unique area.
We were lucky that we both could spend a little time far away from our projects we are working in for a few days.
So we decided to make a day trip to several places at the North Sea coast. Husum the hometown of the
famous poet Theodor Storm (I’m sure he would be honored with the Nobel Prize for Literature if he was born a few years later)
was another destination we visited that day. I suppose there’s no place where you can see so many crocuses at one place like here
Happy Weekend to you all – and….
lots of sunny days too!
… not yet but I’ve got the feeling that something’s changing inside/outside…
feel with me 🙂
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!!!
… my computer has been to the “doctor” again and I had little chances to make my work. It took a long time for my admin to solve the problems I have with my computer. Meanwhile lots of photos are waiting to be edited. I had no chance to work on my orders ’cause our laptop does not have the performance for CS 4 (and the screen isn’t good enough). OK I thought, I’ll make a short trip to my friend in Stade to edit my images on his work station – no chance… OK next question: “What about the money I get from you?” – neither a concrete answer nor any money transfer (and I’m still waiting for my payment more than one month!)… That’s what I call collaboration *lol*… Here some photos I made on a live performance of a band called “Heartrock” (a “Heart” tribute band) for their homepage. They purchased only 104 shots…
At the same time I revivified some old contacts to friends I lost at the time I was married – they are professional musicians. I was lucky ’cause there are some groups and one musical project they need a bass player for. The project is something between songwriting and jazz-swinging stuff, one group plays some blues/r&b and one other is band that plays 70’s rock and is performing mostly on bikers events and sth. like that. Lots of notes and some cd’s arrived my home and I have to practise a lot.
The next thing is that one of these friends has too much work and he has no time to do all that. As he told me his better half sometimes asks him “pleased to meet you sir but who are you? ;-)? Could be dangerous, right? That’s why he asked me to make some booking for the groups me made that job for. I talked to my love about that because there are a lot of tasks coming up to me and if our private life will make some changes because I’m more on tour now I think it’s better to discuss this before I make my own decision… Last not least we are two. OK this was solved last weekend. The computer is repaired and I’m back again *yay*….
More about my experiences the following days….
BTW the blog title applies only to the weather. It’s rainy, dark and the snow melt away. There has been only one sunny day up til now this year what is 23 days old in the meantime. So we were out that sunday to relish this day in the nature. Here some shot made in the shade…
Now I have to go back to my work. Lots of e-mails have to be answered and the telephone is my best friend at the moment. I wish to stay more often here with you all but temporarily time is not by my side. I’ll do my very best to change it.
… you can see how trees survive the cold winter nights and days in Oslo 😉