I got into HDR photography quite some time ago (see e.g. YAHTC) and the capability to recover so many details/colours from an image or a bracketing series still fascinates me. But, maybe like many other HDR photographers, I have grown from liking rough (almost brutal) HDR edits to more photorealistic captures. I am still convinced that the Mantiuk preset from Luminance HDR in certain situations creates an effect no other tool that I have seen is capable of, but it only works in very few scenarios (e.g. inside churches like the one below). Hence, it is fair to say this is an artistic effect and nothing you can use regularly to process your photos. To give you an idea about my HDR tool journey, I have used or I am still using qtpfsgui->luminance, Digital Photo Professional, photomatix Pro, HDR Efex Pro, lightroom photo merge and now Aurora 2019. The number alone gives you an idea that none of them is
In terms of gear 2018 was an interesting year. I moved to the G1X mk III as “second cam” (replacing the G9X with 1 inch sensor) and had lots of fun taking photos. I was (actually still am) impressed by the image quality out of this camera. I was looking for a “small” camera that enables me to take it with me without thinking about packing but at the same time I did not want to make a lot of compromises in terms of image quality. This post is supposed to give you an idea about the cam and of course to recap some captures from 2018 at the end of the year.
The first opportunity for the G1X mkIII to shine was the green ice at the Munich Olympic Regatta Center, where after a period of extreme cold weather the sun came out and turned the ice on the water green.
After the green ice impressions, the camera accompanied me on a number of short and often spontaneous trips in & around Munich. This included a trip to the Allgäu (via Nesselwang, see above). Finally, due to luggage restrictions, I took the cam with me to New York for a few days. This included a few iconic views of course but also some tricky shooting situations, such as low light hand held (no tripod!) and action street performance.
I took a little photo walk at the lake Ammersee near Munich. This photo ended up on flickr explore. So it makes a very good fist post after ditching tumblr and moving to wordpress.
Ammersee Poles & Sky by Frederic
Ammersee looking South with a surprisingly clear sky today.
Broken Universe by Frederic
Street Art in Funchal, Madeira.
Man In The Middle by Frederic
November 11th, 2018 marks one hundred years since the end of World War One.
“Never Again” is an art project (www.niemalswieder.com/english-version/) by Munich performance artist Walter Kuhn.
I was certainly not alone the night before the 11th, taking pictures of the poppies. They are a symbol of rememberance for the dead and fallen of both World Wars.
Madeira Night Scene by Frederic
A night view onto Serra De Agua, Madeira.
Lavradores Market Scene by Frederic
Wandering the Mercado dos Lavradores in Funchal, Madeira.
Misty Branch by Frederic
A tree and a misty branch at Posto Florestal Fanal on Madeira. Clouds were creeping over the mountain into the little laurel forest – resulting in this shot.
All The Trees by Frederic
The Posto Florestal Fanal on Madeira. Clouds are creeping over the mountain into this little laurel forest, creating a breathtaking atmosphere.