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Posted by palalaikka on 20 May 2012 - 12:18
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Here is the first is a series of short tutorials on various lens-related topics, in particular as they relate to close-up and macro photography, in this case focus-stacking as well.
Let me know how you like them, and please offer suggestions. I am working to find a way to introduce more people to DSLR photography and, believe it or not, a lot of them don’t read…. Much.
Posted by Jan Anne on 04 January 2013 - 12:09
2012 has been a lame year in the photo and travel department but last month I enjoyed a long weekend in the Catalonian Pyrenees with a very clear sky above which of course begged for a star trail shoot
And this time I actually brought all the ingredients like camera, tripod and remote with me so I could make the best of the opportunity.
D800E, 14mm Samyang, 20 minutes exposure and lots of red wine:
So what is your favourite pic of last year???
Posted by JeCeH on 11 November 2012 - 09:52
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Posted by martink on 06 October 2012 - 14:55
Roughly 100 km north of the polar circle lies the Arctic Circle Trail. This long distance trail stretches for 170 km from the international airport of Greenland in Kangerlussuaq to Greenland’s second largest city Sisimiut. During the summer months from June to September the trail is free of snow and offers a spectacular hike from the inland to Greenland’s coast. Except for a few cabins and one bridge over the biggest river the trail offers no luxuries, not even cell phone reception. A breathtaking and demanding adventure awaits anyone hiking on the trail. The landscape along the path is very diverse, changing with each kilometer one comes closer to the coast. On the path a wide variety of animals can be seen, so bringing binoculars along is not only a must for orientation – but also for animal watching.
All pictures in this post are in chronological order starting in Kangerlussuaq and following the Arctic Circle Trail towards Sisimiut. All pictures were taken in August 2012 while we hiked the trail in 13 days. Camera used was a Nikon D300 with a Sigma 17-70/f2.8 lens.
1. Most people enter Greenland through the old military base in Kangerlussuaq which now is now the international airport of Greenland. The airport is the main hub for Greenlands air travel since it has the only landing runway big enough for intercontinental jet aircraft. From Kangerlussuaq one has to follow a road along the Fjord for about 14 km to reach the beginning of the Arctic Circle Trail.
2. The first meters on the Arctic Circle Trail about 14 km from the airport. Up to this point a dirt road can be used to shorten the first stage by car/taxi. The trail starts in relatively even terrain with just small hills. What can already be seen in this picture is the one element that never changes along the path – lakes. During the trail hiking along numerous lakes in all sizes is a key element
3. The shore of the big lake Amitsorsuaq. If you are not lucky enough to find one of the abandoned canoes from the old canoe center walking along the shore of the Amitsorsuaq takes about 2 days. The water of the lake is so clear that you can see the ground even at places where the lake is several meters deep
4. Another view along the huge Amitsorsuaq. Again the water is so clear that you can see far into the lake even when it’s not calm. To give a sense for the dimensions of the landscape: above the small island on the left the abandoned canoe center can be seen as a small red dot.
5. The often called Caribbean Beach is located in a bay along the next lake, approximately 10 km after the Amitsorsuaq. A very big and flat-angled sandy beach that you would absolutely not expect to find in Greenland. Right behind the beach a small lake surround by water grass rounds up this nice place.
6. View over the endless lakes and mountains of Greenland. Mountains are getting noticeably higher and steeper the closer the Arctic Circle Trail gets towards the coast.
7. The wide and open valley through which the Ittineq river flows. The river itself is the deepest and strongest which has to be crossed on the Arctic Circle Trail. In 2008 a bridge was build which can be used to safely cross the river. However, the bridge is located approximately 3 km stream upwards from the old trail. The valley itself can be very wet and swampy, which makes it hard to cross unless the weather was warm enough to dry the swamps.
8. Looking over the wide landscape during sunset and enjoying complete silence. Because there are not many rivers coming down from the mountains after the melting season, wind and birds are the only source of any sound.
9. About eight days into the Artic Circle Trail and after five days of sun shine the first bigger clouds show up. It is difficult to name and describe the lakes and mountains since many do not have names on the official hiking maps. Away from settlements only very big lakes and distinctive mountains are named.
10. View back on the idyllic lake where the Innajuattok cabin is located. The cabin can be seen as a small red dot at the other shore of the lake. We stayed in the cabin over the night before continuing along the lake the next day.
11. Sunset over bigger lakes located on a plateau where me made camp. Something quite special about the Arctic Circle Trail is that the path often also goes over mountains and plateaus instead of just following through valleys. Although it can be very exhausting to follow the path upwards to the plateaus one is always rewarded with amazing panoramic views over the landscape.
12. With being only two days away from the coast more and more clouds stick around throughout the day. This was actually the last day of sunshine we had on the Arctic Circle Trail. From the next day further down the valley the clouds coming from the ocean dominated the weather.
13. Last camping place before reaching Sisimiut. Enjoying the sunset with a great view over the Nasaussaq mountain.
Appendix (Pictures added later on)
14. The Caribbean Beach from above. We where standing on a cliff looking down at the beach when we noticed that there where sea shells lying right in front of our feet. Ages ago the water must have been that high. That night we made camp right next to the beach when Foehn Winds where already emerging. We camped anyway since the next hut was at least 6 hours away and it was already late afternoon. At the beach we where at least able to orient the tent properly towards the mountain (tunnel tent), making it most stable against the Foehn Winds.
15. After a pretty cold night (we guessed around 2°C) fog came rolling in over the mountains, this picture was taken 2m away from the tent just after we got up.
16. Our tent in the morning sun on the second day (just before the sun was covered by clouds for 2 days). Funny about this picture is that the lake is actually one of the few salt water lakes on the trail, so we had to carry water along on the first day (the first 3 lakes on the trail are salt water lakes).
17. Since a question was asked about flowers, here they are :-)
18. At the beginning of the Amitsorsuaq we were lucky enough to actually catch a canoe. Two hikers who realized that they were not well enough equipped and who had also not enough time planned aborted their trip returning after a few days. Going backwards they traveled in the other direction bringing us a nice canoe. Even though it was already afternoon when we met them we took the canoe and starting paddling over the huge lake. After 4 hours of relaxed paddling we had crossed half the lake and made camp on one of the many land tongues - of course with a sandy beach. Paddling in a canoe on a such beautiful lake right in the nowhere of Greenland was just amazing.
Posted by olivier on 23 September 2012 - 16:46
This is my 7 years old daughter at her first rock concert ("The Wackids", they are actually very good and have adapted their show to a young audience).
I wonder if I am proud of her, me the Schubert lover...
And the rest of the year, she plays Mozart on the piano and she enjoys it so much!