Archive for November, 2009

30
Nov
09

11/30/2009

 

The Dom up the Alley Stairs

Again the Dom, this time from the Old Town just across the bridge. This alley/stair has always fascinated me with its mixture of forms and textures. The distortions of the Sony H50 lens are obvious here, but any lens in this situation is going to show at its worst.

Sony DSC H50 at full wide (31mm equivalent). f3.5 @ 1/60th @ ISO 100. Programmed auto.

My usual in Lightroom. Blackpoint right, added Clarity and Vibrance. Sharpen Landscape preset.

From Germany 2009.

 

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29
Nov
09

11/29/2009

The Dom, Wetzlar Germany

Happy Sunday.

The Dom, almost a cathedral, was built over several centuries beginning in the 1100s. It was never finished. Hence the almost.  The building follows the historical fortunes of the town of Wetzlar as the salt and iron trades waxed and waned in Germany…not to mention the political tides, as the area saw active warfare all through the middle ages (not to mention in our current era). As the city fathers had funds, they undertook massive and ambitious building plans on the Dom, necessarily given the time lapses, under several different architects, each with a vision suitable to his time. There are doors in the interior walls that open on empty space, and the unfinished new cathedral surrounds the more or less complete old church like a broken shell. The space between the two walls became a graveyard over the years, and literally thousands are buried there. Two main towers were planned. One is complete. The other just a stump.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Dom, from my viewpoint, is that is used by both the Catholic and Protestant communions in Wetzlar. The Catholic sanctuary faces one direction toward an alter, and the Protestant sanctuary faces the other toward a pulpit. They meet in the back rows exactly in the center of the massive central church.

This is an unconventional view, taken from blocks away and up the hill by the amphitheater. I had to climb up steps and hold my camera above my head to get over the intervening buildings and trees. Even then the bottom of the image has been cropped off.

You can see the very different types of architecture in this one shot.

Sony DSC H50 at abgo

28
Nov
09

11/28/2009

Escher House, Wetzlar Germany

This house is sunk in between two arched gates on an alley at the upper edge of Old Town Wetzlar. The third figure from the left is an actual window. I have photographed it several times, but on this day, the gentleman leaning out smoking added the necessary element.

Sony DSC H50 at full wide (31mm equivalent). F2.8 @ 1/60th @ ISO 100. Programmed auto.

Minimal processing in Lightroom (added Clarity and Vibrance, Sharpen Landscape preset). Cropped a bit to place the gentleman in a better spot compositionally.

From Germany 2009.

27
Nov
09

11/27/2009

 

Least Grebe, Estero Llano Grande SP, TX

Taking a break from Germany today. Here is a Least Grebe from Estero Llano Grande SP in Weslaco TX. Shot with the Zeiss PhotoScope 85FL. I was actually chasing a Ringed Kingfisher up and down Alligator Lake…he was on the far side so it was not really a chase, but he did seem aware of me…almost as though he was playing with me. If I put my tripod down, he moved. I never did get a picture of him. However, at one of his perches, this little (Least actually) Grebe was swimming in close on occasion, and I did get him. Oh yes. I got him.

The PhotoScope reaches out to 45x, giving it the field of view of an 1800mm lens. This shot was taken at about 1600mm equivalent for a nice portrait without getting my feet wet.

The bird was actively feeding, above water for only 30 seconds at at time. You can see the water beads on his back.

Zeiss PhotoScope 85FL at 40x, field of view of a 1600mm lens on a full frame camera. 1/115th sec. @ ISO 100. Metered exposure at about f5.6.

Very little processing in Lightroom. Much less added Clarity and Vibrance than I would use on a scenic, and just the Sharpen Landscape preset.

From Zeiss PhotoScope 85FL.

And for you viewing pleasure, a second shot.

 

Least Grebe again

 

 

 

 

26
Nov
09

11/26/2009

 

The Bridge and the Dom

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all!

The stone bridge that connects Old and New Towns in Wetzlar, Germany is one of the major tourists attractions, maybe just behind the The Dom…the almost cathedral that dominates the Old Town skyline. In this shot, taken low to catch the arch of the bridge, you get both.

Despite the less than ideal light, the Sony H50 manages enough depth of field for an effective shot.

Sony DSC H50 at 31mm equivalent. F3.5 @ 1/60th @ ISO 100. Programmed auto.

Recovery for the sky in Lightroom. Added Clarity and Vibrance. Blackpoint slightly right. Sharpen Landscapes preset.

From Germany 2009.

 

24
Nov
09

11/25/2009

the River Lahn, Wetzlar

The Lahn runs through north west Germany for many miles, and is a famous canoeing river. In summer it is common to see parties of canoes working their way down the series of rapids and falls as the river passes between old Town Wetzlar and the new, and there are docks and ramps and tie-up points all along. This image was captured from one of the canoe docks, just downriver from the floating bridge (only deployed in summer) and just upriver from the famous stone bridge to Old Town. In the background you see the Leica plants. The reeds in the foreground are common reed (phragmities)…found around the globe. You can see the park along the Lahn on the far side of the river…this park runs most of the length of Wetzlar on one side of the river or the other.

No special challenges in this shot, other than the low light levels and the reeds blowing in the wind. I took several shots to catch them where I wanted them in the frame.

Sony DSC H50 at 31mm equivalent. F3.5 @ 1/60th @ ISO 100. Programmed auto.

Recovery in Lightroom for the stormy sky. Added Clarity and Vibrance. Blackpoint to the right. A tiny bit of Fill Light for the foreground. Sharpen Landscape preset.

From Germany 2009.

24
Nov
09

11/24/2009

 

Another kind of Wall Art

Kloster Arnsburg, Lich Germany. There is something I always find attractive in old stone work…ancient buildings…ruins…etc. This is is just a section of the wall of the cloister…one frame’s full.

Sanyo CG10 at about 70mm equivalent. F3.7 @ 1/250th @ ISO 50. Programmed Auto.

Cropped very slightly from the right for composition. Punch, AutoTone, and Sharpen Landscapes presets. Blackpoint slightly right. Added Clarity.

From Germany 2009.