Very hot weather

It’s been so hot recently. Every day I look at the forecast, that shows rain, and every day there is none. Would take few days of cold right now. Is it just me or do you all get tired and lethargic from this heat? Not in the mood to do anything at all. Just borrowed a infrared filter, thought about going to the botanical garden to get some cool shots, but so not in the mood right now. Hope it changes soon.

Sunset at the lighthouse

No panorama today. But I do regret a bit not taking one the day I took this photo. The sunset was just so perfect. This is the only lighthouse in Central Europe, at the Neusidlersee in Podersdofr in Austria. Really a nice place to visit, but not really in summer, as the number of people being there is just too big.

This is a blend of three exposures, done in Photoshop.

Sunset at the lighthouse, Podersdorf, Austria

Removing white outlines

This was quite an issue in the today’s photo. Quite often when you correct a very big brightness difference in a photo, it may hapen that you end up with a outline around the dark area. Hapens a lot in HDR but also with other edits. And if you have that problem and want to correct it, I have a full guide to it here.

Sunset at Schloss Ort

For today’s photo, lets stop in Austria, in Gmunden at the Traunsee. They have there this castle/chateau there right in the middle of the lake. You don’t see it form this side, but it on a small island with a bridge going to it.

I still remember how crazy bright the sun was that sunset. I had problems doing a composition, as I could not even look towards the sun. It was a warm day in the middle of January, in the Alps.

This is a single exposure, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Sunset at Schloss Ort, Gmunden, Traunsee, Austria

Creating a panorama

Yes, it’s another panorama. They just work so well for landscape shots. And if you want to learn more on how to create panoramas, I have these articles for you:

Taking a panoramic shot is really easy, and while editing is a bit harder sometime, it’s usually worth it :)

Sunset panorama from Hallstatt

I took this photo while visiting Hallstatt last year. As it is in the middle of the Alps, the sun goes down quite early as it hides behind them. And this was taken right at that moment, when only some sunlight still lit up the peaks of the surrounding hills. It all looked really nice :)

As you can see, the sky right above Hallstatt was not that interesting. Just no golden color. But the clouds further away were stunning. So of course I went with a panorama, to get as much as I could into the shot :)

This is a three shot panorama, merged in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.

Sunset panorama from Hallstatt, Austria

And here are few details:

Sunset panorama from Hallstatt, Austria

Reading list

I mentioned before I like to listen to audiobooks while I take photos, and mostly while doing anything else. Especially if I put on noise canceling headphones (currently I use the Bose qc35) I can enjoy them so much better.

So what I am reading/listening to right now? I like to combine fiction with non-fioction, and switch based on the current mood. So for fiction, I’m currently getting through the second book in the The Themis Files series from Sylvain Neuvel. I listened to it before, but since the third book came as audiobook only recently, I want to get back into the full story first, before continuing. The whole series is a great sci-fi story, with the whole story being presented as a set of interviews with participants.

For non-fiction, I, currently reading two books. As I mentioned minimalism yesterday, I’m reading The Goodbye, Things from Fumio Sasaki. It does have some good ideas about the topic. Secondly, since I have not read any history books in a long while, I’m right in the middle of the The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer. This is a huge audiobook, with over 57 hours of audio. But it’s also very detailed and interesting. Worth the time spend to learn more about WW2.

So what’s next on my list? For fiction, I finally want to get through Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Have not seen the movie and I do prefer to read the book first if I can. For non-fiction I will go with Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed or Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. Both seem intriguing and I think both are worth the time.

What are you listening to or reading? Feel free to leave a tip if you have a good one :)

Chained mountain at the Traunsee

Ok, it’s not really chained, but it does looks so a bit. This is another photo I took during my trip to Austria, to the Traunsee lake, in January this year (yes, this is in the middle of winter in the mountains :)). It was just so nice and sunny, even if not so warm. Traunsee is one of the many lakes in Austrian alps. Maybe not the most popular, but looks great anyway.

I used two separate techniques here. Fist, this photo is a long exposure. I used the Formatt Hitech 10 stop ND filter to get the water so perfectly smooth. Secondly, this is a focus blend. This means, I took a photo where I focused on the foreground and a second photo where I focused on the mountain in the back. Blending them was really easy, as the blend is in the middle of the blurred water, so it can be down with just little masking in Photoshop. More on focus blending here.

This is a blend of two exposures, done in Photoshop.

Chained mountain at the Traunsee, Traunkirchen, Austria

Not a winter photo from Hallstatt

So my plan for today was to go to Hallstatt in Austria to get some nice snow covered photos. And it all looked so promising. It snowed during the week and it looked all so great on the webcam they have there. So I made all the preparations, and just to be sure I checked the video again yesterday. And what would you know, it was warm there yesterday, so most of the snow disappeared.

I decided to move the visit by few weeks, and hopefully there will be more snow a bit later. But I already wanted to share a photo from Hallstatt today, so here is one. This one I took in summer last year, while I was there.

This is a blend of 5 exposures. The light on the church tower is so strong, that it was overexposed even in a -4EV exposure. Will try it with one even darker next time. Edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Not a winter photo from Hallstatt
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