Vineyards in Austria

Let’s do a more sunny photo today. I took this one already few years ago, but since I never edited or posted it, I’m doing so today. There are still thousands of photos I taken over the years I never posted. My photo library is really quite big.

This photo was taken from the top of the Durnstein castle in Austria. I used the 200mm lens to zoom in on the area on the other side of the Danube river, with all the vineyards around. The result made for a really hazy photo, as the day was very hot and sunny. I’m including a comparison to the original image, just so you can see the difference here.

This is a single exposure, edited in Photoshop.

Vineyards in Austria

And here is also a comparison to the original RAW file.

Isn’t it nice when the foreground element nicely shows you where to look? And no I did not put the stones there. I have no idea why they were there, but I of course used them for the composition.

Looking back, I actually should have done another shot, with the camera a little more to the ground. But few minutes after I took this, a passing ship created a much bigger wave that I anticipated, and I ended with my shoes full of water, and I had to deal with that :)

This is a HDR from 3 exposures, created in Oloneo Photoengine, finished in Photoshop. I used a 10 stop ND filter while taking this photo.

Where to look

Technique: Oloneo Photoengine, Number of exposures: 3, Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D mark II, Lens: Canon 16-35mm F2.8, Focal length: 16mm, Aperture: 5.6, Middle exposure time: 15s, ISO: 100, Tripod used: yes, Location: 48.394547, 15.515440

I actually had the pleasure to cruise on the Danube on a ship very similar to this a few years ago. It is so great. You can just relax on the deck and watch the beautiful scenery pass by. Really a great experience.

So this photo is taken opposite Durnstein in Austria. Really one of the most beautiful views in the area. I tried a little different type of editing here, so this is not HDR, as all edits were done just using Photoshop and Color Efex. But as there was not such a huge dynamic range here, there was no need for HDR anyway :)

Cruising on the Danube

Technique: Photoshop edit, Number of exposures: 1, Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D mark II, Lens: Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS II, Focal length: 88mm, Aperture: 9, Middle exposure time: 1/250s, ISO: 100, Tripod used: no, Location: 48.394547, 15.515440

Durnstein is a really lovely city. It’s like made for tourists (and photographers). Almost no cars in the city, a lot of restaurants, beautiful church and a castle ruin with a really crazy view :) Really great for a day trip. I visited it few times already, and I hope I go again, as I still have few photos I want to take there. Maybe a panorama from the the castle could look great :)

This is a manual blend from 3 exposures, done in Photoshop. I also used a 10 stop ND filter while I was taking this photo.
Long exposure Durnstein


Sale at Stuck In Customs

Now I wonder which of Trey’s tutorials I haven’t seen yet. As he is currently having a 30% end of the year sale for all his tutorials, I will probably buy the ones I’m missing. Haven’t seen the Midnight in Paris yet, so I probably get that. So for those interested, head over to the StuckInCustoms store, and if you choose something, don’t forget to use the code “YE2013” for the discount :)

And the sky opened

Sometimes you get such an amazing sky. And after all the walking up to the Durnstein Castle, I really deserved a one. The walk is horrible. Up a steep hill and all the time up a rocky road. But I think this could be a great place to shoot a timelapse from, so maybe next year :)

This is HDR from 6 shots (I took a -3EV for the sun, but as you can see it was not enough) created in Oloneo Photoengine and finished in Photoshop.
And the sky opened

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