Magic moments …#7

Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel got lost in the forest,
It was so dark and so bitterly cold.
They came to a fine little gingerbread house.
Who could be the lord of this little house?
Yoo-hoo! Here comes an old witch!
She lures the children into the gingerbread house.
She appears quite friendly, but oh Hansel, what trouble!
She wants to bake them as brown as bread in the oven.
But when the witch looks into the oven,
She was pushed by Hansel and little Gretel.
The witch must bake, the children return home.
Now, the tale of Hansel and Gretel is over.

Moorland – Episode 1

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - WoodlandRSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Moorland

During my workshops and tours we also touch pano shoots. Obviously not an easy exercise. We often have trees and bushes in our composition and the ground is pretty unstable, often wet and muddy. I have created a series of “5” (tips) cards (also for my own memory) which I carry with me and which I handout to the members of my party. May be they could be useful for you as well. Best printed in 4×6” format using your local printer and stored in your camera bag. Happy days. Reinhold

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Workflow

Tree in Flames

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Tree in Flames
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Tree in Flames

Autumn is at its peak in the moment. I captured this yellow/orange tree in sunset light in the woodlands around our lake. I transferred it into a burning tree using the oil paint filter (once again).

Happy days. Reinhold

1 Location – 2 Images: #4 Lake Access

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Lake Access
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Lake Access

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Lake Access
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Lake Access

Yesterday evening we met our new neighbors for the first time in our new home. They told me about an eagle owl nearby which regularly attacks the dogs. So I tried my luck to capture an image of this owl. Ahhh… what should I say…nice walk, no owl. May be next time. On my way back I passed our access point to the lake. It was gray all day long. While I was watching the scene, the sky cleared in some areas. I set up tripod and camera and captured 2 shots (1 regular shot, 1 pano which is made up out of 7 images). And again… it is always good to carry the gear. Happy days. Reinhold

My pano procedure: I level my tripod, set the camera to M, select aperture and shutter speed (f9 / 1/60sec), set ISO to 200 (lowest ISO for the X-T1 at RAW file setting), set White Balance to “cloudy”, use the 10sec timer (to avoid that the camera is still shaking from the shutter release) and usually I create 5-7 overlapping images (portrait -> more space to crop the image). This time is used no filter.

Dancing into the light

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Serene

Today my Vodafone GigaCube arrived. Insert SIM Card, connect it to a plug (by the way anywhere in Germany), wait for the signal and enter the WiFi key. Online. Using the high speed mobile telephone network. Fortunately one of the transmitter stations of Vodafone is just round the corner. So I get a pretty strong signal and a fast internet access. Even in this remote location. I have to see how long the included data volume will last. 50 GB / per month is not really crazy. But if I use it in a sensible manner… it can be sufficient. We will see. And if work is down the line, I can buy additional data packages if this is really necessary. But for now I am happy to be back in the game.
Will post new stuff soon.

By the way: my iPhone is up and running too. Another 1.25 GB of mobile data volume.

Germany is really a „technology country“. <— Joke!!!!!!!!

Happy days.