Sunsets don´t just have to revolve around colour – they may well have elements in the composition that look better in monochrome. I´ve converted yesterday´s post to monochrome, admittedly with a lot of tweaking, to compare the scene with and without the “clutter” of colour. Maybe it´s just my love of black and white, but I prefer this one. Comments welcome – what do you prefer, or are both crap?!
Yesterday we had quite a sunset here – I make no apologies about this being a “chocolate box sunset”, because it was simply wonderful!
Last weekend I had a good weekend in the Tuxer Alps, snow shoeing. Saturday was a brilliantly sunny day but with a very stron Föhn wind blowing up from the south. It led to some very impressive cloud formations which were blown along at a tremendous speed. I took these shots whilst climbing the Vennspitze (2390m) which is above Paduan.
During Saturday night it started to snow which lasted well into Sunday. Changes in weather just completely change the atmosphere of a place. The last shot, taken on Sunday is looking down onto a small hamlet near Lippenhof. By the way this area is near the Brenner Pass which leads over into Italy.
I´m pleased to say that I will be holding an exhibition of my landscape photography at the Litvai Galerie für Fotografie in Landshut, Germany from October 15th until November 19th. Obviously I´m very pleased and excited about this – but also somewhat nervous!
Last week I was staying up at the Lizumer Hut in the Tuxer Alps for three days. We´ve had a very poor winter for snow so far, and, although this looks pretty white, the snow depth was very shallow. The strong winds of late had blown a fair amount of snow into the lee side gullies, which actually caused some localised avalanche danger (in fact I triggered a small one).
There was enough snow to make snow shoes more than worth while but ski-mountaineering would only have resulted in wrecked skis! I took this up on the summit of Torspitze (2663m) on Wednesday morning. It was a chilly day, -12c. at the hut, but when we climbed up into the sun, despite the light wind, I was thankful of my sun blocker! The view from the summit was wonderful. The sky was very active, with both high cloud and lower cloud rushing in, covering and then revealing the mountains near us. So, despite the lousy snow conditions, it was a great three days and a good shake down cruise for 2016.
A few months ago I visited the new wind turbine that´s been erected near where I live. Visually it´s obviously eye catching, but what really caught my attention were the noises emanating from it, so I decided to return not just armed with my photographic gear, but also my sound recording equipment too. To capture the sound I used a stereo microphone set to 120 degrees, a shotgun microphone and a contact microphone. The contact microphone was attached to various parts of the structure – most of the sounds picked up by the contact microphone were generated by the turbine but a few were caused by me either striking or stroking the structure. I then edited the sounds together, some of them have been slightly manipulated. This is best heard with either good speakers or headphones.
This ravine on the Passer River is part of the Periadratic Seam or Fault, which runs through the Southern European Alps to Hungary. Simply put, the left bank in the photo is Europe and the right, Africa. I was there a couple of weeks ago and both photographed also recorded sound. I used various microphones – 120 degree stereo, shotgun and a hydrophone for recording under water. The photography was done using my trusty Nikon D800 with Lee ND Filters. I´ve mixed the sound into a soundscape and added a couple of shots to make it also visually interesting.