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Sometimes, you get the opportunity to go somewhere and it gets even better than you expected it. This time, my job led me to Sydney. And although I knew that it will be quite warm in Down Under, I was really surprised when I got off the plane in the evening. Due to a quite tight schedule, there were only the nights and one weekend to discover the beauty of Sydney. On the last evening, I went for dinner in a restaurant at Luna Park and after finishing dinner, I walked down the road and got this fantastic view…

Sydney Skyline

Sydney Skyline


In January 2014, I had the chance to go to Japan for on a business trip. And since we were on a tight schedule, I didn’t have much time for taking pictures. But when I had the chance, my camera took a lot of pictures. One of the stops of the trip led me to Tokyo. And this is an amazing place. I’ve been to many big cities already and I love to have a look on them from a high building. But Tokyo really surprised me. I’ve never seen a city of this dimensions. From the highest platform of the Skytree in 450m above ground, you see a city that goes up to the horizon.
Tokyo Skytree



A typical picture of Cologne shows the Cologne Cathedral and the Hohenzollern Bridge, especially when the shot was taken from riverside or from across the river Rhine. I took my shot from the other side of the Rhine, so I could use the arches of the bridge as a guiding line into the picture. The thin red and white lines on the river are a result of a vessel passing during this long exposure shot

Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge - ©2013 Robert Traut

Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge – ©2013 Robert Traut






Cities look different by day and by night, especially big cities with a lot of lights have their very own fascination. And since the amount of light is quite limited, it takes either high ISO speeds or longer exposure times to get a nice result. The following examples show Indonesia’s capital Jakarta from my hotel room in the Shangri-Là Hotel first by night and second by day. The camera was mounted on a tripod and I took first the night shot. The daylight shot was taken on the next morning.

Jakarta by night · ©2010 Robert Traut

Jakarta by night · ©2010 Robert Traut

Jakarta by day · ©2010 Robert Traut

Jakarta by day · ©2010 Robert Traut


The night shot settingsEOS 400D with Sigma 10-20mm 4.0-5.6 DG EX HSM
exposure 25s at f/8 with ISO 200
10mm focal length

The day shot settings
EOS 400D with Sigma 10-20mm 4.0-5.6 DG EX HSM
exposure 1/400 at f/8 with ISO 100
10mm focal length

Puerto Marina Benalmadena-Costa, Spain

The marina in Benalmadena-Costa becomes a quite vibrant place when the sun comes down. Lots of bars and restaurants, shops, cafes, ice-cream parlors and other stuff invite people for a walk, boat crews offer boat trips along the coast and artists offer portaying in the streets. And with a little luck you get a nice sunset.

The marina in Benalmadena

The marina in Benalmadena

The shot was taken with my EOS400D and the Sigma 10-20mm f/4.0-5.6 DG EX HSM without a tripod. I placed the camera on top of a wall and used my wallet for leveling the height between battery grip and lens. Mirror lock was switched on and I triggered the shot with the infrared remote trigger. Further, I used a Cokin P-series filter holder and a Cokin P 121S gradual neutral density filter.

Black & White

Even with the analogue film cameras, the color film replaced almost completely the b&w film. But there were still enough people who like b&w pics. Until now, you will find b&w films. Just a few companies still produce these films and there are still labs who are specialized on development of b&w film. With the digital cameras, b&w became more popular again because it’s easy. Either you switch the camera to b&w mode or you convert the color picture into a b&w picture in post processing. But when is good to turn a pic into b&w? When you want to reduce a picture to the geometrical forms in the picture, a b&w conversion is a good idea. Sometimes, color can be irritating and so it might be a good idea to convert a pic into b&w.

But like with almost everything, there are different approaches leading to the same goal. When you switch the camera to b&w mode, the camera uses the red pixel information. If you convert a color picture into b&w, you can either reduce the saturation, you can choose discard color information by converting it into greyscale, you can use the color mixer in Photoshop or you use special filters for it. And to make it more confusing, not every way of converting a picture delivers the best result with every picture. From my experience, it depends a lot on the result you want to get. The picture below was taken in color mode and converted into b&w in Photoshop by simply converting it into greyscale. After the conversion, I just raised the contrast and that’s it.

Brandenburger Tor, Berlin - ©2013 Robert Traut

Brandenburger Tor, Berlin – ©2013 Robert Traut

Perth, Western Australia

The skyline of Perth - ©2012 Robert Traut

The skyline of Perth – ©2012 Robert Traut

The skyline of Perth, taken from the ferry across the Swan River.

Castle Nymphenburg

Castle Nymphenburg is located in Munich and it is the only castle in Bavaria in which you are allowed to take pictures without flash. Unfortunately, I lost my tripod on my last trip to Indonesia, so I had to improvise a bit. I put my camera on the floor and fired with the IR remote trigger. It took some shots to figure out how far I had to stay from the camera if I didn’t want to be in the picture…

fresco ceiling-painting in Castle Nymphenburg

fresco ceiling-painting in Castle Nymphenburg

Schwäbisch Hall

A sunday trip to Schwäbisch Hall and the city presented itself from its most beautiful side… The picture shows just a small part of the medieval city center from the Unterwöhrd.

The medieval city center of Schwäbisch Hall

The medieval city center of Schwäbisch Hall

Taken with Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 10-20mm f/4.0-5.6 DG EX HSM