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2013 Juni

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Water

To take pictures of a creek or a waterfall, most people take the automatic settings of their cameras and wonder why the picture doesn’t really look special. Well, the camera doesn’t know what the photographer wants to shoot and tries therefore to keep the shutter speed high enough to avoid blurry pictures. But if you want to have this „mystical“ flow in your picture, you have to „tell“ you camera what to do… And you need some additional hardware like a tripod and maybe some filters when you plan to take pictures by day.

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Ok, the camera is mounted on a tripod. Now you need some flowing water. A small creek doesn’t really sound spectacular, maybe. But it’s still good enough to get wet all over… When you found a nice place along the water, bring your camera in position. Now it’s time to attach the filters if it is a daylight situation. A circular polarizer (CPL) and a Neutral Desity (ND) x8 is doing fine. The CPL allows to remove reflections on the water surface and enhances the saturation of the colors. The ND x8 filter reduces the light by factor 8, this means only 1/8 of the light comes through the filter. But why reducing the amount of light? Normally, we try to get as much light as possible in a short time on the sensor. This time we don’t want a short exposure time, so that’s why the ND x8 filter is quite useful now. Together with a small aperture (the higher the value, the smaller the hole the light can go through), the filters extend the exposure time. And the long exposure makes the misty look for the flow.

 

Places…

I will never forget the trip to Rawa Island…. It started almost at midnight in Kuala Lumpur, by bus across Malaysia to Mersing. I couldn’t sleep on the bus and the stop at 3am was even making it better… Then, arrival in Mersing at 6am. So, we spent 3 hours until the office of Rawa Safari Tours opens. Finally, the office opened and we got our transfer from Mersing to Rawa Island. Back to the harbour, where we had to wait for the boat. The boat arrived at 10.30am and about 20min later, we reached the island. But due to the rain, the island didn’t really appear like a tropical paradise. After the check-in we got our beachfront bungalow. The rest of the afternoon, I spent with sleeping. When I woke up again, dusk was falling already and I didn’t see much of the beauty of the island. We went to the restaurant for dinner. Later, I took some nightshots from the jetty and went to bed again :-)

Rawa Island Jetty - ©2007 Robert Traut

Rawa Island Jetty – ©2007 Robert Traut

When I woke up the next morning, I opened the curtains and I couldn’t believe my eyes. We really arrived in a tropical paradise. After breakfast, I couldn’t wait to take some more pics and after lunch I did my first snorkeling.

view from the veranda - ©2007 Robert Traut

view from the veranda – ©2007 Robert Traut

Rawa Island Beach - ©2007 Robert Traut

Rawa Island Beach – ©2007 Robert Traut

 

Vacation

Vacation…. Always a good opportunity to take some nice pictures. Especially, when you have the luck to travel with guide who is a good photographer, too. And although I know that I will never be a serious competitor to Jessy, I was lucky to learn from her. This shot was taken at Echo Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Hanging out at the Cafe Sol (now it has a different name, I think it is Cafe Europa or so), we were waiting for the sunset.

Sunset at Echo Beach

Sunset at Echo Beach

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

A new start

Nothing is as steady as the change… I don’t know who said this the first time but it’s true. And after several years of keeping my website outdated, I thought it’s time for a new start.

A grafitti near Echo Beach, Bali, Indonesia