Phototour in the Napa Valley

During my stay the Silicon Valley I haven’t only had a great day in San Francisco but also spent a day in the famous whine region of California called Napa Valley. Together with my co-worker Marcia we were driven up those 100 miles to mainly take pictures of the blooming mustard. The day was absolutely sunny but sadly we haven’t had luck to see lot of mustard. We were a bit too late or too early. But beside that we got a lot of impressions and enjoyed taking pictures. I was a bit disappointed that you do not have a chance to get closer to some areas, you have to know that most of those properties are private and visitors aren’t allowed to enter. The only way you can follow is up to the nice little castles and chateaus to taste the local wine. Everyone recommended that tastings but there was no time for us. If you stay in that area, you shouldn’t miss to attend at least one of those tastings.

Back in San Francisco we had a bit of time to drive up the hill in the north of the Golden Gate Bridge. We got a bit higher with the car as Martijn and myself were able the day before with the bikes. You will have a wonderful view from there down to San Francisco. By taking some animal pictures we ended that Sunday with a couple of nice pictures. But see yourself:

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Photo challenge – please vote for us

Some weeks ago a friend of mine pointed me to an upcoming photo challenge about image manipulation created. It has been initiated by the biggest German computer magazine c’t. My first thought was to attend this challenge but I recognized that I don’t have any great images on my box and no time to work on that. But surprisingly a friend was visiting me over those days and we had some great shots in the Saxon Switzerland.

Given those pictures Silvia made a fake image in parallel without knowing about this challenge. Once I had seen the result I pushed here to subscribe to the challenge. After some talks and further processing steps of the image we have decided to take the challenge just for fun. About 3 weeks ago the first results have been posted to the online gallery and a public survey has been started. 139 of the best pictures can be voted by everyone and our faked image is in this list too.

Here a former version and not the final one on my Flickr account:

Surprisingly a former colleague and a friend of mine informed me today that we have made it to even show up on spiegel.de. Woot – there are only 13 images posted. So isn’t it a call that we have good chances?

Please help us and vote for our image when you like it. We appreciate your help.

17 Miles Drive

In February I got a hint from a colleague of mine to visit the Pebble Beach Resorts. This peninsula is mostly know by golfers and a place for rich people. But also has some scenic areas you can visit as tourist. There is a street routed through the whole area which is called the 17 Miles Drive.

So I picked up Marcia in the morning and we were driven to that area with my rental car. It is about 100 miles in the South from Mountain View (California). We haven’t had the best weather as all the time I have spent in California but at least there was no rain. So we were able to have a look at nearly each place. I liked the rocky beach and the greenish taint on that peninsula. See the pictures below to get an impression how does it look like.

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Visting the Golden Gate Bridge

Due to my new job I had to spent a whole month in California last February. I already blogged about it shortly. It was a great experience for me. Thanks to all my colleagues who made it a wonderful stay! Mozilla rocks!

Beside the work and the bad weather I have taken one day to visit San Francisco. Together with Tobias Leingruber we checked the area around Pier 39, the Bay coast, and finally the Golden Gate Bridge. I’m impressed each time I see those bridges and have to think about how they get constructed. The bridge was the longest suspension bridge worldwide for 27 years! But it has lost its title after the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York has been finished in 1964. Anyway, nearly everybody worldwide knows this bridge so it will definitely remain as one of the most famous bridges.

I really enjoyed the trip and the view you have when walking to the north point and back. So for the next time I know that I have to visit the bridge by night!

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Photo Gallery updates

Ok, it’s already a while back when I have updated my photoblog the last time. The reason was that the tool I used needs a lot of manual operations until a picture is visible in the blog. I don’t have time for that and simply wanna have an easy way to publish new pictures. So my decision was to switch over to Flickr. That’s the easiest way for me to publish pictures directly from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom with the Flickr export plugin. It’s a one click action now and will definitely cause a lot more picture updates as ever before.

So enjoy my pictures in the photo gallery on my website or directly on Flickr. And yes, all the former pictures will be uploaded step by step.

Build your own Camera Stablilizer

Who doesn’t know such a situation. It’s a wonderful day outside and you grab the camera to do some nice landscape shots. You are fascinated by the nature that you forget the time. It’s getting darker outside and now you realize that you have forgotten the tripod. So what are you doing now? It’s just simple. Watch the video and you will see how you can build your own stabilizer with easiness.


$1 Image Stabilizer For Any Camera – Lose The TripodThe most popular videos are a click away

A more advanced version can be found on concept-club.de. But there are still some things which could be enhanced, e.g. a variable cord length so you also take a photo while crouching. I believe that I’ll have something to think about in the near future…

Seen today on kwerfeldein.de.

New photoblog online

Starting from today my website has its own photoblog. After month of inactivity in updating my gallery with new pictures I decided to have a better and more comfortable way of publishing. To find the right tool which gives me all features I want to have wasn’t an easy job. I tried a lot of them but wasn’t satisfied at all. Thanks to Manuel who has given me the note to have a look at pixelpost. Within some days of work in modifying existing themes I found my favorite delicious theme last Thursday. Spending some hours in giving it my individual look I’m ready to give it the green light. I’ll try to post images as often as I can. Have fun in visiting my pictures and I’m interested to get some feedback from you! Cheers…

Spielzeugwelten

Bereits Mitte letztes Jahr bin ich auf den finnischen Künstler Miklos Gaál aufmerksam geworden, der es mit geschicktem Einsatz von Unschärfe schafft, alltägliche Situationen auf beeindruckende Weise wie Spielzeugwelten aussehen zu lassen. Ich war schon damals von dieser Idee fasziniert und musste es jetzt selbst versuchen. Es macht wirklich Spaß, die Unschärfebereiche so zu setzen, dass ein Gefühl von minimaler Schärfentiefe wie bei der Makrofotografie entsteht. Das folgende Bild zeigt einen Sonntagsausflug auf eine Burg:

Burg in einer Spielzeugwelt

Eine weitere tolle Idee ist auch die Kopplung von kleinen Figuren und Lebensmitteln, wie auf dieser Seite zu sehen ist. Wobei ich selbst noch unsicher bin, ob es sich nicht um reale Menschen handelt, die sehr aufwendig bearbeitet worden sein. Ein Eigentest steht hier noch aus.