Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 8: Bayerische Motoren Werke

On the way to our last ski-trip in Austria earlier this month, we spend a night at the capital of Bavaria, Munich. 

The Bayerische Motoren Werke (Bavarian Motor Works), better known as BMW, have their headquarters in the South German city, next to the 1972 Olympic village. Beside an enormous showroom called BMW World, there is also an excellent BMW museum

Even though we did not have the time to do the full museum, one can see quite a few old and new cars before the ticket counter. Some of them can be found here.

Pic(k) of the week 8: Bayerische Motoren Werke
The whole area is full of amazing modern architecture which is a must see if you are in the area! The image above is the BMW office tower on top of the museum.

Image details:
Nikon P7000
ISO 100, f4, 16mm, 1/160s
RAW development with Lightroom 3
Black & White conversion with SilverEfex

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 7: First one down

Last night we got back from a weeklong ski-trip to Leogang, Austria. The contrast between a warm Dubai and the cold and snowy Alps, makes for a great experience. The week started with overcast sky's and some light snow fall. After a few days the weather cleared up and we were skiing in reasonable temperatures, under blue skies!


On some days we skied over 50km with a vertical descend of more than 9000m. Higher than Mount Everest! Interesting enough all this information is now available online by entering the ski-pass number on the Skyline website.


We stayed at Forsthofalm, an excellent 4 star hotel next to a middle station, right on the slopes. The fact that it is completely isolated makes for a great experience, especially if traveling without kids. Highly recommended!


Early morning lonely skier
This weeks Pic(k) of a lonely skier coming down through the early morning mist, is shot just as we were getting ready in front of the hotel. I'm sure that all frequent skiers know how enjoyable it is to come down the slope as the very first one early morning or just before closing at night. This image really gives me that exact feeling!


Image details:
Nikon P7000 compact camera
ISO 100, 37mm, f5.6, 1/900s
RAW development with Lightroom3
Black and white conversion with SilverEfex 


My relatively new Nikon P7000 did surely not disappoint. More images of our ski-trip can be found here.


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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 6: Colour Black and White

While at the Al Ain airshow last week, I spotted this UAE local couple looking for a place to sit down on the grandstand. I was kind of fascinated by the gentleman's red beard and the interesting structure of his face.

2011 Pic(k) of the week 6: Colour Black and White
Even though this was shot as a candid frame, I chatted to the man afterwards and showed him the image.

Image details:
Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 with 1.7 teleconverter
ISO400, 220mm, f 5.6, 1/2000s
Raw file processed with Lightroom 3
Contrast adjustment with Nik ColorEfex

I'm leaving on weeklong ski holiday in a few days, so the next Pic(k) of the week might be one or two days late. I'm not taking my DSLR gear with me, but will try to come up with some interesting compact camera (Nikon P7000) winter photography.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Al Ain airshow 2011

Just like every year so far, I attended the Al Ain Aerobatic air show. The oasis city, less than 90 mins away from Dubai organizes a full on air show at it's mixed civil-military airport.

Xtreme sBach by Philipp Steinbach      Germany
Unfortunately this year the weather did not fully cooperate. What is normally a four day event, was reduced to a two day one, due to reduced visibility and Shamal winds on the first days. I went on the last day (Saturday Feb 5th) and was not disappointed!

Even though the show is quite small compared to the large European and North American ones, it has matured quite a bit and most of the time has some interesting demos.

Blue Voltige, Italy flying a Fournier RF-4 and RF-5
Blue Voltige, 2 Fournier motor gliders from Italy flying close formation are a great example how something simple can stun a crowd.

Otto, the helicopter
Otto the Helicopter kept the kids busy...

Scandinavian Airshow wingwalkers
These two young ladies of the Scandinavian airshow performed their wing-walking routine, in front of the unique red sand dunes.

Team Viper, formation of three Hawker Hunters
Team Viper is the only Hunter formation display team in the world. The beautiful aerodynamic lines of these 1960's vintage supersonic fighters are just a delight for the eye! 

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The loudest thing I ever heard by far was this Pyro Jet powered truck. Luckily I did not have to pass my yearly pilot medical the next day!
   
This year there were three aerobatic jet teams at Al Ain; 

BAltic Bees flying the L39
The Baltic Bees flying the L39

Saudi Hawks
The Saudi Hawks flying the BAe Hawk Mk65

Turkish Stars flying the NF-5
And finally my favorite team of the show, the amazing Turkish Stars flying the NF-5A/B!

As always, the Al Ain air show is surely a must see if your in the region early February...For more of the images click here.

Till next year,

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 5: Pepper nr 1

Partly inspired by Master Photographer Edward Weston's "Pepper 30" I shot this image of a red pepper... Wanting to do some shooting while a sandstorm kept me inside, I decided to dust off my Tamron 90mm Macro lens and shoot some stuff straight out of the fridge!

Pic(k) of the week 5: Pepper 1
Using two off-camera speed lights (SB800/9090 flashes) and an umbrella, I wanted my objects to really stand out.
Beside this pepper, an apple and egg shot using the same technique, can also be found in my Macro gallery.

I tried a black and white conversion, but do like the bright red one better.

Image details:
Nikon D700 with Tamron 90mm Macro lens
ISO 200, 90mm, f11, 1/4s
Shot on a Gitzo tripod using live-view for manual focus
RAW file processed in Lightroom 3
Skin softening in LR3

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My favorite 3 x 3 in 2010

Now that the editing process of all my 2010 images is complete, it is a good time to pick my favorite images of last year. My Lightroom 3 library show just short of 10.000 keeper images, which is slightly less than in 2009. Even though the number of shutter applications over the last two years are likely to be very similar, I definitively have been more critical in selecting my keepers.


Since I do market myself as a Architectural, Travel and Aviation photographer, I've chosen three images of each category as my personal best photographs for 2010. The images picked do also make it into my portfolio gallery, which can be viewed directly by clicking on one of the three category links below.




ARCHITECTURAL


Burj Khalifa - Burj Dubai, UAE

                         Burj Khalifa, Dubai




Festival city hotels, Dubai Creek
Festival City hotels, Dubai Creek




Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque, Abu Dhabi






TRAVEL


Morris Eight at Solitaire, Namibia
Morris Eight at Solitaire, Namibia




Cheetah on a termite mount at Okonjima, Africat foundation, Namibia
Cheetah on a termite mount at Okonjima, Africat foundation, Namibia




Old Indian man waiting for the time to pass at Main Bazaar, Delhi
Old Indian man waiting for the time to pass at Main Bazaar, Delhi






AVIATION


Air to Air with YAK52 above the English Channel
Air to Air with YAK52 above the English Channel




IL76 outside the Umm Al Quwain airport North of Dubai, UAE
IL76 outside the Umm Al Quwain airport North of Dubai, UAE




Cessna Citation Excel
Cessna Citation Excel, Abelag Brussels


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BJORN


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