“Three forest picks from last month”

Hello and welcome to my second challenge in this month. πŸ˜‰ I’ve you are not familiar with this section yet, here is a little explanation why I do this and how it works. This year I decided to invent photo challenges to contest myself in order to grow my photography skills. The clue is that everyone may participate. Find out more!

My last challenge “Perspectives in Winter” was a lot of fun and gave me the push to do this one. It’s about picking captures I made last month which are suiting for one specific topic.

Key data of the challenge

  • Name: “Three forest picks from last month”
  • Topic: Last month
  • Date: 26th – 28th of January in 2019
  • Number of captures: 3
  • Published on: Instagram
  • Winning criteria: Engagement on each Instagram post

The topic

As you already know from my last post we didn’t have any snow in December. The positive side effect of this is, that I hiked a lot in the forests. An activity which I really like to do, because it sets your mind free. You can gain distance to things that are concerning your mind and just enjoy the moment. The great thing is, that I can increase this effect by taking photos. Having this in my mind I carry around my camera really often πŸ˜‚

When you are out in the forest you need to be prepared tho. There are some obstacles. You need to have warm clothes with you, a good warm cup of coffee and an extra battery for you camera. I love my Sony A7 really a lot, but why should I gloss over the truth? Even Sony knows that their batteries doesn’t last long in their cams. I think it’s really great to own a camera bag, where you can store some lenses, a tripod and so on. The lighting conditions can be very tricking in the forest and this is where a tripod can really save your ass 😎 (I think I’ll make a post about my gear in the future.)

My favorite shots in a forest include this infamous moody setting with fog or light rays. I always see this great posts on Instagram and always want to have a similar shot. But unfortunately forest photography can be very ungrateful. You need to have good timing. Also have a great mental state and patience, because the chance is high, that there will be no captures that’ll satisfy you.

So back to the main topic. I took three captures and posted them on my Instagram feed. Like in my first challenge the reception was really great. Thanks for everyone for the support. It really motivates me to get going ❀️

The captures

The winner is…

I’m really amazed that all three captures had similar engagement. “The blurry bark” won very closely. I believe the difference were about 10-15 likes compared to the other ones.

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Finally it’s Saturday and weekend. After a really tough schedule this week, it’s great to enjoy some spare time. 😌 This weekend I came up with the new challenge β€ž3 forest picks from last monthβ€œ. Given that I like to start with this composition. 😎 The weather conditions were really not like December. For me it was really fascinating to see, that the forest remained colorful and vivid. πŸ‚ 🌳 I spent a lot of time in nature then! What about you? How was your last month? Happy to hear your answers! Have a nice weekend πŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ˜Š β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” πŸ“Έ Sony A7 Lens: 28-70mm ISO: 320 Focal length: 70mm Aperture: f/5.6 Exposure: 1/40sec β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” . . . . . . . . #Earthescope #hamburg_eu #hamburgcolors #geheimtipphamburg #hamburg_de #hamburg_fotografiert #hamburg_gram #heuteinhamburg #Creativecontentbuilders #nature_brilliance #EarthVisuals #artofvisuals #welivetoexplore #natureaddict #naturediversity #ourplanetdaily #earth_deluxe #instapassport #aroundtheworldpix #ig_masterpiece #campinassp #flashesofdelight #travelog #mytinyatlas #diewocheaufinstagram #ig_hamburg #welovehh #sonyimages #sonyalpha #sonyalphasclub

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Process from camera to post

I’ve used my Sony A7 with the 28-70mm OSS 3.5-5.6 Lens for this shot. I spent a few hours in the forest before finding this motive. The conclusion out of this is that it was getting dark. So I increased my ISO to 320 and opened my aperture up to f/5.6 which can result in loss of contrast. The shutter speed was 1/40sec. Even if I think that the image stabilizer of the lens would work quite in this case, I decided to use a tripod. Furthermore I chose a near focus point for my composition. The result out of the cam was as follows:

Since I’m a huge fan of Lightroom, the case was clear. I’ve imported the raw file and adjusted contrasts, tones and the highlights to bring back a lot of detail and structure. I am pretty amazed by the outcome regarding the sharpness. The final edit is much sharper and has no grain in it. Don’t know how I pulled that out. πŸ˜‚
The final step was posting it straight to Instagram and being curious!

Reception

Like in my first challenge I evaluated the comments. The most positive things to say are that the composition and structure are great. I hope to improve my composition of my captures progressively, because it really determines whether a photo is going to be great or not.

Any thoughts?

What do you think about the challenge and which capture is your favorite?
Did you ever encounter the same kind of obstacles while shooting in a forest? What is the thing you bring with you when you’re out in the wilderness 😌 I’m curious about your answers and looking forward to reading them!

“Perspectives in Winter”

Hey there, I’m glad that you tuned in 😊 This year I decided to invent photo challenges to contest myself in order to grow my photography skills. The clue is that everyone may participate. Find out more!

Key data of the challenge

  • Name: “Perspectives in Winter”
  • Topic: Winter
  • Date: 23rd – 25th of January in 2019
  • Number of captures: 3
  • Published on: Instagram
  • Winning criteria: Engagement on each Instagram post

The topic

For my first challenge I wanted to contribute on a winter topic. One of the reasons was that I live in north Germany and love snow. But last year we were very unfortunate with the weather conditions in winter. We had loads of sun but no snow at all in December. For me it was still quite interesting to see, how the sky and nature can look when winter is belated.

I took three captures in the bottom to top perspective always showing the sky and some nature in it. It reminds a little bit of macro captures tho. I’ve posted them on my Instagram feed. It was quite fascinating to see how much resonance and input I got on these captures.

The captures

The winner is…

“Red everywhere”. It got the most likes and many comments.

Process from camera to post

I’ve used my Sony A7 with the 28-70mm OSS 3.5-5.6 Lens for this shot. After a few tries I used low sensitivity at ISO50. It’s was a really shiny day, so I’d chose a short shutter speed at 1/60. My focus at about the middle image with an aperture of f/7.1. This way I could create the illusion of stacking the image.
Before I post up any image shot on that cam, I’ll import the raw file into Lightroom. The only thing on this images I did was popping out the reds and playing around with the shadows and highlights. After doing so I’ve exported it in the highest jpg-Quality Lightroom can do and adjusted the crop directly in Instagram to fit it to my needs. That’s really is basically. πŸ˜‰

Reception

By evaluating the comments it can be said, that the red and blue colors produce a great contrast. Another important finding is that the focus points make an impression that the photo was stacked like an macro. To be honest: I didn’t do any stacking, I just got lucky.

Any thoughts?

First of all thanks for reading until the very end! For me blogging and this challenge-thingy are completely new. So excuse me that the length of my articles are not perfect yet. But I’ll do some progress in the future right? ✌️
I’d love to know what you think about the challenge and the captures I took. Which one would you pick as winner? Would you make a different edit? And also tell me about your challenges, if you ever participated in any!
Looking forward to reading your comments and wish you a nice day. β˜€οΈ

Hello blogging world

For me it’s my first post in my life in the blogging scene. Did you ever wonder how people start a blog? Yup? I wonder too. It’s hard to find a topic to blog about and to have the self esteem to share it with the whole world – at least potentially the whole world πŸ˜€.

From my perspective it’s clear: I want to blog about my experiences in photography and how to improve it. I hope of getting some feedback and get to know people who share the same hobby. Since photography is liked in many parts of our earth it can be a great driver to go out and explore and connect with each other.

So I’ll jump straight into cold water – don’t even know if this saying exists in english – and get me out from my comfort zone. Time has come to produce some content.

Don’t you agree that getting out from comfort zone can improve your personality? So far so good. I’d really love it, if you’d catch up my journey here and wish you an amazing day. ✌️

P.s. if you don’t know my Instagram-Account yet, you can check it out here. πŸ“Έβ€οΈ