Sunday, March 19, 2017

Madrid - city of decorism

Just some more shots from Madrid reflecting on the experience of strolling through those streets.
If you have questions regarding the locations, contact me.
Noch ein paar Bilder aus Madrid, welche die Erfahrung beim durch die Straßen schlendern widerspiegeln.
Wenn Fragen sind zu den Standorten, einfach melden.

Terminal 4 Airport

Hotel Principal

Plaza Major



Having fun up there :-)

Ready to jump!


Best bakery



In the country

El Escorial

El Escorial

Gran Via

Templo de Debod - Egyptian Temple gifted to Spain

Going full manual :-)

Bet those trains use different names in the US


Centro Centro

Madrid - Belle of the Arts - restoring some of it / Madrid - Die Schöne der Künste - etwas davon restauriert

Madrid is a lovely place, especially after a long winter in Northern Europe. It is a delight to revel in the bright sun and walk the streets lined with beautiful, ornamental buildings.

Some more beauty can be seen inside, especially with the plethora of different museums, and those dedicated for the Arts: Thysssen-Bornemisza, Prado, Reina Sofia (modern art) are the largest ones. Entry prices are very appropriate and you can buy a combo ticket for all three together.

For a photograper a nicety is that, except for the Prado, you are allowed to photograph.
Coming home, the challenge starts to correct for the lighting used in the museums. But then, while you are at it, why not restore the pictures to what they may looked have like during the painter's time?

Those pictures have deteroriated through dirt, uneven degradation of colors and improper light temperatures. So what we see as real is not as it used to be even though some take it for granted. As soon as those pictures are digitized, the world world of color processing is at one's fingertips, so it is much easier doing changes than actually restoring the original canvas itself.

I took the liberty to do so for a set of those works of arts, based on common wisdom, customs at that time and some knowledge which colors deterioriated most. Some of those pictures were taken by me with the camera, some from Wikipedia/-media for comparison, some supplied by the museums online or through Google Earth Art Project.

I share those comparisons here for those also loving classic masterpieces. Resolution is limited to stay within fair-use limits.
Madrid ist ein schöner Ort, besonders nach einem langen Winter in Nordeuropa. Es ist ein Vergnügen in der strahlenden Sonne sich zu allen und durch die Strassen zu laufen mit schönen, verzierten Gebäuden.

Noch mehr Schönes gibt es innen, besonders mit der Vielzahl an unterschiedlichen Museen, und denen für die Künste: Thysssen-Bornemisza, Prado, Reina Sofia sind ei Größten. EIntrittspreise sind vernünftig und es gibt die Möglichkeit eines günstigen Sammeltickets für alle drei.

Für einen Fotografen ist es schön dass man, mit Ausnahme des Prado, in allen fotografieren darf.
Wieder zuhause, geht die Arbeit los wenn man die Beleuchtung des Museums kompensieren will beim Entwickeln. Aber wnn man schon einmal dabei ist, warum dann nicht gleich die Bilder so restaurieren wie sie vermutlich zu Lebzeiten des Malers aussahen?

Ich habe mir mal erlaubt dass für einige Kunstwerke zu tun, basierend auf gesundem Menschenverstand, den damaligen Sitten und etwas Wissen welche Farben gealtert sind. Einige der Bilder wurden von mir fotografiert, einige sind von Wikipedia/-media, einige von den Online-Seiten der Museen oder durch das Google Art-Projekt.

Ich teile diese Vergleiche hier für all diejenigen welche auch die Klassik-Meisterwerke lieben. Die Auflösung ist begrenzt um innerhalb der Nutzungserlaubnis zu bleiben.

Giovanna Tornabuoni by Domenico Ghirlandaio, 1488, Thyssen Bornemisza
I love this painting, especially the tragic story behind. Thank God that childbirth is nowadays no longer the merciless killer it used to be. Ideal skin at that time was white, not the greenish tint the painting nowadays has. Also, the dress used splendid colors. Also ideal was blod hair. Paper color matched to white. The cabinet is not grey either.
Millicent Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland, John Singer Sargent, 1904, Thyssen Bornemisza
Another self-concious woman that strikes you when looking. On one hand a society lady, on the other hand a social reformer, this combination breaks the mold of our conventions. Situated in the shadow of a summer afternoon, the sun breaking through only partly through the leaves, the pale white skin contrasts wonderfully to the exquisite dress. Selective editing of the dress, background, hair and lips done.

Apollo in the Forge of Vulcan by Diego de Velázquez, 1629, Prado
 I love Velazquez. He shatters the pomposity of so many other painters, be it kings or gods as subject. All treated equally, he shows them as they are. Just look at the dumbfound look of the man on the right. Unfortunately, the paint used has gotten worse very much. Laurel restored to green, corrected color of Apollos sandal, toga, hair, skin, the cloths of the mens, the red-hot metal, fire and sparks, the landscape in the background.

Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez, 1656, Prado
 Another Velazquez, Las Meninas. Unconventionally, the most important peoples are relegated to the mirror at the end of the room, in front is a dog, kids and the dwarf.Also, the artist put himself into the picture. I only recently discovered that the strange-looking girl on the right is not another maid, but rather the court-dwarf. For that, looks are actually ok. Corrected brightness, greenish cast, hair color of maid, infanta and dog, mirror contrast.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Car Glamour

Digging in luxury.



Bat mobile


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Winter time, PP time / Winterzeit, Zeit zum PP

It is winter, -11°C outside, high fog diffuses the light. Not really conditions to to outside and shooting pictures. Instead, the alternatives are to do your tax forms, clean the house or sift through your photo archives and try out your improved SW and PP skills on older favorites. You can imagine what I have chosen :-)

Again and again, I am surprised how much is possible to be gotten out of RAW files even from my lowly, outdated, small-sensor Olympus XZ1. Same thing with the 5N. Except for absolute pixel peeping, the difference in potential between JPG and RAW always outshines by far the differences between cameras.

Es ist Winter bei frostigen -11°. Hochnebel streut das Licht. Nicht gerade gute Bedingungen um rauszugehen und Bilder zu machen. Stattdessen sind die Alternativen die Steuererklärung zu erledigen, das Haus zu putzen oder durch das Fotoarchiv zu stöbern und deine verbesserte SW und PP-Fähigkeiten an ältere Favoriten loszulassen. Du kannst dir vorstellen was ich gewählt habe :-)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Every now and then ... / Immer mal wieder ....

Samsung J5, 17.1.17
Just as everyone else I sometimes use my low-cost smartphone for shooting a quick picture. Most of the times for documentation, sometimes because I like a view.

Now as an amateur photography, I usually get quite frustrated with the image quality of the resulting photo as soon as you don't view it on the small screen.

Every now and then however, I find the mood shown nice enough to keep the picture in spite of that.
Wie wohl jeder andere auch benutze ich manchmal mein einfaches Smartphone um eben geschwind ein Foto zu machen. Meistens um etwas zu dokumentieren, manchmal weil mir eine Ansicht gefällt.

Als Amateur-Fotograf bin dann meist enttäuscht über die Bildqualität des entstandenen Fotos sobal man es eben nicht auf dem winzigen Bildschirm anschaut.

Immer mal wieder, finde ich die eingefangene Stimmung aber trotzdem so gut dass ich das Bild aufbewahre.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Ice garden / Eisgarten

The sun broke through yesterday and illuminated the frosted plants against a blue sky.
Die Sonne brach gestern endlich durch und liess die mit Eiskristallen überzogenen Pflanzen vor einem blauen Himmel leuchten.


Brothers in Arms

Cuter than fantasy


Pavement Princess / Bordsteinschwalbe

Squared nature

The sky is the limit

Equipment used (mainly the 18105 and 1018):
SELP18105G E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS Zoom Lens; Sony a6000 Camera ; SEL1018 10-18mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens;

Benutzte Ausrüstung:
Sony SELP18105G, Standard-Zoom-Objektiv (18-105 mm, F4 G OSS, E-Mount APS-C) schwarz Sony Alpha 6000 Systemkamera (24 Megapixel, APS-C Sensor) inkl. SEL-P1650 Objektiv schwarz Sony SEL1018, Super-Weitwinkel-Zoom-Objektiv (10-18 mm, F4 OSS, E-Mount APS-C) schwarz