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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Schuztengel von Jürgen Goertz




Very interesting fountain with quite a few different sculptures in it. The "Schutzengel" "Guardian Angel" looks really cool so I thought I would share it with those who may never get to see in person. This particular sculpture was completed in 2007. The church in the background is the Saint Laurentius Catholic Church which was built between 1745 and 1751.

Picture 1


Image Quality: Compressed RAW (14-bit)
Image Comment: grnantphoto.blogspot.com            
Camera Info
Device: Nikon D5100
Lens: VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G
Focal Length: 55mm
Focus Mode: AF-A
AF-Area Mode: Auto
VR: ON
AF Fine Tune:
Exposure
Aperture: f/4.2
Shutter Speed: 1/500s, 1,1000s, 1/250s
Exposure Mode: Manual
Exposure Comp.: 0EV, -1.0EV, +1.0EV
Metering: Matrix

ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100
White Balance: Auto, 0, 0


Picture 2


Image Quality: Compressed RAW (14-bit)
Image Comment: grnantphoto.blogspot.com            
Camera Info
Device: Nikon D5100
Lens: VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G
Focal Length: 55mm
Focus Mode: AF-A
AF-Area Mode: Auto
VR: ON
AF Fine Tune:
Exposure
Aperture: f/4
Shutter Speed: 1/50s, 1/100s, 1/25s
Exposure Mode: Manual
Exposure Comp.: 0EV, -1.0EV, +1.0EV
Exposure Tuning:
Metering: Matrix
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100

White Balance: Auto, 0, 0











Sunday, November 25, 2012

Johanneskirche am Feuersee

One from this mornings outing.



Device: Nikon D5100
Lens: 10-20mm f/4-5.6G
Focal Length: 14mm
Focus Mode: AF-A
AF-Area Mode: Auto
Aperture: f/5
Exposure Mode: Manual
Exposure Comp.: 0EV, -2, +2
Metering: Matrix
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100
White Balance: Auto, 0, 0
HDR: Photomatix Pro
Sizing & Text: CS2

Monday, November 12, 2012

Holiday Bokeh



Another photo with the star bokeh effect. This time I used a German Smoker (Raucherman) as my subject. 



Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikon 50mm f/1.8D
Aperture: f/1.8
Exp: 1/8s
ISO: 100
Tripod

Howling Bokeh

So today I bought some black construction paper, some tape, a Fiskars Pop-up Star punch
 and successfully conducted a DIY project that allowed me to add the stars to this picture. So the deal is you  have to make a cover for your lens that changes what would normally be round circles into shapes. Fairly easy to make and they sell them online in sets with many different shapes.  So the setup consisted of some candles, a multi-color flashlight, my daughter's miniature ironing board and one of her little toys.

Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikon 50mm f/1.8D
Aperture: f/2.8
Exp: 1/10s
ISO: 200
Tripod

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Stuttgart Art Museum


Stuttgart Kunstmuseum

I will definitely go back to reshoot this one later.

Nikon D5100
Lens: VR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
Length: 20mm
ISO: 100
Exposure: 8sec @ f/8
Bracketed: 0,-1,+1
Tripod: Manfrotto MKC3-H01

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Night HDR

Jubilee Column in the Stuttgarter Schlossplatz in Stuttgart, Germany

I originally went out tonight to get some shots of cool Halloween costumes but I couldn't pass on this shot. I used Photomatix Pro and Photoshop to merge and edit the shots.

Nikon D5100
Lens: VR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
Length: 48mm
Mode: Manual
Bracketed: -1/0/+1
ISO: 320
Aperture: f/8
Exposure: 3 sec
2 sec delay with Nikon ML-L3 remote
Tripod: Manfrotto MKC3-H01

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Aperture Mode and F-Stops

I shot this with my 35mm f/1.8G @ f/2.2 with a shutter speed of 1/25s. I tried the Auto ISO and it boosted it up to ISO800. I made a few adjustments with Photoshop but only the sharp filter (unsharpen mask) and auto levels. The bokeh (background blur) on this lens is cool and I will post more pics when I get some time to create some new shots.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Halloween In Germany

It's almost Halloween. Time for scary movies, Jack-O-Lanterns and candy corn.
Just messing around with Photoshop to add a twist to one of my recent photos.

Monday, October 8, 2012

New in DPL Fashion

DPL's latest creation.






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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Eminönü, Istanbul

Floating Restaurant

This floating restaurant is located at Eminönü Square and serves some great fish sandwiches.

Monday, July 16, 2012

St. George Monastery


St. George Monastery
This is a photo of a monastery located on one of the Princes Islands in Istanbul, Turkey. It was quite a hike up to this place but the view was awesome.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

TOPKAPI SARAYI Istanbul, Turkey


TOPKAPI SARAYI

I took these photos while on vacation to Istanbul. There were many awesome colorful areas like these and I definitely have to go back once I have more photography experience because I missed some great photo opportunities. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

4TH of July Fireworks


So this was my first time shooting fireworks with this camera and this lens.  I shot in total manual mode on Bulb and stayed around f/13 for aperture. I found that these settings worked but I still need to fine tune it for next time.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sucker


Just messing around with an idea I had. Not sure this works but I'll keep trying.

Wide Angle Lens


This is a cropped image as the original size of this photo would be too much for the blog. But it is truly amazing how much a lens can change your photography.

Congratulations Spain


Spain played a great game which culminated in a 4-0 win over Italy. They won the World Cup in South Africa two years ago and now the 2012 Euro. Are they truly the best in recent history? I guess it depends on who you ask.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Action Photo


Italian Pride
I took some shots last night after Italy beat Germany. Plus I was practicing capturing action photos where the subject is in focus and the background is blurred. I need more practice but I liked this one.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Acoustik Soul in Wiesloch, Germany



Worked with Acoustik Soul a few weeks ago in Wiesloch, Germany. Thanks guys for giving me the opportunity to learn more about photography. I look forward to working with you again.

Schlossplatz


Doing somemore bracketing testing. Wish I could do this for a living.

Direction Freidrichsbau


Just practicing some bracketing shots in downtown Stuttgart. It was a nice day with lots of clouds.

Monday, May 7, 2012

"Garten der schönen Melodie" - Stuttgart, Germany


Great little park in the hills looking over the center of Stuttgart, Germany. The clouds were perfect for me to practice my auto-bracketing function. This allowed me to upload them into Photomatix Pro 4.2 which merges the pictures and provides you various presets to choose from for the final product. I will definitely go back to beat the crowds to get some uninterrupted pictures.

Friday, April 20, 2012

B&W Test


Another photo of my test subject. This time I changed to B&W in the camera and adjusted it in Photoshop. I am having fun taking photos and I can't wait until I finish college so I can dedicate more time to it. But until then I will dedicate as much time as I can to honing my photography skills.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

St. John's Church



We were walking by the church and I noticed that the sky had a nice tint to it and I showed my wife. I guess she saw the amusement in my eyes and told me she would see me later:) This was the first shot that I took. I have not adjusted it at all. This is exactly how the camera processed it. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Practicing High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography


Practicing with HDR and refining in Photoshop. This shot of the New Stuttgart Castle ( das Neue Schloss ) was a quick hand-held two shot HDR snap from my Nikon D5100. I need get the latest version of Photoshop in order to make better adjustments but I'm waiting until I get close to finishing my degree (Student Discount) because they might come out with a newer version by the beginning of next year.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Getting Started

Here is the first picture that I'll start off with to test the site. Lets see how it works out. This is my little one (22m) at the start of our journey to the states.