July, 2012 Archives
Archive for July, 2012
I work up yesterday morning (July 17th, 2012) and opened the door to our little deck on the second story floor of the hotel we were staying in. The sun was shining brightly in the right half of the sky and the shadows on the rocks and country side were just amazing. Normally shooting into the sun produces terrible pictures, but with HDR you can tweak the shadows and highlights to get just the right look.
The trip from Phelders Italy to St Leonardo was mostly downhill, so I stuck my 5D in my camelback. I took this picture while riding down the road. It turns out our “short day” from Phelders to St Leonardo was a “normal” day with 800m of climbing up to where our hotel really was located. But it was awesome, and worth it!
Schloss in Nauders
Castles need to look menacing, and this picture definitely seems to have captured the menacing look. The slight saturation gives it a dark and ominous feel.
With more color, it looks more vibrant and alive:
Schloss in Nauders v2
I love castles, and the unicycle ride from Nauders, Austria to Silandro, Italy was a four castle day! (Well, we probably passed more, but I only consider a certain look to be a true castle).
This is one of my favorite photos so far. It is an HDR from 5 exposures taken with the Canon 5D Mark III. I sat on top of the hill for a while and enjoyed just being alone and looking at the beautiful town and gigantic mountains. The sun striking down was amazing. The photo is not photoshopped, and was only combined and adjusted in Photomatix.
The gang spent two nights in Nauders, Austria. The climb up from Switzerland consisted of a ton of switchbacks up a steep hill, and then a slight descent down into Nauders. We stayed at the Gästeheim Anni Winkler, which was pretty nice. On the “rest day” of our toure Scott and I took the gondola up to the top of the nearby mountain and did some “36 muni” down to the lakes that are nearby. It was only 12′ish miles of riding, but a lot of fun as we got to cross the Austria border and go into Italy in the wilderness.