Insect of the world …
A red admiral stops to gather food at some wildflowers in the Austrian Alps.
Drenched in pollen, a honeybee emerges from a cactus flower on coast of southern France.
Colorado bumblebee on a thistle.
A white-lined sphinx moth enjoys wildflower nectar in Breckenridge, Colorado.
OK, so I’m not a super tech geek when it comes to my iPhone, and even though I’ve thought about getting some of those fancy external lenses, I can’t reach that deep into my pocket. Maybe someday … but in the meantime, I do get lucky every now and then when a bee or some other bug happens to be right in front of the lens on a bright, sunny day. Click. Magic!
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Looking west along the Danube in Linz, Austria.
Gebackene Speckknödel at the farm guesthouse Echsenschläger, near Linz, Austria.
Autumn vineyards in the Steiermark.
The Aist River Valley in Upper Austria.
The hills of Styria.
All I can really say about this set is that I want to go back and see all these places in all their other seasons — and that, if you’re ever in Upper Austria, be sure not to leave without trying a portion of Speckknödel, a delicious dumpling variety stuffed with bits of crisp bacon and baked with a fluffy milk and egg wash.
Mon Jardin d’hiver …
The last rays of sunlight on a late November day light the golden fruit of a persimmon tree in the garden of the medieval Abbaye de la Celle in southern France.
In a Provence vineyard, grapes left hanging past the harvest blacken in the late autumn sun.
I’ve always thought that light and color together create magic. Whether you capture a scene with a camera, or not, you should always keep your eyes open to the possibility of seeing something familiar in a new way, and when you have a darkroom in the palm of your hand, why not experiment a little bit to re-imagine every day objects like a vase full of flowers or a late-blooming rose?
Sometimes it’s fun …
Evening train, platform 7.
City sunrise from the deck.
Modern travel, waiting for the Westbahn.
Down the river from the bridge.
Tracks in the neighborhood.
OK, you can say I’m over-editing, but what the heck … sometimes it’s fun to see how far you can take an image without totally losing it. All the pics in this set are taken in Linz, Austria, and they’ve all been run through multiple Instagram filters, along with a few other tools to bring out grain, structure and color. They may not be photography masterpieces, but to me, they’re gritty edits of some of the places and views that I’ve become intimately familiar with in the last few weeks — a new look at familiar sights.
I took the long way to Upper Austrian press club yesterday, walking across the Danube, then up through the old town to the castle and down the other side into the center of the city. Even following that detour, it’s only a 20 minute walk, but it gave me a chance to check out some of the sights along the way on a friendly and warm autumn day. After meeting some local reporters for lunch in the beer garden, I sat for a few minutes in the town’s main square and edited the morning snapshots for this set. All except the overlook image were run through multiple layers of filters and sharpening to create some grain that, for me, emphasize the cobblestone patterns and the old stone wall behind the statue.
There’s nothing like a good merry-go-round for color, and when you add some motion blur and post-editing, it can be a photographic carnival. I’ve always wanted to spend a few hours shooting the rides at a fair and this week, it just so happens that a traditional Austrian festival, the Urfahranermarkt, is taking place just a few blocks away. These are the shots from my first effort, all taken with the iPhone camera. I’m going to revisit the fair with my DSLR one of these upcoming evenings to see if I can improve on these images.
The beauty around us
Thistle love …
A bumblebee forages for pollen near Frisco, Colorado.
Asters in the morning dew.
FRISCO —Taking closeups with an iPhone camera — at least without a supplemental lens — isn’t always easy. The camera tends to want to zero in on something other than the subject, like the grass or shrubs in the background. But with some careful consideration to lighting, specifically the contrast between the subject and the background, I sometimes can make it work. Being able to capture sparkling morning dew on a bluebell, or a busy bee gathering food on a wildflower makes me happy. It’s like having a little miracle in the palm of my hand for a few moments, and it’s even better when I can share it with Summit Voice readers. Enjoy your Sunday and don’t forget to stop whatever you’re doing for a few moment to give thanks for all the beauty that surrounds us.