Fotogroep Waalre 9-jun-10

Photos shown at my local photography club on June 9th 2010 (these photos are © Peter van den Hamer).

All these photos were taken in the Eifel (the part on the German side of the border), but on multiple weekends. The Eifel is about 135 km drive from here, so when I go there I tend to walk quite a bit just to “justify” the long drive.

2010_Eifel_66

ISO 100, 105mm, f/5, 1/200 s

Many people can’t stand abstract photos where they cannot guess what they are seeing. Guesses mentioned at the photo club were: fabric, a nature macro, and a large man-made structure. If you have the need to know, see here.

The associated histogram is also worth a look: firstly this color (!) photo is almost black-and-white. Secondly, it is surprisingly smooth – almost Guassian. I deliberately didn’t stretch the histogram as the original was simply gray, and I didn’t need to turn the photo into a graphical design of some sort.

histogram of 2010_Eifel_66

2010_Eifel_41

ISO 400, 70mm, f/4, 1/60 s

In this case, people were fine with only kind-of-knowing what it was and what caused those stains. For more context, see here.

2010_Eifel_160

ISO 100, 70mm, f/4, 1/60 s

Although the hills in the distance look foggy, this was actually quite warn and this was actually nearby rain driven by a gusty wind. I didn’t really manage to visualize that. Even after some contrast tweaking, it still looks like fog to me when the movement is missing. I doubt there is a way to show that in a “still” without a really high-resolution print: motion blur would just increase the confusion.

2010_Eifel_166

ISO 100, 70mm, f/4, 1/100 s

My photo club theme is currently “special lighting conditions”. Maybe not a highly original photo, but here you go… Special Lighting Conditions!

The first, third and fourth pictures are within walking distance of Vogelsang – a large, eery former boarding school in the middle of a forest. It was built to turn young boys into bright and able Nazi’s. After World War II, Vogelsang served as barracks for the British and Belgian armies. Worth visiting.

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