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Old Dec 10, 2009, 8:58 AM   #1
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Default The Calm after the Storm: A mood in 3 pictures...

The Calm after the Storm: A mood in 3 pictures...

About 2 weeks ago - just a few days after I got my new camera [Panasonic Lumix G1] - we had this storm along the coast of Southern Norway. It raged for 2 days and nights. Finally when its spell was broken there was this strange, dead calm following. Almost hostile in its character, eery-like and omnious looking, with dark and voluptuose, low-flying clouds racing by.

Finally the sun broke through in some holes in the clouds, creating another strange scene, lighting up the seascape with its blinding sunrays low on the horizon.

That's when I grabbed my camera, put on the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17mm / 1:1.8 Pancake-lens and run out, shielding the camara under my coat, as rain-showers would pour down one minute and the sun broke through the other minute.


Rather hastily I shot a long series of pictures, trying to compose as well as I could. I still regret not having brought along my tripod, as the scene I met was typical for and as tailore-made for juicy HDR's!!! But I had to shoot handhold because of the weather, and here are some of the results.




# 1: After the storm. A lot of debris washed ashore and made the otherwise so tidy beach look like a battle-zone.





# 2: I loved the way the sun made the wet rocks shine!






# 3: This is a HDR (DPHDR) made out of 3 (handheld!) exposures.




And the middle-exposure of # 3 will be shown below.
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No need for HDR...I like the lighting just as it is in the first 3! I also like the compositions...a lot of subject matter in the foreground, middle ground and background that leads my eye from the "front" of the image to the "rear."
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- glad somebody liked it....

And I almost got soking wet, just to get these shots.
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just seeing them now for the 1st time ; beautiful shots, I like especially 1 and 3 ; no 1 doesn't even need HDR but is very beautiful and well-composed in its own right ! well done, and also under difficult conditions!!
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LOL! As I was looking at your photos I started with #1 and said to myself, "This is a winner, I like this one", then I looked at #2 and said, "no, this one is it" then I saw #3 and laughed and said I REALLY like this one, THIS IS IT!! I guess your 3 renditions of the same photo had quite an impact on me! WOW.
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nice set walter.

i like #1 i think the best. for me having a little more light on the boat is nice. but its a great set overall.
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Outstanding work Walter, you have me seriously thinking about a G1!

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If I could have afforded it, I would have picked the G1. But, I'm really happy with my 620.

I can almost feel the damp and smell the air in these, Walter. Excellent... as usual.
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If I could have afforded it, I would have picked the G1. But, I'm really happy with my 620...
Gary - I am sure you are best served with your Olly anyway, because for your wildlife-shots, there are no long tele-lenses available for the G1.

Thank you for your nice comment!

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Outstanding work Walter, you have me seriously thinking about a G1!

Serves you right. I have been having 'wet' dreams about your "winning-team" - the D90 and Tokina 11-16mm for some time now!! ;o)

Thank you for your kind words,Bob!
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