Alpine

The New Penken Playground

So, last weekend we went up the Penken to see the new play area that they have built. Great place to let the kids burn off some steam and to just sit about enjoying the summer for the grown-ups (who wants to go for a hike on a day like this anyway!) Well worth a visist if you are going up, it's just at the top of the Combi-bahn along with some very cool looking electric bikes and some 'Zorb' ball on a lake. I spoke to one of the chaps up there and apparently there is a lot more planned for next year, so watch this space (not literally, but keep following the blog!).

#itsahardlifeinthemountains #penken #somuessenbergsein #mayrhofen

Nationalfeiertag

On the 26 October Austria celebrates its Declaration of Neutrality.  It is a public holiday for us all and as usual the weather is normally great. When I went for my run today I took a couple of pictures that I thought would encapsulate Austria on its special day. The first 2 were standard panoramic photos of the mountains but I think that the final photo is the one that really represents my adoptive home. Schöne Feiertage!

 

The view from the Kapelle in Burgstall

The view from the Kapelle in Burgstall

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The Ziller and Mayrhofen 

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#nationalfeiertage #rotweissrot #kuh

Cloudy Mountains

Sunday comes round again and we went up the mountain even though it was raining in the village. It started off with a blizzard and near total whiteout but slowly the clouds started to clear and we had a wonderful lunch with some amazing views up at the Gschosswandhaus.

The Tristner poking her head through the clouds

The Tristner in Black and White

The Ahorn, Tristner, and Grünberg with the Penkenbahn in the foreground

Photographed with Fuji X-E1 with Olympus 35mm f/2.8 Zuiko Objektiv

 

#penken #somuessenbergsein #alpen #getoutdoors

Monochrome Oktober Day 19

Each year I dedicate the month of Oktober (German Spelling, in case you were wondering) to the beautiful art of Black & White photography. Each day I will be posting a new Black & white image

I have a passion for this style of photograph, as it makes you concentrate more on the subject and really brings out the emotion of the image.

In the post processing phase, it is more than just removing the colour out of a picture but finding the right combination of tones and shades of grey that work within an image. With applications such as Photoshop you can change these mixtures to a great degree to give you more or less of those tones.

You can experiment with your photos as I am sure that your smartphone will have an editing section in it (both the iPhone Camera App and the Facebook App do this) and play around with the different settings.

Share your images with everyone by posting them to my facebook page

The wife pulling the youngest off to a restaurant for lunch on a sledge shot with iPhone 6s with post inAdobe Lightroom Mobile edition @ 1/4000 secs f/2.2 ISO 25

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#blackandwhite #schwarzweiss #monochromeoktober #itsahardlifeinthemountains

Rescue team

I was out running this afternoon and there was a flurry of activity at the landingplatz just outside of town. A total of 3 helicopters were in action, 2 rescue teams from Mayrhofen and Tux, as well as 1 from the Bundespolizei. The mountain rescue were also in attendance as the search for a missing person continues. Hers off to those who put themselves in harms way helping people who  are in trouble. If you can please try to donate to the Oesterreichischer Bergrettung. They are all volunteers and without them a lot more people wouldn't come home.

Landingplatz Mayrhofen  

Landingplatz Mayrhofen  

#flugrettung #bergrettung #bundespolizei

Winter in Mayrhofen

Well, life has been hectic since the Christmas period and I am finally starting to settle down into a routine balancing family life with my Photography habit, as well as enjoying the winter season!

I thought that I would share a couple of shots of what we have been up to so far and I am sure there will be more to come as well as a video project that I am working on from this winter.

#winter #penkenbahn #mayrhofen #zillertal

Monochrome Oktober Tag 29

Ich möchte diesen Oktober gern eine Reihe an Schwarz/Weiss Fotos hier mit euch teilen. Einige sind aus meinem Archiv und andere habe ich gerade erst neu fotografiert. Vergesst nicht zu kommentieren, Liken und Teilen! Danke!

This October I am going to present a series of black and white images. Some will be new ones and I will also be going back through my archives for some older pictures that I would like to share with you. Please don't forget to like, comment and share. Thanks.

#monochromeoktober #blackandwhite #schwarzweiss #longroadtonowhere

Monochorme Oktober Tag 4

Ich möchte diesen Oktober gern eine Reihe an Schwarz/Weiss Fotos hier mit euch teilen. Einige sind aus meinem Archiv und andere habe ich gerade erst neu fotografiert. Vergesst nicht zu kommentieren, Liken und Teilen! Danke!

This October I am going to present a series of black and white images. Some will be new ones and I will also be going back through my archives for some older pictures that I would like to share with you. Please don't forget to like, comment and share. Thanks. 

The zillertal towards Tux from the Ahorm

#monchromeoktober #blackandwhite #schwarzweiss