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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

The Last Days of the Season

Well the winter season finished yesterday, and as luck would have it I managed to get the week off so that I could enjoy this big Alpine playground that I live in. I was hoping for more of the weather that we had been enduring over the last few weeks (hot and sunny) so that I could go up the Glacier at Hintertux. Fortunately it was better than that, it dumped with snow all week, and no there are very few pictures of that as I was having way too much fun in the power!

Hintertux from the Gletcher Bus I

The East view of the Alps from Hintertux 3250m

However, the weather did change on the Friday, and I managed to get up to Hintertux for a day of blasting down near deserted motorway pistes with an amazing view of the Alps.

The Glacier is open 365 days a year and yes, I have been skiiing in August before but I dont recommend it unless you like ice skating on the mountain. Spring is really where it comes into its own with a drpo of fresh snow, and a clear sky, it is really what skiing is about.

The South view from 3250m over into the Italian Alps

PS. dont go there in January unless you like being cold, I have been there in -30 degrees before without the windchill!

The Olperer and the Snowboard park from the top of the observation platform on the Gefrorene-Wand 3250m

The Tuxertal, Zillertal, and beyond

Shot with iPhone 6s, Post production with Adobe Lightroom CC

#hintertux #gletcher #spring #zillertal #itsahardlifeinthemountains

Monochrome Oktober Day 31

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.

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#blackandwhite #schwarzweiss #panorama #afieldinengland #itsahardlifeinthemountains #monochromeoktober

Monochrome Oktober Day 7

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

Panorama from the Ahornhütte on the Ahorn Mountain above Mayrhofen shot with Fujifilm X-E1 with Olympus 50mm f/1.8 @ 1/500 secf/5.6 ISO 200

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#blackandwhite #schwarzweiss #monochromeoktober #ahorn #tuxertal #zillertal

Monochrome Oktober Day 2

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

Panorama of the Red Bull Hangar 7 shot on Fujifilm X-E1 with Olympus 50mm f1.8 @ 1/1000 f5.6 ISO 400 and then stitched together using the panorama feature in Adobe Lightroom CC

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#blackandwhite #schwarzweiss #monochromeoktober #redbull #Hangar7 #salzburg

Ein Monat der Farbe - tag 14

Während dieses Monats der Farbe wird sich bemühen, Ich jeden Tag eine neue Farbfoto zu posten (Wenn Sie schwarz Weiß wollen dann schauen Sie in Monochrom Oktober). Jedes Foto wird zum Download in hoher Auflösung verfügbar sein, alles, was Sie tun müssen, ist abonnieren unten, und ich werde Sie auf den Link für den Download senden. Alle Bilder sind frei für den persönlichen Gebrauch zu verwenden und vergessen Sie bitte nicht mich (gavinotter.com) gutzuschreiben, wenn man sie in den sozialen Medien oder Websites zu nutzen.

Die Eiche in Hadley Wald, Nord London, das ein wichtiger Teil meiner Kindheit war

#einmonatderfarbe #monthofcolour #farbe #colour #june #juni #hadleywood #theoaktree

A Month of Colour

Ok I'm back from a quick trip back to the old country, which was filled with friends, family and lots of food (as always, but I'm not complaining!). I thought that I would kick off the summer with a bit of Colour, seeing as we need it in all of the rain that we have been getting.  Lots of respect to the boys and girls of southern Germany's emergency services who are dealing with the chaos. Spare a thought too for the families who have lost so much. If you can give something then please donate to the German Red Cross here.

During this Month of Colour I will endeavor to post a new Colour photo each day (If you want black and white then check out Monochrome October). Each photo will be available for download in high resolution, all you have to do is subscribe below and I will send you the link for the download. All pictures are free to use for personal usage and please don't forget to credit me (gavinotter.com) if you use them in social media or websites. 

Today's image is a landscape from Gloucestershire, UK.

#monthofcolour #june #summer #colour

November Panoramas

I have been playing around with some panoramas recently with the new features in Adobe Lightroom CC. It allows you to make full panorama shots in RAW (the digital version of a negative) and then you can still edit them getting the best out of the image that you took.
 It does make the files a bit bigger, the original copy of the final image here was over 150MB.

The new astroturf spielfeld here in Mayrhofen.

The Ahorn sitting above Mayrhofen shot from the Northside.

High Altitude clouds whisping over Horberg.

The sun about to set behind the penken from Horberg

This image is actually 9 images sewn together as it is a test in HDR Panorama. Each of the 3 views was shot 3 times at 3 different exposures, 1 just right, 1 too dark and 1 a bit too light. Then all chucked in a bowl, mixed together with spices and Voila! this is what came out. The coluring has not been changed as this is what the actual sky looked like.

I hope that you enjoyed these images and if you have any comments please leave them in the section below. If you would like a copy of any pictures in the Blog please contact me through the contact page.

Have a great day!

Gavin.

#panorama #zillertal #mayrhofen #lovetirol #visitaustria