Manarola – Cinque Terre, Italy – Limited Edition Gold 100 Series

Manarola – Cinque Terre, Italy – Limited Edition Gold 100 Series

Sorry for repeating the below information from my previous post, but people seem to really appreciate the German version of the famous TKActions Panel.

Informationen zum Bild weiter unten, unter “THE SHOT” / For more information about the image and processing technique see “THE SHOT” below

NEWS
GERMAN VERSION OF TK ACTIONS PANEL NOW AVAILABLE.

DEUTSCHE VERSION DES TK AKTIONEN BEDIENFELDES AB JETZT VERFÜGBAR.

(Weiter unten für Deutsch)
Besides this new print release, I have another important announcement to make. Many of you know, that I have been an avid user and fan of Luminosity Masking Techniques and the TKActions Panel for Photoshop. Tony Kuyper (www.goodlight.us) and I have been working over the last few months on a translation of the Luminosity Masks Panel and certain tutorials into German. As of last night, these TK Actions Panel is available for download from my website. Andre Distel Photography is the exclusive distributor of the German version of the panel. More information on the panel can be found here in both German and English: http://www.andredistel.com/tk-actions-panel-english/

Deutsch:
Neben der neuen Druck Veröffentlichung gibt es noch eine weitere wichtige Mitteilung zu machen. Wie viele bereits wissen bin ich seit längerem ein großer Verfechter und Fan von Luminosity Masken Techniken in Photoshop. Tony Kuyper und ich haben über die letzten Wochen und Monate an einer deutschen Übersetzung der TK Actions, des TK Action Panels (TK Aktionen Bedienfeld) und einigen Tutorials gearbeitet und diese gestern veröffentlicht. Der Vertrieb des Photoshop Bedienfeldes erfolgt exklusiv über meine und Tony’s Webseite. Mehr Informationen zu dem Bedienfeld und dessen Funktionsweise könnt ihr hier auf Deutsch und Englisch finden: http://www.andredistel.com/tk-actions-panel-english/

THE SHOT
This place has been on my bucket list for a long long time. We were fortunate enough to spend a few days here photographing this wonderful area of Cinque Terre. Although it’s very touristy during the day, the crowds disappear when the sun has set and turns back into an old Italian village.

TECHNIQUE
I took a total of five exposure for this image but ended up using only two. One for the sky due to blown out highlights and one for the rest of the image. I used the TKActions and luminosity masking techniques all the way through for the post processing. A typical editing process includes dodging, burning, levels and curves adjustments and sharpening. All adjustments are made through specific masks to only target very specific areas of the image. I basically never make global adjustments.

There are FREE TUTORIALS on my website in German and English on how I use the TK Actions in my post-processing workflow.
http://www.andredistel.com/luminosity-masks-tutorials/.

Gear
Nikon D800
Nikon 16-35mm f/4 @f/16
ISO100
Exposure: various
+Induro AT-114
Photoshop CC 2014
Hosted by +PhotoShelter

If you have any questions, please feel free ask

Cheers,
André

 

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Pacific Dream – Hawaii – Limited Edition Gold 100

Pacific Dream – Limited Edition Gold 100 Series

FREE Luminosity Masks Tutorial – Read below for more information

The Shot & Technique
Shot on the beautiful north shore of Oahu, the home of the very talented +Dallas Nagata White. The conditions were good with the last remaining sunlight also hitting the shoreline. I was very fortunate to be able to shoot at this breathtaking location in Oahu. With only 2 days to spare on this island, we scouted for the best possible locations. The time of day is not what photographers refer to as the Golden Hour of photography, but who cares :). The photo turned out pretty well with a challenging processing technique. I hand-blended four different exposures with custom masks to reflect the true scene and what the camera could not do.

Buy a Limited Edition Print: http://goo.gl/wv6LUd
Workflow Tutorial Luminosity Masks: http://goo.gl/61TLXW
Exposure Blending with Luminosity Masks Tutorial: http://goo.gl/KFHZKl

Technique:
Nikon D800
Nikon 16-35mm f/4 at 26mm and f/16
Exposures: 1/4sec, 1/8 sec, 1/15sec, 1/30sec
+Induro AT-114
Photoshop CS6 for blending of multiple exposures and curves adjustment layers.
Hosted by +PhotoShelter

News
I haven’t posted much on G+ lately and apologize with all my followers. Lots of travelling and other important project were and are still underway from earlier this year.

Featured Photographers
As part of my routine to promote other photographers as well, I invite you to check out the following amazing portfolios: +Jarrod Castaing (thanks for showing me your awesome Gallery in Sydney!) +Brad Goldpaint (fantastic night sky photos)

Others
If you haven’t done so yet head over to my new Facebook Page and say hi at www.facebook.com/AndreDistelPhotography.

If you have any questions, please feel free ask

Cheers,
André
www.andredistel.com

Drachenburg – Modern Fairy Tales – Königswinter – Limited Edition Local 13 Series

Modern Fairy Tales – Drachenburg, Königswinter, Germany – Limited Edition Local 13 Series

As you may have noticed, I have been a bit busy the last few days and had no time to work on any new photos. So I took some time tonight and finally got around to finalize a photo, which I have been working on for quite a while.

We were waiting out there for about an hour for the perfect light to come up near the Drachenburg in Königswinter. With no shots taken, I almost called it a day, when just before the sun set, the last soft glow hit the trees and castle. It latest for about 2 minutes and I was glad, I had everything set up already. I fired a few brackets away and come back home with what I knew already would be some great shots to process later.

It is a “remake” of one of my all-time favorites on Flickr and my Website <a href=”http://goo.gl/73oejH” rel=”nofollow”>goo.gl/73oejH</a>. I struggled with a few things, but once I got into 2:1 panoramic mode, it just clicked and I new, this would work great for this shot.

I think it’s a great second addition to my previous shot. Same place, but very different perspective.

Modern Fairy Tales is as of today part of Limited Edition Local 13 Series, meaning I will make only 13 prints – ever. All numbered and signed.

Hope you enjoy the view as much as I do .

Buy a Limited Edition Print: http://goo.gl/wv6LUd
Workflow Tutorial Luminosity Masks: http://goo.gl/61TLXW
Exposure Blending with Luminosity Masks Tutorial: http://goo.gl/KFHZKl

Technique
Nikon D800
+Sigma CorpofAmerica 50mm f/1.4 @f/11
Exposures: various
+Induro  AT-114
Photoshop CS6 for blending of multiple exposures and curves adjustment layers.
Hosted by +PhotoShelter
Luminosity Masks Techniques and Actions by +Tony Kuyper and +Sean Bagshaw

Others
If you haven’t done so yet head over to my new Facebook Page and say hi at www.facebook.com/AndreDistelPhotography.

If you have any questions, please feel free ask

Cheers,
André
www.andredistel.com

Dubai – City Veins – Limited Edition Prints – Luminosity Mask

Dubai – City Veins – Limited Edition Prints - Luminosity Mask

The Shot & Technique
Captured in Dubai from the 42nd floor. A black and white interpretation of the cold city and its pulsing veins. Down below is Sheikh Zayed Road one the most important roads in all of Middle East. It runs through all emirates down to the border of Oman.

The photo is a single shot exposure and processed in PS6 with luminosity mask techniques. I wrote a lengthy and detailed tutorial about how I process my photos, which is available on my website here: http://goo.gl/JOZgE8. On my website (www.andredistel.com) you will also find another tutorial about manually blending different exposures for one final image. All free for you to use!

Nikon D800
Nikon 16-35mm
+Induro AT-114
Hosted on +PhotoShelter

News
I haven’t posted much on G+ lately and apologize with all my followers. Lots of travelling and other important project were and are still underway from earlier this year. Additionally, ever since to a bilingual website, the G+ post import function from +Daniel Treadwell seemed to stop working, which is unfortunate.

Featured Photographers
As part of my routine to promote other photographers as well, I invite you to check out the following amazing portfolios: +Vangelis Feleris (great astronomy photography) +Ian Plant (his Dreamscapes are mind-blowing) +Michael Ryan (Cal seascape photographer)

Others
If you haven’t done so yet head over to my new Facebook Page and say hi at www.facebook.com/AndreDistelPhotography.

If you have any questions, please feel free ask

Cheers,
André
www.andredistel.com

Reaching for the Stars – Limited Edition Print – Singapore

Reaching for the Stars – Limited Edition Print – Singapore

Feel free to share, comment or +1 :)

Thanks to +Jarrod Castaing for welcoming me in your Gallery in Sydney. If you have the chance, go and check it out. Some amazing prints there.

The Shot
As I am sitting in Singapore at the moment it only seems fitting to release a new limited edition print. I worked on this image during an 8 hour flight from Sydney, Australia.

The laser show at the Marina Bay Sands lasts pretty much 12 minutes. Timing is everything and the exposure cannot be too long as the beams constantly move around. Having seen the show a few times, the end is the most important part, as the beams all come back on again at the same time. It is an extremely tricky shot, but everything worked in my favor that night.

A Slice of Time – Moselschleife, Germany

A Slice of Time – Moselschleife, Germany

Feel free to share, comment or +1 :)

News
I have been away for a while from G+ due to time constrains at work and focusing more on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AndreDistelPhotography. I have also printed a lot more images in the last few weeks through +theprintspace for an upcoming exhibition.

The Shot
This is actually in older shot, taken about 12 months ago or only about an hours drive from our house. It took me a few attempts to get it right. No cars making turns or stopping while driving around and at the same time not over- oder underexposing the entire scene. The light trail in the centre was a funny coincidence. The official road ends where the light trail stops, so whoever drove there had to turn around. Add some extra spice to the scene. The Moselschleife is a part not to be missed when you are in the area.

If you have any questions, please feel free ask

Cheers,
André
www.andredistel.com

Stepping into another World – Mt. Waialeale – Kauai, HI

Stepping into another World – Mt. Wai’ale’ale (Waialeale) – Kauai, HI

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News
Remember my print sale until December 14th! 25% off all prints. Simply use “xmas25″ as promo code during checkout or contact me directly for ordering offline. I have added also “Galleries by Theme” as additional entry point on my website: http://andredistel.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/Gallery-by-Theme/C0000PeSdkDyZWUw

The Shot
The island of Kauai is truly from another world. We did quite a few hikes but none was like the Pihea Trail to Alaka’i Swamp. The trail leads through some of the most otherworldly places you could ever imagine and I believe this to be the best trail on Kauai and it also ranks somewhere at the very top of every trail (and we have hiked many) we have ever hiked.

The Alaka’i Swamp trail leads through the highest swamp in the world and also one of the wettest spots on earth – Mt. Wai’ale’ale (Waialeale). This is actually as close as you can get on official trails. The fog constantly rolls in and out leaving you damp wet all the way through. The immense amount of water and moisture up there gives you every imaginable shade of green and radiating colors especially in the local fern. But beware, the fern here is dangerous it only grows at the edge of cliffs. So, don’t even think about to walk in the fern to pee. It might just as well be your last time.

The path we walked on was muddy, really muddy. Especially the first part of the trail. The red dirt just sticks to your cloth and shoes. The more you hike into the swamp, the red dirt path is eventually replaced by boardwalks. In some areas is seems they have not been maintained for a long time as they slippery and broken. It’s especially dangerous when you in the swamp itself. Nothing grows out there that’s more than 5 feet tall.

In regards to the weather, it’s really a gamble. You never know what you gonna get up there. Only one thing is certain – you will leave this trail stunned and will have a hard time finding something similar.

Technique
Nikon D800
Nikon 16-35mm f/4
One exposure shot
Filesize: ca. 2.17GB
+fstopgear Loka (it was soaked but held up fine even without the rain cover!)
Processed in PS6 using Luminosity masking techniques to balance tone, color and contrast to re-create the orginial scene.

I am thinking about creating a German or English Tutorial about how I use luminosity masks and my workflow in general. Would anyone be interested in learning more about that?

Featured Photographers
As part of my routine to promote other photographers as well, I invite you to check out the following amazing portfolios: +Sean Bagshaw  (check out his awesome luminosity mask tutorials!) +Dallas Nagata White (You live in a beautiful part of the world!) +Barry Blanchard (another great landscape portfolio)

Others
If you haven’t done so yet head over to my new Facebook Page and say hi at www.facebook.com/AndreDistelPhotography. I am usually not crazy about numbers but it would be great to reach the 1000 mark before the end of the year!

If you have any questions, please feel free ask

Cheers,
André
www.andredistel.com

Sydney Moments – Limited Edition Gold 100 Series

*Sydney Moments* – Limited Edition Gold 100 Series

The Shot & News

Remember my print sale until December 14th! 25% off all prints. Simply use “xmas25″ as promo code during checkout or contact me directly for ordering offline. I have added also “Galleries by Theme” as additional entry point on my website: http://andredistel.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/Gallery-by-Theme/C0000PeSdkDyZWUw

Sydney Moments is part of Andre Distel Limited Edition Gold 100 Print Series. It was a short walk to capture this shot. The building across on the pier is the hotel I stayed at in Sydney. I actually wanted to get a different shot, one that I saw in the hotel lobby, but later found out to be photoshopped. The angle the images was taken on is impossible to reach, except you are standing right in the water. Anyhow, I like how the evening and colors played out on this one with some dramatic cloud coverage over the harbor area. One more for my growing Sydney Gallery.

Much of the translation of my website is done and most pages are now available in English and German language. I’ll keep adding German to other pages, as I find time to do so. In the meantime, feel free to check my website for any typos or other errors :).

 

Technique

Nikon D800
Nikon 16-35mm f/4
+Induro AT-114
Vanguard SBH-250 Ballhead
Remote release
Three exposures
Filesize: ca. 1.26GB
+fstopgear Loka
Processed in PS6 using Luminosity masking techniques. I used one exposure for the sky, two for the building to balance highlights and contrast and two for the water.

I am thinking about creating a German or English Tutorial about how I use luminosity masks and my workflow in general. Would anyone be interested in learning more about that?

 

Featured Photographers

As part of my routine to promote other photographers as well, I invite you to check out the following amazing portfolios: +Dallas Nagata White (If you want to see great images from Hawaii, check out her new website!) +Tobias Ackermann (promoting a fellow German photog) +Keith McInnes (as Sydney resident)

 

Others

If you haven’t done so yet head over to my new Facebook Page and say hi! – <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/AndreDistelPhotography” rel=”nofollow”>www.facebook.com/AndreDistelPhotography</a>. I am usually not crazy about numbers but it would be great to reach the 1000 mark before the end of the year!

If you have any questions, please feel free ask

Cheers,
André
<a href=”http://www.andredistel.com” rel=”nofollow”>www.andredistel.com</a>

Double Rainbow – Limited Edition Gold 100 Series – Oahu, Hawaii

The Shot & News
Catching a complete rainbow in one frame is rare, but exciting if it finally happens. The photo will be part of my Gold 100 Series. More information on print releases and quality can be found on my website in German and English here: <a href=”http://www.andredistel.com/limited-edition-print-information/” rel=”nofollow”>www.andredistel.com/limited-edition-print-information/</a> and here: <a href=”http://www.andredistel.com/print-quality/” rel=”nofollow”>www.andredistel.com/print-quality/</a>

You have to look closely to see the other rainbow on top

More News
Much of the translation of my website has happened and most pages are not available in English and German language. I’ll keep adding the German to other pages, as I find time to do so. In the meantime, feel free to check my website for any typos or other errors. Thanks :)

Technique
Nikon D800
Nikon 16-35mm f/4
+Induro AT-114
Vanguard SBH-250 Ballhead
Remote release
One shot exposure
Filesize: ca. 450MB TIFF File
F-Stop Loka
Processed in PS6 using Luminosity masking techniques.

Featured Photographers
I haven’t done this in the last few posts but I do strongly believe in supporting other photographers as well through this. Check out the following amazing portfolios: +Sarah Marino (great portfolio on her website. Check it out!)  +Patrick Di Fruscia  (Welcome back, we missed you!) +Brad Goldpaint (very inspiring night photography)

Others
If you haven’t done so yet head over to my new Facebook Page and say hi! – <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/AndreDistelPhotography” rel=”nofollow”>www.facebook.com/AndreDistelPhotography</a>

If you have any questions, please feel free ask

Cheers,
André
<a href=”http://www.andredistel.com” rel=”nofollow”>www.andredistel.com</a>

 

Rolling Hills of Maui – Limited Edition Print

I have started this a while ago on Facebook and will try to follow through with this on Google+ and my website. Posting in English and German language. I am bilingual, so why not make use of it :-)

The Shot
When you were asking for photos of Hawaii this is not what you necessarily expected, is it? We drove the entire Hana Highway and thought it was a bit overrated. There are some pretty sights on the way but we found that the Southeastern side of Maui is mentioned nowhere and is totally underrated. This was taken during sunset time on a very lonely stretch from Hana all the way back through southeastern Maui. 

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Als ihr nach Fotos von Hawaii gefragt habt, ist das sicherlich nicht dass, was ihr erwartet habt oder? Wir sind den gesamten Hana Highway gefahren und sind der Meinung, dass er etwas überbewertet wird. Er hat schöne Ecken, fanden aber das der Südosten von Maui, der übrigens fast nirgendwo erwähnt wird, sehr unterbewertet ist. Das Foto ist während des Sonnenuntergangs hinter uns entschanden auf einem sehr einsamen Stück zwischen Hana und Kahului.

For more regular updates like my Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/AndreDistelPhotography 

Techniques:
Nikon D800
Nikon 70-200 f/4 at 120mm f/8
1/200 sec.
27 Megapixel (Ratio 2:1 from 36 Megapixel sensor)
Filesize 1.38 GB
Luminosity masking techniques in PS6 to increase contrast, midtones and sharpness from one RAW file. by +Tony Kuyper and +Sean Bagshaw 

Please share if you like this 

André
www.andredistel.com

+1212Scenery  #1212scenery     #photoextract  by +Jarek Klimek   +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS by +Robert SKREINER  #landscapephotography  by +Mark Esguerra  +Carra Riley +paul t beard +David Heath Williams +Bill Wood  +Jim Warthman  +HQSPPromotion by +Robert SKREINER  +HQSP Landscape by +Delcour Eric  +Landscape & Nature Photography ART  +European Photo by +Janusz Brakoniecki  #nikond800   #nikon   #d800   #maui   #hawaii   #hanahighway   #hana   #roadtohana   #southeasternhawaii   #southeasternmaui   #sunset   #rollinghills   #photography   #photooftheday  

Hidden Castle – Bonn, Germany – Limited Edition Print

The Shot
I took this shot a few weeks ago and was one of the first serious shots with the D800 in combination with the Nikon 70-200 f/4. What a beautiful and sharp lens that is. I instantly fell in love with it and can't stop using it. I think you will see more telephoto landscape photos in the near future. 

This mountain area is right across from our house. Just walking down to the river and taking the shot. Luckily I can decide a few minutes prior if it's worthwhile visiting or not, depending on the light. On that particular it was definitely worth it and the last rays of sunshine hit the trees and just made the whole variety of greens pop. Of course the castle, tucked away in the tree is the highlight of this shot. It's in perfect condition and can be visited by climbing up the mountain from the left. To the right side of this shot is an even higher peak with even older ruins on top and steep cliff. 

You can purchase a print of this image here: http://andredistel.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Germany/G0000IHBAH5bOuw8/I00006loPhmAHFeQ

For more regular updates like my Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/AndreDistelPhotography 

Gear
Nikon D800
Nikon 70-200 f/4 at 200mm
+Induro Tripods AT-114
Vanguard SBH-250

Technique
I took about 5 exposures and ended up using 2 of them. One for the sky and one for the forest. Some slight cures and contrast adjustments – done! I blended the images manually in Photoshop using luminance masking techniques.

Please share if you like this 

André
www.andredistel.com

+1212Scenery  #1212scenery   #photoextract  by +Jarek Klimek +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS by +Robert SKREINER  #landscapephotography  by +Margaret Tompkins +Carra Riley +paul t beard +David Heath Williams +Bill Wood +Jim Warthman +HQSPPromotion by +Robert SKREINER +HQSP Landscape by +Delcour Eric +Landscape & Nature Photography ART +European Photo by +Janusz Brakoniecki  #nikond800   #nikon   #landscape   #photography   #germany   #germanlandscape   #deutschland   #siebengebierge   #drachenschloss   #drachenfels   #sunset   #sonnenuntergang   #bonn   #königswinter   #sommer   #summer  

Bryce Canyon – UT, USA 2010 – Limited Edition Series

The Shot & News

Much has happened in the last three years. This photo was taken with the Nikon D60 back then. I had about 9 months of very limited DSLR experience back then but a lot of fun exploring my camera and various techniques. I made a step up to the D7000 in October of 2011 and not only my technique had improved but also my picture quality. I had the best lenses available for the DX Format and it has served me well over the last couple of years. I learned to manually blend and post process in LR4 and PS with luminance masking techniques and filters but have felt recently that I have reached the maximum potential of the D7000 for my style of work. I was able to create beautiful large prints and even a National Geographic Cover Shot with my beloved Nikon and print sales have gone up inside and outside of Germany. Now, I am making another leap in my photography and have the D800 on order with a couple of new FX lenses, which should serve me well over the next two years . So, for the next 2-3 weeks, I am without a camera but look forward to a new challenge with the incredible demanding D800.

A print of this image is available here:
http://andredistel.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Southwestern-USA/G0000Nzx1ChCVGWI/I00009uR6_lYlUCY

 

Featured Photographers

I strongly believe in supporting other photographers as well through this. Check out the following amazing portfolios: +Jack Brauer +Adam Burton

 

More News

My website www.andredistel.com has just undergone a complete re-design and I have taken a more professional approach, especially to the shopping experience on my website. Now working with +PhotoShelter  is a breeze and works well. Just be aware, when using the Checkout or Sign-in Page with Google Chrome browser, the styles will break down and the site looks messy. I hope to be able to resolve this quickly. You can buy my Open Edition Series, Limited Edition Series as well as Stock Images from my intensive travels directly from the website as download (RM) or print.

 

Others

Head over to my new Facebook Page and say hi! – http://www.facebook.com/AndreDistelPhotography

If you have any questions, please feel free ask

 

Cheers,
André
www.andredistel.com

 

 

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