We have been at Castle Waldthausen, the first time since the snow in December.
I wanted to use my favorite lens the #minolta 135mm f2.8, which I also used for the pictures at the dam 2 days ago.
There is something about the 40 year old manual lens that I simply adore… the compression of distance. It is sharp, is has great bokeh… and I wanted to create something very special (see our story)
It is the #brenizermethod. Instead of making one picture of your subject, you create a panorama of it.
For the capture, I took 70 pictures… 1 Picture that had Ninja on it, and then 69 more of the surrounding. The result is a lot wider than the original picture. Thus, I could be very close to the subject because I did not have to capture the whole scene in a single shot, which results in a very shallow depth of field.
The level of detail is simply amazing, you can zoom in and see the reflection in Ninjas eyes… the picture is 18000px wide (that was already cropped) and had a size of 200megapixel, roughly 10 times more than what my camera can capture.
I worked many hours on this, just to realize that it looks quite crappy as ordinary Instagram post. While it does look truly amazing on large screen, and I could print a house wall with it, it does not work at all on the stamp-sized, wide images of Instagram.
What a bummer. On the other hand, it was nice to create this kind of shot again and I will improve, maybe go for another format.
We had a fun day nevertheless 😊😊 someone asked me how long I go hike with Ninja each day… yesterday we had been out 4 hours, the day before it was 3h… I’d say on average 3-5h a day. We usually do not cover a lot of distance, maybe 8-15km as we often stop to make pictures, chat to people or simply sit down and enjoy the nature.
Yesterday e.g. we met a musher. She just finished dog scooting and we talked for quite some time, told her that Ninja was not really made for speed he prefers long distance in his own pace, but that he has other advantages and showed off his skills.