Natasha Riha: Blog https://www.natasharihaphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Natasha Riha (Natasha Riha) Sun, 31 Jan 2021 12:39:00 GMT Sun, 31 Jan 2021 12:39:00 GMT https://www.natasharihaphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u128080677-o862420739-50.jpg Natasha Riha: Blog https://www.natasharihaphotography.com/blog 90 120 Wandkunst für dein Zuhause richtig auswählen / How to Choose Wall Art for Your Home https://www.natasharihaphotography.com/blog/2021/1/wandkunst-richtig-auswaehlen_how-to-choose-wall-art Die perfekte Wandkunst auswählen / How to Choose Wall ArtDie perfekte Wandkunst auswählen / How to Choose Wall Art

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Wenn du gerade in umgezogen bist oder dabei bist, dich neu einzurichten, fühlen sich deine Wände vielleicht etwas einsam. Schöne Wandkunst, wie beispielsweise Leinwanddruck oder gerahmte Fine Art Kunstdrucke, sind ideal um daran etwas zu ändern. Sie geben deinem Zuhause das gewisse Etwas und verleihen ihm einen besonderen Charme. Die richtige Wandkunst auszuwählen kann dabei zuerst sehr schnell einschüchternd wirken. Aber wie heißt es so schön: man soll sich seinen Ängsten stellen. Hier sind also ein paar Tipps und Richtlinien um dir dabei zu helfen, die richtige Wandkunst für dein Zuhause auszuwählen.

Ein Fine Art Kunstdruck ist ein Blickfang für jeden Raum (finde mehr in meinem Etsy-Shop)! Es kommt auf die Größe an

Die Wahl der richtigen Größe hat bei der Auswahl von Wandkunst großen Einfluss darauf, wie sie in den Räumen wirken wird. Selbst der atemberaubendste Fine Art Kunstdruck wird schnell deplatziert aussehen wenn er zu groß für die Wand ist. Ist er andererseits zu klein, wirkt er schnell verloren an deiner Wand. Diese Richtlinien helfen dir dabei, die richtige Größe für dein Zuhause zu finden:

  • Als allgemeine Daumenregel gilt, dass die Wandkunst etwa 50% bis 70% der Wand ausfüllen sollte die du gestalten möchtest.
  • Damit die Wand nicht zu voll aussieht und von der Wandkunst ablenkt, solltest du die Wandkunst in etwa 15 bis 30 Zentimeter oberhalb von Möblstücken davor aufhängen.
  • Wenn es dir so geht wie mir oft, kannst du dich wahrscheinlich nicht entscheiden, welches Motiv du aufhängen möchtest. In diesem Fall ist die Gestaltung einer Galleriewand die perfekte Lösung. Für eine Galleriewand gruppiert man mehrere verschiedene Drucke in verschiedenen Größen und Ausrichtungen zusammen. Der Fantasie sind dabei keine Grenzen gesetzt.

Eine Galleriewand ist eine tolle Idee für alle Unentschlossenen. (Shoppe dieses Druck-Set in meinem Etsy-Shop) Der Größenberater hilft dir dabei zu veranschaulichen, wie viel Platz die Wandkunst and der Wand einnimmt und in welchem Größenverhältnis sie zu Möbelstücken steht.

Drücke deine Persönlichkeit aus

Du hast dir sicher einige Gedanken bei der Auswahl deiner Möbel gemacht. Bei der Auswahl der richtigen Wandkunst solltest du dich ebenso von deiner Persönlichkeit leiten lassen und etwas wählen, dass dieser Ausdruck verleiht. Schließlich sind wir alle einzigartig und unser Zuhause spiegelt unsere Persönlichkeit wider. Anstatt einen "Druck von der Stange" in einer großen Möbelkette zu kaufen wo du oft nicht einmal weißt, wo das Bild aufgenommen wurde, könntest du einen Kunstdruck mit einem Motiv wählen, das eine besondere Bedeutung für dich hat. Beispiele dafür wären ein Druck deiner Lieblingsblume, deinem liebsten Urlaubsort oder deiner Heimatstadt.

Express Yourself - Wähle einen Kunstdruck, der deine Persönlichkeit unterstreicht. (Shoppe diesen Print in meinem Etsy-Shop) Stimme es auf deinen Wohnstil ab

Idealerweise sollte Wandkunst zum Stil des Raums passen. Wenn du dich zum Beispiel im modernen, zweckmäßigen Stil eingerichtet hast, würde ein Druck in schwarz-weiß vielleicht toll an deiner Wand aussehen. Ist dein Zuhause eher im Landhausstil eingerichtet, passen Landschaftsfotografien in wärmeren Tönen möglicherweise sehr gut in den Raum.

Orientiere dich bei der Wahl der perfekten Wandkunst an deinem Wohnstil. (Shoppe diesen Print in meinem Etsy-Shop) Ein weiterer wichtiger Punkt ist die Wahl des Farbtons. Als allgemeine Regel gilt, dass man ein Kunstwerk wählen sollte, dass sich in den Raum einfügt ohne zu sehr von anderen Elementen abzulenken. Aber auch hier gilt: der Fantasie sind keine Grenzen gesetzt. Entweder du bleibst einem bestimmten Farbschema treu oder du wählst so genannte Komplementärfarben.

Nach der Auswahl des richtigen Motivs, ergänzt der Bilderrahmen den Stil des Kunstwerks und unterstreicht seinen Effekt. Ein Schwarz-Weiß-Druck in einem modern eingerichteten Raum wirkt in einem sehr neutral gehaltenen, dezenten Rahmen toll. Ein Stranddruck sieht in einem Holzrahmen großartig aus. Ein Passe-Partout rund um das Bild verleiht ihm noch mehr Tiefe und verstärkt die Wirkung, die es an der Wand hat.

Besuche meinen Onlineshop und meinen Etsy-Shop und finde noch mehr Ideen zur Gestaltung deiner Wände und hilf ihnen damit, sich nicht mehr einsam zu fühlen!

 

 

If you’ve just redecorated or moved houses, then your walls might be feeling a bit lonely. Beautiful wall art, such as canvas or framed fine art prints, are the perfect way to change that. They add that certain something to your space and give your home that special charm. However, choosing the right wall art for your space might seem daunting at first. But facing your fears is always the first step. So here’s a few tips and guidelines to help you choose the right wall art for your home.

Size Really Does Matter

When it comes to wall art, choosing the right size will play a huge part in the effect it has on your space. Even the most breathtaking fine art print will feel out of place if it is too big for your space. If, on the other hand, it is too small, it will easily feel lost on your wall. These guidelines will help you to find the right size for your home:

  • As a rule of thumb your wall art should take up between 50% to 75% of the wall you are looking to decorate.
  • In order to not make your wall look too crowded and take away from the artwork, hang it between 15 to 30 cm (6 to 12 inches) above the furniture.
  • If you are anything like me, you probably can’t make up your mind which motif to choose. In that case, creating a gallery wall might be the perfect solution for you. For a gallery wall you group several pieces in different sizes and orientations together. The sky is the limit when it comes to your creativity here.

The size size guide will help you visualize how much of the wall the artwork will take up and how it will appear in relation to your furniture.

Express Yourself

I’m sure you put a great deal of thought in to how you chose your furniture. For your wall art you probably want to choose something that matches your personality. After all, we are all unique, and our homes reflect our personality. Rather than selecting an off-the-rack print at a big furniture chain without even knowing where this photograph was taken, you might want to choose a print whose motif has a special meaning to you. Examples would be a print of your favorite flower, your favorite travel destination or your hometown

Match the Interior Design Style

Ideally, your wall art should match the style of the room. If you have modern, simplistic home décor a black and white print might look great on your wall. If your home is more of a cottage style, warmer shades such as landscape photographs might suit your place nicely.

Another important factor is choosing the right color. As a general rule, you should choose an art piece that complements the room without taking away too much from other elements that you already have. Again, the sky is the limit here. You might want to keep it simple and stick to a single color scheme or you select complementary color shades.

After you chose your motif, a frame that complements the style of the print will enhance the effect. A black and white print in a modern home will look great in a more simplistic frame. A beach themed print might look great in a wooden frame. A passe-partout around the picture will give it more depth and enhance the impact it has on your wall design.

Visit my online shop and my Etsy shop to find more wall art ideas to decorate your walls and help them to not feel lonely anymore!

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(Natasha Riha) Fotodruck Heimdeko Home decor How to Inneneinrichtung interior design Photography prints Poster wall art ideas wall decor Wanddeko Wandkunst https://www.natasharihaphotography.com/blog/2021/1/wandkunst-richtig-auswaehlen_how-to-choose-wall-art Mon, 18 Jan 2021 14:45:00 GMT
Foto-Tipps für den Winter / Winter Photography Tips https://www.natasharihaphotography.com/blog/2021/1/Foto-Tipps-fuer-den-Winter_winter-photography-tips Foto-Tipps für den Winter / Winter Photography TipsFoto-Tipps für den Winter / Winter Photography TipsFoto-Tipps für den Winter / Winter Photography Tips (See English translation further down)

Ich selbst bin ja bekennende Sonnenanbeterin und ich liebe den Sommer mehr als jede andere Jahreszeit. Dem Winter hingegen kann ich persönlich nur wenig abgewinnen. Zu finster, zu eintönig und vor allem viel zu kalt. Aber man soll ja allem im Leben auch etwas positives abgewinnen, also habe ich mich der Herausforderung gestellt und die schönen Dinge an der Winter-Fotografie gesucht...und auch gefunden.

Plane deinen Tag

Das Um und Auf der Winterfotografie ist eine gute Planung deines Tages. Um das Beste aus den kurzen Tagen und der tief stehenden Sonne und den damit einhergehenden Lichtverhältnissen zu machen, solltest du dir schon im Vorhinein überlegen, was du fotografieren möchtest. Es gibt mittlerweile auch zahlreiche Handy-Apps, die dir alle Informationen zum Sonnenstand, zur Zeit des Sonnenaufgangs, des Sonnenuntergangs, der "Golden Hour" und der "Blue Hour" liefern. Ich selbst bin wie bereits erwähnt eine "Dafrorene", sprich ich empfinde alles unter 15 Grad als Körperverletzung. Warme Winterkleidung ist für jede Outdoor-Fotosession obligatorisch, lieber ein paar Schichten zu viel als eine zu wenig. Und zu guter Letzt solltest du das Haus nur energiegeladen verlassen...das gilt für dein Handy wie auch für die Akkus deiner Kamera. Die kalten Temperatures zähren an den Reserven der Akkus, weshalb es immer ratsam ist, Ersatzakkus für deine Kamera und ein Powerbank für dein Handy mitzuhaben.

Winter Landscape | WinterlandschaftWinter Landscape | WinterlandschaftIce covered winter landscape on a brisk morning in January.
Eisbedeckte Winterlandschaft an einem klirrend kalten Morgen im Jänner.
Mach das Beste aus dem Wetter

Die Idealvorstellung von Winterfotografie ist natürlich immer eine schneebedeckte Winterlandschaft vor einem strahlend blauem Himmel. Die Realität sieht zumindest in Ostösterreich oft etwas anders aus. Diesige Tage mit nebelverhangenem Himmel, flaches Licht und einfach trüb und eintönig. Aber auch in diesen Wetterverhältnissen lassen sich schöne Winterfotos schießen. Lass dich vom Wetter inspirieren und lebe deine innere Melancholie aus in stimmungsvollen Winterlandschaften.

Winter Landscape | WinterlandschaftWinter Landscape | WinterlandschaftIce covered winter landscape on a brisk morning in January.
Eisbedeckte Winterlandschaft an einem klirrend kalten Morgen im Jänner.

Makrofotografie um die Schönheit des Winters festzuhalten

Besonders in den Morgenstunden überzieht der gefrierende Nebel die Natur manchmal mit einer feinen Eisschicht, die für die Makrofotografie interessante Motive bietet. Ich persönlich bin immer besonders fasziniert von den feinen Details der Eiskristalle und den bizarr anmutenden Skulpturen die Mutter Natur hier schafft.

Ice Crystals on a Clematis | Eiskristalle auf einer ClematisIce Crystals on a Clematis | Eiskristalle auf einer ClematisSeeds of a Clematis plant covered with ice crystals.
Samen einer Clematis mit Eiskristallen überzogen.
Spiel mit der Farbe

Der Winter ist per se nicht unbedingt bekannt für seine Farbenfroheit. Bilder sehen deshalb schnell irgendwie fad aus. Ein kleiner Farbklecks wirkt aber gerade deswegen umso besser und gibt dem Bild auch eine gewisse Wärme.

Snow Covered Calluna | Schneebedeckte ErikaSnow Covered Calluna | Schneebedeckte ErikaSnow covered calluna flowers.
Schneebedeckte Erika.

Geh nach draußen und entdecke den Winter neu! Und nicht vergessen: es gibt kein schlechtes Wetter, sondern nur falsche Kleidung.

 

 

Personally, I'm a self confessed sun worshiper and I love summer more than any other season. I find little to appreciate about winter on the other hand. Too dark, too dull and, above all, way too cold. But you're supposed to find something good in everything in life, so I accepted the challenge and looked for the beautiful things in winter photography ... and found them.

Plan your day ahead

The moss essential part about winter photography is planning your day ahead. To make the most of the shorter days and the low sun and the light conditions that entails, you should plan in advance what you are going to shoot. There are numerous cell phone apps that provide you with all the all the information about the position of the sun, the time of sunrise, sunset, the "golden hour" and the "blue hour". As already mentioned, I myself am "cold blooded", in other words I perceive anything below 15 degrees as physical assault. Warm winter clothing is a must for every outdoor photo session, better wear a couple of layers too many rather than one too few. And last but not least, you should only leave the house full of energy ... this applies to your cell phone as well as to the batteries of your camera. The cold temperatures drain your batteries, which is why it is always advisable to have spare batteries for your camera and a power bank for your mobile phone.

Make the most of bad weather

The ideal idea of ​​winter photography is of course always a snow-covered winter landscape in front of a bright blue sky. The reality, however, is often a little different, at least here in Eastern Austria. Hazy days with foggy skies, flat light and simply cloudy and dull. But beautiful winter photos can also be taken in these weather conditions. Let the weather inspire you and embrace your inner melancholy in scenic winter landscapes. .

Macro photography to capture the beauty of winter

Especially during the morning hours, the freezing fog sometimes covers nature with a thin layer of ice, which offers interesting motifs for macro photography. Personally, I am always particularly fascinated by the fine details of the ice crystals and the bizarre sculptures that Mother Nature creates here.

Play with color

Winter is not necessarily known for its colorfulness per se. Therefore, pictures quickly look somewhat bland. A small blob of color enhances any photo all the more and also gives a certain warmth to the shot.

Go outside and rediscover the winter! And always remember: there is no such thing as bad weather, just wrong clothing.

Foto-Tipps für den Winter / Winter Photography TipsFoto-Tipps für den Winter / Winter Photography TipsFoto-Tipps für den Winter / Winter Photography Tips

 

 

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Wandkunst – Ein Geschenk, das von Herzen kommt / Wall art – A gift from the heart https://www.natasharihaphotography.com/blog/2020/11/wandkunst-geschenkideen_wallart-gift_ideas Blank wall mockupBlank wall mockupGray blank concrete wall mockup

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Das perfekte Geschenk für jemanden zu finden kann manchmal ganz schön schwierig sein. Man will nicht dem Mainstream folgen und einen unpersönlichen Gutschein oder den x-ten Pullover schenken. Wenn ich ein Geschenk für jemanden suche, versuche ich immer etwas zu finden, bei dem ich weiß, dass es demjenigen wirklich Freude bereiten würde, er oder sie es aber nie für sich selbst kaufen würde. Wandkunst ist das perfekte, von Herzen kommende, einzigartige Geschenk für einen geliebten Menschen. Das Aussuchen der richtigen Wandkunst für jemanden zeigt, dass man sich Gedanken gemacht hat und einem die Person wirklich am Herzen liegt.

Fotokunst ist insofern etwas besonders, als dass sie auf Resonanz beim Betrachter stößt. Sie kann Erinnerungen zurückbringen und ein breites Spektrum an Emotionen hervorrufen. Wie oft haben wir nicht schon das Bild eines tropischen Strands gesehen und uns an unseren Lieblingsurlaubsort erinnert? Wer hat noch nie eine ruhige Meereslandschaft betrachtet und sich sofort entspannt gefühlt? Manche Studien behaupten sogar, dass uns Wandkunst glücklicher macht…

Um die perfekte Wandkunst für einen geliebten Menschen zu finden, die ihm ein Lächeln aufs Gesicht zaubern wird wann immer er es ansieht, überlege, was die Person besonders gerne mag. Was sind ihre Hobbys? Was begeistert sie? Was ist ihre Lieblingsfarbe?

Meeresliebhaber

Schenke diesen Print und bring dem Meeresliebhaber den Strand nach Hause (finde mehr in meinem Etsy-Shop)! Das Schlimmste für einen Meeresliebhaber ist es nicht am Meer sein zu können. Also bring ihm die Schönheit des Meeres mit Küstenwandkunst oder einem schönen Strandprint nach Hause.

Naturliebhaber

Schenke diesen Print und lasse den Naturliebhaber die freie Natur auch von drinnen genießen (finde mehr in meinem Etsy-Shop)! Ist dein geliebter Mensch den ganzen Tag hinter einem Schreibtisch gefangen obwohl er eigentlich nichts anderes möchte, als die Natur zu erkunden? Dann wäre ein Landschaftsfotodruck etwas, das ihn auch drinnen zum Lächeln bringt.

Globetrotter

Schenke diesen Print und lass den Globetrotter von vergangenen Reisen oder dem nächsten großen Abenteuer träumen (finde mehr in meinem Etsy-Shop)! Erzählt er dir immer noch jedes Mal mit leuchtenden Augen von der Reise in die Provence, die er vor ein paar Jahren gemacht hat? Für den, der mehr Flughäfen dieser Welt als Nachbarorte kennt, wird eine Reisefotografie schöne Erinnerungen wecken.

Hobbygärtner

Schenke diesen Print und bring dem Hobbygärtner die Natur in seine eigenen 4 Wände das ganze Jahr über (finde mehr in meinem Etsy-Shop)! Ein Hobbygärtner würde am liebsten seine gesamte Zeit im Garten verbringen. Da das leider nicht immer möglich ist, bring ihm den Garten mit floraler Wandkunst nach Hause.

Ruhesuchende

Schenke diesen Print und bring dem Ruhesuchenden etwas Entspannung (finde mehr in meinem Etsy-Shop)! Diejenigen, die sich immer nach ein bisschen Ruhe und Frieden sehnen, freuen sich vielleicht über einen Wandkunst Druck der ihnen die Entspannung nach Hause bringt.

Besuche meinen Onlineshop und meinen Etsy-Shop und finde noch mehr Geschenkideen die deinen Liebsten ein Lächeln aufs Gesicht zaubern werden!

 

 

Finding a gift for someone can be tricky sometimes. You don’t want to go down the beaten path and give an impersonal voucher or yet another sweater. When I look for a gift for someone, I always try to get them something I know they would really enjoy but that they wouldn’t buy for themselves. Wall art prints are the perfect, most heartfelt, unique gift for a loved one. Picking the right piece of wall art as a gift for someone shows that you put a great deal of thought into the gift and that you truly care.

Photographic art is special in the sense that it can resonate with the viewer. It can bring back memories and evoke all kinds of emotions whenever we look at it. How often has a picture of a tropical beach taken you back to your favorite vacation spot? Who has never looked at a peaceful seascape and felt relaxed immediately? Some studies even suggest, that wall art prints can make us happier…

To find that perfect wall art for your loved one that will put a smile on their face whenever they see it, think about what that person likes. What are their hobbies? What are they passionate about? What is their favorite color?

Ocean lovers

Give this print and bring the beach home to the ocean lover's home (find more prints like this in my Etsy shop)! The most painful thing for an ocean lover is to be anywhere but the ocean. So bring the beauty of the oceans to their home with coastal wall art or a lovely beach print.

Nature lovers

Give this print and let the nature lover experience the great outdoors indoors (find more prints like this in my Etsy shop)! Is your loved one someone who is stuck behind a desk all day while all they really want to do is explore the great outdoors? Then a landscape photography print might be the thing that will make them smile even indoors.

Globetrotters

Give this print and let the globetrotter dream of previous travels or the next big adventure (find more prints like this in my Etsy shop)! Do they keep telling you about the trip to the Provence they took a few years back with their eyes still sparkling with joy? For that someone who knows more airports than neighboring villages a travel photography print will bring back memories of their favorite trips.

Garden enthusiast

Give this print and bring the garden to the gardener all year long (find more prints like this in my Etsy shop)!

Avid gardeners will probably want to spend all their time in their garden. As this isn’t always possible, bring the garden to their home with beautiful floral wall art print.

Relaxation seekers

Give this print and bring some peace and quiet to the one that is always looking for tranquility (find more prints like this in my Etsy shop)!

Those that are always longing for some peace and quiet might enjoy a wall art print that will bring some tranquility to their home.

Visit my online shop and my Etsy shop to find more gift ideas that will put a smile on your loved one's face!

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Foto-Tour - Stammersdorf / Photo Tour - Stammersdorf https://www.natasharihaphotography.com/blog/2020/5/foto-tour-stammersdorf Wenn Nicht-Wiener an Wien denken, dann denken sie meist zuerst an Schönbrunn, den Stephansdom und das Riesenrad. Wenn sich doch einmal ein Tourist über die Donau verirrt, dann um dem Donauturm oder der UNO-City einen Besuch abzustatten. Da wagen sich sogar die Doppeldecker-Sightseeing-Busse über die Donau nach Transdanubien. Zur Erklärung für alle Nicht-Wiener: Transdanubien ist die mal liebevoll, mal abwertend gemeinte Bezeichnung der 21. und 22. Wiener Gemeindebzirke Floridsdorf und Donaustadt. Von den Wienern auf der anderen Seite der Donau wird Transdanubien ja oft mit Mordor aus Herr der Ringe gleich gesetzt. Ein Gebiet, das fernab jeder Zivilisation liegt und vollkommen unerschlossen ist. Und irgendwie stimmt das ja auch, zumindest was Floridsdorf betrifft. Manchmal macht die Donau den Eindruck, sie wäre ein reißender Lavastrom der unmöglich zu überqueren ist (was angesichts der sagen wir einmal ausbaufähigen Anbindung Floridsdorfs an den öffentlichen Verkehr wohl auch für U-Bahnen gilt). Aber ein echter Floridsdorfer (oder "Fluridsdurfa" wie man hierzulande sagt) ist stolz darauf hier zu leben. Ein echter Floridsdorfer würde niemals freiwillig auf die andere Seite der Donau ziehen, in die benachbarte Donaustadt vielleicht, aber niemals über den Fluß, denn eigentlich will man mit "drüber der Donau" eh nicht so wirklich was zu tun haben (ein Gefühl das wohl oft auf Gegenseitigkeit beruht). So wie ich. Ich lebe gerne in Floridsdorf. Über die Donau ziehen? Unvorstellbar für mich. Ich mag den ländlichen Charakter, den es hier in manchen Gegenden noch gibt (auch wenn er wegen der nicht enden wollenden Betonklötze, die hier wie Pilze aus dem Boden schießen immer weniger wird). Ich mag es, dass ich direkt vor meiner Haustüre im Grunde mitten auf einem Feldweg stehe.

Surrounded by vineyards | Inmitten von WeinbergenSurrounded by vineyards | Inmitten von WeinbergenThe wonderful landscape just outside Vienna with vineyards dominating the scenerey.
Die wundervolle Landschaft am Rande Wiens wo Weinberge das Landschaftsbild dominieren.
Eines der schönsten Gebiete Floridsdorfs ist zweifelsohne Stammersdorf mit seinen Weinbergen am Fuße des Bisambergs. Stammersdorf wurde erst 1938 Teil von Wien und hat sich bis heute sehr viel seines Dorfcharakters behalten. Hier findet man noch mit Kopfstein gepflasterte Straßen, verwunschene Weinkeller und Natur fernab von Straßenlärm.

Surrounded by vineyards | Inmitten von WeinbergenSurrounded by vineyards | Inmitten von WeinbergenThe wonderful landscape just outside Vienna with vineyards dominating the scenerey.
Die wundervolle Landschaft am Rande Wiens wo Weinberge das Landschaftsbild dominieren.
Zwischen Weingärten klettert (wobei klettern hier aus der Sicht einer Flachländerin zu verstehen ist, für die der Bisamberg bereits das Hochgebirge ist) man zum Falkenberg hinauf. Wer die Augen offen hält, wird immer wieder mit schönen Blicken über die Stadt und die umliegenden Weinberge belohnt.

Surrounded by vineyards | Inmitten von WeinbergenSurrounded by vineyards | Inmitten von WeinbergenThe wonderful landscape just outside Vienna with vineyards dominating the scenerey.
Die wundervolle Landschaft am Rande Wiens wo Weinberge das Landschaftsbild dominieren.

Das Wiener Weinbaugebiet umfasst Anbauflächen von ca. 560 Hektar. Wien ist die einzige Hauptstadt der Welt mit nennenswerter Weinproduktion innerhalb der Stadtgrenzen. Eine Spezialität des Weiner Weinbaus ist der gemischte Satz, bei dem verschiedene Rebsorten gemeinsam zu einem Wein verarbeitet werden. Andere in Wien gekelterte Weinsorten sind der Grüne Veltliner, Riesling, Weißburgunder, Chardonnay und der Welschriesling sowie der Blaue Zweigelt, Blauer Burgunder, Cabernet Sauvignon und St. Laurent. Rund ein Drittel des Wiener Weins wird in Stammersdorf gekeltert.

Vielleicht hat ja der eine oder andere von euch jetzt doch einmal Lust, uns hier in Mordor zu besuchen...

 

 

When non-Vienna-natives think of Vienna, they think of Schönbrunn palace, St. Stephan Cathedral or the Riesenrad ferris wheel. If in some rare occasion a tourist does find their way on the other side of the Danube, they come to see the Danube Tower and the UNO City. In those rare moments even the tourist busses dare to cross the river to come to Transdanubia. For those of you not familiar with the term: Transdanubia refers to the 21st and 22nd districts of Vienna. It is not always meant in a charming way. People living in the other half of Vienna across the river often equal Transdanubia with Mordor from Lord of the Rings. A region far away from civilization and completely unchartered territory. There is some truth in this, at least as far as Floridsdorf is concerned. Sometimes the Danube seems more like a stream of lava, impossible to cross (which, seeing the still lacking connection of Floridsdorf to public means of transport, apparently also applies to metros). But a true Floridsdorf native (or "Fluridsdurfa" [pronounced: FLU-ritzdoofa] as we say) is proud to be living here. A true Floridsdorf native would never move across the river to the other side of the city, at most to the neighboring Donaustadt, but never on the other side of the river, because really, you don't really wand anything with the other side of the river anyway (a sentiment that is probably reciprocated). Just like me. I like living in Floridsdorf. Move across the Danube? Inconceivable for me. I like the rural charm that parts of the area still has (even though it is getting less and less because of the concrete towers that keep shooting out of the ground everywhere). I like that when I step out of my house I pretty much find myself on a dirt road.

One of the most beautiful areas of Floridsdorf is without a doubt Stammersdorf with its vineyards at the foot of the Bisamberg. Stammersdorf, which has only been a part of Viennas since 1938, has successfully kept most of its rural charm. You will still find cobbler stone roads, enchanted wine cellars and nature far away from any traffic noise. 

In between the vineyards the road climbs up to the Falkenberg ("climb" here is to be understood figuratively speaking through the eyes of a lowlander who considers the Bisamberg already to be high mountain regions). If you keep your eyes open you will be rewarded with wonderful views over the city of Vienna and the surrounding vineyards.

The Vienna wine region harbors about 560 hectares. Vienna is the only capital in the world with significant wine production within the city limits. A specialty of the Vienna wine region is the so called "Gemischte Satz", which combines several different grape varieties into one wine. Other wines produced in the region are the Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Pinot blanc, Chardonnay and the Welschriesling as well as the Zweigelt, Pinot noir, Cabernet Sauvignong and St. Laurent. About one third of the Vienna wine productions is harvested in Stammersdorf. 

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(Natasha Riha) Floridsdorf Fototour photo tour Stadtwanderweg 5 Stammersdorf Transdanubien Vienna Vienna photography Wein Wien Wien Fotografie Wiener Wein https://www.natasharihaphotography.com/blog/2020/5/foto-tour-stammersdorf Fri, 15 May 2020 06:45:00 GMT
Das Einmaleins der Makrofotografie / The 101 of Macro Photography https://www.natasharihaphotography.com/blog/2020/4/das-einmaleins-der-makrofotografie-/-the-101-of-macrophotography Makrofotografie, also die Nahaufnahme kleinster Details von Objekten, ist wohl einer der faszinierendsten Bereiche der Fotografie. Gerade jetzt im Frühling, wo alles blüht und die Bienen ihre Arbeit tun, wächst in vielen die Neugier, die Dinge die das nackte Auge nicht sehen kann erkennbar zu machen. Schnell landet man im Bereich der Makrofotografie. Allerdings ist Makrofotografie gerade für Einsteiger ein nicht immer einfacher Bereich. Mit einigen Tipps gelingen aber schnell tolle Fotos...

Was ist Makrofotografie?

Makrofotografie bezeichnet die Nahaufnahme von feinen Details verschiedener Objekte, wie beispielsweise Blumen und Insekten. Grundsätzlich eignet sich aber jedes beliebige Objekt für eine Makroaufnahme. Der Kreativität sind keine Grenzen gesetzt. Makroaufnahmen im engeren Sinn bezeichnen die Abbildung von Objekten in Lebensgröße oder größer. Vereinfacht ausgedrückt bedeutet das, dass das Objekt gleich groß oder kleiner als der Sensor der Kamera ist. Der Sensor meiner Kamera misst beispielsweise 23,5 mm × 15,6 mm. Eine Makroaufnahme wäre demnach also alles, was maximal 23,5 mm x 15,6 mm groß ist. Oftmals wird der Begriff Makrofotografie aber weiter gefasst und auch die Aufnahme größerer Objekte damit gemeint.

f/8 - 1/2 sec. - ISO200 - 90 mm

Welche Ausrüstung wird benötigt?

Grundsätzlich ist es ja so, dass der Fotograf das Foto macht und nicht die Kamera. Mit etwas Know-How eignen sich daher grundsätzlich auch beinahe alle Kameras, von der Spiegelreflexkamera über die Systemkamera bis hin zur Handykamera für Makroaufnahmen. Die besten Ergebnisse erzielt man aber natürlich mit einer DSLR Kamera und einem wechselbaren Makroobjektiv. Nachfolgend geht es also in erster Linie um die Möglichkeiten die Spiegelreflexkameras bieten.

Natürlich kann man auch mit handelsüblichen Starter-Kit-Objektiven akzeptable Ergebnisse erzielen. Oftmals stößt man hier aber schnell an gewisse Grenzen, da diese Objektive ab einem gewissen Punkt wenn man sehr nah an das Objekt herangeht nicht mehr scharfstellen können. Wer noch nicht sicher ist, ob Makrofotografie das richtige für sie oder ihn ist und einmal hineinschnuppern möchte in den Bereich, für den wäre die Anschaffung eines Makrofilters (auch Nahlinse genannt), den man vorne auf das Objektiv aufschrauben kann, eine kostengünstige Alternative. Zwar ersetzt ein solcher Filter kein vollwertiges Makroobjektiv, neben den wesentlich geringeren Anschaffungskosten (Filter gibt es bereits ab 10-15 Euro) ist aber auch das viel geringere Gewicht ein Argument für einen solchen Filter. Im Grunde funktioniert der Filter so, als würde man seiner Kamera eine Lupe vorsetzen. Dadurch verringert sich auch die Scharfstellungsgrenze des Objektivs, sprich kann man ohne Filter bis maximal 50 cm Abstand an sein Objekt herangehen, ist es mit dem Filter möglich auf 20 cm heranzugehen (abhängig vom Vergrößerungsmaßstab des Filters).

Eine weitere Möglichkeit ist die Verwendung von Zwischenringen, die man zwischen Kamera und Objektiv schraubt. Dadurch vergrößert sich der Abstand zwischen Objektiv und Kamerasensor. Darüberhinaus kann man sogenannte Balgengeräte verwenden. Auch sie vergrößern den Abstand zwischen Kamera und Objektiv. Sie sind jedoch wesentlich teurer (300 Euro und mehr). In diesem Preissegement gibt es bereits sehr gute Makroobjektive weshalb Balgengeräte meiner Meinung nach keine echte Alternative sind.

f/9.5 - 1/200 sec. - ISO100 - 90mm

Wer mehr Geld ausgeben möchte und sich sicher ist, dass Makrofotografie sein neuer Spezialbereich der Fotografie werden soll, für den ist die Anschaffung eines Makroobjektivs wohl die beste Lösung. Sehr gute Makroobjektive gibt es bereits um knapp 300 Euro. Makroobjektive haben im Unterschied zu herkömmlichen Standardobjektiven eine geringere Naheinstellungsgrenze wodurch man näher an sein Objekt herankommt. Bei der Anschaffung eines Makroobjektivs lohnt sich eine eingehende Recherche und Marktumschau, da es Makroobjektive in unterschiedlichen Qualitätsstufen und Preisklassen am Markt gibt und die optimale Wahl von den eigenen Ansprüchen und dem Budget abhängig ist. Berücksichtigen sollte man bei seiner Wahl, welche Motive man abbilden möchte. Während Blumen wohl eher nicht davon laufen werden, flüchten Insekten sehr schnell. Als Faustregel gilt: je länger die Brennweite, desto einfacher ist es das Objekt zu fotografieren, ohne es zu verscheuchen. Wer also vor allem Blumen und ähnliches fotografieren möchte, für den genügen bereits Kurzbrennweiten (30 mm bis 50 mm) oder Standardbrennweiten (60 mm bis 105 mm). Wer vor allem Insekten fotografieren möchte, sollte sich im Bereich der Telemakroobjektive (150 mm bis 200 mm) umsehen.

Als ich vor einigen Jahren mit der Makrofotografie begonnen habe, habe ich zunächst die oben erwähnten Makrofilter verwendet (vor allem weil ich damals Studentin war und mein Budget eher eingeschränkt war). Sehr bald waren mir diese Filter allerdings nicht mehr genug und ich habe mir ein Makroobjektiv gekauft. Meine Wahl fiel auf das Tamron AF 90 mm 2,8 DI Macro 1:1 SP. Ich verwende für meine Makroaufnahmen mittlerweile eigentlich ausschließlich dieses Objektiv. Für meine Zwecke ist die Brennweite von 90 mm ausreichend. Neben Blumen lassen sich auch Insekten, die nicht so schnell die Flucht ergreifen (z.B. Bienen, Hummeln, Käfer), gut abbilden.

Ein sehr hilfreiches Zubehör für die Makrofotografie ist ein Stativ. Da man bei der Makrofotografie meist mit einer großen Blende (f/5.6 und darunter) arbeitet um eine möglichst hohe Schärfentiefe zu erreichen, verlängert sich automatisch die Belichtungszeit. Ein Stativ verhindert, dass die Aufnahme verwackelt wird. Ich persönlich muss zugeben, dass ich häufig ohne Stativ fotografiere da ich so mehr Bewegungsfreiheit habe und flexibler bin. Besonders wenn ich in Bodennähe arbeite, ziehe ich es vor, mich auf den Boden zu legen und mich mit den Ellbögen abzustützen (ja, Makrofotgrafen werden oft schmutzig...also nicht unbedingt im Sonntagsgewand losziehen).

f/5.6 - 1/200 sec. - ISO100 - 90mm

Welche Kameraeinstellungen soll ich wählen?

Gleich vorweg: es gibt hier keine Universalregel. Erlaubt ist was gefällt. Ein guter Startpunkt ist meist eine Blende von f/8, ISO100 und Belichtungszeit von 1/200. Je nachdem was man mit dem Foto erreichen möchte passt man die Blende entsprechend an. Je größer (kleinerer f-Wert) die Blende ist, umso kleiner wird der Bereich, der scharf erscheint. Je kleiner die Blende (größerer f-Wert) gewählt wird, desto weniger Licht fällt auf den Sensor und man muss entweder den ISO-Wert erhöhen oder eine längere Belichtungszeit wählen. Lange Belichtungszeiten sind allerdings besonders bei windigen Bedingungen eine Herausforderung und führen schnell zu Frust. Da das Objekt bildfüllend in Szene gesetzt wird verursacht bereits eine kaum spürbare Brise ein verwackeltes Foto. Ich lebe zum Beispiel im Großraum Wien, wo so gut wie immer der Wind weht. Lange Belichtungszeiten sind hier oft schwer umzusetzen.

Fazit

Makrofotografie ist zweifelsohne einer der faszinierendsten Bereiche der Fotografie. Mit ein paar Grundkentnissen lassen sich tolle Bilder gestalten und Dinge, die für unser menschliches Auge sonst verborgen bleiben, sichtbar gemacht werden. Ich wünsche euch viel Spaß beim Ausprobieren und Experimentieren. Und nicht vergessen: erlaubt ist was gefällt.

 

Macro photography, meaning close-up shots of small details of objects, is probably one of the most fascinating areas of photography. Especially now during spring time, when everything blossoms and bees are busy doing their work, many develop a growing curiosity, to make things that the naked eye can't see visible. This soon leads us to macro photography. However, especially for people that are just starting out in photography, macro photography can be a tricky area. But with a few tips and guidelines you can achieve great photos...

What is macro photography?

Macro photography means close up captures of small details of various objects, as for instance flowers and insects. But generally speaking any object qualifies as a subject for a macro shot. The sky is the limit for your creativity. Macro shots in a strict sense of the word mean pictures of objects in life size or bigger. Put more simply, the object is the same size or smaller than the sensor of the camera. The sensor of my camera for instance measures 23,5 mm x 15,6 mm. A macro shot therefore would be anything, that measures 23,5 mm x 15,6 mm or less. However, often the term macro photography is used more generally for bigger objects as well.

Which equipment do I need?

Generally speaking, the photographer takes the picture and not the camera. That being said, knowing how to go about it any camera, from a digital single-lens reflex camera, to a mirrorless camera, to a cell phone camera can be used for macro photography. Of course, the best results will be achieved with a DSLR camera with a changeable macro lense. In the following we will focus on the possibilities that DSLR cameras offer.

Of course you can achieve acceptable results with off the shelf starter-kit lenses. However, often you will quickly hit their limits, as those lenses at some point can't focus on the object anymore once you get too close. Those who are not sure yet whether macro photography is what they want to devote themselves to and want to give it a try first, buying a macro filter (also called close-up lense) might be a smart choice. These filters are mounted on the primary lense. Obviously these filters can't replace a full frame macro lense, but apart from their significantly lower costs (prices start at 10-15 euro) they are also much lighter in weight. Basically the filter works as if you are putting a magnifying glas in front of your camera. This reduces the minimum focus distance of the lense. In other words, if without the filter you can move up to 50 cm close to the object, with the filter you can close in up until 20 cm (depending on the magnification of the filter).  

Another possibility would be the use of extension tubes, which are mounted between the camera and the lense. This enlarges the distance between the lense and the sensor of the camera. You may also use bellows, which also enlarge the distance between the camera and the lense. They are, however, significantly more expensive (starting at 300 euro). In this price range you will find various good quality macro lenses, which is why bellows, in my opinion, are not a real alternative.

If you want to spend more money and you are already sure that macro photography will be your new area of expertise, you might want to consider buying a macro lense. Prices for good quality macro lenses start at around 300 euro. Different to standard lenses, macro lenses have a lower minimum focus distance, enabling you to get closer to your object. When you are in the market for a macro lense, it is worth doing some research as there are numerous macro lenses in different quality and price ranges. The best choice for you will depend on your expectations and the money you are willing to spend. You should, however, keep in mind what type of objects you wish to photograph with your new macro lense. While flowers probably won't try to flee when you take their picture, insects will get away very fast. As a rule of thumb: the longer the focal length, the easier it is to photograph the object without scaring it away. Those of you who want to photography mostly flowers can do with short focal lengths (30 mm to 50 mm) or standard focal lengths (60 mm to 105 mm). If you are planning on photographing insects, you should look into tele macro lenses (150 mm to 200 mm).

When I started out in macro photography many years ago, I used the macro filters I mentioned above (especially since I was a college student back then and my financial means were somewhat limited). However, soon these filters didn't satisfy my needs any more and I bought a macro lense. I chose the Tamron AF 90 mm 2,8 DI Macro 1:1 SP lense. It is my go-to lense for almost all of my macro shots now. For my personal needs the focal length of 90 mm is sufficient. Apart from flowers you can also capture insects, that don't flee that fast (e.g. bees, bumblebees, bugs) very nicely.

A helpful piece of equipment for macro photography is a tripod. In macro photography you are mostly working with a large aperture (f/5.6 and lower) to achieve the best depth of field which automatically also means longer exposure times. A tripod helps keeping your photographs from getting blurry. Personally I have to admit that I work without a tripod quite often as it gives me more freedom to set up the shot I want to achieve. Especially when I am working close to the ground I prefer to lay down and support the camera with my ellbows (yes, macro photographers tend to get dirty quite a bit...so better leave your best clothes at home when you go outside to shoot).

Which camera settings should I use?

First of all: there is no universal answer to that question. Anything goes, really. A good starting point is normally an aperture setting of f/8, ISO100 and 1/200 exposure time. Depending on what you want to achieve with your photograph you take it from there. The bigger the aperture (small f-stop), the smaller the area that is in focus in the picture. The smaller the aperture (bigger f-stop), the less light reaches the sensor and you have to either adjust the ISO settings or choose a longer exposure time. However, long exposure times can leave you frustrated at times, especially when you live in a predominantly windy area like myself. Since the object is filling the frame, even the smallest, barely noticeable gust of wind, can make for a blurry photo.

Summary

Macro photography is without a doubt one of the most fascinating areas of photography. With some basic knowledge you can create amazing pictures and reveal things, that remain otherwise hidden from the naked eye. Have fun experimenting! And never forget: anything goes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Natasha Riha) Macro photography Macro photography for beginners Makrofotografie Makrofotografie für Anfänger Nahaufnahmen Nature photography Naturfotografie photography Technik technique tips https://www.natasharihaphotography.com/blog/2020/4/das-einmaleins-der-makrofotografie-/-the-101-of-macrophotography Mon, 13 Apr 2020 15:30:49 GMT
With Love from Sithonia... https://www.natasharihaphotography.com/blog/2015/7/with-love-from-sithonia Greece and I, we go way back, way way back. In fact, we go so far back that I don’t even remember ever not remembering Greece. Greece and I, we are childhood sweethearts. Ever since my parents first took the 6 months old mini-me to Greece in 1984, I have been madly in love with the country, its people and its culture. And if Greece were a person, we'd probably be married by now. It most likely wouldn't be a picture-perfect marriage where we agree on everything all the time. We'd probably yell at each other and drive each other crazy with our little quirks. As any relationship, my relationship with Greece wasn’t void of difficulties. We had our fair share of problems, for sure. We went on trial separation a few times only to realize that we simply can't be without each other.

No matter where I was in the world, Greece was never far from me. Much of this was thanks to my parents who took Greece home with them. I would even go as far as to say that my family was just about as Greek as a non-Greek family possibly can be. I grew up eating my mom's homemade Greek food, listening to Greek music in my dad's car and studying the Greek language at an early age.

Greece, for me, that’s the kind of love that’s rooted deep down in your soul. And just like it is always the case with a love like this, no matter what amount of time passes during which you don’t see each other, you always pick up where you left off, as if no time has passed at all. Perhaps that is why returning to Greece always feels like coming home for me. Or perhaps it is because of the amazing people I had the pleasure of coming to know. Through the years, many friendships have formed. Some got lost again through the years, yet some withstood all tests of time and are still as present in my life today as they were in 1984. It’s these people who to this day are very dear to me and who will always be in my heart, one way or another.

During the many summers that I have spent here, I have been to all parts of the country. From the luscious Ionian Islands to the rugged Peloponnese, from the picture-perfect Cyclades to cosmopolitan Rhodes, from her grand majesty Crete to sophisticated Thessaloniki, from relaxed Thasos to bustling Athens. I have driven across the country from the port of Igoumenitsa to Kavala and from Patras to Thessaloniki. And while each of these places is unique of its own, there’s one region missing from that list. The Chalkidiki peninsula in northern Greece is a place that is very special to me for various reasons and thus deserves a mention of her own.

Chalkidiki, that’s the three fingers Kassandra, Sithonia and Mount Athos. Busy Kassandra with its large resorts and luxurious hotels, is where party animals will find what they are looking for. In the various seaside villages stretched along the eastern coast of the peninsula those seeking nightlife won’t be disappointed. Mount Athos, the easternmost finger of Chalkidiki, is a Holy state belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church. It is home to about 2000 Eastern Orthodox monks who live an ascetic life in several monasteries. As the peninsula is strictly off-limits for women, I don’t really have much else to say about it, though. Sithonia, the middle finger of the peninsula, is somewhere in between, not just geographically speaking. Sithonia is perhaps not the most glamorous, the most hip or most sophisticated region. It’s so much more than that. Sithonia is unpretentious and quaint, it is familiar unlike any other place I have ever been to. Sithonia doesn't try to con you with the promise of a trendy vacation where you hope to mingle with celebrities and wannabes. Sithonia simply welcomes you with open arms and a hospitality that I have yet to find elsewhere. Sithonia is the place that makes you feel at home away from home.

So, I now invite you to join me on a little photo tour around Sithonia. Starting in the North, the first village worth mentioning is Psakoudia. Although Psakoudia is technically still on the Chalkidiki mainland right between Kassandra and Sithonia it deserves a mention here. Psakoudia has been my base for all tours around Chalkidiki for decades. Psakoudia is a small seaside resort with a few taverns, small hotels and apartments and a 5* luxury resort hotel that stands out a bit like a sore thumb in the otherwise low-key  village. A short drive from Psakoudia, a little further inland, you will find the little town of Ormylia. The old historic windmill towering over the town is every photographer’s dream come true and definitely worth the climb.

Historic windmill in Halkidiki | Historische Windmühle in ChalkidikiHistoric windmill in Halkidiki | Historische Windmühle in ChalkidikiAn old historic Greek windmill in Halkidiki.
Eine alte historische Windmühle in Chalkidiki.

Neos Marmaras is perhaps the most cosmopolitan town of the peninsula, which is mainly due to the large hotel and casino complex on the outskirts of the town. Neos Marmaras itself has a charming harbour where fishermen’s boats and sail boats are neatly lined up in the water. The many shops, restaurants, cafes and bars will cater to anyone looking for a bit of excitement without the noise of a full-scale party town.

Fishing boats in the port of Neos Marmaras | Fischerboote im Hafen von Neos MarmarasFishing boats in the port of Neos Marmaras | Fischerboote im Hafen von Neos MarmarasFishing boats in the port of Neos Marmaras in Halkidiki.
Fischerboote im Hafen von Neos Marmaras in Chalkidiki.
Next stop on our little tour around Sithonia is Toroni. Stretching over 2.5 kilometres long, the beach of Toroni is one of the longest in Sithonia. Definitely worth a visit are the ruins of Torone which tower on a hill south of Toroni. Unfortunately, recently the site has been chained off and trespassing was prohibited.

Olive tree along the coast | Olivenbaum an der KüsteOlive tree along the coast | Olivenbaum an der KüsteAn olive tree along the coastline of Halkidiki.
Ein Olivenbaum entlang der Küste von Chalkidiki.
Only a short drive from Toroni is Porto Koufo. Porto Koufo is the largest natural harbour in Greece. While there is not much going on in Porto Koufo as far as restaurants and hotels are concerned, the view of the fjord is definitely worth a stop.

Porto Koufo | Porto KoufoPorto Koufo | Porto KoufoThe natural harbor of Porto Koufo in Halkidiki.
Der natürlich Hafen von Porto Koufo in Chalkidiki.
Kalamitsi is located along the south-eastern coast of the peninsula. It’s a bit tricky not to miss the sign pointing down to the narrow road leading down to the beach, especially when it’s your first time visiting. While Kalamitis has seen some development in recent years it has still retained its modest charm with a few charming taverns lining up right on the beach. On the road to Kalamitsi you will also have an amazing view over the southernmost part of Sithonia (as you can see in the photo below). So make sure you make a stop at one of the several parking lots along the way to take in the scenery.

Southermost point of Sithonia | Südspitze von SithoniaSouthermost point of Sithonia | Südspitze von SithoniaThe southernmost point of Sithonia in Halkidiki.
Die Südspitze von Sithonia in Chalkidiki.
Sykia is perhaps one of Sithonia's most quiet beaches. Much of this is because the village itself is located further inland. Sykia is very popular with campers.

The beach of Sykia in Halkidiki | Der Strand von Sykia in ChalkidikiiaThe beach of Sykia in Halkidiki | Der Strand von Sykia in ChalkidikiiaThe beach of Sykia in Halkidiki.
Der Strand von Sykia in Chalkidiki.
Not far from Sykia you will find Sarti. Sarti is one of the most developed towns in Sithonia with plenty of restaurants, taverns and entertainment lined up along the boardwalk. The long, broad beach is, at least in my humble opinion, the most beautiful beach of Sithonia. With a wonderful panoramic view of Mount Athos Sarti is definitely worth a visit. Due to a strong current, waters are a bit tricky for untrained swimmers sometimes, though.

Vourvourou is the last stop on our tour around Sithonia. Vourvourou itself really is nothing more than a several kilometres long main road with hotels, apartments and restaurants lining up left and right. What makes this place popular with tourists, however, is the famous Karidi beach. Karidi beach is much like a huge natural swimming pool with shallow waters and pine trees right down to the water.

Pine tree with a view | Pinie mit AusblickPine tree with a view | Pinie mit AusblickA pine tree with the most magnificent view over the coastline of Halkidiki at Vourvorou.
Eine Pinie mit dem spektakulärsten Ausblick über die Küste von Chalkidiki in Vourvourou.
Being the foodie that I am I can’t write a travel post without a recommendation for dining out, of course. While you will find plenty of lovely taverns all over Sithonia, there is one place I would strongly recommend you to try: Tavern “O Kostas” in Psakoudia. It is owned by some of my oldest friends. And while you might argue now that this makes me biased, well, maybe you are right, but don’t judge until you have given it a try. Their food is really outstanding. They offer a daily changing wide variety of authentic traditional Greek cuisine. And if you’re still don’t believe my judgement: the tavern is also very popular with the locals, which is always a good sign. So, if you happen to stop by, tell them I said hi.

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Photo Tour - Provence https://www.natasharihaphotography.com/blog/2014/3/photo-tour---provence Where? When? How?

The Provence is one of the most famous and most visited regions in France. Located in the Southeastern parts of the country, it extends from the left bank of the Rhône river on the west to the Italian border on the east, and is bordered by the Mediterranean sea on the south. The area famous for its lavender fields, Roman ruins, scenic villages and architecture that will make any photographers heart skip a beat.

With the mild Mediterranean climate is a region worth visiting year round. I went in late February and got pretty lucky with the weather. Day temperatures where normally around 15-19 degrees and apart from one rainy day I had perfect shooting conditions with sunshine the entire time. The wind did pick up in the afternoon, but it wasn't really any problem.

The Provence is connected to many major European cities by Marseille airport. There's also airports in Avignon, Nîmes and Toulon, however, it might be difficult to catch a direct flight for most of you. There's also excellent train connections from Lyon and Paris. The area itself can best be explored by car (or bicycle, for the more sportive folks among you). To thoroughly explore the region you should at least schedule 2 weeks. This will give you enough time to at least cover the main cities. Although, the area is so rich in photographic opportunities that even 2 weeks might not be enough. 

 

Marseille

First things first: I absolutely love Marseille! The city has a truly unique charm, combining the bustling atmosphere of a Mediterranean port city with French Joie de vivre and the cultures of African and Middle-Eastern immigrants. All this makes Marseille a cosmopolitan melting pot. That being said, Marseille is not a city that will capture your heart right away. It has a rough charm, one that is not immediately visible. It is a city full of contrasts, but it is these contrasts that make it so inspiring. You will always discover something new about Marseille every single day. The city never stops to surprise you.

Panoramic view over Marseille | Panoramablick über MarseillePanoramic view over Marseille | Panoramablick über MarseilleThe panoramic view over the city of Marseille.
Der Panoramablick über die Stadt Marseille.

Of course, one can't write about Marseille without mentioning certain safety issues. The city holds a somewhat dubious reputation for being a dangerous, violent place. When I first started researching for my trip I stumbled across numerous reports from tourists mentioning violent assaults, burglars, auto theft and what not. In fact, some stories were so horrifying that I seriously considered cancelling the trip altogether. But I'm more than glad I didn't! While social problems certainly do exist and shouldn't be negated, I haven't once felt in any way unsafe or in danger during my stay. And this was certainly not because I didn't look like a tourist (because if a DSLR camera and a huge bag with camera equipment doesn't spell tourist than I don't know what does). Marseille is no more dangerous than any other large city and standard precautionary measures apply here just like anywhere else. But don't let horrific reports scare you off as you would be missing out on a truly inspiring, captivating city full of pulsating life.

I explored the city by foot as I honestly believe that this is the only way to really experience a city. You can't ever fully feel the energy and experience the atmosphere of a place if you're driving around in your car. This holds especially true for Marseille. The omnipresent scent of garlic that fills the air, the Arabian music and the sea breeze all have to be felt and experienced to really get an understanding of the city. Marseille is a fairly walkable city. Getting around by foot is also less stressful as parking (and sometimes driving) in the city can be a bit of a hassle.

Boats in Vieux Port in Marseille | Boote im Vieux Port in MarseilleBoats in Vieux Port in Marseille | Boote im Vieux Port in MarseilleSailing boats and fishing boats in Vieux Port (old port) in Marseille.
Segelboote und Fischerboote im Vieux Port (alten Hafen) in Marseille.
The Vieux Port (Old Port) is basically the center of life in the city. It has been the natural harbor of the city since 600BC. These days, there's a large commercial harbor further north where large cruise ships and container ships anchor. The Vieux Port itself harbors an uncountable number of sailingboats and motor boats (I tried making a rough count but gave up pretty soon, so let's just say there are MANY). At the head of the harbor a Ferris Wheel invites you for a ride. Along the harbor you will also find a number of restaurants, bistros and cafés (can't tell you if they are any good though, because I didn't try any of them).

Ferris Wheel at Vieux Port in Marseille | Riesenrad im alten Hafen von MarseilleFerris Wheel at Vieux Port in Marseille | Riesenrad im alten Hafen von MarseilleThe big Ferris Wheel in the Vieux Port (old port) of Marseille.
Das große Riesenrad im Vieux Port (alten Hafen) von Marseille.

The MuCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations) is located north of Vieux Port. I was mainly fascinated by the facade of the structure as it is a bizarre looking latticework. I didn't go inside the museum, though, as I was running a bit short on time (well, that's only partly true, because I am also a bit of a philistine that way and museums don't really thrill me all that much). The Cathedral de la Major is located more or less right next to museum. However, the area was undergoing some reconstruction when I was there, so getting good shots of the church was a bit of a hassle.  Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM)Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM)The Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM) in Marseille.
Das Museum der Zivilisationen von Europa und des Mediterranen Raums (MuCEM) in Marseille.

One of the most rewarding areas of the city (speaking from a photographer's point of view here) is definitely Le Panier. Once home of the middle-class, it became refuge for the working-class in the 17th century. Situated on a hill, it was often dubbed the Montmatre of Marseille. The Panier has had a bad reputation for a long time, however, times are changing. Nowadays, Marseille's oldest district is enchanting in its own way. Narrow streets, laundry hanging on lines between the houses, cafés and restaurants create a mesmerizing atmosphere.

Dans les rues de Marseille | In den Straßen von MarseilleDans les rues de Marseille | In den Straßen von MarseilleThe narrow streets in the old town district Le Panier in Marseille.
Die engen Gassen im Altstadtviertel Le Panier in Marseille.

Throning high above Marseille, Notre Dame de la Garde is impossible to miss. It is visible from nearly everywhere in the city. Built between 1853 and 1864, it is a fairly "new" church. The views over the city and the Mediterranean are worth the climb up the hill (there's also a tourist train that departs from Vieux Port, but where would be the fun in that?)

Notre Dame de la Garde | Notre Dame de la GardeNotre Dame de la Garde | Notre Dame de la GardeThe church Notre Dame de la Garde in Marseille.
Die Kirche Notre Dame de la Garde in Marseille.

 

Cassis

Cassis is a picturesque little village like many others in the Mediterranean. While it is difficult to point out anything special about Cassis, the village does have a certain charm. The quaint little fishing port is the center of the village with many restaurants lining up along the waterside.

Port de Cassis | Hafen von CassisPort de Cassis | Hafen von CassisThe port of Cassis with small fishing boats.
Der Hafen von Cassis mit kleinen Fischerbooten.
The area surrounding Cassis is blessed with a very unique natural beauty. The famous Calanques (narrow bays) are well worth a visit and will make any landscape photographer's heart beat a wee bit faster. Some Calanques can only be reached by foot. Calanque de Port-Miou can be reached from the old harbor after a walk of about 30 minutes (you can also go by car, though). The path along the cliffs around Calanque de Port-Miou is well kept, but the rocks along the way are quite sharp, so solid shoes are always an asset.

Calanque de Port Miou | Calanque de Port MiouCalanque de Port Miou | Calanque de Port MiouThe Calanque de Port Miou in Cassis with many sailing boats at anchor.
Die Calanque de Port Miou in Cassis mit vielen Segelbooten vor Anker.
When in Cassis it also pays to take a drive along Route des Crêtes, a narrow winding road connecting Cassis to neighbouring La Ciotat. The road will take you up to the highest bluff in all of France, rising an impressive 394 m out of the sea. From the numerous view points along the road one has the most breathtaking views (and I mean literally b r e a t h t a k i n g) over the Mediterranean and the Calanques of Cassis. If you're afraid of heights this tour might not be for you though, as some view points will take you right to the edge of the bluff with the waves crashing against the rocks some 200 m below you.

View over Cassis | Blick über CassisView over Cassis | Blick über CassisThe breathtaking view over Cassis.
Der atemberaubende Blick über Cassis.

 

Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence is only a short drive from Marseille. It is a cultural hotspot of France and was home to famous painter Paul Cézanne. With its university and numerous language schools it is also very popular among students. Aix, owing to its relatively small size (when compared to Paris or Marseille), is a very walkable city. You can cross the center in give or take 15 minutes. The city is famous for its many fountains, the largest of which is on on Cours Mirabeau, the city's main street.

Courtyard in Aix-en-Provence | Innenhof in Aix-en-ProvenceCourtyard in Aix-en-Provence | Innenhof in Aix-en-ProvenceA courtyard with a fountain in the historic center of Aix-en-Provence.
Ein Innenhof mit einem Brunnen in der Altstadt von Aix-en-Provence.

While Aix is definitely a pretty and clean city, I didn't find it all that captivating, to be perfectly honest (or maybe it was just some kind of cultural shock coming from Marseille). The numerous narrow streets do offer numerous photo opportunities, though. And anyone interested in architecture is going to love Aix, for sure.

In the Streets of Aix-en-Provence | In den Straßen von Aix-en-ProvenceIn the Streets of Aix-en-Provence | In den Straßen von Aix-en-ProvenceIn the streets of the historic center of Aix-en-Provence.
In den Straßen der Altstad von Aix-en-Provence.

 

Pont Du Gard

Pont du Gard is an ancient aqueduct bridge near Remoulins that crosses the Gardon river. Its name translates to Guard Bridge. Pont du Gard is part of the Nîmes aqueduct. The entire aqueduct stretches over 50 km and was built by the Romans to carry water to the Roman colony of Nemausus. Built in the 1st century AD it was declared a World Heritage site in 1985.

The entire structure has three tiers of arches, standing nearly 50 m high. The aquedcut as a whole descends in height my only 17 m, while the bridge descends by barely noticeable 2.5 cm, thus proofing the high levels of expertise that Roman engineers had without the use of any high tech equipment.

Pont du Gard | Pont du GardPont du Gard | Pont du GardPont du Gard in the Provence in Southern France.
Pont du Gard in der Provence in Südfrankreich.
Pont du Gard can easily be reached by car and shouldn't be missing on any photo tour through the Provence. If you can, make sure you choose a sunny day for your atrip to Pont du Gard as the contrasts between the stone structure of the bridge and the blue skies create some very nice contrast (also, don't forget to bring your wide angle lense).

 

And now?

Well, I can honestly say that the Provence region is definitely worth visiting. The 7 days that I spent there weren't nearly enough to cover all cities and places I would have liked to see. There's still Avignon, Toulon, Arles, the Camargue and the Valensole Plateau (just to name a few) that I didn't have time to visit. Time permits, I plan on coming back and see those places as well.

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Photo Tour – Skiathos https://www.natasharihaphotography.com/blog/2014/1/photo-tour-skiathos Where? When? How?

Skiathos is a small Greek island located off the coast of Pelion. Blessed with wonderful nature and lush landscapes, Skiathos is a paradise for photographers. The island can easily be reached by ferry boat from both Agios Konstantinos (near Athens) and Volos. In the summer months boats run several times a day from early in the morning until late at night. However, during the high season when locals go to the island for a quick weekend getaway it might be helpful to book your tickets in advance so you don’t find yourself stranded in port. Skiathos also has a small airport (and by small I do mean small) that connects the island to most European capitals during the summer months. The landing approach is rather spectacular and will give the adrenaline junkies among you that extra thrill as the runway is very narrow and very short. In fact, where the runway ends is where the sea begins, so pilots are basically forced to make an emergency break or else your beach holiday might start sooner than you'd expected...

Coastline of Skiathos | Küste von SkiathosCoastline of Skiathos | Küste von SkiathosThe coastline of Skiathos in Greece.
Die Küste von Skiathos in Griechenland.

Skiathos, although being a tourist resort, has to this this day remained unscathed by mass tourism for the most part. It effortlessly manages to preserve its traditional charm yet at the same time having a cosmopolitan flair. Unlike on so many other Greek islands you can still enjoy the traditional Greek life here. Skiathos is also not your typical party island and binge drinking youngsters are a rare sight. Of course, that’s not to say you can’t have a good time here as the island's main town does offer a bustling night life.

The peak season on the island is between late June and late August when the islands reaches its maximum capacity. Late spring and early autumn are much calmer and also less extreme as far as temperatures are concerned. However, weather is a bit more unstable then. You always run the risk of encountering some bad weather during your stay (which of course has its upsides, too, as the rainy weather often makes for very atmospheric landscape shots).

 

Locations

Good news first: At just 50 km2 Skiathos is a relatively small island, so it’s basically impossible to ever get lost. The roads, however, are not always in the best of conditions, so driving is a bit of a hassle and does require some practice (especially when you find yourself behind the steering wheel of a rental car that has seen better days with tires as slick as an eel). Most of the island’s south is well connected by an asphalt road along the coast. If you keep your eyes open you will find nice spots to take photos of the coastline everywhere. The northern parts of the islands are a bit off the beaten track and can only be reached on narrow dirt roads. So getting a four-wheel-drive is probably your best option if you want to explore the more remote beaches in the north.

Skiathos impresses with over 60 beaches, some of which were featured in the movie Mamma Mia!. Agia Eleni, Agia Paraskevi, Vromolimnos and Ahladies (only to name a few) are all well worth a visit. Most beaches on the southern part of the island are fully organized and can be reached from Skiathos Town by bus.

Beaches in the north are much more remote and quiet. But as always in life, the things worth having never come easy. Lalaria, often named as one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Greece, can only be accessed by boat. Other beaches you should try to visit are Megas Gialos, Stigero and Kastro.

Koukounaries is a long sandy beach on the south-western part of the island. The name Koukounaries translates to “Pine trees” which is quite fitting considering the big pine trees that are lining up along the beach. With its golden sands and natural beauty, it is perhaps the most acclaimed beach of Skiathos. Of course, this also means that the beach attracts many visitors, so it does get very crowded during the summer months. You are always at risk of getting a black eye from getting hit by an overzealous beach tennis player. Behind the beach there is a small lagoon that makes Koukounaries an interesting destination for nature and wildlife photographers (so don’t forget to bring your tele zoom lens).

The junction to the neighboring beaches Tsaneria and Kanapitsa is right behind a long bend (coming from Skiathos Town) and is easy to miss when you search for it the first time. From the road leading to Kanapitsa one has a lovely view over Tsaneria.

Beach of Tsaneria |  Strand von TsaneriaBeach of Tsaneria | Strand von TsaneriaThe beach of Tsaneria on the Greek island of Skiathos.
Der Strand von Tsaneria auf der Griechischen Insel Skiathos.

Skiathos Town is a very scenic, picturesque little town. Narrow streets, charming little white houses with blue doors and cats sleeping on the front step are every photographer’s dream come true. A photo walk through the town offers you with numerous photo opportunities, although you really have to work for it because streets are somewhat steep at times.

White houses in Skiathos Town | Weiße Häuser in Skiathos StadtWhite houses in Skiathos Town | Weiße Häuser in Skiathos StadtTraditional white houses in Skiathos Town.
Traditionelle weiße Häuser in Skiathos Stadt.

The old harbor is about as picturesque as a harbor can possibly be with little colorful fishing boats lined up along the quay. Luxurious yachts of wealthy visitors create an interesting contrast.

Fishing boats in the port of Skiathos Town | Fischerboote im Hafen von Skiathos StadtFishing boats in the port of Skiathos Town | Fischerboote im Hafen von Skiathos StadtFishing boats in the port of Skiathos Town.
Fischerboote im Hafen von Skiathos Stadt.

The climb up to the church of Saint Nicholas is well worth it as you will be rewarded with an amazing view over the town and the harbor.

Over the Rooftops of Skiathos Town | Über den Dächern von Skiathos StadtOver the Rooftops of Skiathos Town | Über den Dächern von Skiathos StadtAbove the rooftops of Skiathos Town in Greece.
Über den Dächern von Skiathos Stadt in Griechenland.

Over the Rooftops of Skiathos Town | Über den Dächern von Skiathos StadtOver the Rooftops of Skiathos Town | Über den Dächern von Skiathos StadtAbove the rooftops of Skiathos Town in Greece.
Über den Dächern von Skiathos Stadt in Griechenland.

 

After the work is done…

When you spend your day taking photos of some of Greece’s most beautiful beaches, it’s more than natural to want to go for a swim as well. My favorite beach for swimming and relaxing was Tsaneria. It is not as busy as some of the bigger beaches but still never makes you feel like you’re reenacting scenes from Cast Away.

By now it is probably not a secret anymore that I love food. So finding good restaurants wherever I go is one of my guilty pleasures. I’m a big fan of Greek cuisine and Mediterranean flavors in general. Lucky for me Skiathos Town has no shortage of restaurants. The old harbor of Skiathos Town offers plenty of dining opportunities for the starving photographer. While some will argue that the restaurants there are overpriced and a rip-off, I personally think that the atmosphere of the surrounding old port with the little fishing boats and lights reflecting in the water more than makes up for it. One of my favorite places that I went to several times during my stay is "Ta Psaradika", a fish tavern located right at the far end of the old harbor. They offer a wide selection of fresh fish dishes (and by fresh I really mean fresh, not freshly defrosted). Try the Taramosalata, fried anchovies, Fishermen's spaghetti or grilled swordfish. If you are looking for newly interpreted Mediterranean and Greek cuisine then "El Greco" is the place to go. They offer a wide selection of pasta and risotto dishes as well as grilled meats. If you’re looking for traditional Greek cuisine, this is probably not the place for you. But if you want to take a break from Moussakas and Souvlaki (even though these are on the menu too) and try something different, you might want to give this place a try.

 

Links

http://www.skiathos.gr/

http://skiathosinfo.com/

http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/greek_islands/sporades/skiathos

http://www.destinationskiathos.com/

http://www.greeka.com/sporades/skiathos/skiathos-beaches.htm

 

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Fall Photography Tips https://www.natasharihaphotography.com/blog/2013/9/fall-photography-tips Summer is officially coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping. Personally, I am very much a summer person who considers temperatures below 20 degrees to be physical assault, but even for people like me the fall season does have its upsides as well. It is the perfect season to take some memorable photos with vivid and vibrant colors. Getting out there is really worth it as you will be rewarded with amazing photos. Since the time frame you are working with is rather limited, though, you might want to do your homework now and be prepared to head out into the field as soon as the first leaves start to change their colors. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Fall by the Danube river | Herbst an der Donau Colors, colors, colors

Fall comes in an endless range of colors. All the different shades of red, yellow, orange, gold and green almost guarantee amazing photos. Opposing colors create dramatic contrasts, so bear that in mind when framing your photos. For instance, a bright yellow tree will look even more vibrant when photographed in front of a blue sky. Using a polarizing filter increases contrast and intensifies colors. You might also want to play with the White Balance settings a little because Auto mode won’t always yield the best results. To give your photos a "warmer" feel you might also want to try increasing the color temperature a notch (not too much, though) or select a preset mode like “cloudy” or “sunny” that better fits the conditions you are dealing with. You can also try underexposing your shots a wee bit. That will give your photos a deeper saturation. Much of this can also be done during post-processing (provided you’re shooting in RAW), but it never hurts to get things right the first time.

 

Mirror reflections

Fall colors reflected in a pond or a lake create almost impressionistic scenes and add a very peaceful and soothing quality to the photo. Early morning normally is the best time to achieve great results as the water is still and light is smooth. But even ripples in the water are not always a bad thing. They will add a more abstract feel to the photo. Try to keep the photo from becoming static by including rocks or logs in your composition. Also try to avoid direct light on the water because that causes a glare (of course, polarizing filters can help with that).

 

Keeping things in perspective

Instead of keeping your eyes fixated on what is right in front of you, look around every once in a while. You may be surprised by what you will find. Turn your head up against the sky (mind your step, though, you don’t want to break your neck). The yellow and golden trees often create exciting contrasts when photographed against a blue sky. You might also want to get creative with different lenses like a fisheye or wide angle as they too create very interesting visual effects. Turn your eyes to the ground and get down on your knees to get the worm’s view (you are going to get dirty, so you might want to leave your designer jeans at home for this). Fallen leaves are a great potential subject for macro shots (especially on overcast days). In the early morning hours after a brisk night you can sometimes find them covered with bizarre looking ice crystals. Using a tripod is vital for these kinds of shots because you will be working in low light conditions with long exposures and even the slightest movement will cause your photo to become blurry.

 

Timing is everything

The early morning hours or late afternoon will normally provide the best light for fall photos. The colors will be accentuated and become even more vibrant. Don't hide away in your living room on overcast or moist days, though. These days often offer wonderful opportunities to captures some brilliant photos as well as the shadows are smoother and the sun doesn’t drown out the colors. Fog and morning dew also create a very unique atmosphere and provide wonderful opportunities for striking compositions.

 

Some amazing galleries to get you inspired:

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/photos/autumn-colors

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=449

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2012/oct/22/autumn-colours-in-pictures

http://10steps.sg/inspirations/photography/25-beautiful-and-amazingly-colorful-autumn-photos/

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(Natasha Riha) advice autumn colors fall foliage photography technique tips https://www.natasharihaphotography.com/blog/2013/9/fall-photography-tips Sun, 08 Sep 2013 09:32:22 GMT