still not recovered – but dreaming is always an option

whilst slowly and steadily regaining control over my Injured ankle, memories of a challenging trek in the Eastern Himalays four years ago resurface. Climbing out of a tent during a snow storm, changing route several times, and craving like a wild, untamed animal for hot food out of sheer exhaustion….

looking at this image makes my thoughts fly

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de faahre ig uff kyoto….

seit vielen vielen Jahren wuensche ich mir, nach Kyoto zu reisen, dort DEN Steingarten mit DEN Mustern und DEN Bonsai-Gewuechsen reinzuziehen. So alles klappt, sollt’s in einer Woche soweit sein……..

dann noch was aus China: “a superior person does not hasten to achieve results”  – die wussten schon vor ein paar Tausend Jahren wie’s geht (aus Wei Zhi).

raw – how much post processing?

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how much post-processing is “right”, whatever right means. I originally was a hard-core non-processor, ie I restricted myself to minimal sharpening, WB and maybe exposure correction. Growing with my photography (or not…) I slowly come to realise that a RAW is a negative and it NEEDS some processing, like in the old days the path from negative to a paper copy.

So I gradually make the transition towards a moderate PP, I still cannot stand over-processed pictures, especially over-cooked HDRs, but de gustibus non est disputandum.

The three pictures are from L to R (hahahaha the LightRoom acronym), an almost unprocessed raw to jpeg, then simple processing (sharpening and exposure comp) and the one on the right used the “clarity” slider in LR5 a lot. I have to admit this thing does magic…

BTW: Im a total “sucker” for Martin Bailey’s podcast http://www.martinbaileyphotography.com/podcasts. Take your time to listen whilst you have a quiet 20 minutes, this is photography ZEN in its purest form.

too much unbalanced exercise … difficult to believe

several month of a slightly swollen ankle, a little discomfort, every once in a while some pain… an MRI and a few doctor’s visits later (and a few hundred $$$$ poorer), seems the final conclusion is that walking and biking “only” doesn’t properly utilise the ankle….

so……..physiotherapy, off the bike and of off the hiking path and hopefully in a few month all is back to normal…

 

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