On the road

I finally got around to process and upload at least a few pictures. It's only a little preview, so stay tuned for more when I get back where I can process them a bit easier :-)

Why shooting in RAW?

Tony Northrup has a great video about how much difference it makes in postprocessing whether you have shot your photos in RAW format or in JPEG. It's just crazy how much additional information you can get out of the same shot using RAW. Also, you get much more flexibility during the shot, when you don't have to fiddle around the WB. He also points out the negative parts of RAW which are basically that they need more space on your HDD and the buffer for serial exposures runs full much faster. Which can also be a blessing afterwards in postprocessing...where finding THE ONE in 10 almost identical pictures is already really annoying.

So for everyone who's thinking about taking shots and get as much as possible out of them afterwards RAW is definitely the go-to format, despite their much bigger file size!

So, we went to the Acropolis in Athens...*sigh*

After our sailing trip in the Saronic Gulf we decided to stay for another day in Athens and leave on Sunday in the early morning. So, what do you do if you have one day in Athens? Let me think...ah yeah, there is this ancient and really famous place: the Acropolis! I mean, you HAVE to see it if you are in Athens and it definitely gives some great opportunities for some shots. We didn't need to discuss a lot on this topic. To make sure we don't end up there exactly at noon when the sun is really burning down the most we killed some time, I mean...no need for a sun burn on the last day.

In the afternoon we went to the entry of the areal where we were greeted by a nice young lady which explained us that a four day entry to the Acropolis and a few other ancient ruins costs us 12€ per person. As we only had one day we only wanted a one day access for the Acropolis, but nope...no chance...

So we took the "offer" and payed the amount, I mean: "it's for a good cause" they have to keep these places running...

When we slowly went up the hill we were still quite alone...YAY! The path was really great and had some interesting information. This all changed when we reached the 'Theatre of Dionysos' half way to the top...

That was the moment when the first cranes, scaffolds and building huts became visible. Not great, but hey this stones are centuries old; they need some attention! Well, I can live with that, but when we reached the top, it got worse: it felt like thousands of tourist buses have poured their load on to the site. There were people everywhere and the staff had all their hands full with keeping the tourist on the marked paths. *sigh* Again, I shrugged it of...what have I thought? It is THE attraction in Athens...

A totally different story is that almost every damn structure and pillars were surrounded by scaffolds. "Yeah I know, they have to preserve these antic ruins...", but why do they have to do it everywhere at the same place and set up the scaffolds and cranes everywhere? On each structure!? Why not doing it in multiple iterations: "Hey let's start with the 'Stoa' and when we are done, continue with 'Propylaia' and afterwards we go on with the 'Parthenon' and so on and so on...I think you got the idea. It totally makes no sense for me....like, at all. Neither from the view of a tourist and photographer who goes up there to see the relics, nor from the economic perspective: Have you ever calculated what a scaffold costs per day? - uhh...and don't let us start with the cost of the cranes...The whole thing is specially sad since the newly added white marble gave an awesome contrast to the century old weather-beaten structures. *sigh*

Overall it we did have a nice day and the view down from the acropolis is beautiful but for the moment I can't recommend the Acropolis to anyone with the intention of getting great photos of theses magnificent ancient structures. If you like cranes and scaffolds you might get your money's worth...

Packing for Greece...

Coming up we'll leave for a sailing trip in Greece and since we only have limited space on the boat (and the bags themself) I'm going to pack "light" on camera equipment.

That's what is going to come with me:

  • Canon EOS 70d
  • Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • Tokina AT-X 11-16mm II f/2.8 AF Pro DX
  • Lee Filter System with different ND grad filters and the BigStopper
  • additonally a Hoya screw on 77mm Circ. Pol filter
  • Tripod (Feisol CT-3401 Rapid incl. ball head CB-50DC)
  • replacement battery plus battery charger
  • Multiple SD Cards + shoulder strap
Basically just no flash, no tele lens, no 50mm f/1.4 and no battery grip and I'm still not sure if I should take the tripod with me...