Last weekend, we flew to Hamburg to celebrate our good very friends' 25th wedding anniversary and to enjoy this wonderful city. We were lucky to have picture-perfect weather all weekend long.
We've been to Hamburg often and we love the city and its flair. But we hadn't been there since the famous Elbphilharmonie (the imposing building on the right) was finished.
The project was the source of a lot of discussion, scorn and disdain. It was a prime example of bad planning and foolishness for many people.
From Wikipedia: "In 2007, the construction was scheduled to be finished by 2010 with an estimated cost of €241 million. In November 2008, after the original contract was amended, the costs for the project were estimated at €450 million. In August 2012, the costs were re-estimated to be over €500 million, which should also cover the increased cost for a strengthened roof. Construction work officially ended on 31 October 2016 at a cost of €789 million."
But the result is beautiful and the hall is always fully booked. If you want to attend a concert there, you will probably have to wait at least a year.
In the CI, a photo with a bit of seaman action. :)
I've had an iPhone 8plus for some time now and I'm quite satisfied with the camera. Since I'm not looking to sell images or make extremely large prints, it suits my personal purposes well. So I left the heavy Canon at home. What do you think? I'm quite satisfied with the quality. There was a great deal of lens distortion, but I cleaned that up in PS.
Talk about picture perfect weather, you got it just right. deep blue sky with some white clouds to breaking the plain blue sky. Such wonderful clarity, as if it just rained and wash out all the dust in the air. Beautiful architectures with interesting features and design and color. being next to the water make it even more beautiful and compelling for photography. Excellent shots, Love them both.
A city that I have never seen, (yet) you never know. I also have a iPhone 8 and as you say for quick photos whilst sightseeing or to give the impression of a place it is quite satisfactory. The contrast and colours as you show here work fine, but you lose a lot of detail in the shadows I think.
Sistercosmo (2018/09/09 19:00:50): Yes, Elaine, you're right. Until the iPhone can take images in RAW, there will always be that issue.
You show us an impressive citscape here - including the 110 meters high "Elbphilhamonie". As you wrote this building caused an incredible and scandalous cost overrun. Obviously the city of Hamburg couldn't exist without this in many ways incredible building - but as usual the Cash Cow taxpayer had to pay for this financial insanity ...
Both photos transmit the atmosphere of a port city very well and I like how you could remove the optival lens distortions here. Considering that you took this photo with an iphone the quality is amazing.
Greetings from late summer in Westphalia!
I love modern architecture, so I can sympathise with your opinion on this stunning building. I can see potential for lots of detail shots, which maybe you would need a DRSL for to be able to zoom???
Carrying a heavy camera is not an option for me any more, so I went mirrorless with a Fuji XT1. It's a lot lighter than the Nikon, but obviously nowhere near as light as a phone.
Nothing wrong with the quality here. I might consider upgrading my phone and do away with my camera altogether; at least if my motivation stays at an all time low.
Two excellent images.
A Herzog & De Meuron building, two Swiss architects from Basel :-) I probably have to hide considering the big bill, haha. But on the other hand it attracts people from all over the world more than ever. Maybe one day the costs pay out? Friends that went to concerts, they say it is a fantastic experience. A very attractive image, Linda, the result from your mobile is really very good. I personally see it as a visual diary, this is what we do when we travel lately. But I still carry the big camera too, we do both. I don't sell my images either but I find it a lot of fun to play around with the camera settings and what not, you can simply do more. But the thing IS h e a v y - ha.