Exploring Switzerland: Volketswil, Örmis

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone is well and healthy and can somewhat enjoy the quarantine at home, too! We still go out regularly with our dogs so we have the ability to enjoy the warm weather that Switzerland has been showing off with this past weekend. The other day I asked some of my friends / followers (not a large group, but still!) on Instagram whether they had any tips for us regarding where to take the dogs in and around Zurich. After a while, it seems we have walked every path at least twice in our neighborhood and the surrounding 5-10 km.

I also always check out the account from different people on Instagram, including that of Andrea Monica Hug (@andreamonicahug), whom is not just an amazing photographer but also goes for many runs and walks. The other day she went for a walk with her dad to a place that looked absolutley beautiful and one that I really wanted to see. I wrote her asking where this place was and not only did she tell me, but she also sent me a screen shot of google maps to find it easily – thank you so much, Andrea – that was highly appreciated!

My fiancé and dogs loved the walk as much as I did, though, I probably loved it the most (or perhaps second-most after the dogs). I used this time to work on my photography skills a bit again and just enjoy the time with my camera. Here are some of the photos I wanted to share with you. Of course this is after the processing – all done with Lightroom Classic and Lumiar (Skylum Luminar 4 to be precise). What do you think of them?

All photos are shot with the Canon EOS R with the RF 15-35MM F2.8L IS USM lens.

Dog Photography with the iPhone 11 Pro

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Happy Thursday! Ahhh.. I couldn’t say no. I tried, I really did – then it happened. I had to have the new iPhone Pro 11. Why you may ask? Well, the easy answer is: the camera. Of course I did have a few other reasons, but let’s be honest here: I am a tech freak and proud of it it!

I really do enjoy the new camera though of the iPhone. The number one reason for me to upgrading a phone usually is exactly that: taking good photos. As I love to take snaps of everything, all the time – it only makes sense to have a good camera on hand in your phone rather than carrying around another, large and heavy one.

The iPhone 11 pro has 3 cameras at the back, and one at the front. The three cameras make it easier to shooting lighter photos in a dark environment. It also includes a wide angle lens now, which is super practical when trying to get more background into a photo. Or, when photographing your dog’s head and making it look like there is no body behind it! Ha – check out the below photo! How cute does Luna look here?

This below photo is also taken with the wide lens.

Another improvement is the sharpness of the images. You can go quite close to an object and have the same sharpness you would expect from a good camera (maybe not a pro pro camera, but a good one!). Also, you now have the option to edit your photos right after taking a picture. With the iPhone 11 pro, I can edit the exposure, the brilliance, the highlights, shadows, contrast, brightness, black point, saturation, vibrance, warmth, tint, sharpness, definition, noise reduction, or add a vignette! With all these new features for photo editing, there is almost no more need for fancy filters (even though you do find a range of filters in the app itself). Personally, I still stick to adobe photoshop lightroom and some of the filters I use there that I only have to slightly edit. Yet, I have tried all features of the photos app and with some practice, I can almost achieve the same results!

What do you think of the new iPhone 11 Pro camera? Anyone else that has tested and tried it these days already?