Alpine Panorama

Having moved into a Munich 4th story penthouse with a view to the Alps, I tried for months to get a proper pictures of them. On a somewhat cloudy day my compact Sony DSC-HX90 ultrazoom was hopeless, the color and brightness resolution just wasn’t there. I posted some smartphone snapshots on Twitter but those were frankly mediocre. Just now I tried my full-frame Sony Alpha 7R II and guess what, all the batteries were empty. A notorious problem with this series until Sony introduced batteries with greater capacities for newer models.

However, the Sony DSC-HX90 amazingly still had full battery life and today it was finally clear enough that its limited resolution powers didn’t matter, but its full-frame equivalent zoom range of 720 mm very much did. Therefore I present you a little panorama of the Alps as seen from my bedside window, looking southward from Munich Trudering.

No comments on the individual pictures as I really don’t know which exact mountains I’ve been looking at. The only thing I know is that the construction cranes in the last picture are around Munich Neuperlach where they are expanding the city. Trudering itself is basically a farming village with most building plots already allocated to low housing, so the view is likely to be remain unobstructed. It’s good to be the king!

Update: Alps in Full-Frame

Today we got some dramatic clouds over the Alps. Surprisingly the newly charged batteries of the Sony A7R II had not completely drained after three days, so I decided to use that camera with the Sony SEL-70300G lens. Partly the intention was to give a comparison with the DSC-HX90, partly it was a necessity since a polarizing filter was required to even approximate the stark contrasts visible to the naked eye. That’s one point aside from raw resolution where the big heavy full-frame camera still has its uses. All photos were shot at the maximum zoom of 300 mm.

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