Fantastic morning shoot! At first there was nothing than thick fog. And then the fog slowly started to get thinner and thinner. At the horizon a somthing was taking its shape. First it was just something. Then it became a slidly yellow color dot. Finally a group of trees with fresh spring leaves appeared. Transition at its best!
A line of trees waking up from hibernation earlier than all the others around them. What else could be a better landscape composition of transition....
Grey sky, grey trees, grey everything. But in the distance I saw these white and green color dots. Ambassadors of spring bringing birches to live. The magic of transition!
A glorious early spring day, a family walk, and a camera in your hand. Sometimes it does not need more than this. The corn stubbles from last autumn made the perfect color contrast with the white fresh snow and the clear blue sky- and their pattern reminded somehow on a ski slope. Hand held shot - done. Here it is: Transition 2.
Today I want to start my latest series that I have called "Transition". This year the winter seemed to last forever. And this is why the wonderful transition phase from winter to spring was exceptionally long as well. Tons of oppotunities to shoot! My first picture is taken under very special conditions when Sahara dust was in the air to such an amount that the world turned completly yellow. During shooting it seemed to rain dirt and I was covered with mud all over...
Winter at home 5
This one was the first one in the winter season. I had been checking the wheather forcast for weeks becoming more and more impatient to see the first snow. And then suddenly everything was straight forward: forecast says snow over night - it's weekend - getting out to my closest shooting location - finding this tree with its amazing colors from orange leafes, green bark, white fresh snow - setting up the tripod - shooting - going home - developing - enjoying the outcome - photography can be that easy ;-)
Winter at home 4
Wintertime is the time when you can shoot all day long, even at bright sunlight. This picture is taken around lunch time. The low sun created an amazing atmosphere when breaking through the frosty trees.....
Winter at home 3
This is a picture I took on one of our family sledging trips. After 2 hours of permanently hilling up and down and taking pictures of excited and screaming kids I started looking around for some winter expressions I found these trees covered with ice and snow and slightly touched by the sunlight. Just so beautiful!
Winter at home 2
Often it is the unexpected that catches your eye. I was walking along a small creek, looking for an icy winter scene with water. But it was the barkless tree half covered with snow that attracted me. Its red brownish color in perfect contrats to the red white snow was sticking out of the environment. Hope you like it as much as I do ;-)
Winter at home 1
This picture is a handheld shot at 200 mm. I took it on my way back after a long, more or less unsuccessful winter-morning-shoot near my hometown. Out of my car those trees in the distance caught my attention because of their abstract pattern of uniform horizontal branches that seemed to be perfectly enhanced by the fresh snow covering them. I stopped and took a quick shot, which turned out to be THE shot of the morning ... Never hesitate to go for snapshots!
Blue With Antennae exhibited!
Currently hanging around near Middleburry VT US? ;-) Don't miss the chance to visit the exhibition "Botanical" in the PhotoPlace[GALLERY] to see a print of my selected picture Blue with Antennae!
And ... from tomorrow on I will share a series of my latest winter landscape pics! Stay tuned!
December the 24th - Merry Christmas Everybody !
For Christmas I decided to do a re-post of one of my personal favorites: "Tinsel Birch". This one was lucky enough to be picked for the trees exhibition earlier this year. I like it so much, because it delivers exactly that frosty feeling that I had when shooting at this lovely winter morning, very close to the place where Iive. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Merry Christmas to all of you! May the next year allow for great photo-shoots again. And keep your mood up! We all can turn it to the better!
December the 23rd
And here comes Norway again. This was my first sunset shoot in Rondane NP. You cannot imagine for how long I was walking left and right and back and forth along this lakeside to find a composition. No matter where I turned to, the picture just did not reflect the overwhelming feeling I had about the landscape. Finally I decided to put the peak centrally and just when I made this decision and had set my tripod up, the sun broke through and painted this wonderful golden light at the hill...
December the 22nd
Wouldn't this one give a nicely different christmas tree? Any decoration obsolete!
December the 21st
An overnight hiking trip into the heart of the amazing Hardanger Vidda, Norway. We setup our tents at late afternoon at a beautiful lakeside. And then, after having a rather uncomfortable dinner with our mosquito friends, the light became just magic. It was literally floating through the clouds and turned the whole landscape into a soft blue-pinkish scene... The view compensated for every single mosquito bite ;-)
December the 20th
A rainy day. Perfect conditions for woodland photography. But what to shoot? I was driving towards a small lake in the Spreewald. On my way this monoculture pine trees forest attracted me. So I stopped and started to walk around looking for a composition. I was already dripping wet, when I spotted a number of birches with beautiful golden leafs. But it was still very difficult to pick one and it took me another half hour until I found the right spot for the shoot ... This is the advantage of cloudy rainy days. The light doesn't change to much, so you do not have to hurry to compose.
December the 19th
Another spectacular view of Dovrefjell NP during one of our hiking trips in Norway this summer. The combination of snowfields, the green summer grass, storm clouds and the sun breaking through are making it so dramatic. And this is how we experienced it: dramatically beautiful.
December the 18th - I HAVE BEEN SELECTED AGAIN !!!
Being selected for the exhibition "Botanical" by the juror Lee Anne White makes me unbelievably proud. And I am getting even more proud when I see my picture amongst the really amazing ones from the other artists! They are so fabulous. Thanks to PhotoPlace[GALLERY] for having me in their exhibition again! The print can be seen in the gallery in Middlebury VT in February 2021.
And here it is ...
December the 17th
Almost midnight at Rondane NP in Norway. I was coming back from my long evening photo session looking forward to a beer in our campervan. And I knew that I have had a wonderful picture in my camera which I will show later on in this series. But when I arrived at the camper and looked back, this glorious nightly color explosion of light green lichen and dark and light orange moss complemented by the almost purple sky reflected in the lake made me packing out my gear again and shooting the scene.
December the 16th
Here comes Norway again. The highlands of Dovrefjell. Those horses fitted wonderfully to the rugged landscape. And they did me the favor to stay calm and let me come close to take this wonderful portrait of them. Only 30 minutes further we were lucky enough to spot musk oxes for the 2nd time this day. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) they were by far not as close as the horses ;-)
December the 15th
Today's picture is of one of my this years "autumn morning shoots". Leaf colors were not at their peak yet, but the weather forecast promised some fog. I was wandering through the forest looking for some mystic foggy tree composition... just couldn't find one for an hour or so. Then I decided to stop searching for something specific and shoot what simply catches my eyes. This is the outcome and I really like it. Do you?
December the 14th
Another one from our Tromsö trip last year. Sorry no story :-). Just a nice picture taken at one of our daily roundtrips. Just can remember that the family in the car was getting somewhat impatient because the shooting was taking to long ;-)
December the 13th
Small and insignificant. This how you feel when you hike in Jotunheimen. And your eyes do not know where to stop (nor did my camera stop taking pictures ;-). And the best of all: you only meet people once in a while always having a small talk about the wheather and the path and distance to come. We got dripping wet a couple of times, and it was not always easy to keep the kids motivated. Fortunately we spotted wild reindeers which lightened our mude and helped the kids to keep going looking for more ...
December the 12th
Dragon eggs. This is how the bizzar ice sculptures are called that appear when in cold conditions, high tide is changing with low tide and the ice breaks up above little hills of sea grass. My friend and I were spotting these dragon eggs in the afternoon when we arrived at this wonderful fjord near Tromsö. At the same evening we were lucky enough to have the scene illuminted by this wonderful aurora. And believe me, if you see the northern lights for the first time in your life, your are blown away. And so were we, jumping from the dinner table like crazy and rushing down to the fjord . We did not care about the freshly cooked dinner getting cold nor did we feel the freezing temperatures when shooting this composition for 3 hours ... Want to come back!
December the 11th
Today I am taking you back to summer 2019 and one to of the most photogenic places I have visited so far: Tjurpannan in southern Sweden. I visted this place for 4 evenings in a row. Everytime finding different conditions. At the night this picture was taken, the rare circumstances of no wind and very attractive rain clouds came together, revealing these wonderful colors in sky, rock and water. It looks kind of artificial, but that is exactly how it felt to me ...
December the 10th
After a 10 hour hike (so proud of the kids!) crossing the wonderful Rondane NP from east to west. The vista was absolutely superior. I urged myself to went for another short walk to shoot sunset. Dissapointingly the sky was blue without any clouds and the sunset itself didn't bring a lot fo color. I was almost about to pack up and return, when these wonderful stones in a waterfall catched my interest. I was waiting a little more until the sun finally disappeared and the water took this slight blue hour look, which harmonized so well with the golden stones....
December the 9th
Jotunheimen NP. A great 2-day hike over rugged terrain. Waste and beautiful. What this picture isn't reflecting: I was dripping wet from one of the heavy showers that accompanied us throughout the hike. Luckily we were warmed up and dried by the sun breaking through between the showers. At these periods it enlightend the mountain scenes and revealed great vistas just like this one...
December the 8th
This is from one of our "pandemic breaks" this year, when we have been lucky enough to break out from the lockdown and visit a nice place somewhere else. It was just the right period and place to shoot the blooming fields in all their glory. The blue larkspur for me perfectly contrasts the green goldish barley...
December the 7th
Third picture from the Norway series. A beautiful valley in the Rondane NP. We did the hike because it is famous for musk ox sightings. And we were lucky! Just a few minutes further down the valley we spotted 3 musk ox. Whenever I look at this picture, it feels like there will be a musk ox just waiting around the next corner...
December the 6th
One year ago I was shooting frozen trees at an orchard near my home in the very early morning. And suddenly, out of the fog these to Santas appeared with their horses. Happy St Nicholas' Day to everybody!
December the 5th
Sometimes a scene is just hitting you rather accidently and something tells you: this could be worth a shot ... And so it was with this one. My first handheld try convinced me that this a nice composition. I took out my tripod, let the whole family and friends, who joined me during this forest hike, go ahead and had to sweatingly catch up later on. But it was definitly worth it!
December the 4th
2nd picture out of my this years Norway series. For me this is representig my impressions of northern Rondana NP most perfectly! Wide green landscape, cloudy sky, rugged valleys, a bit of snow and just a spot of sunlight ... Outdoor dreams come true!
December the 3rd
Peak autumn, early morning in the mystic Spreewald. So enjoyable!
December the 2nd
2nd picture and the first one out of my "Norwayscapes" series. After a 4 hour dayhike, I decided to repeat the hike for sunset photoshoot at this wondful spot at Rondane NP. When arriving at location the sky was just grey and the whole scene was looking disappointingly flat. But after 1.5 hours of jointly waiting with my moskito friends, the sun broke through, painting the moss and the hills with those wonderful golden colors. More to come...
December the 1st
First out of 24 pictures I want to share with you till christmas. This is an abstract I was striving for 4 evenings in row at my visit to the wadden sea this year. Finally it all came togther: perfect patterns, perfect light and a bit of sea grass ... Hope you like it!
NEW website layout ...
Wanted to give my site a new look. Hope you like it! Advents time calendar with my best of 2020 pictures coming up.
Covid-19 help ...
I recently spent some time going through my pix of the last 6 months which are mostly trees and woodland inspired. Most of the photographs are taken in or quite close to my hometown. This is the area I am still able to visit during the Covid-19 lockdown. I created a special section with the ones I love most. Find them here: localtreescapes.
I did not get into selling any of my work yet. But I would like to give it a chance to help the ones in need: You can order the picture below via americanfineart as a print (or any other of their artwork options). 100 % of my personal earnings will go to UNICEF.
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Like to order any of my other images instead? Let me know...
Bit off scope ...
Product photography is not the thing I usually do. But I was happy to support when my niece was asking to take a kids pics series for the launch of a new product of SPACEPRODUCTS ®, a company she is working for. The SPACEWALLY. Check their Website to see my pics and by one!
I've been selected!!!
Beginning of 2020 I decided to give it a chance. And bam ... succeeded right at the first try: I cannot tell you how proud I am being selected for the gallery exhibition "Trees" at PhotoPlace [Gallery] Middlebury VT US. Competition was jurored by artist Wendi Schneider. She selected one of my latest pics "Tinsel-Birch" to be one of 38 exhibited works...
You are near Middlebury from 20/04/02 - 20/04/25? - Visit the "Trees" Exhibition!
t i n s e l b i r c h Kornwestheim Germany, winter 2020