landscape, photography, travel, world

Water, Go!

600_0992-e_wBeside volcanos, what do you think of next, when it comes to Iceland?

As I mentioned in my last post on Iceland, you can certainly find lots of ice in the form of glaciers. These amounts of ice are a result of the huge amounts of water, that rain down on Iceland because of its location as I explained in my last post. But, what is another result of rain and ice? Rivers! Many big rivers bring the water back to the ocean.

Because of the rugged landscape as a result of the volcanic eruptions and the constant and heavy upfoldings, that happened during the millenniums, you can find many, many waterfalls. Many of them are very impressive. I’ll introduce you to some of them here with separate posts.

Today I want to start with one of the best known waterfalls: Gullfoss, part of the river Hvítá. Luckily it still exists. There were plans to build a hydroelectric power station. But, thanks to Sigríður Tómasdóttir, the plan was declined. Since 1979 this waterfall is protected by law.

The average water throughput is, according to wikipedia, approximately 109 m³/s, during summer approximately 130 m³/s because of snow melting. This largest throughput was 2,000 m³/s while glacial outburst floods, called Jökulhlaup.

The waterfall consists of two cascades of 11m and 21m height. At the second, bigger cascade the river falls in a long and small canyon.

Take care!

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Monochrome Madness 47

This photo is also taken from my current series on Iceland. I really felt in love with these bizarre landscapes.

For this challenge I reworked one of my photos taken at the Reykjanes Suðurnes peninsula,  by using Tonality Pro and used a different crop factor for getting a 2×1 panorama.

600_0799-ect_wThis is my contribution to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness.

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landscape, photo-of-the-day, photography, seasons, travel, world

Weekly Photo Challenge: express yourself

This weeks photo challenge at The Daily Post is called “express yourself”.a

It’s kind of hard to find a fitting photo or come up with a fitting idea.

Thus, I picked a photo of me taken by a friend of mine. It’s taken on Iceland last summer and is a perfect example for the weather conditions we have had. 🙂

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Welcome to Iceland

600_0804-ec_wThis small island in the northern Atlantic ocean is not a typical vacation destination.

This island is made of volcanic eruptive rocks, ice and water. In the middle of the Atlantic ocean is a gap, a chasm. The tectonic plates swimming on top of the hot magma inside the earth. And, just like cookies swimming in a bowl of milk, they tend to drift. Why did I tell you this? Well, the chasm is the gap between two tectonic plates. The continental plates of Europe and (north) America are bordering here and drift 2 cm apart per year. Upwelling magma moves both plates apart from each other (On the other side of the north American place you can find a convection ridge, where one plate moves under the bordering one. So, the distance between Europe and America rises, while die distance between America and Asia shrinks). This upwelling magma is the reason, that the island didn’t broke in prices until now.

As I mentioned above, this island is a result of frequent volcanic activities and you can see this in the landscape. It’s strange! But, from a photographers view, extremely interesting. You can also find many different sea birds breeding here. You can also find some interesting plants here.

Once, Iceland was formed by volcanic eruptions and mother nature is still modifying the surface by frequent eruptions of one of the 30 active volcano systems and the water. First we have the ocean, which nibbles on the coastal lines. And we have ice and rain. You know, frozen water needs more room, than fluid water. Thus, when freezing in winter, the water is able to break rocks open. And, you have very much rain on Iceland. Rain water is also able to grind down rocks.

Where does the rain came from? That’s easy: The Gulf stream brings warm water from the Caribbean, that evaporates in the cold, arctic air. Now, when it condensates … gotcha!

In the pas I already published some photos from Iceland. You can find them here:

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Monochrome Madness 46

Today’s photo is a little bit older, but has a story. When I saw a photo a few minutes ago taken be a friend on G+,this photo came up to my mind.

You know, I live south of the Ruhr area, that part of Europe, where the industrial revolution started centuries ago when a shepherd boy found coal by incident. In the middle of the last century, the mining and the steel industries went worse. Many plants and mines had to be closed for economic reasons. It was much cheaper to by coal overseas and ship them elsewhere, then digging it from the ground here in Germany. The same with steel plants.

The photo below is taken in a former steel plant. The enormous walls are the walls of the coal and ore bunkers. That plant is open to the public as a park. It’s a paradise for photographers.  Every now and then I already published photos taken there (i.e. here).

When you’re in my area and want to visit that park, drop me a line.

I developed this photo in bw from the beginning, because it has, in my opinion, a distinct mood for monochrome. For this challenge I reworked it by using Tonality Pro.


This is my contribution to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness.

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What’s left from Barcelona?

600_7906_wThere are many more stories to tell, and many photos more to show (and even to take). During our days in this city with a large history we were able to scratch the surface a little bit. We collected some impressions, visited some (in our opinion) important places. But, all of these is nothing compared to the history, collected over the centuries. In my opinion, one can travel on and on, and every time walking through the streets of Barcelona, she can find new places telling new stories. Just like any other place, too!

In this final post on Barcelona I assembled some photos taken in the former olympic area, the Ciutadella Park and the archaeological excavation area with remains from the ancient roots of the city.

Next week, I’m going to start my next series. It is on Iceland, as I already mentioned.

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Monochrome Madness 45

600_7857-e_wbThis photo is taken from my Barcelona series.

Inside St. Maria del mar I captured this nice sun ray coming inside from one of the stained glass windows.

I’ve posted some more photos from this church last Thursday.

This is my contribution to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness.

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moving in urban environments

610_0144-sc_wFriday evening I was on the road to take some experimental photographs.

My aim was, to show movement in urban environments.

I don’t want to tell much about the single images. Give yourself some time to look on every single image and try to understand, what you are seeing. Let the situation work on you.

Maybe, you can leave a comment in the box below for me and the other visitors, what the images meant to you and how you felt by watches them. And I’m very curious to read your thoughts.

This time, I’ve chosen a different kind of gallery then usual. Click on the first image in the gallery below and you can see it in a bigger size, navigate easily from one image to the next or back to the last one and you can leave comments for each single image as well as below the whole post.

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Basílica Santa Maria del Mar

600_7822-s_wThis church is located near by the ocean. It’s also next to the zoo, the olympic village and the olympic marina.

As you can see, this church is old and is used by the mariners.  Before sailing in other countries, the mariners came here to pray for a good journey, good sailing winds, good businesses, no dangers and a well coming home.

This church is quite hidden between the old houses here in the tiny roads. It was a victim of several severe fires. So, not all painted glass windows are still in place. But, the remaining ones will give you an idea of the skills of the window painters, who created those windows.

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Monochrome Madness 44

600_1230-e_wbTodays photo for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness is taken in steelworks.

Back in October, I was in this closed steelworks with some friends. Every now and then, I like to go there. It has so many interesting views.

This part is a rope belt conveyor, that broad cole and ore up to the furnace to keep the fire burning for melting the ore and get the iron and steel out of it.

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fun games with water and more

610_0097-ec1_wEach first Saturday we have our monthly photographers roundtable. Meeting, chatting, talk shopping and taking photographs. Usually we meet for a photowalk, but, when having bad weather, this walk takes place in a museum or so.

During winter we often have weather conditions, that won’t allow being outside or at least it is (very) uncomfortable being outside for taking photographs. For this Saturday the weather forecast proposed sleet, rain, snow, cold winds and slippery streets. Thus, we met inside and using our gear for some fun games.

It’s really fun to figure out together with some friends, how a setting has to be for such a photo. OK, the downside is, everyone only has limited time. When each of eight photographers want to try the same and each one only needs 15 minutes, the whole thing lasts two hours.  But, it’s worth the effort. Each following photographer benefits from his forerunners and the results are getting better. Another benefit is, you can share gear, thus none of us had to have all the necessary gear (gear, you probably usually don’t need).

While four of us tried the water games, the others were trying other kinds of macro, and vice versa, as you can see in my gallery below.

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Computer, photography, technic

How to store photos on your disks

As a photographer you collect many, many photos over the years. Back, in film days, there were prints, slides, mounted slides and developed films to store carefully. They had to be stored dark, dry and preferably dust-free.

Today, when we have digital photos, the problems changed a bit. We don’t need that large cabinets anymore, because a digital photo need much less space. But, because it’s so cheap to make a photo, we have much more of them.

In film days, we have had folders for the developed films and hand-written index sheets or card boxes for the slide trays. This was done carefully, to have chance to find a certain photo without much effort.

Today I want to introduce you to my digital filing system.

photo-development-workflowFirst of all, I have my SD card containing the photos. On trips I usually transfer them every evening from my card to my computer and check them. The check is for making sure there is no corrupt file. I also delete bad photos: unintentionally shutter releases, obvious mismatched focus or unrepairable over- or under-exposed photos. Then I make a second copy to an external USB disk and clear the SD cards for the next day.

I create a folder for the trip like: “20140629 – Iceland”
Below this folder I create separate folders for each part of the trip. (note: photowalks and roundtables usually don’t have this additional level)

20140629 – arrival
20140630 – 01 – Gullfoss
20140630 – 02 – Geysir
20140630 – 03 – Brúaráfoss
20140701 – 01 – Pseudo crate field
20140701 – 02 – Viking house
20140701 – 03 – Gjáin Foss

This scheme makes it much easier to find a certain photo later. (keywording is not subject to this post)

As I wrote in my last ‘tech‘ post, I’m a raw shooter. Thus, I have to do my developments, when I’m back at home (on a trip I only develop very few, but really fantastic, photos).

Therefore I create a sub-folder called “edit” inside the folder of certain trip part. Each developed photo is stored inside this edit folder. When I’m ready with all development of a folder, I start a batch process for exporting all developments to JPG-Files. Subsequently I start another batch job, that creates some further sub-folders for the original (printable) JPG and a watermarked file in web resolution.

photo-storageWhen I’m finished with a project, I move all JPGs to my file server, all developed files go to my NAS and all untouched raws to an external USB disk. On both storage devices, I have folders named by the year to hold the folders mentioned above. My file server and my NAS are backed up every day (night) to separate, independent USB disks. The external USB disk with all the raws isn’t backed up separately. Now, the pristine second copy isn’t needed anymore and thus cleared for a new use.

 ⤷ 2014 – Iceland
    ⤷ 20140629 - arrival
       ⤷ big
       ⤷ org
       ⤷ web
    ⤷ 20140630 - 01 - Gullfoss
       ⤷ big
       ⤷ org
       ⤷ web
    ⤷ 20140630 - 02 – Geysir
       ⤷ big
       ⤷ org
       ⤷ web
    ⤷ 20140630 - 03 – Brúaráfoss
    ⤷ 20140701 - 01 - Pseudo crate field
    ⤷ 20140701 - 02 - Viking house
    ⤷ 20140701 - 03 - Gjáin Foss

Both, file server and NAS, are built from regular computer parts and set up with Linux. Thus, I’m able to adapt them easily, in case of new requirements.

My desktop computer is also backed up every night. All those backups are incremental backups. This is copying only the modified files, instead of the whole disk. Thus a backup is finished usually in less than half an hour, depending on the amount of modified files.

Take care for you valuable files. Have a backup!

Happy snapping 🙂


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600_7946-e_wVisiting Barcelona isn’t complete without visiting the beach.

This beach isn’t old. It was reconstructed of the 1992, held in Barcelona. This wonderful beach is located directly at the old town of the city. Follow the street La Rambla downhill and you reach the ocean. Once, Barcelona was crossed by a river. But, the river was most of the time (almost always) without water. Thus, they transformed the riverbed to a street: La Rambla! And this broad street leads you to the harbor and the marina, both located at the ocean.

During this cold, wet and dark time of the year, here in the northern hemisphere, a little bit of color and warmth is very welcome. So, enjoy!

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