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Monochrome Madness 3-08

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This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. For this first week of June we have a theme again: it’s closed.

Check her site on Wednesday evening to see the other contributors images. It’s always great to see the great variety of monochrome images from different photographers from different parts of the world.

Here, we have a look inside the chemical laboratory of a closed coke oven plant. During the last decades many coal mines, steel plants and depending industries have had to close because of economic reasons. this one isn’t an exception.

Take care!

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WPC: spare

This week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post” is “spare”.

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I picked this image from my trip to Iceland back in 2014. At once, I felt in love with these wild and spare landscapes.
Currently, many books, maps and reports about Iceland are on my desk. I’m already planning for my return in August 2017. Thus, I’m working to assemble a round trip. I want to explore some new areas.

Take care have a great weekend!

(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)

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A trip to the desert at lake Korision

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Although, Corfu is a very green island, there is a sandy desert located near the west coast.

A lake, parted from the sea by a small land tongue, is surrounded by a sandy desert. This landscape is very different from the parts of the island, we have seen up to now. The ground is covered by a thick layer of sand, similar to a sandy beach. Bushes with thorny twigs and leaves are growing here, as well as some smaller crops, which love dry grounds. Thick, black insects are flying from one blossom to the next, by paying no attention to the visitors. Shady places are very rare here.

It seems, the locals use this area for driving with dune-buggies and quad bikes through the hills. At least we found many skid marks here, implying this.

The lake itself, unfortunately, is surrounded by reeds. These plants are about 2 m high. So, it’s quite hard to get a view to the lake. From some of the sandy hills we were able to see many herons and other big birds standing in the shallow water and on sand banks or swimming around. But, even 1200mm (400mm + 2x tele-converter attached to a camera with an APS-C sensor) were enough to fill the frame. Furthermore, the sand didn’t give a solid ground, to get sharp images. You also have to plan with heat haze, when trying to photograph over such long distances. What a pity.

When trying to come here, pay much attention to the road. The last mile is an unpaved trail with many thick stones and deep road-holes. Here, at our first short stop, is a small parking ground for about 6 or 7 cars.

Take care!

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Monochrome Madness 3-07

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This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by the Australian photographer Leanne Cole. Check her site on Wednesday evening (CET) to see the other contributors images. It’s always great to see the great variety of monochrome images from different photographers from different parts of the world.

My image is from my trip to the coast the weekend before last. I like the evening mood very much. It’s so calm. The sun got reflected on the sea and the warm ambient in the original image hides, how strong the wind blew that day. You know, without the strong wind none of the kites would have been out there 🙂

I like the contrast in the image. Although it is split in two halfs, which usually has to be avoided in image composition. But, here it works very well in my opinion. We have the rough sea opposite to the calm woman on the bench in the lower half and the calm sky to the very active kites in the upper half. And also, the calm sky verses the rough sea. Additionally, the resting woman sits opposite to the bulk of the active moving kites and looks at them. An image full of contrasts.

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When looking at the original image (the lower one), you can see, it is kind of natural-born monochrome image. We have black silhouettes and the brownish-orange mood of the setting sun in the rest of the image. That’s all (ok – except the small area inside the two kites in the middle which are illuminated by the sun).

So, a monochrome image does not need to be converted to black and white for being a monochrome image.

Take care!

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I’m back ….

610_5609_w… from East Frisia at the German North Sea. Frisia is the region, where the ancient frisian people settled. Nowadays it’s devided in North-Frisia in Germany (state of Schleswig-Holstein) and Denmark, East-Frisia in the German state of Lower Saxony and West-Frisia in the Netherlands. Big areas on the main lands are part of Frisia as well as several islands, located in front of the coast in the tidelands called Wadden Sea. During tide vast areas fall dry in the tidelands. You can even walk to some islands in these times.

I was up there for an extended weekend. Last Monday we have had a public holiday here: Pentecost Monday – Whit Monday. Because of the wonderful warm weather the week before, many people started on Friday around noon to a short vacation. Many states here have had a school holiday on Tuesday. So, this is the perfect weekend for a short vacation. Unfortunately, many, many people got that same idea – so the motorways were very crowded on Friday afternoon. Instead of 3 1/4 hours, we needed 2 1/2 hours more for the way. But, it was worth the effort. Although, the temperatures dropped significantly, we have had a wonderful time ’til our return on Wednesday.

As usual for an “I’m back …” post I attached several photos. The gallery below has also some images, I already posted on Instagram (consider following me at Instagram: @tuxur)

Take care!

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