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Monochrome Madness 3-49

 

The weekend before last, I was bored. All absolutely necessary chores were done and I didn’t have had any idea nor energy to do anything but sitting on the couch. While sitting there, our blooming Amaryllis caught my attention, because the sun outside made the petals opaque and nice structures popped out. So, I got up from the couch, fetched my camera, the extension tubes and my tripod. For about an hour I worked my way through the Amaryllis blossom and an African Violet. On Wordless Wednesday this week I’m gonna show you one of the violet images.

Some more images are already in my Instagram account.

I converted the image to monochrome by using MacPhun Tonality Pro 2, as usual. I really like the output of Tonality Pro. I even like it much more than Nic SilverEfex 2. It’s not only the output, it’s also the user interface, the option to use it native without Photoshop as a host application and the option to save images with all the edits changeable.

Every now and then, I edit my monochrome images by using my raw converter CaptureNX 2, Photoshop CS6, Nic SilverEfex 2 and MacPhun Tonality Pro 2 simultaneity for comparing the results. It’s almost always, that I like the version by Tonality Pro most and delete the other one.

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.

I’d also encourage you to participate. The conditions are  published in each of her Monochrome Madness posts.

Take care!

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Travel Tuesday: Buddelschiffmuseum

Insider’s tip: here by the harbour of Neuharlingersiel you can also find the famous Buddelschiff Museum, a museum dedicated the fine art of building ship models inside an empty bottle (Low German dialect: Buddel – speak booddle).

This tradition was quite common along the German coast because of many men have been sailors on big ships. You know, sailors are known for drinking much alcohol and so have many empty bottles. One day in the past, one of the sailors came up with the idea of building a model of the ship he was working on and place it inside an empty bottle along with a symbolised ‘landscape’. The Buddelship was invented. And nowadays you can find them everywhere along the German North Sea coast.

The Buddelschiff Museum is a small private museum with about 100 different Buddelschiffen. Unfortunately, it was closed when we were there, because we visited Neuharlingersiel off-season. But, I was already in a few years ago. It’s really astonishing what a filigree work the rough sailors hands have been able to create. So, check the opening times in advance on the web. It’s worth a visit. And you can also learn, how to get the ship inside die bottle 🙂

But, at least I have the one Buddelschiff from the outside window for you 🙂

Take care!

 

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Monochrome Madness 3-48

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.

I’d also encourage you to participate. The conditions are  published in each of her Monochrome Madness posts.

Take care!

culture, history, people, photography, travel, world

Travel Tuesday: more harbour

As I mentioned in my last travel Tuesday post, the harbour of Neuharlingersiel is used by shrimp fishers. It’s not a harbour for sport boats and the ferry to the offshore island Spiekeroog stays further out. You can walk by the boats. Some owners offer tours to the seal sandbanks in the sea or other road trips.

As you can see in the image, you can walk near-by the boats. In the front, a fisher uses a fence for dying his nets.

Several cafés and restaurants surrounding the harbour. So, the harbour is even the touristic center of the town.

Take care!

 

art, flowers, macro, nature, photography, plants, seasons

Monochrome Madness 3-47

I’ve found these tiny blossoms on our monthly photographers roundtable (photowalk) last Saturday. They are similar to snow drops, but the blossoms a bit thicker and shaped like a bowl turned upside down. Snowdrops instead, are more slender and elegant. Just like comparing and apple to a pear. Apart from this, they have many similarities in their appearance. Follow my link back to a past post, showing the snowdrops. But, they are not related to each other. The next relative ist the Amaryllis.

Here they are called Märzbecher (Leucojum vernum). März = March and Becher = cup, bowl, goblet, mug, can. Their english name is spring snowflake or simply snowflake. According to Wikipedia, they are native to south Europes floodplain and mixed deciduous forests, but you can also find these strong protected spring plants in some regions in Germany and in gardens.

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.

I’d also encourage you to participate. The conditions are  published in each of her Monochrome Madness posts.

Take care!

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Travel Tuesday: Neuharlingersiel harbour

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Here we are. The small harbour of Neuharlingersiel. Here you won’t find sport boats of big yachts. You can see three of the shrimper boats. These boats used to be common here at the German North Sea coasts. Nowadays only few of them are left and going out for fishing on a regular basis.

The most left buildings in the back (now a café) has platform on the roof, where you have a fantastic overview.

Take care!