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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 145: “Getting to Know You“

Or better, to get to know me 😊 (at least a little bit)

There are always two people in an image: the creator and the viewer.

Each image, I’m showing, is a part of me and you can experience a bit about me when watching my images (and, of course, reading the texts).

To find out more about me, you can switch to the About-me page.

I love being in nature and photographing nature, although, photographing the beauty of nature sometimes hurts. I love traveling and coming in touch with the ordinary people in the countries, I’m traveling. I love to learn about their culture. If you want to talk, drop me a note. Modern technology makes it possible 😊.

As I said, sometimes photographing the beauty of nature hurts. So, I picked a couple of images, where it hurt.

getting soaking wet for nearly two full weeks in Iceland
It’s usually freezing cold when we’re on the north sea island Helgoland in mid January


Aurora Borealis in Northern Norway – it’s very cold outside, especially at night
getting up very early – hours before sunrise to be in your spot at the right time
also before sunrise


in the heat of the day hiking without any shadow
or waiting for your game
climbing up mountains while >30°C


staying up all night for capturing a full circle of the bloodmoon, a comet or some stars


getting up at 4:25 a.m. to be there at the right moment

Photography hurts sometimes and I’m willing to suffer when the possible results are promising. The last image is from today. Getting up soo early and driving to your destination is exhausting. But, being there enjoying the silence and the light is sooo rewarding.

Take care!

20 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challange 145: “Getting to Know You“”

  1. Memorable experience. Jealous with the Aurora Borealis…I wish to see it one day in person. Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself!

  2. I don’t think I’ll ever try so hard to take a picture, so that’s why I’ll never be able to consider myself a photographer.
    So I really appreciate your effort, these images are wonderful.

  3. A fun way to show us a bit about yourself Andre. I admire your commitment to early mornings and late nights. It absolutely makes 100% difference to be there for sunrise, sunset and late nights. I should definitely do it more often but sadly my own commitment is a bit less than yours! Beautiful examples of the difference timing makes.

    1. Thanks, Tina. But, as I said, I also don’t like getting up early. But, when you want to have images standing out, you have to be at the right place at the right time. Unfortunately, the best light is usually around sunrise. Sunset is also nice, but the air is usually not as good as the in the mornings. You know, I’m further north compared to your location. So, during summer sunrise is very early. Therefore most of the night sky photography must take place during winter. Now, end of April, we’re at the threshold, where it’s becoming more and more impossible to go for a sunrise. You’re right, right time is often more important than gear. You need to think about which outcome of a trip you want to archive. Than plan accordingly: place, time, weather, proper gear, and the time you need to get there at least half an hour ahead of the planned time to have a buffer for the unexpected 🙂 The one, who fails to plan, plans to fail. But , in either way use the opportunities and don’t focus only on the plan. Let the location influence you. I know, according to your images, you’re working already that way. But, maybe someone else stumbles uptime these comments ….. 😊

  4. You definitely show that sacrifice is an important part of a relationship. Your willingness to be uncomfortable has certainly awarded you with stunning images! I love your crane shots, especially. I am very fond of cranes. Thanks for joining the challenge!

  5. Great photos. I particularly love the bird silhouettes and the Borealis. We are thinking of going to Iceland next winter. Thinking… Hmmm…

    1. Thanks, John. I’d also love to go to Iceland for the Aurora. Although it’s always a game of luck, I guess this is true especially for Iceland because of the extremely fast-changing weather conditions. I’d recommend choosing Scandinavia (Norway over Sweden, because it’s warmer and more stable than Sweden / Finland) or inner Canada. But go to Iceland, when you have also different plans and the Aurora would only be a takeaway while being there anyway.

  6. An outstanding collection, Andre. I admire your commitment for being there at the best time of the day to get the shot. So many of these shots are stunning–the blood moon cycle, the aurora, and that final shot taken this week. A wonderful collection!

  7. Outstanding shots! Yeah, I frost bit the right side of my face while climbing on the ice along Lake Michigan. I wasn’t cold anywhere else but should have worn a face mask.

    1. Thanks, Kim 🙂 taking care of yourself is an important part of the preparation. The best image is worth nothing when you get harmed or hurt.

      1. That’s part of my disease process and resulting pain. EVERYthing hurt anyway so I kept going not even feeling the pain on my face. I am much more mindful now.

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