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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 144: “Taking flight”

A dream as old as mankind: flying! Spread your wings and fly. The oldest story of flying men in the story Daedalus and his son Ikaros. Daedalus was famous for his artistry. To keep him, the king of Krete sent both to jail. As escaping from an island is nearly impossible. Daedalus made wings from him and his son from feathers and bee-wax. He advised his son to follow him in the sky and warned him to say away from the sun as the warmth might melt the wax. He also warned his son to not fly too low as the water might wet the feathers and becoming too heavy to fly. The story tells us, Ikaros flew too high and then he saw the wax starting to melt, he went down. Unfortunately, he went too far down and the feathers became wet and heavy. Now, he started upwards again to let the sun dry the feathers. In the end, you might have expected this, Ikaros felt in the ocean and went under. His father noticed the problem and started searching for Ikaros. But, he didn’t find him.

A couple of years ago I got the chance to fly. Not with a plane, but with a hot-air balloon. Although a balloon flight is not risk-free, it’s not as dangerous as the wings of Daedalus and Ikaros were.

I want to take you with me on a few balloon flights. Enjoy!

 

Thank you, Tina, for this wonderful topic for The Lens-Artists Photo challenge.

Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 143: “Colorful April”

Wow, what a theme for this week. Amy is our host and she enjoys the colors of spring.

April started very cold this year. We even have had two days with a lot of snow. All the colors of spring were covered by 10-15 cm of snow.

So, I’m presenting a bit of contrast: color vs. white. All the images are taken this week: Tuesday and Wednesday

     

Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 142: “You pick it”

Another week passed by. So, it’s time for Ann-Christine to challenge us for LAPC. This week she opened the theme very wide: “You pick it”.

While I was thinking of simply picking a topic that’s important for me, I decided differently when starting writing this post. I decided to take the theme literally.

You can pick a fruit from a tree or a bush when it is ripe. You can pick a certain product at a store from the plethora of offers. You can pick a dish from a menu at a restaurant or a cookshop. You can pick a painting at a painter’s shop or choose an artist for creating your portrait. And you can pick the next color of your hair. Choose what you like, but choose well! With your choice, you’re deciding about the impact on the environment. Your choice can make a difference.

Take care!

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Throwback Thursday: An April’s fool?

I don’t know if you’re familiar with the idea of an April’s fool, but I’m very interested in your responses regardless if you’re familiar with it or not. Here it’s quite common to ‘send one into April’ (In den April schicken) as the term is literally translated from German. It’s telling a story that might be true, but when the recipient follows the instructions she got, she will see, it was a fool. Then, the sender proofs it with “April, April!”.

The editor of a computer magazine fooled their reader a couple of years ago, with a listing of program code containing a lot of machine code. In those days it was not something unusual to print such a listing instead of offering it for download. The background story for that listing was, a research group were been able to reverse the computer screen’s cable and convert the CRT screen into a scanner. The paper to be scanned should be backlit by a simple desk lamp. By using the computer program printed in the magazine the paper would have been scanned and stored as an image on the hard disk.

I didn’t believe that story. But, many people did. They typed down the listing, started the program and saw the output of the program on their screen. Instead of scanning something, the words “April, April!” were printed on the screen. A perfect April’s fool!

So, news have to be proof-checked more carefully as usual on April 1st.

I don’t want to send you into April. But, I want to encourage your mind to find out, what’s in the above image! Later this week, I’m posting an update here in the post with the result.

When freshmen start in their first job as an apprentice, they are also often fooled. They were often told to fetch a certain tool or material from the storage or even a so-called partner-company on the other side of the town. There they get something very heavy to bring back to their boss. I guess, this habit is also derived from April’s fool, because, in the old days, apprenticeships started on April 1st.

These are a few examples:

Banker:

  • get a Saldenziehzange = Zange um den Saldo zu ziehen = pair of tongs for balancing an account
  • Zinsfuß = old term meaning the interest rate

garage mechanics:

  • Kolbenrückholfeder = spring for pulling back the piston inside the cylinders of an engine

Manson, carpenter, …

  • Ersatzluftblase für die Wasserwaage = replacement airbubble for the water level

chemistry:

  • Benzolring (it’s a pun on words because we have the ring-shaped molecule named Benzol but in German, it can also mean a ring made of benzol)

I guess you got the idea. Some more of these fools can be found in the German Wikipedia. If these habits are common in your area, I’m also interested in hearing them. Please tell me a bit in the comments.

The idea is, a freshman might never hear this word before and starts investigating. All experienced colleges know what is meant and keeping the freshman busy until the initial college solves and explains. Now, the freshman has passed her initiation rite.

Nowadays, many of these fools are commonly know and the freshmen know much more about the jobs they start with than it was common in the past. So, not every fresh apprentice is faced with such a fool. But, I was told, some of them are still used in some companies.

The next isn’t an April’s fool. You know, last year I introduced you to Exire Foto, software to organize your images and, most importantly, find them!

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Take care!

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Throwback Thursday: Katedrála Sv. Víta

As proposed last week, here’s the image we planned to take.

The sky was so fantastic.

A few minutes later, we got the planned, blue sky instead of the red one

To be honest, although I like images taken during the blue hour (that’s the about 20 minutes starting from approximately 30 minutes after sunset in my region), here I like the firey sky more.

Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 140: “A change of scenery”

We’re challenged by our guest host this week for Lens Artists Photo-Challenge to find different images of a familiar scene.

All of us are surly familiar with our home town, our neighborhood, the street to the supermarkets or to work. But, going there at night has a very different ambient and the familiar surroundings become at once unfamiliar.

So, I picked a couple of night images taken insid a circle of approximately 5 km around my house.

Take care!

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Throwback Thursday: Katedrála Sv. Víta

Recently, a friend of mine from Prague posted a winter image from Prague. His image reminded me of my visit to Prague nearly 11 years ago in June 2010. One evening we headed to the river for some night shots of the castle above the river on the other side. We were in our hotel for collecting our tripods and went down to the tram when I noticed the cathedral in the far.

I still like this image very much. Next week, I’m going to show you the final image we planned to take.

Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 139: “Special Moments”

It’s Tina’s turn to name the topic for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo challenge and she asks for “special moments”.

There are so many memorable moments in one’s life. Besides, moving to the first own apartment, own wedding, the birth of the first child, the first grand-kid, the first son’s marriage, ….. there is so much more to remember like getting un-injured to of a car after an accident or having survived very serious illnesses. So, I only name a few of them where I have images.

Sometimes a word, a smell, a feeling, a sound, or a light brings up memories deep from your inside you might otherwise not have been faced again. But, all of them are important and part of your inner self. Without them, you won’t be you.

Take care!

art, astro, long exposure, night, photo-of-the-day, photography, postprocessing, star, travel, winter, world

Throwback Thursday: Orion Nebula

As I proposed last week: the Orion nebula. Orion, the hunter, is present in the winter sky in the northern hemisphere and the nebula can be found in the sword hanging. Orion is located left of the Pleiades.

You can see the nebula even with your bare eyes, but better with a spyglass or a telescope.

Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 138: “natural light”

For Lens-Artists Photo challenge is Amy our host this week and she challenges us with “natural light”.

What is “natural light”. You could say, natural light is when there is no artificial light in a scene. In general, this term is used in people photography and not in landscape, nature, wildlife, or macro photography. It means you’re working only with the available light and no flash. Sometimes, you have the problem, that certain parts are not illuminated and therefore you need to add light. But, following the idea of natural light, only working with a reflector in maximum for directing the light to your subject.

Many photographers call this kind of photography the royal league of photography. I, personally, love it more than using flashes. Taking photographs outdoors is more challenging than in a studio because you have to cope with the current light situations. This makes it more interesting than the studio with its predictable light conditions.

All these images are taken without artificial light (aka flash). Instead, I only worked with the natural light (aka available light). In some of the images, I used a reflector for directing the natural light to where I needed it or brighten the dark side of the model/scene.

Take care!

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Throwback Thursday: A path to the stars ….

… or on my way to Orion.

I was out that night for photographing the Orion nebula a couple of days ago (ok, literally it’s two weeks tomorrow). It’s located in the sword hanging of Orion right ahead. I liked the situation, how the path leads you directly to Orion. So, I took a wide-angel image first. Next week, I’m showing you the nebula.

You can easily see, how much light pollution we have here. And this is a location with only very little light pollutions in comparison to the situation in the wider area. You might remember my complaints from the past i.e. when I talked about the comet Neowise.

Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 137: “Soft”

For Lens-Artists Photo challenge is Ann-Christine our host this week and she challenges us with “soft”.

There are many soft things around us and I collected a few of them here in this post.

 

The fur of certain mammals is very soft:

 

 

The feathers of birds are also very soft. Have you ever carried an owl on your hand or arm? So big, but so lightweight and their coat is soooo soft.

Some plants produce soft fibers

or in greater areas, they are considered being a soft carpet

 

Fog is able to cover you in softness

as well as smoke can do

 

 

or the soft morning light, which embraces you with warmth

Were you ever able to feel the softness of a cloud? You can do so while flying with a hot-air balloon.

Walking on the beach you can feel the soft warm sand below your feed. The softness hinders you to walk in the same speed as you would walk along a road.

The softness of warm air can embrace you gently as well as warm water can do

  

as well as freshly washed and dried clothes.

or a baby’s skin

or simply love when touching your beloved softly.

 

Take care!

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Throwback Thursday: On a winter hike

I took this image on Saturday before last. Near the end of this year’s winter. But starting in the beginning.

Friday night two weeks ago we got severe ice-rain. For a week we had temperatures below 0°C. So, the ground was frozen everywhere. The upper areas in the air were warmer than the lower so that we were supposed to get rain instead of snow. But, because of the frozen ground and the low temperatures in the lower air areas, the rain would freeze as soon as it reaches the ground. Very dangerous conditions, when out in the streets. All plants got wet and encased inside the ice because the rain started freezing right after coming to rest on the ground or on twigs as well as on the streets and passways.

The next day, the rain changed to snow and from Sunday the landscape turned into a winter wonderland. Very soft and quite dry snowflakes were laying everywhere, even in the lowlands. You know, I’m 200m above sea level. So, we get about 15-20 cm of snow that weekend. The next few days only a few additional flakes came to accompany those already arrived. Starting on Thursday, the weather changed again: the clouds vanished and the sun came out more and more. On Saturday we had a stainless blue sky, temperatures around -10°C (up -20°C at night).

Perfect conditions for a winter hike!

At around 16:30, when the sun was already quite low (sunset at 17:42), I noticed this golden glow in the trees. Do you remember, I told you about the ice-rain. These ice encasings are the reason, why the trees are capturing all the golden light and glowing so much.

Yesterday, I already showed you an image, how the ice encaged the twigs.

Take care!