Waiting for the summer

Monochromia

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Monochrome Madness 4-47

Here we are in Bavaria. Mid February I was in Allgäu with a few friends for our annual carnival escape. This time, we didn’t choose a warm region. Instead, our destination was the Allgäu, a region in the Bavarian Alps. I don’t want to tell much about that trip now. But, here I have one of the images taken there.

We’ve had surprisingly little snow. But, most of the time there were low standing, thick clouds.

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!

What a difference …

610_6006-e2f_wThose of you, following me on Instagram too, might wonder about my last two images I posted.

Yesterday morning I posted an image of a wet surface and grumbling about rain just on time for the weekend. My next image is taken last night during a firework at a lake nearby. Surprisingly, the weather changed yesterday dramatically. Starting with a grey, wet and rainy morning the sky cleared up during the afternoon and gave us a pretty nice evening. Unfortunately, we have had an extremely high moisture in the air. Although, we only have had about 23°C, we were sweating very much, even without moving any part of our bodies.

I love watching and photographing fireworks, although I know, wild animals don’t like them. This one was rather short: only 7 minutes long.

We have an artificial lake nearby with a marina. Here, they have a festival each year. It’s called “Hafenfest” (literally: harbor festival). It’s always at the end of July. It’s organized similar to a german Kirmes (kermis, fun fair). They have some carousels, many food stands, life music and many, many visitors 🙂

We arrived about an hour before the proposed start to set up our gear and to give my accompanies a short introduction into how to photograph fireworks. Although, I didn’t see any results of them until now, I guess, they were satisfied with their results (hopefully they are still satisfied with their results, when they are watching their images on the big computer screen).

Because of darkness, you have to master your gear blind and be able to correct each setting quickly for not missing any shot. You also have to adjust the exposure time manually, to make sure to neither overexpose nor underexpose your images. So, this was a tiny workshop for my two rookies 🙂

Enjoy!

 

dps Weekly Photography Challenge – blue

600_6001-e_wThe guys over at dps asked for their weekly photo challenge for “blue”.

Blue as a color is found everywhere on the planet: water, ocean, lakes, sky, flowers, eyes and many other things, too. Also, you can feel blue, when you’re depressed or exhausted. When describing someone as ‘blue’ in German, you’re saying he or she is found drunk.

This photo from my upcoming series on Iceland has several kinds of natural blue, so I preferred it on many others:

1. the sky
2. the water reflecting the sky
3. the water
4. the ice in the shadows on the mountains
5. the very dense ice swimming on the water
6. my hands and nose from the cold air 🙂
and, maybe, you can find some further blues, too.

Take care and enjoy the silence!