Photo Impressions, Scenaries and Side Stages

Autumn Crisps - Bag is not included

- Posted in Seasons by

Taken on a short walk near home on a crisp and sunny autumn day. Crunchy as well.
The full-sized image (5,6 MB) can be downloaded here.

The Consumer Camera is Dead

- Posted in Architecture by

This photo (Church Sankt Peter and Paul on the island of Reichenau on Lake Constance) was taken after the photo of the deer on Norderney - two years later and one smart phone later. This time I made sure that the smart phone had a decent camera (it even shoots RAW in DNG format).
This is not a spectacular photo (it is uploaded as it came from the camera), but it shows the difference in technology. For souvenir photos you do not really need anything else, the consumer camera stays home. Yes, that one has more options and an optical zoom, but for landscapes and most other sceneries taken on holidays is does not make a difference and - that is the crucial point - you can not share your photos as easily as with a smart phone.
The consumer camera is indeed dead (check this link, it is really worthwhile). I still have two of these cameras, but (and I know, it is really sad) they just collect dust in a drawer.
The full-sized image (6 MB) can be downloaded here.

Blue Eyes on the Beach

- Posted in Animal Life by

Walking along the North Sea coast is always a rewarding experience. The salty air, sand under your feet, clear water (unless walking the Wadden area), and a sunny sky. Well, sunny sky is often a maybe, but then, as they say, at the North Sea there is no such thing as bad weather, just wrong clothing.
For the photographer, the coast is always rewarding. At least, if you are into nature, wildlife, structures and patterns. That day a lot of blue, almost violet, jellyfish were washed ashore resembling blue eyes looking into the sun. The full-sized image (25 MB) can be downloaded here.

Give me a camera, any camera

- Posted in Animal Life by

I still remember that moment. We were walking the dunes of Norderney, an island at the German North Sea coast. And there they were, totally unexpected, a stag with three hinds, standing perfectly still for an eternity (well, probably just for two minutes, still...), silouetted against the setting sun, a Disney moment, kitschy beyond description, a perfect moment - and no camera. Just the snapshot function of my mobile phone. Close-up of the photo I had bought the mobile phone for its phone features and not for its camera and that day I had left my camera at our rented place. I would have given anything for a decent camera, no, any camery with an optical zoom. Anyway, you take what's available, a snapshot with a terrible quality. Then, you just stay, watch and enjoy the moment. All of a sudden, they vanished to re-appear shortly afterwards just 5 meters behind us running away (that's when we noticed that there were three hinds).
The full-sized image (800 Kb for what it's worth) can be downloaded here.

Well Hidden

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A striped field mouse, an early guest in our garden, enjoying the early warm and sunny wheather. Well hidden, at least when it was not moving. close-up of the field mouseWe humans were obviously too big to be noticed. Unfortunately (for the mouse), our garden is also a most popular playground for the neighbourhood cats.
The full-sized image (20 MB) can be downloaded here.