Lonicera implexa Aiton

Day 25 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

I was particularly lucky today with my Foto challenge. After it had been raining continuously since this morning, the weather suddenly improved and I used this brake for a tour into the local forest.

I came across this plant, a Lonicera implexa Aiton, which had been in my eye for days. The diffuse light came in handy again, and I was able to take a close-up relatively easily—this time I used my Nikon 70 – 200 mm 2.8 lens again. Because of the approaching rain, I did not use a tripod.

I hope you like the motives today again!

Tomcat Charlie

Day 23 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Due to the lousy weather (finally, it is raining!), I had to divert to an indoor motif. Luckily, I have two Maine Coons at home, who sometimes are willing to pose for me. On that day, I caught my Tomcat Charlie in the perfect position.

The backlight from the window provided a marvellous rim light separating him from the dark background. The only thing I had to do was to expose for the shadow, ensuring no overblow in the highlights. And ready was the perfect portrait of him!

Just for your info, I used my D850 and again my Nikkor 50mm F1.4.


Hydrangea macrophylla

Day 22 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

After taking Still Life photos over the last two days, I concentrated again on Nature Photography.

This time, I tried to portrait a Hydrangea Macrophylla, which I just bought one day ago for my rooftop terrace. I used my Nikkor 50mm F4 lens, just handheld with ambient light for the lighting of the scene. Worth to mention that I took the photo around 17:00 hours during sunset.

Enjoy it!

Together we are strong!

Day 20 of my 365 Photo Challenge

Today I was experimenting with a chess game.
I used my 50mm lens again. To light up the scene, I used the available light from my large window.

For sure, it was not the last image of it.

So for now – enjoy the photo!

Taraxacum officinale

Day 19 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Out today to capture wildflowers. The weather is very favourable due to thick cloud layers, providing a very soft and defused lighting.

The picture shows a dandelion which has already lost half of its spores. Only 2 of the spores had remained on the upper surface. I was able to get the camera in position just in time to catch the jump of the one.

Again, the luck was on my side!


Vaccinium Myrtillus

Day 18 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Although 18 days have passed by, my motivation for the photo challenge is still high. Every day that is my feeling, it gets easier and more comfortable to concentrate on the upcoming photo and to find new motifs.

For today’s image, my blueberry bush had to serve as photo motif.

It is now three years old, and while in the previous two years the yield of blueberries was meagre, this year a record yield of berries is about to be achieved.

I liked the way the diffused sunlight highlighted the flowers in the shadow on my rooftop balcony, creating this beautiful soft bokeh in the background.

The only thing I had to do was to choose the right Aperture, and Exposure to ensure enough sharpness in the middle of the frame and to blur the busy background to draw your attention solely on the flowers!

Be inspired, be fascinated, be motivated!

Chill the Base!

Day 17 of my 365 Photo Challenge

Today my Maine Coon tomcat Charlie had to step in again as a model. It was pure luck that he snuggled up against the pillow with the inscription „Chill your base“.

Because of the very bright window light, it was not easy to find the right exposure for my black cat.

I used spot metring and paid attention to the details in the shadows. As you can see, it worked!

Then have fun while watching.

Spring is all-around!

Day 16 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

It is visible; Spring is all-round, and wildlife shows great hectic to prepare for the breeding season.

To be precise, I heard him before I could see him. He sat on a low-hanging branch and twanged excitedly and loudly.

After I spotted him, I could see the caterpillar in his beak. It seemed to me that he wanted to show everyone what he had caught proudly.

He was so engrossed in his activities that I was able to bring my camera into position and take several photos of him without a hurry.

Sometimes you have to be lucky!

Being in Love!

Day 15 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

On this day, I went out to our local lake to capture the busy wildlife around 05:30 in the morning. No other persons were around, and I had the whole area from my alone, allowing me to enjoy the sunrise and the awaking wildlife.

Since one week, a Mute Swan Couple has settled at the lake. During this morning, it was so beautiful to watch their early courtship.

With no rush and seems to hover, they were conducting their circles around the lake, volunteering as models in front of my Nikkor 200-500mm.

Enjoy the image, and I hope you will get your chance to watch some swans by yourself.