Enjoying lunch in the Sun

Day 116 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

32 degrees Celcius! That was the value the thermometer showed today.

Almost too warm to take pictures outside. Nevertheless, I set out to get a motif for my challenge.

Again I focused on the butterflies, which took the opportunity to drink flower nectar despite the heat.

Through the freshly planted flower meadows, there is enough supply for the insects. This is visibly reflected in a large number of insects and butterflies this year.

This specimen of a lemon butterfly took a long rest at one of the flower calyxes and obviously enjoyed the midday sun while it was feasting on the nectar.

Dipsacus strigosus

Day 115 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today’s photo shows a Dipsacus.
The cardoon (Dipsacus) is a plant genus in the subfamily of the cardoon family (Dipsacoideae) within the family of honeysuckle plants (Caprifoliaceae).

The approximately 20 species are widely distributed in Eurasia and North Africa.

This photo was also taken freehand with my Nikkor 70-200 mm telephoto lens.

Hypericum androsaemum

Day 114 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today’s photo motif is once again a plant. To be more precise, a blood St. John’s wort, which I discovered during a trip to the local floodplains.

What fascinated me most was the contrast between the redbuds and the bright yellow flowers. Although I took this photo in the midday sun, the contrast between the plant and the background was excellent.

But what I like most is the shadow of the flower stems on the petals.

Let me know what you like about this photo!

Gonepteryx rhamni

Day 113 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

The sun is shining mercilessly today. Sometimes the thermometer reaches up to 32 degrees Celsius. Actually, a day to stay indoors. Nevertheless, I made my way to the local floodplains to look for butterflies and insects.

I did not have to search for long. The flower meadows were full of butterflies and bees searching the flowers for nectar.

My theme of the day is the lemon butterfly. This specimen is a male, which can be distinguished by its bright yellow colour and the inconspicuous orange spot on each wing.

Once again, my proven 70 – 200 mm F2.8 lens was used. I also refrained from using a tripod, because it would have been too much of a handicap.

Have fun while watching.

Model Sedcard: Beate

Day 112 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Due to the bad weather, I had a studio session today. After a friend of mine needed photos for her Model Sedcard, it was the perfect opportunity to improve my skills for portrait photography.

As light setup, I used 3 light sources, which I took over from the famous photographer Peter Hurley.

If you take a close look at the model’s eyes, you can guess the arrangement of the studio flashes.

It is precisely this arrangement that conjures an extraordinary reflection in the model’s eyes.

For you as a hint, you should want to try this setup, on Youtube, you can find several videos from Peter Hurley, in which he describes this setup.

Have fun trying it out!

My latest Photography Flyer

Yesterday, I finalised the latest version of my photography studio flyer. The flyer contains information about my fields of photography and gives an overview of my services and their prices.

Of course, there is still room for improvements, but first let’s see how it works.

I am open for recommendations from your side!

Castel Burgk

Day 111 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today’s photo was taken in the Nature Park „Thueringer Schiefer gebirge / Obere Saale“.

Taken from a lookout tower, called Saaleturm, it shows Castle Burgk and the river Saale, which meanders through the nature park.

I was fortunate with the weather because it had rained cats and dogs shortly before this picture was taken.

Especially the dark sky with thick clouds adds a particular drama to the picture.

Have fun looking at the photo!

Ködeltalsperre

Day 110 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I roamed the woods around the Ködeltalsperre on my photo tour.

The drinking water reservoir Mauthaus – also called Ködeltalsperre – is a dam in Bavaria, which was built between 1968 and 1972 near Nordhalben for the supply of drinking water. As a secondary purpose, it serves flood protection, low water elevation and the generation of electricity from hydropower.

The dam offers a vast range of photo motives of the most different kinds.

It also shows its charm in all seasons.

The picture shows the starter, which is located about 4.5 km before the main dam.

I can only recommend everyone to include this place on one of their next holiday destinations.

Here the link to the website of Nordhalben, which is an ideal starting point for tours around the dam.

http://www.nordhalben.de/Tourismus-Erholung.5.0.html

Ribes rubrum

Day 109 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Currently, I am on a photo tour in the northern part of the Franconian Forest. Unfortunately, there are still some spots where the connection to the internet is not very good.

Therefore I am posting the pictures of the past days only now.

Today’s picture features the red currant, which was discovered near my holiday accommodation.

It should be noted that after I created the picture, I picked these beautiful berries and used them to round off my breakfast cereal!

For your information, they tasted extraordinarily good!

Cypripedium formosanum

Day 108 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I accidentally saw this Formosan lady’s slipper in front of my lens.

Totally hidden, in the back garden area, it looked out under a thick roof of leaves.

Luckily, a thick band of clouds was passing through, creating a diffuse soft light—the ideal starting point for a natural light photo.