Day 14 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Finally, after a long while, I set out to frame a landscape image.

I used the local lake of Garching, situated in the North of Munich. Although the weather forecast promised more dominant clouds the day before, on the day of the shoot, only a few were present.

Nevertheless, I tried my best to capture the morning glow of the rising sun in the sky, incorporating the calmness of the lake and the sky’s reflection in the water.

To compensate for the different exposure in the sky, the trees in the middle of the frame, and the lake in the foreground, I used two grated neutral density filters.

I used one for the sky, in a general direction and one in the upside-down position.

Finally, I added a circular polarizer to increase the details of the clouds in the sky.

For sure, I will repeat the shooting when there are more dominant clouds available.

Enjoy the image!

World Forest

North America, Asia, Europe – including the Mediterranean region. A collection of trees from all over the world, the Bavarian State Arboretum, is being created on an area of around one hundred hectares in the Kranzberg Forest. Since the first plantations in 1987, more than 300 species of trees and shrubs have been planted, more than twice as many as there should ever be. If you walk along the winding paths you will be shifted more and more into a dream world, consisting of trees and bushes, which invite you to stay and guarantee experience.

As this was my first visit to the world forest, I am sure that this was not my last!

Finally, snow again!

Brecherspitz, Spitzingsee, Schlierseer Mountains, Bavaria

After the previous weeks in December were snowless, it is lovely to finally be able to stomp in the snow. My first tour this time took me to the Spitzingsee, which is located at an altitude of 1084 meters.

The lake is surrounded by the Schlierseer mountains.

A relatively flat hiking trail winds around the lake, which invites you to capture winter impressions in many places. 

The best time, in my opinion, is around 4 p.m., when the sun slowly disappears behind the surrounding mountains and fog covers the lake. This is the moment when it gets really mystical!

Glen Coe Valley

One of the most scenic journey through the Scottish highlands and is regarded as the home of Scottish mountaineering and is popular with hillwalkers and climbers.

Especially the suddenness of the transition between high mountain pass and the lightly wooded strath gives the valley its specific flavour!