Franconian Forest – Enjoying a fantastic View over the River Saale Valley.

Day 146 of my 365 Photo Challenge

After returning from the far north, I headed straight back to the north of Bavaria, this time exploring the Franconian Forest.

After all, I was born there, so it’s like a visit home. But I am always amazed by the beauty of nature there.

I took this photo from a vantage point on the Petersgrat, from where you have a great view over the Saale river valley.

I hope you like it as much as I do!


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.

Pähler Waterfall

Day 73 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

After the weather improved incredibly today, I use the opportunity for a trip to the foothills of the Alps to take pictures of one or the other waterfall.

I visited today’s waterfall near Pähl already 4 weeks ago, but due to the dryness and low water level of the river, it was hardly visible. All the wilder and more furious, he presented himself to me today.

Besides, I was fortunate once again. For there was no other person in the ravine but me. So I had a lot of time to find the right angle and take long time exposures.

I arrived relatively early at the waterfall, around 06:00, this saved me the use of a neutral density grey filter. I also omitted the use of a polarization filter to better represent the flow velocity of the mountain stream.

For my part, I think that I did a pretty good job with the shot, and I was able to add another magnificent waterfall to my portfolio.

Have fun looking at the photo.

The Large Red Sphere

Day 45 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I visited the City Centre of Munich for maintenance of my Nikon D850. It took the Service Point one hour to clean and services my camera. It left me enough time to visit the nearby located Old- and New Pinakothek for a short location scouting for one of my upcoming photo projects.

I also visited the Turkish Gate, which currently hosts the sculpture Large Red Sphere by the American artist Walter De Maria.

I liked the sculpture very much, especially the reflection of me, photographing the scene. 

Hope you enjoy the image!

Crowded Place!

Day 31 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

One month has passed by since I started my 365 Photo Challenge and I have to say, I regret that I haven’t started earlier with it!

Not only I am investing more time in developing further my photographic skills. I am also sharpening my view for the little things in life!

Therefore, if you considered doing a one-year photo project, then don’t hesitate and start immediately! Don’t find an excuse for not beginning it!

Now to today’s image. I called „Crowded Place“ because the meadows currently are filled with plants, flowers, and insects. Most of the time, I am isolating them to draw your attention to a specific one, but for this image, I chose to show you the variety of life in a field and its related chaos.

I hope you enjoy it!

Colour in Landscape

Day 30 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I dared to retake a landscape photo. I already noticed the tree in the rape field on Monday. But unfortunately, the weather was too bad to take a promising picture.

Today the weather was constant, but the forecast promised rain during the afternoon. Because of the dense and closed cloud cover, I did not expect to be able to take a successful picture.

But as you can see, the drawing in the clouds is very striking and provides an intensive contrast between the sky and the fields in the foreground.

For your information, I took the photo with my Nikon D850 and my Nikkor 70-200 mm F2.8 VR II, which I mounted on my Gitzo tripod.

Hope you like the picture and look forward to your comments!

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!


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!