You are my Sunshine!

Day 28 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

I am still super motivated. As of today’s motif, I chose a stone from a participatory action of the city of Garching. Every citizen is asked to paint a rock and to place it next to the last stone. In the end, a stone snake with a length of 600 meters should be reached.

At present, the stone snake is 131 meters long.

So still enough motives for the coming days. I am curious!

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!

Calmness

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!

Leni – The Maine Coon Lady

Day 13 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

After being locked down by the corona crisis and forced to work in Homeoffice, photo opportunities aren’t around you all the time.

Luckily, I have two very cute Maine-Coons which keeping my busy over the day and of course, providing lots of moments which I can capture with my camera.

This time, it was Leni, posing so cute on the big sofa.
I used again my Nikkor 50 mm 1.4 to blur the background.

Enjoy the photo!

Nodding Dachshund

Day 12 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

For the 12th Day, I stuck to my 50mm lens and Close-Up Photography.

As a Motif, I used a well known German figure, the Nodding dachshund. It is comparable with the Elvis figure on thousands of dashboards, wobbling around with his body while in driving.

For exposure, I used natural light again from the window and a little white card as a filler for the left side of the dachshund.

To get a more decent sharp depth of field, I switched to F2 on my Nikkor 50mm F1.4.

Although being artificial, it looks so alive! It is funny, don’t you think so as well?

Muscari botryoides

Day 9 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

„Small grape hyacinth.“

Thinks are running quite smoothly with my photo challenge. Ideas are still coming up quick in my mind. I hope it will continue like this over the whole year. Although I have to say, the corona crisis and the lockdown making it quite easy because I don’t need to commute every day into work.

Let us shift focus back to my motif for the 9th day. Since one week, I was curious about the little blue flower, growing isolated in the thicket of the undergrowth of our backyard garden.

So I took my camera and my Nikon 70-200 mm AF-S 2.8 and captured a portrait of it handheld.

Luckily, the scene was covered in the shadow, making exposure very easy. Nevertheless, I slightly underexposed it by 1/3 Stop via exposure compensation.

The ISO I set to auto and used 1/400 sec as shutter speed, ensuring sharpness in the image.

Since I used a telephoto lens, I did not care much about the background blur, knowing that the Nikon 70-200 will create a beautiful bokeh by itself.

Instead, I set the Aperture to F8 for a decent depth of field.

So, you can see, sometimes you only need to employ a few comfortable setting to create a new image!

Cherry Blossom

Day 8 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Pure Serenity Its life, short.  Its beauty lasts For Eternity

Today I decided to photograph the cherry blossoms of our cherry tree.

As there were no clouds in the sky during the last days and the sunlight was extremely harsh, today the weather was perfect for it.

During the night, a band of clouds moved in from the north. It provided a diffuse screen in front of the sun and reduced the difference in exposure.

All I had to do was to find the right composition; the correct lighting settings, and framed was the perfect image of the cherry blossom!

I hope you appreciate the photo and have a happy Easter!

Enjoying the sun

Day 7 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today, during my daily sports session out in the surroundings of my home town, I passed a seating bench along my running track on which someone has placed this little Cloth Dwarf.

Having him put so lonely on the court made me reminding the current social distance restrictions of the corona crisis where people aren’t allowed to sit together and enjoying the sun!

Hopefully, we will be soon allowed again to join together!

Broken Shell

Day 6 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Motivation is still high, and ideas are floating around in my brain!
This time, I picked a little empty bird’s egg, which I found while filling the bird feeding stations in my back garden. Initially, I wanted to portrait the different proportions of a hen egg and this little egg, but due to a missing white hen egg, I decided to push this motif to a later day.

Luckily, I still had some pebbles leftover from a previous still life shoot which I used to provide a new background for the egg.
For the lighting, I used a LitraTorch again, mounted on a Manfrotto single arm mount.

To get the close up of the egg, I used my Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VR2, mounted on my Gitzo Tripod.

Before I took the image, I did some research on what others have come up with, but haven’t seen any close up of an egg on eye level. So I decided to approach the subject on such a low angle of view.

Hope you enjoy it and let me know what comes to your mind by viewing the image!

Home Office!

Day 5 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Already yesterday, I started to think about what I could photograph on day 5. Since my circle of action is limited by the Corona restrictions, the choice for unusual photo motives is not too big.

When I was thinking about it intensively during my daily work in my home office, I got a visit from my Main Coon tomcat „Charlie“, who put his head on my arm and fell asleep immediately.

Luckily I had my mobile phone at hand to capture this moment.

Here a quote comes to my mind, which says:

„The best camera is the one you have at hand!“

The picture also describes the current situation in which many of us are likely to find ourselves, due to the coronavirus — the arrangement between the home office and our private life.