Calystegia sepium

Day 89 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

For this day, I decided to take another motif from the field of nature before I turned back to architecture photography.

Today’s plant is a dumbbell hedge bindweed.

The hedge bindweed grows as a climbing, deciduous, persistent herbaceous plant.

It caught my eye right away because it was the only white plant on the whole field.

It was not easy to find the right angle for the shot, as it was very closely surrounded by other plants.

In the end, I found a specimen that stretched the flower in the right direction and left a reasonably clear view of the entire flower.

For this picture, I used my Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VR II lens again. The image was taken with the camera and the lens without a tripod.

I hope you like the picture!

Sunflower Family

Day 87 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Also, today I could not resist taking a photo of sunflowers.

After I concentrated on the single flower yesterday, today I focused on the whole sunflower field.

I especially liked this photo because it looks like the sunflowers put their heads together and whispered with each other.

The soft backlight of the setting suns highlighted the stems of the still-growing sunflowers, giving the photo a certain depth.

Again I used my Nikkor 70-200 mm f2.8 VR II lens, which I used without a tripod.

This time I did not use Photoshop and developed the image exclusively in Adobe Lightroom Classic.

I hope you like the photo!

Helianthus annuus

Day 86 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Another day of flowers.

This time I concentrated on the common sunflower.

Sunflowers are very photosynthetic; a large plant binds the carbon dioxide present in a room of 100 cubic meters per day. So sunflowers are very useful for the climate on our planet.

The wild sunflower was spread initially from North to Central America. Archaeological findings show that the sunflower was cultivated in the Mississippi region and also in Mexico City around 2500 BC.

Historical records show that the Incas worshipped the sunflower as an image of their god.

So it seems to me, very sublime and with a considerable portion of aesthetics equipped.

I don’t think it will be the last picture of a sunflower I took for my Photo Challenge.

How about you? Have you already photographed a sunflower this year?

Have fun with your photo projects!

A foggy morning at Ammersee

Day 74 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today’s picture shows the beauty of a foggy morning at Ammersee.

The picture was taken around 08:30.

Actually, I wanted to visit the nearby bird sanctuary, but the fog thwarted this plan. Therefore I paid a visit to the promenade of Dießen.

Generally, at this time of the year, masses would be cavorting at the landing stage of the excursion steamers.

However, due to the Corona crisis, there were very few people on the promenade, which gave me enough space and time to find the right composition.

For the shot, I use my 24-70mm f2.8 lens, which I mounted on a tripod with my D850. To choose the right white balance, I relied on the auto setting of the D850, which did an excellent job.

I just needed to add a touch more warmth to the final image editing in Lightroom.

I hope you like the photo as well!

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!

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.


Day 4 of my 365 Photo Challenges!

“The moon is the reflection of your heart and moonlight is the twinkle of your love.“

Debasish Mridha

Today I decided to go into Astronomy photography. Since there was the occurrence of a Full Moon (or called supermoon), which will not be seen again before 5 November 2025, I had to take this opportunity!

For the first time, I used a 500mm Tele-Photo Lens, and I am surprised by the details and resolution of the moon, especially the details of the crates, the mountains, and the plateaus.

To expose the moon in the right way, I employed the sunny 8 rule, using as an aperture F8 and 1/250 s for the shutter speed.

The ISO I set to „Auto-Mode“, leaving me with an ISO of 200.
For the White Balance, I used the auto-mode and adjusted the settings in DXO’s Color Efex Pro.

I hope you enjoy the image, and I am looking forward to your comments!

Out, for now!

Second day of my 365 Photo Challenge.

This time, I took the image very late in the evening. I thought about the shooting all day, but work kept me away from getting all the pieces together for it. Finally, it had been 22:00 when I was able to start.

Nevertheless, it was great fun to set-up the scene and to adjust the lighting and position.

The set-up required only a few items. As a light source, I used a LitraTorch, shading and directing its light with a pair of running gloves (Did not find any other things!).

The torch I fixed on a Manfrotto Single Arm 2 Section. The rest was just tweaking the angle of light and adjusting the position of the snail shell.