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!

Tomcat Charlie

Day 23 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Due to the lousy weather (finally, it is raining!), I had to divert to an indoor motif. Luckily, I have two Maine Coons at home, who sometimes are willing to pose for me. On that day, I caught my Tomcat Charlie in the perfect position.

The backlight from the window provided a marvellous rim light separating him from the dark background. The only thing I had to do was to expose for the shadow, ensuring no overblow in the highlights. And ready was the perfect portrait of him!

Just for your info, I used my D850 and again my Nikkor 50mm F1.4.


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!

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?

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.


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!