Veil Falls in the Ammer Valley

Today, I spent a visit to the Veil Falls in the Ammer Valley. The Ammer Valley offers great opportunities for almost all photographers. Let be Landscape photographers, wildlife photographers or Nature Photographers. Within 40 meters I was able to capture photos of birds, mushrooms or waterfalls.

Here I provide for you a small selection of the captured images. I will post further images as soon as I have processed them all back at home. Until then, I hope you enjoy the images!

Dipper, taking a rest on a branch in the Ammer river bed.

Close up of the Schleierfälle, taken with a Nikon 200-500mm f5.6 Lens

Lighthouse Fluegge – Isle of Fehmarn

Day 133 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

The image features the Lighthouse „Fluegge“, located in the southwest of the island Fehmarn.
I photographed the Lighthouse during a sudden incoming rain shower, from a position approx 1,5km away from it.

The Lighthouse was opened in 1872.
After 44 years it was replaced in 1975 by a new tower. The tower was clad with red and white fibre cement panels due to damage to the outer masonry.

It has an octagonal shape and was built with yellow bricks. Its height is 37,5 meters, and it is equipped with a red lantern.

In the years 2009 to 2011, it was completely renovated. Since 2003 the Lighthouse has been a protected monument.

Vanessa atalanta – Enjoying the autumn sunshine

Day 131 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

I am still staying on the island of Fehmarn. The weather is fantastic and invites you to do nature photography. I visited again the nature reserve „Wallgau“ in the west of the island.

This time I concentrated on insects, where I caught this splendid specimen of an Admiral butterfly, which was busy grazing the autumn plants and flowers.

Fortunately for me, he always took long breaks on the flowers. So I had the time to choose an optimal angle for the shot.

I think I really succeeded with this shot!

Together we are strong!

Day 20 of my 365 Photo Challenge

Today I was experimenting with a chess game.
I used my 50mm lens again. To light up the scene, I used the available light from my large window.

For sure, it was not the last image of it.

So for now – enjoy the photo!

Vaccinium Myrtillus

Day 18 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Although 18 days have passed by, my motivation for the photo challenge is still high. Every day that is my feeling, it gets easier and more comfortable to concentrate on the upcoming photo and to find new motifs.

For today’s image, my blueberry bush had to serve as photo motif.

It is now three years old, and while in the previous two years the yield of blueberries was meagre, this year a record yield of berries is about to be achieved.

I liked the way the diffused sunlight highlighted the flowers in the shadow on my rooftop balcony, creating this beautiful soft bokeh in the background.

The only thing I had to do was to choose the right Aperture, and Exposure to ensure enough sharpness in the middle of the frame and to blur the busy background to draw your attention solely on the flowers!

Be inspired, be fascinated, be motivated!

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!

Being in Love!

Day 15 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

On this day, I went out to our local lake to capture the busy wildlife around 05:30 in the morning. No other persons were around, and I had the whole area from my alone, allowing me to enjoy the sunrise and the awaking wildlife.

Since one week, a Mute Swan Couple has settled at the lake. During this morning, it was so beautiful to watch their early courtship.

With no rush and seems to hover, they were conducting their circles around the lake, volunteering as models in front of my Nikkor 200-500mm.

Enjoy the image, and I hope you will get your chance to watch some swans by yourself.

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?

Dendrocopos Major

Day 10 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today, I spent another visit to our local lake, which is surrounded by lots of wildlife and flowering plants.

To my delight, a couple of woodpeckers were chasing around from tree to tree, completely forgetting the environment around them.

It made it easy for me to capture a full body shot of one of them.

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!