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Sunrise at Charles Bridge, Prague

Exploring winter in Prague, Czech Republic

You want to get lost in Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. Explore the maze of its endless alleys of the old town around the bends of River Vlatava/Moldau.

Prague whispers its melancholic memories

As a result, you need to listen to those stories on every corner. Roam around its roads, enter those hidden courtyards, waste time in those bars and restaurants. And while wandering, listening and living, your journey will lead you to the crowded and popular Charles Bridge, the beginning and end of every exploration. Only during sunrise you’ll most likely be alone. Those rare moments are priceless. Here, the entire European Tradition emerges. Beautiful baroque churches. The sound of music and literature. Crowned by one of the most beautiful cathedrals of the continent: St Vitus Cathedral located within the walls of Prague Castle (Pražský hrad).

 

The architecture continues to blow you away. Therefore, open the heavy door of the barque churches such as St Nicholas and the famous Libraries of Strahov Monastery. Continue your journey and appreciate one of the most pittoresque cities of Europe with its breathtaking urban life.

 

But wandering makes little tiger tired.

 


Dettifoss, Iceland

The Waterfalls of Iceland

Some say it’s one of the most obvious reasons to visit the country: The Waterfalls of Iceland.

You have to see for yourself. And hear.

There is an endless number of waterfalls waiting to be discovered. You have for sure seen plenty of them on photographs before. However, you still have to experience them for yourself: Get an impression of scale. Of power. And beauty.
The massive amount of people around Gullfoss. The hidden paths and ridiciulously blue glacial water of Bruarfoss. The spectacular light of Kirkjufellfoss in front of the amazing mountain during sunrise. The waterfall of the Gods: Godafoss, probably the most beautifull waterfall of the island.  The pitifull Geitafoss right next to it, which is pretty often ignored. The waterfalls around the river Skjálfandafljót, especially Aldeyjarfoss (which looks like Darth Vader). The twin waterfalls of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus: Dettifoss and Sellfoss. The overwhelming moment when you realize how large Europe’s most powerful waterfall – Dettifoss – actually is. The brutal sound of the water. The incredible landscape of Hallormsstadhur which houses the famous Hengifoss. Skogafoss in the south of Iceland. You have to walk behind the sensational Seljalandsfoss and get soaked. Gljúfrafoss, which is hidden in a small cave.

 

And there are so many waterfalls of Iceland left to explore. Because it’s a country built of fire, ice and water.

 


Sunrise at Gatklettur near Arnarstapi, Iceland

The peninsula of Snæfellsnes, Iceland

Snæfellsnes – Iceland en Miniature

Snaefellsnes, the peninsula in the western part of Iceland: Some of the island’s most beautiful landmarks create a stunning landscape.
Because of the remote location of Snaefellsnes, travelling on road 54 and 574 is the best way to get around. The Snæfellsjökull, a volcano whose summit is covered by a huge glacier, dominates the entire peninsula. Due to its almost mystic aura, this place is well known: According to Jules Verne, descending into the jökull of Snaefell marks the beginning of the Journey of the Center of the Earth.

 

Búðir, Arnarstapi and Gatklettur

We do breath some fresh air at the tiny village of Búðir with its few houses and one of the oldest (wooden) churches of Iceland: Búðakirkja.
In Arnarstapi, Jules Vernes last stop before the caves of Snaefellsjökull, the ocean created stunning views at the cliff of Gatklettur and its stone archs. Again, the sunrise paints a wonderful pink into the sky. But you probably want to continue: A couple of miles ahead, the basalt rock pinnacles of Lóndranger arise.

 

Be aware though: During all the hiking around the area of Snaefell, one should keep an eye on attacking birds – in the Alfred Hitchcock way. You constantly seem to come way to close to their breeding grounds. Better don’t be surprised if you see people carrying posts above their head. Or even tripods. It really helps.

Kirkjufell – how mother nature shows off at Snæfellsnes

Our tour continues to the famous mountain Kirkjufell and its attendant waterfalls: Kirkjufellfoss. It somehow feels like it is nature’s way to show mankind how to pause for a moment and simply accept its sheer beauty. The mountain constantly changes its significant shape. The light of those ridiculous short nights during the summer of July offers hours of magical moments.

 

For a moment, we need to rest here.

 


Sunset at Skagsanden Beach, Lofoten

The Beaches of Lofoten, Norway (III)

The most scenic beaches of Lofoten are the ones you visit. How about those?

Countless fjords, endless beaches, impressive mountains – there simply isn’t one perfect beach on the Islands. There are dozens of them. Each of them insanely spectacular after and during those short but intense snow storms. The experience of arctic beaches is often beyond imagination. Especially at night, when you fairly often have the chance to encounter the famous aurora borealis.

Haukland Beach – the all time classic of Lofoten’s beaches. Vik Beach – Haukland’s smaller brother, facing the same fjord. Skagsanden Beach. The Beaches of Storsandness and Myrland, which are usually less crowded. The ones facing to the north are the ones who are usually the place to be for northern lights. The different times of the day. And of course – winter.
Ask Duncan for his Travel Guide to Beaches.

 

Lofoten, Norway. Limited edition prints coming soon.

Storm over Myrland Beach, Lofoten
Storm over Myrland Beach, Lofoten

Meanwhile, the picture above represents a special project I am currently working on. There will be a small selection of prints (limited edition of 10) made on Hahnemühle paper. Pictures will be published once the printing and framing had been done.

In case you’re interested in supporting the series, feel free to contact me. The final product will be for sale via this website.

 


Sunset at Skagsanden Beach, Lofoten

The Beaches of Lofoten, Norway (I)

Travelling the winter beaches of Lofoten, Norway.

Lofoten, an archipelago in the county of Nordland, Norway, is well known among photographers for its incredible landscape. During winter, the contrast between steep mountains, sandy beaches all covered with a gentle cover of snow becomes even more fascinating. And intimidating.

The photographs were taken during sunset at the famous Uttakleiv Beach, Haukland Beach and its adjacent Vik Beach (north of Leknes, Vestvågøy). During winter (February/March), those beaches a perfect for a stunning sunset and sometimes perfect to see the aurora borealis. Skagsanden Beach, right next to Flakstad, offeres the same experience: an endless beach bordered by mountains.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will constantly post the photographs taken during a trip in March, 2016. In case you want to experience this part of the world as well, prepare yourself with the help of Cody Duncan’s amazing 68north.com.


Lago di Garda, Italy

Easter at Lago di Garda, Italy.

Lake Garda is the largest lake it Italy, making it one of the most popular destinations in that area. Rightly, obviously. Shaped by the glaciers of the last Ice Age, populated by a lot of adorable villages, occupied and made alive by thousands of people.

More silent parts of the lake are rare, but exist in the more rural part of the Province of Brescia, the western part of the lake.

There are countless places to find your special part of Lake Garda. Shots were made during sunrise above Gargnano at the western part of the lake. Less touristic, less hectic. Endless cliffs make it more difficult to find the perfect spot though.

The eastern and more popular part of the lake makes it perfect for astonishing sunsets, such as at Malcesine and the sensational village of Sirmione.


Sunset at Ammersee, Germany

Time and Change at Ammersee, Germany

Time and Change: The incredible sunset at the famous Ammersee in Bavaria, Germany.

Following the tradition of capturing time and change in static medium, these photographs try to record the constant changes during sunset.

Most of the photographs had been taken at the famous boat houses at Stegen at northern strand of the lake.

Equipment/Technique

The photographs are long exposure photographs. You basically need two things to achieve a similar look:

First, you will need a selection of neutral density filters (so called ND-Filters) to reduce the amount of light hitting the sensor of the camera. I usually switch between the famous (and expensive) LEE Filters (especially their exquisite gradient filters) and Haida. Usually, Haida’s ND-Filter don’t influence the color cast of a photograph that much. However, shooting in raw is an absolut must to have full control about color temperature in post production.
A common 10 stop filter reduces the amount of light by appr. 1000x times, meaning the exposure needs to be exactly 1024x times longer than without the filter.

Second, you have to use the camera’s bulb mode to extend the exposure. By using a remote control such as the Pixel Timer TW-282, the default limit of 30 seconds exposures can be ignored and prolonged. Using the bulb mode, it is possible to flatten and to smoothen fluttering surfaces like moving water. Skies will, in case light and clouds are moving fast enough, look this dramatic.  Be sure to use an extremely stable tripod to minimize camera shake as good as possible.

 


The Landscape around Schrecksee, Allgäu

The Landscape around Schrecksee, Allgäu

Photographic impressions of the landscape around Schrecksee, located near the village of Hinterstein, in the Allgäu Alps of Bavaria, Germany.

Every single step towards the mountain lake of Schrecksee, located at 1813m above sea level in the beautiful landscape around Hinterstein, Allgäu, is worth the pain. The deep blue lake is hiding between the astonishing mountains of the Allgäu Alps, making it a breathtaking target of any hike around this incredible landscape.

 


Autumn at Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

Autumn at Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Autumn at the amazing waterfalls near Glen Brittle known as Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye.

 


Sunset over the Cuillin, Isle of Skye

Time and change on Isle of Skye, Scotland

Capturing time, color and change in a static medium.


Long exposure photography during a storm at Neist Point Lighthouse, the amazing and rare Aurora Borealis, watching the sunset changing the color at the Cuillin (seen from Elgol) and the same time of a different day at Talisker Bay on Isle of Skye.