April 30th, 2016
On our trip to Nova Scotia we visited the small town of Digby, and the B&B we had selected did not have sufficient blinders to keep the first beams of the rising morning sun out. So I woke up early, very early. On the other side of the street there was the harbour promenade, so I grabbed my photo bag and the heavy tripod and walked over to the sea. And there it was – a perfect shot of the rising sun. Clouds at the horizon added depth while the sun was reflecting beautifully in the Bay of Fundy. Finally, a sailing yacht anchored close to the town, adding an almost black silhouette to the frame.
If only it wouldn’t have to be so early to catch such beautiful sunrises…
April 29th, 2016
I have to admit that I love beaches. But it’s surprisingly difficult to get a decent beach shot. First of all, it has to be a sunny day. Then the beach and the water should be clean. And the water should have a nice color, ideally greenish blue or blueish green. There should be some waves ,but they should be gentle enough to not make the viewer freeze. And finally, there shouldn’t be too many people walking around. Get one thing wrong in this compo, and you have a beach shot, but probably not the perfect shot (in my view).
This photo actually is such a shot. It shows the lovely beach of Casa di Marina in Sardinia, Italy. What’s more, I did not have to edit the image at all. The place really looks like this, and whenever I see the photo, I wish I could teleport myself over and splash into the warm water.
April 28th, 2016
It was off-season at the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe when we visited the place in December 2011. “Ah, it’s probably not as impressive as it could be,” the hotel staff had told us, “because there’s very little water in the Zambesi River.” They shrugged, and continued, “but that’s not unusal at all. You see, we’re still waiting for the waters from the rainy season to hit the river.” So we drove with very mixed emotions from Botswana through the Zimbabwe customs all the way to the village of Victoria Falls.
We entered the Victoria Falls Park with our tour guide, and she told us an entirely different story: “This is the best time of the year, because there is so little water. When the Zambesi carries a lot of water, you basically could no see anything here, and you’d be entirely soaked with the fine fog.” – Indeed we could approach the edge and still see the opposite side. And while we walked along the path of the park, I suddenly noticed this couple. The woman was taking a photo while the man was holding an umbrella, probably to protect the woman against the water. While you will find many people taking photos from the impressive falls, we did not see anyone with an umbrella. If you look closely you will notice that the umbrella already worked as expected – it’s pretty damp.
I like this shot so much because the couple seems perfectly embedded into the landscape, barely noticeable upon a quick glance, but the umbrella is so out-of-place un unusual that it grabs the full attention of the viewer. In fact, it’s easy to imagine a Victorian couple about 110 years ago walking the same path with a similar umbrella.
April 27th, 2016
Today I’d like to show you Westerhever Lighthouse, a true icon situated at the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany. Here’s the map.
We visited the area in March 2007 for a couple of days, and while it was still quite cold (and too cold for the season), the sun was standing high in the blue sky, which acted as the perfect backdrop for this lighthouse shot. I positioned the tower of the lighthouse in the center and aimed for the widest angle possible to provide a some sense of its isolated location and beautiful surroundings. Should you ever come to St.-Peter-Ording, do not miss this short walk to the lighthouse!