Archive for May, 2016

Pigeon Point Lighthouse, California, USA

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Pigeon Point Lighthouse, California, USA

Pigeon Pigeon Lighthouse – a true classic. Built in 1872, is one of the tallest lighthouses (115 ft) on the West Coast of the US. It can be found abotu 25 kiliometers south of San Francisco at the Higheway Number One. While still being intact, it serves as youth hostel today.

Flying at High Altitude

Monday, May 16th, 2016

The wing of an airplane at high altitude

During one of my trips to the U.S. I had a seat in Lufthansa Business Class, allowing for this beautiful shot of the left wing of the aircraft at high altitude, probably above the Canadian East Coast. I love flying, I love long distance trips, so I love this shot. :-)

Sailing the Baltic Sea

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Sailing the Baltic Sea

For more than a decade my father-in-law had a 27 ft. sailing yacht at the Baltic Sea, and we had the pleasure to join him twice for a week of sailing. This shot from our trip in September 2007 looks more dramatic than it actually was. It was just a beautiful day perfect for letting the ship go, with waves crashing against the ship evry now and then. I had my big camera ready when another wave hit us. The most difficult thing about such action shots is to keep the camera steady. I wanted to show some movement in the splash, so I opted for 1/80 second. I couldn’t use a shorter exposure time because the splash would’ve entirely frozen up, removing a lot of the emotion of the shot.

Cape Agulhas – The Southernmost Point of Africa

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

The Southernmost Point in Africa

A photo from our trip to South Africa in 2004. It shows Petra at Cape Agulhas, where the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean meet. So how is it down there? Cold blue water, a sign, and many rocks. That’s about it. And of course tourists taking souvenir photos! :-) But hey, the travel guide says: “Make your mark by taking a picture at Cape Agulhas showing that you, of all the teeming millions in Africa, were the southermost person for that instant in history!” The tip is located 34°49’58″ south and 20°00’12″ east, and it can be found about 1 kilometer west of the Cape Agulhas lighthouse while New York is 12,745 kilometers away! For many years it was popular belief that the two oceans (i.e. Atlantic and Indian Ocean) meet somewhere near Cape of Good Hope. The truth is that Cape Agulhas is the official place where the two oceans meet!