Creating My First Photo Book

My long-awaited wish finally came true last week – creating my first photo book, using Saal-Digital (https://www.saal-digital.de/) for printing. I don´t get sponsored by this company, but making the book with their software was an easy one and the quality and service of it is superb. It is much easier than handling Blurb´s BookWright, not to speak of the integrated Blurb module in Lightroom (LR is great, but the book module is not). My first photo book is about my home, the Holledau, the largest continious hop planting area of the world, right here in Lower Bavaria, Germany. So, here is my workflow, using Lightroom and Saal Design Software:

1. Put the images you want for your book in a new folder in LR

2. Calibrate your monitor (if you haven´t done that already…)

3. Edit your the images in LR

4. Download the ICC-profile for the photo paper you want your images to be printed on

5. Install the ICC-profile into LR and use  “soft proof” in LR to adjust the images to the selected paper

6. Export the selected images to a new folder on your desktop

7. Open Saal Design Software, open the folder with your images and let the fun start…

There are heaps of tutorials on youtube, concerning soft proofing in general, and there are also some of Saal Digital itself, getting you ready for doing your first-ever photo book. Enjoy, but be aware, it might get you addicted!

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Partial Eclipse of the Moon

Impressions from the partial eclipse of the Moon last Tuesday. Images  taken every 15 min., from 10:00 pm to 11:45 pm (CET), with a Canon 5d3 and a Meade 8″SC telescope, focal length 2000 mm. Enjoy!

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Crescent Moon, July 2019

It never gets old photographing the Moon, this time on the second and third day after New Moon, July 2019. Enjoy!

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Them colours around nautical twilight…

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…on the second day after New Moon around the fields of my home turf…

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Viewing the Crescent Moon on the third day after New Moon…

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…from my living room, along with a feathered critter at the lower left…

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New Moon Nights

Some impressions from last weeks drive to the Großglockner High Alpine Road, Austria. Two nights in a row during New Moon with almost clear skies. What better? Enjoy!

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Around 12:00 pm, the sky cleared up, giving way to the Milky Way, and lots of light pollution along the horizon, Jupiter (center) and Saturn (to the left)…

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Brennkogel, 3018 m, feat. the Milky Way…

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Stargazing @ 2517 m a.s.l….

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A bit hazy on the second night…

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Star tracking…

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NGC 7000, the North America Nebula, 35 x 120 sec…

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Beauty of the night sky, 44 x 20 sec…

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The Dolomites, Italy

Impressions from my last road trip three weeks ago to the Dolomites, Italy. What can I say? The Dolomites never disappoint, even if you are welcomed at the Brenner pass (austrian-italian border) on a Sunday night with a snow storm and five inches of fresh snow. Nature is starting to bloom at this time of the year and the green pastures gives a great backdrop to the freshly snow-covered landscape. Enjoy!

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Earth pyramids of Platten…

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Green pastures and freshly snow powdered mountains, Pustertal…

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Pragser Wildsee, home of the series “Bergpolizei”…

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Plätzwiese and Dürrensteinhütte…

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Plätzwiese…

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Cima Cadin di S.Lucano, 2839 m and Cima Ciadin de la Neve, 2757 m (right)…

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One of the few nightscapes this time, Hohe Gaisl, 3146 m, feat. Procyon/Canis Minor…

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I love lost places, and I love churches…the inscription on the ceiling says: ” Wer in den Teich hinabsteigt wird gesund. Der Geist Gottes schwebt über den Gewässern.”

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Sextner Rotwand, 2965 m, Kreuzbergpass…

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Town of Padola…

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Parrocchia di San Lucano Vescovo, Auronzo, with the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the backdrop…

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Chiesa di San Martino, Valle di Cadore…

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Suspension brigde @ Igne…

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Vajont Dam site, Longarone, where a massive landslide of Monte Toc (to the right) caused a man-made tsunami and killed almost 2000 people, Oct. 1963…

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Lago di Vajont, Longarone…

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Mist, early morning, rising over the town of Etro…

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Sunrise over a hazy Lago di Vajont…

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Torrente di Cimoliana, Riserva Naturale delle Dolomiti Friulane…

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Val Settimana…

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Lago di Barcis…

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Mosaic, ossuary @ Timau

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Remains of WW 1 @ Kreuzbergpass…

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Spomeniks Of Former Yugoslavia

When I first came across the so-called Spomeniks of former Yugoslavia early 2017, I started to plan my travels to Croatia and Bosnia the coming fall to visit as many as possible of those impressive monuments. To dig deeper into this topic head over to: http://www.spomenikdatabase.org  , with tons of information and illustrations. Enjoy!

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Podgaric, Croatia…

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Petrova Gora, Croatia…

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Garavice, Bosnia…

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Medono Polje, Bosnia…

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Grmec, Bosnia…

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Tjentiste, Bosnia…

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Petrovac, Croatia…

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Vukovar, Croatia…

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Road Trip To Italy and Switzerland

Some impressions from my latest road trip to Italy and Switzerland, late February 2019. Lots of snow around, but uncommonly warm at this time of the year…Enjoy!

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Setting Moon over the Lechtaler Alpen, Tyrol, Austria…

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Anti-tank obstacles, covered in 1.5 m of snow, Plamort, South Tyrol, Italy…

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Eerie looking halo covering the half Moon, early morning @ Ofen Pass, Switzerland…

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Lenticular clouds at sunset over Bernina Pass, Switzerland…

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Pre-dawn with the rising crescent Moon, Venus and Jupiter, Bernina Pass, Switzerland…

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Magical light @ Bernina Pass, Switzerland…

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Not an everyday sight…railroad through the city of Tirano, Italy…

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Paintings around a public well, Tirano, Italy…

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Somewhere around Lago di Como, Italy…

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Simplon Adler (Monument), Simplon Pass, Switzerland…

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Stargazing @ Simplon Pass, Switzerland…notice the bright light to the right…

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…the so-called Zodiac Light, pointing towards the Pleiades and engulfing Mars and Uranus…

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Lots of high-alpine roads are closed in Switzerland during winter times…

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Along the Simplon Pass route…

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Ganter bridge and Bortelhorn (center), 3193 m, Switzerland…

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Second night @ Simplon Pass, with Orion up high…

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Pre-dawn @ Simplon Pass, Switzerland…

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Winter´s magic @ Simplon Pass, Switzerland

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Verbania @ Lago Maggiore, Italy, with the snow-capped suisse Alps in the distance, where I just got down from…

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Lago Maggiore, seen from Villa Giulia, Verbania, Italy…

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