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Crescent Moon At The Hopfields

First time out shooting at night after a couple of weeks, featuring the Crescent Moon on the second day after New Moon. The hopfields of my home, the Hallertau, give a great graphic contrast to the changing colours during nautical twilight at nights. Even better the temperature was down to -10°C, so the air was crisp and crystal clear. A good night out. Enjoy!

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Comet Neowise: Stacked Image

Stacking a set of comet frames can become a real pain, since the outer solar visitor travels much faster than the stars (not exactly right, because the stars don`t move, but it looks like that because of the rotation of the Earth). So if you stack a set of frames, you either limit your set to a maximum of about 10 min. of total exposure time (before the comet starts blurring), or you use all of your frames and stack one for the stars and one for the comet, and combine them. This option didn`t work out for me this time, so I stacked 10 frames (out of 35), 60 sec. each. One can`t believe, how much more information a stacked image got. I`m using Pixinsight, a processing platform specialized in astrophotography. It got a steep learning curve, to say the least; because of that, I`m more than happy with the outcome. Enjoy!

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Single shot from that set, 60 sec., 200mm/2.8, full frame, Polarie, LR only…

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Stacked image, 10 x 60 sec., 200mm/2.8, Polarie, PixInsight, Viveza, LR, Stilfser Joch, South Tyrol, 07/19/2020…

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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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Weingut I, Upper Bavaria, Germany

Yesterday, I visited a place called “Weingut 1”, just some 90km away from where I live. I have been to a lots of weird places, but this one ranks up very high in my list. Since you follow my blog, you may have noticed that I´m a WW2 buff, and every time I come around those places, it feels like I have been here myself back in the days. Wondering if there is anyone out there who feels the same like me…Here is a link with tons of information about this site: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weingut_I . Writings in Italic are taken from the information boards at the newly installed mass grave memorial site…

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On May 2, 1945, U.S. troops liberated the prisoners and organized their food and care. The U.S. military administration had the dead exhumed and given them a dignified burial. 

Cemetery dedicated to the 392 victims of National Socialism, Neumarkt St.Veit, Upper Bavaria…

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Tombstone for the nearly 1500 Jewish people buried at this and surrounding cemeteries, Neumarkt St.Veit…

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All concrete and iron…The entire armament bunker -except for one arch- was blown up in 1947…The bunker was never completed. It was demolished after the war…

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Plans called for the bunker in Mühldorf to be 400 meters long and 85 wide. The concrete roof was to be five meters thick…

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Information boards at the mass grave memorial site…

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Mass grave site…Inmates died every day in the camps and at the construction site. In a remote area of the woods, prisoners had to dig a grave three meters deep and several meters wide. A work detail with twelve prisoners and four guards used a horse-drawn cart to transport the dead to the site. The naked emaciated corpses were placed in layers in the grave. As the number of dead rose, the grave was extended…

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According to investigations by the American military administration, 3.934 concentration camp prisoners died in the Mühldorf camp complex. Within ten months nearly half of all prisoners had died…

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The newly installed mass grave memorial site, Mühldorfer Hart, Mühldorf, Upper Bavaria, Germany…

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Gratitude

Today I came across a video called “Gratitude: Louie Schwartzberg at TEDxSF” with stunning time-lapse photography and a talk/presentation by Louie Schwartzberg. The video also includes very powerful words by native Austrian Benedictine Monk Brother David Steindl-Rast on Gratitude. If you don´t want to see the whole video, tune in at 4:50 – it’s a heart opener! If your day isn´t/has been so  good, just listen to those words by the monk and notice the difference in your mood.

I had something like that (the video) in mind for doing myself a couple of days ago, but didn´t know how to accomplish it – now that is some inspiration – very different from any other “slide show” I have seen so far. Combining awesome photography with spirituality – way to go! First seen the video today at the site of one of my inspirations in photography, Dewitt Jones, former National Geographic Photographer: http://www.celebratewhatsright.com/inspire/ted-videos, and here is the link on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXDMoiEkyuQ , a fantastic piece of work! Enjoy!

“Do you think this is just another day in your life? It´s not just another day – it´s the one day that is given to you today! It´s given to you, it´s a gift – it´s the only gift that you have right now. And the only appropriate response is Gratefulness!”  (David Steindl-Rast)

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Honoring My Father

Today is the 6th anniversary of my father´s death, who has died on 27th of Dec. 2007. What better to do than honoring my Dad with a walk through the woods (what he loved to do himself so much), accompanied by my youngest son Jakob, 10, on this special day. We visited a small chapel along the edge of the forest, went back in total darkness and made a selfie, looking towards the stars and thinking about him. Love you…

A post I did some time ago: https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/i-did-not-see-him/

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At the end of nautical twilight…

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Milky Way above…

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Somewhere out there – he must be…

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“Let´s come and see…

…what´s at the end of the road, my friend, the stars will guide you…” just got into my mind while flipping through the recently taken images from Australia. The image in the post is taken at the back road of the ATCA site (radio telescopes), outside of Narrabri, NSW. The Milky Way, with its uncountable stars, touches the road, like saying: “Come here, its dark, but we got the light, have no fear, we are with you and you are made of the same stuff like we are, we will guide you, we will show you the way, you might see not the end of the road, but just go further, step by step, and things will unfold.” That might sound a bit weird to some, but that is exactly what my heart and soul is feeling right now – could be to personal for a photography blog, but writing about things help a lot (as well as listening to music…) and maybe some of you have made the same experiences, but don’t know how to deal with it.

So, what´s the story behind? The week after we got home from Australia, my wife and me decided to split up, after eleven years. Now you can imagine what that means to a testosterone driven being, when left by his beloved woman…It took me a couple of days to recover, but now I´m glad it went that way, because without that dramatic cut, nothing would have changed, we would still have our ups and downs, not exactly knowing what went wrong and how to deal with it. After a couple of days, everything became very clear to me and now I know what have caused the turbulence all the time. A big portion of jealousy, compared with a lack of self-confidence, going back deep into my childhood. I know everyone got problems, but it is a great feeling of release to know, and to know what it’s all about, what have caused that problems at all, to know it deep down at the core. And that leads us back to the “road”. After you know what made you get stuck in the first place, it is some sort of “resurrection” while being able to move on. You know that feeling if your drive ran out of battery power and someone gives you a jump-start, how happy you are when the car is running again; or your vehicle ran out of petrol and you got a jerry can from someone and the car is coming to live again slowly…That´s what I´m feeling right now; the car got stuck, but I have learnt (hopefully) to maneuver out of this situation and drive further on, to see what is further down the road, which I probably would have never seen, if not….If the road will lead me that way, great, if it will lead me another way, great too, whatever road I will take, I know for sure, it will be alright. With that knowledge in mind, everything is possible and I may follow every road life shows me. Life is a constant process of learning and development, and with my wife (Sandra), I´ve had a great teacher. We are still very good friends, we still can talk  and laugh together about almost everything and I´m going to support her and the kids as good as I can, no matter what. There is a saying, that true love is not excepting, true love is not judging and true love is not demanding – well, I´ve missed them all!

What I have learnt now? First: always look at yourself first before judging others…Second: learn from your children, because they are pure and honest…Third: don´t take  everything for granted that you have/got; look after and cultivate the relations you got, you might regret it one day. “Always remember there is no one to change but yourself. You are like a mirror and  the world around you is only a reflection of yourself!” (Thanks Neville, that helped a lot…). And speaking in photography terms, like Dewitt Jones did: ” As change comes to us…twisting that focus ring of our lives back and forth, keeping that extraordinary vision sharp and clear, and seize the day.” Enjoy life!

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Free – Finally

After being self-employed as a master cabinet-maker since 1994, I´m free, finally. Free from paying loans and insurances, free from being dependent on banks and customers. From my experience, starting a buisiness is though work, but ending one is even more difficult, not to speak of the ups and downs you going through in that process. It took me two years from closing the  workshop doors to finally selling my whole working equipment, the studio interior and finally the real estate. Besides of taking care of all that stuff (selling) in those two years, I did what I wanted to do for a long time, (but haven´t been able to do because of my duties to keep the “whole thing” running): photographing and traveling! I´ve been to Canada, Ukraine, Poland, Czechia, Austria (several times), Italy (s.t.), Switzerland.And of course Germany, to places only 1-3 hours drive away, mostly the Bavarian Alps, where I haven´t been before. Being self employed  means you sacrifice yourself to your work. If there would be enough income for the time you are investing, everything would be cool. But just plain work, having no holidays, having no time for your family, having no time for the things you like to do now – that doesn´t work. Freedom may be a pathetic word, but to me it got a whole new meaning. Being free means to me: being responsible to me and my family but to no one else; doing what I like to do and not what someone is telling me; doing the things I like to do when the time is right and when I´m ready to do it; spending as much time with my family as possible. From 1994 to 2010,  I´ve been far away from that, the last two years were a beginning towards the better, but now, after finally selling my piece of land and the buildings, a whole new area opens up, with possibilities unlimited. The last two years have been pretty though, but believing in your dreams (having faith) makes everything possible.  “Dreams can become reality if you are prepared to go!”  Enjoy!

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Sunset over the Bavarian Alps, Watzmann region, Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany…

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R.I.P. Bronca Or A Reminder Of Life Itself

 

After more than twelve years, a dog´s life has finally come to an end. Diagnosing lymph gland cancer just last week, our Doberman girlie was suffering increasingly from day-to-day. It´s been a hard decision taking her  to the pet vet yesterday morning, putting her to sleep. In the end, she felt no more pain and was fading into “Dogs Heaven” in the arms of my wife, who bought her when she was puppy. What remains are memories….

So what got this story to do with me and you or everyone? LIFE IS SHORT – MAKE THE BEST OUT OF IT!

It might be only the end of a dog´s life, but a dog is a living creature as we are. It doesn´t count if you have lived twelve, 13, 50 or 80 years – when it´s over, it´s over. I don´t think that time as such exists, neither past or future, only the “NOW” – time is only an instrument of measurement. Moments like these are a reminder to me how precious life is. It´s showing me also not to hang on to the past and not to rely on to the future – only to what is happening NOW. Every single moment is NOW – I don´t want to do things when I´m old and grey, I want to do them  ” In the NOW”.  NOW is the time, the moment, the blink of an eye, what counts, to live the life you want to live and what you like to do, not what you have done yesterday and what you will do tomorrow – NOW. How to accomplish that you may ask?! For me, it´s awareness and consciousness! When has it been for the last time you have heard yourself breathing? When has it been for the last time you were lying in the grass and watched the clouds moving by? When has it been for the last time when you were eating toast bread that you consciously noticed you were eating toast bread and not cardboard? Be aware of what you are doing and do it consciously, each and every moment, because in one moment, it could be the last. It´s been some sort of wake-up call for me – again….

 

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
 Buddha

 

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.”
Steve Jobs
 

 

 

 

All The Best For 2012!

Hi folks! Thank you people out there for reading, commenting, following and just stopping by this blog! I really appreciated it very much and wish you all the best for 2012. Hope all your wishes come true!

Here are my top 5 post from 2011:

1 Fences All Around

2 The Great Robert Bateman

3 Bavarian Forest National Park

4 Wildlife?

5 A Journey Of A Lifetime

 

Spitzingsee area @ Brecherspitze, ~1500m, 3 h exposure

 

“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
(Marcel Proust, French Author, 1871-1922)