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My Favorite Images Of September 2012

As you may have noticed, this blog tends to become more and more “nocturne-sided”. I cant help myself, but I´m somehow addicted to the stars and the universe itself. That´s the kind of stuff that fuels my soul, my inner motor, my vision. Since we are made out of that stuff, the so-called star-dust, I think it´s some kind of normal  being addicted to the cosmos. The digital area gives us so many new possibilities for capturing the stars in a way that wouldn´t have been possible some time ago. These days I even plan my journeys on the phases of the Moon, and the first images I process when I´m back home are the ones of the night sky. There is a saying that gear doesn´t matter, it’s the person behind the lens that matters. That´s right – except for one term – when you are shooting night-scenes. There is an interesting article by Michael Frye on his blog about gear – check it out: http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2012/09/27/photographing-the-milky-way/ . 

I´m heading to Volgograd, Russia on Friday,12th Oct. – Friday, 19th Oct., to see the grave of one of my fallen uncles during WWII. I´d planed this trip on the phases of the Moon (New moon 15th Oct.), not knowing until later, that my uncle Martin was fallen 16th Oct. 1942; that makes it exactly 70 years, for one of the Priller-clan to visit his graveyard….This time I´m traveling by airplane; here are links when I had tried this by car in 2010: https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/dealing-with-russia-part-i/ , https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/dealing-with-russia-part-ii/ , https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/dealing-with-russia-part-iii/ , https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/dealing-with-russia-last-part/ 

Enjoy!

Dramatic clouds during nautical twilight…

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A so-called Fireball or Bolide hitting the MilkyWay…

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Backlit clouds over the Austrian Alps with the so-called Venus Belt (pinkish line) and Earth Shade (the grey line above the ridge)…

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The stars shine over the Austrian Alps; notice the light dot at the middle of the ridge-this is where the Großglockner-High-Alpine-Road leads to (2504 m)…

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Long-time exposure of the MilkyWay; though the foreground gets blurred, this single shot contains that much information…

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The MilkyWay above Gr0ßglockner Ridge, 3798 m, with the Pasterze-glacier to the right…

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20 min. single startrail shot; notice the light track (center) – mountaineers still descending from the summit of Großglockner Mt., 3798 m…

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Stars and Venus above, while the city of Auronzo lies beneath a cloud cover, the Dolomites, Italy…

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The Dolomites, the city of Misurina and the stars…

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The Dolomites, just before the stars become visible…

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3-image pano: Venus (left), Procyon (center) and Sirius (right); the city of Auronzo shines through the clouds/low stratus, Italy…

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Startrails above the ridge of the famous Tre Cime mountains, the Dolomites, Italy…

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“When god created the world, he took the Dolomites as example.” 

(Author ?)

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My Favorite Images Of June 2012

This is some sort of self-assigment – by picking your favorite images of each month. That means you have to edit and sort through all of your images first. By doing so, you wont get to far behind of your stock/archive; it´s great taking pictures “out of the office”, but it´s also very rewarding seeing them “popping up” on the screen. Enjoy!

The silhouetted ridge of Wendelstein Mt., 1838 m, during sunset, Upper Bavaria, Germany…

Floating clouds during nautical twilight, 04:06 am,  while the stars remain “silent”…

Telescope image of the crescent Moon, focal length 3000 mm, no crop…

Altocumulus mamma clouds…

Stars, clouds and solitary larch trees, backlit by the setting moon…

Astronomical twilight recorded by the camera sensor, 11:15 pm…

The transit of Venus, 06/06/2012, telescope image…

The transit of Venus, 06/06/2012, composite of two different exposures…

Startrails and solitary larch trees, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

(Henri Matisse)

Celestial Fingers

Last night I was scouting a former military training base, which is just a few kilometers away from where I´m now living. The base had been established in 1937 for practicing with tanks. They expropriated the farmers who lived there for decades and had cultivated it for their needs. Now the military is gone since a couple of years now and nature is going to take this beautiful piece of land back. As I arrived up there late afternoon, I was opting for some nice shots with a starry sky. But not to long after the sun had set, the clouds moved in. Disappointed at that point, I was back on the track to my car as I noticed a sudden change in the sky. The cloud cover lifted suddenly with an amazing display of patterns. The stars, constellations and planets have been visible through the very slow-moving cloud patterns. Actually I was  on my way back home, but I couldn´t resist to watch and photograph the “Celestial Fingers” for another 1,5 hours. Conclusion: be open to everything that comes in your way, even if you opted for something else. Enjoy!

 

 

That´s how it started…

 

Jupiter (bottom center), Venus (above J.), Pleiades (left above V.)…

 

Cloud patterns, filled with stars – and a planet – Mars (the bright dot in the lower left corner)…

 

Planet Mars is just below the constellation of Leo (lower left corner), other constellations are: Ursa Major, Auriga and Gemini…

 

Like the fingers of a hand…

 

“When we tune in to an especially human way of viewing the landscape powerfully, it resonates with an audience.”
(Galen Rowell, American Photographer, 1940-2002)

 

 

Man-Made Clouds And The Moon

To start the new layout with, here are a couple of shots with man-made clouds and the Moon. These clouds are actually almost to beautiful to identify them as man-made, but in truth, their origin isn´t. They are produced – during clear weather – by the cooling tower of the nuclear power plant of the city of Ohu, just a few km away from Landshut, Bavaria. I´d rather photograph natural clouds coupled with the Moon, but even knowing that these clouds are man-made, they have been way to photogenic to be ignored. Reactor block 1 has been shut down last year due to the incidents at Fukushima, block 2 is supposed to run until 2022. Until then, let´s make the best out of it ….Enjoy (the images)! 

 

 

Summer last year: full Moon around the 35 km far away man-made clouds…

 

 

Some minutes later and a raven coming through…

 

 

The 92.7% full Moon above the nuclear power plant of Ohu, Bavaria

 

The last rays of the sun lit the clouds and the Moon, while the ground is already in shades…

 

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
(Rabindranath Tagore, Indian Poet, 1861-1941)
 
 

Dawn & Dusk Impressions From The Backyard

Again, today is a day which marks a milestone in my life. After being self employed for more than 16 years as a cabinet-maker/joiner, I finally have sold my house, the workshop and the studio. Today we will start our ´U-Haul`, which means  my family and I  are moving into a city called Landshut. Rated among the top worth living cities in Germany, it´s a pretty good spot to start a new part of my life with.  I´m not sure where this road will lead me to; but I deeply know that it is the right road/track/decision – ask me in about 5 years from now on again;)! It´s a grey, overcast, snowy day today, but some of my Dawn&Dusk  images will hopefully bring back the colors into life . All images are taken  around my “old” home turf. Enjoy!

Raging clouds at dusk…

The colors of dusk behind the storm clouds…

Winding con trail…

A display of colors…

An airplane amidst the colors of dusk…

Morning `glory` (pun intended)…

What a view to start a day with…

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
(Confucius, Chinese Philosopher, 551-479 BC)