Tag Archives: Night Photography

Hop Field At Night

Strolling around last night to get some impressions of the current hop harvest in the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, I came across this new built up hop plant. The poles are set up, but the cables and wires are not attached so far. That makes a great graphic silhouette against the night sky. Enjoy!

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6-verts-pano…the Big Dipper showing the way to Polaris (top right) and Arcturus (middle left)…

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Update: was this night there again with my kids, showing them the stars…

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14.09.2015: Capella/constellation Auriga, showing up after nautical twilight…

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Blue Hour and the stars start to pop out…view goes towards Perseus and Triangulum…

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Black Forest Sojourn

Last week, I traveled to Freiburg, some 480 km west from where I´m living, attending a lecture by one of Germany´s most recognized (spiritual) book authors, Robert Betz. While traveling there, I took the chance to visit a lot of often-heard places at the Black Forest, but unfortunately haven´t been there myself so far. You know, since I quit my old job, I got time for what I love doing most, traveling and photography (besides carrying for my family…). First, I sought I would visit the Vosges Mountains in France, bordering onto South-West Germany, but the Black Forest area got so many attractions, that almost time ran out after five days of living out of the car. The stills/video is including places like the Japanese Garden of Freiburg, mountains with funny names like Schauinsland and Hornisgrinde, waterfalls like Todtnau Falls and Allerheiligen Falls, monastery ruins, views over the Rhine valley towards the Vosges Mountains, dramatic sunsets, windswept beech trees, snow at  Feldberg Mt. (highest mountain of the B.F. area), and yes, of course, my beloved night sky. Best of all, almost no tourists around at this time of the year. But with some of them, and that is becoming new to me (not really new, but it is coming back in some sort of way…), I´m getting into interaction. Sometimes just a small talk, sometimes a discussion about life itself or giving a young lady and her dog a lift to a place where I was already heading to. Life is reflecting what you are sending out – if you want it or not…By the way, music is by Nelly Furtado, a fantastic song called “Stars”. Enjoy!

(Press the HD-button for a better resolution if you like…)

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“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” (Albert Einstein)

Italy, Nocturnal…

All images are taken in Italy during the last three years, including places like South Tyrol, Gargano Peninsula and Bologna. The ones showing the Occultation of Jupiter were taken some 30km north of the city of Bologna, 15th July 2012, the very morning and time, my mother has died. First time I show them in public…

Music by one of California´s finest, Social Distortion, song´s called “Let it be me”. Enjoy!

(Push the HD-button if you like for a higher resolution…)

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“There is a force in the Universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results.”

(Mahatma Gandhi)

Into The Wind

“Into The Wind” by Jake Ducey is a story/book about his journey traveling the world for a couple of months, in search of his real meaning of life. Ironically, at the end of his journey, he found out, that everything he was looking for, is not to be found in the physical world, but is already within him. Like the monk told him: “In your life it took you until you traveled around the physical world for months before you found what you wanted, which was actually within yourself.” The book is full of quotes and “real stuff”, which I have heard before, but which I can relate to just recently now. I myself has been on the run for a long time, traveling the whole world, but wasn´t even aware of what I was looking for. Now I know its been some kind of running away, some sort of getting distracted, looking for something new, only to find out, when I got back home, that I wasn´t satisfied, wasn´t happy at all. So I went for the next travel, filling up a hole for a short period of time, just to find out that that hole was empty again after a while. So what to do? Only one way left – to go in search within yourself! “It´s true, all begins within not without!”. That means you have to face your deepest fears, which I can tell from my experiences is very challenging – and I´m just at the beginning. But better to start now than never. I still love traveling and photographing very much and it fills my soul, but I don´t need it all the time anymore, like the past three years. Sounds weird, even to me, but there are more important things in the world than filling up your ego. Once again, I´m very touched by what the monk had to say: “…that if you aren´t making someone else´s life better, then you are wasting your time”. “…because those you give will receive.” I don´t know where this journey will lead me, but the journey within myself is definitely worth looking for.

By the way – the images are from my latest sojourn in search of the night sky (…and enlightenment 😉 ) @ Staller Sattel, Antholz Valley, South Tyrol, Italy. Nothing can describe the beauty and the joy of spending a night out under the stars and the rising Moon. Enjoy!

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Destination arrived…

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Fort from WW II…

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Camping de Luxe…

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Around 10:00 pm…

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Around 12:00 pm, the rising Moon in the back illuminating the scenery…

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Around 5:00 am, a starry night and Jupiter above the ridge…

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Pre-dawn and Venus Belt…

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First light…

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Camp in the morning and  Moon…

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Again, camping de Luxe…

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Seven frame vertical pano, handheld with the G1X…

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Moon setting above Rieserferner Ridge, South Tyrol…

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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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The Power Of Love

…is a song performed by  legendary “Franky goes to Hollywood” in the early 80´s. Knowing that song since then, it ignited something deep within me hearing it yesterday morning while driving to work. Going through the lyrics on youtube, this song really sums it up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkN1SlG1YUk). Love really is the most powerful force in the universe, something I had lost for a very long time, buried deep down within me, burning at the lowest level, almost distinguished. Sometimes you have to make decision that are very though to do, but after that, you will be like new-born. “Expose yourself to your deepest fear – after that…you are free.” (Jim Morrison). How true is that. I had cancelled my trip to Iceland last Friday and I´m happy with that – gotta figure out my life first, exposing/facing my fears first and not running away from them. Last Tuesday, I traveled to Lake Antholz, South Tyrol, where I had been last year for the first time. This time, the lake was frozen and the road was closed due to snow. So I packed my stuff, hiked to a place I knew and camped out there for the night. The ice of the lake was cracking the whole night, sometimes sounding like a gun shot, sometimes like a crashing fright train and sometimes like a singing whale. What an experience. Then next morning, I hiked up the (closed) snow-covered alpine road to the top at the Staller Sattel at 2052 m a.s.l., which marks the border of South Tyrol/Italy and Austria. While enjoying the view and the sun and being so deeply into nature, suddenly everything fell into place and I got all the answers I was looking for, for such a long time now. It felt like being one with everything, being happy for no reason, hugging the whole world for no reason. I felt such a gratitude that moment, I almost thought I´m going to explode. Now, being back home, I´m starting being able to bring back that feeling for no reason, like when doing the dishes, being at work – whatever – the power of love. “Love yourself first – then you can love others. You are your true love”! Enjoy!

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Camp @ the lake, pre-dawn with venus belt and earth-shade…

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Planet Jupiter above Riesenferner Ridge, Venus Belt are starting to show up…

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First light on the ridge…

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Five verts pano, Milky Way in the middle…

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Trails in comet-mode, starting after moon set, Jupiter in the center…

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View from Staller Sattel, 2052 a.s.l., the mountains in the center are 3200-3500 m a.s.l., at the bottom left, Lake Antholz…

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Antholz Valley, late afternoon…

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Australia: Land Of Stars

When I went to Australia in 1990-91 and 1999-2000, I had no eyes then for the night sky – this time, I did! The night sky is just amazing and beyond words, though there is a lot of light pollution now along the east coast. In August (Australian winter), the Milky Way is visible from around 07pm until 04am, and the center of our home galaxy, between the constellation of Scorpius and Sagittarius, is straight up at the zenith. It can´t get much better – even the temperatures at night were moderate. So set up the cameras and enjoy the show, while time is running fast…! As always, I´m going to develop the night sky images first, going a step further this time by making panoramas and mosaics of the MW and combining static and star trail images into one. Hope you enjoy them!

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Mosaic of the Milky Way: 20 single images, each @ 70mm (110mm on a 1100 Da), 20 sec, f 2.8, Iso 3200, tracked with Vixen Polarie…(original file size: 925 MB/16 bit !)

Workflow MW: importing RAW´s into Lightroom 4 and doing global adjustments; exporting images to Hugin for panorama/mosaic; output image back into LR4 doing minor adjustments; exporting image into Color Efex Pro and see how it works; bringing the image then back into LR4 and doing adjustments again – finished…

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Star trails, including the Milky Way: 55 single images, each @ 20mm (32mm on a 1100 Da), 120 sec, f 3.2, Iso 800 and one static image, tracked with Vixen Polarie, 120 sec., f 3.2, Iso 800; this is my first star trails image shot with the modified 1100 d, which can be seen by the reddish hydrogen-alpha nebulae, like M16, M17, M20, M8 and NGC 6357, 6334 and 6188, from right to left…

Workflow Star trails: importing RAW´s into Lightroom 4 and doing global adjustments; exporting images to StarStaxx; re-importing the output image into LR4 doing adjustments again; exporting the trail image and the static image into Gimp and combining the two; back then into LR4 and from there into Color Efex Pro and see how it works; bringing the image then back into LR4 and doing adjustments again – finished…

Puuh…I´m actually not much into that technical stuff, but I think that´s a good start-up with…Enjoy!

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