Tag Archives: Night Photography

Crescent Moon, Mars, Venus, June 13th, 2021

Another night out, even if I have to get up early to go to work the next morning, but I can’t miss that chance. Almost the same scene like the night before, but the Moon almost passed/overtook planet Mars tonight. My eyes will never get tired of those views. Enjoy!

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Crescent Moon above the hop fields of the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria…

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The so-called Da Vinci Glow on the Moon, Mars to the lower left…

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Mars (lower left of Moon), Crescent Moon and Venus (lower right)…

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I love it plain and simple, an infinite view, above as below…

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Crescent Moon, Mars, Venus, June 12th, 2021

Some snapshots from last night, featuring the Crescent Moon, Mars and Venus. The many storm clouds added some drama to the scene and the purified atmosphere after the rain offered some nice twilight colors too. It feels great being out at nights. Enjoy!

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That moment the Crescent Moon pops up…

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Venus to the lower right showing up…

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Joined by Mars at the upper left…

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Twilight colors…

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The Da Vinci Glow – quite visible…

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Mars (top left) and Venus (lower right); just a couple of minutes later the whole scene has been swallowed by the next set of incoming storm clouds…

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…looking like a raging rabbit…

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Mars, Moon, Mercury, Venus, May 14, 2021

After raining the whole day the day before, the sky just cleared up in time. The atmosphere was clear and crisp and after not being out at nights for the last two month, I was on my way. Headed to a place just a stones throw away from my home and got treated by a sight I can’t get enough from: the crescent Moon at nautical twilight. Featured by Mars, Mercury and Venus, they all lined up along the ecliptic. A great night out (despite the nighttime curfew). Enjoy!

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Belt of Venus and Earth Shade above my home town. The light clouds are man-made and emanate from a cooling tower of a nuclear power plant some 35 km away…

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The graphic silhouettes of the hop fields just make my day (every night)…

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Crescent moon above the hop fields of the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Planet Venus in all its glory during nautical twilight…

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Four verts pano, feat. the crescent Moon, Mercury and Venus. Elusive Mercury, our innermost planet, can only be seen like this for a few days of the year…

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Along the ecliptic they go: Mars, Moon, Mercury and Venus…

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Some withered dandelion, hop fields and an amazing night sky…

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Round Bales Of Straw At Night

Just got back tonight with some impressions from a field with round bales of straw, just a stones throw away from where I live. From tomorrow on, I´ll be heading on a “Tour de France”, joined by one of my sons – three weeks of traveling, camping and goofying around. Enjoy!

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The first crescent Moon after New Moon setting above a field of round bales of straw…

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At the end of nautical twilight, the first stars become visible…

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Simplicity…

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More and more stars becoming visible…

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An oncoming farmer with his machinery providing some artificial light…

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The beauty of the night sky, big dipper in the center…

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Saturn and Jupiter and some satellite flare…

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Chasing Comet Neowise, July 18th-21st

I got two days off from work so I packed my stuff and went to South Tyrol, Switzerland and Italy on Saturday, to travel to some high alpine passes I always wanted to see but haven´t been able to in the past. Stilfser Joch, Umbrail Pass and Gavia Pass were the chosen ones, all of them ranking between 2500 – 2800 m. The first night was a blast; the sky cleared up and comet Neowise was easily visible to the northwest, while the Milkyway was towering in the south. Around 4:00 am, the last crescent Moon before New Moon rose to the east, with Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter wandering along the ecliptic. The impressions of those nights are almost not bearable, and since I´m traveling on my own, there is no one to talk to about feelings and emotions. Very intense nights. From crystal clear skies to sheet lightning, I got it all, not to forget the stunning scenery during day time. So here are just my favorite comet images from those three nights and hopefully I will be able to process/stack a set of single frames of Neowise from the first night. Enjoy!

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The sky cleared up on the first night, Stilfser Joch, 2757m, South Tyrol…

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Comet gazing…

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Colorful comet Neowise…

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What a beauty, 81 sec., 200 mm, Polarie…

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Neowise to the left, Venus, Hyades and Pleiades to the right…

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Fading away during nautical twilight…

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Lots of airglow around on the second night, Umbrail Pass, 2501 m, Switzerland…

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Neowise hiding behing 3000 m mountains, just showing its tail, surrounded by airglow, Gavia Pass, 2621 m, Italy…

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but finally showed up during nautical twilight, making one last impression…

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The Beauty Of The Night Sky

In my adolscent days, I spent the nights out partying with my friends, these days I silently spend them photographing the night sky. Have not been out at nights for almost one year now, so it got time to travel to my favorite destination in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Lots of people around at this time of the year, even more after loosening the coronavirus restrictions. But when the night falls in, everything calms down. Silence and solitude kicks in – what I like most. Enjoy!

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52 x 13 sec. for the stars, 1 x 200 sec. for the foreground, stacked with PixInsight, merged with Gimp, adjustments with Viveza and Lightroom, 5 D3 @ 35mm, no Polarie this time…

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Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road, 2509 m

On Sept. 19th 2019, I went on a short-trip to Timmelsjoch, a high alpine road in the Alps, connecting the Ötztal in Austria with the Passeiertal in South Tyrol/Italy. Spent the night up there, met some nice people, took some photos and got back home the next day with a refueled soul. Enjoy!

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Towards the Timmelsjoch, from the Austrian side…

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Timmelsjoch, 2509 m…

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Nautical twilight, facing the north-west…

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Low stratus coming in, adding some drama to the night sky…

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Dense fog creating some mystical moods…

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The next morning, facing South Tyrol…

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Like a spaceship, the so-called ´Passmuseum`…

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Border sign ´Austria`…

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Timmelsjoch sign…

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The so-called ´Fernrohr`…

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Solitude…

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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 from WW2, 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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Railroad through the city of Tirano, Italy…

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Paintings at 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 in Switzerland are closed 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 straight ahead…

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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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Orion At Simplon Pass, Switzerland

Just a quick impression from last weeks tour to Simplon Pass, Switzerland. Two nights in a row with clear skies and moderate temperatures at an elevation of 2005 m – what more to ask for. Images are shot with a modified Canon 1100 D with a Sigma 1.8/20mm lens on a Vixen Polarie. Enjoy!

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One of the single shots for the stars straight out of the camera, 240 sec./f 2.5…

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A single shot with the Polarie turned off to get a clear shot for the foreground, 240 sec./f2.5, already processed…

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Stacked images, with PixInsight, a total of 76 min…

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Final image: foreground and background image combined, with the constellation of Orion in all its glory and the Rauthorn, 3268 m, to the left…

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Mont Chaberton

Is there a more weirder thing than a fort on top of a 3130 m high mountain? While coming across images of Mont Chaberton late 2017, the destination for my next trip was set for the French Alps in August 2018. After a week of touring, I arrived in Fenils/I on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The weather forecast looked promising, so I packed my 20 kg backpack and hit the track around 06:00 pm, to avoid the hot afternoon sun. My plan was to arrive late at night on top of Mont Chaberton, to photograph the stars and the Milkyway and of course to spend the night up there. Around 10:00 pm, the weather started to change; clouds moved in, thunder and lightning followed. The benefit of traveling on your own: you don´t have to ask anyone where or when to go, what to do or what not to do. The downfall: you can´t ask someone for advice in a situation like this while being completely on your own. When the rain started at Clot des Morts at 2457 m, after four hours of hiking, I was still confident that the storm would pass as quickly as it came. The thunder was far away, some 25 seconds counting, and heading back was no option. But the further I went on, the rain got heavier and the thundering intervals shortened. So what to do?! Though this situation brought me to my limits, mentally speaking, I closed my eyes, and I decided: whatever would come to my mind first, I will do. And of course, some praying will help to. My intuition was to further go up and to find a spot to get shelter from the storm. Around 11:00 pm, I arrived at Col du Chaberton, 2650 m, the pass underneath Mont Chaberton. As I looked the way back, I saw clouds moving in up from the valley floor, dropping the sight down to zero within minutes. I thought everything is lost now. Luckily the clouds moved away as quickly as they came in and the same moment I spotted the ruins at Col du Chaberton, probably the remains of the former barracks of the fort. What a relief, just in time. I found a small shelter where I could change my cloth and meanwhile the thunder counting dropped down to three seconds. The place has been too small to lay down and sleep, so I had to wait another hour, around 12:00 pm, till the storm dispersed and I could put up my mat and sleeping bag on a flat spot around the ruins. At 04:00 am I got up to hit the last batch of the Mont Chaberton trail, just in time to witness the sunrise with its magical light. A night to remember for sure. Enjoy!

PS: I met some french fellows up there in the morning. One of the guys goes by the name of Ce Dric. I´m sorry, but I couldn´t find you on social media. If you ever come across this post, please drop me a note. Cheers!

View from Col Lauson, 2497 m, towards Mont Chaberton…

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On track, late evening…

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Looking back at sunset with the clouds coming in…

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Shelter from the storm…but also a preferred spot by hikers to relieve oneself…

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Thunder and rain passed, the stars came out…

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Bivouac for a couple of hours after the rain had stopped…

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Greeted on top of the mountain by a camp fire and some french fellows, minutes before sunrise…

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Belt of Venus and Earth Shadow indicates the upcoming sunrise on the opposite side…

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The artillery battery on top of Mont Chaberton…

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Sunrise…

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Artillery battery, Mont Chaberton…

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Facing north-west @ sunrise…

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Facing south @ sunrise…

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Facing south-east @ sunrise…

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Enjoying the show…

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Can it get much weirder? A flattened mountain top with artillery batteries…

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Forte Chaberton, 3130m…

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Inside the fort…

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Memorial stone, Mont Chaberton…

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Memorial stone, Mont Chaberton…

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Heading back on a sunny Monday morning…

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Col du Chaberton, 2650 m…

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Clot des Morts, 2457 m…

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Col du Chaberton to the left…

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The “Cracked Rock” to the right, along the old military road (start of construction 1898)…

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One last look back, before the track hits the forest again…

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Where the fun started: 14 km and 1500 m difference in altitude all the way up to Mont Chaberton, from the italian side at Fenils…

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