Tag Archives: Night

Silenced

Just came across a song called ´Silenced` by Uniform Choice the other day. Very unusual to their other stuff, this is just a spoken word song. Though not fully understanding the lyrics from the first time hearing, it have sent shivers down my spine, resonating deep down inside of me…here´s the link to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gClzSHlxvZA

This is probably why I enjoy the night so much – Silence! Enjoy!

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When there’s silence 
Friends need not speak 
It’s understood 
Die I would 
And when there’s silence 
Cultures appear as one 
Colors are blurred 
My brother I heard 
When there’s silence 
Meanings all seem clear 
Distractions unknown 
Uniformly alone 
And when there’s silence 
Love has no hurt 
Despair cannot live 
Words take I give 
The sound of no sound 
Is the most deafening of all 
The feeling of no feeling 
Is the most painful of all 
And yet we must endure 
For I do now and forever shall 
Love all things that are real 
Even when… silence is broken

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Sometimes, Magic Happens…

After touring Sicily for two weeks and having varying weather conditions down there (for night photography…), I found myself back home with best conditions for what I like doing most at nights – shooting stars. Heading out to my new favorite spot after sunset, I set up my gear for doing a startrail image, which I haven´t done since more than half a year now. The gibbous Moon was shining bright behind my back, so I got an hour or two before he would get into my set-up. Earlier, on the way to my spot, I had seen some deer, which are roaming this area frequently, and I “meet” them almost every time I´m out there. After finishing the startrail sequences (before the Moon gets into the image), I packed my stuff and walked uphill through the still leafless beech forest. And than it happened. When I got out of the woods, just before heading down the trail to the right, I spotted two deer, standing some 50 m uphill on a crest, grazing on the field. Wow. I had anticipated such a scene for so many times and now, out of nowhere, it happened! I was so excited that I wasn´t able to find a proper focus to get the shot I was thinking of for so long and for so many times: a deer standing on a crest, on a clear line with no distractions (bushes, trees…), with the stars in the background! Being actually very shy animal, they did let me be around for more than one hour, standing eye to eye,letting me follow them through their grazing around the field. I was so in awe, I got completely lost in time. Sometimes, magic happens….Enjoy!

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Startrails & Oak Tree @ Nautical Twilight…

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Roebuck, eye to eye, amidst the stars…

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Deer “posing” for the watcher;)…

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“Your imagination is your preview of life´s coming attractions.” (Albert Einstein)

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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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Australia: From Dusk Till Dawn Video

The first set of ´Nightscape images` from my recent journey to Australia, composed with the song “Transformation” by The Cinematic Orchestra, which you can buy here: https://itunes.apple.com/de/album/transformation/id297787201?i=297787669&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 . Along with two quotes by Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet and mystic, and the song title in mind, it sums up everything what I´m up these days…Enjoy!

"You have no need to travel anywhere.Journey within yourself, enter a mine of rubies and bathe in the splendor of your own Light."
"The Universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are."

Make sure to hit the HD-Button on the top right…and play it loud (if you like;)…

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Conjunction Of Moon And Jupiter, 04/14/2013

Long time no see of the celestial constellations since a couple of weeks, but on Sunday the sky cleared up, right on time to watch Moon and Jupiter making their way along the ecliptic, through batches of cirrus clouds towards the horizon. Neat little spectacle on a Sunday night – good to be out again…Enjoy!

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Moon and Jupiter @ civilian twilight…

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Close-up…

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Wide-angle view @ civilian twilight…

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The colors starting to fade at the beginning of nautical twilight…

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Close-up @ nautical twilight…

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

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Addendum, English…

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Addendum, German…

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The Chadar Trek, Zanskar, India, Day Two

The second day of the trek started with some light snow fall, which added some nice color onto the rocks and mountains, and of course, it wasn´t that cold anymore. Walking on so many different types of ice is quite experiencing, and sometimes we had to walk and climb beneath the frozen river due to the lack of support of the ice. Around midday, the weather cleared all up, it got sunny and cold again. After some 15-20 km and 5-6 hours of hiking, with about 17 kg of pack back on our shoulders, we reached our second camp site for the night, another nice hollow. I couldn´t resist to take startrail images that night, which I regretted physically very much the next morning. But looking at the images on the LCD screen that night, I almost freaked out because of the beauty of this place. Day two has been quite spectacular; so stay tuned for the next days – more images to come! Enjoy!

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View from the ´lodge` towards the Chadar…

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Overcast sky and light snow fall; notice the tiny looking trekkers…

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Weather is clearing up and walking on solid ice…

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The team, yours truly to the right…

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Walking along the riverbank due to to less support of the ice…

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Thomas hauling his orange sledge over the rocks…

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Walking on solid, frozen ice…

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The Zanskar River making its way through the ice; notice the tiny trekkers in front at the gorge…

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´Slippery as ice`, pun intended…

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Even getting water for cooking was an adventure on its own…

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Local porters doing the Chadar…

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Mountains without names, during sunset…

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The Boys getting tea ready…

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Orion, Hyades, Jupiter and Pleiades at the beginning of the night…

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Camp site of the second day and reflections on the ice…

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The rising full Moon is illuminating the gorge with light like at a sunrise…

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The fire of the camp site reflected on the Chadar, while the Moon is illuminating the gorge…

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Posing on solid ice, beneath the running water of the Zanskar River…

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Startrails over the Zanskar Mountains…

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Startrails, ice, running water, mountains, no light pollution, no aircrafts – what better?!

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“Freedom lies in being bold!” (Robert Frost, American Poet)

Comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS)

Yes, finally, I got Comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) yesterday night. First time photographing a comet, after (only) viewing comet Hale Bopp back in 1997. The weather was cooperating for about 30 minutes and I was very happy I had found the faint object around 7:20 pm, making its way through the constellation of Pisces. The comet can be spotted with the unaided eye, if you know where to look to, but its true nature only appears on the camera screen after a proper exposure. But beware, you might get some kind of addicted to it. Enjoy!

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Comet PanStarrs and the first stars are visible…

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PanStarrs @ 200 mm, 2 sec., f 2.8, Iso 1600…

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Clouds moving in @ 200mm, 10 sec., f 6.3, Iso 2500…

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With PanStarrs obscured by clouds, I did some fun shooting… could be the next advertising campaign for MERCEDES BENZ…

Volgograd, Russia: The Past And The Present, Part One

“What the fuck am I doing here?!” was my first thought as I was arriving at the Gumrak Airport in Volgograd (the former Stalingrad), on the 13th of October. The flight from Munich to Moscow and then to VOG was delayed and the cold, windy and dreary weather did the rest to my lonesome journey into the past. The one and only reason to get here  was the death of one of my uncles, Martin Priller, during one of the most fiercest battles of WW II, the fight for the city of Stalingrad. While booking my flight a couple of weeks ago, I did not realize then, that my intended travel time from the 12th-19th of October coincided with the 70th anniversary of the death of my uncle – the 16th Oct. 1942! Just five days before I had left home, I have found a website of a local travel agency, and after making contact via Facebook, I had a very reliable, english speaking tour guide – thanks again Mike (Mikhail Shuvarikov). While touring with him, there is no car rental in VOG, I got around places I could not even have dreamed about before. Like having a “scout” who knew all the former cemeteries of the German soldiers and doing some digging there, getting in touch with a patriarch of a once bombed orthodox church or an old lady who were talking about the bombings of Stalingrad of the German Army when she was a child. So many doors opened up, again and again, and time went by like there would be no time at all. Even the weather was cooperating and I had a fantastic last night, spending it at the Mamajey Kurgan Memorial Complex. To be continued.

If anyone is interested in doing a photo tour to VOG, please let me know; I could arrange something like that. Going out to the battlefields and do some digging, visiting the German and Soviet Soldier Cemetery at Rossoschka, doing a city sight-seeing-tour and spend an evening/night at the Mamajev Kurgan Complex. Enjoy!

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The battlefields of Stalingrad, out in the steppe; the supposed area where my uncle has died/was shot; the positions and emplacements are still there, also you can still find – without digging – relics like bones, bullets, shrapnel, buttons of cloth and tents….

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Bones, buttons and shrapnel…everything is still there…

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One of the very few buildings that got out from WW II; some 95 % of former Volgograd was destroyed (bombed)…

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The Orthodox Church at the Mamajev Kurgan Complex during twilight; the stars belong to the constellation of Sagittarius…

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The crescent Moon, Mars and Antares over the city of Volgograd; Mars is about 1.7° separated of the setting Moon…

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The Mamajev Kurgan Memorial Complex at night; the statue “Mother Russia is calling”, standing 85 m tall, is the main attraction, while “The Lake of Tears” smooth surface is reflecting the lights…

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“You must be the change you wish to see in the world!”

(Mahatma Gandhi)
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My Favorite Images Of August 2012

The month of August has been a very productive month for me – photographically speaking. We had surprisingly some nice weather in August ( in other words: starry nights), which were great for making star trails. The images from our 10 days family vacation in South Tyrol and Tuscany are still not processed so I´ll show them at another post (meanwhile I got tons of images from Austria and the Dolomites from last week…..). Enjoy!

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The ISS making its way through the spire of the radio tower and Polaris; former military training area, Landshut, Bavaria…

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The Moon, Jupiter, the Hyades and the Pleiades; Fish-eye shot…

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Detail of the waning crescent Moon; single shot, focal-projection with Baader 8-24 click-zoom…

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The “Watcher” (yours truly) and the “Recorder” (the camera)…

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Bale of straw during dusk, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Again, the “Watcher” and bale of straw…

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Bale of straw and the stars…

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The MilkyWay over Prunn Castle, Bavaria…

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Sinus Iridum, Montes Jura and a part of Mare Imbrium;  single shot – no crop…

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Startrails with the camera on a tripod, which is on the other hand recording startrails too….

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Startrails over Prunn Castle, an old knights castle from the Middle Ages…

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Startrails over bale of straw; yours truly watching the stars…. 

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Monteriggioni Moonrise, Tuscany

Sometimes I try everything that is possible to get the shot I´m thinking of; like driving kilometers without end, climbing up mountains, setting up three sets of cameras and a telescope….sometimes I get lucky – sometimes not. The image below is an example of how it can also work without any previsualization – it just happens by coming by. When I´m traveling, I´m often thinking about if someone/something is leading my way – the older I get, the more sensitive I become. I´ve come by this small town of Monteriggioni, which is still an intact town with its defense wall and defense towers from the Middle Ages, a couple of times, and the images I´ve got weren´t that great. But that night we traveled back from Siena, which is a fantastic city by the way, we passed this place again way past 11:00 pm, as the gibbous Moon was on the rise. As you might know, it is very difficult to get the bright Moon in a single frame without to overexposure the whole scene. Either the Moon is to bright or the foreground gets to dark. In this image, I stacked two images with different exposures – one for the Moon and one for the foreground. Same focal length, same locality, but different exposures. For processing I only used the software I´m using for the startrails images – StarStax; no Photo Shop at all needed. I blended those two images with StarStax and did some slight developing with Lightroom 3 – that´s it. Sometimes the unexpected is the best. Like the old saying: “Expect nothing and you will be given.” Enjoy!

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The gibbous Moon rises over the town of Monteriggioni, Tuscany. (Two images blended…)

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