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My Favorite Images Of 2017

My favorite images of 2017…and kudos to Jim Goldstein for pulling up this project every year: http://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/2017/12/21/blog-project-photos-2017/

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While fog is blocking the lights from the cities below, the Zodiac Light shines along the ecliptic and our neighbour galaxy is watching from afar @ Berchtesgaden, Upper Bavaria, Germany

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Enjoying the silence and solitude with the “celebrities” of the winter night sky @ Zillertal, Austria

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Roe deer and the setting Full Moon early in the morning, seen from my front porch @ Lower Bavaria, Germany

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Double rainbow over my home turf, the place I grew up @ Lower Bavaria, Germany

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The setting crescent Moon over the hopfields of the Hallertau @ Lower Bavaria, Germany

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Rising of the partial eclipsed Moon, single shot with a 8″ telescope @ Lower Bavaria, Germany

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The setting crescent Moon @ Befreiungshalle Kelheim, Lower Bavaria Germany

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The Milky Way towering above the Grmec Spomenik (monument) @ Korcanica, Bosnia

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Home to many Winnetou/Karl May filmings @ Tulove Grede, Croatia

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The reason I did a detour to Bosnia while traveling Croatia – the Tjentiste Spomenik (monument) @ Tjentiste, Sutjeska NP, Bosnia

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Pre-dawn light on the Hohe Göll Ridge @ Berchtesgaden, Upper Bavaria/Austria

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Sea eagle looking for prey @ Chiemsee (the Bavarian sea), Upper Bavaria, Germany

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Two Awesome Phenomena

Two awesome phenomena have happened today. The first one wasn´t predictable, the second was. First, an insanely beautiful rainbow showed up, which, in its beauty, I haven´t ever seen in my life before. The second one, the so-called Golden Handle of the Moon, which will show up about two days after the first quarter of the Moon. What a nice (double) treat on a Friday, even better having my two younger kids by my side and showing them beauty of the universe. Enjoy!

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Multi-layered rainbow over St. Andreas Church, Lower Bavaria…

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Golden Handle of the Moon, single shot, full size, Meade 8″ on full frame…

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Optical Phenomena: Rainbows

Spotting rainbows is relatively easy, but chasing them and getting a decent composition with a compelling fore/background can be tricky. They can last for half an hour, but mostly they disappear within minutes. By understanding how they work, the possibilities of getting nice images will increase rapidly. Knowing that they build up best early morning or late afternoon, and the center of the bow is  always opposite of the center of the sun. If you got a favorite spot which would look cool with a rainbow, you can plan your shot carefully if you know where the sun will set/rise. The most important tool for photography is a polarizer, which increases the colors of the rainbow to its maximum like you see it with the unaided eye, but which the sensor of the camera can´t record without the help of the polarizer.

The last couple of days we had some up and down weather, which resulted in beautiful rainbows. But only yesterday, the sun lasted long enough to get the images I was waiting for so long. While the patches of clouds has been wide enough, the rainbow has been visible for about 30 minutes; long enough for setting up and getting a proper composition.

An interesting site about optical phenomena: http://www.atoptics.co.uk/rainbows/primary.htm

A rainbow shows up behind St.Martin Cathedral, Landshut, Bavaria…

Altered image, done with Lightroom 3 only (Matt Koslowski Presets)

“Nature provides exceptions to every rule.”

(Margaret Fuller, American Critic, 1810-1850)