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My Favorite Images Of 2019

Here are my favorite photos, taken 2019. Head over to Jim Goldstein´s site, to take part in his annual blog project ( https://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/2019/12/16/blog-project-your-best-photos-from-2019/ ). Cheers and have a good one in 2020!

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Total eclipse of the Moon, 21st of Jan. 2019, seen from my home @ Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Telescope shot from the eclipse, with a SC 8″ and a Canon 5d3, full size, no crop…

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The beauty of the winter night sky, feat. Orion with its deep sky objects, taken @ Simplon Pass, 2005m, Switzerland…

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Lenticular clouds at sunset @ Bernina Pass, 2328m, Switzerland…

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One of the most beautiful sunrises in the Alps I`ve ever seen @ Bernina Pass, 2328m, Switzerland…

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Majestic Dolomites and Dürrensteinhütte @ Plätzwiese, South Tyrol…

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The Milky Way in all its glory along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, 2571m, Austria…

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Mosaic of the partial eclipse of the Moon, seen from my home, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Misty morning @ Lago di Vajont, Italy…

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Like out of a fairy tale, but just an hour´s drive away from my home…crescent Moon setting over castle Haag, Upper Bavaria, Germany…

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A feathered critter at the lower left watching the setting Moon – seen from my living room, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Fog creating some mystical mood @ Timmelsjoch, 2474m, Austria/Italy…

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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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Re: The Milky Way – By Canon 1100 D(a) & Vixen Polarie

In 2012 I did a post about imaging the Milky Way combining it with a photogenic foreground (https://wp.me/p1aVSr-A8). The images were taken more than five years ago now, using a Vixen Polarie  and a modified Canon 1100 D – which makes it a 1100 D (a). Back then I took a set of images of the same subject, with exposure times up to 5 minutes, hoping that there might be some software out there for stacking star images and combining them with a static foreground image, preferably (but not always) taken with the same camera settings prior to the others. The only difference: turning off the tracker device while shooting the foreground. The shown images in this post are all composites, with a “tracked” background and a “non-tracked” foreground, using PixInsight (stacking), Gimp (merging), Viveza (local adjustments) and Lightroom (general adjustments). Next step will be putting together a mosaic of a set of stacked images of our Milky Way, taken in August 2013, East coast Australia. Enjoy!

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South Tyrol, Italy, left: 5 images stacked with Pixinsight, right: final image with a total of 423 sec. for the stars and 179 sec. for the foreground…

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The Dolomites, Italy, left: 6 images stacked with Pixinsight, right: final image with a total of 1024 sec. for the stars and 25 sec. for the foreground…

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Großglockner Ridge, Austria, left: 14 images stacked with Pixinsight, right: final image with a total of 1318 sec. for the stars and 357 sec. for the foreground…

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The Großglockner, the highest mountain in Austria, left: 23 images stacked with Pixinsight, right: final image with a total of 1191 sec. for the stars and 169 sec. for the foreground…

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Brennkogel and Hochtor, Großglockner High Alpine Road, Austria, left: 10 images stacked with Pixinsight, right: final image with a total of 1625 sec. for the stars and 25 sec. for the foreground…

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Mars Over Misurina, South Tyrol

This is my favorite image from my latest journey to the Dolomites, South Tyrol. A 24-hours, day-to-day trip, driving a total of 900 km, just to photograph the first Crescent Moon after New Moon over the Dolomites. The weather forecast looked promising, but arriving at the Tre Cime parking lot above Misurina, storm clouds were still rolling in and out and the thin Crescent Moon got sucked away by them. Later that night, it cleared up and in the morning, a starry sky showed up. The Dolomites never disappoint, and the views are otherworldly. Can´t wait to get back before the high alpine roads are closed for the winter. Enjoy!

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Planet Mars over Misurina @ the Dolomites, South Tyrol, Italy. Ten vertical images stitches via Hugin, showing the Gruppo dei Cardei to the left, the Milky Way, Mars and the Monte Cristallo Range, home of Silvester Stallone´s classic “Cliffhanger”…08:42pm/26.09.2014

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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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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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