Tag Archives: the Dolomites

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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The Compelling Image – Photography Contest, Chapter One

Chapter one of the Compelling Image Contest “Edge of the earth, corner of the sky”, presented by the master himself, Art Wolfe (http://www.artwolfe.com), and Shutterlove (http://www.shutterloveonline.com), has been announced earlier this year. I´m very happy to see that two of my images got credit. Choosing images for a contest (or a portfolio) is the hardest part of the work I reckon and a bit of luck does the rest. Here is the link to the contest gallery: http://www.thecompellingimagecontest.com/gallery/2012/ and a link to a blog post I did some time ago meeting Art Wolfe: https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/art-wolfe/ . Thanks to everyone at the contest! Enjoy!

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Nuvolau Mt., the Dolomites, Italy...

First Runner Up: ´Startrails above the Dolomites`

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Honorable Mention: ´Stars above the Zanskar Gorge`

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“Balance between positive and negative – considering dark and light!”

“Hit me over the head with your subject – never leave me guessing!”

(Art Wolfe)

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The Dolomites, Italy – For The First Time…

I can’t believe it myself, but last year September has been the first time I have been to the Dolomites in northern Italy – to the probably most beautiful “mountain-scape” in the whole world. It’s only a 4-5 hours drive away from where I live and a predicted 4-days high pressure weather period and a New Moon phase was the final trigger to get moving. Arriving there late in the afternoon, I was overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of this place. I had no maps and I did not know where to go first – everything was just amazing. I stood by my car at the highest located parking lot at an elevation of 2320 m, while looking around and waiting for the sun to set, the clouds moved in and within an hour, everything was soaked in. Damn. I went to bed in my car early and was very anxious about what the next morning would bring. But as often, “don´t ask what will I get today, ask what will I be given today.” And in my case, its been one of the most beautiful mornings I have witnessed so far. Only the first five images are from the arrival from that afternoon, all the others are from the next morning and day. The Dolomites are a place of heaven nowadays, but this area has got a dark past as well. During WW I, there has been the fighting line between the Italians and the Austrians/Hungarians, filled with tunnels and emplacements and most of the soldiers on both sides died not of the fightings, but of hunger, the cold and avalanches. The Dolomites are a place with history and a fantastic area for doing outdoors – combining those things with photography – makes an extraordinary experience. Enjoy!

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Soldier cemetery  @ “Nasswand”, Toblach…

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The Rifugio Auronzo, 2320 m a.s.l. @ the world-famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo Nature Park…

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Sunset @ the Gruppo dei Cardini mountains…

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Clouds moving in @ sunset…

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Obscured Gruppo dei Cardini @ twilight…

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A starry morning feat. Venus, Canis Minor, Canis Major, Sirius and Orion (from l.-r.); the clouds above are gone, but the valley is still covered and the lights of the town of Auronzo are shining through @ nautical twilight…

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Orion above the Gruppo dei Cardini and the clouds are floating through the valley; the light to right on top of the ridge is the Rifugio G.Lorenzi, 2932 m a.s.l. within the Gruppo del Cristallo Range…

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The stars above and the town lights below and the Rifugio Auronzo begins its day…

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The lights of Auronzo –  like a space ship sailing through the void…

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Morning is coming @ the Rifugio Auronzo…

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The lights within…

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Floating clouds @ twilight…

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…at an elevation of about 2000 m…

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First light and floating clouds on the Gruppo del Cristallo…

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The so-called Venus Belt or Earth Shade visible over the Gruppo del Cristallo Range (left); this is the area where they filmed the movie “Cliffhanger” feat. Silvester Stallone in 1993…

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Man @ work…

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Exhausted, but happy after photographing through a fantastic morning…

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Can you spot the Rifugio G.Lorenzi @ 2932 m ? Somewhere to the top right…

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Take me in…

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Hiking trail feat. a lot of tunnels from WW I…

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Looking down @ the summit of Sasso di Landro, 2536 m…

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Looking towards the Drei-Zinnen-Hütte, the red dot to the upper right…

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The Drei-Zinnen-Hütte to the left…

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The so-called Blue Hour @ the Gruppo dei Cardini; the Blue Hour marks the time between civilian and nautical twilight, just before the stars become visible…

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” Feel happy and grateful for having received such wonderful gifts. Then go your way in peace.”  (Neville)

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My Favorite Images Of November 2012

The month of November has been very productive; as you may notice its been very “night-scape-sided”. All of the images are from my latest sojourn to Austria and South Tyrol during the last New Moon phase in November. (Click to enlarge) . Enjoy!

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The sky is lifting up at night after a stormy day; MilkyWay, Jupiter, Pleiades (l.-r.), @Fernpaß, Austria…

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The last storm clouds fading away; MilkyWay, Orion, Jupiter, Hyades, Pleiades, @Fernpaß, Austria…

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My favorite activity – star-gazing, while the camera does its work, @Obtarrenz, Austria…

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The crescent Moon setting over the snowy ridge @South Tyrol…

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The Milky Way and the Andromeda Nebula (top left) above the woods of Obtarrenz, Austria…

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The Milky Way with its reddish illuminated alpha-hydrogen-nebulae, South Tyrol…

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Just before the immersion of Polis, SAO 186497 (Multiple star system), South Tyrol…

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Reflection of the setting crescent Moon @South Tyrol…

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The stars and the Milky Way becoming visible…

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Yours truly enjoining the show…

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Reflection of the Milky Way I…

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Reflection of the Milky Way II…

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Reflection of the Milky Way III…

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NGC 7000 or the North America Nebulae…

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Reflection of the stars…

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Pre-dawn, Sirius (left), Orion (faint, center), Jupiter (top, right) and Aldebaran (below Jupiter), 17th Nov. 2012, South Tyrol, Italy…

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The so-called Earth-shade or Venus-belt reflecting in the mountain lake… 

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Star-gazing at 2300m, Passo di Giau, the Dolomites…

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Star trails over a mountain lake, South Tyrol…

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Star trails over the Dolomites @Passo di Giau…

“If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done.”

(John Lubbock)

My Favorite Images Of September 2012

As you may have noticed, this blog tends to become more and more “nocturne-sided”. I cant help myself, but I´m somehow addicted to the stars and the universe itself. That´s the kind of stuff that fuels my soul, my inner motor, my vision. Since we are made out of that stuff, the so-called star-dust, I think it´s some kind of normal  being addicted to the cosmos. The digital area gives us so many new possibilities for capturing the stars in a way that wouldn´t have been possible some time ago. These days I even plan my journeys on the phases of the Moon, and the first images I process when I´m back home are the ones of the night sky. There is a saying that gear doesn´t matter, it’s the person behind the lens that matters. That´s right – except for one term – when you are shooting night-scenes. There is an interesting article by Michael Frye on his blog about gear – check it out: http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2012/09/27/photographing-the-milky-way/ . 

I´m heading to Volgograd, Russia on Friday,12th Oct. – Friday, 19th Oct., to see the grave of one of my fallen uncles during WWII. I´d planed this trip on the phases of the Moon (New moon 15th Oct.), not knowing until later, that my uncle Martin was fallen 16th Oct. 1942; that makes it exactly 70 years, for one of the Priller-clan to visit his graveyard….This time I´m traveling by airplane; here are links when I had tried this by car in 2010: https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/dealing-with-russia-part-i/ , https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/dealing-with-russia-part-ii/ , https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/dealing-with-russia-part-iii/ , https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/dealing-with-russia-last-part/ 

Enjoy!

Dramatic clouds during nautical twilight…

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A so-called Fireball or Bolide hitting the MilkyWay…

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Backlit clouds over the Austrian Alps with the so-called Venus Belt (pinkish line) and Earth Shade (the grey line above the ridge)…

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The stars shine over the Austrian Alps; notice the light dot at the middle of the ridge-this is where the Großglockner-High-Alpine-Road leads to (2504 m)…

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Long-time exposure of the MilkyWay; though the foreground gets blurred, this single shot contains that much information…

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The MilkyWay above Gr0ßglockner Ridge, 3798 m, with the Pasterze-glacier to the right…

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20 min. single startrail shot; notice the light track (center) – mountaineers still descending from the summit of Großglockner Mt., 3798 m…

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Stars and Venus above, while the city of Auronzo lies beneath a cloud cover, the Dolomites, Italy…

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The Dolomites, the city of Misurina and the stars…

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The Dolomites, just before the stars become visible…

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3-image pano: Venus (left), Procyon (center) and Sirius (right); the city of Auronzo shines through the clouds/low stratus, Italy…

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Startrails above the ridge of the famous Tre Cime mountains, the Dolomites, Italy…

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“When god created the world, he took the Dolomites as example.” 

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