Tag Archives: Twilight

Hop Field At Night

Strolling around last night to get some impressions of the current hop harvest in the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, I came across this new built up hop plant. The poles are set up, but the cables and wires are not attached so far. That makes a great graphic silhouette against the night sky. Enjoy!

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6-verts-pano…the Big Dipper showing the way to Polaris (top right) and Arcturus (middle left)…

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Update: was this night there again with my kids, showing them the stars…

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14.09.2015: Capella/constellation Auriga, showing up after nautical twilight…

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Blue Hour and the stars start to pop out…view goes towards Perseus and Triangulum…

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Conjunction Of Crescent Moon, Venus & Mars, 20.02.2015

Conjunction of the Crescent Moon, Venus (left) and Mars (top left), 20.02.2015. The sky cleared up just in time to witness this celestial spectacle, after almost ten days of fog due to the typical wintry inversion weather. The image shows the church of St.Andreas of my hometown Pürkwang, Lower Bavaria, Germany, which was built 1462 with its 46 m high bell-tower. The  scene is taken of seven vertical images at nautical twilight , stitched using Hugin, stars done with Gimp and doing some adjustments with Lightroom. Click on the image to go full-screen (2560 px). Enjoy!

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Hop Gardens, Nocturnal

Some impressions from my latest visit to my beloved hop gardens of the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria. These fields are just a stone´s throw away from where I used to live and to roam the streets. The structures of the poles and wires building a very graphic design against the changing colors of the night sky. During the transition from nautical twilight towards astronomical twilight, light pollution from even the smallest villages become visible. One of the very few nights of 2014, we have had a clear sky on a New Moon´s night. Until I was 17 years old, I did all of the work according to the hop gardens, myself, helping my parents on our farm. Nowadays, I just enjoy being out there at nights, photographing the hop fields and  listening to the sounds of the night, and sometimes having a chat with some curios farmers. Enjoy!

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Civilian twilight @ the hop gardens…

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Stars popping out @ nautical twilight…

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Light pollution becomes visible @ astronomical twilight…

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Feat. Antares, Mars, Saturn & the asteroid Vesta…

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My office…

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An oncoming vehicle illuminating the structures of the hop gardens – Milky Way towering above…

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” Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.”  Alan Watts

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Having Fun With: My Kids, The Crescent Moon & The Olight SR 95

Unexpectedly, the skies cleared up tonight and what better to do than catching my kids and heading to a spot which looked promisingly good for aligning with the Crescent Moon. TPE (http://photoephemeris.com) confirmed my speculations and we were right on spot for the setting Crescent Moon. What better than spending such moments with your loved ones? Helena (9) was wearing one of my hoodies (from Australia) and Jakob (10) was wearing his bathrobe…while I was managing the incredible Olight SR 95 (http://olightworld.com/product/sr95-intimidator/), a flashlight of it´s own…Enjoy!

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The Crescent Moon @ the chapel, illuminated from some 400 m afar…

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Having fun @ twilight…

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The setting Crescent Moon, Feat. Arcturus (top right)…

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The Smallest Full Moon…

…since more than 1000 years, is visible tonight, because of its farthest distance to the earth. And there won’t be a further away Full Moon until the year 2154! Photographing the Full Moon can be tricky, because of the high range of contrasts. Mostly I take images of the Full Moon a day prior to the “real” Full Moon, when there is still some twilight left, even then, there is a lot of contrast to handle. I got this image on the most popular German-speaking astronomy site ( http://news.astronomie.info/ai.php/bulletin/90000 ) today and I got a lot of response towards it. Also featuring – Jupiter (top left), while the terrestrial counterpart is the nuclear power plant of Niederaichbach, close to Landshut, the capital town of Lower Bavaria.

Like the Moon can´t shine without the sun, your eyes can´t sparkle without your inner light. 

This is what Hatha-Yoga is all about…”Ha” is the sun, “Tha” is the Moon. Your self can´t shine without the light within. Just saying…Enjoy!

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Full Moon & Jupiter, 15th Jan. 2014…

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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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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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