Winter is Not What It Used to Be

I can hardly remember a time where we used to have a sustained snow cover over at least a couple of days. Even temperatures below zero degrees Celsius seem to become scarcer and scarcer. Not that I’m a huge fan of winter, let alone winter sports, but the sight of a snow covered cityscape or landscape can warm you heart. OK, I hear the irony in that.

When I was visiting friends between Christmas and New Year – or as we Germans tend to say “zwischen den Jahren” (as in “between the years”) – we, as a matter of tradition, went on a little hike around a sort of lake (which in reality is just a bit of a bulge of the river Isar near Mammingen).

It was pretty cold, but there was not a hint of snow. Now, I wouldn’t even expect the fake lake to be frozen over but some hint of winter would have been nice. In particular for taking photos and trying to capture a “winter scene”. But as of late that seems to be almost an impossible undertaking.

For the time being, the images below will have to do as “winter pictures”.

All pictures taken with a Leica SL and a Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH.

Leica SL | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | 1/4000s | f/1.4 | ISO 100
Leica SL | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | 1/1600s | f/1.4 | ISO 100
Leica SL | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | 1/2500s | f/1.4 | ISO 100

Tacky Moritzburg

Normally I’m not very fond of the sort of dreamy images with glow and glare which are a bit reminiscent of wedding photography or equally romantic genres. But in this case I thought, why not. This castle has probably been photographed so many times from so many different angles and perspectives that a pinch of tackiness (if that’s a word) can’t hurt :).

Leica SL Typ 601 | Leica Vario Elmarit SL 2.8-4/24-90mm ASPH. | ISO 125 | 1/200s | f/4

Leica SL Typ 601 | Leica Vario Elmarit SL 2.8-4/24-90mm ASPH. | ISO 125 | 1/200s | f/4

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

Recently I had the privilege to be able to extend a business trip for a few days to go to Las Vegas. I had been in Vegas before, so this time the main venture was really the Grand Canyon to explore something new. Since from Vegas a car ride would have meant pretty much an all day trip with a four-hour drive each way we decided to take a more airy vehicle. I hope you enjoy my little video of that unforgettable helicopter ride as much as I enjoyed the actual trip.

Joshua Tree Park (Lomo Edition)

I was playing around with the Lomo film in Joshua Tree National Park as well. But I have to say that I was a bit underwhelmed by the results. You would have thought that color works better for landscape than black and white, but apparently not for me. This photo is the only one of about 20 shots in the park that I took in color with the Lomo film that I found at least remotely presentable. Perhaps I can’t do color photography any more. Check out the monochrome photos in my blog entry of a couple days ago.

Joshua Tree National Park | Leica MP | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. | Lomography XPro 200 ISO

Joshua Tree National Park | Leica MP | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. | Lomography XPro 200 ISO

“Wandering” Part 2 – The Film Shots

A couple of days ago I had already posted some color images that I (and a friend of mine) had taken with my D700 on a hike in the “Elbsandsteingebirge” near Dresden. Since I of course never leave my Leicas at home, here are now a few more taken with my Leica MP and a roll of Kodak Tri-X :).

It’s interesting how black-and-white can even work in the woods as long as there is enough light for contrast. Green and brown colors are usually not rendered in high contrast on black-and-white film. In addition I had an orange filter screwed on my Summicron-M 35mm f/2 non-ASPH. which I think also helped boosting contrast a bit.

Enjoy. (Make sure you click on the gallery to see a larger view of the images.)

“Wandering”

Luckily Whit Monday is a bank holiday in Germany and luck we had with the weather too. So we decided to go for a short but intense hike into the “Elbsandsteingebirge” or “Sächsische Schweiz”. For me personally it was quite some time ago that I went out there, which is a shame considering it is so close to Dresden and the landscape is plain beautiful.

(All photos are taken with a Nikon D700 and AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G)