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

Mount San Jacinto

Coachella Valley is a really interesting place. To the Northeast, towards Joshua Tree National Park, it’s a desert-like landscape. Very dry and rocky. To the Southwest there are huge mountains rising, on top of which there is actual vegetation. You wonder where these trees get their water from when down in the valley there is hardly any flora growing on its own without sprinklers. But you quickly forget that head-scratching action once you are stunned by the gorgeous view over the valley down below from atop Mt. San Jacinto.

Overlooking Coachella Valley | Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. | 1/180s | f/8 | ISO 320

Overlooking Coachella Valley | Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. | 1/180s | f/8 | ISO 320

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

Joshua Tree

Next stop on my way down South: Joshua Tree National Park. Heard a lot of it, but have never been there before. Some education upfront: I didn’t really know that the namesake Joshua Tree was actually a cactus. Once you see one, however, it becomes very obvious. And you see lots of them.

Kudos by the way to the Park Rangers who are running the visitor center, recommend hikes for every taste and agility and maintain the numerous trails. Very friendly and well organized. What may have helped though is that at this time of the year the park was fairly empty. Which was great – so I even got to see a rattle snake that otherwise probably would have hidden under a stone. Speaking of stones – what looks like gravel are actually really big stones.

 

Strawberry Picking

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | ISO 320

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | ISO 320

Being the photographer can have multiple advantages. For starters you are rarely to be seen on photographs yourself and not less importantly you can’t be recruited for other work since your hands are busy holding a camera and taking photos.

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | ISO 320

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | ISO 320

These circumstances came in handy last weekend when me and my friends decided to go pick strawberries. The only strawberries I picked ended up in my tummy. The rest wasn’t my responsibility :). However, I felt responsible enough to help eating the home-made strawberry pancakes after our successful picking exercise (of which there are no photos since they disappeared so quickly)…

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | ISO 320

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | ISO 320