Nature Paints

It’s quite fascinating, even when there doesn’t seem to be hardly any color left on a trist and foggy winter morning, nature still preserves little specks of color that catch our attention. Add a little bokeh and if you are lucky sometimes nature photography can look like a painting.

Leica SL | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | 1/640s | f/1.4 | ISO 100

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

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