Sunday, July 31, 2011

Shapes on the rock

In the countryside of Sweden we visited some places where ancient shapes were found as rock paintings. The carving in the rocks is from the first sedlers. Of course the color is not the original. It was added (and maybe did exisit in the old times) for better visual recognition. Some rocks we got to did not have the added color and you could still make out the shapes and decifer some.

I will feed in more pictures of these shapes as I get to work them out for the blog.

Mitten auf dem Land in Schweden haben wir einige Orte besucht, an denen sehr alte Felsritzereien zu finden waren, die von den ersten Siedlern hinterlassen wurden. Natürlich sind die Farben darin nicht mehr ursprünglich. Die sind hinzugefügt worden (und waren es evtl. auch schon in früherer Zeit) um die Symbole besser sichtbar zu machen. An einigen Felsen, die wir besucht haben, waren die Farben nicht aufgetragen und man konnte trotzdem die Symbole gut ausmachen.

Ich werde weitere Bilder dazu hochladen, sobald ich sie für den Blog vorbereitet habe.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The selfmade tent in Sweden

On the Sweden trip of last summer we used a tent that my husband designed and sewed himself. It was very light weight, a single wall design and held up beautiful to the weather - be it rain or wind. Quick set up, good packing size. We were alltogether happy with it. That, though, did not stop my husband from making another tent again. Lighter, a bit smaller, double wall, two doors. I will show pictures of that one as soon as we are on vacation with it.

Auf der Schweden-Reise im letzten Jahr waren wir mit einem Zelt unterwegs, das mein Mann entworfen und genäht hat. Es war leicht, Einwand-Design und hat sich bei Wind und Wetter bewährt. Wir waren insgesamt zufrieden damit. Das hat meinen Mann aber nicht davon abgehalten, ein weiteres Zelt zu entwerfen und zu nähen: Leichter, ein wenig kleiner, doppelwandig, 2 Eingänge. Davon zeige ich Bilder, sobald wir damit im Urlaub unterwegs sind.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

the sailboat

This beautiful wooden sailboat was swaying along in the harbour of a Swedish fishing town on a rainy day.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

this donkey is crazy

The zoo in our town has one attraction you should not miss: The donkey that lost its mind. He is looking at you and then makes all these faces at you and all these noises. He is pretty unnerving at times.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A swedish church

This HDR of a church in Sweden I just remembered and processed the pictures. I really like the decoration and simplicity of the building that form that natural contrast.

Dieses HDR einer Kichen in Schweden habe ich gerade erst gemacht, als mir die Bilder wieder begegneten. Ich mag die Dekoration in der Schlichtheit der Kiche, die miteinander einen natürlichen Kontrast eingehen.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

stormy skies

These stormy skies drew us out to take photos. This picture is no HDR, just this one shot with minimal adjustments.

Friday, July 22, 2011


Another HDR of Halgrimskirkja, Reykjavík, Iceland.
This HDR is made of 3 exposures with f2 bracketing. The sun was standing just right.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The pretty perfect reflection

Here is a pretty perfect reflection of a boat house at night. The picutre was taken on a Swedish campground of the super scale - opportunities and prices. The boat house of the place was close to our camping spot and I just needed to dive right into the mosquito storm and survived. This photo was my price money so here it is!

A sunset at the Swedish coast

This sunset we observed on the Swedish coast. Sitting out on some rocks in this section of the bay that the wooden walk ways got us far out, we sat, ate chips and watched the sky change color.

Panning in the forrest

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Red Panda

This is one of the red pandas living in the Dortmund zoo.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The double waterfall

This double waterfall we encountered on a countryside drive. We did not really know about its existence but just followed a track into the landscape. It was really worth it, though, checking it out.

Friday, July 8, 2011


Isafjordur, Westfjords, seen from above, or: - how and where we missed the bus

This is Isafjordur, the hot spot of the Icelandic Westfjords, seen from above.

Note the fjord layout: while the airport is on one side of the water, the town and harbour are on the other. Really close together, but still seperated by the water.

When arriving there first in 2008 we missed the bus from the airport. Well, there is no scheduled bus line but a little transporter that picks people up at the airport and takes them into the town. You can just take it, right. But you have to know not to linger around inside the airport, repacking the backpacks after picking up your lugage and you have to know that the bus only runs right when there is a flight.

Well, to make a short thing long, we did all the tings you should not do and faced a parkinglot with no bus anywhere near. Friendly people informed us, that the next bus would be going the next morning and that we could just walk or call the cab.

Well, we did walk. I will have to look up the picture of the road sign that said "Isafjordur 5 km". I swear you can see it grin at us.

After 5km you are cursing so many things you have in your pack, even if they are light ones and you did not bring many. But you start to question if you really needed food, a tent, a spoon, a sleepingbag...

Seeing this scene from above makes me remember this hike vividly.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Venice view

This door in Venice is a very typical but still special sight. The canals are the most known factor about this town anyways.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


There is a technique called vertical panning. The trick is, that you move the camera up and down one or more times during the exposure. The technique is a little bit of a lucky shot for me. But I am starting to see the motives better and better. Here are two different outcomes of my experiments.

Es gibt eine Technik namens "vertical panning". Der Trick ist, dass man die Kamera auf und ab bewegt, während man ein Bild aufnimmt. Einmal, oder mehrmals. Die Technik ist noch ein wenig Glückssache für mich, aber ich beginne, die lohnenden Motive zu erkennen. Hier sind zwei Ergebnisse meiner Experimente.

There is not much quality of a photo left. It more comes out like a painting. Some of those pictures look very cool, others are a bit disturbing.

Von dem Aussehen eines Fotos ist nicht mehr viel übrig, mehr sieht es auch wie ein gemaltes Bild. Manche dieser Bilder sehen sehr cool aus, andere ein wenig verstörend.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The stairs in the dark

In our towns little canal harbour I found more than one worthy motive. Hard to imagine.
These stairs are cast in a weird mix of colors of light when night falls. 

Kaum zu glauben, dass ich im Kanalhafen unserer Stadt immer wieder interessante Motive finde. Diese Treppen werden nachts in einen seltsamen Cocktail aus Lichtern getaucht.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Flying with Flugfélag

Traveling through Iceland you can do in a lot of ways. Car, bus, hiking and everything. But for bridging longer distances you can take flights with Flugfélag, Air Iceland (which is different from Iceland Air, just as a side note).

These turbo prop machines fly from Reykjavík, for example to Isafjordur in the Westfjords. On one of these flights, I took these pictures of the landscape.

near Reykjavík

Durch Island kann man auf verschiedene Arten reisen. Mit dem Auto, dem Bus, Wandernd und so weiter. Aber um längere Distanzen zu überbrücken, kann man mit Flugfélag, Air Iceland, fliegen. (Das ist übrigens nicht das Gleiche wie Iceland Air).

Die Turbo Prop Maschinen fliegen von Reykjavík aus, beispielsweise nach Isafjordur in den Westfjorden. Auf einem dieser Flüge habe ich diese Bilder gemacht.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Can you see it coming?

Most people, I admit, love blue sky in the summer. And there is not much wrong with that, really, not much. Just... blue sky is so boring. At least from a photographer's point of view. So, when I got out of work and saw these big, moving, and animated clouds I rushed home to grab my cameras and we went back out to the best look off. 

We could see the rain coming, but unter blue sky you feel very safe. And you don't think it could be sudden, but then it is. We got back into the car just about 20 seconds before the rain started streaming down. One minute later the hail was drumming the car and we escaped to a safer spot.

Here is the first HDR I made of this evening in July.

The lady and the flowers

The lady and the flowers we met in Venice, spring of 2011.

Wir haben die Dame und die Blumen im Frühjahr 2011 in Venedig getroffen.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Kavadi Dancers at the Temple

The Kavadi Dancers at the Hindu-Temple in June have been topic of several of my previous postings. Check those out for more information.

Die Kavadi-Tänzer beim Hindu-Tempel im Juni waren schon das Thema einiger anderer Postings in meinem Blog. Dort ist mehr Information.

Friday, July 1, 2011

London calling

Years ago we went to London. Here are some pictures of that trip.

Vor einigen Jahren waren wir in London. Hier sind die Bilder von dieser Reise.