Green Ice

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Marmolada with its glacier (view from Passo di Falzarego), The Dolomites, Italy

Here is a new addition to my ice series: The Marmolada glacier. As all the snow melted away one can see the blank glacier ice with its typical green to blue color. The Marmolada is a mountain range in the Dolomites (Italy).  Its highest peak is called Punta Penia (3’343 m), the highest mountain of the Dolomites.

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A mountain range that started as tropical sea: The Dolomites

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The Three Pinnacles, The Dolomites, Italy

In comparison to other mountain ranges in the world the Dolomites stand out as pretty unique: The variety of structures and shapes including peaks, towers, needles, pinnacles, plaetaus, layers, gorges, lakes and many more mirror the dramatic geologic history of this area that started about 280 million years ago.

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“Hi there!” …

Étang de la Gruère, Switzerland
Red Damselfly

… seems this young red damselfly calling out to the photographer.

Damselflies are a great motif for photographers and “structures and shapes created by nature” at its best. But as they are pretty shy and fast moving they are diffucult to catch. So patience and a lot of time is needed to get a couple of good shots. These ones I found at the Étang de la Gruère, a moore lake in the Swiss canton Jura.

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World Photography Day

On the occasion of today’s World Photography Day I’d like to share a photo that nicely shows that the frightening or ugly may appear completely different when taking a closer look. So zoom in!

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Spider

This shot of a good 5mm in size spider alive and in it’s web was taken with a 1/10 sec., f/3.2 and ISO 100 by a Canon EF 100 f/2.8L Macro IS USM on a EOS 5DSR body using a tripod. To increase depth of field this shot is a blend from two shots using focus stacking.

Swiss National Holiday

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Niesen, Switzerland

On the occasion of today’s Swiss national holiday I once again like to publish a shot from a beautiful and iconic spot in Switzerland. This pyramid-shaped mountain, called “Niesen” ist definitely one of them. Famous painters such as Paul Klee and Alfred Hodler were inspired by this mountain which is located close to lake Thun in the Bernese Alps.

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Two Panoramic Views in Switzerland

In the heart of Europe one can find a quite significant accumulation of “structures and shapes”: The Alps. Today I’d like to share the outcome of two projects related to panoramic shots capturing this part of the World.

Each of the following pictures is composed of 10 shots in portait format and merged into one photo using Adobe Lightroom. For the first set I used a Canon EF 24-70 mm f/4L IS USM at 32 mm, 1/400 sec. and f/6.3 with ISO 100.  For the second set I used the same lens at 53 mm, 1/500 sec. and f/5.6 with ISO 100. I did not use a tripod. The size of the raw files are 1 and 1.5 GB. I’m showing reduced versions of 32 and 35 MB.

Below the view from a mountain called Niesen (2’362 m above mean sea level) located in the Swiss region “Berner Oberland”. The panoramic view captures an angle of approx. 230 degree and features the Bernese Alps from the north. From left to right: Thun, Lake Thun, Interlaken with Lake Brienz in the back followed by the famous mountains Eiger (“North Face”), Mönch and Jungfrau.

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Panoramic View from Niesen

The next photo is the view from the Monte Generoso (1’701 m above mean sea level) located in the Swiss Canton Ticino. Here the Alps are shown from the south side. This panorama has an angle of approx. 270 degree. From left to right: In the front Lake Lugano, in the back Monte Rosa and the north end of Lake Maggiore, famous mountains Jungfrau, Mönch, Eiger, followed by the Finsterarhorn, Lugano, in the very front Monte Generoso peak, northeast end of Lake Lugano, Eastern Swiss Alps with Piz Bernina unfortunately in the clouds, Monte Legnone, north end of Lake Como, Monte Grigna Settentrionale.

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Panoramic View from Monte Generoso

Behind the Shot – Focus Stacking

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As part of my little series on “behind the shot” posts,  I’d like to showcase today the power of “focus stacking”! Here as example an olive tree sprout. In macro photography the depth of field is usually very short. Chosing a small aperture leads to long exposure and/or high ISO both negatively impacting the sharpness of the shot. So how to solve this dilemma?

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Blue Magic

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Svinafellsjökull, Iceland

Iceland in winter is blue magic! Here I’m sharing shots from two glaciers in the south of Iceland. They carry blue ice! It’s blue because the compression in the glacier squeezed out any air bubbles and in this circumstance light of long wavelength like red, orange and yellow is absorbed by the ice while light of shorter wavelength such as blue or green remains.

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