In reality, the falls were no higher than 10cm, but I found the stone fascinatinating - it looks like a petrified snake skull.
What was left of a thistle - it was beautiful to look at the structure and the forms, about to be embedded in a spider web.
Taken from the Sky Walk, this panorama shot from the top of the Dachstein shows on the right side the suspension bridge and the "stairway to nothingness".
This marmot was actually harmless, but at this very moment it looked aggressive like Godzilla in one of those sixties movies from Japan.
This extremely poisonous plant should not even be touched with bare hands - the toxine can even be absorbed through the skin.
This combination of three dandelions were too nice to ignore. I created multiple variations, but I liked this one the most, with the closest one in focus.
This beautiful beetle was spotted by coincidence, actually I wanted to take a macro shot of the flower against a clean background.
Orchid In Focus
This picture was taken using a fisheye lens and an extension tube - the orchid was actually touching the front lens element.
A piece of dead wood revealed what woodworms had created over a long period of time - it looked like a secret engraved message.
This effect was created by using a fisheye lens and rotating it during the exposure.
A group of trees was shot using multiple exposures, with the trees in a different place in every image.
Yellow Double Exposure
This double exposure of a Doronocum grandiflorum was created in-camera, by de-focusing the second exposure.
This sunflower stood out because it was illuminated directly by the sun. Taken with an IR-modified camera.
This structure was a leftover of an abandoned beehive, it is molten wax. The color effect was created by sunlight reflecting off skin.
Is There Anybody In There?
An abandoned beehive provided the structure for this shot - the focus was deliberately set to the water surface.
This piece of dead wood was a leftover of recent floodings. It was an interesting spot of color in a grey stone bed, somehow reminding me of a fish.
Mullein Moth Caterpillar
This caterpillar has interesting püatches of color. The brown moth is not even closely as colorful.
It was fun watching this rabbit couple in the morning - he (in the background) wanted sex, she (in the foreground) was hungry and had no interest at all. Might explain his annoyed expression 🙂
At the lakeshore, there was a larger group of these birds, each of them carefully definding their territory.
While it looks like these two female horses have a lot of fun with each other, reality was that they were constantly trying to bite each other. What wrong impression a picture can give 🙂
Eye To Eye
When the weather was pretty boring and no birds were in sight, I decided to take some pictures of nearby horses. This one was curious, and I like it because of the visible details and the tight framing.
In the late afternoon, these Greylag Geese spent some time at one of the smaller lakes. I was too far away, but when they took off, I managed to get this shot.
Enjoying a Bath
This greylag goose was enjoying a bath, it was one of the first warm days in spring.
Look Left, Look Right
This grey goose observed the traffic on the nearby road from a safe distance - actually it did not cross the road.
One of the first shots after we arrived in the morning, was this dove taking off. I like the clear separation of lake, shore and sky in the picture, with the dove as a focus point.
The detail of this wall reminded me that it is often the small things that are important...
One of the many beautiful waterfalls of the Ysperklamm in Lower Austria.
A closeup of a tree bark, revealing incredibly fine details and structures.
This shot was taken by zooming in and at the same time skaking the camera.
This picture of bamboo was captured by tilting the camera upwards during the exposure. I like the resulting combination of colors.
Lean On Me
A park bench detail, inviting the viewer to explore the form of the armrest.
Waiting For Renovation
The detail of an old wooden door was interesting because of the color contrast between the wood and the painting.
Exploring The White Space
Another ivy detail, this time in front of a nearly featureless white wall.
Till Death Do Us Apart
Those ivy twains were hard to overlook - running in parallel, as if they had spent a lot of time together.
It was a grey and dull morning, the B&W conversion was used to bring out the dramatic sky.
Brooklyn Bridge: Above & Ahead
This picture of Brookly bridge was taken with a Fisheye lens - I was standing right next to the pillar and was fascinated by the wiring.
The City Is Moving
This picture was the result of some experimentation - here, the zoom ring was turned during the exposure.
Manhattan at Night
This is a night view of the Manhattan skyline, viewed from Brooklyn.
Procession Into the Light
Taken from a helicopter, I was able to capture the brief moment where the sun broke through the clouds and illuminated just one ship.
This is part of the Ground Zero memorial, which impressed me greatly. For me, this picture very much represents the prevailing mood at that place.
West 14th Street
This is an evening view of 14th street from the High Line.
Bryant park in winter is most famous for ice skating, but the tree structure caught my attention. If you are there, I strongly recommend apple cider with cinnamon bars.
Bus Lane, 42nd Street
Right in front of the Chrysler building I tried to capture the height of the building using a Fisheye lens.
East Coast Memorial
The East Coast Memorial is a World War II war memorial in Battery Park, with a total of 4609 inscribed names.
Exit To Tracks
Central Station - I was fascinated by the various exits to the tracks, they are like portals into a different time.
Central Station Chandeliers
These impressive chandeliers illuminate part of Central Station.
When I saw this golden puppy on the pebble beach with the black stones in the background, this was the image I had in my mind. It took me some time of editing in Lightroom to get there, though.
Life is so Exhausting
After being fed by its mother, the young seal was totally exhausted. It yawned several times and finally fell asleep.
Defending the Territory
These two males started fighting after one male came too close - he was immediately attacked. The winner of the fight locked his jaws into the tail fin of the loser when he tried to escape.
These small birds are not easy to photograph, because they are always moving quicky. This one stopped for less than a second, allowing me to get a sharp shot.
This Sandpiper was really not afraid of me and came pretty close, allowing this very detailed shot.
This little guy was exploring the beach for food...
The Flip Side
After taking this picture, I was made aware that the bloody nose is a sign of lung worm infection, which is responsible for a high death rate among seal pups since 2010.
This pair looked like they perform a song duet on a stage - it was a joy to watch them.
This picture was taken as part of an assignment to document the lesser known part of Helgoland. This factory chimney is a landmark, and I decided on a B&W conversion to emphasize the extremely bad weather we had at that day.
This male seal just returned from a fight with another male - you can still see the blood in his fur. Older males usually show a lot of marks and scars around their neck.
We missed the birth of this seal by less than 15 minutes. While the mother was still exhaused of the childbirth, the puppy was trying to figure out what is going on... and where the milk gets delivered.
You could see that this seal puppy was anxious and did not really know what to expect from the world out there. I wanted to capture exactly this expression.
While I was taking pictures of this seal, it noticed me and started to observe what I am doing. The original picture was almost monochromatic, so I converted to B&W to bring out the details of the seal and the water.
After wallowing in sand, this seal was exhausted and took a nap... well, they do it anyway all the time. The picture was converted to B&W to emphasize the structure and details.
Lying below a rim, this seal gave the impressen as if it wanted to play hide-and-seek.
The dew drops really make this look like a harlequin cap.
The bright background was caused by a sunny spot in the grass and we had to use a reflector to brighten up the flower. Thank you Gerhard 🙂
There is a lot of water in motion here - I decided on a slight green tint for the B&W conversion to emphasize the moss on the stones.
Creek in Autumn
This long(er) exposure of a creek balances the beautiful color of the birch trees in the background with the rock and the smooth water in the foreground.
The mist just disappeared when we arrived, allowing this shot of a perfect reflection.
I call this picture "The Dancing Stars"...
To some of us it looks familiar 🙂
This picture was taken on a rather dull day. Only after the conversion to B&W the drama in the clouds became much more prominent.
Al lot of details and contrast were added with the B&W conversion. The impression is like of an approaching thunderstorm.
This picture is all about the balance of two colors. I really like the perfect symmetry of the buds.
I really like the color of this dragonfly against the clean background.
Common Field Grasshopper
These tiny little creatures are easy to hear, but hard to spot -
This beautiful little spider did not move when I got closer - probably it was waiting for prey.
I can't help... looking at this plant, I am always reminded of the Stormtroopers in Star Wars...
In the morning,the warm backlight emphasized the fine hair structure.
This was one of the few examples with a perfecly spheric shape.
The abandoned Nikolai chapel is located close to the former Pernegg monastery in Lower Austria. It is no longer used for service, but there are still a lot of visitors. Conversion to B&W using Siver Efex Pro.
Well near Illmitz
Landscape in Illmitz, close to the Neusiedlersee (lake Neusiedl). The picture was taken using an IR converted camera and finished in Silver Efex Pro.
To get a clean background, I had to remove the camera from the tripod and put it on the ground, pointing upwards. The challenge was to get both centers in focus.
The purpose of this image was to keep the bright green background, it matches the fragile structure of the dandelion.
A stream in spring - the purpose was to show water in motion, but still keep some detail.
This picture was taken using a diffusor as backdrop, with some slight exposure adjustments to get a true white background.
Hidden behind his partner, this Northern Gannet anxiously observed me while I was watching them both.
Details of a rusty pillar at the Helgoland Dune. Salt water is extremely corrosive.
While the picture leaves a different impression, these two young Sea Lions were just toying around.
This Eider Duck walked up and down the beach, trying to impress female ducks.
Eider Duck Harem
This male Eider Duck (center) was escorted by two females.
Young Grey Seal
This Grey Seal was kind enough to pose for us for about 20 minutes.
Life and Death
One bird got stuck in part of a fishing net and was already dead for a couple of days... but offspring is in the works.
A Northern Gannet caressing his partner
Close-up detail of a Northern Gannet
Nest Material Alternatives
Resources are scarce... you have to make use of whatever is available.
Study of a Northern Gannet in flight
Nothern Gannet arriving at the nest with new nest building material.
A nice shot of a flying Northern Gannet - in the background you can see the sun reflecting off the waves.
Huskies often curl up and cover their nose with their tail to provide additional warmth. The snow flakes and the conversion to B&W support the impression of very low temperatures.
it is fascinating to look into the eyes of a husky with two diffeent eye colors (heterochromia). With exception of the eyes, the picture was converted to B&W to enhance this effect.
Early in the morning after a cold night, these wine leaves presented themselves with a frosty outline, contrasting with the dark background.
The graphical component of the detail is what I liked with this view.
Streak of Light
A narrow streak of light hits colorful leaves on a rock
This four-minute exposure of a stone in a floating river was later converted to black and white using Silver Efex 2. I especially like the contrast between the rock details and the smooth water.
This is one from a series if sunrise photos I shot on that day. To capture this, I had to get up at 04:30 in the morning, but the results were worth it.
The tiny mushroom with the water drop looks like a street lantern next to a tree.
This is one of my favorite pictures - I like especially the dew drops and the second blossom in the background, mirroring the one in the foreground.
I was lucky to grab this shot of a Common Tern, returning from fishing.
I spotted this beautiful ice structure next to a path in Johnsbach - some flash helped to bring out the details.
Tree Trunk Detail
A birch tree was surrounded by snow, but it was still colorful visible due to the contrast of the trunk and the moss.
Sand Dunes at Sunset
Right after the sunset, the soft dune outlines became visible, but only for a short period.
Silhouette Against Moon
Actually this picture was taken early in the morning, before the moon disappeared below the horizon. I saw seagulls circling in the air and just had to wait for the right moment.
Blue Boat Parade
In Essaouira, Morocco I was able to take this picture of boats. It was in the evening, after the fishermen returned from their daily catch.
Hassan II Mosque
A brief rainshower allowed me to capture this mosque with a beautiful reflection.
The signal color is only visible from below, from above this butterfly looks rather ordinary.
You talkin' to me?
This eagle image was taken at the Tierpark Hellabrunn in Munich, during a live show - the bird was held by one of the guards.
Noto - Corso Vittorio Emanuele III
Noto city center, as seen from the church tower. The sun was low and in exactly the right position.
Sardines, Fish Market
Fresh sardines at a fish market in Catania, Sicily
Somewhere in Messina
On a lakeshore this wooden construct reminded of previous times.
Peloritani Mountain View
Late in the afternoon we were able to observe this view of mountain peaks and clouds in Peloritani, Sicily.
Amsterdam is a beautiful place for taking reflection shots - the opportunities are endless. You just have to look for the right combination of colors.
Someone must have thrown this flower bouquet in the water, but it seemed as if the flowers had decided to stay with each other.
On a Nile cruise, we spotted these birds on a rock. They were all looking in the same direction, probably looking for food.
The bright leaf caught my attention, as it stuck out from the rest. The b/w conversion brought out the fine structures.
I was really lucky to capture this picture of a dual lightning - it was taken during a heavy thunderstorm late in the evening.
In the Bavarian Forest, you are able to observe wolves at eye level. This allowed me to take this portrait of a relaxed and smiling wolf.
The Beauty And The Beast
What attracted me was the contrast between the beautiful dew drops and the rusty barb wire.
North of Punta Jandia on the southwest end of Fuerteventura you can find a lot of empty beaches. A beautiful landscape with no tourists.
Indian Summer Reflection
This picture was taken somewhere in Vermont. It was a quiet day, allowing the beautiful reflection.
This view is from Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park, ME. We spent the whole afternoon walking around the lake - what a beautiful place.
Corn Field Sunset
A beautiful summer evening in Burgenland, Austria. The corn silhouettes resulted in an interesting pattern.
This butterfy was one of the first successful macro pictures with my new dedicated macro lens.