Now that we arrived in another fresh year it’s the best time to reflect on good and bad memories. Of course here I’d like to focus on good memories in the form of pictures. Last year I focussed more on landscape photography again, architecture photography was only covered by the trip to Frankfurt and Japan. Unfortunately the pictures of the latter trip (also landscapes) are still in the process of getting finished, so I’ll not be able to cover them here, which is quite a shame. In the meantime I’ve been to Tokyo again and came back only last week, so there’s even more to come in the architecture photography department, stay tuned!
Although I have the feeling that I didn’t go out shooting not nearly as often as I wished for I still feel and see an improvement of my skills, I no longer rely and focus on poplar locations a.k.a. “money shot locations”, I completely lost the motivation to shoot something which has been shot exactly the same so many times already. I tremendously improved my skills of discovering interest and beauty in the area which surrounds me. I however still struggle when it comes to details in terms of solid compositions and post-processing decisions. Often I’m also having a hard time with pre-visualization of shots which many artists highly rely on to fulfill their vision they already have in their mind before even picking up the camera. Well, that will leave something for the next years to concentrate one, I guess!
Now I want to present you my top 10 of 2015, without particular order. I hope you also enjoy those pics as I do 😉
In my Kingdom Cold
Dreamworld Afterglow This one is from early July this year, from the hike to Butzensee in Austria, I recently discovered it while browsing and weeding out images. Good memories from a very successful photo-trip with my buddies Stefan, Johannes and Quirin 😉
The Observer 3
Gloomy Fairytale Last week south germany was blessed with beautiful fog, remember, I also made a short timelapse clip which beautifully shows what happened almost after every sunset 😉
You can check out the video here:
This picture was shortly made after the timelapse when I went back to the forest because I couldn't continue shooting the vast landscape around me because everything was completely covered up in fog 😉
The atmosphere in the forest was really gloomy, there was also a lot of fog already and the rest of the lasting sunset glow was shining into the forest in an amazing soft and diffuse manner, I guess it was the first time for me to photograph a forest in these perfect conditions.
Meandering Beauty Another one from our first offroad adventure on the F210, after almost missing the sunset (see picture "Fire over Iceland") we were still hungry for more nice scenery during blue hour, so we continued driving in the dawn while looking for some nice overviews until we found this spot with that beautiful meandering river towards the peculiar mounatin in the background. In the meantime the wind had gotten really strong so we really struggled to keep our tripods safe and still for some time. Because the light had already faded away the canyon part of the frame was really dark and required a 10min exposure which luckily turned out sharp, not razor-sharp but still sharp 😉
At the time I captured the frame I was already quite sceptical whether the image would be completely ruined by the wind gusts, but now I'm quite happy that the 10min exposure turned out well!
The great Escape While we found this waterfall only by accident, I quite liked the complex and challenging setting to find an interesting composition. It was not something you've seen before on pictures where you already had an idea which compositions work and which don't, something you find yourself into in Iceland very often, because I think it is a country with a lot of massively "over-photographed" places where tons of pictures of the same spot can be found in the internet. Anyway, after some time I discovered this lovely little patch of green which I was curios about as to how it would integrate into the frame. There was almost no space to set up a tripod, I was very happy that I brought along also my little Gorillapod tripod which was tiny enough to fit in that very constrained space. I'd like to thank Alex for volunteering to pose in front of the waterfall to give the scene a better sense of scale.