Tag: nature

lake königssee

Alright, here’s a short one with some pictures from two trips to Königssee National Park in Bavaria that we did this fall. The first one was THE trip to Königssee – the one where I proposed to Beth. The second one was a week later with our friends Jen and Justin who came visiting from St. Louis.

This little cove at Obersee, a smaller lake just southeast of Königssee, is where I asked Beth - right under that tree... This is literally the last corner of Germany. Everything around us here is already Austria. Sunday, September 30, 2012.

This little cove at Obersee, a smaller lake just southeast of Königssee, is where I asked Beth - right under that tree... This is literally the last corner of Germany. Everything around us here is already Austria. Sunday, September 30, 2012.

Jen is looking out the window of the tour boat on our way to the south end of the lake. Saturday, October 6, 2012.

Jen is looking out the window of the tour boat on our way to the south end of the lake. Saturday, October 6, 2012.

The sun breaks through the clouds over the Watzmann family on the western shore of lake Königssee. Saturday, October 6, 2012.

The sun breaks through the clouds over the Watzmann family on the western shore of lake Königssee. Saturday, October 6, 2012.

The tour guide blows a trumpet into the famous "Echo Wall," a rock face on the Western shore reflecting sound multiple times. Saturday, October 6, 2012.

The tour guide blows a trumpet into the famous "Echo Wall," a rock face on the Western shore reflecting sound multiple times. Saturday, October 6, 2012.

Sunlight caresses the rocks on the western shore just above St. Bartholomew's. Saturday, October 6, 2012.

Sunlight caresses the rocks on the western shore just above St. Bartholomew's. Saturday, October 6, 2012.

The sun sets behind the Watzmann massive. Saturday, October 6, 2012.

The sun sets behind the Watzmann massive. Saturday, October 6, 2012.

The mountains surrounding lake Obersee reflect on the perfectly still surface of the deep blue water. Sunday, September 30, 2012.

The mountains surrounding lake Obersee reflect on the perfectly still surface of the deep blue water. Sunday, September 30, 2012.

The view east over lake Obersee. The horseshoe-shaped valley is the last corner of Germany, beyond the mountains lies Austria. Sunday, September 30, 2012.

The view east over lake Obersee. The horseshoe-shaped valley is the last corner of Germany, beyond the mountains lies Austria. Sunday, September 30, 2012.

December 7, 2012

quick fall post

I haven’t been able to post much lately because my new jobs at the Süddeutsche Zeitung and at tm studios have been keeping me pretty busy. I’ll put up some of the stuff I’ve been shooting for the paper soon. But before September turns into October, I would like to put up a quick post with pictures from a hike we took three weeks ago. It was a quick 5-hour loop along the beautiful Mangfall river in upper Bavaria. We chanced upon it on our way to the mountains when we got stuck in traffic and decided to look for a hike nearby. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to go back there and explore the area some more.

The last sun rays hit the leaves of a beech tree by the Mangfall river near Hohendilching, Sunday, September 9, 2012.

The last sun rays hit the leaves of a beech tree by the Mangfall river near Hohendilching, Sunday, September 9, 2012.

Our friend Tobi takes a leap over a fallen tree during a hike along the Mangfall river near Hohendilching, Sunday, September 9, 2012.

Our friend Tobi takes a leap over a fallen tree.

The light shines through a thick beech forest in the Mangfall valley near Hohendilching, Sunday, September 9, 2012.

The light shines through a thick beech forest in the Mangfall valley.

A makeshift-diving board is installed over a pool in the Mangfall river near Hohendilching, Sunday, September 9, 2012.

A makeshift-diving board is installed over a pool in the Mangfall river.

September 30, 2012

elba, again

I realize that I still owe the pictures from Calin’s wedding, and so much more, and that I haven’t blogged in almost a month. It’s been a crazy summer and I barely had time to get the stuff done that I needed to do. My paperwork is piling up on my desk and my dirty laundry underneath it (my desk, I mean). The house is a mess, and I don’t even remember when I answered my last email. The good news is, we did have time last weekend for an amazing barbecue of slowly smoked ribs and tenderloin by the one and only Raymond J. Suda that blew my family and me away and once and for all redefined what we know as barbecue. Also, we managed to squeeze in a short trip to our beloved Island of Elba with Beth’s parents. Here are some shots from my cell phone:

Tourist crowds at Fetovaia beach on the Tuscan Island of Elba, Italy, Wednesday, August 8, 2012.

Beth takes a picture of her parents Kathy and Ray at Marciana Alta on the Tuscan Island of Elba, Italy, Wednesday, August 8, 2012.

A family takes in the view from one of the many side alleys in Capoliveri on the Tuscan Island of Elba, Italy, Monday, August 6, 2012.

Tomatoes are on display at a grocery store on Via Roma in Capoliveri on the Tuscan Island of Elba, Italy, Monday, August 6, 2012.

A group of local boys plays a video game in the mountain village of Marciana on the Tuscan Island of Elba, Italy, Wednseday, August 8, 2012.

Pedestrians pass by a store window on Via Calamita in Capoliveri on the Tuscan Island of Elba, Italy, Thursday, August 8, 2012.

The sun sets over the Golfo di Stella on the Tuscan Island of Elba, Italy, Tuesday, August 7, 2012.

August 21, 2012

broadening my horizon

As I discovered new parts of my beloved island that I hadn’t seen previously on our hikes with Beth, Flo and Corinna (see also my post from yesterday), I played around more with panoramas. I’m trying to get a grip on this technique, as it massively distorts the scenery in front of you. Apart from getting a uniform exposure over the entire panorama, I’m also trying to figure out how to play with background and foreground as well as depth of field. Below are some of the ones I liked. Click the pictures to view them large (the large files are downsampled to 3,000 pixels on the long side. The originals are up to 30,000 pixels).

View from the patio to Porto Azzurro; approximately 270 degrees. Monday, May 14, 2012.

View from the patio to Porto Azzurro; approximately 270 degrees. Monday, May 14, 2012.

On the Percorso del Monserrato, Porto Azzurro; full 360 degrees. Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

On the Percorso del Monserrato, Porto Azzurro; full 360 degrees. Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

On the Percorso del Monserrato, Porto Azzurro; full 360 degrees. Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

On the Percorso del Monserrato, Porto Azzurro; full 360 degrees. Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

On Monte Perrone, Marciana; approximately 270 degrees. Friday, May 18, 2012.

On Monte Perrone, Marciana; approximately 270 degrees. Friday, May 18, 2012.

On Monte Strega, Rio nell'Elba; full 360 degrees. Monday, May 21, 2012.

On Monte Strega, Rio nell'Elba; full 360 degrees. Monday, May 21, 2012.

On L'Aquila, Marciana; full 360 degrees. Friday, May 18, 2012 (Happy birthday, Beth!).

On L'Aquila, Marciana; full 360 degrees. Friday, May 18, 2012 (Happy birthday, Beth!).

June 4, 2012

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