Spring has arrived

A few days ago I went to a local park nearby to check out the status of spring. There was this one tree with white blossoms which caught my attention. At the same time dark clouds covered the sky which made the tree to stand out of the darker background. Happy days. Reinhold

Check out other entries here: Prolific

Awakening of the moorland

Slowly but surely the moorland is awakening. You can hear it “breathing” if you walk by. The colors are dominated by red and orange and the white color of the birches fits nicely. Next week the weather forecast shows a lot of sunshine for this area and the moors. Happy days. Reinhold

I woke up late for this theme, but may be you too. So check out the other entries here: Awakening

Popsicle

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Popsicle
Popsicle

Tomorrow it will melt like ice in the sunshine. But today the wind still creates some beautiful ice art at our lake. This easter wind will remain for another night. And tomorrow we will have sunshine and temperatures above the freezing point. Happy days. Reinhold

Eagle Owl

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Eagle Owl
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Eagle Owl

After several days of cold feet and patience and 1 day before I had to return the X-T2 and the 100-400 lens, my wife spotted the eagle owl high in a tree looking down at us. Handheld is difficult at this angle and in the light conditions of a forest. But I managed to get some cool shots of this awesome owl.
We decided to call the owl “Theo”. Happy days. Reinhold

Shot with Fuji X-T2 and Fuji XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

Lightfall

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Lightfall
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Lightfall

To collect photographs is to collect the world – Susan Sontag.

I am currently in the far north of Germany. Looking to find some more and challenging locations. Will be back tomorrow. Hopefully with some new images of stunning views. Happy days! Reinhold

Weathered

This morning I missed the ground fog in our local moor by just 1 hour. But I still like to be there at any time of the day. In 5 years all these trees will be gone… weathered. Until then it is my favorite “go to” location. For more responses to the theme, please click Weathered. Happy days. Reinhold

1 Location – 2 Images: #4 Lake Access

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Lake Access
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Lake Access
RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Lake Access
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Lake Access

Yesterday evening we met our new neighbors for the first time in our new home. They told me about an eagle owl nearby which regularly attacks the dogs. So I tried my luck to capture an image of this owl. Ahhh… what should I say…nice walk, no owl. May be next time. On my way back I passed our access point to the lake. It was gray all day long. While I was watching the scene, the sky cleared in some areas. I set up tripod and camera and captured 2 shots (1 regular shot, 1 pano which is made up out of 7 images). And again… it is always good to carry the gear. Happy days. Reinhold

My pano procedure: I level my tripod, set the camera to M, select aperture and shutter speed (f9 / 1/60sec), set ISO to 200 (lowest ISO for the X-T1 at RAW file setting), set White Balance to “cloudy”, use the 10sec timer (to avoid that the camera is still shaking from the shutter release) and usually I create 5-7 overlapping images (portrait -> more space to crop the image). This time is used no filter.

Icelake

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Icelake #1
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Icelake #1
RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Icelake #2
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Icelake #2
RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Icelake #3
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Icelake #3

3 more images of the ice art at our lake yesterday. Temperature is back to normal and all of the ice is gone. One of my rules of photography. You have to be in the right spot at the right time… and hopefully carry a camera in your rucksack! Happy days. Reinhold