Moorland – Dark Moor

After the old wizard passed the Guardian of the Moor and entered the path to the White, Light Moor he returned to the junction and slept there for the night. He looked at the images in his magic cube and was happy about the stolen results.
In the morning when the fog was still covering the landscape he accessed the black, dark moor through another secret path.

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Path to Dark Moor

The black dark moor was covered with fog and the silhouettes of the trees, which looked like marching giants and warriors frightens the old wizard. He quickly stole a few images of the scene and returned to his home and a hot cup of tea.

Thank you for your interest and patience.
In my next post I will explain what the “Moorland Photography Concept” is all about.

Happy days. Reinhold

Moorland – the Guardian of the Moor

The old wizard stood in front of the Guardian of the Moor and said the secret phrase: Intriguing… Nevermoor. The Guardian opened the gates to the moor and the old wizard came to a junction opening a path to the white, light moor and another one to the black, dark moor. For today he decided to follow the hidden path to the white, light moor.

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Hidden Path

Following this path he arrived at a beautiful viewpoint and took out his magic cube. He stole 8 images of the landscape and created a wide overview of the white, light moor.

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The white,light moor

After that the light disappeared and the old wizard was a bit tired. Coming back to the junction he decided to steal some images of the black, dark moor tomorrow.

Happy days. Reinhold

 

 

Moorland – a photography concept

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Moorland

Moorland – a small mysterious piece of land in the North. It is made up of a magic triangle. A lake, a black, dark moor and a white, light moor. No humans live there, just deer, foxes, birds and insects. Mmmmmh… no humans? Once in a while an old wizard walks into this area… trying to steal pictures of the landscape and wildlife with his magic cube.

But so far he couldn’t get past the guardian of the moor.

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Guardian of the Moor

He doesn’t know the secret phrase. Do you know the phrase to get into Moorland? (to be continued)

Happy days. Reinhold

Portraitfotografie Bad Zwischenahn

Outdoor portraits

Still working my way into outdoor portrait photography. These are images of my 3rd shooting. K. booked my first paid shooting package.
One lesson I already learned. Equipment and technical skills are success factors. But the major factor is to convert uncertainty into confidence on both sides of the camera.
We spent over 2 hours in the castle garden in Oldenburg. I got the permission to use the „Tea Pavilion“ for the shoot. You can only access this old piece of architecture with the permission of the garden administration.
In the end we both were happy. K. with the results and I was happy to meet the expectations of my first „client“.

My new homepage is now live. If you like to check out more details about my portrait photography services please follow this link: reinholdstaden.com/portraits

Happy days, Reinhold

Is the moor dying?

We had a fantastic summer in 2018. Sunshine, heat, no rain. For days, weeks and months. Everybody was happy, enjoying the weather. Everybody… except the moor. In the first image you can see one of my favorite spots in the Dänikhorster Moor. A canal running through the heart of the moor. In the next image, an image from two days ago, the same canal. It is shot from the opposite direction. And it has been raining for a few days already.

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Climate Change
RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Climate Change
Climate Change

The lakes also lost substantial amounts of water. The third image shows one of our lakes. The fourth image shows you the same lake only tow days ago.

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Climate Change
RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Climate Change
Climate Change

I hope that the late autumn rain and the rain of the winter and spring season will refill the water level back to the normal point.
The weather forecast for the next days: cloudy with sunshine… no rain.

Not really happy days,
Reinhold

Sunrise and Fog

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Sunrise and Fog

Sunrise in my local moor. Moorland. Fintlandsmoor. A magic piece of landscape just round the corner. I had two choices. Capture thick fog with minimal light or wait for the light which lightens the fog as well. I like dark and moody images but this time I decided to wait for the light, the colors in the sky.

Happy days and may the light be with you,
Reinhold

Tranquility and Silence

It is October. Nearly all tourists have left the coast line. The tide is coming and going. It is colder now, the wind is blowing from the North and nature is preparing for autumn and winter. Now I have this location of tranquility and silence nearly on my own. A creative and inspriring space for 6 months. The Nationalpark Wadden Sea.

I am thinking about a photography workshop during these months. Not me teaching photography but 4-5 photographers who like to exchange and share ideas and their way of photography with others. May be just enjoying the company of others who think and speak photography. 3 days in a location at our lake with tours to the lake, the moors and the National Park. Lots of photography. Good food and some drinks in the evening. I plan to hire a 9-seater van and would be the driver during these days. I know these places can be very challenging. Wind, rain, cold… but also blue skies and sunshine. Nearly unpredictable. But I would never run a workshop in the main season. Not sure if people would enjoy early starts, extreme conditions, long hikes and late evenings. That is why I always put this idea back into the “one of these days” folder.

This idea is in my “pipeline of things to do” for quiet a while. I should sit down, make a plan and come up with a concrete option. And get it out of this folder.

Happy days. Reinhold

 

Change and Continuity

All things are flowing and nothing remains. How to find continuity amidst all the change. In some important sense continuity depends on us.

This tree is located just outside my home on the way to the lake. I always see people walking by without even noticing this tree. Actually it is not located in the most beautiful spot at the lake. There is a car park, a street, a building where our lake rescue team is based. But for me it feels different. When I look through the viewfinder I see am amazing piece of nature in a beautiful scene.

Happy days. Reinhold

Tree in Flames

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RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Tree in Flames

Autumn is at its peak in the moment. I captured this yellow/orange tree in sunset light in the woodlands around our lake. I transferred it into a burning tree using the oil paint filter (once again).

Happy days. Reinhold

Jetty

My favorite jetty at our lake. Not always accessible. It is the end piece of jetty with sailing boats. Access is restricted to “Opening Hours”. They open later and close earlier than sunrise and sunset. This time they owner stayed a bit longer… fishing. Lucky me! I asked him if I could enter the jetty to capture a few images. After a friendly approval I shot 3 long exposures. This one is for a duration of 30 seconds at f6.4 using a LEE big stopper. (the others where 20 and 10 seconds)
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Jetty
It is also the only one which includes the rope as a foreground interest. What a difference to those without the rope. Happy days. Reinhold
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step…

Calendar 2019

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Preselection Berlin Calendar 2019

I am currently creating my Berlin 2019 calendar. This is my first preselection. I am using a square format. So it doesn’t matter if the images are in square, portrait or landscape format. Only the position of the “calendar” has to be adjusted. I have already used this for my Landscape 2019 calendar.

It is called “Moorland”. The proof version of “Moorland” is on its way to a printer.
Both calendars will be in English and available for pre-order starting in November 2018. The will be produced in 40×40 cm size using fine art paper. It is easy to cut out these images and use them as images to be framed.

I have just finished a special version of a “Landscape” calendar. I have combined images of products of a local company and my landscape images into a final composition. This was a very challenging and time consuming job. The image had to fit to the season (month) and to the product. And the integration shouldn’t “ruin” the image.
This sample shows a “filter” swimming in the water creating some interest for the gulls.

Sample

Hope to get all 3 calendars ready / printed soon.

Happy days. Reinhold