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

 

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

Baltic Sea

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Baltic Sea
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Baltic Sea
RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Baltic Coast
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Baltic Coast
RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Baltic Coast
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Baltic Coast

Second day of our trip to the Baltic Sea. East Germany. An island attached to the baltic sea coast line. Poel Island. We have no rocks in the National Park Wadden Sea / North Sea … at our local access points (at home). But they always create some foreground interest in a composition. It was a moment of silence, frozen silence. Happy days! Reinhold

More entries of silent moments: Silence

You are the rocks in floating water

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Rocks in floating water
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Rocks in floating water

A credit to my followers and to all people who comment and like my images. Thank you!

This is the second image of day 1. We had quiet heavy wind and waves. I decided to take a closer look at the rocks in the foreground of my first image. Actually… I always wanted to shoot an image like this. A simple and minimalistic composition with all the aspects of a long exposure image. 50mm, f5.6, 30 sec, ISO 200, 10 sec timer. Same camera, same lens. Same location. After that the light was gone. I did one other “test” shot. But I think of it more as an experiment than a planned composition. I add this one as well. Interested what you think about it! Happy days. Reinhold

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Baltic Pier
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Baltic Pier

This is the pier of my first image. This time straight from the front. 80mm, f5.6, 30 sec, ISO 200, 10 sec timer. Same camera, same lens. Same location.

 

Late Arrival

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Timmendorfer Strand
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Timmendorfer Strand

We arrived late on Saturday afternoon. We took a 2 days trip to the Baltic Sea and stayed in a small but very comfortable hotel next to the beach. In the summer a very busy location. At this time of year very relaxed and not many other people around. I used the remaining light for the first shot (of two that day).  Fuji X-T1, the Fuji 50-230mm consumer zoom, tripod, no filter, 75mm, f5.6, 30 seconds, auto ISO, 10 sec timer. I took 5 shots in these 2 days. I will keep one shot for my local “print” portfolio. The other 3 will be published until Friday this week. Happy days. Reinhold

1 Location – 2 Images: #2 Our Lake

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - New Year
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – New Year
RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - New Year
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – New Year

A new year – a new location, a new home… new opportunities. It was basically the last evening to get this shot, the tree will be gone soon. I was looking out of the window of our living room, saw the lake, saw the moon and thought… may be. This is a long exposure of 20 seconds, no filter. F9, 28mm. Thanks to the young man in blue jeans. Adds a bit of scale to the composition. Happy days. Reinhold

1 Location – 2 Images: #1 Krummhörn

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Krummhörn
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Krummhörn
RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Krummhörn
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Krummhörn

This is #1 of one of my 2018 photography projects. 2 images of 1 location. Focus is to show the same spot/object/person in 2 different compositions. This image has been taken in Krummhörn in the National Park Wadden Sea. The other side of the bay is already a different country. The Netherlands. Happy days. Reinhold

The National Park Wadden Sea

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Fence into the sea
RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography – Fence into the sea

World Heritage and National Park. The coastline of North Germany. Wadden Sea or Wattenmeer. No big waves, a flat coastline, no rocks… but open space. As a photographer you always look for some interest in the foreground. So I am happy to find something like a fence. A fence into the sea? Now you have to know some additional facts to understand this. At our coastline, we have separate beaches for people with dogs and with no dogs. Sometimes the beaches are separated by a fence. Because of the flat coast line it would be easy to walk around the fence. And here is the solution. The fence is built into the sea. That makes it difficult to walk around the fence without getting your feet wet.
No… we have no other problems over here.
Hope you will still enjoy my image.
It is a long exposure using a LEE big stopper and a ND hard grad (0.6 / 2 stops) filter.

PS: I posted a similar image a while ago in color.

Happy days,
Reinhold