We are at home. In social isolation. Walking our dog Boomer and buying fresh goods for cooking are the highlights of my day. My wife is still working from our home office. We are healthy and being back in our remote spot at the lake feels better. What a treasure. Fortunately the weather has changed from horrible to good. Spring is coming. So we are able to open doors and windows. All tourists are gone. The lake is deserted. Most of the people I meet are walking their dogs. But people are trying to avoid contact. Difficult to understand for Boomer why he can’t play with his dog friends he made over the last months. And the walks are definitely shorter than before. We have to stay in the neighborhood. Which is in our case two pathways to the lake. Could be worse. But their is obviously no secure place. We are trying to minimize the risk. I am 66 but having Boomer for a few months now made me stronger. Stronger than before. Our biggest concerns are our family in the south of Germany. The virus scares us, hurts us and it makes life more difficult and strange. But it can’t beat us. Stay healthy, protect yourself and stay at the safest place you have. Happy days. Reinhold
This morning at our lake. No sound. No waves. No sailing boats. No tourists. Just this one fisher boat heading for the harbor. A bit of mist and fog in the distance. Quiet and peaceful. Tranquility.
Happy days. Reinhold
The moment of truth. Grey heron or fish? Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose. In this case: fish: 1 / heron: 0. Happy fish days! Reinhold
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
Zwischenahner Meer – our local lake – a few miles from home. These images cover the autumn / winter season. In spring and summer the pier is packed with boats and tourists. I prefer these two seasons for one simple reason. Sometimes I am the only person watching the sunset or sunrise. They are an exception and not the rule.
18:50. Just finished a light dinner. Looking out of the window, there was fantastic light in the sky. A stunning sunset was on it’s way. Sunset was expected to be at 19:15. 30 minutes to go (drive). I picked up my gear and tripod and jumped into the car, heading for the nearby lake (10-15 minutes drive). I arrived at 19:05 at the parking lot by the lake. I rushed to the platform (new location) at the sailing boat club and set up my stuff. Tripod, adapter, Fuji X-T1, lens adapter, filter holder, big stopper + ND grad, cable release. Looked for the optimal focus point, f11, bulb mode. By then it was 19:15. More clouds showed up during this time. Ready for the first 90 sec. exposure. Too dark. Next one. 120 sec. Still too dark. 240 sec. Looked ok on the small screen of the X-T1. Turned the camera from right to left. Other composition. Where is the focus point? Ahhh, found it. Next shot. 300 sec. Too dark. Next one. 360 sec. Looked ok. It is over. No light left. 5 images. Lesson learned. Be in time. I forgot to change the aperture from 11 to 8 to 5.6 rather than enhancing the time. Next time I will be prepared, focused and in time.
Hope you still enjoy the last minute images. Have a nice weekend.
Mixed weather. Rain on one side, sunshine on the other side. While I was shooting this long exposure (180 sec) a rainbow appeared on the right side in the background for about 30 seconds. Enough to leave a trace in the image. A good start into your week! Smiles. Reinhold
© RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography
Lake Zwischenahner Meer, Ammerland, North Germany
August 26, 2016
19:30 – 20:30
Fuji X-T1, 14mm f2.8, Lee lens adapted and filter holder, ND Grad. 0.6 Hard (2 stops), Big Stopper (10 stops), Manfrotto tripod, cable release
Long exposure photographs of pier and boats at lake “Zwischenahner Meer”. I created my vision with a sketch app (Sketches) of my iPad.
Estimated shots: 4
1 bracket shot (no filter) 3 exposures -1 +-0 +1
1 focused on foreground (no filter)
1 focused on pier and boats (no filter)
1 long exposure (30-240 sec) f8-16
And here are two results:
I was lucky to meet 3 young men who were fishing at the lake. One of these guys positioned the net for me in the foreground. Very helpful!
© RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography
The lake “Zwischenahner Meer” is located just a few miles away in the district Ammerland in North Germany. The location – lake and surrounding area and villages – is magic. My favorite seasons are autumn and winter but all seasons add a special character to the lake. Here are few images of “my lake”. You will find a local tradition in restaurants at the lake at the end of the post. Prost!
Enjoy your weekend! Reinhold
Locally smoked eels are a delicacy, particularly when served with a locally produced schnapps called Ammerländer Löffeltrunk. There is a specific local tradition (also called Ammerländer Löffeltrunk) to drink it from a tin spoon along with a special drinking cheer, each line alternately spoken by the host and the guests:
|Original (Low German)||German translation||English translation|
|Ik seh Di!||Ich sehe Dich!||I see you!|
|Dat freit mi!||Das freut mich!||That makes me glad!|
|Ik sup Di to!||Ich trinke Dir zu!||I drink to you!|
|Dat do!||Tu das!||Do that!|
|Ik heb Di tosopen!||Ich habe Dir zugetrunken!||I’ve drunk to you!|
|Hest den Rechten dropen!||Du hast den Richtigen getroffen!||You met the right one!|
|So hebt wi dat immer doh’n!||So haben wir das immer getan!||That’s how we always did!|
|So schall dat ok wieter goh’n!||So soll das auch weiter gehen!||That’s how it shall go on!|
… it lies as it falls or rises out of chaos that encompasses all – The Masque of the Elements / Herman Scheffauer
… for more photographs of the district Ammerland and North Germany please follow this link: RSP – Reinhold Staden Photography