Since almost one week I'm in the Harz region in Germany where autumn is at its best right now. Between visiting friends and other activities, I try to find some time for catching some autumn moods; not very easy as the accomodation is situated in a big green pine tree area.
A few days ago I visited a 'border museum' (the Harz region was split between BRD/DDR until 1989) and on my way back I passed a big beech forest. The colour range was amazing but it costs me some time to find the right composition. I entered one of the overgrown side-paths and after some metres I noticed these green grass spots which pointed out the path.
Today, after the 'shopping commitment' I will have some quality time available to search for other locations for some autumn moods. I little creek surrounded by beeches would be nice!
A glimpse of sunlight
Between some dark clouds, last Sunday I catched a glimpse of sunlight....since then I havn't seen the sun again till today. It was grey, grey and grey.
After a cold night the dew caused some nice reflections and I tried one of my old Meyer Optik lenses which 'creates' circles/flare patterns. The big disadventage of this lens is the lack of sharpness.
I did not process/change this image in photoshop. As I could'nt see the butterfly sharp (in liveview) I changed the lens and used my faithful Tamron.
Not exactly the same focal distance and not the same flare pattern but a sharp butterfly! I like the flare pattern of the first image but in my opinion it is too much present an tooks too much attention. In the second photo the subject is the butterfly.
As the flare pattern of the old Meyer lenses became a hype the prices of the old triplet lenses became sky-high with the result that Meyer Optik (the ones who bought the rights) will bring back to life the old Trioplan 2.8/100. The new lens is scheduled for February 2016 and a price of 1499 Euro. My old Meyer lens cost me 40 Euro.....I think I like the lack of sharpness ;-).
It isn't over
Despite the fact we had some cold days, a few butterflies, like this Small White, can still be found. As the wings were damaged, I decided to catch the butterfly more close and while I was busy he became alive with a lot of unsharp photos as a result. Fortunately in a few days temperatures will rise again so I hope to find or see some more butterflies before cold autumn will arrive!
The second life of a Holly Blue
Against my expectations, last Sunday on World Animal Day, ‘my’ Holly Blue emerged. Due to a very busy week with visitors from abroad and because I was convinced that the chrysalis would hibernate (see my blog from 2nd September), I did not check it earlier. Unfortunately I was too late for the transformation process but just in time to catch the fresh female butterfly. She flew into my garden where a lot of Ivy is flowering at the moment….as my visitors are still here I had no time to check if other Holly Blues emerged too or if she is only the lonely.
Maybe this will be the last taken butterfly picture of 2015; although I’m not sure as I found a lot of caterpillars of the Large White on the broccoli plants (what’s left of them). In contrast to caterpillars which I found in august, now more than 50% of the caterpillars are parasited.
Fight for the light
The evening after the eclipse I was in the field as the full-moonrise was almost simultaneous with the sunset which means that the moon could be coloured orange again due to the orange/red sunlight. Photographing the moon together with the foreground landscape was too much dynamic range for my camera; even though I was using a ND-filter. To be honest, it was a little fight in the field as the foreground became to be too dark with the right exposure of the moon….or the moon was overexposed with a visible foreground.
For the first time in my digital career, I decided to use two images to get the one I had in mind....I forced myself to work with layers!
Besides my fight for a decent moon photo, it was an experience to hear a lot of birds who were coming in to spend the night on the lake. When it was completely dark I heard a noise which reminds to roaring deers; when it came closer and closer I stopped photographing to see what was coming into my direction….no deers but roaring herons.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.