Project Photography

The snow monkeys of Yudanaka

The Japanese macaques of Yudanaka are also called snow monkeys. They love to sit in the hot springs in winter. But still in the 1950s, the monkeys were not doing well. They did the same in the nearby onsen and went straight to the hot baths with the guests. This was not for everyone, so the macaques were hunted first and their population shrank accordingly.

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Jupiter over Hennef

To the right of Saturn, the radiantly bright Jupiter is currently appearing in the south above the horizon. After the images of Saturn, Jupiter should also be photographed.

The goal was to make the huge red whirlwind eye of Jupiter visible - well, that didn't work now but at least you can see in the photos that Jupiter is not a disk either :-)

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Saturn over Hennef

Can you photograph the Saturn rings with a digital camera and a telephoto lens? The test with a Nikon D850 plus Nikkor 200mm - 500mm plus 2-way converter shows the amazing result. However, these images do not want to compete with photos taken with special astro equipment.
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The Kuna - indigenous people in Panama

About 30,000 Kuna, which call themselves Dule (translated: human), live in San Blas, an approximately 200 km long coastal strip along the northeastern Atlantic coast of Panama with its offshore islands up to the Colombian border. You can reach the islands by boat and you will find well-kept huts as accommodations with these friendly people.The Kuna are known for their traditional dances, which we wanted to include in this project. In addition, with years of resistance to Panama's integration efforts, the Kuna have managed to anchor their rights to independence in the Panama Constitution, which has contributed to the high authenticity of today's Kuna. The Panama Constitution guarantees Kuna rights and territorial rights - but they have had to fight hard for their autonomy today.
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Long exposure on the Rio Nava

The Rio Nava flows through the pilgrimage site Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Abadia, whose tributaries with their moss-covered stones offer beautiful motifs for long-term exposures. But some manual work was also necessary here, as autumn had already left many traces in the form of withered leaves and fall wood. It was worth it to expose the beautiful mosses, who were certainly happy about this photo project.
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Long exposure at the "Ponte do Nava"

An impressive way of the cross leads from the former camelite monastery and today's pousada Mosteiro Amares to the pilgrimage site of Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Abadia. The beautiful pilgrim cities between mountains also show the origins of the Cistercian monastery in Portugal. Fed by many tributaries, the "Rio Nava" rises here and the swirling waters with their moss-covered stones, the waterfalls or a round bridge, the Ponte do Rio Nava, offer very beautiful motifs for long exposure.
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Long exposure: Breitach gorge

After the glacial melt at the end of the Würm ice age, the Breitach cut itself some 150 meters deep into the rock over the past 10,000 years, creating the deepest rock canyon in Central Europe: the Breitach gorge. It runs 2.5 km between the exit of the Kleinwalser valley at Tiefenbach, a district of the municipality of Oberstdorf in Germany, and the Walserschanz in Austria.
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The super moon in April 2020

Even if the color of this super moon on April 8, 2020 at 9:20 p.m. seems rather orange, it is still called the Pink Moon. This label obviously has nothing to do with its color. The terms actually arose from the rituals of the Native Americans, who saw the full moon in April in connection with the pink blooming of the flame flowers (phlox) made from the pearweed family (Polemoniaceae). Thus the super moon became the messenger of the approaching spring.
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Rufous-tailed hummingbird in Boquete

We have seen the Rufous-tailed hummingbird at several locations in Panama. They dash through the blossoms so quickly that you might get dizzy. It is all the more difficult to photograph them. If you don't want to hope for the snapshot, the only motto is: patience. Once you have found a beautiful flower with a matching background, you have to set up the camera, focus and ...

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