Focal length 24 mm

The "Blue Pavillion"

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Wed, 03/24/2021 - 17:59
In Panmunjeom, a military settlement in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, in which the end of the Korean War was negotiated from 1951 to 1953, meetings between North and South Korean delegations take place in the "Blue Pavilion". In Seoul you can book sightseeing tours and you have the opportunity to visit the Blue Pavilion, unless there are consultations between North and South. We were lucky.

Holocaust in Lithuania

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Tue, 03/23/2021 - 19:51

The sources for the following outline of National Socialism in Lithuania can be found in the included links, well documented without a doubt. Many scientists worldwide have carefully revised this dark chapter in human history - whether for Germany, France, Lithuania, etc. Based on these facts, the number of those who embrace the repulsive ideas of the National Socialists of the 20th century should be reduced, even in the current information age.


Bruges by night

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Fri, 01/22/2021 - 15:41

Venice of the North is called Bruges in Belgium in the Merian. And if you think of the well-known novel by Thomas Mann, Death in Venice, you also understand the title of the film "Seeing Bruges ... and Dying?" From 2008 by Martin McDonagh (screenplay and direction). But that ends the initial similarity between film and novella - while Thomas Mann draws the famous writer Gustav von Aschenbach to Venice, in Martin McDonagh's tragic comedy the two hit men Ray and Ken, masterfully played by the well-known actors Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, travel to Bruges.


Wiligrad Castle on Lake Schwerin

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:58

From 1945 until the fall of the Wall Wiligrad Castle was not to be found on any map for political reasons: Willigrad Castle, the less known but all the more beautiful building in the Mecklenburg castles landscape. Around 1900, Duke Johann Albrecht zu Mecklenburg-Schwerin planned the impressive neo-renaissance building with the architect Albrecht Haupt and built it on the steep bank of Lake Schwerin.


Husum - picturesque town in Friesland

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Thu, 11/05/2020 - 12:06

The second Marcellus flood, in January 1362 destroyed cultivated land on the entire Frisian North Sea coast and the important trading town of Rungholt, which was by the sea at that time. Whole stretches of land were flooded and Husum, further inland to the east of Rungholt, now became a port city and gained increasing commercial importance.


Photo technique: "Color-key"

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Mon, 07/20/2020 - 17:09

In color-key shots, an object of the photo composition is highlighted by making it appear in the original color, while the rest of the image is only shown in shades of gray or black and white. There are several ways to achieve this effect. You can work very precisely with the clipping tools and the layering technology of the photo editing programs Photoshop (Adobe) and Gimp (OpenSource). There are many tutorials that explain the sometimes very complex work steps involved in these programs.


Photo technique: "High Dynamic Range (HDR)"

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 07/11/2020 - 12:15

The HDR display technology is primarily intended to compensate for the restricted dynamic ranges of digital sensors. If subjects have very bright and at the same time very dark areas, the details in the (overexposed) bright and (underexposed) dark areas disappear with a single shot. Just think of the window flooded with daylight, which - when properly lit - makes the surrounding objects disappear in the dark. With HDR technology, multiple shots of a subject with different exposure values ​​are now taken and then offset by software so that the structures are retained in all areas.


Singapore - City of the Lion

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Wed, 05/13/2020 - 15:21

It is worthwhile to explore the eventful history of Singapore, which includes associated with the names Sang Nila Utama and Thomas Stamford Raffles. The first founded an empire in this region in 1299, which he called Singapura: Lion City. The name "Singapura" comes from Sanskrit and is composed of Singha (Siṃha: lion) and Pura (Pura:city).


Sillamäe - seaside resort, war location, uranium mining

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 05/03/2020 - 19:35
Today's Sillamäe high up in the north-east of the Republic of Estonia has experienced a lot - even from the map it had to disappear when the Soviet Union began mining and enriching uranium here after the occupation of Estonia. The corresponding environmental damage extends to the present. In the northwestern part of the city there is a nuclear and chemically contaminated storage pond directly on the Baltic Sea coast. But where there is shadow, there must also be light (freely according to ...) and this shines particularly beautifully on the elegant stairs and promenades on the Baltic Sea coast.

Long exposure at the "Ponte do Nava"

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 04/19/2020 - 17:56
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.