Macro Monday: Late Summer Flowers

25 08 2014

Yesterday we visited my in-laws who live about 1,5 hrs away.

I took the camera because they have a wonderful flower garden.

The pictures were taken with a Nikon D800 and a Nikkor AF-S 105mm 1:2.8, set to f/3.2, shutter speed: 1/160s to 1/400s, ISO 100.

I shot without tripod, just hand-held - to be able to easily pick and vary my vantage point, camera on ISO100, manual, shutter speeds varying from 1/160s to 1/400s and aperture only stopped down one stop (from 2.8 to 3.2).  

I had to do a bunch of shots to get good ones. The wind outside and the movement of the flowers and my own movement in combination with the wide aperture and the resulting very shallow depth of field made it hard to get the focus on the bits of the flowers that I wanted. I definitely wanted the wide aperture - as that really is what nicely blurs the background and emphasizes the beauty and detail of the flowers.

I also made sure to shoot darker backgrounds and similar tonality, because I wanted the pictures to fit together as a series.

Happy Day,


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Moody Poppies

31 03 2014

The weather forecast for this week reads amazing:

Warm and sunny with temperatures around 20 degrees!!! 

But today is still kind of gray and a bit moody.

Perfect for showing you these pictures of the poppies I made last week.

The flower lady at the market had gifted me with a whole bunch of poppies.

She said, she won't be able to sell them anyway because they won't open properly. She had observed how intrigued I was by them because I love poppies and these ones looked absolutely fascinating and charming to me with their curved and arched stems and their half open blossoms.

They looked cheerful and pretty on our table  but I also wanted to show another side of them in a different light situation and with a cloth as a backdrop.

Poppy moody by, Mohnblüten

Poppy moody by, Mohnblüten Poppy moody by, Mohnblüten

Poppy moody by, Mohnblüten Poppy moody by, Mohnblüten

Poppy moody by, Mohnblüten

Poppy moody by, Mohnblüten

Happy Monday,


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Thankful For All This Light

27 03 2014

"What are you thankful for in March?", is Nics question today.

I am very thankful for all this gorgeous light streaming through the large windows in our new apartment.

It's only now, that I realize how dark our old place was (not only in the winter months!) and how different and wonderful it feels to live in and with all this natural light.

What a pleasure!

I am also thankful for Nics great photo project BIWYFI which unfortunately ends today.

I always loved to participate. Thank you Nic!

Happy Day,


Snowy Alps

13 02 2014

Lech am Arlberg

Lech am Arlberg

This weeks theme over @Luzia Pimpinella   is "frosty".

Well - there is no more frost here in northern Germany right now - we have had a pretty mild winter so far and the last days were even warm with up to 10 degrees which is unusual warm for February. 

But I still have plenty of pictures from our frosty winter vacation to show - so, here are two of my favorites.

Happy Day,