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Liquid souls part II

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Here we go with the second part of my long overdue spring flower reflection images. Unfortunately this year I couldn't take images of scenes like these. On the one hand due to our stay in New Zealand and on the other hand because of the fact, that there was a dog training place established right at the edge of this particular forest, where I could find these perfect combination of flowers, water and light. Although forests in Austria are free to enter for everyone and there is neither a sign nor a fence, these "very well trained police dogs" are running around in the woods free. I had a really horrible encounter with two of them back in 2018 and I'm still happy I survived unscathed while the dogs were "just doing what they're trained for" (I still dread to think what could have happened when I would have been there with our little son for example). Now I'm actually forced to stay away from this beloved area. This is a real pity, because this place was by far the best spot I know to capture moments like you can see below and it's also located so close to my home, which gave me the opportunity to go there every day in spring as soon as the conditions were interesting. But unfortunatley I really don't dare to go there again and lie myself down on the forest floor to take pictures ... But enough on that, that's another sad story. Enjoy the images!

Liquid souls part II

Mesmerizing glitter on the moving water surface.

Defocused Pilewort dancing with the reflections.

A good example for the high contrast between the harsh sunlight and the dark forest shadows.

One of my 2018 favorites.

The reflection of the sun appears as a fairylike creature on the stream.

Frozen movement.

Just the shadow of a little Wood Anemone.

Hit by some spotlight.

Although the left flower is out of focus it appears sharp as a shadow.

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Liquid souls part I

Sunday, 11 August 2019

In the next two entries you'll see a few images of Pileworts and Wood Anemones infront of a tiny forest stream. In this particular cases I was focusing on exciting reflections the sun created as an interesting background behind these little flowers. This kind of photography requires some rather harsh midday light and so it's a good opportunity to also go out during this kind of conditions, which are mainly unphotogenic, and put them to good use. And since the forest along this stream provides lots of darker areas it makes a good contrast to the bright sunlight. A few of the images just show classic light spots in the bokeh, but most of the pictures display some much more appealing reflections which took my quite some time to figure out how to capture them. Back in 2017 I discovered this completely natural phenomenon as I witnessed it just one time when I captured Sensitive Forest Beings and I only took about five to ten pictures of it. Actually I didn't think, I would find a scenery like this again, but finally in spring 2018 I spent many hours looking for something similar and finally I could observe and photograph it way more extensive. Now I know what elements (quite a lot) have to come together simultaneously, that this kind of reflections occur and so I've got the chance to "reproduce" it. During some sunny spring days I took a few thousand images of these sceneries and actually only on two different tiny spots in the forest close to my home. All images show handheld shots with no special technique or artificial light and of course without any scene manipulations.

Liquid souls part I

One of these molten flowers.

Since the water surface is permanently in motion, it needs countless of images to get a reflection like this right in the frame.

The shadow of a Wood Anemone infront of common bokeh light dots.

It's quite tricky to find a few flowers which are aligned properly.

One of my favorites of these series.

From time to tima also the harsh light at noon can be very useful.

Electric reflections.

Another rather simple reflection scenery showing two Pileworts.

I had to take a close look at hundreds of flowers to find a few fitting ones.

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Swell of gold part II - New Zealand part II

Monday, 29 July 2019

As I already mentioned, there's a second set of pictures I took during our days side by side with the Hector's Dolphins in New Zealand. According to the Department of Conservation today the total number of Hector's Dolphins is esimated around 15,000 animals. They are mainly threatened by fishing (nets), which is/are responsible for substantial population declines in the last four decades, but also by oil and gas exploration, boat strikes, mining, tourism, noise and diseases. At approximately 1.2 to 1.6m in length, they are not only one of the smallest and rarest but in my opinion also one of the cutest and most playful cetaceans. Finally we've been lucky enough to not only spot them in The Catlins, we also had some sightings along the west coast around the amazing swamp forests of Ship Creek.

Swell of gold part II - New Zealand part II

A few times I was lucky to capture them in a bigger scale right in the frame.

The presence of the dolphins made the stunning sunrises above the sea even more exciting.

All of a sudden this one leaped out into the calm misty morning.

Just a perfect wave with a perfect feature.

Two Hector's Dolphins showing their characteristic backs and rounded dorsal fins.

Although the animals come into this bay to nurse their offspring, it was an unique moment to spot this young one riding a wave side by side with its mother.

Calm movement in calm waters.

Family fun.

Needless to say, I was more than excited to manage to capture them riding this picture-perfect wave in such an incredible morning light and infront of the beautiful rough coast line. I don't know about you, but for me this is among my top three favorite images I ever took and I guess it's a good ender for this series.

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