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Altitude encounters part II

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

With immense delay I would like to display the second series of my 2018 Alpine Ibex images here today. All of the pictures have been made in the Carinthian part of Austria's biggest national park, the High Tauern National Park, which stretches over the states of Salzburg, Carinthia and Tyrol. In the mean time most of the snow up in their habitat should have been already disappeared, so it's time to go up there again soon. Can't wait :) ... nothing more to say, just a handful images to share. Hope you like them. Cheers.

Altitude encounters part II

A big male wanders along the edge during fantastic "bad" weather conditions while three states of matter of water make a great backdrop.

I was super lucky to get that guy right infront of this snow covered peak and a rare sundog (this is not a rainbow it's an atmospheric optical phenomenon that consists of a bright and colorful spot to the left or right of the sun).

Most of their habitat is actually made of rough rock.

If the animals are really cooperative, there's the chance to shoot more than one of them as an appealing silhouette in a single frame.

When I hear this unmistakable sound of the crashing horns, I know where to go.

This little iceberg in the background is actually one of the most fascinating ones I've seen so far.

During the day the animals commonly wander up into higher tarrain, to come back to the lower areas in the late afternoon.

Another shot of this delightful sundog experience.

A little rest in the evening before the night finally falls in.

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Recap 2018

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Holy Toledo, time passes fast! Can't believe it's been already six months since my latest posting here in the news blog. So, I would like to apologize for my long absence here. For all of you who've been afraid, that I quitted photography, no worries, I didn't. Definitely not :) Nevertheless I just couldn't find the time to update my website. But since I finally finished processing my images from the past year, I'll try to work hard in my homepage to show you lots of "new" pictures in this blog during the next few weeks and to update all my galleries and the showcase which still only show images from 2017 and earlier.

Although it's actually a bit embarrassing to show a few of my 2018 favorites at the beginning of June, I dare to do so, because I guess this is a good way to revitalize this blog. Of course, I know that the second part of my 2018 Alpine Ibex images is still missing. I will display these pictures in my next entry.

2018 was an absolutely exciting year with quite a lot of new experiences and changes. Most important, of course, the universal beauty of untouched nature showed up in a completely new and irresistible appearance as our gorgeous son Tim was born in August and stole our hearts immediately. Besides that, I finally make my whole living by photographing nature since March 2018, which is definitely a dream coming true. I never thought, this could work out, but, at least until today, it does. And I hope it also will in the future. Furthermore also when it comes to nature photography competitions, it was an amazing year, with nine international awards in major events. And, needless to say, a lot more was going on in the past year and also in 2019 we already had a blast. First of all during a ten weeks camping trip in New Zealand (more on that to come).

The nine images you can see below are just a few of my 2018 favorites. As most times I couldn't hardly decide which ones to show. There are quite a few more, I'm happy with. You'll see these photographs again in some of my upcoming posts here with some background information. But in this recap, I would like to give you some technical information, like I also did it in my former recaps. Hope you enjoy.

Recap 2018

Canon EOS 7DII, Sigma 120-300mm F2,8 DG OS HSM Sports, Sigma TC 1401, handheld
f5.6, ISO400, 1/3200sec., 420mm

Canon EOS 7DII, Sigma 120-300mm F2,8 DG OS HSM Sports, tripod
f2.8, ISO320, -1EV, 1/4sec., 300mm

Canon EOS 5DII, EF 24mm f/2.8, tripod
f2.8, ISO12800, 30sec.

Canon EOS 5DII, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, handheld
f2.8, ISO50, -1.33EV, 1/500sec.

Canon EOS 5DII, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, handheld
f2.8, ISO100, 1/1600sec.

Canon EOS 7DII, Sigma 120-300mm F2,8 DG OS HSM Sports, Sigma TC 1401, handheld
f5.6, ISO400, -1EV, 1/800sec., 420mm

Canon EOS 7DII, Sigma 120-300mm F2,8 DG OS HSM Sports, Sigma TC 1401, handheld
f5.6, ISO1000, +3.66EV, 1/800sec., 420mm

Canon EOS 7DII, Sigma 120-300mm F2,8 DG OS HSM Sports, Sigma TC 1401, handheld
f14, ISO1000, -1.33EV, 1/320sec., 420mm

Canon EOS 5DII, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, handheld
f2.8, ISO100, -1EV, 1/3200sec.

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Altitude encounters part I

Monday, 3 December 2018

Although I couldn't spend as much time with the Alpine Ibexes as I actually wanted this year, I managed to do two trips up to the mountain areas in Carinthia where these fascinating mammals can be found. The first time in early July and the second later at the end of August. Alpine Ibexes have almost been extinct in Europe by the beginning of the 19th century. Only about 100 individuals survived in Italy's Gran Paradiso National Park. In 1924 the rewilding of these mammals in Austria started. Now there are about 4,000 individuals in Austria, most of them in the areas of the High Tauern National Park. In the meantime I already spent about 50 days with the ibexes and I'm always deeply delighted when they finally show up somewhere on the rocks or meadows. Sometimes it takes me days to discover them and sometimes only a few hours before I can start to approach carefully. Since the big older males are actually rather relaxed animals, I mostly capture them in pretty small scale using my wide angle lens which gives me the opportunity to also show the impressive habitat of the animals. So the main challenge is to place myself (in time) for a proper view.

Altitude encounters part I

Most of their habitat is made of rough rocks.

That day I experienced some of the best bad weather conditions and I could manage to capture this ibex where I wanted it. Right infront of the glacier lake facing the heavy clouds.

What a pleasant scenery with the animal, a lovely sunrise, parts of the melting glacier and Austria's highest peak, Mount Großglockner.

Here it is! The two-headed ibex ;)

Of course ibexes are not the only animals which can be found up there ... Two Mountain Marmots in their bloomy habitat and in front of one of the coolest icebergs I've seen in a while.

That particular evening I was lucky enough to experience this amazing sundog (this is not a rainbow it's an atmospheric optical phenomenon that consists of a bright and colorful spot to the left or right of the sun) while I was shooting the ibexes. But of course it was actually quite a challenge to capture them both appealing in the frame ...

Every time I'm up in the habitat of these graceful mammals I pay close attention to all the surrounding ridges, because on the one hand, the animals can be spotted very easliy when they show up at the horizon and on the other hand, it can be a very appealing scenery like in this case as a younger one seemed to look for the top of the world.

After heavy rainfalls during the whole day, all of a sudden short before sunset the clouds scattered and the sun managed to break through.

Dramatic clouds during a pretty wet evening as two ibexes passed by right at the ridge of this alpine meadow.

There will be a second series of 2018 ibex images here in this blog soon showing a few more experiences I had there. So, make sure to check back again.

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