Dave Derbis :: Photography Photography and Fine Art Prints by Dave Derbis Wed, 19 Dec 2018 15:46:03 +0100 Zend_Feed_Writer 1.11.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://www.dave-derbis.de/feed/ Road trip in the Dolomites "I fear that future generations will judge us harshly for our failure to place proper value on wildness, diversity, open space, spirit, solitude and other treasures of the natural world still available to us today [...]]]> Fri, 26 Oct 2018 06:35:00 +0200 http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/roadtrip-in-the-dolomites/&ref=feed/ http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/roadtrip-in-the-dolomites/&ref=feed/

"I fear that future generations will judge us harshly for our failure to place proper value on wildness, diversity, open space, spirit, solitude and other treasures of the natural world still available to us today. May they at least know that some of us tried." - Guy Tal

 

 

In mid-October I revisited the rugged Dolomites in the Italian Alps to go on some kind of thoughtful and peaceful light-hunt and to enjoy the eye-wateringly spectacular views from the top of some famous mountain pass roads and hiking trails while car-camping and hiking my way through the mountains of South-Tyrol. I was there a couple of times before, one visit during summer and one during autumn. This time I wanted to focus on some places where I wasn't before, enjoy the larch foliage, the pleasant low and refreshing temperatures after the very hot and dry summer here in Europe and explore the region around Cortina d'Ampezzo even more and of course last but not least just enjoy the solitude of the mountains there far away from any stressful city full of people or distracting civilisation noise.

 

 

My favourite camping spot during the trip during sunrise

I had the designated spots I wanted to visit in my mind but not a real schedule when to do what. Since I was car camping the whole time like on various other road trips through Bavaria, whole ScandinaviaFjord-NorwayScotlandSaxon Switzerland, Iceland or the Lofoten Islands before, I was completely flexible and could react to the respective weather conditions and adapt my plans at any time. Although I know the area quite well I did some location scouting online in preparation of the trip and found some nice and wild camping spots and checked when the sun's position will be where at different spots to roughly plan all the hiking and shootings and so on. More on planning a photo trip or a landscape shooting here or what makes an interesting landscape photo here

 

 

The typical chaos in the trunk while on photo expedition

 

 

After modifying my car to its "photo expedition-mode" (photo above) with lots of blankets and pillows next to the thermarest mattress and a warm sleeping bag for the freezing tempeartures at night and buying all the food and supplies for a week in the mountains, I started the nine hour drive from Leipzig, Germany towards Toblach, Italy. On trips like this the co-drivers seat with all the photo equipment usally looks like what you see in the photo below. As usual nowadays in my photo bags are the dji phantom 4 pro plus drone, a D810 body, a backup D800E, two tripods, lots of lenses (14mm - 300mm) and filters, cable releases, cards, batteries, chargers, several backpacks and an F-Stop ICU for the hiking and of course one of the most important tools - the mobile phone (Samsung Galaxy S8) with all the useful apps, camera (pro mode with raw image files) and the possibility to keep contact with other people or call help, if needed sometime.

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Ford Mondeo Photo Gear

 

 

Some annoying traffic jams around Munich and a very long drive on different Autobahn sections and through three different countries later, I finally arrived just in time for sunset at the famous Lago di Braies (also called Pragser Wildsee) in Italy (photo below). I felt quite lucky to have arrived timely and to see some colour in the sky. I arrived at the parking lot during the end of the golden hour and when I approached my shooting location at the lake the clouds just began to turn from yellow to pink. After being pretty busy with photographing several perspectives along the shore, I just thought what a blessing with the timing and the light during sunset that day and what a great start of the tour. I left the place with a smile on my face and drove towards my first sleeping spot for the night. At the end of the day I called the people at home to say that I had arrived safely and then straightaway prepared the car for the night because it was already quite late and I was very tired after all the driving.

 

 

Pragser Wildsee - Prints Available

 

 

The next day I awoke after a relative short but restful night and started my car camping morning routine with brewing coffee on my gas cooker at the trunk of the car. Since I arrived during the night and in complete darkness at this first nice camping spot I only did see the impressive rugged mountains all around me with the first coffee in hand. It was breathtakingly beautiful. After taking my time for breakfast and a little walking around I started the drive towards Cortina d'Ampezzo and further to Passo Giau to the starting point of my first serious mountain hike of the trip. My heavy backpack was filled with the ICU including all my needed camera gear with a D810 body, lenses, cable release, spare batteries and CF cards, headlamp, battery torch and what not for the photography and hiking and of course some food, water and additional clothes. The multiple-hour climb to the first remote mountain lake was quite steep and very exhausting but when I finally reached the top and took a short break, it was so quiet and the view literally breathtaking at ~2050m that I forgot the effort of the ascent instantly. I took my time and surrounded the lake taking lot's of photos and absorbing the views and reflections at this very calm place. I also had lunch there and took my time to just relax and to enjoy the silence and the sun combined with a gentle breeze on my skin. Eventually I left the lake sometime in the afternoon and continued my loop hike back to the car down in the valley.

 

 

October Reflections - Prints Available

 

 

After an almost equally strenuous descent and being back at the car I had not much time and daylight left so I continued my way up another mountain pass road and wanted to have a look at my camping spot for the night which I've previously scouted online via maps. When I arrived there an hour or so before sunset I was completely thrilled! The spectacular view and the place (first pano photo above) itself were just great - and I was completely alone there - no other people around. It was so incredibly quiet without any disturbing noises from people or traffic noise or whatever, only a few birds could be heard - wonderful.

 

 

Cinque Torri Autumn - Prints Available

 

 

This was exactly what I was looking for during this trip. Spending all the time outdoors away from devices combined with a lot of hiking during the day and physical movement at the fresh air and in the evenings to find the mountain solitude I had hoped for. I enjoyed my first full evening there with a little reading and thinking and just calming down. I think due to the hiking and that I felt save at this place during the night I again slept quite well, though not very long.

 

 

Car camping in the mountains with freezing 0°C at night on 2098m

 

 

At the beginning of the third day I repeated my usual morning routine and took my own sweet time with everything I did and for instance sat in my camping chair just enjoying the sun and peacefulness of the place for a few hours. A nice contrast to the normal structured routines and procedures in my everyday life. Around noon or so I continued exploring the area and drove down to another valley nearby. My rough plan was to drive another mountain pass road and just explore nice and interesting spots along the way. On my way I accidentally came to a cinema filming scene. They had blocked the entire mountain road and you only heard a helicopter in the distance, but then, it came closer and closer towards me and so I could witness the elaborate filming of this scene. What a hassle and how many people were involved (including catering, ambulance, SUV cars with a movable camera arm and whatnot) just for a scene in the movie where a car drives on a mountain road. Watching this was incredible. They then opened the road and I thought ok, they're done with filming for today and drove along the road and stopped randomly somewhere because I wanted to take a photo there, but then they suddenly closed the road again and I was stuck there for the moment. After a minute I heard the helicopter again and then saw it flying sideways exactly towards me. Luckily I had the phone in my hand at this moment and spontaneously thought why not recording this and pressed the record button. I could hardly believe my eyes when the helicopter flew right over me and almost blew the cap off my head. What an experience. See the video below.

 

 

 

 

Compared with the impressive helicopter experience the rest of this day was pretty unspectacular. I just drove and hiked around a bit, mostly thinking of the costs and extravagance of the filming of this one motion picture scene. For sunset I planned a relative short hike to another mountain lake and started in the afternoon to be there early enough for a relaxed dinner and some location scouting there. But the reality was that I arrived there approximately an hour later after a pretty muddy and partly steep ascent and was really dissapointed because the lake looked more like a big puddle with little water in it, probably due to the countless weeks without rain in the previous months. I looked at the scenery, thought about it for a moment and reviewed the situation and came to the conclusion that it is better to change the plan for this evening. So, after taking a snapshot with the mobile phone I started the descent back to the car. A little frustrated  (I carried all the photo-equipment and the drone up there - for nothing) I drove to another, very well known place, for sunset on the summit of a pass road. The weather conditions were not so good this evening and the fact that were a lot of other photographers (10+) because of some photography workshop happening there unmotivated me a little. I tried to find my own image compositions away from the crowd and to enjoy the views and nature there but this evening I did not take any serious landscape photos. Instead I then focused on enjoying the evening at my favourite spot for the night. This lifted my spirits again at the end of this nice day and I had a good nights sleep.

 

 

Passo Giau Aerial - Prints Available

 

 

For the next morning I had planned a sunrise flight with the drone so I got up a bit earlier then normal and drove to my previously scouted location. Luckily, I was there completely alone, no other people around. I hiked to the spot where I wanted to start the flight, prepared everything and then flew around the area there trying some new perspectives, angles and technical functions with the Phantom 4 Pro+. With almost cloudless skies the weather conditions were not exactly what I had hoped for but at least there was not that much wind nor rain. The result of this early endeavor is the photo above - for example - with which I am pretty satisfied by the way. I spent about two hours there taking lots of photos with the DSLR and drone cameras enjoying the view and experimenting with different techniques and perspectives. When my stomach began to growl it was a good time to think about breakfast. So I hiked back to the car and drove down to the valley to find a nice sunny spot. As usual during this week I took my time for that and then continued my way towards the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo mountains near Misurina and Lago Antorno. A few impressive mountain pass roads with sections through nice looking golden larch woods and countless curves later I arrived at the Rifugio Auronzo on ~2350m, the starting point of the hike. The goal for this day was to get a closer look and explore and photograph the region around Lago del Piani, photo below.

 

 

Laghi dei Piani - Prints Available

 

 

And this is what I did for the rest of the day. Hiking and creating photos and enjoying the views and the nice weather. It was a delightful hike with a few ups and downs but not too demanding, with lots of breathtaking vistas and not much people around. After five hours or so of roaming around the lakes I started the hike back to the car where I arrived during the golden hour with an impressive view of the Cadini di Misurina group, photo below. Somehow the whole scene strongly reminded me of the Lord of the Rings movies, hence the title of this photo.

 

 

Towers of Mordor - Prints Available

 

 

Shortly after creating the photo above I arrived at the car and started my drive back to my favourite camping spot. On the way down from Rifugio Auronzo I came across another eye-opening scene which I hoped to find during this photo tour. Namely larch trees with their foliage at its peak and the typical rugged mountains of the Dolomites in the background with some illuminated clouds above during sunset. When I arrived at the place and saw the possibility for the photo, I quickly hurried to build the tripod and setup the camera to have a little more time for the image composition and then minutes later the photo below ended on one of my cards. I continued the drive again with a smile on my face.

 

 

Cima Cadin di San Lucano - Prints Available

 

 

When I arrived at my camp spot I prepared everything for the night and enjoyed the remainder of the evening with a decent drink and some thinking. While sitting there alone on the mountain at my campsite I thought about all kind of things - one was the proscribed trophy hunt in the realm of landscape photography. In fact, in philosophical photography circles a so called trophy hunt for iconic or even unknown place is often frowned upon but imho and my past experiences it is indeed very satisfying when you spend hours planning a possible photo at home with some maps or Google Earth and all kind of other tools like The Photographer's Ephemeris for example, to spend countless hours of traveling to the location (driving, flying, by boat or whatever) and not to forget all the strenuous hikes with a heavy backpack to get to the place (often in the dark, very late or early in the day) and then everything materialises like in a dream and your previsualised photo you imaged at home is formed in front of your eyes and everything works out as you hoped for and all is left to do is pressing the shutter and capture the beautiful scene you see - this is just a great feeling! And yes, I like to take this often spurned trophy photo home - for all the planning and effort and the anxiety about the weather and other circumstances during the shooting or trip. Honestly, I can not find anything wrong with it. After planning another attempt to shoot my long anticipated sunrise-photo of a peak in the nearby Saxon Switzerland National Park and finally got all the circumstances right after planning, driving, hiking and spending a night alone in the mountains it just felt great - like a success. I had the exact same feeling while creating other photos in the past years which involved a lot of planning and maybe several tries. Of course, this only applies when you've done all the scounting, planning, getting there alone and learned the needed shooting techniques before and not only captured your "trophy photo" during a payed photo "adventure" tour with a guide who plans everything for you, leads you to the places, and teaches you the techniques on site - because then it's really only a plain trophy hunt and not a personal experience, accomplishment and success for yourself. I understand why many people do that and take this shortcut but for me this is not the kind of experience I strive for with my photography. In the end, everyone must decide for themselves what they prefer. Anyways, I was happy with my week in the mountains so far, both the experiences and the photographic results.

 

 

The mountains are calling

 

 

That said, of course it always feels good when a plan works, but unlike past years when I was dissapointed when I was unlucky with the weather or whatever, I now (mostly) can enjoy the trip anyway and appreciate being outdoors away from the distractions and just enjoy solitude. But, I have also to admit, that was not the case from the beginning of my photographic journey. My inner mindset changed over the recent years to the mantra "experience first - photography second - read more in this article

 

For the last day I planned some more exploration and driving through the mountains of the Dolomites to a region I first visited seven years ago near San Martino di Castrozza. For whatever reason, back then, I never visited the specific place I now wanted to explore. It was a 2.5 hour drive again on very narrow and winding mountain roads, but when I arrived there, I immediately liked the place very much. With the forest and sounds of the rivers running through it, the location reminded me a lot on my virtual adventures in Skyrim

 

 

Val Venegia - Prints Available

 

 

After the tiring drive on these winding and treacherous roads another hike was more than welcome. So, I quickly grabbed my photo gear and something to eat and to drink and started my way towards the valley called Val Venegia. After half an hour of constantly walking up through the forest a beautiful valley with forests and foliage, rivers, small rapids and waterfalls and of course the impressive rugged mountains in the background unveiled before my eyes and I could hardly believe it. What a place! I walked along the river and soaked up the whole scenery with all its nuances, sounds and scents.

 

And then, I somehow thought it would be a great idea to drive back to Leipzig in the evening and through the night to avoid traffic jams etc. instead of spending a last night in Italy at this beautiful place. Yeah, I ended up with another nine hour drive, a traffic jam in Innsbruck, Austria, another one at the border to Germany and then a very stressful drive back home through Germany and the darkness of the night with an unbelievable amount of cars on the Autobahn on a Friday evening. Welcome back to civilisation! But however, finally it only remains to say that it was again a terrific photo tour in the mountains with great experiences, sweet solitude and quite a few new photos of course.

 

See more photos from Italy in this gallery and of course feel free to add any comments or questions below.

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New Photo: Cinque Torri Autumn

"Cinque Torri Autumn" - Dolomites, Italy

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"Cinque Torri Autumn" - Dolomites, Italy

The famous Cinque Torri (or five Towers) near Passo Falzarego surrounded by larch trees coloured with their typical autumn foliage and illuminated by the soft light of the golden hour on a nice October day.

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New Photo: Laghi dei Piani

"Laghi dei Piani" - Dolomites, Italy

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"Laghi dei Piani" - Dolomites, Italy

The alpine lakes Laghi dei Piani (or Bödenseen) at 2335m near the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo with a part of the Paternkofel massif to the right and a part of the Schusterplatte (2957m) to the left of the frame illuminated by the soft light of the golden hour.

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New Photo: October Reflections

"October Reflections" - Dolomites, Italy

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"October Reflections" - Dolomites, Italy

Golden larch trees with their foliage at its peak during October, reflected in this mirror-like alpine lake at 2042m and the Croda da Lago massif (2715m) in the background.

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New Photo: Passo Giau Aerial

"Passo Giau Aerial" - Dolomites, Italy

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"Passo Giau Aerial" - Dolomites, Italy

This aerial photo shows the breathtakingly beautiful and eye opening view from the top of Passo Giau with all its larch trees with their foliage at its peak and the mountains (ltr) like La Gusela (2593m), Torre Grande (Cinque Torri, 2366m), Tofana di Rozes (3225m) and Tofana di Mezzo (3243m) in the background, photographed shortly after sunrise near the mountain town Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

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New Photo: Towers of Mordor

"Towers of Mordor" - Dolomites, Italy

Awesome rugged peaks illuminated by intense sunset light and low hanging clouds with an amazing surrounding mountain scenery at about 2800m near the Cadini di Misurina group. [...]]]>
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"Towers of Mordor" - Dolomites, Italy

Awesome rugged peaks illuminated by intense sunset light and low hanging clouds with an amazing surrounding mountain scenery at about 2800m near the Cadini di Misurina group.

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New Photo: Cima Cadin di San Lucano

"Cima Cadin di San Lucano" - Dolomites, Italy

Larch trees with their foliage at its peak and the rugged mountains of the Cima Cadin di San Lucano (2839m) group in the Dolomites, Italy in the backgroun [...]]]>
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"Cima Cadin di San Lucano" - Dolomites, Italy

Larch trees with their foliage at its peak and the rugged mountains of the Cima Cadin di San Lucano (2839m) group in the Dolomites, Italy in the background at sunset on a nice October day.

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New Photo: Val Venegia

"Val Venegia" - Trentino, Italy

The beautiful valley named Val Venegia in South Tyrol with nice fall foliage on a sunny autumn day in the Parco Naturale Paneveggio and the rugged mountains (~3000m) of the Pale di San M [...]]]>
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"Val Venegia" - Trentino, Italy

The beautiful valley named Val Venegia in South Tyrol with nice fall foliage on a sunny autumn day in the Parco Naturale Paneveggio and the rugged mountains (~3000m) of the Pale di San Martino in the background.

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New Photo: Pragser Wildsee

"Pragser Wildsee" - Dolomites, Italy

The famous Pragser Wildsee (or Lago di Braies) with the well known wooden hut and the typical boats for this lake with the Seekofel (2810m) (or Sasdla Prota) in the backgro [...]]]>
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"Pragser Wildsee" - Dolomites, Italy

The famous Pragser Wildsee (or Lago di Braies) with the well known wooden hut and the typical boats for this lake with the Seekofel (2810m) (or Sasdla Prota) in the background during a nice autumn day in Italy.

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New Photo: Island Kalender Naturwunder 2019 Cover

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Der großformatige Pracht-Kalender ist ein echtes Schmuckstück an der Wand - und macht sich auch gut als Geschenk für andere Fotografie- und Islandfans!

 

Den Kalender bei Weltbild hier bestellen.

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New Photo: Wege zum Träumen Kalender 2019 Bilder

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Wege zum Träumen 2019: Kalender (Heye Verlag Wandkalender)   Dem Alltag entfliehen: Dieser wunderschöne, großform [...]]]>
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Wege zum Träumen 2019: Kalender (Heye Verlag Wandkalender)  

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New Photo: Wege zum Träumen Kalender 2019

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Wege zum Träumen 2019: Kalender (Heye Verlag Wandkalender)  

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New Photo: Fantesteinen

"Fantesteinen" - Norway

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"Fantesteinen" - Norway

The dramatic Sognfjellet with countless little ponds and large rocks with Smørstabbtindans (2.189m) and Størebjorns (2.222m) summits in the stormy low hanging clouds and the Leirbrean and Smørstabbrean glaciers in the middle-right of the frame. 

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New Photo: Fannaråkbreen

"Fannaråkbreen" - Norway

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"Fannaråkbreen" - Norway

The Fannaråkbreen glacier in the Sognfjellet during stormy conditions with low hanging clouds, a lot of rain and very strong winds during august on about ~1.390m near Mt. Fannaråki (2.068m) and Prestesteinsvatnet.

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New Photo: Sygnefjell

"Sygnefjell" - Norway

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"Sygnefjell" - Norway

This is a typical scene in the Sygnefjell with tundra landscapes, lots of little lakes, ancient stones, mountains and glaciers. I've spent some days up there with a camping van, hiking and exploring the area during my roadtrip through Scandinavia and experienced stormy conditions with very strong winds and a lot of rain in the Sognefjellet on ~1390m.

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Kos Island (Greece) In the end of august / beginning of september we decided to spent some days just relaxing in a nice beach resort on Kos island in Greece. After countless years of individual traveling I once again booked a prepackaged tour incl [...]]]> Tue, 11 Sep 2018 06:50:00 +0200 http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/kos-island-greece/&ref=feed/ http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/kos-island-greece/&ref=feed/

In the end of august / beginning of september we decided to spent some days just relaxing in a nice beach resort on Kos island in Greece. After countless years of individual traveling I once again booked a prepackaged tour including flights, transfer and hotel - and I have to admit - it was a really enjoyable and relaxing holdiday and not a dedicated (and sometimes exhausting) photo tour like my road-trips through Scandinavia, Scotland, Iceland, Norway or Germany for instance. But of course I couldn't resist to take my large Nikon D810 camera + lenses with me, but to my own surprise I did not take a single photo with it. In fact, I did not even get it out of my backpack one time. I was just too lazy.

 

 

Kata Beach

 

 

All the images you see here are pictures made with my mobile phone (Samsung S8) in pro mode and shot in raw (not jpeg) and as usual processed in Photoshop. After a week I ended up with more than 800 photos, mostly vacation snapshots. During the first couple of days we just scouted the large hotel area and beaches and enjoyed the sweet idleness with reading at the beach, swimming along the hotel bay in the ocean and also enjoyed all the amenities of the all-inclusive offer with some decent drinks and a lot of fine food. The tranquility in the adults-only resort was just lovely and very relaxing.

 

 

Agios Nicolaos Church

 

 

On the fourth day or so we started a scouting tour with a rented Jeep throughout the whole island and explored the capital city of Kos, a typical small mountain village called Zia and of course nice sandy beaches with inviting names like "Paradise Beach", "Bubble Beach", "Magic Beach" or "Exotic Beach" for example. Noteworthy are the bubble areas at the beaches because there you can enjoy a natural phenomenon in the sea due to volcanic activity. In some areas natural - not dangerous - hot tubs (jacuzzi / whirlpool) evolve. I stood in the middle of one and enjoyed the rising bubbles all around me. A unique experience.

 

In the late afternoon we arrived at a pretty remote beach with only a few people there which is called "Kata Beach" (1st picture above) which for us was the best one. Because of its location on the west coast, there were the biggest waves we encountered on the island and while strolling along the beach and rugged cliffs we found a typical greek wooden boat that probably stranded there due to the dangerous surf of the bay. After taking our time there we started our way back to the hotel on the other side of the island, about an hour's drive. During the golden hour before sunset we stopped at a place called "Agios Stefanos Beach" where a little island (called Παλαιόκαστρο) with a typical church is located in front of the beach (picture above) and we also visited an ancient Basilica also directly at this beach. Btw, you can swim (almost walk all the way) from the beach to this little island, what some people actually did while we were there. It was a nice day trip and we saw a lot of the island. Back at the hotel we enjoyed Dinner and Drinks. 

 

 

Old Shipwreck

 

 

For the next day we had booked a full day cruise with a pirate ship starting in the harbour of Kos. Unfortunately we started with some delay but to glide through the turquoise-blue waters of the Aegean Sea with the ancient two-mast boat (called Captain Hook btw.) and the soundtrack of "pirates of the caribbean" was a really great experience.

 

We first stopped at a beach on the island Pserimos (Ψέριμος) with a small village which somehow strongly reminded me of my childhood and playing with Lego pirates back then. Today only 26 people live permanently on this little island. After an hour we continued our route around the island of Plati towards Kalimnos (Κάλυμνος) and a little town called Vathis (Βαθύς) and a special place called "dolphin bay". When we arrived there we almost instantly saw some dolphins swimming in the water and they even jumped in front of our eyes and made pirouettes. Awesome! After a while we continued towards a little fjord-like bay to Vathis. There we drank a delicious freshly squeezed orange juice for which the place is famous. Tabea did some shopping there and I took some photos and enjoyed the place. Again after an hour the ship continued its route towards another bay where all guests were invited to jump from board where they want and to swim in the ocean and then climb back over a ladder again on the ship. Another nice experience. Especially if you don't get too much salt water in your nose while diving into the sea. ^^ The ship then returned to the harbour of Kos and we to our hotel and enjoyed the rest of the evening with delicious food and a beach party at the hotel beach.

 

Greek House

 

 

We spent the remaining days enjoying the tranquility at the beach and the beautiful weather for which the Greek islands are so famous. In fact, we have not seen a single cloud during our time on the island, only bluebird skies like in the photos of this little trip-report. Good for the holidays and sun-bathing, bad for serious landscape photography. However, the goal of this trip was to read and relax at the beach - and yes, we have achieved this "goal"!

 

 

Breakers

 

 

Feel free to add any comments or questions below.

 

 

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New Photo: Breakers

"Breakers" - Kos, Greece

Heavy sea waves (kind of) crashing at the west coast of Kos, Greece with rugged cliffs in the background catching the golden light of the beginning golden hour.]]>
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"Breakers" - Kos, Greece

Heavy sea waves (kind of) crashing at the west coast of Kos, Greece with rugged cliffs in the background catching the golden light of the beginning golden hour.

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Bavarian Lakes Tour In early July I had a week off from work and decided relatively spontaneously to do a little bavarian lakes photo tour in the german Alps. I wanted to revisit some places I last visited about 10 years ago, scout some new locatio [...]]]> Sat, 21 Jul 2018 05:45:00 +0200 http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/bavarian-lakes-tour/&ref=feed/ http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/bavarian-lakes-tour/&ref=feed/

In early July I had a week off from work and decided relatively spontaneously to do a little bavarian lakes photo tour in the german Alps. I wanted to revisit some places I last visited about 10 years ago, scout some new locations and primarily just enjoy nature and relax but also do some decent mountain hikes which I wanted to do for quite a few years now, like the so called "Höllentalklamm" (devils deep), a very impressive, narrow, rugged and wild gorge near the Zugspitze (Germany's highest mountain, 2962m).

 

This time I had no particular photos in my mind which I wanted to create like I often have on my other photo motivated trips like the Heringstein Mountain Bivouac - instead I wanted to focus on the outdoor experience and just take photos along the way. That said, I ended up with almost 2000 new photos taken with the Nikon D810, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro Plus drone and my Samsung Galaxy S8 mobile device - and I am pretty satisfied with the photographic results! The photo below shows my very organised storage management of all the photo equipment on the co-drivers seat. The drone, a D810 body, a backup D800E, two tripods, lots of lenses (14mm - 300mm) and filters, cable releases, cards, batteries, chargers, several backpacks and an ICU for hiking and whatnot.

 

 

Ford Mondeo Photo Gear

 

Here is a view of the chaos in the trunk where I've slept in the back of the drivers seat next to all the camping gear, needed clothes and food for such a trip. The trunk of the Mondeo has plenty of space for all this stuff and me sleeping stretched out without any problems with 1,81m size. With some blankets, pillows and a Thermarest mat with sleeping bag it is reasonably cozy and comfortable during the night.

 

 

Ford Mondeo Trunk Camping

 

 

 

I packed and loaded up my expedition modified Ford Mondeo like I did on several photo tours before, for example during my roadtrip  through Scotland and hit the road on very warm and cloudless ~30°C summer day and I was very happy to go to some colder climes in the mountains and out of the stressful, loud and hectic city.

 

After a seven hour drive I arrived at my first location, a lake called "Hintersee" near Berchtesgaden in Southern Germany at about six in the evening. Funnily, 10 minutes after I arrived there a two-hour thunderstorm with hail, heavy rain and incredibly loud thunder started and I was sitting in the car on a parking lot directly at the lake and enjoying the show in front of me. The temperature dropped from 21°C to 11°C in 15 minutes or so. During the second hour I was a bit disappointed and worried about my planned evening stroll and sunset shooting. Fortunately the weather calmed down in time and I had enough time left to scout the lake and possible locations for sunset. As it turned out the thunderstorm was good for interesting photo opportunities with a lot of fog and mist in the air which created some nice mystical conditions at the mountain lake. See the photos below.

 

 

Hintersee - Prints Available

 

 

Mystic Mountain - Prints Available

 

 

Bavarian Coast - Prints Available

 

 

Raven Island - Prints Available

 

 

Reflection Mountain - Prints Available

 

 

Two additional photos from previous visits:

 

 

Mountain Ghosts - Prints Available

 

 

Summer Solitude - Prints Available

 

 

After sunset I drove to my previously scouted location to spent the night in the car there. It was a very nice and quiet spot in the forest, not far from the lake. I've slept quite well but not that much. After breakfast I strolled around in a nearby forest called "Zauberwald" (fairytale forest) which was a nice experience, except the company of too many other tourists.

 

 

Hintersee Fairytale Forest - Prints Available

 

 

Ramsauer Ache

 

 

Fairytale Forest Hiking Path

 

 

After that I started my drive towards Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Zugspitz region on a road called "Deutsche Alpenstrasse". It was a very nice and scenic 190 kilometers drive on partly steep and narrow roads but with great vistas along the way. A nice contrast to the monotonous seven hour drive on the Autobahn the day before. In the late afternoon I arrived at my next destination, a large artificial lake called "Sylvensteinstausee" - of course in the pouring rain. I scouted the location but postponed my planned flight with the drone to take some photos of the place and continued my way towards Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 

 

 

Wild Bavaria - Prints Available

 

 

Along the way I discovered a very special place I didn't know before and which I hadn't expected. A place which impressed me a lot, especially seen from above with the drone. It strongly reminded my on the vastness of the landscape of my northern adventures last year in Scandinavia. See photos below of the impressive valley with its streams and forests, the river Isar and the Rißbachtal, all enclosed by mountains.

 

 

Rissbachtal - Prints Available

 

 

Sylvensteinsee - Prints Available

 

 

Isar Aerial - Prints Available

 

 

In the evening I hiked from a parking lot called "Alpencamp" some paths at the mountain called Wank and strolled around and enjoyed the vistas over Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Due to the rain and grey skies I did not take any interesting photos that evening. When I woke up the next day the skies were still grey and the rain was still pouring. So I opted for the hike up and through the Höllentalklamm. One of the wildest and most adventurous hikes I ever did, until now. The hike started in the hamlet Hammersbach and led along the river, through really nice forests and between the massive mountains Waxenstein (2277m) and Alpspitze (2628m). All the rain and the fog in the mountains and forest gave the hike a very mystical touch and pretty intense green colors. See some snapshots of this breathtaking hike below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After an hour or so of constant, partly quite steep ascent I arrived at the gorge entrance. The landscape suddenly changed and it became very loud due to the Hammersbach river crashing down in the deep and narrow gorge. Water was literally everywhere and as I continued my way on the countless ladders, bridges, tunnels and stairs I got wet to the skin of icy glacier water. With 12° C outside temperature, it was a pretty refreshing experience! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've spent quite some time completely wet in the icy cold canyon and took countless pictures, always fighting with water on the lenses and the cold in my fingers and then eventually enjoyed the wider Höllental (devils valley) with its more open landscape and very mystic atmosphere with all the mist and fog in the air and the spectacular views and vistas along the hiking path in this high mountain wilderness. It was breathtaking and I enjoyed it very much but after three hours completely wet and cold I decided to descend back to the village but again through the raging gorge. I think I only needed a little more than an hour to get back to the parking lot and then I was very glad to have a hotel room to dry all the wet clothes and to enjoy a very long and hot shower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Altough this trip-report is named "Bavarian Lakes Tour", this impressive and adventurous mountain hike might be the true highlight of the trip. It was a very memorable and intense experience that I do not want to miss! Due to the weather and the strenuous hike I've spent the remainder of the afternoon relaxing and warming up again.

 

In the evening however I drove to a lake called Lüttensee near the village Mittenwald, scouting for image compositions but left the place without a single photo. For sunset I drove to a famous alpine lake called Geroldsee (or Wagenbrüchsee) but the thick gray clouds of rain prevented even seeing the mountains behind the lake, so I just enjoyed being there breathing the fresh mountain air and appreciating solitude without creating images. To give you a sense for the place here are some photos I created there some years ago.

 

 

Geroldsee Reflection - Prints Available

 

 

Geroldsee Huts - Prints Available

 

 

The next day the rain finally stopped and I visited a Viking village (picture below) directly at a huge lake called Walchensee and revisited the place which impressed me so much the other day. I really enjoyed taking my time there doing my thing, strolled around the area and flew around with the drone in search of new image compositions, soaking in the wild landscapes.

 

 

Viking House

 

 

On my last evening I've explored and enjoyed the area around the Eibsee and scouted for new image compositions. The weather was cooperating with my photographic endeavors, so I was fortunate to create some (imho) decent new photos. See some of them below. It was such a nice place to be! Very quiet with no winds, almost no other people around and I enjoyed the scenery and the smell off a nice summer evening at the mountain lake a lot! I kept shooting and being in awe of the landscape until the last light was gone und then hiked back about 4km to the car through the dark forest during the blue hour. The forest there somehow reminded me on the forest of Saxon Switzerland with all the huge rocks and ancient, rolling paths and so on.

 

 

Ludwigs Island - Prints Available

 

 

Eibsee Golden Hour - Prints Available

 

 

Almbichl Aerial - Prints Available

 

 

Eibsee - Prints Available

 

 

The next day, I started my way back home and with lots of new experiences and photos made, I returned with a smile on my face, looking forward to review and process all the new images.

 

 

Feel free to add any comments or questions below.

 

 

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Heringstein - Mountain Bivouac "I fear that future generations will judge us harshly for our failure to place proper value on wildness, diversity, open space, spirit, solitude and other treasures of the natural world still available to us today. May [...]]]> Fri, 01 Jun 2018 06:35:00 +0200 http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/heringstein-mountain-bivouac/&ref=feed/ http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/heringstein-mountain-bivouac/&ref=feed/

"I fear that future generations will judge us harshly for our failure to place proper value on wildness, diversity, open space, spirit, solitude and other treasures of the natural world still available to us today. May they at least know that some of us tried." - Guy Tal

 

 

Last week I spontaneously decided to give a long anticipated photo another chance to be finally realized. There is only a time window of a about a month per year to create this photo where the sun is at the right desired position during sunrise, clear horizons provided. Only between the end of May and mid-June the suns position at sunrise would be there directly behind the rugged peak of the Heringstein summit which results in a nicely composed and interesting image, at least in my humble opinion. As usual I've planned this trip with various apps, maps and tools like Photographers Ephemeris (screenshot below) to know where the suns position is when or GPSies (among others) to plan the hiking. But so far, previously either the weather was suboptimal or I had no time or motivation to be up there at 4:30 in the morning. My last attempt was about two years ago where I had to cancel my mountain bivouac in the middle of the night due to a upcoming thunderstorm. On last friday the weather forecast for the next two days looked stable and promising enough for me to motivate myself for another try.  

 

 

 

Honestly, I had not that much expectation for the perfect circumstances and weather conditions and hope to be able to create the exact image which I had previsualized in my mind but I was really looking forward to the nature experience during the weekend and to be out of the loud and stuffy city and hike through the mountains and enjoy the forests, views and the fresh air instead. Nevertheless the whole trip was planned around this possible sunrise shooting at the peak called Heringstein where I was many times before. I also wanted to just explore the area and some other and new places I don't know so far and to scout possible new locations for upcoming photo trips into the region. (By the way, the images below are shot with my mobile phone, Samsung Galaxy S8 in pro mode)

 

 

 

 

I started the tour in the early afternoon in Leipzig and drove towards Dresden and the Saxon Switzerland National Park. Luckily I had no traffic jams and was there in time, like I planned it. After arriving at the parking lot I immediately started the hike. It was a very sweaty and exhausting hike with my heavy backpack with all the photo equipment in my ICU (Nikon D810, 14-24mm, 24-120mm, Tripod, Filters, Batteries, Remote Release etc.) and of course the food, enough to drink, additional clothes, camping gear and whatnot needed in order to spend a night in the mountains. But shortly after I started the hike through the forest I also started to calm down and shake off all the stress of everyday life. Nice.

 

 

 

 

Once the beginning very steep sections were overcome I even more enjoyed nature, the forest and its natural sounds without any disturbing noices of civilization. When I arrived at the top of the plateau the first thing was to check out the place where I wanted to bivouac during the night. It's a bit hidden and off the trial. As I hoped nobody was there and everything looked as in my memory, so I continued my hike to another place (roughly a 40 minutes walk away) where I wanted to shoot sunset.

 

 

 

 

 

On my way I enjoyed some really nice eye-opening vistas and I came along some places where the forest smelled like some kind of sauna infusion. This was really awesome and I enjoyed this natural forest scent and the scenery along the way very much. 

 

 

 

Relaxing and soaking in the scenery

 

 

When I arrived at my sunset location there were a couple of other people. Of course they were sitting right in my desired image composition and frame. So I waited for about an hour or so there until the beginning golden hour and sunset and finally opted for another composition, which was also ok, but not what I really wanted. You can't have it all, I guess. At least this time the weather was as expected.

 

 

 

Shooting sunset at Carolafelsen

 

 

After sunset, during the beginning blue hour, I made my way back to my bivouac place for the night. I was worried that maybe other people would be there too by then, but fortunately I again was alone there. Below you see a photo of my small campsite directly at the sunrise location. When everything was set up and prepared I chatted a bit with my girlfriend on the phone and then tried to sleep a little.

 

 

 

My little bivouac camp for the night

 

 

The night was unbelievably quiet and peaceful. There were absolutely no sounds, no birds, no wind, nothing. From time to time I heard a few other campers in the distance, that was all. A very special experience being there all night alone and in the dark on the mountain, just laying on ground without any protection around you like a tent, a car, a flat or a house like most of us are used to. I did not really sleep though. Two times a bat flew over me very closely and I had two visits of creepy-crawlies on me. The end of the "night" was at about 4 o´clock in the morning when I unexpectedly heard some voices coming out of the dark forest exactly towards me. First, I was a bit scared and frightened but then I saw that the three tall guys were photographers too. We had a nice chat and then started to prepare our camera gear for sunrise.

 

 

Shooting sunrise at Heringstein

 

 

When the sun hit the horizon at about 5 o'clock in the morning I was prepared and at the right position where I had planned to be. Luckily there were no clouds at the horizon an no mist coming up from the valley. (I once climped a peak called Kl. Winterberg for sunrise only to see thick mist there and not the desired vista and the rugged mountains I hoped for and returned without a single photo from that trip.) So, this time I was happy with the conditions and started to shoot several image compositions and exposure brakets as well as some frames with a closed aperture (F-Stop for the sunstar) in order to blend it later all nicely in a final single photo like the ones you see below.  Looking back this time everything worked out fantastically. From the preparations of the trip to the execution and the weather conditions at sunset, during the night and of course the sunrise which made me walk down the mountain and back to the car with a smile on my face. After some fruitless attempts I was finally able to create the photo I had in my mind for quite awhile now. Yes!

 

Her are the final processed photos:

 

 

Heringstein Sunrise - Prints Available

 

 

Vizima - Prints Available

 

 

Sunset Fortress - Prints Available

 

 

Feel free to add any comments or questions below.

 

 

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Roadtrip through Scandinavia At the beginning of the year I began to plan a long anticipated roadtrip through whole scandinavia. I had scheduled about a month off from work during summer in August and September of 2017. For this photo expedition I booked a c [...]]]> Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:37:00 +0200 http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/roadtrip-through-scandinavia/&ref=feed/ http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/roadtrip-through-scandinavia/&ref=feed/

At the beginning of the year I began to plan a long anticipated roadtrip through whole scandinavia. I had scheduled about a month off from work during summer in August and September of 2017. For this photo expedition I booked a camper van, a Karmann Dexter, early in the year. I knew this car very well from our roadtrip through Fjord Norway in 2015. But contrary to our travels back then where the main focus of the trip was to enjoy the travel experience and the beautiful landscapes itself, this time my focus was on photography like it was during recent roadtrips through Scotland (2014) and Iceland (2008, 2016, 2017). Also this time I was traveling alone which made it easier for me to focus on creating new images at "bad times" of the day when the light is good or interesting for landscape photography but "normal" people prefer to sleep or just relax. Unfortunately this also made the trip a very lonely one with long days on the road and overall about 7000km (~4350 miles) of driving - but of course it still was very enjoyable journey overall with a lot of time for myself and solitude.

 

 

 

 

As usual, a lot of planning and preparation took place ahead of the start. I studied a lot of information provided by different maps and websites like visitnorway.com and norgeskart.no for instance to plan the rough route. I used the photographers ephemeris and Google Earth to plan possible photos and previsualize them in my mind before even being there. Depending on the weather at the location this sometimes works very well because most of the essential elements of a good landscape photograph you can actually plan before being out shooting. I've written about this topic earlier in this article. Previsualizing and thinking about what kind of photos you strive to create also helps a lot when planning the route of such a trip and the time of the year. I choosed August and September for this trip because of the temperatures and vegetation in the highlands, mountains and the arctic then and because from September onwards you also have the possibility to see Northern Lights on the Lofoten (or any other place above the arctic circle) for example. I have to confess that I really enjoy studying maps and imagining what it will be like to be there later. For me that is already part of the actual journey. The same applies to the post-processing of the photo and video raw material and writings about such a trip. The latter part also often brings up a lot of good memories when sitting in the comfort zone at the computer with a hot and tasty coffey. Sometimes it's a bit tricky with the experiences of such trips. They are like good wine, the older they get, the better they become. But even if you sometimes remember past tough experiences and challenges of a trip like this you should also keep in mind that nothing worth having is easy.

 

Also next to creating new photos one side goal of the trip was to find my personal Skyrim and Skellige like landscapes in scandinavia - and fortunately I did! I've found my personal Skyrim in Jotunheimen National Park and in the area of Norways national mountain Stetind in northern Norway (Nordland) and I've found my personal Skellige on the Lofoten Islands. The rugged and harsh landscapes there combined with very moody weather conditions and the feelings while being there alone reminded me a lot of my virtual adventures in Skyrim and Skellige. Another "goal" of course was to just enjoy the freedom and the time being outdoos, hiking, exploring new landscapes and take deep breaths of the fresh arctic air at a nice sandy beach between rugged mountains without any hecticness or stress, just doing what I really like and focus on creating new images. I've also really enjoyed the ride along all those breathtaking landscapes flying by while driving and listening to some nice music. Sometimes I caught myself driving with an open mouth, totally in awe of the spectacular landscapes! 

 

 

First morning in Sweden

 

Once the car was booked and the rough route was planned it was time to think about the needed equipment for the trip. Since the Karmann Dexter is fully equiped with a large bed, fridge, heater, kitchenette and even sockets I didn't need so much camping gear as I needed in Scotland where I mainly slept in the back of my Ford Mondeo. One day before the start I loaded the camper with all the needed camping equipment, food products, clothes, toiletries, quite some reading material and a lot of music for several weeks of traveling.

 

The camera gear for this trip was a DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ drone, a Nikon D810 body, plus a D800E as replacement camera, lenses spanning from 14mm to 300mm, six batteries, cable releases, Polarizer and GND filters, two tripods, battery charger, about 100GB of CF cards, another smaller camera, the netbook with an external harddrive (for saving the RAWs), cleaning wipes, some lenspens, a large and a smaller camera-/hiking backpack for carrying all this stuff during the wanderings and a whole galaxy of adapters and stuff to be able to charge all the different devices in the car while driving (which worked very well by the way, even with the drone).

 

So, that was the rough planning and preparation before the trip. Once everything was purchased, prepared and packed and the first ferry to Sweden was booked the trip finally started in mid August!

 

 

Fjord Norway - Prints Available

 

 

After saying goodbye to my girlfriend, which was very difficult for both of us, I started my journed to the North with very ambivalent feelings, a mix of sadness and excitement. On the first day my goal was to reach the ferry in Rostock and sleep somewhere in Sweden near Malmö just along the road. Of course, this did not happen as planned. After a few hundred kilometers on the Autobahn I got stuck in a traffic jam for serveral hours. Once I finally arrived at the harbour in Rostock the ferry was long gone.

 

So, after loudly cursing the traffic jam I asked my way through all the different shipping companies in the port terminal and finally found another ferry on the same day but it was going to Gedser in Denmark and not Trelleborg in Sweden which I originally planned but I was moving forward and was no longer stuck in Rostock.

 

After a few hours on the Baltic Sea I arrived in Denmark and directly started driving through the whole country over the famous and impressive Öresund-Bridge to Sweden where I've found a nice place for the first night in the car. While driving through denmark where the landscape was illuminated by nice soft sunset light I smiled and enjoyed the scenerey and some good music and I was happy with the first day of the journey, although it was a very bumpy start with the hours lost in the traffic jam and the extra costs for the ferry to Denmark. After finding a nice spot for the night just along the road I've had a short talk with my girlfriend on the phone and then I fall asleep immediately after more than 14 hours of traveling.

 

 

Bergsdalen - Prints Available

 

 

On the second day I continued driving through Oslo and into Fjord Norway. This was another day full of driving, all in all about ~1500km on the road during the first two days. Luckily I had found a nice spot for the second night, directly at a lake where I scored my first good image of the journey (see sunset image above "Fjord Norway").

 

It was such a peaceful scenery and very welcome after the exhausting drive through Oslo and on the narrow mountain roads with the camper van. Two norwegian guys stood at the shore fishing, the temperatures were very mild with almost no wind and I was very lucky with the light and clouds during sunset. During the blue hour I also sat at the shore and enjoyed the landscape and the peace on the spot. Somehow the whole scenery strongly reminded me of Montana and the movie "A River Runs Through It". The rest of the evening I realaxed in the camper with a good book and a talk on the phone.

 

 

Jotunheimen Mountains - Prints Available

 

 

The next day I drove through the mountain village Øvre Årdal on very narrow and steep mountain roads on a very interesting drive towards Skjolden and then further to the Jotunheimen National Park where the rough plan was to spend a few days there and just take my time exploring the area and finding new photo compositions on the ground and fly around with the drone for some interesting aerial images and new perspectives.

 

At about midday I arrived at an altitude of ~1300 meters on the E55 in the rain. I decided to cook lunch and then see what the weather forecast says. The forecast said very dynamic weather conditions for the next couple of days and a mix of rain, strong winds, clouds and sun which can be quite interesting for landscape photography so I decided to wait in the area for some interesting light conditions.

 

The rest of the day, it has poured like a bucket with very strong winds and I spent my time in the car reading. At night the storm and the wind were so bad that I was partly afraid the car would tip over. A memorable experience! The nights up there in the fjellet were so cold that the batteries of the cameras and drone almost discharged over night. I had to drive some extra kilometers during the day to be able to load all camera devices and of course the mobile phone, which actually was the most important device of the journey. It was my connection home to my girlfriend and family in case anything happens while I'm traveling and hiking alone in remote regions.

 

 

Sognefjellet Storm - Prints Available

 

 

During the next couple of days I explored the area and did some hiking and test flights with the drone but the weather was too bad for serious images combined with a lot of rain and strong winds there in the Sognefjellet in the mountains. I know the saying "bad weather equals good photos" - but not in pouring rain and boring grey skies. After a few days there in the rain I was a bit disappointed because the weather just did not get better and the forecast also gave little hope. So one afternoon, after spending most of my time reading and watching the storm outside, I decided to move on further north on the next day and to finally escape the bad weather.  When you are travelling alone for several weeks, far away from home and everything familiar, often tired and sleeping in the car at remote and exposed spots, several days of rain and the strong cold winds can be pretty annoying and upsetting. During those moments it helps immensely if you once again have a successful experience with the camera and motivate yourself with thinking about why you're doing such a trip. It's good for the own morale (just like a good warm and tasty meal). Fortunately on my last day in the mountains near Jotunheimen the storm cleared for a few hours and I created the image above with dramatic skies and sunset light on a nice location at a lake I've scouted some days earlier. I left the fjellet with a smile on my face and continued my road trip the next day.

 

 

Myself at the Arctic Circle Center

 

 

The next two days I mainly spent on the road driving a lot of kilometers again. While driving through Fjord Norway I again was often totally in awe of the landscapes flying by. You could literally stop every ten minutes and take a picture with all those breathtakingly beautiful landscapes and the combination of countless lakes, fjords, waterfalls and mountains. After a long day on the road I looked for a nice camping spot along the E6 to spent the night there and had my evening ritual, which consisted of a phone call and reading or watching nature documentaries on the laptop and of course eating (mostly convenience foods or sandwiches).  On the following day I crossed the Arctic Circle at 66°33′ north and asked another tourist to take the cheesy shot of myself above. I then visited the center and bought some souvenirs and a wrote a postcard from the Arctic Circle to my girlfriend back home in Leipzig. (There is a post office in the center just for this purpose.)

 

Arctic Forest - Prints Available

 

 

On my way further north towards Bodø and the ferry to the Lofoten Islands I came across some very nice wild landscapes, again with countless waterfalls and forests like the scene above which I photographed with the drone. There was not much wind but it was drizzling a bit but luckily that did not affect the device. When driving through a whole country one really gets a good feel for its actual size. The sheer vastness of the landscapes of scandivia (especially in the far north with very low population density) reminded me of documentaries I had seen about Alaska and Canada and I began to feel like a real adventurer exploring and photographing the wild landscapes alone there in the far North.

After another long day on the road I finally found a pretty nice spot for the night directly at the ocean not far from Bodø. The sunset was quite unspectacular with not much photo opportunities. So I only had a walk along the beach and relaxed the remaining evening. I was pretty exited to return to the Lofoten the next day which I visited the first time in 2013 and also was the main destination of my scandinavia trip in 2017. Here you find a list of hiking reports I wrote back then, including Reinebringen, Kvalvika Beach, Bunes Beach on Moskenesøya and Tjeldbergtinden near Svolær on Austvågøya.

 

 

Arctic Idyll - Prints Available

 

 

The next day I continued my journey to the harbour of Bodø, parked the camper van in the waiting line for the ferry and explored the city a little bit. I also took the opportunity to restock my supplies of food (and some tasty arctic beer) in a large supermarket because on the Lofoten those things are a bit more expensive caused by their exposed location. On that particular day the sea was quite calm and the ferry ride to Moskenes took about three or four hours, I think. The ferry arrived after sunset so I drove directly to a nice camping spot I scouted in Google Maps prior to the trip. It felt great to finally arrive at my main destination and to suspend driving countless hours and days for a while and to do some hiking and exploring and again focus on creating images for a change. To be honest at this point I was already a bit tired of driving but also somehow proud that I drove there all on my own, not taking the usual flights to Bodø. Plus, the ride itself was definitely worth it just because of the great scenery I saw along the way.

 

The photo above shows the very scenic fishing village Reine with a 'classic' postcard like view of the harbour, the red rorbuer huts and the reflection of Olstinden (675m) in the water on a beautiful summer day in the arctic.

 

 

Ågvatnet Reflection - Prints Available

 

 

Unfortunately the next couple of days were again a mix of strong winds and a lot of rain, the same what I experienced previously in the Mountains of Jotunheimen. Looking back, I was not really blessed with good weather on this whole trip. The photos you see here in the article are actually the selected highlights of light and weather condions of a trip spanning over several weeks. So, one might get the impression that I was very lucky with the weather but in truth the opposite is the case. In fact most of the time during this trip the weather in Norway was not on my side with a lot of rain, strong cold winds and boring grey skies.

 

Nevertheless, I drove around Mosekensøya, Vestvågøy and Ausvågøya and explored the area, did some moderate hiking and scouted possible photo compositions, just in case the weather should eventually get better. I mainly camped on a nice spot near a picturesque village called Å (photo below) in the south of the islands or at a really nice beach near Flakstad (photo below "Skasanden Sun") on Flakstadøya.

 

 

Å - Prints Available

 

 

Here is a little side story about another long anticipated (since 2013 when visiting the islands for the first time) hike I planned for this photo expedition but dismissed while being there. Back home in Leipzig I originally planned a two day hiking adventure to the summit of Hermannsdalstinden (1029m) the highest mountain on Mosekensøya. I've read quite a few hiking reports about the mountain and the hike itself and I was really eager to see the awesome view from the top of the mountain and of course to create a decent photo at sunset there (at about ~08:45pm). The mountains of the Lofoten are just to high and rugged to get this view with the drone, especially at sunset. One could maybe climb up to about ~500m altitude and then try it but I also wanted to capture the awesome vista with my full frame sensor camera for maximum image quality and sharpness.

 

The initial plan was to do this very exhausting and demanding hike directly when I arrive at the islands. But, of course, the weather did not work as planned and everything was muddy, slippery and wet after several days of rain and to be honest my motivation to do this strenuous and slighty dangerous hike alone was not that high as it was back home while planning it in the comfort zone of my office in my loft. At this time, the weeks I have spent on the road and the hikes I already did have left their marks I think. After thinking about it for a while, I opted for the more reasonable option and against this hike and to explore some other locations instead. It was a tough decision because I was so looking forward to it, but the right one, I think.

 

 

Hamnøya - Prints Available

 

 

So instead of doing the multi-day hike up to Hermannsdalstinden, during the days when the weather was good (means no pouring rain and strong cold winds) I was driving all around my previously scouted locations and flew with the drone and created lots of new images with the normal cameras which always lifts my spirits again on photo dedicated trips like this. Especially after some days of rain in a row mostly spent reading in the car. In the end, for me, creating new images is one of the main reasons for such trips next to the freedom, exploring, enjoying solitude and of course not to forget all the time spent outdoors. I noticed that having the possibility to do this somehow is in a magical way connected to my overall constitution and general mood on trips like this.

 

The image above was taken on one of the famous bridges connecting the islands. This is Hamnøya with its typical red rorbuer huts and blue skies above on a beautiful summer day. In one of those rorbuers (Willi-Bua) I've spent about ten days back in 2013 during the first visit of the Lofoten.

 

 

Ågvatnet - Prints Available

 

 

On days like this such a trip is just amazing! It's so much fun driving around the previously scouted locations, exploring new ones, enjoying the breathtaking views, fresh air and take your time for creating some decent new images. It's just so much fun and this is what it's all about - having a good time doing it!

 

The image below shows Skagsanden Beach where I planned to catch some Northern Lights during the nights. I've spent more than three nights there and tried to stay awake up until three o'clock in the morning. Actually the conditions where quite good with a relatively strong aurora forecast of more than 4 Kp and no clouds. So I've spent my time a lot with waiting, walking along the beach, creating sunset photos, studying the behaviour of other tourists (which can be quite funny), reading books and talking to my girlfriend on the phone.

 

 

Skagsanden Sun - Prints Available

 

 

After spending two nights with waiting and seeing no Aurora Borealis during the night I almost lost my motivation for another night of waiting. But during the third night I was finally rewarded with a nice little display of Northern Lights. Unfortunately it lasted not long enough for my planned composition which included Hustinden (691m) and the reflection of the Dancing Lights in the water at the beach, so I quickly improvised with the composition of this one. Also, compared to the intensity of the lights I saw in Iceland, it was kind of "weak" but nevertheless very enjoyable. I went to bed with a smile on my face.

 

 

Dancing Lights - Prints Available

 

 

In following days I drove around and focused on enjoying the incredible landscapes, a nice tasty burger at the harbour in Reine and of course finding new perspectives for interesting images like the one below. This is an aerial photo of the small island called Sakrisøya, its harbour and yellow rorbuers and the rugged mountain Olstinden (675m) in the background. For me as a enthusiast of spectacular landscapes, this looks like some kind of arctic paradise and it actually is - the right weather provided.

 

 

Sakrisøya - Prints Available

 

 

On days of good weather I tried to be as productive as possible. I drove a lot back and forth all around the islands to capture as much of their beauty as I could. Below you see the famous bridges of Fredvang and the turquoise beaches of the Lofoten Islands, photographed from above with the drone. With conditions like this without strong cold arctic winds and blue bird skies and no rain its really a pleasure to fly around with the DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ and to compose some nice images of those awesome landscapes, again this is just a lot of fun! 

 

When the weather forecast prognosticated rain for the next days I decided to go on and leave the Islands and the bad weather behind. On this particular day I started in the south near Å and headed up north to Svolvaer where I spent most of the day visiting the city, again buying some souvenirs and presents, writing postcards and enjoying the scenery at the harbour. I then drove to a nice spot for the night which I remembered from my travel there in 2013. The spot is not far from Svolvaer and provides some really nice views of rugged mountains and fjords but this last night on the islands was one to remember. This night the predicted bad weather rolled in from the sea and brought a heavy storm with very strong winds and rain and during the night I again was partly afraid the car would tip over - for the second time on this journey. Another memorable experience!

 

 

Fredvang from Above - Prints Available

 

 

Another thing I wanted to mention is that apart from the weather, it is completely safe to stand and sleep anywhere in Norway and Sweden. I was not even afraid that the car would break open or be attacked by burglars or anything like that. Scandinavia is from the tourist point of view a very safe travel destination for people with a camper van.

 

After the stormy night, a hearty breakfast and a short hike directly starting at the parking spot and some snapshots of the location I made my way up to Lødingen on a very scenic road with breathtaking views to catch the ferry via Vestfjorden back to the mainland to Bognes where I took the ferry via Tysfjorden to Skarberget. I then drove to my last planned photo location, the famous Stetind, Norways National Mountain (photo below).

 

 

Stetind - Prints Available

 

 

When I arrived at the Stetind parking lot the weather was very dynamic with fast moving high clouds and a mix of low clouds, sun and rain. On my way to the location I drove along some nice other places like Efjorden where I was fortunate to capture the image below which shows the mountain Karikollen (753m), a rainbow and a little fishing boat floating in the calm water with a perfect reflection of the whole idyllic scenery. The whole area of the Ofoten strongly reminded my on Skyrim (btw, I'm listening to the Soundtrack of Jeremy Soule while writing this), the famous northern virtual adventure whereas the Lofoten are my personal Skellige.

 

When I arrived at the Stetind in the late afternoon I ate dinner and then started to explore the nearby area. It was such a beautiful and peaceful combination of natures elements with the stream and its cascades, the green forests, the calm fjord and rugged mountains all around. It really was just beautiful and luckily I had enough time to take a deep breathe and to enjoy it all and take my time to compose some photos.

Actually I was prepared to camp there for a few nights and wait for better weather because when I arrived I couldn't even see the summit (1392m) of the mountain and it was drizzling and I really wanted to create a decent photo presenting Norways National Mountain. But after a few hours the clouds suddenly cleared and the landscapes and clouds began to catch the light of the beginning golden hour before sunset. As I saw this I grabbed my camera gear and the tripod and ran to my previously scouted favorite location to create a photo with the mountain and composed the photo above.

 

 

Karikollen - Prints Available

 

 

Satisfied with the picture of my last planned photo location of the trip, I finally set off for home the next day. I drove further north up to Narvik on winding roads in order to return via Lapland and Sweden. I made a very slowly progress this day and I had my mind that I had to drive about 2700 km until I would be back home but I was very looking foward to it.

 

The way back across the eastern coast of Scandinavia was relatively unspectacular. I traversed the fabulous vastness and the endless forests of Lapland. That was really impressive again and a real eye-opener. I actually wanted to make several more explorations for upcoming trips to Sweden, but somehow I had no more peace and wanted to go home. At this moment the spirit of adventure in me was satisfied. I did several photo-stops along the road and also camped just along the E4 on my way back. The scenery below was one of those camp spots for the night. Really quiet and peaceful and I was lucky with the wind, clouds and light at this evening. It is also the last serious landscape photo that I created during this trip and somehow marks the end of this journey.

 

 

Sunset Lake Reflection - Prints Available

 

Looking back it was an awesome roadtrip through Scandinavia with very dynamic weather and a lot of solitude. I often had wether cloudless blue skies or completely grey skies with a lot of wind and rain and not that much interesting sunsets/sunrises with spectacular light and some colour as I had hoped for. Difficult conditions for creating interesting landscape photos, but I think I made most of the possibilities I had. I am pretty satisfied with the photographic results of the trip and all the new experiences and what I learned about myself. With the experiences of the past twelve years with landscape photography I've more and more realized and came to the opinion that the best (or most successful) photographer is not the one with the most spectacular photos but the one who has most of the fun while scouting new locations and perspectives, simply creating new photos in the field (without any pressure or expectations) and who is also enjoying the selection and post-processing process back home in the comfort in front of the computer (or the digital darkroom) with a hot tasty coffee and some good music. This is what it's all about - having a good time doing it! In my humble opinion the best photographer is the one who has most of the fun doing it! And - most of the time - I've enjoyed the trip with all the new experiences and impressions along the way. Travelling with the camper van again worked great for me. Enough space, very mobile and cozy during the cold evenings and all the rainy days. I especially enjoyed another advantage of the camper van which is that you are completely flexible and can make your own schedule, adjust the plan to the weather which is not possible with booked hotel rooms for example. Sometimes during the journey I really started to feel completely free and enjoyed the vagabond lifestyle without any restrictive obligations - at least for a while.

 

 

See more photos from Norway in my gallery.

 

Feel free to add any comments or questions below.

 

 

Interactive road map:

 

 

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Favorite landscape photos of the last year With this article I want to present to you my annual selection of the twelve personal favorite landscape photos from the year 2016. You can read on and scroll down or feel free to directly check out the gallery or sitback, re [...]]]> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 06:35:00 +0100 http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/favorite-landscape-photos-of-the-last-year/&ref=feed/ http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/favorite-landscape-photos-of-the-last-year/&ref=feed/

With this article I want to present to you my annual selection of the twelve personal favorite landscape photos from the year 2016. You can read on and scroll down or feel free to directly check out the gallery or sitback, relax and enjoy the slideshow!

 

2016 was a absolutely great year! We directly kicked off on the first of January with an awesome moody evening at the Baltic Sea where I created Ocean Serenity and Windswept. In the first month of the year we also started planning our upcoming longer trips in the summer time which was quite some work with all the flights, rental cars and accomondations and the photography location planning and so on. I was also fortunate to create some new work for my Urban Architecture and Cityscapes gallery like the image City Lights and Bayrischer Bahnhof

 

Ocean Serenity

City Lights

Bayrischer Bahnhof

Spring Forest

 

In Feburary I worked on a new project which I am thinking about for years now. Check out the new gallery called Artifacts of Soviet Occupation here. During spring I explored the forests and parks in and around Leipzig and created some images like Fairytale Forest and Spring Forest with wild garlic and a leading river featured by the setting golden sun in the forest. Images which I have also previsualized in my head for years now, this year all the components and elements needed came together.

 

Ocean Solitude

Pandora Mountains

Lago di Limides Blue Hour

La Gusela

 

When summer finally arrived and everything was in full bloom I started my mountain bivaouc trip to Saxon Switzerland. Then, in July, the first longer trips followed where we again visited and enjoyed the wild beaches at the Baltic Sea where images like Solitude Beach were created. This tour was directly followed by an awesome trip to the Dolomites in the Italian Alps. In contrast to our last years visit this year we were pretty lucky with the weather and I was able to create a lot of the images I previsualized during our last visit and the planning of this trip. We also took our time and just relaxed and enjoyed the breath-taking mountain scenery there. Back home I started post-processing the images of those two trips which produced lots of new photos and also started the very detailed planning of our long anticipated Iceland roadtrip.

 

Passo Giau Sunset Panorama

 

In late August we finally started. I was so worried about the weather and other circumstances which I can't control that I could barely sleep the night before the departure. But, to my surprise we were so incredibly lucky with literally everything - the flights, our rental 4x4 Jeep, the conditions on the wild highland roads and river crossings, wind speeds, temperatures, the weather in general, sunsets, puffins, humpack whales and we even were lucky enough to see northern lights on several cloudless nights at different locations in September. Everything I hoped for we did actually see and we had so many new and really eye-opening, sometimes very humbling or even frightening experiences on this roadtrip. During those weeks of traveling, exploring new locations and hunting the light which are filled with so many new experiences I really feel alive and I am happy, even if it is pretty exhausting at times. I admit, I do also like to be back home after some time of traveling and just enjoy some time selecting and post-processing all the new images with a hot and tasty coffee and some good music.

 

Power of Nature

Puffin

Diving Whale

Jökulsárlón Icebergs

 

However, in October I started another four daytrips to the Harz region and Saxon / Bohemian Switzerland to photograph and enjoy the autumn foliage in the National Parks there. I visited my beloved Ilsetal in the central german highlands where I finally created Spirit Garden which I also had in my mind for years now and I also hiked to quite a few locations in the Saxon / Bohemian Switzerland like Khaa- and Kamenice valley, Teichstein and Heringstein. On some of those tours I was lucky with the weather (see links above) on others I just enjoyed the views after hiking and being outdoors undisturbed by ever beeping devices and apps and whatnot. Beside landscape and architecture photography I also started a new photo project - Virtual Adventures with three new galleries. After spending countless hours in virtual worlds I thought why not combining the two interests photography and digital adventures and do In-Game-Photography.

 

You can also watch the film here in full HD: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtXuFMWCMPo

 

Looking back I am really happy with the trips, new experiences and their photographic outcome. I noticed that this year I was more motivated with landscape photography in general than in the previous year. Maybe I needed a little break after almost ten years or something. What may have also affected my motivation is the very positive feedback I've received in 2016 with lots of very kind comments, features on various sites, some awards and not to forget new publisher and reseller contracts with a lot of new licenses and print sales. And of course also things like my feature on deviantArt.com with an article about my artistic progression after ten years and another Daily Deviation for Carolafelsen Sunset. I am also proud to be featured with three of my Iceland photos on EarthShots.org as photo of the day on their site (Seljalandfoss, Fjallsarlon, Homeland). And last but not least one of my forest images was choosen to be the title page of a large calender for 2017.

 

Jökulsárlón - Prints Available

 

This year it somehow finally feels like all the hard work with planning and executing of those countless light hunting trips is slowly paying of. Of course sometimes the new experiences are reward enough but when you spent so many hours planning and quite some money on those trips it is definetly more satisfying to return home with some decent new images! I think this year I was so productive like never before and I am glad that I could create a lot of images and realized ideas which I had in my mind for so long. It may now be a bit surprising but one goal for me next year is that I'll try to relax more and be even more experience oriented and not that much goal oriented with my photography. Trying more new things (like in the beginning when I started with creating images) and simply to more enjoy the ride and the whole process of creating photographs including some strenuous hiking and scouting and intense exploring of new locations (without a specific previsualized photo in my head - and being disappointed when it does not materialise), trying new post-processing techniques and just enjoy the time spent outdoors in nature with an overall feeling that I can create new images, if I want to, but I don't have to - just let the experience be reward enough without any expectations. So, I am looking forward to 2017 with hopefully a lot of new experiences, challenges and trips to come. 

 

Below you see my twelve personal favorite landscape images of 2016 (out of about ~15.000 images I captured). You can also click here to view more of the latest photos or the following link to see all images of 2016, or Artifacts of Soviet Union or Virtual Adventures.

 

 

Gallery of my twelve personal favorite landscape photos of 2016

 

 

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Feel free to add any comments or questions below.

 

 

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Roadtrip through Iceland Hi there, we're back from an awesome trip through Iceland. In the last weeks we drove more than 4000km all over the island and had really close encounters with wild puffins, seals and huge humpback whales, saw breath [...]]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:45:00 +0200 http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/roadtrip-through-iceland/&ref=feed/ http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/roadtrip-through-iceland/&ref=feed/

Hi there, we're back from an awesome trip through Iceland. In the last weeks we drove more than 4000km all over the island and had really close encounters with wild puffins, seals and huge humpback whales, saw breathtaking Northern Lights dancing directly above our heads and all around us, paddled through huge glacier bays filled with icebergs, had nice sunsets and interesting river crossings in the highlands on the F-roads and had some fun with our Jeep, not to forget all the hiking and the thousands of waterfalls and rainbows along the road and simply the interesting and active volcanic landscapes everywhere you look. So many new impressions and (sometimes very humbling) experiences! However, I will not write a very detailed report about this trip like I did for our road-trips through ScotlandNorwayItaly or our mountain hiking tours in the Saxon Switzerland in Germany or the Lofoten in North Norway for instance. So if you want to know more about our preparation of trips like this feel free to read the linked articles above. As a little side project to landscape photography we tried to video document some of our experiences during our road-trip all over the island. Watch the film below:

 

 

You can also watch the film here in full HD: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtXuFMWCMPo

 

 

Since we were pretty lucky with the weather during this tour I shot more than 7000 new raw files during the two weeks. Here are the first processed photos (see more in the Iceland gallery):

 

 

Northern Paradise - Prints Available

 

 

Paradise Falls - Prints Available

 

 

Fjallsárlón - Prints Available

 

 

Seljalandfoss Sun - Prints Available

 

 

Northern Lights - Prints Available

 

 

Landmannalaugar Brandsgil - Prints Available

 

 

Godafoss - Prints Available

 

 

Jökulsárlón Sunset - Prints Available

 

 

Hnausapollur - Prints Available

 

 

Fjaðrárgljúfur - Prints Available

 

 

Homeland - Prints Available

 

 

Skogarfoss Rainbow - Prints Available

 

 

Highland Falls - Prints Available

 

 

Vestrahorn - Prints Available

 

 

Colors of Iceland - Prints Available

 

 

Dancing Northern Lights - Prints Available

 

 

Brennisteinsalda - Prints Available

 

 

Dettifoss Sunset - Prints Available

 

 

Spirits of the Night - Prints Available

 

 

Kirkjufell - Prints Available

 

 

Vatnajökull Ahead - Prints Available

 

 

Mountains of Landmannalaugar - Prints Available

 

 

Fjallsárlón Sunset - Prints Available

 

 

Land of Wonders - Prints Available

 

 

Power of Nature - Prints Available

 

 

Puffin - Prints Available

 

 

Diving Whale - Prints Available

 

 

Seljalandfoss Sunset - Prints Available

 

 

Dettifoss - Prints Available

 

 

Feel free to add any comments or questions below.

 

 

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New In-Game Photography Gallery In the last months I worked on a new project - in-game photography. Since I like exploring and enjoying virtual adventures like Skyrim, Witcher, Fallout, Doom etc. and I've already spent quite some time with those adv [...]]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:25:00 +0200 http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/new-in-game-photography-gallery/&ref=feed/ http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/new-in-game-photography-gallery/&ref=feed/

In the last months I worked on a new project - in-game photography. Since I like exploring and enjoying virtual adventures like Skyrim, Witcher, Fallout, Doom etc. and I've already spent quite some time with those adventures and I already have some knowledge about creating images in general, I recently thought why not combining both interests. This new gallery of in-game photographs is the result of this endeavor. All the images below are created in the world of Witcher III, most of them in Skellige. The islands of Skellige remind me the strongest of the real northern realms like Scotland, the Lofoten Islands or Iceland

 

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On the road again During the last two weeks we were finally on the road again and drove a few thousand kilometers from the Baltic Sea in the North of Germany south to the Dolomites in Italy. We had lots of new impressions, experiences, awesome [...]]]> Sun, 10 Jul 2016 06:20:00 +0200 http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/on-the-road-again/&ref=feed/ http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/on-the-road-again/&ref=feed/

During the last two weeks we were finally on the road again and drove a few thousand kilometers from the Baltic Sea in the North of Germany south to the Dolomites in Italy. We had lots of new impressions, experiences, awesome scenic drives and beautiful grand vistas. And, in contrast to some previous trips, this time we were incredibly lucky with the weather. We enjoyed a very good mix of sunny weather with blue bird skies to relax and spend some time at the beach and some dynamic mountain weather with a lot of drama in the sky which is perfect for landscape photography. I will not write a very detailed trip-report like I did for other photo tours like our road trips through Fjord-NorwayScotland, Saxon Switzerland or the Lofoten Islands for example in the last years. However, I am really looking forward to select and post-process all the new images! (~2500 exposures) 

 

 

On the road again - Prints Available

 

**UPDATE** - here are some of the processed photos

 

 

Driftwood Sun - Prints Available

 

 

Eriador - Prints Available

 

 

Lago di Limides Sun - Prints Available

 

 

Lago di Braies - Prints Available

 

 

Solitude Beach - Prints Available

 

 

Passo Giau Alpenglow - Prints Available

 

 

Ocean Solitude - Prints Available

 

 

Hikers Paradise - Prints Available

 

 

Summer at the Lake - Prints Available

 

 

Passo Giau Sunset - Prints Available

 

 

Lago di Limides Blue Hour - Prints Available

 

 

Floating - Prints Available

 

 

Alpine Idyll - Prints Available

 

 

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Artifacts of Soviet Occupation Since I was born and raised in East Germany, or the GDR (German Democratic Republic), which was reunited with West Germany in 1989 and I formerly was - for instance - a so called "Jungpionier" during primary school and s [...]]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 06:25:00 +0200 http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/artifacts-of-soviet-occupation/&ref=feed/ http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/artifacts-of-soviet-occupation/&ref=feed/

Since I was born and raised in East Germany, or the GDR (German Democratic Republic), which was reunited with West Germany in 1989 and I formerly was - for instance - a so called "Jungpionier" during primary school and surrounded by Soviet influences, I am particular interested in the past of the UDSSR and their influence of our lifes in the GDR between the World War II and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and beyond. Even now (2016+) a lot of people are living in soviet like buildings which we call the "Platte" here in East Germany. I find it somehow fascinating that after almost 30 years after the collapse the Soviet influences are still so visible in such important aspects such as living room and still many people here live like the people in Prypjat, Jekaterinburg, Wladiwostok or somewhere else in the former Soviet Union. However, all photos of this gallery are created in East Germany in 2016 (or later). I had the idea of doing something like this in my mind for almost ten years now. I still have lots of ideas for this project but to create the desired mood for the images I have to find the right places, the correct light, weather and seasonal conditions... it is still work in progess.

 

Below you see some images from the gallery. Here is the link to the gallery with all the new images: Artifacts of Soviet Occupation

 

 

 

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