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"Skaftafell Glacier Panorama" - Iceland

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"Skaftafell Glacier Panorama" - Iceland

The mighty glacier tongue of Skaftafellsjökull illuminated by soft pastel sunset colors with Kristinartindar (1126m) to the left and Skarðatindur (1385m) in the middle of the frame.

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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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New Photo: Autumn Spirit

"Autumn Spirit" - Harz, Germany

This scene, which I've found while wandering though the Harz region in Germany, visualizes the spirit of autumn with all its fantastic colors and moods in the forests, at least for [...]]]>
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"Autumn Spirit" - Harz, Germany

This scene, which I've found while wandering though the Harz region in Germany, visualizes the spirit of autumn with all its fantastic colors and moods in the forests, at least for me.

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New Photo: Tundra Sunset

"Tundra Sunset" - Iceland

Pastel sunset colors reflected in this small pond with the icecap of the mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the mountains of Þórsmörk in the background.]]>
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"Tundra Sunset" - Iceland

Pastel sunset colors reflected in this small pond with the icecap of the mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the mountains of Þórsmörk in the background.

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New Photo: Godafoss Blue Hour

"Godafoss Blue Hour" - Iceland

The waterfall of the Gods (or Godafoss) in the North of Iceland during the blue hour after a rainy sunset.]]>
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"Godafoss Blue Hour" - Iceland

The waterfall of the Gods (or Godafoss) in the North of Iceland during the blue hour after a rainy sunset.

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New Photo: Endless Power

"Endless Power" - Dettifoss, Iceland

A couple sitting directly at the cliff (left of the frame) enjoying the unbelievable power and sound of the Dettifoss (Europes largest waterfall) with the river Jökuls&a [...]]]>
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"Endless Power" - Dettifoss, Iceland

A couple sitting directly at the cliff (left of the frame) enjoying the unbelievable power and sound of the Dettifoss (Europes largest waterfall) with the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum falling down loudly into the canyon Jökulsárgljúfur in the North of Iceland.

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New Photo: Khaa Valley Autumn

"Khaa Valley Autumn" - Bohemian Switzerland

The river Khaa cascading through the valley and the golden autumn forest in the Bohemian Switzerland.]]>
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"Khaa Valley Autumn" - Bohemian Switzerland

The river Khaa cascading through the valley and the golden autumn forest in the Bohemian Switzerland.

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New Photo: Autumn Symphony

"Autumn Symphony" - Saxon Switzerland, Germany

Beautiful golden autumn foliage and soft sunset colors at the Heringstein in October.]]>
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"Autumn Symphony" - Saxon Switzerland, Germany

Beautiful golden autumn foliage and soft sunset colors at the Heringstein in October.

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New Photo: Spirit Garden

"Spirit Garden" - Harz, Germany

Welcome to my personal spirit garden. I just love wandering through the beautiful forests and mountains of the Harz region in Germany. This lush paradise with its nice valleys and rive [...]]]>
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"Spirit Garden" - Harz, Germany

Welcome to my personal spirit garden. I just love wandering through the beautiful forests and mountains of the Harz region in Germany. This lush paradise with its nice valleys and rivers is were I started with landscape photography and returned to every single year since then. I really like being there alone without any distractions from devices or other people to enjoy nature and solitude and recharge my batteries for a life as a software-engineer in the city.

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New Photo: Greetings from Khaatal

"Greetings from Khaatal" - Bohemian Switzerland

Greetings from the Bohemian Switzerland!]]>
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"Greetings from Khaatal" - Bohemian Switzerland

Greetings from the Bohemian Switzerland!

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New Photo: Doom 2016 128

"Doom 2016 128" - UAC, Mars

Images of the abandoned UAC (Union Aerospace Corporation) space station on Mars and places like Kadingir Sanctum, Necropolis and Argent D’Nur in th [...]]]>
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"Doom 2016 128" - UAC, Mars

Images of the abandoned UAC (Union Aerospace Corporation) space station on Mars and places like Kadingir Sanctum, Necropolis and Argent D’Nur in the virtual adventure Doom 2016 can be found in this gallery.

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New Photo: Humpback Whale

"Humpback Whale" - Iceland

A breathing humpback whale in the Skjálfandi bay near Husavik.]]>
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"Humpback Whale" - Iceland

A breathing humpback whale in the Skjálfandi bay near Husavik.

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New Photo: Wild Ring Road

"Wild Ring Road" - Iceland

Driving the icelandic ring road, route 1, with all its rugged volcanic mountains, cliffs and countless waterfalls along the ocean is an eye-opening experience!]]>
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"Wild Ring Road" - Iceland

Driving the icelandic ring road, route 1, with all its rugged volcanic mountains, cliffs and countless waterfalls along the ocean is an eye-opening experience!

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New Photo: Hoffellsjökull Bay

"Hoffellsjökull Bay" - Iceland

The massive glacier tongue and icebergs in the bay of the impressive Hoffellsjökull glacier.]]>
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"Hoffellsjökull Bay" - Iceland

The massive glacier tongue and icebergs in the bay of the impressive Hoffellsjökull glacier.

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New Photo: Hoffellsjökull Glacier

"Hoffellsjökull Glacier" - Iceland

Wild flowers blooming in front of the impressive Hoffellsjökull glacier and its glacier bay, part of the massive Vatnajökull glacier.]]>
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"Hoffellsjökull Glacier" - Iceland

Wild flowers blooming in front of the impressive Hoffellsjökull glacier and its glacier bay, part of the massive Vatnajökull glacier.

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New Photo: Tundra Home

"Tundra Home" - Iceland

Lonely farm houses in the wide autumn tundra landscape of North Iceland.]]>
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"Tundra Home" - Iceland

Lonely farm houses in the wide autumn tundra landscape of North Iceland.

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New Photo: Volcano Landscape

"Volcano Landscape" - Iceland

A rainbow, steam from active volcanos, lots of old crater seen in this image in the area of Myvatn from the top of the inactive Hverfjall crater.]]>
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"Volcano Landscape" - Iceland

A rainbow, steam from active volcanos, lots of old crater seen in this image in the area of Myvatn from the top of the inactive Hverfjall crater.

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New Photo: Mini Volcano

"Mini Volcano" - Iceland

A mini volcano or "devils cooking pot" in the area of Hverir. It smells pretty interesting there, but only if you like the fragrance of sulfur.]]>
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"Mini Volcano" - Iceland

A mini volcano or "devils cooking pot" in the area of Hverir. It smells pretty interesting there, but only if you like the fragrance of sulfur.

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New Photo: Myvatn Reflection

"Myvatn Reflection" - Iceland

The summit of Hlíðarfjall (771m) reflected in the calm lake Myvatn in the North of Iceland during this windless golden hour before sunset.]]>
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"Myvatn Reflection" - Iceland

The summit of Hlíðarfjall (771m) reflected in the calm lake Myvatn in the North of Iceland during this windless golden hour before sunset.

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New Photo: Jökulsárlón

"Jökulsárlón" - Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Impressive huge white-cyan colored icebergs, the massive glacier tongues of the Vatnajökull glacier and snow covered mountains in the background at the glacier [...]]]>
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"Jökulsárlón" - Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Impressive huge white-cyan colored icebergs, the massive glacier tongues of the Vatnajökull glacier and snow covered mountains in the background at the glacier bay Jökulsárlón.

 

There is also a normal 3:2 version available here.

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New Photo: Ice Beach

"Ice Beach" - Iceland

The black beach of Jökulsárlón with huge icebergs and rugged volcanic mountains in the background.]]>
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"Ice Beach" - Iceland

The black beach of Jökulsárlón with huge icebergs and rugged volcanic mountains in the background.

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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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My artistic progression Editor’s Note:  This article was first published on deviantArt.com. They asked me what inspires me to create, what fascinates me from an artistic perspective and what inspires me to keep creating. So, h [...]]]> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 17:07:00 +0200 http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/my-artistic-progression/&ref=feed/ http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/my-artistic-progression/&ref=feed/

Editor’s Note:  This article was first published on deviantArt.com. They asked me what inspires me to create, what fascinates me from an artistic perspective and what inspires me to keep creating. So, here are the thoughts that crossed my mind regarding this topic.

 

 

During my studies of Information Management I was introduced to landscape photography and some basic techniques through a fellow photographer and good friend. His interest and enthusiasm for photography simply took off and I was virtually instantly fascinated by creating images. When I first saw his photos and those of other advanced and experienced photographers I also wanted to be able to create something like this by myself. I began to learn like crazy, read articles, tutorials, essays and since the very beginning I have - to a certain degree - photography on my mind every single day. During the very first years I was like being obsessed by everything related to creating images. My mate and I did lots of photo trips together and I practiced and learned a big deal, often near my current residential area. After the first two years when I thought I can handle all the technical aspects and know how to use a camera properly we started to plan longer and more ambitious photo tours to foreign countries and spent more money on traveling.

 

 

Cap de Formentor Sunrise - Prints Available

 

 

When I was thinking about my progression in photography I figured out that I at first was interested in the technical aspects of photography and things like how to create impactful image compositions and how our eye-brain combination sees things differently than a camera and so on, but when you "mastered" things like ISO, aperture and shutter speeds, filters and all of that, the interest shifts more and more to the artistic side of creating images and you begin to think about your vision and what you really want to show with an image and a lot about understanding your chosen subject. In my case this is nature. I began with a fascination for landscape photography but after all the years of traveling and spending a lot of time being outdoors observing nature, planning trips and trying to understand weather, light and maps I eventually ended up to value nature and the experience of a trip more than a possible photo. Nowadays my mantra is experience first, photography second.

 

 

El Oasis Sandstorm - Prints Available

 

 

After almost ten years now I recently noticed that photography has changed my way of seeing and enjoying nature, being outdoors and traveling and even my whole way of living. Before photography and arts came into my life I was in general a more sports and consume oriented person, I think. Today I am way more experience oriented and I have a completely other thinking about lots of things about life, society, careers, what it really means to be happy and our modern way of living in general - all thanks for being engaged with arts for many years now. It is not always the easiest way to live, but at the end it is more satisfying and a lot more interesting - at least for me it is. I guess everyone has to figure this out for themselves. It's definitely not for everyone. From personal experience I can tell that you will definitely have to suffer sometimes like e.g. finding yourself alone in a foreign country sitting in the rain somewhere at a remote point at the edge of the map with no mobile reception or any other connection to people and asking yourself "what the hell am I doing here?" or when you had several trips with bad photo weather in succession (like I had last year). Being right in this kind of situation and mood you certainly want to quit and do fun stuff back in your comfort zone instead. But hold on (!), stay focused and ask yourself why you initially started with arts when you have a hard time or situation and feel unmotivated and dejected. When you've successfully handled a situation like this you will be stronger and proud about it later! For me the right balance between comfort zone with "office work" and new challenges with "outdoor life" and photography is the key. I am free to create when I really want to and not because I need to make a living and pay the bills with my art. I really like and appreciate and I am deeply thankful for having found this way of doing my art. For me an artist must not necessarily earn most of the money with their art to be professional. It is more a way of living and the right inner mindset, engagement and sometimes even suffering for what you really want.

 

 

Golden October Reflection - Prints Available

 

 

I especially like how all the experiences with nature and the way of seeing nature as a landscape photographer often make you humble. As a photographer you begin to really be aware of all the little details in nature and you begin to recognize the time of the seasons changes and things like when the flowers and trees are blooming, when sunrise or sunset is, where the sun's position is when, how the quality of light is with all its nuances and so on. I noticed that I really began to see nature with other eyes than before - and I began to like and value it more. This is what inspires me to create today, all those new experiences, the constant change in approach, thinking and technique. It is no longer the technical aspects of an image or how it is made or with which camera model, it is more and more the whole process and motivation of creating itself and how this changes me and my thinking. The idea of the next trip, the joy of planning, studying maps and previsualizing possible images in my mind, building up a thrill of anticipation each time and also enjoying all the sometimes strenuous long driving hours, exhausting hiking tours and to focus on exploring new locations (without any expectations for that specific tour and without distractions of ever beeping devices), being creative with the composition, technique and post-processing and then later share my new "creation" - the image - with other like-minded people who share my appreciation for those places and the experiences is what image creating is all about for me now. I'm just enjoying this experience as a whole and this drives me to keep creating. For me it is just plain fun and this is reward enough. I came to the conclusion that it's better for me when I create images only for me without possible clients, publishers, contest juries or other expectations from others in mind. Do your art only for yourself to be (and stay) or become happy with it.

 

 

Johannisberg Glacier - Prints Available

 

 

In addition I love the contrast to my other life as a software engineer. After all that perfect planning and execution in advance of a photo tour you sometimes end up standing on a mountain summit at the right time and then there is pouring rain and no sun, no light to work with and there is nothing you can do other than to deal with it and make the best of the circumstances and possibilities nature has offered you. Contrary to software development where you as the creator can control almost everything, in the realm of nature photography it often is just not in your hands and you have to accept that. This is a very humbling experience - and one lots of the people today with all with their nagging and first world problems (àla why is there no wifi in this alpine-tunnel) should experience at least once! Experiences like this when you are really alone somewhere or afraid of something often put minor things we previously complained about back into perspective. To a certain extend one can learn to read the signs of mother nature but you can still get disappointed at any time and you have to accept that. This where experience first comes in. If you are always goal-oriented you won't be very satisfied and pleased with nature photography after years of doing it. But instead of complaining use these moments when you're in nature and feel your body after an exhausting hike or the winters freezing cold in your bones and enjoy, feel and know that you're still alive and not only yet another zombie sitting at the computer the whole day. Spending some time outdoors in nature away from any devices and media and whatnot is always a good idea.

 

 

Midsummer Night - Prints Available

 

 

With the experience of the past years I've more and more realized and came to the opinion that the best photographer is not the one with the most spectacular photos but the one who has most of the fun exploring the world and 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 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!

So, keep in mind to enjoy the ride. Stay humble, enjoy nature and enjoy life!

 

 

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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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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, 10 Jun 2016 06:45:00 +0200 http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/mountain-bivouac/&ref=feed/ http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/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 weekend, after a period of very unstable weather with lots of thunderstorms and heavy rain here in Germany, on Friday, the forecast for the next two days looked stable and promising enough for me to go on my mountain summit bivouac in Saxon Switzerland National Park. I planned this trip around a possible sunrise shooting at a peak called Heringstein, where I wasn't before. I wanted to explore the area and scout possible new locations for upcoming trips into the region. Between early June and mid-July the suns position at sunrise would be exactly between two peaks you see from Heringstein which would result in a nicely composed and interesting image - assuming the correct weather. As usual I've planned this trip with various apps, maps and tools like Photographers Ephemeris (screenshot below) to know the suns position or GPSies (among others) to plan the hiking.

 

 

 

 

I started at midday in Leipzig with blue bird skies and a nice forecast for my destination and drove towards Dresden. When I was almost there I saw dark skies and lightnings at the horizon and my hopes for the trip were almost gone but after a brief moment with doubts I kept driving - directly into the thunderstorm with heavy rain and lightnings and thunder all around. Once arrived at my destination I waited for an hour or so and walked around in Hřensko and Schmilka... and then the rain stopped and the clouds started to clear. At about 4:30pm I started my hike up the mountains. It was a very exhausting hike with my heavy backpack with all the photo equipment and food, enough to drink, additional clothes and whatnot needed in order to spend a night in the mountains and because directly after the rain the humidity was ridiculously high and I sweated a lot. In those moments you sometimes ask yourself: what the f**k am I doing here. Why do I not enjoy my weekend back home with a nice bike tour, some tasty meals and a good digital adventure like the new Witcher III DLC Blood and Wine? I don't know, sometimes some strange power seems to pull me out of my comfort zone for whatever reason. However, after two hours of driving and an good hour for the ascent or so the strenuous part was done and I was on top of the plateau and started to explore the area and tried to find my desired viewpoint for sunrise. After a while of bushwacking and try and error I eventually found the location with its breathtaking and very beautiful view you see in the photo below.

 

 

Pandora Mountains - Prints Available

 

 

When I first saw this scenery I immediately remembered the hanging mountains in the fantastic movie Avatar, hence the title. In my humble opinion it is one of the best views in Saxon Switzerland and among my personal top three locations in the National Park. I enjoyed this view for quite a while and took some test shots and looked for possible image compositions. After about one or two hours I started to hike to another viewpoint which I already know well but I simply wanted to see and enjoy it again. Half an hour later I arrived there and enjoyed the eye opening view, solitude and some good music. I also eat dinner there and then shooted sunset, photo below.

 

 

Carolafelsen Sunset - Prints Available

 

 

After creating the image above I thought why not hike back to my other location before the sunset is over and see if I can catch the last light of the day there before it gets dark. (A good photo today is better than a perfect photo tomorrow. Quote from a movie called "The Edge") So I packed and started to hike back to my main destination. Just when I arrived there I saw some pink clouds in the sky, hurried and instantly started to get my camera, tripod and remote release ready and started shooting. The image below is the result of this endeavor taken at about 21:45pm. And then the light faded away and quietness and darkness came in this moonless night and I started to set up my camp for the night. It was completely calm without any distractions from other people, devices, noise from birds or whatever. A striking contrast to my other life in the city.

 

 

Heringstein Sunset - Prints Available

 

 

During the next two and a half hours the fog you see in the image above became more and more. At 00:30am I could barely see the valley below anymore but I enjoyed a fantastic night sky with lots of visible stars and no clouds but it simply was too dark without the moon to create a descent photo with this sea of fog and the stars above. And then, in the middle of the night, clouds started to roll in and I saw lightnings in the distance. I observed the sky for a while and eventually decided to cancel my trip at this point and to postpone the sunrise shooting to another day. You don't want to be on a mountain summit in the middle of a thunderstorm, I reasoned. And so I started to descent back through the pitch black forest and back to the car. Of course, it was a bit annoying at this point not being able to shoot sunrise after all the effort. The weather forecast for this two days was completely useless. Looking back with a bit emotional distance and seeing the final photographs I am nevertheless pretty happy with the trip, after all. Hopefully I can manage to retry my next attempt to shoot sunrise at this location during this season, provided that the weather and social obligations allow this. 

 

 

Heringstein Blue Hour - 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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Changes in the News Section and Galleries For those of you who are interested I just wanted to let you know that I decided to stop writing about every single photo-trip I do, like I did for example last year. Instead I will focus more on other, more general topics like [...]]]> Sun, 15 May 2016 06:35:00 +0200 http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/changes-in-the-news-section-and-galleries/&ref=feed/ http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/changes-in-the-news-section-and-galleries/&ref=feed/

For those of you who are interested I just wanted to let you know that I decided to stop writing about every single photo-trip I do, like I did for example last year. Instead I will focus more on other, more general topics like motivation in landscape photography or more photo-related tutorials like  7 essential elements of stunning landscape photos or resize and sharpen photos for web and prints and so on. That said, I probably will nevertheless write trip-reports (or something similar) about upcoming adventures like my mountain-summit bivouacking trip to Saxon Switzerland or other future photo trips to the Dolomites in Italy or Iceland in September. We'll see.

 

 

Ocean Serenity - Prints Available

 

 

I have also changed some things in the galleries and presentation. The Latest Photos gallery now displays 32 of my favorite photos from the last year, and is not updated with every single new photo like it was before. Only once a year now. I also selected 32 photos and created a new Personal Favorites gallery to give new visitors instantly a little more insight as to the types of images I strive to create. All other galleries are updated incrementally with new images. You can also follow the RSS Feed for example or on Social Media.

 

 

Fairytale Forest - Prints Available

 

 

This year I am actually doing more trips than in the years before but without writing about it here. It might give the impression that I stopped creating new images while indeed the opposite is the case. This year I tried some new things and shooted more Cityscapes and Architecture images and for instance I started to work on a new project I had in my mind for almost ten years now and created the first photos for it, see the gallery here. To see all of the new photos I have created recently just check out this link. So, I just wanted to let you know that I am still creating images but with less news articles here.

 

 

Sunset Storm Light - Prints Available

 

 

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Bärlauch Blüte Bärlauch Blüte im Frühling   Im Frühling (Anfang / Mitte Mai) blüht in den Parks und Wäldern wie der Burgaue oder dem Elster- und Pleiße-Auewald rund um Leipzig überall der B [...]]]> Thu, 12 May 2016 15:44:36 +0200 http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/bärlauch-blüte/&ref=feed/ http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/bärlauch-blüte/&ref=feed/ Bärlauch Blüte im Frühling

 

Im Frühling (Anfang / Mitte Mai) blüht in den Parks und Wäldern wie der Burgaue oder dem Elster- und Pleiße-Auewald rund um Leipzig überall der Bärlauch. Der ganze Waldboden ist überzogen mit einem Teppich aus weißen Wildblumen. Das Ganze sieht für ca. zwei bis drei Wochen meiner Meinung nach einfach fantastisch aus und sorgt neben der Optik auch für einen interessanten Geruch in der ganzen Gegend. Mir macht es jedes Jahr viel Spass die Wälder rund um Leipzig neu zu erkunden und dabei wundervolle, teils sehr ruhige, Orte (trotz der Stadtnähe) zu entdecken und ihre Schönheit in Bildern festzuhalten.

 

Nachfolgend eine kleine Galerie mit den fotografischen Ergebnissen meiner bisherigen Erkundungstouren.

 

Sollten sie Interesse an einer individuellen Fototour in der Region Leipzig haben, zögern sie nicht mich direkt zu kontaktieren.

 

 

Fairytale Forest - Prints Available

 

 

Wild Garlic Trail - Prints Available

 

 

Bloomming Bears Garlic - Prints Available

 

 

Spring Forest - Prints Available

 

 

Bears Garlic Sun - Prints Available

 

 

Bears Garlic Forest - Prints Available

 

 

Waldweg Bärlauch - Prints Available

 

 

Forest Idyll - Prints Available

 

 

Blooming Forest - Prints Available

 

 

Awakening - Prints Available

 

 

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Favorite landscape photos of 2015 With this article I want to present to you my annual selection of the twelve personal favorite landscape photos from the year 2015. You can read on and scroll down or feel free to directly check out the gallery or sitback, relax and [...]]]> Tue, 15 Dec 2015 07:45:00 +0100 http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/favorite-landscape-photos-of-2015/&ref=feed/ http://www.dave-derbis.de/article/favorite-landscape-photos-of-2015/&ref=feed/

With this article I want to present to you my annual selection of the twelve personal favorite landscape photos from the year 2015. You can read on and scroll down or feel free to directly check out the gallery or sitback, relax and enjoy the slideshow!

 

This year during winter between January and March we traveled to the Baltic Sea, Harz National Park and to the Saxon Switzerland, I conducted a photo workshop in April and photographed the wild garlic season in May in and around Leipzig. At the end of May we did an awesome Roadtrip through Fjord Norway followed by some shorter daytrips and our summer getaway to the Bohemain Switzerland in the Czech Republic. In October we made a trip to the Dolomites during the peak of the autumn season there and a late autumn trip to some beautiful valleys in the Harz region. Feel free to read more and get details of each trip by clicking the links above.

 

Looking back I am pretty happy with the trips, new experiences and their photographic output, even though this year I found it particulary hard to stay motivated with landscape photography in general. We often had bad weather - at least from a photographic point of view - either we had blue bird skies without any clouds or completely grey skies with a lot of rain. As you can imagine both cases are far from ideal for dramatic, stunning and eye-opening images. Of course you can't always be lucky but it is frustrating when you spend weeks of planning, preparation, scouting online etc. with a growing anticipation, plus all the money needed for each trip and then you have bad luck with the weather several times in succession. But fortunately memories are like good wine and get better with time and you only firstly remember the highlights and good times of those travels. I'm already looking forward to next years travels, even though until now we don't know where exactly we're going to in 2016. We'll see what the future brings. Below you see my twelve personal favorite images of 2015. You can also click here to see all images of 2015.

 

 

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Annual selection of my favorite landscape photos from previous years: 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

 

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