Something fresh for a change from last weekend:)After all those bad weather summer weekends, we finally spent a weekend in the Bernese alps and enjoyed a wonderful night under the stars. So I would like to share this photo of the milky way with you and must say that I’m very pleased with the file quality of the Sony A7r at high ISO. My Canon cameras have become true backup cameras now:)

Grimsel milky way
  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 01/10/2014 - 08:23

    What a wonderful and amazing view on the night sky!!! Sandra it must be fantastic to see the night sky and Milky Way so clear :)ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 01/10/2014 - 16:48

    Hi Sandra,

    Breautiful!

    Best,

    AditReplyCancel

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I can’t really describe my feelings when I read about a huge solar storm that was supposed to hit the Earth in two days – and this after we had not had a single clear night in eight days since we had been in Norway! I was even more excited when I read that the weather forecast predicted clear weather exactly for that one night:o:oIt all came out well and we experienced a magic KP 6 night that exceeded our expectations.

Aurora borealis
Corona after corona exploded above our heads and the light of the aurora seemed to rain on the landscape. The lights were so colourful from green over blue to red and lots of magenta. We had never seen magenta northern lights before and it was simply amazing.

These are the first two shots I would like to show you. It took some time to process them – I’m still overwhelmed by that night and cannot stop looking at our photos:)

Polarlicht
  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 29/09/2014 - 05:18

    Really beautiful picture’s Sandra :-) Happy that you could enjoy at least one night with Aurora <3 The did'nt do their Job ;-) ReplyCancel

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 29/09/2014 - 05:22

    Really beautiful picture’s Sandra.The Trolls did some work for you ;-) Glad you got at least one night with Aurora ;-) Hopefully better conditions next timeReplyCancel

  • Norma - 29/09/2014 - 05:35

    That first photo is particularly amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Ivar Isaksen - 29/09/2014 - 06:36

    Congratulations, really Beautiful pictures of aurora above the Lyngen Alps :-)
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  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 29/09/2014 - 08:23

    Wow Sandra they are so beautiful!!! The lady on here best :) what I show must this have been! I am happy that you have see al this beauty :)ReplyCancel

  • Opti Phot - 29/09/2014 - 10:06

    Great, simply great…!ReplyCancel

  • Hamza Farooq - 29/09/2014 - 10:59

    Jaw dropping
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  • Adit Merkine - 29/09/2014 - 17:11

    Hi Sandra,

    Breath taking pics! It deserved waiting so long…
    Congrats!

    Best,

    AditReplyCancel

  • Ad En Leonne van den Bosch - 30/09/2014 - 05:21

    Breathtaking Sandra! ReplyCancel

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I hope you are not bored yet from even some more Black forest photos! We really had a great summer time exploring the various gorges and streams in the southern part of the area and here are three photos that show the beauty of the Black forest.

St. Blasien

St. Blasien

St. Blasien
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The day after my Senja blues was the only day with the sun shining from a blue sky! To be honest, I hate those days on a holiday because it means a very hectic day when we rush from location to location to make the most of the time. Well, I had a relaxed start into the day when I went to this location for sunrise. Actually, it was the opposite side of my previous shot:)Blue hour was very nice with pink tones (I will show a photo later this month) but I was very happy when all came together and the sun illuminated the mountain peaks. What a wonderful moment!

Senja
  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 24/09/2014 - 05:13

    Beautiful to start you day on this way!! Its amazing to see this mountain double in the water!! Great photo Sandra :)ReplyCancel

  • Iwan Groot - 24/09/2014 - 14:57
  • Adit Merkine - 25/09/2014 - 07:35

    Hi Sandra,

    It’s beautiful!

    Best,

    AditReplyCancel

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I really must admit (and some of my friends will be able to confirm;)) that I indeed suffered from the Senja blues after all this bad weather the first days!! But just sitting inside was no option either and we spent every dry moment outside. This little bog was not too far away and we made a nice evening stroll to it and waited with photos until the blue hour started as the sun had decided to stay behind thick clouds again.

At the very end, I took the shots for this panorama which I like very much. It is also available larger in our Norway panorama gallery. Just click on the thumbnail to view a larger, up to 2500px wide version (depending on your window size). I hope you enjoy!

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 21/09/2014 - 10:27

    WOW I knew it the big one is realy beautiful!!!! Sandra instead the bad weather you have had on your vacation there will be always a moment that you make beautiful pictures. <3
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  • Jim Flowers - 21/09/2014 - 13:21

    Love this Sandra Schaenzer! Light is light, even if it is that of such a subdued nature! Such “subtle” drama in lovely hues and shapes. Just Wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Steve Gingold - 21/09/2014 - 15:25

    It is always difficult to deal with the disappointment of unattained preconceived visions. But you overcame it and produced a fine image, Sandra. Although spectacular scenery is most always our first choice, sometimes the less spectacular gives us sights that were unimagined and remarkable just the same. Well worth the effort. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 21/09/2014 - 15:54

    Hi Sandra,

    A beautiful compostion, reflection and colors. Congrats!

    Best,

    AditReplyCancel

  • Carlos Augusto Silveira Pinto - 22/09/2014 - 18:05

    Beautiful capture Sandra Schaenzer! Congratulations! ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 23/09/2014 - 21:26

    wooow, soooooo beautiful Sandra! great those colours and the reflection. this view makes me feel like a humble person in front of such majestic nature.ReplyCancel

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We spent the first six days of our holiday on Senja, Norway’s second largest island. We came early so that we won’t miss autumn and were not disappointed. Unfortunately, the weather has been rainy and stormy almost all the time and we only got this one so-so sunset:oWhen we were on Senja in February, we couldn’t see the sun as it was setting behind the high mountain on the left so this was a nice change.

I tried to make the best out of it and I’m quite happy about the result. Needless to say that my favourite is the vertical format:P

Senja

Senja
  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 19/09/2014 - 07:37

    Wow what a fantastic colors in the sky and on the ground! !! Sad that the weather was so bad :( Both are beautiful buth I love the vertical more :)ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 19/09/2014 - 17:31

    Hi Sandra,

    Beautiful colors and compositions. Congrats!

    Best,

    AditReplyCancel

  • Steve Gingold - 21/09/2014 - 15:21

    Now that is a tough choice…they both work so well. I think I prefer the landscape format for the way the land surrounds the image. :-)ReplyCancel

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Summer 2014 has been unsettled with a lot of rain which is bad for taking photos of insects and butterflies but good for the woods. The forests of the Rheinaue wetlands in southern Germany looked extremely beautiful with almost lush spring colours and we enjoyed a few days exploring the area.

Rheinauen

Rheinaue wetlands

Rheinaue

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 17/09/2014 - 05:29

    What a lovely start from the day here Sandra :) They are all beautiful but my favourite is that one with the sun shinnig in the tree :)ReplyCancel

  • Steve Gingold - 17/09/2014 - 22:14

    That first one has such a nice reflection, Sandra. Like you, I am a bit on the fence with the third. I like the sunstar very much, but the colorful flare around it and down to the left corner isn’t working for me. ReplyCancel

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My first thought was that this MUST be the home of the famous Robber Hotzenplotz when I came across this beautiful picturesque place in the heart of Hotzenwald (!!:)) in the Black Forest. It was such a mystic atmosphere deep in the forest that I was convinced that the next thing I would see is the Robber with Seppel appearing behind the trees. The books, written by Otfried Preussler, were among my favourite children’s books, by the way:)

Hotzenwald

Hotzenwald
  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 15/09/2014 - 07:11

    It looks wonderful!! I don’t know this books but I can see the fairy’s dance behind the trees :) Fantastic pictures Sandra :)ReplyCancel

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It’s been a while since I took my summer photos of Laufenburg and I can’t wait for autumn to continue my little project! Here are a few summer shots – hope you enjoy:)

Laufenburg

Laufenburg

Laufenburg

Laufenburg
  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 12/09/2014 - 05:18

    Beautiful pictures to see Sandra :)
    Is the third one make with a fisheye lens? It looks amazing :)ReplyCancel

  • Louis Foulon - 12/09/2014 - 06:08

    Sehr schöner bilder!!

    gr LouisReplyCancel

  • Dennis Heidrich - 12/09/2014 - 10:28

    super schöne Fotos!
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  • Adit Merkine - 14/09/2014 - 16:13

    Hi Sandra,

    How are you?
    Very beautiful pics, as always!
    I’m back from my trip and you are invited to visit my gallery from there: http://www.pbase.com/adit8/finland_2014

    All the Best,
    AditReplyCancel

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I have only worked on a few monochrome versions during the past months but I intend to process some more in the course of the year. Sometimes, I feel that it is better to look back at photos after a while and then decide on a monochrome version. However, it was fun once again and here is a small selection of my new stuff. If you fancy more of my monochrome work, please visit my updated Black & White photo gallery – the last three galleries show the most current photos. Enjoy!

Senja

Senja

Drakensberge

Azoren
  • Jarek - 09/09/2014 - 07:24

    Excellent photos!ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 09/09/2014 - 18:06

    WOW and WOW fantastic black and white. It tells a story from power and beauty on the same time. Love this :)ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 09/09/2014 - 20:15

    dear Sandra, VERY NICE photos Sandra! But…… for landscapes my favorites always will be the ‘colored’ ones.
    I appreciate a lot ‘streetpothograpy’ in black and white, but for landscaapes I adore colours (but that’s my personal impression!)!
    One have to explore all kind of photograpy (colours, black aand white,….). Anywaygou’r so good! I wish you a good continuation (I adore looking at your photos, so don’t worry! :-)
    Many greetings from Hilde ☺☺☺♥♥♥☺☺☺♥♥♥ReplyCancel

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I had always been reluctant to hike to the Feldsee alone in the dark early in the morning and so I was quite delighted when I had the opportunity to make this trip with my friend Oliver a few weeks ago. When we arrived at the lake, the water was calm with a perfect reflection and the first light of dawn was visible in the east.

Feldsee

Unfortunately, wind came up just at sunrise and destroyed the reflection. However, the fiery and colourful spectacle in the sky was worth every minute. We happily walked up to the parking area after the firework was over and the magic was gone.
Feldsee
  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 06/09/2014 - 14:33

    wonderful!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 06/09/2014 - 15:42

    Awesome picture ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 06/09/2014 - 17:21

    Lovely to see and so calm and peachful :)ReplyCancel

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Well, I don’t have a clue if this male elephant in South Africa was going north or not. But I’m sure he is not walking towards storms and rain like we do when we leave later today for our autumn trip to northern Norway:(So I would like to say goodbye for a few days – it is simply unbelievable how fast time flies – our return from South Africa seems like yesterday! Bye guys – see you soon:)

Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 03/09/2014 - 05:25

    Elephants amazing and clever animals :) beautiful picture from him. Sandra have a great time up north and stay safe.ReplyCancel

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 03/09/2014 - 09:33

    Still raining up here, but i am working with the trolls. ReplyCancel

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Waterfalls seems to exist in abundance in the Black forest and we happily used the bad weather to explore another really spectacular one in the beautiful Zweitälerland. Water flow was good after the rain but I was still wondering how impressive these falls must look after heavy rain! Definitely still on our list:)Please view more photos in our updated Black forest photo gallery .

Zweitälerland

Zweribach
  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 01/09/2014 - 07:17

    Wow Sandra the first one is beautiful :) and that green from the ferns are amazing :)ReplyCancel

  • Jim Flowers - 01/09/2014 - 12:45

    Beautiful Sandra! I wish I would have had more time to explore that area during my years in Germany!ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 01/09/2014 - 21:33

    wonderful pictures Sandra!!!ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 14/09/2014 - 16:34

    Hi Sandra,

    The pics are very beautiful as they reflect so nicely the beauty of nature! I especially like the perspective.

    All the Best,

    AditReplyCancel

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