• Lightbox

    Mediterranean creatures on a lightbox

    Today I put some tests on my cretean purchases from last September to evaluate their potential of being subject to fusion imaging. I bought three Nautilus shells and two sea snails, holding them in the store against the sun to check their transparency. My untidy studio accommodated these precious stones under quite a bunch of something.

    The best representation is with a black background, i.e. with inverted L-channel in Lab colors. With a black background a soft shining light appears in the objects.

    This snail has a shape a triangle and resembles a bear claw or an Apollo capsule in the late Sixties. The translucency is very little.

    Cretean Snail © Julian Köpke
    Cretean Snail © Julian Köpke

    The following snail has a classic shape. With the black background it resembles a galaxy in outer space.

    Mediterranean Snail II © Julian Köpke
    Mediterranean Snail II © Julian Köpke

    My first attempt with the Nautilus shells led me to a copper-like color representation with a single shot image. Lab colors is the key to this color and light distribution. Very attractive is the fact of two shells turning right and one left. Why did I wait so long to make this image ? Why do we miss important opportunities ?

    Three Nautilus shells with light inverison © Julian Köpke
    Three Nautilus shells with light inverison © Julian Köpke
  • Travel

    Sunny Sylt

    After a rainy New Years eve and a cloudy 1st January there was a chance to escape to an island in the sun: Sylt.

    A walk south along the beach at noon had a phantastic front light. We strolled without sorrows. The horizon wasn’t clear at all.

    It’s good to have these days without sorrows.

    Strollers sans soucies. Beach Westerland, Sylt. © Julian Köpke

    Short after 4 pm the sunset happened much earlier than in southern parts of Germany. The winds became more weak. A composit image of horizontal motion blur and a normal shot after the camera movement rendered a little bit of  structure.

    Sky and NorthSky and North Sea © Julian Köpke

    Increasingly great reflections occurred the next minutes. Hot waters ?

    Reflections at sunset near Westerland at low tide © Julian Köpke

    The darker it becomes the more fatigant is our way home. Less people are now on the beach. All tend to go home.

    People are going home at sunset. Evening glow with clouds at Westerland Beach. © Julian Köpke
  • Travel

    Cape Blanco State Park

    Cape Blanco State Park was a windy corner. Fortunately we had much sun and only few clouds. When looking at the Fresnel optics of a lighthouse, one may get the impression of a shiny jewel. The shape is like a virus.

    Fresnel optics of second order in Cape Blanco lighthouse (Curry County, Oregon, USA). © Julian Köpke

    When walking south we found no shiny look at Pyramid Rock with a shape not much different from the optics of the lighthouse.

    Pyramid Rock at Cape Blanco State Park lies in direction south. © Julian Köpke
  • Travel

    Travelling along the Pacific Ocean coast

    From California to Oregon, from high-tech state to nature. Now I’m at home in Germany and it’s already winter. What remains of a journey of two photo addicted ?

    Arch Rock is a quite common term in National Park environments. Driving further the 101 Highway after Fort Bragg we stopped at Arch Rock Picnic Area and walked to the arch that gave the name to this area.

    Arch Rock Brookings at the Oregon Pacific Ocean coast. An intense turquoise color of the outer Pacific Ocean changes to an emerald green at the shore. © Julian Köpke

    Beside this rock with water going forth and back there was a formation of rocks like dice in the sea. 

    On our hike to the distant viewpoint of the Cape Sebastian State Park, I was wondering how to photograph a coastline. Especially the cool waters contrasted with lasting warm colors of the coast.

    With a „natural“ landscape orientation given by the cam the idea of a line got lost. Harold suggested portrait orientation, which is obviously better.

    Cape Sebastian State Park coastline
    View of the Oregon coastline from Cape Sebastian State Park. Cold Pacific Ocean waters meet a warm and sunny autumn coast. © Julian Köpke

    At the far end of the viewpoint it was a quarter to noon. Some recommendations for photographers state not to take any image at noon. Well, why not ?

    Geometric shapes like a Paul Klee image contrasted with the haze of the Pacific. The horizon could not be seen by the naked eye. Only postprocessing showed it.

    I like to look towards the horizon. This view is from Cape Sebastian State Park towards the south. Pacific Ocean seems to be calm today. © Julian Köpke

    To get to Cape Blanco lighthouse we did a little hike in strong winds. A tripod was no longer a safe equipment. We got rewarded with a splendid feeling of openness, a lot of sun and fresh air and the acquaintance of a porcupine on the meadow behind the building.

    Cape Blanco Lighthouse is the oldest existing lighthouse of Oregon. Cold temperatures, a sunny day with a blue sky. © Julian Köpke
    Porcupine on the meadow at Cape Blanco lighthouse © Julian Köpke

    Further along the Highway 101 we fell into the Heceta Head View Point at early sunset. Although tired and ready for a shower in our B&B we pulled out and had a fantastic photographic session. Impressive is the flashing light signal of Heceta Head Lighthouse.

    Heceta Head Lighthouse at sunset © Julian Köpke
  • General

    Cape perpetua

    We went up to Cape Perpetua before our breakfast. I’d been there before after the eclipse in 2017 with Christa and friends. That year the sky was full of smoke.

    Today the sun was shielded by some haze coming from the Pacific Ocean. I wasn’t clear in mind about going there a second time. The impressive view of Heceta Head lighthouse the day before hadn’t left me.

    Black and white gives more meaning and feeling than faded colors. But it’s already long time ago and far, far away.

    Cape perpetua morning haze
    Morning haze at Cape perpetua. Being there a second time my feelings weren’t clear. Although only 2 months from now in the past I feel this morning like long time ago and very far away. © Julian Köpke
  • X-Ray

    X-Ray of Christmas cookies

    Thanks to my hard-working father-in-law we enjoy every year phantastic cookies. This year I had to cope with different archiving modalities in mammography due to quality management. This image was an idea to enjoy Christmas in advance with a composition of a Poinsettia. Simple structurizing effects render this image into a sort of cookie smelling painting.

    Poinsettia. Texturized x-ray of cookies. © Julian Köpke
  • Architecture

    Bridge into the light

    We left Heceta Head lighthouse with an undecided feeling. The day before the lighthouse had been in a gorgeous light. A talk about the building and its history was not enlightening. The sunrise at Cape Creek came all of a sudden through fog from many directions. The bridge took a bath in this crepuscular light.

    Cape Creek Bridge in a light bath at sunrise © Julian Köpke
  • Architecture

    Civilisation’s arrow

    My train was late. So I had enough time to take this image of a skyscraper at Mannheim Main Station. Since long I was starring at this triangular building with a real thin shape. On the digital image small corrections for the overhead wires had to be done. Turning the image to the right it became a civilisation’s arrow. An illusion ? Short after my shot the lights were turned off.

    Civilisation's arrow © Julian Köpke
  • Architecture

    Schwetzingen

    A walk through the castle gardens of Schwetzingen is always a highlight. On a warm and sunny autumn day everything is beautiful. Warmth and colors seem to be caressing you.

    The ancient ruler in the 18th century built a mosque to demonstrate his tolerance. Today inside was a cool light in contrast to the autumn colors outside.

    Dome of the Mosque in the castle gardens of Schwetzingen © Julian Köpke
  • Texture

    Lampshade of winding glas

    We were meeting in a room formerly dedicated to staff members of the bishop, down in the basement of a nice summer residence (Eremitage Waghäusel). We heard an extensive talk about the conditions of sincerity and dishonesty of men, given by a writer and journalist. 

    When does a human being lie ? Is there a difference between males and females ? How does behavior change with social status ? Monkeys, aware of good food, send their group in the wrong direction to enjoy their  observation on their own. What is good, what is bad ?

    This nice lampshade attracted me immediately when entering the room. I like the shape. The illusion of a lampshade close to natural structures like bark. Is light true ? What does it tell me ? Our brain tends to ignore the color of light. A cam doesn’t tell the truth, either. I had to think of friends.

    Texture
    Lampshade of windig glass © Julian Köpke