• Fusion imaging,  X-Ray

    X-ray fusion photo of a sphere of snail shells

    This X-ray fusion image is untrue. No time during working hours to take the photograph. So I made a photo this morning at home. There are so many snail shells glued on the sphere that it is basically not noticeable if the rotation does not match exactly.

    Here is my result:

    X-ray fusion photo of a sphere of snail shells © Julian Köpke

    The underlying structure in an image of visible light looks like this:

    Sphere of snail shells © Julian Köpke
  • Monochrome,  X-Ray

    X-ray photo of a ball from snail shells

    Today’s fun was the X-ray of a sphere of snail shells, which I found as decoration in my sister-in-law’s house. It was immediately clear to me that the spherical structure of the glued snail shells would become a great X-ray image.

    The original X-ray version with a black background is dark and strong. The whole thing looks like a picture of a virus. Nobody would ever think that it was a polystyrene sphere to which snail shells had been glued.

    X-ray photo of a ball from snail shells © Julian Köpke

    In the inverted version, the object comes to the fore much more as an independent unit. A flu virus ? A plant seed ?

    X-ray photo of a ball from snail shells L-channel inverted © Julian Köpke
  • General

    Autumn in the castle garden of Schwetzingen

    Good weather is now over. The days are getting dull. With a light haze in the sky, the sun runs a little deeper than yesterday. It gets dark noticeably earlier.

    Another photographer had the same thought, to spend this day in the castle garden of Schwetzingen. And the same vision to shoot the Japanese white bridge over a pond with nice reflections.

    Japanese bridge castle gardens Schwetzingen © Julian Köpke

    It has become autumn and the reflections in the ponds of the castle garden unfold a greater charm.

    Castle gardens Schwetzingen © Julian Köpke

    The rest of the park is already prepared for the winter and seems inhospitable to the photographic eye.

    Waiting for winter in Schwetzingen castle gardens © Julian Köpke
  • flowers,  Fusion imaging,  Lightbox,  X-Ray

    Calendar 2020

    Harold says: 9 out of ten attempts fail. That’s a good consolation. What happened ?

    A company and I could not agree on the fee for an annual calendar 2020. I liked the selection of the proposed pictures, consisting of flower macros and fusion images with X-ray. „Don’t call us, we call you !“

    I’m not a merchant and I don’t live on sales. But how many have to listen to such sentences every day.

    With a little help from my elder daughter I did the calendar on my own.

  • Monochrome,  World at night

    Dark Earth, blazing sky, vast universe

    Every time the moon wanes and an ever narrower crescent becomes visible, we enjoy the sight of an almost perfect circular disk with a narrowly illuminated edge. Due to the nearby elevations of the Kraichgau around the Königstuhl, the moon rises here in Rohrbach later as the announcements of the observation programs indicate. Yesterday, short after 6 o’clock in the morning I obtained the following image, drunk with sleep, no tripod, camera settings still correct for Japan, and an empty battery. Some of the treetops of the pine forest are faintly illuminated and can be seen directly under the moon.

    Near New Moon in Heidelberg © Julian Köpke

    The photographic repetition the next morning with an even narrower crescent moon spurred my ambition on. The visibility should start about 50 minutes later. After the end of daylight saving time at three o’clock in the morning it was almost the same time on the clock as the day before.

    If it hadn’t been for the clouds ! No moon visible at all. The clouds divided the world into three parts with visible stars and darkness of the night still over the city: dark earth, blazing sky, and the perceptible vastness of the universe.

    Dark Earth - blazing Sky - vast Universe © Julian Köpke
    Dark Earth - Blazing Sky - Vast Universe © Julian Köpke
    Dark Earth - Blazing Sky - Vast Universe © Julian Köpke
  • Japan,  Travel

    Japanese paintings

    On the return flight I remembered the many Japanese drawings and paintings. During my stay I had taken extra pictures of pine branches in the hope that I would be able to achieve a painterly effect by post-processing them. I set to work with my laptop. The first image should be a pine branch of the Rengeo-In shrine in Kyoto.

    Pine impression Rengeo-In temple Kyoto © Julian Köpke

    I felt encouraged to try more, although operating the laptop on the plane was sometimes a bit difficult. The next try should be an image of the Golden Shrine Kinkaku-Ji in Kyoto.

    Golden shrine Kinkaku-Ji Kyoto © Julian Köpke

    The coloring of the picture is decisive for the success of this illusion. The colors of the Japanese paintings I have in mind are rather not saturated and the contrasts are raised more. With the photograph of an art installation in the port of Takamatsu I could still achieve a little of this illusion.

    Art installation in the port of Takamatsu © Julian Köpke

    We met the first signs of autumn in Nikko.

    First signs of autumn in Japan in Nikko © Julian Köpke
  • Japan,  Travel

    Japan, mon amour

    Why do I like Japan so much ? People are polite and friendly and you never get hurt. How great is that ! The Japanese like beauty for their eyes and their ears.

    Fresh flower bouquets can be found in the toilets of the motorway service areas. Nice music in restaurants, in the streets, in shopping malls. Decorated vases in our hotels when leaving the elevator.

    Decorated vase in Takamatsu © Julian Köpke

    Entering the port of Takamatsu, I found this beautiful composition of an artwork with propped firs. This was a pleasant introduction to our stay on Naoshima.

    Takamatsu port artwork © Julian Köpke

    The combination of an exhibition and nature is an essential feature of the Naoshima Island. Beside the possibility to visit very special and beautiful, but expensive Museums.

    Camel © Julian Köpke
    Naoshima squares © Julian Köpke
    Balls (Walter de Maria) © Julian Köpke
    Naoshima pumpkin (Yayoi Kusama) © Julian Köpke

    At noon we found a little rest at the Pacific Ocean near this Torii.

    Naoshima torii © Julian Köpke

    On our way back to Takamatsu nature itself showed a wonderful spectacle of the sunset.

    Ferry from Naoshima to Takamatsu © Julian Köpke
    Firy bridge near Naoshima © Julian Köpke
  • Japan,  Travel

    Castles, shrines and gardens

    Matsuayama Castle was erected on a hill above Matsuyama. It hadn’t been a real strategic installation. But a demonstration of power. Inside, the paths are intertwined so that no one can easily find their way around.

    The buildings seem to reach the sky. Like clouds they hover above the hill.

    Matsuyama Castle © Julian Köpke

    Today our ascent at Kotohira-Gu shrine was higher and steeper than yesterday to Matsuyama Castle. Before the ascent the usual shopping street for religious and tourist needs was located. I was happy with to oil-paper umbrellas, although it was rainy today. No sun at all.

    Oil-paper umbrellas (Karakasa) © Julian Köpke

    After a night that I had slept badly, the ascent had been particularly exhausting. It is a construction feature of the plants to offer the interested again and again new and beautiful aspects.

    That’s why photographers take a lot of benefit there as well.

    Downwards at Kotohira-Gu shrine © Julian Köpke

    Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu has been constructed in 16th century for relaxation of its owner. Photos can reflect little of the complexity to this park. From the main southern view point several groups of people with umbrellas could be observed crossing a wooden bridge. They probably wanted to leave the garden purposefully in this weather. Except falling raindrops no noise could be heard.

    Takamatsu Ritsurin Garden in the rain © Julian Köpke
    Takamatsu Ritsurin Garden in the rain © Julian Köpke
    Takamatsu Ritsurin Garden in the rain © Julian Köpke
  • Japan,  Travel

    Golden shrine – Kunkaku-ji

    Often gold is just pushy. Not in the wonderful garden of Kunkaku-ji temple. We started early in the morning to have a chance to take a photo. A warm and permanent rain supported us. There were many people, but not as much as usual.

    Kyoto Kinkaku-ji (Golden shrine) © Julian Köpke
    Reflections in Kunkaku-ji © Julian Köpke

    Our next stop was Ryan-ji temple. 15 is the sum of 3+5+7 and a holy number. 15 stones are dressed in a field in front of the temple. No one is able to see all 15 stones at once, without moving the head. Photographing the field without being allowed to move freely yields a distorted image.

    Kyoto Ryoan-ji temple Zen field © Julian Köpke

    The change from the quiet and rich impressions of the Zen gardens in the city to the Nishiki market was a kind of crash program. The folding fans of Kyoto appeared as a motif once again.

    Kyoto side street Nishiki market © Julian Köpke
    Kyoto folding fans (sensu) © Julian Köpke
  • Japan,  Travel

    Zen gardens

    A narrow shipping street leads to Ginkaku-ji Zen temple garden. Many dealers offer all kinds of souvenirs. A merchant allowed me to take a picture of her folding fans.

    Sensu Kyoto (folding fan) © Julian Köpke

    The wild sea is a difficult subject of painting. So is it for a Zen garden, too. In the garden of the Ginkaku-ji in Kyoto temple I liked very much the intensity of changing aspects of a sand composition representing the wild sea.

    Ginkaku-ji temple "The wild sea" © Julian Köpke
    Ginkaku-ji temple "The wild sea" © Julian Köpke

    It’s impossible to show the variety of aspects of this garden: one has to experience it. The rapidly changing variation of experiences in a confined space is a design feature of this garden.

    The Moon at Ginkaku-ji temple garden © Julian Köpke

    Before leaving you look back on the beginning of the tour with these nice reflections on a slow moving water.

    Sone bridge at Kyoto Ginkaku-ji Zen garden © Julian Köpke