• 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
  • General,  Monochrome

    Thundercloud vortex

    Has the future ever been read from the migration of the clouds ? Their forms and movements have always been exciting and inspiring for me. A vortex of clouds immediately creates a vortex of emotions.

    That is why clouds have long been the subject of my photographic interest and I have created a considerable collection of cloud images. 

    Last night a long heat wave ended with a thunderstorm. Above our house the clouds were swirling, lightning sometimes closer, sometimes further away. Islands of brightness changed rapidly in a threatening sea of black clouds.

    Swirling Thunderclouds © Julian Köpke
    Swirling Thunderclouds. Before the rain starts © Julian Köpke

    In some ways, these clouds remind me of interstellar gas clouds in our galaxy. In the example below the colors of the panorama image of M8 (or „Lagoon Nebula“) are suppressed to better recognize the structure.

    M8 Lagoon Nebula Panorama of 6 tiles © Julian Köpke
  • Travel

    Bonjour Bretagne

    Since a car ride from Nantes to Caen more than 40 years ago I associate Brittany with clouds and fog. This time everything is different. The coolness of the country surrounded by the Atlantic refreshes us wonderfully after the heat wave in Heidelberg and Paris.

    Traveling and painting was a great pleasure for me back then. How fantastic it is when every morning a painted landscape appears.

    Bonjour breton © Julian Köpke

    See also my album „Camaret-sur-Mer„.