• Landscape,  Long time exposure,  Motion Blur,  Travel

    Island in the sun

    Always changing weather conditions is normal on Sylt, the northern most island of Germany. Heat, winds and rain alternate continuously. Just arrived I had to go straight to the beach, where clouds and sun welcomed me at the same time.

    On the beach of Westerland © Julian Köpke

    The on average better weather awaits one in the north, the so-called elbow, a peninsula near List. A lot of unused beach chairs with low numbers are standing there.

    Beach at so-called ellbow near List, Sylt © Julian Köpke

    Some 40 km south one finds the south tip of Sylt with its characteristic lighthouse. Many lighthouses can be found on this island, which is surrounded by sandbanks and often changing flow conditions of the water at low or high tide.

    Lighthouse at south end of Sylt (Hörnum) © Julian Köpke

    A beach walk is accompanied by many birds, seagulls mostly, but also cormorants or sandpipers. Sometimes you flush them out unvoluntarily and they fly wildly confused.

    Seagulls at Hörnum (Sylt) © Julian Köpke

    Cyclists become tiny like ants against the seemingly overpowering clouds. Without mountains one loses any scale.

    Clouds hanging over the dike at Rantum polder © Julian Köpke

    Experimenting with longtime exposure my first results of waves at the beaches are not yet convincing. Three seconds turn out to be a vivid interval of the time fusion on my sensor.

    Time fusion waves Dikjen Deel (3s), Sylt © Julian Köpke
  • Travel

    A special color palette

    It’s the primary goal of many photographer’s who travel to Heligoland: bird photography. For more than 20 years now the Northern Gannet populates largely the red rocks of the island.

    A short walk leads to the rim where these birds are breeding amongst seagulls and guillemots. Birders populate this rock early in the morning or late in the evening close to the rim, where the birds are nesting.

    Couple of Northern Gannets at sunset on Heligoland. © Julian Köpke

    Gannets like to fly like students roam around in their school yard. Very attractive to see. A long and late sunset close to the summer solstice enhanced the experience.

    Sunset Heligoland close ton the summer solstice © Julian Köpke

    The birder population varies largely with the year as the bird population does. This January, empty nests and no birders on Heligoland. This evening we were attracted by a beautiful sunset. After the sunset no further bird photos could be made. What a pity !

    No birder, no cry © Julian Köpke

    After sunset the color palette turned into orange and turquoise. Turner in Venice used these colors in his last watercolors often. A power plant still was working a little bit.

    Power plant close to Heligoland in the North Sea. © 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 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