HDR photography of flowers with a light box creates the illusion of translucency, which is very attractive in itself. By fusing X-ray light and visible light in flower photography, one expands the photographic possibilities by reproducing the inner structures of the photographed plants or objects. The illusion of translucence is enhanced by the physical transparency of X-ray light. Even photographically non-transparent objects can be given the illusion of transparency by fusing X-ray light and visible light.
A publication by the dPunkt publishing house in „foto espresso“ gave me the opportunity to present this idea in the May 2023 issue.
In my mind, Egypt is associated with the friends and acquaintances from this country whom we have known for almost a lifetime. And with pyramids, sculptures, painting and literature, sailboats on the Nile and palm trees in oases. Last but not least, with a rising full moon behind remote settlement houses on the Nile. But one after the other.
Photographs of the pyramids of Giza like to show them with the desert as their surroundings. They appear to stand free under a clear, steel-blue sky. At the time these monuments were built, there must have been a strictly organised activity for the mummification of corpses and the documentation of their past lives. A lot of people must have worked there permanently, as scribes, painters, sculptors and not least as tomb architects and workers. Today we would call this an industry.
Modern Cairo is getting closer and closer to the site of the Giza pyramids. The city limits are only a stone’s throw away from the new Egyptian Museum. It is as if this structure is a last warning before the city finally swallows up the pyramids. If you look from the Citadel towards Giza, you almost think the skyscrapers are as tall as the pyramids.
The first step pyramid was erected between 2720 and 2700 BC by Pharaoh Djoser. As with many other ancient statues, its face was destroyed, probably by Christian fundamentalists who wanted to put an end to the statue’s possibility of having an effect on the population. Photographing these statues is only possible with patience, searching for the best perspective and a moment without visitors in the line of sight. Then you can imagine the grandeur and splendour that these works must have once radiated.
The ancient Egyptian museum houses a lot of ancient statues from the old empire. Fortunately, some of these works remained intact due to sand drifts. One can then see the earlier extent of the drifts before the excavations by the boundaries of the fundamentalist destruction.
The bust of the pharaoh Userkaf made of black stone is not only well preserved. Its presentation in the museum makes it reminiscent of a magician who does not want to be recognised. The bust was found at his sun temple at Abu Ghurab. Userkaf was the last king of the 5th dynasty. His pyramid, now ruined, is located a few hundred meters from the northeast corner of Djoser’s 3rd dynasty step pyramid at Saqqara.
From the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt by Pharaoh Mentuhoteb II in the years 2030 to 2021 BC, the pharaohs wore a larger headdress symbolising the two parts of the empire.
Less than 200 years later, the pharaohs intensified the cultivation of the Fayyum Oasis for vegetable production by diverting water from the Nile into the area, which was up to 45m below sea level. At that time, a huge lake was created. Although the area has been permanently settled and cultivated for almost 6500 years, sometimes the feeling of a precarious existence of a desert oasis still imposes itself.
There is a relaxing contrast to the oasis when you travel the Nile by boat. Then you are in the middle of the Nile as a lifeline with a green strip on both banks. Apart from numerous cruise ships, barges, sailboats and rowing boats also move on the water.
As the sun set one evening, the last full moon before the beginning of spring rose in Esna. Four weeks later it would be Easter because of this. The lighting conditions favoured a single exposure shot to get a satisfactory result. At 135mm focal length and f8 with ISO 3200, it took me what felt like a very long 1/30s to take the picture.
On Sunday we met with friends to walk in the castle gardens of Schwetzingen, especially to the cherry garden of the mosque, because the cherry trees are starting to blossom. Weak intermittent clouds created a diffuse light in the park with warm intermediate tones. The well-designed baroque grounds everywhere show the joy of technical possibilities to expand – or even deceive – the human horizon of experience.
There is a small section in the park with a trompe l’oueil designed to make infinity tangible. In summer, ivy grows along the tunnel-shaped lattice to create a tube view.
When photographing the following avenue of trees at the edge of the mosque, it was of course clear that the perspective should give the impression of a long path. I tried 2 days later to increase this effect by repeating the image in the picture, which can easily be done with digital photography and post-processing. After the second repetition, I think the eye is very well deceived and no longer perceives a real end.
Compare to the original here.
Yesterday I came across a piece of music through a noble advertising trailer of a French watch company with the wonderful actors Catherine Deneuve and Rami Malek directed by Guy Ritchie. I was almost magically drawn to the film because there was a time when I lived in Paris.
But the most exciting thing was the soundtrack „Lilies of The Valley“, which exuded such an incredible lightness. I hadn’t heard of the composer Jun Myiake before, but I did know Arto Lindsay, who added his inimitable vocals. Perhaps one cannot leave the cosmos of one’s own taste.
That’s why I quickly set off to get some lilies in town. They were to be white lilies, of which I could only get two. Red lilies in all stages of blossoming I then allowed myself to enjoy. So I took some pictures with a mixed bouquet of paradisiacal blooming lilies.
Today the sun shone warmly, almost too warm for a day in mid-February. A few tulips given as gifts were getting older in the vase and one started to hang its head. They had delighted us with their colourfulness for many days.
So I decided to do a photo series with tulips on my lightbox.
Tulips are best suited for scenic representations because they look like a human person against a light background. Dance is the most obvious association I have then. The leaves become whirling arms. The flower is the head. The legs are not really needed.
If the tulips lie close together, you get the impression of a tapestry. The light from the lightbox penetrates well enough to create an airy effect.
Here they show themselves in a formation like a dance group.
Floral compositionsClockwork ornate styleClockwork of flowers: flower power © Julian KöpkeRed rose petalsRed rose petals © Julian KöpkeSix rosesSix roses © Julian KöpkeThree rosesThree roses © Julian KöpkeBlooming thistle at the former railroad tracksBlooming thistle at the former railroad tracks © Julian KöpkeDancing tulipsDancing tulips © Julian KöpkeDream of tulipsDream of tulips on a lightbox © Julian KöpkeThree purple tulipsThree purple tulips HDR photo © Julian KöpkeComposition with rosesComposition with roses on a lightbox © Julian KöpkeFloral Arrangement with FreesiasFloral Arrangement with Freesias © Julian Köpke
Not many imagesHelix nebulaHelix nebula © Julian KöpkeNGC 6514 M20 Trifid nebulaNGC 6514 M20 Trifid nebula © Julian KöpkeM8 Lagoon NebulaM8 Lagoon Nebula © Julian KöpkeEta Carinae NGC 3372 IIIEta Carinae NGC 3372 © Julian KöpkeIC 2944 - 48 Running Chicken NebulaIC 2944 - 48 Running Chicken Nebula © Julian KöpkeM42-1Orion nebula M42M45-2Pleiades M45NGC 5236 Southern Firewheel GalaxyNGC 5236 Southern Firewheel Galaxy © Julian Köpke
World at nightCelestial light IIICelestial light III © Julian KöpkeChaletChalet © Julian KöpkeJupiter Moon Saturn over Alps (Mürren)Jupiter Moon Saturn over Alps (Mürren) © Julian KöpkeStitched PanoramaStitched PanoramaMilky Way and Magellanic CloudsMilky Way and Magellanic Clouds © Julian KöpkeMond Venus und Jupiter© Julian KöpkeMoonrise and MercuryMonduafgang mit MerkurMoonrise in KiripotibSilhouette of earth under Milky Way and startrailsSilhouette of earth under Milky Way and startrails © Julian KöpkeStartrails over Tunnel ViewStartrails over Tunnel View is a combination of Startrails and a daylight image superimposed to get some structure. © Julian KöpkeStartrails South KiripotibStartrails South Kiripotib © Julian KöpkeTurning night sky in YosemiteTurning night sky in Yosemite © Julian KöpkeZodiacal light in YosemitePlanet Juiter is the bright star in the East in the zodiacal light in Yosemite. © Julian Köpke
Low light or twilightHeidelberg castle at low lightHeidelberg castle at low light © Julian KöpkeSunset in Heidelberg or Red NeckarSunset in Heidelberg or Red Neckar © Julian KöpkeChapel RotenbergChapel Rotenberg © Julian KöpkeView on San Francisco downtown at sunsetView on San Francisco downtown at sunset © Julian KöpkeOrvieto Piazaa Duomo before sunriseOrvieto Piazaa Duomo before sunrise © Julian KöpkeDark Duomo, OrvietoDark Duomo, Orvieto © Julian KöpkeSunset medieval quartiere OrvietoSunset medieval quartiere Orvieto © Julian KöpkeNocturnal deception in the arctic mistNocturnal deception in the arctic mist at the Arctic Henge in Raufarhöfn © Julian Köpke
NightBlue river Neckar in HeidelbergBlue river Neckar in Heidelberg. Venus far left between clouds. © Julian KöpkeLighthouse Kampen northLighthouse Kampen north © Julian KöpkeSan Francisco seen from Berkeley ISan Francisco seen from Berkeley I © Julian KöpkeMoon in Berkeley MarinaMoon in Berkeley Marina © Julian KöpkeColors of the night at Raufarhöfn ChurchWikipedia tells: Raufarhöfn Church was designed by none other than Iceland's national architect Guðjón Samúelsson, built in 1928 and consecrated on 1 January 1929. © Julian KöpkeNight flight from Da NangNight flight from Da Nang © Julian Köpke