• World at night

    Partial lunar eclipse

    Night clouds may be a creative opportunity, although they generally lead to limitations in the visibility of a celestial event. Last evening was such an opportunity. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

    There is enough structure in the image to please one’s eye. The color of the Moon has a rusty tone outside the central shadow of the earth.

    A cloudy evening in Heidelberg with a silent partial lunar eclipse. © Julian Köpke

    The composite of this capture with a mood picture on site is technically not completely satisfactory. I should have made more different exposures of the night sky.

    Heidelberg partial lunar eclipse © Julian Köpke
  • Travel

    End of the world

    On a ball there is no such thing like an end or a beginning. Before the discovery of America the region we traveled to today was called „End of the world“ or „Finistère“ in French. The Atlantic Ocean shows its wild side here.

    On our way from Camaret-sur-Mer to Pointe du Raz we came through many old villages of Brittany. St. Nic is such a place, where you can find a pretty church building.

    Èglise St. Nic © Julian Köpke

    Coming form Douarnenez you first reach Point du Van in westerly direction. The church is consecrated to shipwreckers.

    Église Pointe du Van © Julian Köpke
    Église Pointe du Van © Julian Köpke

    Within sight of the western wall you can perceive a small lighthouse.

    Sailing boat and lighthouse © Julian Köpke

    After a short drive, first in a southerly direction and then in a westerly direction, you reach Pointe du Raz. At low tide the is a strong current in southern direction. The water is visibly swirled between the rocks. At this point, where the world ended 528 years ago, you can easily imagine a wild Ocean.

    Our journey to Brittany now has come to its end.

    See more images in my album.

    Pointe du Raz © Julian Köpke
  • General,  Travel

    Anchor at Camaret-sur-Mer

    Camaret-sur-Mer is a place with a long history, which tells the former economic and military importance. Cabaret has been also the most important lobster port in France. The place is located on a peninsula of strategic importance for the security of Brest. The peninsula was therefore coveted by Great Britain and Spain in their fight against France.

    The Vauban tower bears witness to France’s fight against the conquerors. I took the following image with my tripod in front an old warehouse of the former shipyard.

    La tour Vauban Camaret-sur-Mer © Julian Köpke

    The civil shipwrecks show the decline of fishing in the region. You can’t find warships here.

    Shipwrecks in Camaret-sur-Mer © Julian Köpke
    Èpaves à la port de Camaret-sur-Mer © Julian Köpke
    Épaves à Camaret-sur-Mer © Julian Köpke

    All ships are damaged, by time, by economic ruin. This is where they found their last port.

    Épaves à Camaret-sur-Mer © Julian Köpke

    Where is our final anchor point ? Will it be interesting to look at us ?

    Anchor and Moon à Camaret-sur-Mer © Julian Köpke

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

  • Travel

    Impressions of Brittany

    Every morning I photograph the rocks on the beach from our window. The atmospheric conditions change greatly whenever I look outside. The impression made by the rocks changes with the change of the atmosphere.

    Coastline at sunrise in Camaret-sur-Mer © Julian Köpke

    Only next morning the rocks look completely different. There is alway a painterly impression the light induces.

    Morning light © Julian Köpke

    Higher tide the next morning.

    L' aube à Camaret-sur-Mer © Julian Köpke

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

  • 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„.

  • Train window,  Travel

    Flying into Paris by train

    I love to look out of a train window. So many photo opportunities passing by – and no chance to capture one of them.

    With my iPhone App „Slow Shutter“ on our way to Bretagne via Paris sitting in a TGV (train a grande vitesse) going at 300 km/h I shot this series of images. The GPS tags are approaching Paris clearly. The result is a motion blur image dominated by horizontal lines.

    Oh: above 300 km/h the internet connectivity decreases its speed. What irony ! 

  • Architecture,  General,  Travel

    Leipzig 2.0

    Second journey to Leipzig. Half way stop at Schloss Seehof in Memmelsdorf. Finest square architecture. Splendid water cascade.

    Cascade Schloss Seehof Bamberg Castle Gardens © Julian Köpke

    Leipzig has been a town since round about 1200. Many places were reconstructed after destruction during socialist dictatorship. The horrible blast of the Pauliner Church in 1967 lead to a beautiful and appealing reconstruction after 1989.

    Leipzig Paulinum © Julian Köpke
  • Background,  flowers,  Lightbox

    Heucheria leaf on a light box

    So often I tried to image a Heucheria leaf. It doesn’t seem complicated. With less saturation the impression of a water color image emerges of a single leaf.

    Heucheria leaf © Julian Köpke

    Going on with my Blossfeldt studies I need a background for this image. An image with background exerts a special charm. A paper structure fits well.

    Heucheria leaf © Julian Köpke

    Only the conversion to black and white comes closer to the impression of a Blossfeldt macro.

    Heucheria leaf © Julian Köpke
  • Background,  flowers,  General

    Do you like Karl Blossfeldt ?

    Karl Blossfeldt was a German photographer who lived from 1865 to 1932. He didn’t think himself a photographer. With his studies of plant forms he made an enormous contribution to plant photography. Here is a nice wikipedia article about him.

    He started to do photograms. Plants or parts of plants were placed directly on film or paper suitable for exposure. Exposure then takes place without any optics. Later he built himself a wooden camera, which reminds me of Andreas Feininger.

    Black and white backlit macro images with a background can be similar to Blossfeldt’s images.

    Silver leaf © Julian Köpke
    Heucheria in bloom © Julian Köpke
    Vetch © Julian Köpke
    Day lily © Julian Köpke
  • General,  Travel

    Stuttgart Television Tower

    You never know in advance what it means to return to the place of childhood. On top of a 217m high television tower physically overlooking the years I spent near a forest in Stuttgart Gablenberg there was a feeling of returning or being at home. 

    A few memories to the first visit to this tower mixed with the fantastic view. My daughters had invited me to this evening as their birthday present to me. The waiter is friendly and brings us as a special exception a white tablecloth to celebrate the day. So it’s fun to get to know the carefreeness.

    We enjoy delicious local food while the sun is getting lower and lower. Occasionally I feel a touch of fear of heights. Our table stands directly at the window with a view of the city.

    Nevertheless, we go up to the higher viewing platforms to look and take pictures. Suddenly many other photographers appear out of nowhere and we take many pictures of the view and a spectacular sunset.

    Green Stuttgart seen from Television Tower © Julian Köpke

    It’s still light when we left. The landmark of the city can be photographed in a variety of compositions. Here is just one of my many:

    Stuttgart Television Tower (Fernsehturm) © Julian Köpke