flowers,  General,  Travel

Turn of the year

The most surprising thing this year was the selection of many of my pictures in the Flickr Explore streamMy best picture in 2021 is again a black and white, this time of the Bernese Alps with a view of the mountain chain Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The picture was taken on the Schilthorn when I fled the permanent James Bond exhibition.

Mountain chain Eiger Mönch Jungfrau. There will be a weather change. © Julian Köpke

The end of the year had some surprises in store for both of us. We drove to the Black Forest and hoped for snow to cool off. The snow did not come immediately and a red dawn on January 2nd seemed dangerous and not calming.

Celestial fire: impression of a wildfire at sunrise in Alpersbach © Julian Köpke
With plenty of snow, alternating sunshine and snow drift, there were beautiful moments in the countryside in Breitnau near Hinterzarten.
Walk along the winter forest © Julian Köpke
Snowfall at abandoned mill © Julian Köpke

With the help of some tips from a photographer friend I was in school with a long time ago, I tried to improve my photographic technique and post-processing. This includes the trick of placing a piece of newspaper in the sharpness plane of the lens in order to speed up the focus. Very effective.

Orchid on black © Julian Köpke
Mysterious Amaryllis © Julian Köpke

I like to make things visible the naked eye isn't able to see. That's part of my profession as a radiologist, too.

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