Tranquility

Tranquility
Tranquility | Chiemsee | 2014
Christmas 2016 is in the books. New Year 2017 is around the corner. Here in Germany we call the days in between “zwischen den Jahren”, translating to “between the years”. Historically this was the period between the end of the old year (December 24th) and the beginning of the new year (January 6th). This period are also known as the twelve nights.

Traditionally this is a period of unwinding, relaxation. Most people are off work, going skiing, traveling to warm destinations or just staying at home.

Photographically this is also a rest period for me. I just don’t feel like hitting the streets, did enough of this in December. So it is time for revisiting some old photos in my library. I’m putting together the annual family photo book of 2016. I also read a lot of photography magazines and have finally some time to study the amazing work of Elliot Erwitt, one of my Street Photography heroes. I’ve treated myself to some of his books, but during the year really never had  time to go through them in detail. And of course I’m planning my next posts of “Instant Inspirations” and “Street Photography Quick Tips”.

The photo above is one from a past family trip to Lake Chiemsee, east of Munich at the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, taken exactly two years ago. It is famous for one of the Palaces of King Ludwig II (the crazy Bavarian King that also built the world famous Neuschwanstein Castle), a small version of the Palace of Versailles in France, situated on one of the two islands in the lake. It was a cold but glorious day that treated us to an amazing sunset. Taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the m.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 travel zoom at 14mm focal length, 1/125 sec @ f/5.6 and ISO 200, handheld. This is one of my rare landscape shots I’m actually proud of.

I hope you all had a great Christmas and find some time to relax as well.

Marcus

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