Archive for December 2014

A happy, healthy, and successful 2015!

Since we are currently traveling through New Zealand, we have celebrated the earliest possible "arrival" of the year 2015. We have welcomed 2015 and bade farewell to 2014 in Wanaka, on New Zealand's south island. Here, 2014 has ended with a torrential rainfall and hurricane winds, but just in time for the fireworks it cleared up. We have thus made a long walk along Lake Wanaka in order to look at the fireworks (shown below). On our way, my four light painting assistants have helped create the photograph on the top as a new year greeting from New Zealand.

We wish you a healthy, interesting, challenging, happy, fulfilled and successful 2015! Wherever you are, I hope that 2015 brings you much light and sunshine and only occasional clouds and rain.

All the best,


 New year fireworks 2015 above Lake Wanaka, Wanaka, New Zealand..

2014/12/31 by Unknown
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1 year of communting to Wädenswil

Since one week, we are already on holiday (which is the reason for the lack of updates to this blog), enjoying an extended summer christmas holiday far away. My working year 2014 is thus already over and it is hopefully acceptable to show a selection of "commuter photographs" of this ending year.
It has been almost a year since I have started a new post in Wädenswil, a city that is beautifully situated about 25 km south of Zurich, on the lakeside. Usually, I leave home early in the morning and thus my arrival in Wädenswil often coincides with dawn or sunrise. As my train approaches my destination, along the shore of the lake of Zurich, I can already enjoy the sometimes dramatic scenery of clouds, water, mountains, and the first sunlight. If I am in the mood and the conditions seem interesting, I spend a few minutes at the lake, enjoy the dawning day, and sometimes take a few photographs. A "best of" of these short photo sessions (excluding the three examples already shown previously) of the entire year is compiled here in chronological order.
Being able to witness the same scenery during an entire year, and hopefully many more years, sharpens the senses for the changes during the seasons, the moving sun, and even meteorologic patterns. At the same time, the more dawns and sunrises I observe in Wädenswil, the rarer the truly exceptional ones become. Consequently, I am likely to take less dawn and sunrise photographs in  each year. In my opinion, re-visiting a particular location again and again, even re-taking a specific photograph, helps to see things more objectively and to discover truly unique subjects.

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMugMoon and Venus over the lake of Zurich (January 29, 2014)

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMugPink and orange morning in Wädenswil (February 26, 2014)

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug   Sunrise behind the "Speer" (March 11, 2014)

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMugHovering cloud over the lake of Zurich (March 27, 2014)

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMugCloud and sun beams seen from Wädenswil harbor (May 19, 2014)

Better in the West (June 2, 2014)

Behind the clouds the sky is blue (August 28, 2014)

"Sky lines" over the lake of Zurich in Wädenswil (September 24, 2014)

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMugThree mallard ducks on the golden lake of Zurich (October 9, 2014)

2014/12/13 by Unknown
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