Cap San Diego & Pretty Woman

Cap San Diego & Pretty Woman

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The white swan of the South Atlantic and in the background the musical theatres at the Elbe river. I like to go to this light mood in Hamburg when shortly after sunset the twilight sets in and the sky turns a beautiful blue. Here the special thing about it is that the silver shimmering exterior of the musical theater has taken over the color of the sky and is there in such a beautiful contrast to the warm interior lighting of the theater.

In the foreground, I have put the elegantly curved bow of the former cargo ship and today museum ship Cap San Diego. Just cut in such a way that the name and the typical loading equipment of the ship is visible. At the bow, the bow light sets another highlight for me as a photographer by illuminating the coat of arms at the bow of the Cap San Diego.

This is Hamburg!

I am already looking forward to it when the four-masted barque Peking will return to Hamburg as another museum ship in late summer this year. In earlier blog posts I had already reported on the rigging work for the Peking.

Reine Rorbuer at Blue Hour

Reine Rorbuer at Blue Hour

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Before I went into the night on the day of departure and thus on the way to the ferry to Bodø, I enjoyed the long blue hour on the Lofoten Islands once again. In Reine I had a little snack for lunch and then I strolled in direction to the rorbuer at the fjord shore. Hardly any of the cabins were inhabited at the end of January and so I did not shy to just walk through the settlement of the old fishermen’s cabins and collect my motives. The special thing about the location of the Reine Rorbuer is the view to the fjord. Between the mountain ranges of the Reine Fjord and the cabins there is still the island chain of Andøya, Sakrisøya and Toppøya. This gives the view a completely different character, because in the water you have the reflections of the lights of the settlements. Below some of the cabins are the old fishing boats with which the fishermen used to row out into the Vestfjord in the old days.

This time I’ve put a gallery of 10 pictures of the Reine Rorbuer in the blog. The pictures are meant to have an effect on you just the way they are. read more and write a comment …

Reine Rorbuer & Fishing Port

Reine Rorbuer & Fishing Port

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The Rorbuer in Reine are beautifully situated at the end of the peninsula. It is a whole ensemble that was built there on the fjord shore. Today it is run by Classic Norway Hotels.

For those who are wondering by my picture what kind of stripes are visible in the sky, I have a picture with me that gives the explanation. Right beside the Rorbuer there is still today the fishing harbor. According to this, many seagulls circle over the fjord. One must have a certain closeness to nature if one wants to live here for a longer time. The cry of the gulls was omnipresent. read more and write a comment …

Classic stockfish rack

Classic stockfish rack

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Nowadays you rarely see them, the triangular shaped stockfish racks. Mostly they are designed in box form, with crossbars on top to hold the fish. When I was in Lofoten for two days after graduating from high school with my father on the return trip from the North Cape, the shores were still full of the racks in the classical form. However, they had already been cleared away in June and it was only in Hennigsvær that we had found any racks with stockfish.

This classic rack is now at the foot of the last bridge to Hennigsvær. In the evening of my stay I had walked over the bridge and enjoyed the view of the harbor village. Just in time for sunset I was at the foot of the rack and set it in scene in a largely symmetrical way. My Tilt-Shift lens helped me here to tilt the focal plane into the room.

Stockfish!

Stockfish!

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Finally stockfish in front of my lens! At the end of January, the season of stockfish fishing was just beginning and I was lucky that the first racks around the sports field in Hennigsvær were hung with fresh cod. Despite the intense smell of fish, I couldn’t help but lie under the racks and try good compositions from the racks with thousands of fish loaves.

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Hennigsvær — the fishing village by the Vestfjord

Hennigsvær — the fishing village by the Vestfjord

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Hennigsvær, the fishing village on the Vestfjord. A football field surrounded by stockfish racks and two elongated islands with the fishing harbor in the middle. Today, many of the former storehouses and workshops have been converted into hotels and holiday apartments, but small fishing boats still lie in front of them on the quay. Typical for Norway are wooden houses, untypical for Norway painted in white or bright colors and not red or yellow like most Rorbuer. If you go to the southern end of the harbor basin, you have a view of the mountain range north of Hennigsvær, which makes this view so typical. Often you can see threatening photos from this direction on the internet and I promptly heard the hum of a drone above me on the first evening. What luck that I was still here in the off-season, how crowded this little place may be in February or March, the air filled with photo drones! read more and write a comment …

Waterfall to the Nordic Sea

Waterfall to the Nordic Sea

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A small bay, meadow grass down to the shore and a small creek that is searching its way down to the Nordic Sea — this is how I found this landscape. I quickly realized that I had to get to the small waterfall somehow, to put it in the foreground of the motif was my goal. With photo backpack and tripod I slowly made my way through the high grass, it was hard to see through the snow whether I would take my next step on solid ground or already in the creek. When I arrived above the waterfall, I had to find a stable stand for the tripod — in the end it had one leg in the creek!

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