First Northern Lights over Westfjords

Last night I was able to experience the first Northern Lights on my Iceland trip over Ísafjörður in the Westfjords and photograph them.

After I read a short article about the first Norther Light sightings in Iceland the day before, I was gripped by the fever and studied the latest weather and Aurora forecasts. It turned out that the conditions for the upcoming night are very good.

The only problem so far up in the north is currently the sun, which doesn’t set very deep below the horizon. This time of the year there is just a nautical dawn (which means that the sun does not set more than 18° below the horizon) and the sky is thereby not absolutely dark.

Nautical Twilight at Midnight

Nevertheless, I prepared myself for my first Northern Lights hunting. I put my Camera with fully charged batteries and empty memory card (not the other way around ;)), my new fast wide-angle lens, a tripod, a remote release and a lot of patience into my bag. Around 23:30 the sky was still quite bright and you could just see a few bright star.

When I arrived at my observing site, I could see a great play of colors on the horizon. But not the colors of the Northern Lights, but the setting sun. I deeply enjoyed the moment. Only a few minutes later I let my eyes wander over the cloudless sky. But I could still see just a few brighter stars (Vega, Deneb and co.) and a flashing Iridium satellite. But suddenly I noticed a very faint slightly lighter ‘veil’ directly above me. I could not tell if it was a veil of clouds, or indeed the expected Northern Lights.

I immediately took out my camera and took a first test shot and … in fact, it was a first, very faint Northern Light. I could not believe it and was immediately under the spell of this fascinating natural spectacle. The minutes passed and the sky was getting darker. Now I could already see the brightest star constellations. And the northern lights were also getting brighter and more colorful.

Northern Lights over Ísafjörður

Northern Lights over Ísafjörður

Northern Lights over Ísafjörður

Northern Lights over Ísafjörður

Northern Lights over Ísafjörður

I watched the dance of colors for a long time and took some pictures. After about 1 1/2 hours I was getting a bit too cold and actually I was not completely healthy. Therefore I decided to go back home with many awesome impressions. I will have enough chances to experience the full power of the Northern Lights the next months of my Iceland trip.

Sjáumst,
Stefan

Arrived on Iceland

After long and elaborate preparations in the recent weeks and months, I now finally arrived in Iceland and will stay here until the end of the year. Enough time thus to experience Iceland in all its beauty and show it to you through my pictures.

I especially look forward to the dark and cold time of the year which seems to me just charmingly from an photographic point of view – northern lights, ice caves, frozen waterfalls. We will see whether my hopes and expectations will be fulfilled. However, I´ll try to report my experiences and impressions as regularly as possible and hope you will like it.

Here is a first impression captured on my way from Reykjavík to Ísafjörður.

Road to Ísafjörður

Sjáumst,
Stefan

Comet PANNSTARS C/2012 K1

Yesterday I had some time to process images of PANNSTARS C/2012 K1 I took on May, 19th 2014. This is my first comet and I think the result is not too bad.

Comet PANNSTARS C/2012 K1

At the time of capture the comet was in the constellation Ursa Major and had a magnitude of 9.6mag.

Additionally here is a short animation made of 10 images with 2 minutes exposure each at ISO1600, processed in Photoshop CC. This animation shows the speed of this comet on the sky. Therefore, capturing comets is a big challenge for every astro photographer.
(ATTENTION: It takes some time for the animation to load!)

Animation von Komet PANNSTARS C/2012 K1

Animation of comet PANNSTARS C/2012 K1

Capturing Dates
Datum 19.05.2014
Ort Neunkirchen
Teleskop 10″ Newton Reflector
Montierung NEQ6
Nachführung mGen
Vergrößerung -
Aufnahmekamera Canon EOS 7D unmodified
Aufnahmedauer 10x120sec at ISO1600
Used Software
Stacking Adobe Photoshop CC
Nachbearbeitung Adobe Photoshop CC

Moonrise Over the Lighthouse

Last week a had a wonderful time on Mallorca. With a rental car I visited some parts of the not to big island with beautiful spots. This is one of them: the lighthouse at the Cap de Formentor in the nort-east of the island. A gorgeous coastline with numerous viewpoints.

This image is a digital composition. The moon and the clouds were inserted in post production with Photoshop to give the image this very special mood.

Moonrise Over the Lighthouse

The Abandoned Power Station

This is one of my first images made with my brand new Octocopter from about 40m (120feet) altitude and I’m so happy with it. It’s so amazing to fly around with my Canon EOS 7D on board and take pictures from breathtaking perspectives.

I’m looking forward to my planned photo project Iceland from Above. I can’t wait to see this mesmerizing structures of glaciers, rivers, rock formations, …

The Abandoned Power Station

Good Morning Sunshine

I think it’s once again time for me to say Thank You to all my followers, plusers, sharers, commenters and everyone who show’s me his/her interest in my photographic work.

THANK YOU!

M106 Spiral Galaxy

At a distance of about 24 million light-years away from earth, Messier M106 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. It’s appearant dimensions are 18,6’ x 7,2’, and it shines at magnitude 8,3 mag.

Picture of M106 Spiral Galaxy

M106 Spiral Galaxy

Capture Dates
Date 29.03.2014
Place Neunkirchen
Telescope 10″ Newton Reflector
Mount NEQ6
Guiding mGen
Magnification -
Camera Canon EOS 7D unmodified
Duration 17x300sec at ISO3200
Used Software
Stacking Adobe Photoshop CC
Post-Processing Adobe Photoshop CC

Comments, feedback and questions are not only allowed, but encouraged!

Clear Skies!

Golden Forest

Image Golden Forest

Exhibition in the gallery time

My first exhibition this years will take place from 14th to 25th of April in the gallery time in 1180 Vienna.

The opening starts on the 14th of April at 7pm and is accompanied by vocal performance artist Edda Lahmann.

The exhibition can be visited from 14th to 25th April, Mo-Fr 5-7pm and Sa 10-12am.

You can find the gallery time at Martinstrasse 54, 1180 Wien.

I look forward to your coming!

Liquid Art Plakat

Photobook Icelandscapes on amazon

My photobook Icelandscapes is now also available for purchase on www.amazon.de including free shipping.

Come with me on a journey through diversified locations full of wild nature. Feel the breath of the Earth at the caldera of Krafla, experience the immense power of water at one of the roaring waterfalls all over the country, immerse into a surreal world of glittering pieces of ice at the black sand beach of Jökulsárlón, get in touch with unbelievable soft moss that covers whole lava fields and watch the most funny and clumsy creatures of Iceland – Puffins.

It would be very helpful if you could also review my book. With this Link you can directly review Icelandscapes on amazon.

Jupiter and Europa

After some trial and error I finally got my first image of Jupiter with which I’m very satisfied.

Jupiter and Europa

Jupiter and Europa

Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar System and visible to the naked eye. He is one of the brightest objects in the night sky and was named after the Roman god Jupiter. With an approximate distance of 780 million kilometers, Jupiter is the fifth planet seen from the sun. For remembrance: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Jupiter has more than sixty moons. The largest are Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. They are also known as the Galilean moons, discovered by Galileo Galilei around 1610. They are easily visible with even low-powered binoculars.

A very prominent feature of Jupiter is the Great Red Spot. It is a giant hurricane (the largest hurricane in the Solar System) and is already visible through an amateur telescopes. In my image he is on the left side of Jupiter and very conspicuous because of his reddish color.

Due to the current opposition of Jupiter this won’t be my last image of Jupiter this year. Stay tuned for more images.

Capture Dates
Date 14/03/2014
Place Neunkirchen (Austria)
Telescope 10″ Newton Reflector
Mount NEQ6
Magnification 5x Barlow
Camera Scopium Planet Camera
Duration about 3 minutes
Used Software
Stacking AviStack2
Post-Processing Adobe Photoshop CC

Comments, feedback and questions are not only allowed, but encouraged!

Clear Skies!

Russian Orthodox Church

This beautiful church is very close to where I’m currently living. Last night I made a spontaneous photo tour to shoot some black and whites to improve my BW skills.

I hope you like it and wish you all a nice weekend!

Supernova SN2014J in M82

Last night I was finally able to take some pictures of the new supernova SN2014J in M82. The days and weeks before I had no luck with the weather.

Supernova SN2014J in M82

On January 21, a group of astronomy students discovered the new Supernova Type Ia in the irregular galaxy M82. This galaxy is located about 12 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major (Great Bear). Although M82 is a very popular object for amateur astronomers as well as for scientists, the supernova was almost a whole week long undetected.

By chance, I made a picture of M82 on December 28, thus about 2 weeks before the start of the supernova. Here you can see a comparison of the two pictures including a detail and inverted version.

Supernova SN2014J in M82

New Layout, Design and Blog

Today I started a complete redesign and restructuring of my personal website and my portfolio website.

New Layout
First of all I changed the layout of this site to a modern, responsive but rather simplistic new layout. There are lots of things I wanna improve within the next days and weeks.

New Blog and Commenting Feature
The most important new feature is a blog section on my personal website where I will publish tutorials, tips & tricks, news, announcements and many more. I have so much things I wanna share with you not only on social media networks but here on my photography website. I hope you’ll like it. You’ll be able to leave me a comment with your thoughts, feedback but also with your questions of course.

Sharing the Content
You can also share my posts and pages with the social sharing tools you can find at the bottom of my posts and pages. Feel free to share them with everyone who may be interested.