As an oceanographer, I like larger water bodies and the sea. Living on the rhine is the second best substitute to living at the coast, so I try to make the best of it.
Recently, I discovered the meditative nature of wildlife photography, which was triggered by a random encounter with a kingfisher in Laufenburg’s part of Auenschutzpark Aargau. Scouting for a particular bird, looking for signs of its presence and setting up a hide and being patient has been a pandemic-conform activity. Laufenburg is blessed with two kingfisher areas, one up- and one down-stream of the old town. They are very shy and
Laufenburg is very well suited for “fake” tilt-shift images, which convey the optical illusion of miniature model landscapes or cities. One needs high(er) vantage points, preferably coupled with a long lens and bright lighting and then some special blur filters, e.g. in Affinity Photo, to create that effect.
Through a stunning image from UK based landscape photographer Mark Littlejohn I was introduced to the concept of compressed landscapes. Using short to medium telelenses, the apparent distance between objects in the landscape can be reduced, e.g. compressed to create an interesting effect. Sadly, I do not live close to the Lake District, but the Jura mountain range and the Alps offer compression potential as well. All images in this