_____Random Info Today exactly 7 years ago I joined DA and I thought I should 'celebrate' a little by editing a new ID although my last one isn't even a year old. Again this shot was taken by my buddy ~emats; this time on our Portugal trip last spring. I was keen on some star imagery and thus we drove straight up on the top of Mount Torre the highest elevation in the country to get some. Sadly it was full moon and the humidity was quite high still we got way more stars than were I live when conditions are way better.
This specific shot was taken westward where the milky way ought have been but you can't really see it due to the moon which is just outside the frame on the left side. Actually intended a test shot I by accident got in the frame and later moved, but somehow I liked the composition with me in the lower right corner thus I told Sven not to delete it so I could edited it later on.
It was pretty cold and windy thus after trying to get a good shot for a couple of hours driving around on the mountain we simply slept in the car because we were to lazy to set up the tent in the freezing winds. Next day I took this shot: [link] which is now ~emats ID.
_____Random Info Hell it was about time to get a new ID after my last one was pretty much outdated being two years old. This shot was made by my fellow *emats on our recent trip to some great spots in the Alps. The location is near the Lac d'Emesson on the Swiss / French border on a small advance towards the valley side where we tried to climb up before sunrise and of course instead of taking a small trail up there we went cross field almost stumbling and falling down the mountain face a few times. *emats was climbing with only one hand, no idea how he made it. It was our first morning so the gentle morning light after the blue hour seen from this spot was quite a welcome change of pace as opposed to what I am usually confronted with living in a derelict city like Marl. I did only some minor tweeks like white balance and some color balance afterwards. I just love the blue hour. Anyway, thanks a great bunch for taking this Sven!
_____Random Info: I figured I'd upload a new ID from my recent weekend in the lake district which resembles the typical weather in England this summer which is the coldest in 12 years according to my host. Funny thing since I was in England the last time in 2000, seems like it fits me to be here. I love the scenery though. I really has an epic appeal to it with the ominous clouds and the mountain ranges and of course rain that was about to set in again.
I am finally back from my ( too short ) trip to Patagonia ( Chile & Argentina ) this mid April 2011
let me tell you a short story behind this image .. with my poor english ( I am sorry for that )
The night before we were backpacking in "Chileno " camp , shelter already closed .. no one around .. alone in the dark forest by the river . this night was frozen , the temperature reached - 6 ° C . we were supposed to get up very early ( 5.30 AM ) to have the time to reach the peaks for sunrise ...
My friend Cyril has left the tent during the night because he was too cold .. I was looking for him at 5.30 AM .. I saw something like his headlight in the night .. I called him but no one answered ..
Then I realized .. this is not my friend and his lamp ... these are EYES .. of a creature .. staring at me .. and now it approach .. I stepped back in the tent .. with moonlight I saw the shape of a big cat x4 .. a PUMA , in fact .. ! mmh I don't know the danger about this animal .. and I am a very anxious person .. So it was a special moment !
we finally reached the peaks just before this clear sunrise after 2h route in the forests and rocks .
The original french text is visible on my facebook page or my website ..
This is TORRES DEL PAINE . CHILE .
This image, even though maybe a bit classical in its vision , is unfortunatly almost the only one on which we can really behold the magnificience and surreal appearance of these unearthly peaks ..
We had terrible conditions during our trek , very heavy bags ( 25 Kg ) and too fast and tired on the tracks .. I would have love to capture these landscapes with dramatic light and abstract vision but I definetly need more time in the field , .. to compose, to FEEL nature around.
I hope to go back for at least 1 month .
I still have the idea of organizing a workshop there, it would be amazing ; you can send me a note if you feel interested to learn photography in these areas with me .
If you are interested to buy the picture, I have the same without the person ( me ) .
I think I've made a point of the fact that I'm always out of time and out of space much toο often so I guess that by now it has sunk in. Chosing the first day of winter to put up my autumn ID proves that point beyond doubt. I just wanted to give you a sneak preview of what's next, I really hope you like this place, cause I have a couple of shots from it to show you.
Have a wonderful last month of the year all of you
I have had a few requests for larger size image for the use as wallpapers computer . So over the next few weeks will resize and uplpad selected images to my blog: kirkhille.wordpress.com/ at the wallpaper page on (Link on the top right) which people will be able to use .