Through the snow
A prow of trees?
The “expanding” picture gallery “Munich in Winter” is now online, and can be found here, I hope you enjoy it! Actually I´m off to Munich again, today. I want to photograph a demonstration supporting a multi-ethnic Munich. In case you´ve not heard, there has been a resurgence in Germany of open racism and demonstrations against foreigners and refugees. It´s been orchestrated by a loose group of individuals called Pegida. To compensate for this, in my mind, obnoxious group, counter demos have been organised throughout Germany promoting tolerance and openness to people of all colours, religions and nationalities. So, as I wrote above, I´m off to Munich to photograph it – partly for the story but also because I support the humanist idea behind it.
The light had gone and a rather bleak, snowy evening was setting in. I was wandering around trying to keep my camera lens dry when the Maxwehr hydro power station on the Isar caught my eye. I posted a shot of this last June, but this one is totally different. Weather like this can really give some moody interesting shots (to my mind at least), you just have to keep the lens dry!
We skinned up Schwarzkogel (2030m) in the Kitzbüheler Alps, Austria on Sunday. The weather has been pretty cold of late, with a fair amount of snow. On Saturday it warmed up and rained. Non the less Sunday in the Kitzbuheler Alps was dry. The day was marked by a constantly changing light, cloud cover and views. The snow conditions varied from powder near the summit to ice lower down – for me hard skiing conditions! With an ascent of 1000m the route is a pleasant one, relatively avalanche safe and a good beginners tour.
I´ve put a lot of work into the processing of this shot, aiming for a sort of landscape portrayal that has a painterly quality to it. I´m not to sure whether I´ve got there yet – there´s still some scope with the photoshop adjustment layers.