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Dec, 2017

Deep forest on the Azores Islands

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Behind The Lens

The photo was taken on the Azores Islands during our honeymoon with my wife.
My girlfriend and I married on early June 2017. Afterward we made our long-awaited honeymoon on the Azores Islands. There, on an early morning we made a mountain bike trip from Ponta Delgada, the Capital City of the Islands high up to the Sete Cidades “Twin Lakes” (highest point 795 m). We left the main road, because the traffic seemed to be very dangerous. So, we have chosen an alternative route, which was not even on google maps to find. On the way, partly volcanic stones, sandy soil, then hard inaccessible passages, wildly vegetated sidewalks and the deep forest. In some places we had to push the bikes, where we were completely out of breath, because of the unreal landscape and the constant height difference. However, the joy of arriving high up was even greater. Fantastic landscape there. The picture was taken on June 18, 2017 (at 1:24 PM.)
Because we were at the moment in the deep forest, there was only little direct sunlight. On the one hand shady and dark places, on the other hand fluorescent vegetation have made the excursion and this motif so lively and intense.
This was shot on an iPhone 6s with ZEISS Mutar™ 0.6x Asph T* Wide-Angle Lens. No other equipment was involved.
I live in Central Europe, where the continental climate with four seasons prevails. I never bevor visited such an island, in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. The weather as well as the flora and fauna are very unique. During the trip in the forest, no power lines, cars or houses, not even other people for hours, so that I could perceive and live the pure nature around me. The ambiance was just fantastic.
Generally, after I find an attractive motive, I photograph it from various perspectives. Later I check the fotos on a large monitor, afterwards I edit them on an mobile application, mostly on “snapseed” or "Filterstorm Neue". However, I pay close attention to changing the picture slightly, as I do not mainly want to develop photoshop skills, but I to capture the beauty of the nature and the outside world, as far as possible.
In my camera bag
An iPhone 6s, a tripod, a bluetooth remote control and the Exolenses (iPhone 6s + ZEISS Mutar™ 2.0x Asph T* Telephoto Lens ZEISS Vario-Proxar™ 40-80 T* Macro-Zoom Lens ZEISS Mutar™ 0.6x Asph T* Wide-Angle Lens). And at least, always a bottle of water. :)
This type of landscape photography begins to me with the selection of the theme, because taking photos in a forest requires fundamentally different attitudes than under the open sky. On the one hand, superficially, it's just a forest, with lot of trees. On the other hand, that's not the case with exact higuos. On the contrary. It is indeed a complex ecosystem, but also lot of single trees. That is, all those have similar starting point, yet there are big differences among them. And these differences are all about finding and taking pictures of the particular specimens. It is important to have a main motive on which I focus (the tree on the left). It should be embedded of the overall scene. In principle, I recommend play with different perspectives in one picture, as here by the angle of inclination of the trees and the path. But maybe the most important advice, however, is to capture a motive in such a way that the viewer almost gets the feeling, to be part of the picture.

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