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Whaleshark encounter


I have never experienced winning the lottery. But this encounter with a whaleshark might get really close to the feelings of winning something big! Whalesharks are seldom seen in the narrow bay of Palu. I still remember my conversation with our dive guide Nasrun.

Me : I might go wide-angle on the housereef dive.

Nasrun : Naaw, housereef is only macro. I’ll show you some pygmy seahorses and ghostpipefish. Wide angle is not good on the housereef.

Me : ok, then, let’s do macro.

After roughly 30 minutes diving Nasrun looks at me and points to the sand below us. I didn’t understand. There was nothing to see. Then he lifted his head to the surface above us. So did I…and almost lost my regulator! A whaleshark just swam over our heads following our bubbles. Nasrun was actually pointing at the giant’s shadow in the sand below us.. My first thought was : Dammit, I’m on macro! Then I rembered my GoPro Camera attached to my housing. The gentle giant of about 5-6 meters cruised around us for more than 10 minutes, searching for the bubbles we expelled, a bit faster than usually, I have to admit.

Visibiltiy was not at it’s best, but here are the images of my big win!

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Misty solar eclipse 2015-03-20


Everybody was waiting for this Solar Eclipse taking place on spring equinox.

All the special protection glasses were sold out.

I woke up this morning and I could only see mist surrounding my home. Being optimistic I set up my camera and went out. Luckily the sun (and the moon) appeared from time to time through the thick fog, no protection needed :-)

here are the images. High resolution files can be seen  here on flickr

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Aurora Borealis in Northern Luxembourg


Aurora Borealis, also called Northern Lights are hardly visible on continental Europe. They mostly occur in the high latitude regions. I was keen on getting out with my camera tonight as one of these amazing phenomena was forecasted as far down “south” as Luxembourg. I must admit that I wasn’t really optimistic but as it was a beautiful starry night I could at least get some decent night shots. I pointed my camera North and took a couple of images. I could see some strange violet lights on my LCD screen but wasn’t sure about what it really was. It was only back home on my computer that I realised that I had witnessed one of the most amazing and strange phenomena !

Watch for yourself!

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Winter Wonder Landscapes


Some images of my night stroll through the woods. Even though we only had a half moon it enlightened the snow covered trees in a magic light. The white powder reflected like uncountable diamonds. It was great to brave the freezing cold elements :-)