PHOTO OF THE YEAR
I started photography in 2012 at the age of 14.
My grandfather bought himself a new camera and I was allowed to shot some photos with it.
I was fascinated right away and on our way home I said to my family: “ I want a camera too.“
So, the following days I looked up on the internet what cameras are recommended.
No sooner said than done, I bought myself a Nikon D3100 the following weeks.
After around half a year I joined the fotoclub filderstadt e.v., one of the best decisions I made in my life.
It brought me so much improvement talking about my pictures with our people having the same passion as I.
What is in my opinion the best photo of every year, you can see here.
2012 – Allgau, Germany
November 1, 2012
A quiet autumn-day in the Allgau, Germany. I just got my first DSLR a few months before.
Everything was about getting to know your camera, experience and shot everything which came in front of your lens.
I saw some long exposures on the internet and since I was not familiar with the technique I thought it was a kind of a filter at first,
but after a bit of researching, I found out how long exposures are really made and of course, I wanted to try it!
After a few failed attempts, this was one of the first long exposures I really liked it became my favourite of 2012.
2013 – Stuttgart, Germany
Mai 18, 2013
I was one of the first times I went on a trip with my youth leader Harald Löffler, our youth leader.
We went to the Wilhelma, the zoo of Stuttgart, Germany. Since he is a professional
wildlife-photographer we got the possibility to use some telelenses.
It was quite early, around 9 am so it was not crowded and the animals were quite active.
What struck our eyes were some grey herons up in the trees, they got some offsprings and for whatever
reason were very active and flapping their wings. I took the opportunity an took this picture.
2014 – Schönbuch, Germany
September 27, 2014
Another trip with Harald, this time to the Schönbuch, a nature park near my hometown.
It was rutting season so the stags are quite active during this season in order to attract some females.
We decided to go to a hiding spot with a nice view down a swath and luckily we got a spot since it is often very crowded with other photographers.
It was before sunrise around 5 am, so we just waited. And waited. And waited.
After around 3 hours there was finally some movement. Some red deer came out of the forest followed by a stag.
The deer quickly bolt again, but the stag decided to stay a little longer.
And then he did what we all waited for. He belled and I pressed the release.
2015 – Uluru, Australia
August 3, 2015
I have to thank my father for this picture, I took it around the Uluru in Australia.
We went out to watch the sunset at the Uluru and since it was winter, the temperature was around 6-8 degrees.
So it was quite freezing and we all wanted back into our warm cabin.
But one look out of the window let me know that we cannot go into a cabin right now.
The sky was clear from east to west and north to south and billions of stars were visible.
I thought: „I cannot just photograph the stars, I need a foreground.“.
And then it struck me. Why do not use the car? I instructed my father and set up my gear.
After around four drives my father did, I was finally happy with the outcome and we all went back into our warm cabin.
2016 – Schloss Neuschwanstein, Germany
August 21, 2016
One of the most magnificent landmarks in Germany. The Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria.
A building that is photographed hundreds of times a day, by people all over the world.
But although there are so many photographs of the castle I wanted to do one myself.
So I headed out with my friend Maximilian Bader in order to get this shot.
We looked up the location we wanted to take the photo in front over Google Maps and over tools,
but the day was very cloudy and rainy so we did not expect that much.
After we hiked to our spot, as so often in photography, we waited. We saw in the open area to our left some light spots
moving with the motion of the clouds and hoped to get one on the castle as well.
Two missed, but the third one hit the bullseye. I pressed the release again.
2017 – Paris, France
Januar 16, 2017
It has been rainy for a few days in Paris. It was cold and got dark early.
Perfect for photographers! I spent most of the days searching for reflections and atmospheric shots.
On this evening I decided to go on to the Tour Montparnasse to get some shots of the Paris „skyline“.
We went up there around an hour before sunset. It was freezing, since up there it was pretty windy and snowy.
Non the less I wanted my shot so I waited again for some light to happen. It took a while.
The sunset was really low, but when the light all over Paris turned on, the blue hour was phenomenal.
With the lights, the searchlight on the top of the Eiffel-tower went on. I wanted to add it to my image,
so I tried to get the perfect position of the spot into my exposure.
2018 – Kvalvika Beach, Norway
Oktober 17, 2018
In the second half of 2018, I had the opportunity to go on an exchange study to Finland.
With it came the opportunity to go on a trip to the Lofoten-islands in the north of Norway.
A location on top of my „want-to-go-to“-list for a long time.
Since it was October we were a bit unsure if the trip is worth it, since it is the rainiest time of the year
But we put all uncertainties aside and three friends and I headed straight to Norway.
Well, forecasts were correct. It rained. And rained. And rained.
Yet, we wanted to see the Lofoten so we started hiking to Kvalvika Beach in the rain.
But wind became stronger and rain heavier so we decided to hide behind a stone for a while.
We discussed what to do next, go back or wait since we were already soaked. We decided to stay and it was the best decision in a long time.
Right before sunset, the clouds vanished and the sun lighted up the sky behind the Kvalvika Beach. Yet another time I pressed the release.