Leaf Buds

The image is a new edit of an old post. The new one is made with DxO PhotoLab, and the old version was done with Adobe Lightroom. Which one do you like better? I have been trying to identify the plant, which is rather tricky with only such a small portion of it visible. Many plants appear to…

Crescent Moon over Rooftops

Shortly after the sunset, the orange waxing crescent moon shines through a thin layer of clouds. The rooftops form a black silhouette in the foreground.

DxO PhotoLab 4 DeepPRIME denoise example

I have been reluctant to publish the image in my previous post, Heidelberg Castle at Night. It is a single frame taken without a tripod at ISO 5000. It has a fair amount of noise and does not appear very sharp. The latest instalment of DxO PhotLab added an improved version of the PRIME denoising algorithm called DeepPRIME. I…

Heidelberg Castle at Night

The Heidelberg castle glows illuminated on a warm summer night. Street lights cast colourful reflections on the waters of the river Neckar

Waxing Gibbous Moon November 2020

Waxing gibbous Moon (62%) on 24.10.2020 eight and half days in the lunar cycle, one day after the first quarter half-moon. Explorer 150P-DS on N-EQ3-2 Pro with an aluminium tripod. Stacked with Affinity Photo. Edited with Affinity Photo and DxO PhotoLab 4.

Neptune and Triton

Neptune is the eighth planet and farthest from the sun. Neptune Triton is Neptune’s largest moon and the only large moon in the solar system with a retrograde orbit. Photographed with PEN E-PL7 and Sky Watcher Explorer 150P-DS on N-EQ3-2 Pro with aluminium tripod. Stacked with Sequator. Edited and annotated with Affinity Photo.

Jupiter Moons with a Telezoom Objective

Jupiter captured with Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm telezoom objective. The Galilean moons Ganymede, Europa and Callisto, are visible near the planet. Io is in front of Jupiter and cannot be seen. The star on the left is HR 7327, a double star in Sagittarius. The cropped image above is similar to the one I shot…

Three Pollinators

Three pollinators – a bee, a bumblebee and a butterfly – flying around the same purple flower.

The Moon with 150 mm zoom objective

I recently purchased the very reasonably priced M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40‑150mm F4‑5.6 R zoom objective. I got mainly for terrestrial subjects but gave it a quick test in moon photography. The image is better than using a smartphone and binoculars, but no match for the telescope. With 150 mm focal length there is no need…

Heidelberg Heiliggeistkirche

The late Gothic Heiliggeistkirche is a prominent landmark rising over the buildings in Heidelberg old town. The Bergbahn funicular railway goes up the side of the hill in the background. The track ends at Molkenkur transit station, where an older funicular continues to the summit Königstuhl.