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Cumulonimbus: Cumulonimbus clouds illuminated by the setting sun. — Nikon D200, Rapperswil, 2006

Cirruscumulus: Cirruscumulus clouds — Nikon D200, 2006

The Moon

Waning half moon: The waning moon one day after half moon, shot in the dawn. The darker the sky the more contrast one has on the moon's surface. But in summer one has to get up damn early for this ;-) I used the Photoshop Neat Image plugin to reduce noise and an unsharp mask before scaling the picture — Nikon D200, William Optics ZenithStar 105mm f/7, 2x Nikon Telekonverter, ISO 400, 1/30s, Rapperswil, 19 June 2006 05:25 MESZ

Balloon crossing moon: Surreptitious advertising ... okay, this picture is a fake. The ballon passed the Moon in a distance of about 1-2 degrees. But the size and brightness are correct. — Nikon D200, William Optics ZenithStar 105mm f/7, ISO 200, 1/500s, Rapperswil, 18 June 2006

Full moon rising: The almost full moon rising behind the Swiss Alps. It was a day before full moon and the sun was still up, which made the moon look pale. I streched contrast a bit. Best time to take a picture of the rising moon is in dusk or dawn when the sun is already below the horizon but the sky is still bright enough to appear in color on the picture. — Nikon D200, William Optics Zenitstar Triplet APO, d=105mm, f=735mm, ISO 200, 1/100s. Scheidegg at Wald/ZH, 10. June 2006

Airplane crossing Moon: An airplane crossing the full moon ... Sorry, this is a hoax. I copied an airplane across the moon. At least the two pictures were taken on the same evening and have the same scale. Taking a picture like this in real requires much luck and patience. — Nikon D200, William Optics ZenithStar 105mm f/7, composite (Moon 1/100s, airplane 1/250s), Scheidegg at Wald/ZH, 10 June 2006

Rising moon: Rise of the moon behind the Swiss Alps, one day after full moon. The sky is already too dark to appear blue on a picture where the Moon isn't overexposed. Best time is on the same day or the day before full moon. — Nikon D200, William Optics Zenitstar Triplet APO, d=105mm, f=735mm, 1/15s, ISO 800, Weissabgleich Sonnenlicht, Scheidegg, 14. Mai 2006

Full moon rising: The full moon is rising behind trees. It's dusk and the sky is still bright enough to appear blue on a picture. — Nikon D200, William Optics Zenitstar Triplet APO, d=105mm, f=735mm, ISO 400, 1/100s, Scheidegg Wald/ZH, 10 June 2006. Nikon D200, 1/100 s, F/7.1, 800 mm, ISO 400, Saturday, June 10, 2006 21:27:34

Moon, 9.39 days old: The Moon 9.39 days after new moon. Just a test picture with my new Vixen Great Polaris GP D2 mount with FS2 drive unit. — Nikon D200, William Optics ZenithStar 105mm f/7, 2x Teleconverter, 27 March 2007. Nikon D200, 1/20 s, ISO 100, Monday, March 27, 2006 20:09:56

Lunar Eclipse 2007: Totality of the lunar eclipse of 3/4 March 2007. One can see the different colours ranging from red, yellow and blue. The different colours are caused by the earth's atmosphere that looks like a glowing ring when seen from the moon during the eclipse - like a dusk. Unfortunately this picture is an unsharp combination of 4 pictures with high ISO number because I didn't have a motorized mount and therefore one couldn't make longer exposures than 1/2 second. Noise reduction with Neat Image plugin — Nikon D200, William Optics ZenithStar 105mm f/7, ISO 1600x2, 1/2s, Ascona, 4 March 2007, 00:27 MEZ. Nikon D200, 1/2 s, ISO 3200, Saturday, March 4, 2006 00:27:32

Lunar Eclipse 2007: The Earth casts its shadow on the moon. On this picture the moon's part which is exposed to the sunlight is overexposured to show the different colours of the core shadow. The colours range from brown, red to blue and are caused by diffraction in the Earth's atmosphere. — Nikon D200, William Optics ZenithStar 105mm f/7, ISO 800, 1/2s, Ascona, 4 March 2007, 23:29 MEZ. Nikon D200, 1/2 s, ISO 800, Friday, March 3, 2006 23:29:11

Lunar Eclipse 2007: Moon entering umbra (core shadow) of the earth. The term "core shadow" means that in this part the whole Sun is behind the earth, so there is no direct sunlight. — Nikon D200, William Optics ZenithStar 105mm f/7, ISO 100, 1/60s, Ascona, 4 March 2007, 23:18 MEZ. Nikon D200, 1/60 s, ISO 100, Friday, March 3, 2006 23:18:31

Lunar Eclipse 2007: Moon entering penumbra (half shadow) of the earth. The penumbra is the zone in the earth's shadow where only a part of the sun's disk is visible. The darkness is gradually increasing to the center of the shadow where the whole sun disk is behind the earth. — Nikon D200, William Optics ZenithStar 105mm f/7, ISO 100, 1/60s, Ascona, 4 March 2007, 23:18 MEZ. Nikon D200, 1/250 s, ISO 100, Friday, March 3, 2006 22:23:24

Stars

Circumpolar Starns: Circumpolar stars with clouds on Mirasteilas 2006 in Falera. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4, f=12mm, f/4, 30min, ISO 100, colour temperature 3000K, 24 September 2006

Star trails: Trails of stars above trees and mountains. I set the white balance to 3000K because then the night sky appears blue, which is not scientifically correct but looks more natural ;-) If the white balance is set to sunglight then the night sky appears brown. I recommend using NEF for all night scenes or under illumination circumstances which are unclear. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm, f=28mm, f/2.8, 480s, ISO 200, white balance 3000K, Glaubenbergpass, 22. April 2006

Milky way Cygnus: The milky way in the constellation Cygnus.

Milky way Scutum: The milky way with the Scutum star cloud.

Antares Region: The region around the brigt star Antares in the constellation Scorpius. The red stripe across the image was caused by an airplane.

Milky way: Milky way at the spring telescope meeting on Hasliberg

Polar star above fir: The polar star above a fir tree. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm, f=28mm, f/2.8, 960s, ISO 100, white balance 3000K, Glaubenbergpass, 22. April 2006. Nikon D200, 959 s, F/2.8, 28 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, April 22, 2006 00:02:19

Zurich

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Säntis at Sunset: Nikon D200, 1/100 s, F/7.1, 800 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, June 10, 2006 21:02:59

Lake Zurich at Night:

Tree on a Hill: Nikon D200, 1/320 s, F/9.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Monday, April 24, 2006 13:36:44

House in Vineyard:

Swamp at Greifensee:

Schwyz

Dandelion meadow: A meadow full of dandelion nearby the camping site Oberiberg on Hoch-Ybrig. — Nikon D70, May 2005

Uri

Urnerboden: Clouds are passing over the ridge of the mountain chain Glatten-Jegerstöck-Ortstock. — Minolta X-700, November 2001

Klausenpass: The Klausenpass — Minolta X-700, November 2001

Klausenpass: View from the pass road of Klausenpass to the cliff Sennenband. In the background the snow covered Griesstock. — Minolta X-700, November 2001

Urnerboden: The setting sun shines through the Klausenpass and casts long shadows on the Urnerboden. — Minolta X-700, November 2001

Urnerboden: Sunset mood on the Urnerboden. In the background the mountain chain Glatten-Jegerstöck-Ortstock. — Minolta X-700, November 2001

Ticino

Ascona: Nikon D200, 8 s, F/11.0, 52 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, March 4, 2006 02:00:33

Ascona: Nikon D200, 8 s, F/22.0, 40 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, March 4, 2006 01:52:10

Ascona: Nikon D200, 30 s, F/8.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, March 4, 2006 01:43:18

Ascona: Nikon D200, 20 s, F/8.0, 28 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, March 4, 2006 01:35:48

Zug

Springboard Lake Zug:

Grisons

Cut Tree Trunk: A freshly cut, broken tree trunk. — Nikon D70, AF Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8D

Canola Field: A field full of yellow canola somewhere nearby Ems along the river Rhein in the canton Grisons. — Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm 1:2.8 D, 5 June 2005

Beetle: A bug crawling over elderflowers, somewhere near river Rhine between Chur and Ems. — Nikon D70, AF Micro Nikkor 60mm 1:2.8 D, 5 June 2005

Frog: A frog is sitting in a small pond nearby Felsberg in canton Grisons. — Nikon D70, AF Micro Nikkor 60mm 1:2.8 D, 5 June 2005

Resin drops: A freshly cut tree trunk is bleeding resin drops. — Nikon D70, AF Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8D

Resin drops: A freshly cut tree trunk is bleeding resin drops. — Nikon D70, AF Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8D

Dragonfly: A dragonfly is resting on a blade of grass on a small pond nearby Felsberg in canton Grisons. — Nikon D70, AF Micro Nikkor 60mm 1:2.8 D, 5 June 2005

Barley Ears in Wheat Field: Different than the rest. Two barley ears in a field of wheat, somewherey nearby Domat-Ems. Unfortunately the original full size raw picture is lost. — Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 80-200mm 1:2.8D, 9 July 2005

Wheat Field: The weat in this field is not yet ripe. — Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm 1:2.8 D, 5 June 2005

Rose Hip Blossom: A white rose hip blossom held towards the sky, photographed somewhere between Chur and Ems along river Rhine. — Nikon D70, AF Micro Nikkor 60mm 1:2.8 D, 5 June 2005

Lake Lucerne

Perch: And finally a Perch (Perca fluviatilis) who had to play model for my new camera and macro lens. — Nikon D200, Lake Lucerne, 29. October 2006

Pike: A young pike is sleeping in sea grass. Unfortunately one leaf is just in front of the eye. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Lopper, Lake Lucerne, 29. October 2006

Perch: Oh, yet another perch (Perca fluviatilis). This young one is hiding under water plants. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Lopper, Lake Lucerne, 29. October 2006

Pike: A pike of about 50cm length who liked to being photographed ... or was it just sleeping? — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Lopper, Lake Lucerne, 29. October 2006

Perch: Yet another perch (Perca fluviatilis). This one is lying on the ground and looking into the camera. Sometimes I take pictures of perches just for practising. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Lopper, Lake Lucerne, 29. October 2006

Pike: A big pike (Esox lucius). Usually they don't seem to like being photographed. The oder ones are shy and usually gone before one can get a picture from the front. The younger ones are more brave ... or the brave ones never grow old. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Lopper, Lake Lucerne, 29. October 2006

Zebra mussels: All solid surfaces in lake Zurich are covered with zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha). Here they are on a twig of a sunken tree — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Lopper, Lake Lucerne, 29. October 2006

Perch: An european perch (Perca fluviatilis). This is the most common fish species in Lake Lucerne. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Lopper, Lake Lucerne, 29. October 2006

Lobster: The first time I see a crab (or is it called lobster) in Lake Lucerne. Usually one meets them only in rivers. We saw three during this dive. The first was hiding itself underneath rocks and the third had a missing claw. — Nikon D200, Lake Lucerne, 29. October 2006. Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, October 29, 2006 19:16:51

Perch with Pollywogs: A well feeded perch (Perca fluviatilis). I guess it had pollywogs for breakfast. — Nikon D200, Hartenberger Strobe, Nikkor Micro 60mm, Beckenried, Lake Lucerne, 12 May 2007. Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, May 12, 2006 17:51:07

Spawn with Pollywogs: Fish spawn with pollywogs. At least I assume it's spawn from fish and not frogs because the pollywogs have already emerged. Note the two tini black spots. These are the eyes. — Nikon D200, Hartenberger Strobe, Nikkor Micro 60mm, Beckenried, Lake Lucerne, 12 May 2007. Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, May 12, 2006 17:49:38

Pollywogs: A grape full of pollywogs - only a few of that millions which we have seen during this dive. On the right side there is a small sweetwater polyp, an animal related to the pretty anemones from the sea. — Nikon D200, Hartenberger Strobe, Nikkor Micro 60mm, Beckenried, Lake Lucerne, 12 May 2007. Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, May 12, 2006 17:47:45

The Sun

Sunset: Sunset with cloud belts. I wanted to take picture of the thin sickle of the setting moon but the weather gods were against me. — Nikon D200, William Optics Zenithstar 1 05 ED Triplet APO f/7, 2x Teleconverter, 1/160s, ISO 100, Wernetshausen, Bachtel, 24 June 2006, 21:14

Airplane crossing sun: An airplane crossing the sun. This is no photomontage. It took several hours at the telescope and a sunburn to make this picture. Unfortunately I lost the original slide. — Minolta X-300, Vixen Refractor, d=90mm, f=1000mm

Sunset: The sun is setting — Nikon D200, ISO 100, William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/7, Scheidegg at Wald/ZH, 10 June 2006

Flying into the sun: This is no photomontage. A little airplane which started from Zurich airport flew across the sun's disk while I was taking this picture. It's a bit small. Next time I'll get closer to the airport and try it again. — Nikon D200, ISO 100, William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/7, Scheidegg at Wald/ZH, 10 June 2006

Sun Protuberance: At a telescope meeting I held my Nikon Coolpix 990 on the eyepiece of a Kutter-Schiefspiegler with H-alpha filter and took this picture. Okay, not very sharp but it was a shaky setup. — Nikon Coolpix 990, 90mm Kutter-Schiefspiegler

Sunset refraction: The sun is setting behind a very low horizon. Refraction and air turbulences cause deformations of the sun's disk. — Nikon D200, ISO 100, William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/7, Scheidegg at Wald/ZH, 10 June 2006

No airplane crossing sun: Can you spot the tip of the airplane wing? The colours are not as seen through the solar filter. I changed the colour temperature and brightness until I liked it. — Nikon D200, William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/7, Baader solar foil, ISO 100, 1/3200s, white balance 15000K, exposure correction -2, field crop, Wetzikon, March 11, 2007 11:18. Nikon D200, 1/3200 s, ISO 100, Saturday, March 11, 2006 11:18:29

Maggia

European chub: An european chub (Squalius cephalus) biting a rock — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 October 2006

Souffia: A group of small souffia (Telestes souffia) — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 October 2006

Birch leaf: A birch leaf floating on the water surface. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 October 2006

European chub: An european chub (Squalius cephalus) beneath the water surface — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 October 2006

Moss with bubbles: Moss with bubbles. The water line on this day was higher than usual. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 October 2006

Sunbeams: Phantastic tricks of the light. Underwater sun beams beneath the pipeline of the powerplant in Tegna. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 October 2006

Sunbeams: Phantastic tricks of the light. Underwater sun beams beneath the pipeline of the powerplant in Tegna. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 October 2006

Sunbeams: Phantastic tricks of the light. Underwater sun beams beneath the pipeline of the powerplant in Tegna. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 October 2006

Sunbeams: Phantastic tricks of the light. Underwater sun beams beneath the pipeline of the powerplant in Tegna. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 October 2006

Sunbeams: Phantastic tricks of the light. Underwater sun beams beneath the pipeline of the powerplant in Tegna. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 October 2006

European chub: An europen chub (Squalius cephalus) trying to find food on the ground — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 October 2006

Diver Minolta: Diver playing with his little Minolta Camera — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 October 2006

European chub: An european chub (Squalius cephalus) swimming around in the sunlight. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 October 2006

Barbel: A barbel (Barbus barbus) in the river Maggia — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 October 2006

Group of barbels: A group of barbels (Barbus barbus) — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm 1:2.8, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 October 2006

Algae: Algae — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm, Maggia, Tegna, 9 July 2006

Diver: Diver — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm, Maggia, Tegna, 9 July 2006

Strait of Gibraltar

Three Bottlenose Dolphins:

Bottlenose Dolphin with Rainbow:

Descending Sperm Whale:

Bottlenose Dolphin:

Pilot Whale Newborn:

Pilot Whale with Waterdrops:

FIRMM Boat:

Common Dolphin:

Jumping Dolphin:

Bottlenose Dolphin with Bubbles:

Bottlenose Dolphins: Three bottlenose dolphins jumping out of the water and taking a deep breath. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 80-200mm 1:2.8, Tarifa, Strait of Gibraltar, Spain, July 2006

Bottlenose Dolphin with Rainbow:

Bottlenose Dolphin Underwater:

Pilot Whale:

Fast ferry Tarifa-Tanger: The highspeed catamaran of FRS between Tarifa (Spain) and Tanger (Morocco). — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 80-200mm 1:2.8, Tarifa, Strait of Gibraltar, Spain, July 2006

Orca with Fishing Boat:

Bottlenose dolphin: A bottlenose dolpin taking a breath. Note, that the eyes always seem to be closed when they come out of the water. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 80-200mm 1:2.8, Tarifa, Strait of Gibraltar, Spain, July 2006

Pilot Whale with Bubbles:

Moroccan Fishermen:

Two Bottlenose Dolphins Underwater:

Bottlenose Dolphin:

Zigzag with Baby:

Orca taking Breath:

Common Dolphin:

Two Bottlenose Dolphins:

Jumping Striped Dolphins:

Pilot Whale:

Striped Dolphin: A striped dolphin jumping out of the sea. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 80-200mm 1:2.8, Tarifa, Strait of Gibraltar, Spain, July 2006

Orca swimming on Back:

Pilot Whales:

Orca Fins:

Jumping Dolphins:

Orcas with Fishing Boat:

Orca Newborn:

Jumping Striped Dolphin:

Spanish Fishermen:

Striped Dolphins:

Puffing Pilot Whale:

Rolling Dolphin:

Eye in Eye:

Two Bottlenose Dolphins:

Orca between Fishing Boats:

Zhen Hua 8:

Tarifa, Spain

Castle:

Alley:

Pole:

Fountain:

Seagull:

Palm:

St. Gallen

Moth: Just a moth sitting on a table. — Nikon D200, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G ED, ISO 200, 1/250s, f/32, 15 September 2006

Dragonfly: A dragonfly is resting on a leaf.

Dragonfly: A dragonfly is resting on a leaf.

Seagull with Bread: The water birds in the harbour of Rapperswil are well fed. Every few minutes someone comes with a bag full of old bread. Here a seagull has stolen a piece of bread and is followed by another. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 80-200mm 1:2.8, f=200mm, f/7.1, 1/1000s, ISO 200, Rapperswil, 1 May 2006

Snail: A small snail is creeping up a blade of grass. Unfortunately it didn't want to spread out it's tentacles again.

Swan: A swan spreading its wings. They seem to do this usually after cleaning their feathers. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 80-200mm 1:2.8, f=200mm, f/9, 1/1000s, ISO 200, Rapperswil, 1 May 2006

Honeybee: A bee is collecting some pollen from a blossom.

Moth: A moth is resting on a wall.

Dew Drop: A dew drop on a blade of grass in the morning. — Nikon D70, AF Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8D, 24 September 2005

Rapperswil with Mount Glärnisch: The castle of Rapperswil with the Swiss Alps in the background. The most prominent mountain chain in the background is called Glärnisch. In the front is Lake Zurich. — Nikon D70, Af-S Nikkor 80-200mm 1:2.8, Kempraten, 24 September 2005

Swan: A swan spreading its wings. They seem to do this usually after cleaning their feathers. — Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 2.8/80-200mm, Rapperswil, 21 April 2005

Seagull: A flying seagull. — Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 2.8/80-200mm, Rapperswil, 21 April 2005

Seagull: A seagull is flying low over the water surface. — Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 2.8/80-200mm, Rapperswil, 14 April 2005

Moth: A moth sitting on the wall of the house where I was living. — Nikon D70, AF Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8, 1/250s, f/32, ISO 200, Rapperswil, 23 September 2005

Duck Couple: A duck couple is landing on the water and braking with their feet. — Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 2.8/80-200mm, Rapperswil, 14 April 2005

Coot: A coot is standing on a rock in the water and spreading its wings. — Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 2.8/80-200mm, Rapperswil, 14 April 2005

Dog: A doog is peeing on a lamp post and marking its territory in the harbour of Rapperswil. — Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 2.8/80-200mm, Rapperswil, 14 April 2005

Swans: Two swans in the light of the setting sun. — Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 2.8/80-200mm, Rapperswil, 14 April 2005

Flying Seagull: A flying seagull approaching for landing. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 80-200mm 1:2.8, f=200mm, f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 200, Rapperswil, 1. May 2006

Swan: A swan in the light of the setting sun. — Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 2.8/80-200mm, Rapperswil, 14 April 2005

Swans: Two swans in the light of the setting sun. — Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 2.8/80-200mm, Rapperswil, 14 April 2005

Swan: A swan is reflecting on the calm surface of Lake Zurich at Rapperswil. — Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 2.8/80-200mm, Rapperswil, 14. April 2005

Seagulls: Two seagulls are fighting surrounded by coots and a duck. — Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 2.8/80-200mm, Rapperswil, 21 April 2005

Duck: A duck is spreading its wings on the upper Lake Zurich near Schmerikon. — Nikon D70, Nikkor Micro 2.8/105mm, 6. April 2005

Swan: Portrait of a swan with water drops on the head. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 80-200mm 1:2.8, 2x Telekonverter, Rapperswil, 1 May 2006

Duck Couple: A duck couple flying low over the water surface. — Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 2.8/80-200mm, Rapperswil, 14 April 2005

Duck: Just one of the many ducks in the harbour of Rapperswil. — Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 2.8/80-200mm, Rapperswil, 21 April 2005

Valais

Church in Sion:

Scotland

Crinan Harbour:

St. Andrews Golfcourse: Nikon D200, 1/200 s, F/7.1, 28 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, August 5, 2006 17:07:24

Bullers of Buchan: Nikon D200, 1/180 s, F/7.1, 38 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, August 5, 2006 11:46:22

Bale of Straw: Nikon D200, 1/160 s, F/6.3, 28 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, August 5, 2006 11:37:19

Stone Circle: Nikon D200, 1/160 s, F/6.3, 28 mm, ISO 200, Friday, August 4, 2006 15:14:18

Cows on Meadow: Nikon D200, 1/200 s, F/7.1, 56 mm, ISO 200, Friday, August 4, 2006 15:11:35

Fyvie Castle: Nikon D200, 1/351 s, F/5.0, 34 mm, ISO 200, Friday, August 4, 2006 14:13:57

Braunes Hochlandrind: Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/4.0, 200 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, August 3, 2006 17:52:26

Weisses Hochlandrind: Nikon D200, 1/320 s, F/4.5, 200 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, August 3, 2006 17:51:54

Dallas Dhu Distillery: Nikon D200, 1/10 s, F/4.0, 12 mm, ISO 800, Thursday, August 3, 2006 14:49:34

Dallas Dhu Distillery: Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/4.0, 19 mm, ISO 800, Thursday, August 3, 2006 14:41:00

Dallas Dhu Distillery: Nikon D200, 1/50 s, F/4.0, 17 mm, ISO 800, Thursday, August 3, 2006 14:38:05

Dallas Dhu Distillery: Nikon D200, 1/91 s, F/5.0, 12 mm, ISO 800, Thursday, August 3, 2006 14:32:28

Dallas Dhu Distillery: Nikon D200, 1/15 s, F/4.0, 12 mm, ISO 800, Thursday, August 3, 2006 14:26:26

Dallas Dhu Distillery: Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/4.0, 22 mm, ISO 800, Thursday, August 3, 2006 14:22:48

Dallas Dhu Distillery: Nikon D200, 1/20 s, F/4.0, 12 mm, ISO 800, Thursday, August 3, 2006 14:21:36

Dallas Dhu Distillery: Nikon D200, 1/100 s, F/5.0, 12 mm, ISO 800, Thursday, August 3, 2006 14:18:38

Dallas Dhu Distillery: Nikon D200, 1/46 s, F/4.0, 24 mm, ISO 800, Thursday, August 3, 2006 14:13:48

Dallas Dhu Distillery: Nikon D200, 1/40 s, F/4.0, 17 mm, ISO 800, Thursday, August 3, 2006 14:11:59

Dallas Dhu Distillery: Nikon D200, 1/8 s, F/4.0, 12 mm, ISO 800, Thursday, August 3, 2006 14:05:53

Dallas Dhu Distillery: Nikon D200, 1/80 s, F/4.5, 12 mm, ISO 800, Thursday, August 3, 2006 14:00:38

Dallas Dhu Distillery: Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/4.5, 12 mm, ISO 800, Thursday, August 3, 2006 13:58:41

Dallas Dhu Distillery: Nikon D200, 1/80 s, F/4.5, 12 mm, ISO 800, Thursday, August 3, 2006 13:53:38

Dallas Dhu Distillery: Nikon D200, 1/25 s, F/4.0, 12 mm, ISO 800, Thursday, August 3, 2006 13:51:18

Colorful Clouds: Nikon D200, 1/160 s, F/5.0, 28 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 22:34:49

Loch Garry: Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.5, 28 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 22:34:06

Crescent Moon: Nikon D200, 1/640 s, F/4.0, 185 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 22:27:10

Lenticular Clouds: Nikon D200, 1/640 s, F/5.0, 165 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 22:06:26

Pass Road: Nikon D200, 1/80 s, F/4.5, 28 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 22:04:26

Stripe of Sunlight: Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 70 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 21:46:25

Eilean Donan Castle: Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/4.0, 70 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 20:05:10

Waterfall: Nikon D200, 1/2 s, F/8.0, 28 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 17:59:31

Dunvegan Castle: Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/4.0, 28 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 17:39:06

Bush Path: Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/2.8, 42 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 17:26:59

Dunvegan Castle: Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/10.0, 34 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 17:22:17

Sheeps: Nikon D200, 1/80 s, F/9.0, 28 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 16:15:08

Loch Carron: Nikon D200, 1/160 s, F/6.3, 28 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 13:45:05

Trees: Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 40 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 13:42:10

Loch Carron: Nikon D200, 1/200 s, F/7.1, 35 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 12:44:25

Highlands: Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 70 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 1, 2006 17:13:45

Loch na Thull: Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.5, 28 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 1, 2006 17:04:23

Smoo Cave: Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 28 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 1, 2006 15:46:12

Smoo Cave: Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/6.3, 70 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 1, 2006 15:39:10

Smoo Cave: Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/5.0, 28 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 1, 2006 15:32:19

Smoo Cave: Nikon D200, 1/160 s, F/3.2, 28 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 1, 2006 15:28:07

Cave of Smoo: Nikon D200, 1/160 s, F/6.3, 28 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 1, 2006 15:19:19

Kyle of Tongue: Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 28 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, August 1, 2006 14:18:12

Gravestones: Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 32 mm, ISO 100, Monday, July 31, 2006 18:48:41

Bay at Wick: Nikon D200, 1/200 s, F/2.8, 38 mm, ISO 100, Monday, July 31, 2006 18:46:31

Tower on Hill: Nikon D200, 1/751 s, F/2.8, 200 mm, ISO 100, Monday, July 31, 2006 18:41:11

Tower on Hill: Nikon D200, 1/640 s, F/2.8, 200 mm, ISO 100, Monday, July 31, 2006 18:39:54

Dunrobin Castle: Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/6.3, 28 mm, ISO 100, Monday, July 31, 2006 17:17:28

Urquhart Castle: Nikon D200, 1/160 s, F/6.3, 28 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, July 30, 2006 19:33:23

Rainbow above Loch Ness: Nikon D200, 1/160 s, F/6.3, 70 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, July 30, 2006 19:07:48

Castle Stalker: Nikon D200, 1/160 s, F/6.3, 70 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, July 30, 2006 17:30:14

Oban: Nikon D200, 1/91 s, F/5.0, 38 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, July 30, 2006 15:54:36

Carnassarie Castle: Nikon D200, 1/40 s, F/3.2, 28 mm, ISO 400, Sunday, July 30, 2006 12:05:12

Carnassarie Castle: Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/4.0, 45 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, July 30, 2006 12:02:11

Carnassarie Castle: Nikon D200, 1/100 s, F/5.0, 70 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, July 30, 2006 12:01:05

Carnassarie Castle: Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 28 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, July 30, 2006 11:57:02

Old Ship: Nikon D200, 1/91 s, F/5.0, 34 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, July 30, 2006 11:13:43

Ships in Crinan: Nikon D200, 1/100 s, F/4.0, 48 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, July 30, 2006 10:57:06

Small Lighthouse: Nikon D200, 1/160 s, F/6.3, 34 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, July 30, 2006 10:53:50

Crinan Harbour: Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 28 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, July 30, 2006 10:49:51

Bridge with House: Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 28 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, July 30, 2006 10:34:11

Solar Eclipses

Eclipse 2002 corona composite: Total solar eclipse on 4 December 2002 in Ceduna, Australia: A composite of seven pictures with different exposure times. The sun was low on the horizon. Unfortunately clouds came after the eclipse and one could not see the setting sickle behind the sea. — Minolta XD-7, 300mm telephoto lens at f/8, Fujichrome Velvia 50

Total Solar Eclipse 2006, corona composite: A composite image consisting of ten individual exposures with different times ranging from 1s to 1/500s. The composite was made with the Pellet method. It shows the outer parts of the sun's corona with the magnetic field lines. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006, corona composite: the previous composite which shows only the brightness differences in the corona was multiplied with a picture of 1s exposure time. This represents more or less the visual impression during totality. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006 composite: A composite of two pictures to shw the corona and protuberances on one picture. The corona image with 1/2s exposure time was contrast enhanced and then added the protuberance picture. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Teleconverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Eclipse 1999 corona composite: The total solar eclipse of 11 august 1999. This is a composite of six individual pictures with different exposure times. They have been combined using the pellet method. — Minolta XD-7, Lichtenknecker FFC 3.5/500mm, Fujichrome Astia 100, Verdun, France, 11 August 1999

Eclipse 2002 corona composite: The previous corona composite has been multiplied with a long exposure image to give a more realistic view. — Minolta XD-7, 300mm telephoto lens at f/8, Fujichrome Velvia 50

Eclipse 1999 corona composite: The previous gray picture has been multiplied with a picture at longest exposure time to give a more realistic impression. — Minolta XD-7, Lichtenknecker FFC 3.5/500mm, Fujichrome Astia 100, Verdun, France, 11 August 1999

Total Solar Eclipse 2006 composite: A composite of six pictures with different exposure times. Each picture was contrast enhanced using the Pellet method and then layed over each other. The moon's disk is a black mask because that method produces ugly artefacts on the moon's edge because it is not perfectly round. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Teleconverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006, sickle: And the eclipse is already over and the sickle of the sun shines on the sky and produces sharp shadows in a strange gray light — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/7, 2x Teleconverter, Nikon D70, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006: The moon steals more and more of the sunlight. — William Optics ZenithStar 105 ED Triplet APO, Nikon 2x Teleconverter, Nikon D70, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006: The partial phase prior to the total solar eclipse. The moon is moving across the solar disk. With eyepiece and eye one could see mountains on the moon's edge. They are not visible with this scale here. The three spots on the left edge of the sun are sunspots in the sun's photosphere and not on the CCD sensor. — William Optics ZenithStar 105 ED Triplet APO, Nikon 2x Teleconverter, Nikon D70, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006 fist contact: A few seconds before totality I started with the exposure series at 1/8000s, doubling the exposure time with every picture up to 1s. Some parts of the sun are still visible. One can see a protuberance on the upper edge. Picture is a cropping from slide. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Teleconverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/8000s, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006 Pearl Chain: The pearl chain effect. The edge of the sun is still visible through some valleys on the moon's edge. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Teleconverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/2000s, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006 Protuberance: Protuberances on the sun's edge during the total solar eclipse of 2006. Remember that the sun's diameter is about 109 times than that of the earth. The small protuberance on the upper edge is about 4 times bigger than the earth. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Teleconverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/250s, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006: This is a HDR picture of the corona using seven slides. Made with Photomatix Pro in 2010. During the manual bracketing the moon moved slightly eastwards. That's why it is a bit blurred while the sun's corona is sharp. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006, corona: During a total solar eclipse the IQ sinks probably down to 30. I wanted to take a second series of the eclipse without the teleconverter and needed to change the film because the first was full. I couldn't remember how to wind back the film with the Nikon F100 and the red markings were not visible in the dim light. I wasted precious time by illuminating the camera with my mobile phone. And I started the exposure series at 1/8000s instead at 1s so that the sun appeared during the long exposure phase. Next eclipse will be digital. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/4s, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006, diamond ring: The diamond ring effect of a total solar eclipse. The bright inner part of the corona is visible around the moon while the sun's surface is already visible. The crowd on the dunes at Side applauded and I thought "shit, already over" — — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/1000s, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006, first contact: Series of five pictures from the first contact — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Teleconverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/250s, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006 Pearl Chain: End of the pearl chain effect. The edge of the sun is still visible through some valleys on the moon's edge. The exposure time gets longer and the protuberances become more clearly visible. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Teleconverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/1000s, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006, inner corona: On this picture one can see the inner corona of the sun. The corona is a glowing gas layer around the sun, much dimmer than the normally visible part (photosphere) but much hotter, up to 2 mio. Kelvin. The photosphere is 'only' about 5800K hot. Under normal circumstances one can only see the corona during an total eclipse. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Teleconverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/30s, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006: Composite of seven different exposures — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Teleconverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/30s, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006: Composite of eight different exposures — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Teleconverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/30s, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006 Pearl Chain: Begin of the pearl chain effect. The edge of the sun is still visible through some valleys on the moon's edge. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Teleconverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/4000s, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006, corona: The corona of the sun. On can see the lines of the sun's magnetic field with the pols on the lower left and upper right side. The brightness range of the corona from the inner edge to the most distant outer parts is so huge that it can't be captured wit one single shot on one slide. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Teleconverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/2s, Side, Turkey, 29 March 2006

Lake Zurich

Perch: An perch (Egli) in Lake Zurich. Nothing special — Nikon D200, Nikkor Micro AF 60mm 1:2.8, Hugyfot housing, Hartenberger strobe, Herrliberg, Lake Zurich, 20 June 2007. Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, June 20, 2006 19:33:03

Burbot: A burbot in a rock crevice at about 25m depth which observers the stranch bubble fish with light beams. In the foreground one can see a sweetwater polyp. — Nikon D200 Nikkor AF-S DX 12-24mm, Hugyfot housing, Herrliberg (small parking place, towards left), Lake Zurich, 13 June 2007. Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, June 13, 2006 19:10:24

Pole: Hmmmmmmmm ... interesting ... Flex is studyng a wood pole covered with shells. — Nikon D200 Nikkor AF-S DX 12-24mm, Hugyfot housing, Peninsula Au, Lake Zurich, 3 June 2007. Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 12 mm, ISO 400, Saturday, June 3, 2006 11:15:51

Diver with light: Flex Keller with artificial sun, descending into the green unclear water. I did not use the strobe during this dive because of the bad visibility and many backscatter. — Nikon D200 Nikkor AF-S DX 12-24mm, Hugyfot housing, Peninsula Au, Lake Zurich, 3 June 2007. Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/5.6, 15 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, June 3, 2006 10:52:26

Underwater Snail: An underwater snail on the muddy ground. If you look very close you may see some sweetwater polyps, which are relatives of the anemones. — Nikon D200, Nikkor Micro AF 60mm 1:2.8, Hugyfot housing, Hartenberger strobe, Küsnacht Ermitage, Lake Zurich, 23 May 2007. Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, May 23, 2006 19:16:06

Lake Marmorera

Diver in sunshine: Diver diving in sunshine — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S DX 12-24mm, Hugyfot housing, Hartenberger strobe, Lake Marmorera, 26. November 2006

Walls: Walls of the sunken bridge of the old Julier Pass road. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S DX 12-24mm, Hugyfot housing, Hartenberger strobe, Lake Marmorera, 26. November 2006

Under the bridge: Diver with torch under the sunken bridge of the old Julier Pass road. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S DX 12-24mm, Hugyfot housing, Hartenberger strobe, Lake Marmorera, 26. November 2006

Tree trunks: Tree trunks on the ground. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S DX 12-24mm, Hugyfot housing, Hartenberger strobe, Lake Marmorera, 26. November 2006

Diver with torch: Diver with torch diving on the walls of the sunken creek fixations. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S DX 12-24mm, Hugyfot housing, Hartenberger strobe, Lake Marmorera, 26. November 2006

Branch: A branch under water. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S DX 12-24mm, Hugyfot housing, Hartenberger strobe, Lake Marmorera, 26. November 2006

Diver with torch: Diver with underwater torch — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S DX 12-24mm, Hugyfot housing, Hartenberger strobe, Lake Marmorera, 26. November 2006

Tree stump with sun: A tree stump in counterlight with the sun — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S DX 12-24mm, Hugyfot housing, Hartenberger strobe, Lake Marmorera, 26. November 2006. Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/6.3, 13 mm, ISO 200, Sunday, November 26, 2006 13:33:21

Free coffee: The Hotel Flex provides a free coffiee for every diver which shows them a log book entry from the lake. — Nikon Coolpix 990

Sinai, Egypt

Gorgony: A big gorgony with soft corals — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Blind Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Anemone fish: An anemone fish. — Nikon D200, AF Micro 60mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Michi snd Pascal: Michi and Pascal while synchronusously taking pictures of nudibranches. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck SS Thistlegorm: Remnants of the SS Thistlegorm's freight. The tyres are still in a good condition. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, SS Thistlegorm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Moray couple: A couple of moray eels in their cave with reef view. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Reef top with zebra perch: A few zebra fish on the reef top — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Moray: A white-eyed moray eel — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Trigger fish: A big blue triggerfish. — Nikon D200, AF Micro 60mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Moray Eel: A moray eel is looking out of its hiding place. — Nikon D200, AF Micro 60mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck Carnatic: One of the hatches in the side of the Carnatic. The current was blowing very strong and it was hard to keep the camera with the long strobe arm steady. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Coral block with gorgony: A coral block with a big gorgony with many fish in backlight. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Umm Island, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck Giannis D: Funnel of Giannis D. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Green Sea Turtle: A sea turtle descending from the water surface. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot Housing, Hartenberger Flash, Siyul Elsogher, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Sea Ray with Guide: Our safari boat, the Sea Ray, with the dive guide Ridda waiting for us. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot Housing, Hartenberger Flash, Siyul Elsogher, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Graceful Lizard Fish: Graceful Lizardfish (Saurida gracilis). Dive #250: Shab Elayg, Egypt, Red Sea

Coral block with gorgony: A coral block with a big gorgony with many fish in backlight. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Umm Island, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Old moray: A big old giant moray eel. — Nikon D200, AF Micro 60mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Lemon Butterfly Fish: Lemon Butterflyfish (Chaetodon semilarvatus). Dive #250: Shab Elayg, Egypt, Red Sea

Lizard fish: A lizard fish, half digged in the sand — Nikon D200, AF Micro 60mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck SS Thistlegorm: Trucks in the SS Thistlegorm's hulk. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, SS Thistlegorm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Hermit crab: A big hermit crab — Nikon D200, AF Micro 60mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Shab Umm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Pipe fish: Close-up of a pipe fish eye. Dive #251: Shab Elayg, Egypt, Red Sea

Wreck Giannis D: Winches below the captain's bridge — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck SS Thistlegorm: Trucks in the SS Thistlegorm's hulk. Someone as tried to steal a truck's engine. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, SS Thistlegorm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Gorgony: A big gorgony with orange coral fish — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Blind Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Hermit crab: A hermit crab. — Nikon D200, AF Micro 60mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Stefan and Pascal: Stefan and Pascal. Dive #252: Siyul Kebira, Egypt, Red Sea

Anemone fish: A two-banded red sea anemone fish, far away from its home anemone. — Nikon D200, AF Micro 60mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Bat Fish: Two bat fish in the unknown ship wreck — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Mahmodat, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck Giannis D: Gallery with rail on the ship's side. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Crocodile fish: A crocodile fish who liked being photographed. Because I as using a wideangle lens I had to get very close to the fish. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Divers and soft coral: Underwater shooting with Stefan, Pascal und Michi and a soft coral — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Umm Island, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Fishes in Wreck: A swarm of hatchetfish is swimming in the cargo bay of the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, SS Thistlegorm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck Giannis D: Diver Andrea waiting in the traffic jam inside the wreck. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Moray eel and stone fish: A moray eel has discovered a stone fish and tries to eat it ... or are they a couple and were trying to make little stone morays? I wantd to make a picture of the stone fish's face but the moray didn't let me get closer. Dive #251: Shab Elayg, Egypt, Red Sea

Stern helm: The helm and propeller on a shipwreck's stern. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Mahmodat, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck SS Thistlegorm: What is left from bycicles after some decades under water and some thousand divers. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, SS Thistlegorm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Thistlegorm Mast: The folded down mast on the SS Thistlegorm. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, SS Thistlegorm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Table coral: A big table coral from beneath in backlight.. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Mala, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck Giannis D: Winches below the captain's bridge. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Andrea and sea turtle: Andrea and a sea turtle swimming in a competition. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot Housing, Hartenberger Flash, Siyul Elsogher, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Fish swarm: A big swarm of silver fishes during a night dive. Every time when the beam of my pilot light hit the swarm they stopped their synchron swimming. — Nikon D200, AF Micro 60mm , Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck SS Thistlegorm: The stern gun of the SS Thistlegorm. It did not help against the attacking German torpedo bomber. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, SS Thistlegorm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck SS Thistlegorm: The lokomotive on the ground beside the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm. It's an interesting wreck from second world war. Unfortunately there are too many boats and too many divers on this wreck. It's noisy and crowded and less fun for dive. Also they tie their boats directly on the wreck which destroys it. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, SS Thistlegorm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Rope with Zodiac: Rope with Zodiac — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Gorgeous Dart Fish: This could be a gorgeous dartfish (Amblyeleotris wheeleri). It lives in a partnership together with a pistol crab. The crab digs the hole and because it can't see very well it holds contact with one of his antennas with the fish. The fish warns him from approaching enemies or photographers. Dive #250: Shab Elayg, Egypt, Red Sea

Flounder: A white flounder with black dots. I don't know the proper name of this species. — Nikon D200, AF Micro 60mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck Giannis D: Corals growing on a pole. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck SS Thistlegorm: The wreck of the SS Thistlegorm in a rare moment when no divers are crossing the picture. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, SS Thistlegorm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Fish swarm: A swarm of fish at the SS Thistlegorm. I don't know their name. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, SS Thistlegorm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Snail: A snail looking out of its house. — Nikon D200, AF Micro 60mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Table coral: A table coral on a steep slope with fish — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Pascal and Andrea: Pascal and Andrea — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot Housing, Hartenberger Flash, Siyul Elsogher, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Coral perch with Stefan: A coral perch on a horn coral on the reef top. In the background Stefan. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck Giannis D: On deck of the Giannis D. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Blue spotted ray: A blue spotted stingray. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Mahmodat, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Hunting lion fish: These two lion fish were following us during the night dive and catched every fish in the light beam of our underwater torces. Was funny to observe them hunting but sometimes they got very close while one was taking a picture and did not expect them. — Nikon D200, AF Micro 60mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Shab Umm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Michi with clown fish: Michi swimming upside down for taking pictures of clown fish — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Umm Island, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck Giannis D: The stern of the Giannis D. This ship was sunken in 1983. I converted the image to black&white because it looks much better. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Andrea and Michi: Underwater shooting with Andrea and Michi — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Umm Island, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Pascal with soft coral: Pascal with soft coral. Dive #252: Siyul Kebira, Egypt, Red Sea

Wreck Giannis D: The "D" on the funnel of the Giannis D wreck. More light from the strobe would be fine here. I don't know why it didn't fire or did I turn it off? Diving makes stupied. Dive #256: Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea

Wreck SS Thistlegorm: A railway tank waggon on deck and what is that in the foreground? Is it a part of an aircraft or a torpedo? — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, SS Thistlegorm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck Carnatic: A timber with corals — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Hermit crab: A small hermit crab lost on top of a coral. — Nikon D200, AF Micro 60mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Shab Umm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck Carnatic: Probably one of the rescue boat brackets with diver Stefan in back light. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck Giannis D: Ascending from the wreck through a hatch. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Coral with Pascal and Michi: Coral with Pascal and Michi. This was a rather boring dive. We have seen many Fairy Tale Sharks. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Umm Island, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck Giannis D: One of the Giannis D's masts. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Hermit Crab: A little hermit crab is digging in the sand for some food. Dive #251: Shab Elayg, Egypt, Red Sea

Wreck Giannis D: A swarm of small fishes inside of the wreck. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck Carnatic: The bow of the Carnatic. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck Carnatic: Corals growing on the wreck of the sunken ship Carnatic. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Scorpion fish: A sweet small scorpionfish — Nikon D200, AF Micro 60mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Shab Umm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Russel Lion Fish: A Russel's lionfish — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF 60mm 1:2.8, Hugyfot Housing, Hartenberger Flash, Shab Umm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Diogenes Hermit Crab: A Diogenes Hermit Crab (Dardanus diogenes) went out for a walk with his anemones on its house. Dive #251: Shab Elayg, Egypt, Red Sea

Wreck SS Thistlegorm: Well, this tank waggon was empty and closed when the ship sunk. The water pressure crushed it. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, SS Thistlegorm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wimpel fish with Flex: Underwater scene with two wimpel fish and flex with flex fins hunting for a picture. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Mala, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Pipe fish: Portrait of a pipe fish, unfortunately with a lot of backscatter. Dive #251: Shab Elayg, Egypt, Red Sea

Shipwreck stern: The stern of an unknown shipwreck. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Mahmodat, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Wreck SS Thistlegorm: A fish swarm inside the SS Thistlegorm. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, SS Thistlegorm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Green Sea Turtle: A sea turtle descending from the water surface. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot Housing, Hartenberger Flash, Siyul Elsogher, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Gorgony: A big gorgony — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Soft coral: A big soft coral with a lonely fish. Hm, somehow it seems that there aren't many fish in the Red Sea. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Bluff Point, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Batfish: Three batfish with bubbles in the background on the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, SS Thistlegorm, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006

Soft Coral: An underwater photo of a white-pink soft coral. One can clearly see the blurred edge caused by the Nikkor 12-24mm lens in the dome port. Only when zoomed to 20mm and above the lens produces sharp images in that dome. On land it's a nice wideangle lens.

Pyjama Nudibranch: A Pyjama Nudibranch (Chromodoris magnifica). Dive #250: Shab Elayg, Egypt, Red Sea

Wreck Carnatic: The stern of the Carnatic with helm and the propeller. — Nikon D200, AF-S 12-24mm, Hugyfot-Housing, Hartenberger Strobe, Abu Nuhas Reef, Egypt, Red Sea, November 2006. Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/4.0, 12 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, November 8, 2006 08:08:52

Air Show Grenchen 2006

Boeing B17 Bomber: The famous flying fortress Boeing B17. Airshow 06 in Grenchen.

Boeing B17 Bomber: The famous flying fortress Boeing B17. Airshow 06 in Grenchen.

Corsair F4U and Supermarine Spitfire XIX: Combat of a Corsair F4U (left) and a Supermarine Spitfire XIX (right). Airshow 06 in Grenchen.

Supermarine Spitfire XIX: A Supermarine Spitfire XIX with two propellers turning in different directions. The sound of that machine is incredible. Airshow 06 in Grenchen.

Asas de Portugal: Aerobatics display of the Asas de Portugal at the Airshow 06 in Grenchen.

Asas de Portugal: Aerobatics display of the Asas de Portugal at the Airshow 06 in Grenchen.

Asas de Portugal: Aerobatics display of the Asas de Portugal at the Airshow 06 in Grenchen.

Vampire and 3 Hunter: Formation flight of a Vampire and three Hunters at the Airshow 06 in Grenchen.

PC-7 Team: Aerobatics display of the PC-7 Team of Swiss airforce. Airshow 06 in Grenchen.

PC-7 Team: Aerobatics display of the PC-7 Team of Swiss airforce. Airshow 06 in Grenchen.

Breitling Jet Team: Aerobatics display of the Breitling Jet Team at the Airshow 06 in Grenchen. Unfortunately the sky was pretty hazy on that day and the audience were placed on the northern side of the air strip, so that one has to look towards the sun.

Breitling Jet Team: Aerobatics display of the Breitling Jet Team at the Airshow 06 in Grenchen. Unfortunately the sky was pretty hazy on that day and the audience were placed on the northern side of the air strip, so that one has to look towards the sun.

PC-7 Team: Aerobatics display of the PC-7 Team of Swiss airforce. Airshow 06 in Grenchen.

Breitling Jet Team: Aerobatics display of the Breitling Jet Team at the Airshow 06 in Grenchen. Unfortunately the sky was pretty hazy on that day and the audience were placed on the northern side of the air strip, so that one has to look towards the sun.

Breitling Jet Team: Aerobatics display of the Breitling Jet Team at the Airshow 06 in Grenchen. Unfortunately the sky was pretty hazy on that day and the audience were placed on the northern side of the air strip, so that one has to look towards the sun.

Spitfire, Corsair, Mustang: Formation flight of World War II veterans. Supermarine Spitfire XIX, Corsair F4U coming from left and a crossing Mustang P-51 coming from the right. Airshow 06 in Grenchen.

Asas de Portugal: Aerobatics display of the Asas de Portugal at the Airshow 06 in Grenchen.

P3 Flyers: Formation flight of the P3 Flyers at the Airshow 06 in Grenchen. Unfortunately the sky was pretty hazy on that day and the audience were placed on the northern side of the air strip, so that one has to look towards the sun.

Breitling Jet Team: Aerobatics display of the Breitling Jet Team at the Airshow 06 in Grenchen. Unfortunately the sky was pretty hazy on that day and the audience were placed on the northern side of the air strip, so that one has to look towards the sun.

Breitling Jet Team: Aerobatics display of the Breitling Jet Team at the Airshow 06 in Grenchen. Unfortunately the sky was pretty hazy on that day and the audience were placed on the northern side of the air strip, so that one has to look towards the sun.

Breitling Jet Team: Aerobatics display of the Breitling Jet Team at the Airshow 06 in Grenchen. Unfortunately the sky was pretty hazy on that day and the audience were placed on the northern side of the air strip, so that one has to look towards the sun.

Breitling Jet Team: Aerobatics display of the Breitling Jet Team at the Airshow 06 in Grenchen. Unfortunately the sky was pretty hazy on that day and the audience were placed on the northern side of the air strip, so that one has to look towards the sun.

Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Patrouille Suisse: Aerobatics display with F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of Patrouille Suisse. Formation "Alinghi" in front of dark clouds. Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Fireworks: Fireworks from Bugano shot from the lakeside road between Kempraten and Feldbach. I hoped to get an angle with the castle in the foreground, but it wasn't possible. Every sight was obscured by private property. Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Patrouille Suisse: Aerobatics display with F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of Patrouille Suisse. Formation "supercanard". Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Patrouille Suisse: Aerobatics display with F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of Patrouille Suisse. Finale grande. Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Fireworks with Smoke: Fireworks from Bugano shot from the lakeside road between Kempraten and Feldbach. I hoped to get an angle with the castle in the foreground, but it wasn't possible. Every sight was obscured by private property. Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Fireworks: Fireworks from Bugano shot from the lakeside road between Kempraten and Feldbach. I hoped to get an angle with the castle in the foreground, but it wasn't possible. Every sight was obscured by private property. Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Patrouille Suisse: Aerobatics display with F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of Patrouille Suisse. Formation "shadow". Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Patrouille Suisse: Aerobatics display with F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of Patrouille Suisse. Looping in delta formation. Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Patrouille Suisse: Aerobatics display with F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of Patrouille Suisse. Flying upside down after crossing. Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Patrouille Suisse: Aerobatics display with F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of Patrouille Suisse. Formation "diamond". Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Patrouille Suisse: Aerobatics display with F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of Patrouille Suisse. Formation "Roger Federer". Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Fireworks: Fireworks from Bugano shot from the lakeside road between Kempraten and Feldbach. I hoped to get an angle with the castle in the foreground, but it wasn't possible. Every sight was obscured by private property. Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Fireworks: Fireworks from Bugano shot from the lakeside road between Kempraten and Feldbach. I hoped to get an angle with the castle in the foreground, but it wasn't possible. Every sight was obscured by private property. Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Fireworks: Fireworks from Bugano shot from the lakeside road between Kempraten and Feldbach. I hoped to get an angle with the castle in the foreground, but it wasn't possible. Every sight was obscured by private property. Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Patrouille Suisse: Aerobatics display with F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of Patrouille Suisse. Finale grande. Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Fireworks: Fireworks from Bugano shot from the lakeside road between Kempraten and Feldbach. I hoped to get an angle with the castle in the foreground, but it wasn't possible. Every sight was obscured by private property. Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Fireworks: Fireworks from Bugano shot from the lakeside road between Kempraten and Feldbach. I hoped to get an angle with the castle in the foreground, but it wasn't possible. Every sight was obscured by private property. Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Patrouille Suisse: Aerobatics display with F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of Patrouille Suisse. Single jet flying upside down. Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Patrouille Suisse: Aerobatics display with F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of Patrouille Suisse. Formation "diamond". Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Patrouille Suisse: Aerobatics display with F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of Patrouille Suisse, formation "cross". Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Patrouille Suisse: Aerobatics display with F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of Patrouille Suisse. Two jets crossing. Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Patrouille Suisse: Aerobatics display with F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of Patrouille Suisse. Figure "tunnel". Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Patrouille Suisse: Aerobatics display with F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of Patrouille Suisse. Formation "Alinghi". Lake Night Festival Rapperswil 2006

Boats: People on the boats on Lake Zurich are waiting for the airshow and the fireworks. The fireworks are started from the long ship on the right side.

Zurich Festival 2004

Aerobatics: Flight aerobatics at Zurich festival 2004. Unfortunately I didn't take my telephoto lens with me.

Flight Triengen — Sion

Runway Sion: Approaching the runway of airport Sion in canton Valais. A sweet small airport with pass control and a tiny baggage belt. According to the black rubber tracks on the runway, all airplanes seem to land from the same direction. The big snow mountain in the background could be Dents de Morcles. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Engstlingen valley: Clouds are separating the spring in the Engstlingen valley from the winter on the mountain chain Niesen-Fromberghorn-Hohniesen-Männlifluh. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Mount Balmhorn: Aerial view of the summit of Mount Balmhorn which is covered in thick snow. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Mount Augstmatthorn, Lake Brienz: The prominent mountain ridge Harder-Augstmatthorn-Brienzer Rothorn. Behind that Lake Brienz is visible. Snow lies on the summits. The winter hasn't gon there yet. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Suld and Kien valley: Aerial view over the valleys of Suld and Kien. It's May but there's still snow. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Above the clouds: On a cold gray November morning we started on airfield Triengen, flew through a thick layer of clouds to see the bright sun of May. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Another Farm: Aerial view of another arm blooming trees somewhere in Napf area. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Mount Tschingellochtighorn: The rocky top of Mount Tschingellochtighorn (2735m) is peeping out of a snowbank. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Seam of clouds: Aerial picture of the Swiss Alps which are seamed by clouds. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Satellite dishes: Flying over the satellite dishes of the former Swisscom relay station close to village Leuk in canton Valais. It's a part of the ONYX intelligence system of Swiss secret service. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Cloud gap: There's a gap in the clouds that reaveals spring time on the ground. This must be somewhere in the Napf area. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Gastere valley: Aerial view of the Gastere valley which goes from Kandersteg to the Kanderfirm glacier. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Simmen valley: Aerial view into the Simmen valley. The village in the foreground is Wimmis. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Rhône valley: Aerial view of the Rhône valley in canton Valais with the former military runway at Turtmann. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

A Farm: Back in spring. A farm with blooming trees somewhere in Napf area. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Mount Rinderhorn: The icy mountain wind is blowing a cloud across the ridge of Mount Rinderhorn. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

North wall of Mount Eiger: The famous north wall of Mount Eiger doesn't look very spectacular from this aerial perspective. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Yet Another Farm: A small farm inmidst blooming meadows, somewhere near Lake Sempach. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Mountain ridge Lohner: Aerial picture of the mountain ridge of Mittlerer Lohner (3002m front right) and Vorderer Lohner (3049m). In the background is th massif of Wildstrubel where the tip of Mont Blanc is visible. The three mountains before it are Wildhorn, Les Diablerts and Odenhorn (left to right). View from north east. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Interlaken, Lake Brienz: Aerial view of Lake Brienz with the tourist city Interlaken in the foreground. On the right edge of the image, the former Mystery Park (now Jungfrau Park) is visible. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Mount Trubelstock: Aerial view of Mount Trubelstock. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Mount Hohgant: This is an aerial view of Mount Hohgant (2197m), which is covered in snow. In the background the Brienzer Rothorn is visible. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Ski lift below clouds: The sun is casting a nice shadow pattern of the clouds on the snow. This is an aerial view of the cable car top station from Leukerbad to Torrentalp. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Lake Thun: Aerial view on lake Thun with the delta of the Kander river. On the left hand side is the vllage Einigen and on the right hand side Gwatt (Thun). — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Crans Montana: Aerial view of Crans Montana in canton Valais while approaching airport Sion. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Lake Öschinen: The mountains are reflecting on the smooth surface of Lake Öschinen nearby Kandersteg. The clear water of this lake at 1578m might one welcome for diving. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Mountain summits with snow: Spring has already come in the valleys and lowlands of Switzerland. But the top of the mountains are still in winter, covered with snow. — Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, May 11, 2006

Side, Turkey

Amphitheatre Aspendos: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Aspendos, Turkey, April 2006

Where is the Sun?: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse: Begin of the pearl chain effect. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Telekonverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/4000s, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED: The beautiful 105mm ED Triplet APO f/6 from William Optics in Taiwan with the alt-azimuth AYO mount from AOK Swiss (sold as "Eazy Touch" mount by William Optics) — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Partial Eclipse: — William Optics ZenithStar 105 ED Triplet APO, Nikon 2x Telekonverter, Nikon D70, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Köprülü Kanyon:

Köprülü Kanyon:

Eclipse Diamond Ring: The diamond ring effect of a total solar eclipse. The bright corona is visible around the black moon and a little bit of the bright sun disk shines over the edge. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/1000s, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Side with Mosque: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8, Side, Turkey, 28. March 2006

Sun Sickle: The eclipse is over and the thin sickle of the sun shines on the sky. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Telekonverter, Nikon D70, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Köprülü Kanyon:

Köprülü Kanyon:

Cat on windshield: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, Side, Turkey, April 2006

Sunset with Umbrellas: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8, Side, Turkey, 28. March 2006

Termessos Cistern: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006

Solar Eclipse Preparation: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Sunset: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 80-210mm 1:2.8D, Side, Turkey, April 2006

Amphitheatre Aspendos: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Aspendos, Turkey, April 2006

Termessos Nekropolis: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006

Köprülü Kanyon:

Köprülü Kanyon:

Eclipse Pearl Chain: The pearl chain effect: Only a little bit of the sun ish shining through a valley on the moon's edge. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Telekonverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/1000s, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Amphitheatre Aspendos: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Aspendos, Turkey, April 2006

Eclipse Corona Composite: This composite is a multiplication of the previous composite with an image of 1s exposure time. Gamma curve and contrast have been modified a bit. It almost represents the visual impression of an eclipse because the human eye has a much wider dynamical range than any photo. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Termessos Nekropolis: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006

Köprülü Kanyon:

Eclipse Corona: The corona of the sun. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Telekonverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/2s, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Termessos Nekropolis: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006

Eclipse Composite: A composite of two pictures so that corona and protuberances are visible. The composite was created with the Pellet-Methode. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Telekonverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/30s + 1/2s, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Houses: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8, Side, Turkey, 28. March 2006

Solar Eclipse Preparation: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Sunset behind Reed: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8, Side, Turkey, 28. March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Solar Eclipse Preparation: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Amphitheatre Aspendos: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Aspendos, Turkey, April 2006

Termessos : — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006

Sonnenuntergang: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 80-210mm 1:2.8D, Side, Turkey, April 2006

Sun Sickle: — William Optics ZenithStar 105 ED Triplet APO, Nikon 2x Telekonverter, Nikon D70, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Eclipse Sharp Shadows: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Pillars: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8, Side, Turkey, 28. March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse 2006 First Contact:

Eclipse Corona: The outer solar corona during the eclipse — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/4s, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Termessos Bouleuterion: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006

Termessos Nekropolis: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006

Köprülü Kanyon:

Mosque: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8, Side, Turkey, 28. March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse: A few seconds before totally. A protuberance is already visible. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Telekonverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/8000s, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Köprülü Kanyon:

Total Solar Eclipse 2006 Composite:

Köprülü Kanyon:

Termessos Nekropolis: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006

Sunset: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 80-210mm 1:2.8D, Side, Turkey, April 2006

Eclipse Protuberances Corona: This picture shows the solar corona which is only visible during an eclipse because it is less bright than the blue daylight sky. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Telekonverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/30s, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Amphitheatre Aspendos: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Aspendos, Turkey, April 2006

Eclipse Protuberances: Protuberances on the edge of the solar disk. The sun's diameter is about 109 times bigger than the earth. The protuberance on the upper edge is about 4 times bigger than the earth. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Telekonverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/250s, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Eclipse Pearl Chain: The pearl chain effect: Only a little bit of the sun ish shining through a valley on the moon's edge. — William Optics Zenithstar 105 ED Triplet APO f/6, 2x Nikon Telekonverter, Nikon F100, Fujichrome Velvia 100F, 1/2000s, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Total Solar Eclipse: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4, Side, Turkey, 29. March 2006

Termessos Forest: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006. Nikon D70, 1/100 s, F/5.0, 12 mm, Thursday, March 30, 2006 15:49:08

Termessos: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006. Nikon D70, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 18 mm, Thursday, March 30, 2006 15:40:30

Termessos Bouleuterion: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006. Nikon D70, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 24 mm, Thursday, March 30, 2006 14:42:11

Termessos Theatre: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006. Nikon D70, 1/200 s, F/8.0, 24 mm, Thursday, March 30, 2006 14:30:25

Termessos Theatre: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006. Nikon D70, 1/320 s, F/9.0, 12 mm, Thursday, March 30, 2006 14:19:30

Termessos Theatre: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006. Nikon D70, 1/250 s, F/9.0, 12 mm, Thursday, March 30, 2006 14:14:56

Termessos: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006. Nikon D70, 1/160 s, F/6.3, 24 mm, Thursday, March 30, 2006 14:03:21

Termessos: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006. Nikon D70, 1/50 s, F/4.0, 16 mm, Thursday, March 30, 2006 13:52:41

Termessos: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006. Nikon D70, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 15 mm, Thursday, March 30, 2006 13:48:11

Termessos: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006. Nikon D70, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 12 mm, Thursday, March 30, 2006 13:47:25

Termessos: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006. Nikon D70, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 20 mm, Thursday, March 30, 2006 13:43:02

Termessos: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm 1:4D, Side, Turkey, 30. March 2006. Nikon D70, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 12 mm, Thursday, March 30, 2006 13:41:39

Termessos: — Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8D, Termessos, Turkey, 30. March 2006. Nikon D70, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 60 mm, Thursday, March 30, 2006 13:26:46

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