After I explored the heath landscapes in the Ruhr area for the first time last year (see also this series), I was able to create a few pictures of them again this year 😃.
Since the eagle owl series kept me busy until mid of August, I got into the action around the heath bloom quite late. The best time is usually between 8.8. and 9.9., which is quite good to remember as I find.
But I was really lucky in terms of the weather and so I had fog on site every time except one. However, fog is also really very predictable with the current weather apps, so that was hardly a coincidence.
After I was able to spend quite a few days there last year, I was afraid to find hardly any „new“ perspectives - but that was not the case, because there was still a lot of new things to capture this year.
I'd like to tell you a bizarre anecdote: before I startet working on this series, my last 55 photo sessions at a stretch took place exclusively with my large super-telephoto lens in the context of wildlife photography. The 600 lens without camera weighs then 3.8 kg and accordingly it feels, if one shoulders the tripod.
Well, it was the middle of August and there was this first morning with normal equipment for landscape photography. Arriving at the Heath parking lot, I strapped my 70-200 FL to the d850, for normal landscape photographers this is already a relatively heavy combo. Well, so off I go and get a fright and stop immediately. I was sure the camera had slipped and was on the ground. I didn't feel any weight on the tripod head at all 😮
I was listening to music through noise cancelling headphones and I already thought the whole stuff had fallen down -silently- for me. This is not possible because of my safety line, but my feeling told me otherwise. Quickly looked at the ball head and indeed, the camera was mounted 😅
I continue walking, have to briskly cross a small road to get into the heath and then it happened again. By the short running I thought again something was not OK because weight-wise I felt practically nothing more on the tripod. Same game, stopped, looked, camera on it and thought I'm crazy, this can not be true 😃
Somehow funny in retrospect, especially since I'm sometimes asked why I have not yet switched to mirrorless cams because the equipment is then so nice and light - now you know the need 😂
Today I show you a first selection, a few more pictures I will integrate in a more appropriate series in the coming weeks.
So I wish you a lot of fun with my 26 images of the late summer in the Ruhr area 😉
I hope you enjoyed the series 😃🖐