Really hot weather these weeks in Germany. It seems the summer finally decided to come in force and we have temperatures of 30C or more each day. At work I am somewhat lucky, we are in the northern part of the building and the heat is not that bad. I know for a fact that on the other side of the building they have in the rooms temperatures with quite a few degrees more. It’s an oven.

As usual, whenever I can I try to do some photo walks each week and since we visited that lake the previous weekend, I thought I should see what lakes are there within reasonable driving distance from Munich. It turns out there are quite a few.

There is a chain of lakes some 50km outside Munich so I went there before the sunset, so I can have better light. And less heat. This was not one of my better ideas because there was no easy way to get to the lake shore. When I finally found a way, I also found a camping spot with lots of them camping buses and lots of people. But the worse part were the mosquitoes. I could not believe how many they were. As soon as I would stop to set the tripod up or to make a picture, I would literally get attacked. I am all for sacrifices in the name of art but this was way too much, only the first two pictures are from there because I decided to cut my loses and leave before I become a bloody pulp.

I did some more research and the next day I went to Walchensee, one of the deepest and biggest alpine lakes in Germany. The lake is some 70km south of Munich, in the Bavarian Alps and this was a much better idea. It didn’t even take so long to get there, took me more to get out of the city than to drive the 70km since there is one of them no-speed-limit autobahns going south right towards the Alps. Oh, and there were no mosquitoes whatsoever. Not even one of the little punks.

The place is simply beautiful, the weather and the light were perfect and everything looked so serene and peaceful. There is a road going almost all the way around the lake so I just drove around, stopping every now and then to make some pictures. I left when the sun went below the mountain ridges. So here they are, the images:

7 Responses to “Lakes”

  1. aka says:

    Really nice shots! Again :)

  2. Radu says:

    You’re progressing quite well!
    Composition shows deliberate planning, post-processing is good (a little over-saturation, I would say) and doing all this with affordable equipment puts even more of the praise on the eye of the photographer.
    Oh, and good idea about embedding the pictures in the page, too. Going to deviantart or similar for each picture was not contributing to ease-of-use.

  3. says:

    Lacuri | Nektulos…

    Lacuri de pe langa Munchen. Poze superbe si o prezentare a micutei incursiuni intreprinse de Stefan acolo….

  4. Daniel Secrieru says:

    Bune pozele!

    Respect pt efortul de a face “photo walks” in fiecare saptamana. As vrea sa pot si eu :P.

    M-am tarat totusi cat au fost plecate fetele in Ro: Fara lacuri si fara HDR :).


    • Stefan says:

      Eh, “in fiecare saptamana” e putin tras de par :D Dar am incercat, de cele mai multe ori functioneaza.

      Foarte reusite pozele din Friedwald, bravo :)

      Incerc sa o las un pic mai moale cu HDR’ul insa fara niste filtre graduate ND unele scene nu prea ies cum trebuie, gen landscape&stuff cu contraste puternice.

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