Where did I take this photo?
This photo was taken in the center of Germany on a relatively unknown flower field near Magdeburg. I love exploring new areas and just drive around with my car. Luckily we came across this beautiful tulip field.This photo was taken in the south of Germany, Berchtesgadener Land. It's a really known location called Lake Hintersee. But I really like the mountains, the lake and the rocks in the water. So I had to take this photo.
What time of day?
My alarm rang at 4 o'clock and I woke up. I drove to the location and had to wait a little bit. Then – I think it was 5:30 in the morning at spring – the sun was rising at the left over the mountains.
Anything worth sharing about lighting?
The lighting couldn't have been any better. The sun was rising and the sky turned purple-blue. Then the first sunray touched the sky. An amazing lighting and a beautiful landscape.
What equipment did I use? (Camera, lens, tripod?, flash?, other?)
I took that shot with a Panasonic Lumix G81 (MFT) and a Leica 8-18mm F2.8 lens. EXIF: G81, 8mm, 1/10sec., F/10, ISO 200. I used a GND 0.9 filter for the sky and a CPL filter for stronger reflections.
What inspired me to take this photo?
I saw a lot of photos from the Hintersee in social media. Instagram is a very powerful tool to search great spots.
Did I do any post-processing?
Yes, I worked with Lightroom 6. I have boosted the contrast and the colors a little bit. I have my own presets, so I used one of that to work out subtleties. It's helpful to watch some YouTube tutorials, so you can create your own presets for Lightroom. So you don't have to use Instagram filters or to buy some presets.
What equipment do I normally have in my bag?
I usually carry my main body (Lumix G81), a wide-angle zoom (Leica 8-18mm F2.8), a tele-zoom (Lumix 45-200mm F4-5.6) and a standard lens (Lumix 12-60mm F3.5-5.6). For special looks or techniques I usually carry filters with me (ND's, CPL, GND) and of course a tripod. Often I carry an instant camera (Fujifilm Instax mini 90) for special moments. And the DJI Mavic Air for aerial views.
Any advice for others trying to capture something similar?
Search special spots with social media, like Instagram or others. Use YouTube to pimp your photography skills. And: Go out and try it out!
The early bird catches the worm ;-) Sunset is amazing, but sunrise is incredible.