Kategorie-Archiv: Wallpapers

Landscape Wallpapers Vol. II – Winter

Looking at what a beautiful season winter is, as it again stands on the doors of most parts of the northern hemisphere I want to share some wintry impressions with you to get you in the mood. Hopefully I’ll be able to expand my winter portfolio over the course of the next months but for now I am dwelling in reminiscence of the great, cold days spent shooting these photographs. Also including a freshly processed shot I took last new years in Bavaria So without further ado:

In My Absence

The sun shines through a veil of fog on a wintry morning in Bavaria. With the temperatures falling rapidly over night and the large body of water of the Kochelsee storing warmth from the day prior, the resulting steaming surface adds to the mysterious atmosphere.

 

Our Breath in Winter

The sun descending upon the mighty Öræfajökull part of Vatnajökull the largest glacier in all of Europe. It's ice glistening in the warm evening light which is illuminating the haze coming inward from the Atlantic sea.

 

At the Heart of Winter

The lucid scarlet of the dawn mixes with the light pollution emanating from the town of Mittenwald to form these stunning light streaks in the clouds over the foothills of the alps. The thick layer of snow transformed the scenery into the epitome of winter wonderland just over night. A sight to revel in.

As always you can find the download here:

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Urbanscape Wallpapers Vol. I

 

Oftentimes I find myself looking for some variety when I get new wallpapers and nowadays also use urbanscapes for this purpose not only nature or landscape images. These are three of my shots I have used as a wallpaper for my different screens over the past months.

I usually use a rather calm composition with some negative space for the screen I do basic windows application work on and one that can have some more details and textures which might be distracting from icons on the screen that actually has none because I exclusively edit on it. So I ended up selecting these three, making them available for you in 16:9 HD resolution.

You can get the files here:

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Passing of White Crown

After a severe thunderstorm passed over Germany's capital the Tempodroms roof stands stark against the ominous skies with a stray lightning illuminating the clouds.

Midnight Carnival III

On a cold winter night the light installations on the former coking facility, now Unesco World Heritage, "Zeche Zollverein" located in Assindia tint the scenery in blue and red with a soft transition in between. The former pusher machine tracks are flooded with water and make for a terrific reflection in calm nights like this one.

Verblasst II

After the original Scheveningen Pier was bombed in World War II the Dutch rebuilt it afterwards, but already before the end of the Cold War it suffered neglect and was only shortly relived in the mid nineties only to be abandoned again after 2011. But it still is one of the most photogenic piers on mainland Europe and stands emblematic for a time of economic growth as much as it stands for the following recession.

HP Online | Landscape Wallpapers Vol. I

I’m proud that after one and a half years of effort I am finally able to present you my personal homepage where I present my images in with the framework I always had in mind. I invested quite some time in the design and I hope given the context I created my imagery does get another boost in mood. I started working on the design in October 2013 and had several drafts that never made it to the finish line which are still in the catacombs that are my hard drives. In early Spring 2014 the design was settled and the coding started which took quite some time, but such things aren’t to be taken lightly either.

I have been working on the actual content of this page for about 7 years – most images I present here have been taken over the period of the last 5 years since my early works were more of a trial and error phase rather than actual landscape photography. As of late I have become even more self-critical thus the average number of images I release has declined while my ventures have actually increased as I head out way more often to try to get a good picture.

Here I only upload the works I deem best, meaning that you won’t find all the imagery that I took over that years and I shall take over the course of the coming decades but only the very best which I consider my top works. Furthermore these are now available for purchase via the shop option located next to the images within the individual gallery display.

Lastly I will make this my definite go-to blog, posting stories about my images, giving some practical and theoretical insight as well as posting content from time to time such as wallpapers, tutorials, videos and so on.

First I want to give you these Full HD resolution wallpapers of the following images:

The Threshold of Paradise

The last rays of the dying sun illuminate the Aiguilles d’Arves reflected in the Lac du Guichard near Col de la Croix de Fer. It seems like the light was guiding my way beyond, to where true beauty unfolds!

Sick Heart River

Lush greens forged by weeks of summer rain which subsequently also fed the brooks of the Bluntau Tal laid the basis for the panoramic view. It is rare to see sights like these in August but in some valleys of the Alps you can find green gems at any time of the year, always have an eye on the amount of precipitation.

The Living Infinite

Rain, wind and the relentless tides are the elements that forged these characteristic rock formations at Praia da Adraga in an endless flow of time. With this long exposure I tried to capture this sense of fortitude.

 

You can find the download here:

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I usually try to upload new wallpapers every other month, since I myself often switch my machine’s wallpaper as well. I primarily upload 1920×1080 wallpaplers since that is the most common resolution since 4:3 monitors aren’t as wide spread anymore as they used to be 5 years ago neither are 16:10 monitors which I used until 2010, boosting only 1680×1050. Higher resolutions are also rather seldom amongst regular users other than those working in the creative field or pro-gamers hence I do not upload 2:1 wallpapers even though some of my images have that aspect ratio as their standard native format.

I will make a poll in the near future asking for the most common laptop resolution via my social media pages, but for most simply setting the window mode to „filled“ while selecting my wallpapers as the desktop background should work out fine since Windows and Mac OS do a fairly ok job at re-sizing the image to the screen resolution without reducing the sharpness to an absolute mess.