Winter overview and plans for the summer

Despite the fact, that there is still a lot of snow in the Alps, the winter is definitely over, at least for me. However, I have to say that it was one of my best winters in many respects. We did spend quite a lot of family time in the mountains skiing and I also did take some interesting photographs. As I mentioned in one of my previews posts I have spent some time around Lake Geneva and I was very fortunate with the weather conditions, especially in February, when the temperature had dropped significantly below zero Celsius. As usual we also went to Gran Canaria during the winter school break and I have continued to work on my  two ongoing projects “Open Space” and “Dreaming Dunes”.

I have started the Open Space project in 2008 on beach in Maspalomas, where I was waiting for the sunrise and I still remember that special feeling I had about the endlessness and emptiness of the Atlantic Ocean. Since then, I have been trying to transform this feeling to my photographs. One day I wish to present the "Open Space" series of at least 10 prints linked trough this idea regardless the places, where the pictures were taken. As of today, I have  seven photographs taken during my trips to Gran Canaria and Iceland. Unfortunately, I can not really say how long it is going to take me to finish the project, since I am already not so sure about keeping the first two pictures in the collection ...:)

  Title: Open Space V, Camera: Contax 645, Lens: Carl Zeiss Planar T* 45mm f/2,8, Filtr: Lee Big Stopper and Lee ND Grad 0.6, Film: Kodak T-Max, Exposure: 280”, f 13, ISO: 100

Title: Open Space V, Camera: Contax 645, Lens: Carl Zeiss Planar T* 45mm f/2,8, Filtr: Lee Big Stopper and Lee ND Grad 0.6, Film: Kodak T-Max, Exposure: 280”, f 13, ISO: 100

I have already mentioned the "Dreaming Dunes" project here and since I am not expecting to visit any other desert areas in the near future I will have to wait for my next trip to Maspalomas.

  Title: Dreaming Dunes III, Camera: Contax 645, Lens: Carl Zeiss Planar T* 80mm f/2, Film: Kodak T-Max, Exposure: 1/250, f 2,8, ISO: 100

Title: Dreaming Dunes III, Camera: Contax 645, Lens: Carl Zeiss Planar T* 80mm f/2, Film: Kodak T-Max, Exposure: 1/250, f 2,8, ISO: 100

So the winter is over, but to my big surprise I am also planning to be very active during the summer. I will check out some new areas around the lake before the main summer season begin. Later on, when the snow melts in the mountains, I want to do more hiking. Thanks to my extraordinary experience with Northern Lights in Iceland I also want to try night photography here in the Alps before I will return to Iceland next winter. I want to test how far I can push Kodak T-max films both ISO 100 and 400 and also to find out the best wide angle lens for large format camera. By the way, I have forgotten to mention that I also want to spend more time in a darkroom to continue to develop my printing skills.

Now the main question comes up:  where I can find time for all of this? :)