Cloudy sun – soft photos

We are on our way along the North Frisian coast of the North Sea in Germany to take photos for a reportage. Including our analogue Leica M7, the Summilux M 1.4 50asph. new and the Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. new. Once again we decided to use the Kodak Portra 160 as a recording medium. All guarantors for clear and sharp shots. But then this:

Despite sunshine and up to 20 degrees warm temperatures, despite cloudless sky, the horizon is milky, the Fernischt hazy. So was the tour for free this weekend?

Not at all – on the contrary. This weather phenomenon can have different causes that play together or can lead to this very melancholy mood individually. On the one hand, the famous Saharan dust can blow over to us, on the other hand, it can be caused by volcanic ash or particles of a large forest fire. But the cleanest source is when the air at the top gets warmer instead of cooling. These temperature layers are then impenetrable even up to fog and clouds. However, we notice them only when the sun is shining, when it appears milky and hazy. Then one speaks of an inversion.

Nordfriesland | © mare.photo

Nordfriesland | © mare.photo

No need to complain about it, but rather hoping that this weather lasts as many hours as possible, or even two or three days. For what mood can describe Nordfriesland more excellently than this? All of a sudden, the time and the pulse slow down, sounds are muffled and the eyes are lost in the void. Picturesque landscapes with an extraordinary calm and balance emerge, they seem peaceful, relaxed, almost mystical.

Exactly this tranquility is transmitted to us, so we pull slowly with our VW bus from Beltringharder Koog to the north to the southwestern Hörn, a pumping station just behind the dike in the felt no man’s land.

Ideally, the Kodak Portra 160 is again showing its restrained and balanced colors and its sensitive fine nuances in the muted contrasts.

Nordfriesland | © mare.photo

Nordfriesland | © mare.photo

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