Picture of the month - March 2008



Schloss Jägersburg (if being directly translated: "Chateau Hunterscastle") was built 1721-1728 and served as a hunting lodge for the prince-bishop of Bamberg. The baroque buildings are still in rather good shape and served for a long period as nursing home.

I was brought up not even 2 kilometers from the castle. Still living in the area I pass by every now and then (happening several times a year when geeting to a nearby inn serving excellent carps). While actively searching for objects of interest during any vacation, the closest attractions are often missed. During an October sunset I had collected my gear in order to take some pictures - and passed by the castle looking for views. While I never really had the feeling before in foreign countries, I felt slightly silly when running over the street and setting up my camera on a tripod, occassionally looking from the corner of my eye at the wondering faces of people driving past on the nearby street. Anyhow - as common while getting concentrated on my  photography - my environment faded more and more out and I concentrated only on the viewfinder after a while.

The total views of the castle I got while photographing with vanishing sun and decreasing temperatures were documentation, while still interesting. I chose a compressed detail of the scene still containing the important elements: The warm color of the sunset, the luminous edges of the clouds permeated from behind by the lowering sun and a cut-out of the castle's entrance tower just as a placehold for the whole set of buildings. The tree in the backgrounds gives an additional hint of the natural environment the castle is surrounded from.


Don't go too far, your home zone might feature more than expected,
your Mr. Mooseman !