Herbst im Wunderschönen Harz // Wernigerode, Germany

Mit dem Einstieg in die Weihnachtszeit und nachdem alle Weihnachtsmärkte eröffnet haben, ist die Herbstzeit nun wirklich vorbei. Als kleiner recap möchte ich heute meine letzten Herbstbilder aus dem wunderschönen, farbenfrohen Harz mit euch teilen.

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Dies waren die ersten drei Monate und die erste Jahreszeit, die ich in meiner neuen Wahlheimat Wernigerode erlebt habe. Und ebenso wie ich mit der Wahl meines Studienplatzes und Hochschule zufrieden bin, so liebe ich auch mein kleines Städtchen und die atemberaubende Umgebung in der ich nun wohne.

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Der Herbst ist bekannt für seine schillernden warmen Farben und die habe ich – nachdem ich sie im letzten Jahr in Australien übersprungen habe – in diesem Jahr so richtig genossen und ausgenutzt. Der Wald ist nur 2 Minuten zu Fuß entfernt von meiner Haustür, obwohl ich direkt in der Innenstadt wohne, und so habe ich viele Spaziergänge und Wanderungen unternommen.

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Das, an Disney oder ein Märchenschloss erinnernde, Schloss Wernigerode liegt etwas erhöht auf dem Berg, die Stadt überblickend und dort ist immer viel los. Wenn man den Berg noch etwas weiter erklimmt, zum Agnesberg, hat man eine wunderschöne Aussicht auf Schloss und Umland und das meist sogar ganz für sich alleine.

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Wer würde denken, dass Studenten auf diese Idee kommen: Wandertag. Mit meinen Uni-Mädels war ich an einem Sonntag im Oktober zu einer Herbstwanderung verabredet und wir sind zum Kaiserturm und in der Umgebung von Werni durch die Wälder gestapft. Drei Stunden ging unsere Wanderung und mit einer Portion Käsespätzle und Broten haben wir uns zwischendurch gestärkt und versucht jeden Sonnenstrahl einzufangen. Ein richtig gelungener Tag!

Hier im Harz gibt es ein Stempelheft, mit dem man die Harzer Wandernadel erlangen kann. Eine meine Freundinnen hat sich dieses zugelegt und somit haben wir noch eine Motivation mehr uns regelmäßig zum Wandern zu treffen, neue Wege im ganzen Harz zu erkunden und Berge zu erklimmen.

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Ich gehe auch super gerne einfach alleine eine Runde im Wald spazieren. Wenn der Tag bereits lang genug war, man viel zu viel gesessen hat, der Kopf nicht mehr produktiv mitdenken kann oder die Nase dringend etwas frische Luft benötigt, dann ist es Zeit für etwas Entspannung, Gedanken auslüften und wo geht das besser als im ruhigen Wald. Das ist gleich noch erholsamer und entspannender, wenn man einfach nur läuft und seinen Gedanken freien Lauf lässt. Das befreit und erfrischt die Gedanken und möglicherweise kommt man auf einige gute Ideen, Gedanken oder Einsichten. So geht mir das zumindest oft!

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Deswegen einfach mal das Handy zu Hause lassen und ohne Musik in den Ohren, nur mit den eigenen Gedanken im Kopf durch die Gegend streifen! Manchen mag das anfangs etwas schwer fallen, aber das ist so gesund und sollte viel öfter praktiziert werden. Sich einfach mal ganz alleine mit seinen Gedanken beschäftigen und nicht von ihnen Ablenken.

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Natürlich gibt es in Wernigerode nicht nur Wald, sondern auch eine super niedliche Innenstadt. Eine Einkaufsstraße zum Schlendern, viele klassische Restaurants, Konditoreien und Bäckereien, aber auch ein neues und „hippes“ Café. Man muss sagen, das Einzige hier, welches eher junge Leute anspricht, aber wir sind froh über alles was wir haben!

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Das Komplizen Café – es gibt guten Kaffee, sogar mit Hafermilch und den ganzen Tag Frühstück. Klassische Brot-Bretter mit Käse, Ei und Müsli oder auch Pancakes, French Toasts und Herzhafte Waffeln. Die Karte ändert sich sogar je nach Saison und gerade werden z.B. Pumpkin-Spice Latte oder Zimt-Pflaumen-Kompott Pancakes serviert.

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Man kann wirklich nicht sagen, dass in diesem kleinen Städtchen nichts los ist. Jedes Wochenende fragt man sich woher die ganzen Menschen kommen. Einen Tisch im Restaurant sollte man in der Ferienzeit definitiv im voraus reservieren, sonst wird es schwierig und vor allem zu Events, wie dem Schokoladen-Festival schieben sich tatsächlich Menschenmassen durch die kleinen Gassen.

Ab Dezember beginnt auch der Weihnachtsmarkt, welcher ebenfalls sehr empfehlenswert ist –  mit dem süßen Umfeld des Rathauses, der alten Häuser und der schönen Weihnachtsbeleuchtung. Da bekommt man sofort Weihnachtsstimmung und ein Gefühl von Gemütlichkeit!

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Ich hoffe euch hat dieser Einblick mit vielen Bildern und Tipps gefallen! Wart ihr schon mal im Harz? Würdet ihr, nach meinem Post, gerne mal hier herkommen? Seid ihr auch traurig das die farbenfrohe Herbstzeit schon wieder vorbei ist?

My Favourite Photography Accounts on Instagram

Some people are just real superheroes when it comes to capturing the perfect moments. I love following inspiring people on Instagram and be blown away by the beauty of their shots. I already shared a few of my absolute favourites in the categories travel, veganism and fashion with you.

This time the accounts can’t really be put into one category but instead, they are masterpieces in storytelling and expressing feelings, emotions and vibes through their photography. In my opinion, these accounts create art!

@espenvalverde

Landscape photography can be boring. But not when you know how to capture it right. When there is a story behind it, a feeling and emotions that are soaked in that one shot.

@chelseakauai

What she is able to experience is out of this world. And she knows how to show these moments and bring the feelings behind it across to her viewers – pure magic.

@_foodstories_

It is so beautiful to see what art these two ladies create with their locations, tables, plates and food. You could say this is food photography, landscape, detail and home or interior photography in one. Such a huge inspiration.

@alliemtaylor

This traveller just knows how to show the depth of landscapes. Usually, I would say you can’t capture these huge mountains and breathtaking landscapes in one shot, but she knows how to.

@vanellimelli

The vibe Melli spreads is just adorable. Cute, smiling and straight from the 90th.

@linesauberlich

These soft tones are just made to dream of. I love how her pictures are calm and adventurous at the same time.

@vagabondhearts

Another adventurous soul that captures the best views and hiking-rest-places in her shots. Makes me want to go on adventures in the mountains straight away.

@lene_merle

I just recently discovered her because of her wonderful pictures of her trip through the south of Australia. I love that her couple pictures are something different, not to cheesy, kinda real, kinda what you dream about. Just beautiful.


What are your favourite photographers on Instagram? What pictures make you start to dream? Do you like the ones I choose to show you?

 

Food Photography – Tips & Inspiration

Since I started my blog I really got into food photography. I fell in love with the process of cooking and baking, preparing, arranging, taking the picture at the end and of course: eating it afterwards.

Today I would like to share some inspiration, tips and things I learned through the process.

I am totally aware that I am not a pro at all, not even very good. I’m only a beginner trying my best, but I already learned a few things that I want to share with you. Maybe you want to start taking pretty pictures of your meals as well and sometimes it’s easier to learn from someone like me instead of someone that already has a lot of equipment, knowledge and practice and who can’t relate to the difficulties of a beginner.

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Equipment

My Camera. I shoot with a Sony Alpha 6000* a system camera that takes amazing pictures while being very small and light – perfect for my travels and everything I wanted. It captures the colours very beautifully and blurs the backround nicely.

My Lens. I still only have the 16-50 mm lens that came with my camera because it works very well for what I need and I didn’t want to spend more money. Maybe in the future but for now I have to work with what I got.

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The two pictures above are taken with my iPhone 6s

Phone. Your phone is also capable to take some great food pic’s. But I find that it isn’t possible to take good pictures in different angles – it just looks weird. But from above and 45° angle looks decent.

I don’t have anything else that I use for my food photography. No light, no tripod (that I use), no background/ underground. I only use what I can find at home: window light, wood floor, white table, kitchen cloth, cardigans, scarfs…

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I once bought this grey plate, but I’ve only used it once or twice because the colour doesn’t make the food look very good…
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But I always use the same plate in pink! Both from IKEA

Ceramic. I did invest in some beautiful plates and bowls cause I really enjoy cute pottery and it’s nice to switch and vary them with different colours and meals. I always find lovely ceramic at IKEA and it’s affordable too.

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Porridge

I think the easiest meal to style and photograph is porridge. Just mix some oats with hot water or plant milk and some extras (here are some porridge recipe inspirations if you need!). You can’t really make something wrong and it’s also super quick and without much effort.

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very liquidy porridge – on purpouse

Tip #1 Make your porridge pretty thick rather than too liquidy (put more plant milk in after taking the pictures when you want to eat) because that way your toppings won’t sink into the porridge. Unless that’s the look you go for obviously – can look very cool as well.

 

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I used a pullover and a sushi roll pad for the background

Nice Cream

…is pretty easy as well, but you have to be quick so that it doesn’t melt away and your toppings drown!

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Tip #2 Get creative with your toppings. It’s always so much fun to choose and cut the fruit and then carefully place it where you’d like it to go without making it look to perfect (most of the time – exact lines can look great too!). Then look for small grains/seeds to add. Maybe even some flowers to top it off? The variety makes food pictures often look super interesting and eye-catching. But don’t overdo it! Too much stuff can look very confusing and extreme. Of course, minimalistic styling can look amazing as well – just try out what you like best!

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simple and pretty- but nothing special

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Examples of toppings
  • fruit/veggies used in the meal or as an extra
  • seeds, nuts, granola, dried fruit, shredded coconut, chocolate drops
  • hearbs
  • leaves or flowers
  • cutlery
  • drizzled syrup

The green-yellow-blue colour palette.

Tip #3 Stick to a colour palette. Especially when you use a lot of different ingredients it can look unappealing when you have too many colours that don’t fit to each other well. I would say 2-3 colours are enough for most pictures. A colourful food styling can look lovely, but the colours have to work with each other well.

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I went for orange and green – just like the ingredients
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This is by far the prettiest bowl of oats I ever made. Simple but beautiful!

 

Tip #4 Leave the skin/ the greenery on. It might feel weird to put strawberries with their greens on your food – but it looks so pretty. Same with Mango, when you fold it over after cutting or cherries.

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Bright strong colours, but they harmony pretty well with each other so that it works fine. 

 

Tip #5 Stick to natural colours and stay away from bright colours (unless it’s the food itself of course). It just doesn’t fit well in my eyes.

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No need a lot of effort. Just some greens, veggies, a few sesame seeds and chopsticks on the side. 

 

Tip #6 Don’t overdo it with the styling. It’s in matters of taste, but I personally don’t like it when food pictures are loaded with too much food, ingredients, toppings etc. I’m more the basic and minimalistic kind.

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Tip #7 Movement or „just-about-to-eat“ pictures can bring your food photography to the next level. I’m just starting to experiment with it myself, but I love the look and it’s even more eye-catching than just a pretty bowl of oats or a stack of pancakes.

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Examples for movement in pictures
  • Cutlery digging into the bowl of oats, stabbing into a piece of pancake, rolling up some spaghetti or laying on the plate
  • pouring chocolate sauce or maple syrup over pancakes/waffles, pouring milk into a bowl of granola, coffee poured in a cup or smoothie in a jaw
  • hands holding the bowl of oats or the plate with pancakes into the frame, holding the cutlery or jaw
  • syrup, sauce, melting ice cream, berry jam dripping from pancakes or waffles

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Tip #8 Don’t just focus on the bowl/plate itself, the scenery is just as important. Of course, you can leave it very plain and basic to put the focus on the food, but most of the time some little details in the background are essential for great pictures.

Underground & Background

It looks super beautiful when you have many different varieties of wood floor, plain coloured floor, marble floor etc. but I just didn’t take the time and effort to make some square meters of under-/background myself. Here are some DIY tutorials on how to make them yourself (1 and 2). I am for sure going to do that when I’ll be back from my travels and start getting into food photography more again! It makes your pictures look much more professional and put together, but until then just look for different floors or tables in your home or…

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this picture is taken in my bed
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My grey cardigan as the underground

Use kitchen cloth, bed linen or clothes as an underground or detail in your picture. Kitchen clothes are obvious, but it can also look great to take foot pictures in your bed or use cardigans and scarfs as an extra.

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Examples of details
  • kitchen cloth, blanket, clothes
  • cutlery
  • kitchen tools
  • fruits, veggies, ingredients (separate or in a small bowl)
  • seeds, nuts, granola scrattered
  • flowers, greens, leaves
  • drinks (tea, hot chocolate, smoothie, juice, coffee)
  • news paper
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baking tray 

 

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two plates on a grey t-shirt

 

Tip #9 Have two or three plates/bowls with the meal and not only one. Style them similar but not same so you have a bigger variety and more possibilities to picture them. For example one in the foreground, the other blurred in the back or both next to each other/ behind each other as if you would want to eat with another person sitting in front of you.

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Pancakes

Stacks of pancakes are a bit harder to capture because they tend to look crooked and the angle can be unflattering. But it’s so fun to style (and eat!) them so I love to experiment around and try different things.

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Got inspired to make bigger and thinner „Crêpes“ and roll them up on Instagram, so that’s what I did

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Putting banana between the pancakes or cutting pieces out – so many great ideas to incorporate into your own pictures.

Tip #11 Take the idea of a food picture you like and recreate it. I promise you it won’t look the same and copied in the end, but when you do this you start to look exactly at how it’s done. How the setting, food, toppings and details are arranged to make it look good in the end. You’ll learn and understand a lot in this process!

I really like to get my Inspiration from Pinterest – have a look at my food photography board!

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I hope you enjoyed this post! I really tried to show what I’ve already learned and I am super excited to experiment around more and get better! 

Do you like food photography? Are you hungry now? And do you take pictures of your meals as well?