Silence at the Lake

in GEMS2 years ago

6 minutes and 27 seconds from the boring life of a landscape photographer in the early morning.

Silent Sunrise
Lake Wörthersee . Carinthia

Did I say "boring"?

OK, some of you might think getting up at 4:30 in the morning and waiting alone in the dark at a lake for the sun to rise must be very boring. But no, it isn't boring at all and even though I have had this experience a lot of times before it is always amazing to witness the awakening of the nature.
If you ask me if I prefer sunrises or sunsets, the answer is easy for me: there's nothing better than sunrises 😎

Even if there was not the smallest cloud on the sky, the colors in the sky were beautiful.

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Canon EOS R | EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS II USM
ISO 100 . f/10 . 5 sec . @200 mm

Did I say Silent?

Well, somehow the title "Silent ..." is not correct, because there was quite some noise. About one hundred meters out of sight on the left side there is a small island called "Kapuzinerinsel" which seems to be full of birds of all kinds, and they just woke up all together I think ;)
I didn't have the external microfone with me, so the sound was recorded by the internal mic only, otherwise there would many more bird sounds to hear in the video.

I would recommend watching this video only if you are not already tired and with the volume turned up.

If the video does not play: < click here to watch the video on YouTube >

Right behind my spot there is a road which is usually already quite busy at this early time of the day. Of course there have been 4 or 5 cars driving by in the 1.5 hours I have been there and I think I have also heard an airplane far away, but can you see contrails in the sky? The sky is clean - the air is cleaner than ever before and all you can hear is nature.

It's sad to have to say something like that, but I will surely miss this peaceful silence everywhere when the Corona virus measures are loosened or even canceled.

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Canon EOS R | EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS II USM
ISO 100 . f/10 . 4 sec . @70 mm

So, with this lovely poem from George Cooper I will end my today's post and wish you all a nice rest of the day and evening.

Birdie's Morning Song

Wake up, little darling, the birdies are out,
And here you are still in your nest!
The laziest birdie is hopping about;
You ought to be up with the rest.
Wake up, little darling, wake up!

Oh, see what you miss when you slumber so long —
The dewdrops, the beautiful sky!
I can not sing half what you lose in my song;
And yet, not a word in reply.
Wake up, little darling, wake up!

I've sung myself quite out of patience with you,
While mother bends o'er your dear head;
Now birdie has done all that birdie can do:
Her kisses will wake you instead!
Wake up, little darling, wake up!

by George Cooper

There's just one last thing I have to say:

Stay at home, take care and stay healthy!


Location / Standort: Wörthersee Teixlbucht

All photos were shot with the Canon EOS R and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS II USM lens.
I have also used my Haida M10 filter system with the 0.9 graduated ND filter and the CPL filter.

I leave all EXIF and IPTC information stored in the pictures.

If you like my photos I would appreciate an upvote, nice comment or maybe you want to share my post on your blog 😊 ... and maybe you would like to follow me, so that you never miss a post from me.

Thank you very much for visiting my blog,
have a nice evening,

Photos and Text: Johann Piber | All rights reserved - do not use without my permission

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woow the sunrise picture is amazing ... cool ... I have followed your youtube channel and instragram too ... greetings from Indonesia

Thank you so much for your nice comment on my photos @my451r, I appreciate it 🙂
... and thanks for following, although Youtube is only for hosting videos from time to time ;)


it should be continued, let alone made a tutorial on photography and editing images. 😀😊

Oh no, there are so many tutorials around from which I am learning - there's no need for another one ... that would be too time consuming 😉

then I will wait for your next video on the youtube channel. I myself have just learned about photography, and the equipment is also still inadequate, but I will always learn from someone as professional as you. At the moment I only have a Canon M100 camera and kit lens. 😀😀😊

I would say you are doing a very good job - I have switched from the Canon M50 to the EOS R last year, but I loved the M50 and I am still angry on myself that I have sold it ;)

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Really cool photos. In your photographs, nature becomes even more beautiful. Thank you for the interesting and high-quality content.

I thank you so much for your kind compliment on my photos @yuriy4, I do really appreciate your nice comment 🙂


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Great photos @johannpiber.
I like sunrises too, but because of my lifestyle I am unable to see many of them 😊.
I really like video of that stunning sunrise with beautiful morning singing birds.
Have a great evening @johannpiber.

Good morning @cezary-io 🙂

Thank you so much for your kind words - I get up as early as possible whenever I can, but not only to shoot sunrises, I just love to get up early ;)
Luckily, I have a flexible working time and this week I'm working from home anyway, so I have any time I need 🙂

Take care my friend, stay safe and healthy.

I like it. what else can I say?

Thank you so much,

... what else can I reply? 😉😆
Have a great day, take care and stay healthy my friend.

For me that would never be burning and nature is seldom ever totally silent and I love both eh sights and sounds you share with us today

Good morning and thank you so much mate.

I have missed such mornings and will try to get out more often from now on like I did it again this morning ;)
I don't meet anybody anyway, so it's about the same as laying in my bed at home ... but that is boring to me 😉

Have a great day my friend JJ 🙂

Ohh yes staying at home in bed is so boring its driving me nuts I must admit

Make the most of what you can do my friend ;)

You too my friend, make the best of it.
One day the world will be like it was again ... actually, I think she will be better than before 🙂
And even earlier the !BEER will be back😉

I to think it will be better than before there will be a new normal but a better normal :)

A "better normal" - sounds nice 🙂

I think one of us has already said that we can only hope that people don't forget after a while how the world has become so much better and cleaner in just the few weeks we left her alone.

Yes it would be a shame if things return back to normal afterwards if it includes destroying the planet

Hm, we will see if the people have learned something during or from isolation.

Moin Johann,
alles klar soweit?

Dieser Morgen muss ja absolut herrlich gewesen sein.

Schönes Video und Bilder.

Liebe Grüße

Guten Morgen Peter,

ja, der Morgen war super und wird demnächst wiederholt werden.
Nach Ostern sollen unsere Maßnahmen langsam gelockert werden - mal sehen, was dabei rauskommt.

Vielen Dank und liebe Grüße 🙂

Moin Johann,

Du wirst sehen, dass nach Ostern der Spuk so schnell wieder verschwindet wie er gekommen ist.
Dann kannst Du auch wieder an Deine Lieblingsplätze fahren und dort den Frühling genießen.
Wir haben aktuell Herbst.
Von einem Morgen zum Nachmittag wurde es ungemütlich. Somit sind wieder Socken und auch eine Jacke angesagt und die Klima steht auf heizen und nicht mehr auf kühlen.

So schnell geht das.

Liebe Grüße

Eigentlich hatte ich gedacht, mich letztens deutlich genug ausgedrückt zu haben, und auch wenn es nett von dir gemeint ist:
Du kannst natürlich gerne glauben was immer du willst und es ist mir auch relativ egal, dass du solche Sachen sogar weiterverbreitest, aber würdest du mich damit bitte ein für allemal in Ruhe lassen?

Hi Johann,

Nach Ostern sollen unsere Maßnahmen langsam gelockert werden - mal sehen, was dabei rauskommt.

Es war nur eine Antwort auf das was Du geschrieben hast.

Also habe ich nicht damit angefangen.

Liebe Grüße

Mein Kommentar bezog sich auf reale Maßnahmen wegen eines realen und tödlichen Virus.

Deine Antwort bezog sich auf die angebliche Verschwörung und dass der Virus nicht existiert.

Das Traurige ist, dass du den Schwachsinn glaubst, den andere Idioten erfinden.

Noch trauriger ist, dass du alles ohne nachzuforschen oder zu hinterfragen weiter verbreitest. Damit meine ich aber nicht die Meinung oder Hirngespinste von anderen Verschwörungstheoretikern als Bestätigung der Richtigkeit des Blödsinns zu sehen.

Und am Traurigsten ist, dass Leute wie du alles glauben wollen, nur nicht die Wahrheit, weil die meistens langweilig ist.

Bitte keine Antwort schreiben, denn das war mein letzter Kommentar dazu, danke.

Doch Johann ich antworte Dir.

Du hast wohl meinen Artikel zur Wahrheit nicht gelesen, welchen ich dir sehr empfehle, denn dann würdest Du mir nicht solch eine Antwort geben.

Liebe Grüße

I see you having a good quarantine :) Great video.

Well, we don't have quarantine, just social distancing and we try to isolate us from other people. So I can only go to near places, but luckily we have that lake and a reservoir nearby 🙂
Thank you very much that you like my post and the video @gidlark 🙂

I thought everyone was quarantined. Although we have a quarantine though, you can still move around the city.

Yes, I think it is important that you still can go out for a walk, but just avoid getting close to other people.

What a beautiful morning with the birds chirping and the sun rising. Loved the video Johann.

I loved being there 😀
Thank you so much for your kind words, Jo, it really was such a calm and peaceful morning.
Maybe I should make a comparison video after the Corona measures have ended.

That’s a good idea to make a comparison but I wonder when it will end. At first it was weeks and now it sounds like months before this pandemic is over.

One good thing about so many people staying home is the pollution in heavy populated areas has lessened without all the traffic on the roads.

After Easter our government wants to loosen the measures, depending on the numbers of new infections, such as smaller shops can open again and also not life essential shops and companies.

I am curious how people behave over the next few days, because Easter is a family thing and we have such a nice weather, that the people will want to go out. I have been on a walk yesterday and on my way home I have seen so many other people and cars that I have thought there was no such thing as a lockdown. By the way, I never meet people on my walks, but yesterday I have seen two fishermen ;)

Yes, pollution has become less over the past few weeks, but I have heard that nature needs a much longer time to really regenerate - we will see. The measures will loosened, but I think we will have to live with this pandemic for a very long time and there will be a second wave and more, they say. Wearing masks will become a habit or tradition, like it is a normal thing in Japan for example, where it is a normal thing, and they have such a low number of infections and deaths.


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WOW! Magnificent sunrise over the mountain at the lake! It seems that you had a wonderful moment there; surrounding with nice and peaceful nature and listening the sounds of birds. Excellent video and beautiful photos! Thanks so much for sharing. ;)

I thank you for this nice compliment, @tangmo, I do always appreciate such nice words, and you are right, this morning was wonderful.

I don't know if you celebrate it, but Happy Easter and stay safe and healthy my friend 🙂

My pleasure! ;)

Thanks so much for your kind wishes. (we don't celebrate Easter here.) Happy Easter and take care! ;))

Howdy sir johannpiber! Same thing with this post, none of the photos are showing up. I'll go switch to another computer and see if it likes this post better!

Yesterday before I went to bed everything was alright, but now most images of the latest posts from many users are not showing up - I do hope they can fix the problem soon.