Volker Birke [vbirke]

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BIOGRAPHY
I can't draw, but release the shutter... I suppose. Anyway, I've been fascinated with nature, especially sea and landscapes, all my life, and how it relates to personal feelings, atmosphere and moods. Got my first camera around the age of ten. Therefore, artistic landscape photography has always been a favorite subject, also viewing landscape paintings e.g., created by Caspar David Friedrich. However, I'm much interested in other genres of photography as well. For the last ten years I have primarily used digital SLR cameras, though still employing and developing bw 35 mm film occasionally. "Well, on a deep personal level, I’m very much a romantic and attracted to idealized pastoral beauty. I love idyllic places and the kind of suspension of history they offer. But noble beauty is not enough these days. One must complicate the picture, because there’s now nowhere to “escape” to on the planet in pursuit of a hermetic pastoralism or a redemptive wilderness sublime. Earth is now a human park." Michael Light http://www.believermag.com/issues/201011/readinterview_light_weschler, accessed on 04.01.14 "ORDER OUT OF CHAOS My job as a photographer is to bring order to chaos. While it's true that our world is full of visual richness, it's also true that our world is full of visual chaos. The difficulty in creating strong, dynamic photographs is in dealing with that chaos. Out of an infinite number of elements, I and you have to select and arrange a certain number of them into some visual harmony. Consider the difference between a painter and a photographer. Starting with a blank canvas, the painter constructs an image by adding only those elements needed for visual excitement. But my job as a photographer is to eliminate, to strip away many of those chaotic elements that exist in front of me until I arrive at the strongest possible image." Norton, B. 2001 "The Art of Outdoor Photography - Techniques for the Advanced Amateur and Professional", Voyageur Press, Hong Kong, ISBN 13:978-0-89658-459-4, 12 Many thanks to everyone for stopping by Buona visione. Please also check out my Website https://www.volkerbirke.com Volker

Country: DE

GALLERIES

Single Photos

PHOTOS

Pisa, Italy, The Leaning Tower (Piazza dei Miracoli)

Music from Glass (In the Streets of New Orleans - The Big Easy)

Jellyfish Encounter (Monterey Bay Aquarium, CA)

In Remembrance of Painter Paul Smalian (Lake Steinhude, "Steinhuder Meer", Germany)

Took a Boat Sunday, Down By the Sea... (Song: "Downstream", Supertramp)

Another World (Kangaroo Island, South Australia)

Jellyfish Encounter #2 (Monterey Bay Aquarium CA)

Hangin' Around

Transmission (Ford Museum, Detroit, MI)

The Sax Player

Elements of Nature

Golden Gate Bridge Illuminated by the Moon

Lone Sentinels

FOR EMERGENCY EXIT ONLY

I FEEL SORRY

IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE

Freedom Comes When You Learn to Let Go - Henley Beach / Adelaide (please enlarge)

THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART

LOOKING FOR THE GENUINE BLUE

Enjoy Your Life (Henley Beach, Adelaide, South Australia)

Gondwanaland (Innes NP, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia)

TERRA AUSTRALIS

Subliming Symmetry

We're Not Alone - Steinhuder Meer / Lake Steinhude (please enlarge!)

Looking For the Genuine Blue #2

Light of the World

Badwater

Enjoy Your Life #2 (Steinhuder Meer)

Floating - Steinhuder Meer / Lake Steinhude (please enlarge!)

Gondwanaland #2

A Light Will Pass

A Light Will Pass #2 - Yorke Peninsula / South Australia (please enlarge)

Catwalk of the Supermodels #2

Ocean of Togetherness (Northsea at Cuxhaven-Duhnen)

Ocean of Togetherness #2 - please enlarge (Steinhuder Meer - Lake Steinhude)

Iceage

Cool Times

The Captain of Her Heart #2

Splashmaster

Little Explorers - please enlarge (Pt. Clinton, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia)

Endless Vastness

Looking For the Genuine Blue #4

Looking For the Genuine Blue #5 (Steinhuder Meer - Lake Steinhude)

Wand'rin' Star - please enlarge (Steinhuder Meer - Lake Steinhude)

Terra Australis #2

Dreamworld #2 - please enlarge (Steinhuder Meer - Lake Steinhude)

Floating #2 (Steinhuder Meer)

Light of the World #2 (Steinhuder Meer)

Looking For the Genuine Blue #7 (Steinhuder Meer - Lake Steinhude)

Light of the World #3 (Steinhuder Meer - Lake Steinhude)

Companions

Filled With Wonder (please view larger)

Three Explorers - please enlarge (Pt. Clinton, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia)

Elements of Nature #2

Ocean of Togetherness #3 (Lake Steinhude - Steinhuder Meer)

Filled With Wonder #4 - please enlarge (Lake Steinhude - Steinhuder Meer)

Where Is Nowhere - Steinhuder Meer / Lake Steinhude (please enlarge)

Light of the World #2 (Lake Steinhude - Steinhuder Meer)

Re-emerging - please enlarge (Golden Gate, San Francisco, CA)

Filled With Wonder #5 - please enlarge (The Twelve Apostels, Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell)

Love Lights - please enlarge (Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA, USA)

The Roaring Silence (please enlarge)

Embarking Upon Eternity - please enlarge (Lake Steinhude - Steinhuder Meer)

Embarking Upon Eternity #2 - please enlarge (Lake Steinhude - Steinhuder Meer)

The Fisherman ;-) (Lake Steinhude - Steinhuder Meer)

Iceage #2 - please enlarge (Lake Steinhude - Steinhuder Meer)

Embarking Upon Eternity #3 - please enlarge (Lake Steinhude - Steinhuder Meer)

Mystery In Pink (Monterey, CA, U.S.A.)

Paving the Road to Innovation (Rimini, Italy)

Looking For the Genuine Blue #8 - please enlarge (Lake Steinhude - Steinhuder Meer)

Enjoy Your Life #3

Island of Prettiness (Lake Steinhude - Steinhuder Meer)

Enjoy Your Life #4 - please enlarge (Steinhuder Meer - Lake Steinhude)

Coast of Wonders (17 Miles Drive, Pacific Grove / Carmel, CA)

The Way Up (Victor Harbor, South Australia)

A Light Will Pass #3 - please enlarge (Victor Harbor, South Australia)

Buona Visione (Henley Beach, Adelaide, South Australia)

Dinosaur Meets Girl

Fleeting Acquaintance - please enlarge (Underpass at N Lake Shore Drive / U.S. 41, Chicago)

Genth By Night - please enlarge (Genth, Belgium)

Florence By Night (please enlarge)

Nothing Is Written - Davenport, CA, USA (please enlarge)

Cape of Good Hope #2 - please enlarge (Davenport, CA)

Cape of Good Hope #4 - please enlarge (Davenport, CA)

Twilight Zone - please enlarge (The Twelve Apostels, Port Campbell, Australia)

A Moment In Time - Steinhuder Meer / Lake Steinhude (please enlarge)

Yearningly - California State Route 1, Davenport, CA (please enlarge)

Yearningly #2 - Steinhuder Meer / Lake Steinhude (please enlarge)

Can We Save the World - Hamm-Werne (please enlarge)

Light of the World

Light of the World #4 (please enlarge)

Looking for the Genuine Blue #9 - Lake Steinhude / Steinhuder Meer (please enlarge)

Journey to the Center of the Earth - Henley Beach / Adelaide (please enlarge)

Frozen Traces - Lake Steinhude / Steinhuder Meer (please enlarge)

Companions #2 (please enlarge)

Frozen Traces #2 - Lake Steinhude / Steinhuder Meer (please enlarge)

Music Makes the World Go Round - Steinhuder Meer / Lake Steinhude (please enlarge)

Frozen Traces #3

Frozen Traces #4 - Steinhuder Meer / Lake Steinhude (please enlarge)

Frozen Traces #5 - Steinhuder Meer / Lake Steinhude (please enlarge)

Frozen Traces #6 - Lake Steinhude / Steinhuder Meer (please enlarge)

Valley of the World - California State Route 1 / Castroville (please enlarge)

Vastness - Steinhuder Meer / Lake Steinhude (please enlarge)

Chasing the Light - The Twelve Apostels / Pt. Campbell / Victoria (please enlarge)

Looking for the Genuine Blue #10 - Lake Steinhude / Steinhuder Meer (please enlarge)

My Silent Friend - Süntel Range / Langenfeld (please enlarge)

Where Are These Kids Actually Now - Hawker / South Australia (please enlarge)

A Guiding Light - Lake Constance / Monastic Island of Reichenau (please enlarge)

A Guiding Light #2 - Lake Steinhude / Steinhuder Meer (please enlarge)

Looking for the Genuine Blue #11 - Lake Steinhude / Steinhuder Meer (please enlarge)

A Guiding Light #3 - Point Lobos, Carmel, CA (please enlarge)

Hangover Hanover (please enlarge)

Sirmione - Lago di Garda / Garda Lake, Italy (please enlarge)

Sirmione #2 - Garda Lake, Italy (please enlarge)

Sirmione - Garda Lake / Lago di Garda, Italy (please enlarge)

Twilight Zone #2 - The Twelve Apostels / Pt. Campbell, Victoria (please enlarge)

Embarking Upon Eternity #5 - Steinhuder Meer / Lake Steinhude (please enlarge)

Embarking Upon Eternity #6 - Steinhuder Meer / Lake Steinhude (please enlarge)

Enjoy Your Life #5 - Steinhuder Meer / Lake Steinhude (please enlarge)

Stones Actually Talk: Can You Hear 'Em ;-) - Arch Rock / Joshua Tree NP, CA (please enlarge)

Hot And Cold (please enlarge)

Just A Footstep (please enlarge)

Ritter Sport - With Strawberries & Yoghurt ;-) (please enlarge)

Mare Balticum - Baltic Sea at Darß Peninsula, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany (please enlarge)

Contemplation - Lake Steinhude / Steinhuder Meer (please enlarge)

Contemplation - Lake Steinhude /Steinhuder Meer (please enlarge)

Contemplation #3 - Steinhuder Meer / Lake Steinhude (please enlarge)

Journey To the Inner Self #2 - Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ (please enlarge)

Magical Mistery Tour - Golden Gate, San Francisco (please enlarge)

Stones Actually Talk #2 - The Externsteine, Horn-Bad-Meinberg, Germany (please enlarge)

Journey To the Inner Self #4 - Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ (please enlarge)

Journey To the Inner Self #5 - Lower Antelope canyon, Page, AZ (please enlarge)

The Giraffe - documenta 12 Exhibition of Art, Kassel, Germany (2007) - please enlarge

Being Able To Take the Load - Lake Steinhude / Steinhuder Meer (please enlarge)

Emerging Harmony - Stadensen / Lueneburg Heath, Germany (please enlarge)

Emerging Harmony #2 - Stadensen / Lueneburg Heath, Germany

The Way Up - Victor Harbor, South Australia (please enlarge)

Ice Planet - Lake Steinhude / Steinhuder Meer (please enlarge)

Preparing For the Big One - Henley Beach, Adelaide (please enlarge)

Enjoy Your Life #7 - Henley Beach / Adelaide / South Australia (please enlarge)

Open Your Heart And Listen - San Gregorio State Beach, CA (please enlarge)

Open Your Heart And Listen #2 - Victor Harbor / South Australia (please enlarge)

Open Your Heart And Listen #3 - Victor Harbor / South Australia

Joining - Henley Beach / South Australia (please enlarge)

Arch Rock - Joshua Tree NP, CA (please enlarge)

Searching For the Inner Self - Lake Steinhude / Steinhuder Meer (please enlarge)

Departure - Lake Steinhude / Steinhuder Meer (please enlarge)

Lights of Hope - North Sea at Dorum-Neufeld, Germany (please enlarge)

Finite Elements - Lake Steinhude / Steinhuder Meer (please enlarge)

Coast of Miracles - Big Sur, CA, U.S.A. (please enlarge)

Place of Wonders - Piazza dei Miracoli / The Leaning Tower, Italy, reloaded (please enlarge)

Waiting For the Big One - Henley Beach / Adelaide (please enlarge)

Island of Prettiness #2 - Cape Spencer / Yorke Peninsula / South Australia (please enlarge)

Cape of Good Hope - Narrung / Poltalloch, South Australia (please enlarge)

Follow Her - Lake Steinhude / Steinhuder Meer (please enlarge)

Platform "Minus" 10 (° C) ;-) - Huxahl / Lueneburg Heath (please enlarge)

Perhaps A Philosopher - Lake Steinhude / Steinhuder Meer (please enlarge)

Invasion From The Planet of the Hay Rolls ;-) (Iso Grain Intentionally Added)

My Silent Friend #2 (please enlarge)

Indian Beauty

Looking For An Evidence of Beauty (please enlarge)

Asphalt (please enlarge)

Sheltered (please enlarge)

Blu Ray - Railway Station Hanover Nordstadt (please enlarge)

Tranquility - Steinhuder Meer / Lake Steinhude (please enlarge)

Gateway Into Another Dimension (please enlarge)

Asking For Reconciliation (please enlarge)

Party On the Lake (please enlarge)

You Can Make It (please enlarge)

Here And There (please enlarge)

Ghost Forest - Nienhagen / Baltic Sea, Germany (please enlarge)

Bench Of A Ghost - "The Ghost Forest" - Gespensterwald, Nienhagen, Baltic Sea (please enlarge)

Open Your Eyes And Listen - San Gregorio State Beach, CA (please enlarge)

Avoiding the Unavoidable (please enlarge)

Avoiding the Unavoidable #2 (please enlarge)

Into The Light - reloaded (please enlarge)

Is There A Reward For Perseverance #2 (please enlarge)

Don't Know... (please enlarge)

After Hours (please enlarge)

Admiration (please enlarge)

Searching For the Real Thing #2 (please enlarge)

Sentinels Of Transition (please enlarge)

Sentinels Of Transition #2 (please enlarge)

Glory Of Light (please enlarge)

Fluye (please enlarge)

Follow the Truth (please enlarge)

Fluye #2 (please enlarge)

Going On A Different Cruise (please enlarge)

Chasing the Light #2 (please enlarge)

Journey To The Inner Self (please enlarge)

Beyond the Horizon (please enlarge)

Looking For The Final Horizon (please enlarge)

Contemplating Another Moment (please enlarge)

Encountering the Lights (please enlarge)

Fluye #3

Floating Phantasies (please view larger)

Gotchya (please view larger)

Gotchya #2 (please view larger)

Just A Fleeting Acquaintance - please view larger

Joining Souls (please enlarge)

Launch Pad For My Soul (please view larger)

Joining Souls #2 (please view larger)

I Feel Sorry #2 (please view larger)

Journey to the Inner Self #2 (please view larger)

Salt Crystallization Pans (please view larger)

Launch Pad For My Soul #2 (please enlarge)

Subliming Symmetry #2 (please view larger)

Gotcha #3 (please view larger)

Te Nosce Ipsum - Know Thyself (please view larger)

Golden Nights (please view larger)

Shelter For My Soul #1 - North Sea at SPO / St. Peter Ording (please view larger)

Shelter For My Soul #2 - North Sea at SPO / St. Peter Ording (please view larger)

Critique of Pure Reason (please view larger)

Critique of Pure Reason #2 (please view larger)

Harbor of Good Spirit (please view larger)

Harbor of Good Spirit #2 (please view larger)

Dreaming of Gondwana (please view larger)

Dreaming of Gondwana #2 (please view larger)

Reading the Unwritten - Lake Steinhude (please view larger)

Signs (please enlarge)

Glory of Lights #2 (please view larger)

Glory of Lights #3 (please view larger)

Glory of Colors (please view larger)

Inside - Outside

Filled With Wonder #2 (please view larger)

Highway of My Soul (please view larger)

Highway of My Soul #2 - Joshua Tree NP, White Tank (please enlarge)

Enchanting Encounter (please view larger)

Shining Souls (please view larger)

Harmonices Mundi (please view larger)

Harmonices Mundi #2 (please view larger)

Wilhelmstein Sunset (please view larger)

Gateway Into Another Dimension #2 (please view larger)

Journey to the Inner Self #3 (please view larger)

Joining Souls #3 (please view larger)

Source Code of Harmony (please view larger)

Joining Souls #4 (please view larger)

Wilhelmstein Sunset #2 (please view larger)

Comin' Home (please view larger)

Comin' Home #2 (please view larger)

Comin' Home #3 (please view larger)

Essence of a Precious Moment (please view larger)

Castle of the Water Sprites (please view larger)

Dreaming of Big Sur (please viw larger)

Dreaming of Big Sur #2 (please view larger)

Switch on the Power (please enlarge)

Levitation (please view larger)

Heralds of An Untold Story (please view larger)

The Power of Goodbye (please view larger)

Heralds of An Untold Story #2 (please view larger)

Missing Link of a Lifetime (please view larger)

Looking for a Captivating Consciousness (please view larger)

The Power of Goodbye #2 (please view larger)

The Power of Goodbye #3 (please view larger)

Mardorf

Mardorf #2 (please view larger)

Joining Souls #5 (please view larger)

Steinhude (please view larger)

Steinhude #2 (please view larger)

Steinhude #3 (please view larger)

Save A Heaven (please view larger)

Save a Heaven #2 (please view larger)

Looking for a Different Cruise (please view larger)

Looking for a Different Cruise #2 (please view larger)

Man Must Explore (please view larger)

One Ocean in a Universe (please view larger)

Haven of a Forgotten Sailor (please view larger)

Haven of a Forgotten Sailor #2 (please view larger)

Switch on the Power #2 (please view larger)

Big Sur Magic (please view larger)

Move on to Pastures New! (please view larger)

Söl (Sylt) (please view larger)

Decelaration (please view larger)

Decelaration #2 (please view larger)

Decelaration #3 (please view larger)

Decelaration #4 (please view larger)

Decelaration #5 (please view larger)

The Cowslip Gang (please view larger)

Paving A Road To Innovation (please view larger)

St. Peter Ording (please view larger)

Sensing the Mysterious (please view larger)

Sensing the Mysterious #2 (please view larger)

St. Peter Ording #2 (please view larger)

Haven of Farewell (please view larger)

Square of Transition (please view larger)

Catch Me A Little Truth (please view larger)

Sweet Woodruff and Fern (please view larger)

Catch Me A Little Truth #2 (please view larger)

Cormorants and Sun (please view larger)

Award for Perseverance (please view larger)

Cormorants and Sun #2 (please view larger)

Into the Light (please view larger)

Shine On Little Star (please view larger)

H Two O (please view larger)

H Two O #2 (please view larger)

3 x 3 (please view larger)

Beheaded

Ocean of Togetherness #4 (please view larger)

Where Is Freder (please view larger)

Catch Me Another Truth (please view larger)

Gateway into another Dimension #2 (please view larger)

Looking for an intuition a priori (please view larger)

Take my hand and let's go beyond (please view larger)

Menindee (please view larger)

Into The Maelström

Sensing the Mysterious (please view larger)

Cape of Good Hope #2 (please view larger)

Gateway Into Another Dimension #2 (please view larger)

Mardorf (please view larger)

Wand'rin' Star #2 (please view larger)

Dreiklangsdimensionen

Know Thyself (please view larger)

Launchpad of My Soul (please view larger)

Esperanza (please view larger)

Last Honeymoon (please view larger)

Last Frontier (please view larger)

One Ocean In A Universe (please view larger)

The Sixth Ocean (please view larger)

dOCUMENTA (13)

The World Is Deep (please view larger, contribute to Marc Adamus)

Aesthetic Contemplation

Aesthetic Contemplation #2 (please view larger)

Little Talks (please view at larger size)

Eternal Symphony (please view at larger size)

It's a New World Since I've Found You (please view at larger size)

Introversion (please view larger)

The Way of the Creating One (please view larger)

Megalopolis (please view larger)

The Journey is the Reward (please view larger)

Silent Running (please view larger)

Time is Geometry (please view larger)

Pure Jade (please view larger)

Stick to Your Way (please view larger)

Unburiable

Silent Running

In the Remotest Sea (please view larger)

Graun im Vinschgau

Menindee (please view larger!!)

Find the Secret

Anchorless

Timeless Flight

Canon EOS 5D MKII, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Käsemann MRC polarizer, B&W ND 3,0 filter, tripod,...

The Tree on the Hill

Dive

Change the Future

Free Fallin

Arrow of Time

Morning Fog

Collect Moments Not Things

Brouwershaven

Gull

Where Is My Pike

Find the Secret

Fhloston Paradise

Weightless Ocean

Chair of Philosophy

Promised Land

Dangast

Art Lovin' Girl

Sail Away (If U Can)

Timmendorf

Executive Lounge

Blue Boy

Winter On the Lake

Hundred Billion Bottles

Concrete Ship

No Worries Mate

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Ursa Major

Dreamtime

SS Speke

Dreamtime

Pulse of the Universe

Lake Steinhude Impression

Earth 2.0

Hand Rail

Introversion

My Temple

Near and Far

Pulse of the Universe #2

Broadway

Don't Fade Away

Nibelungen