Wald Horn Solo

A very old photo, from June 2007, made with my first DSLR, a Nikon D70s with the 18-200VR super zoom lens. This boy was practicing his long (French) Horn playing skills, all alone at the forest edge. The Horn is called “Waldhorn” in German – which would directly translate to “forest horn”, but the english name is only “Horn” … so the title of this post/photo is just a bad pun that only works in German…

Long horn player
Wald Horn Solo – long horn player practicing at Röthelmoos, Bavaria.

I made this photo after a solo hiking tour across the Hörndlwand. It was almost 8pm and on my descend down into the beautiful and very quiet Röthelmoos (an alpine moor-/heathland) the tunes the boy played where quite catching. A soft reverb from the surrounding mountains and trees gave that moment a “magic” touch.

Photography-wise, the shot has a “magic” touch, too – handheld at 200mm with an exposure time of 1/25s the VR (vibration reduction) really did an awesome job. Impressive technology. I don’t know if photography would be the same fun for me without stabilized lenses.

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