Even if winter has not ended yet in Switzerland, here are some pictures.

For this one, I was testing a “night pollution filer” for astro photography. As we’re granted with heavy light pollution in Europe, I (naively) expected the filter to magically remove the hideous orange glow.

It turns out things are a bit more complicated. In a nutshell, for deep sky photography, light pollution removal filters are useless, even a disadvantage, as they stop some precious light.

The way night pollution filters work is by blocking some light within specific wavelengths. The problem is, with more and more public light being replaced by LED technology, the wavelength have changed, rendering the filter useless. Currently, public lights are a bit of both, lessening the impact of light pollution filters.

But my hopeless GAS addict bought one anyway, talk about the point of doing researches before buying if I end up buying the stuff anyway.

To add more pain to the blow, my ignorant self decided to take pictures of the milky way. In winter. In the northern hemisphere.

In case your astronomic knowledge are as abysmal as mine, the brightest part of the milky way isn’t visible in winter in Europe. Now, I have to wait for summer to try the filter again. I’m miserably comforting myself by telling me that I won’t need 5 layers of clothes to take the pictures.

So, here you have. #nightpollutionfilterfailed

The next shot, I was testing the IRIX 11mm and really had fun with this lens. Compositions with this kind of lenses is really challenging. Noticed how the Alps (yes, there are mountains) look small?

Playing with light here.

For this series, I was planning to drive far and climb high and..turned back home after 5km, thanks to icy roads. So I just parked the car next to the road and walked to some cow pastures. What an epic ride (sarcastic).

My heart wasn’t fully with the scenery, though.

I had just learned that a friend was dealing with a life changing disease.

That put my own challenges in perspective and painfully reminded me once more that we truly don’t own anything and should make the best of each moment, as it’s all there ever is.