News and Updates
Online since 11 April 2006
Last Update 22 May 2013
The first photo of the successful 5-week New Zealand South Island Tour is online in the New Release section and more is soon to follow.
Furthermore I am about to restructure the Lichtjahre webpage.
LichtJahre photographer Christian Klepp is on tour again for five weeks from 2 April to 7 Mai 2013 on the south island of New Zealand chasing for new photographic horizons
during the "Indian Summer" fall season down under. This purely photographic tour is focused on the fall light and the southern milky way arc over the nighttime landscape.
Requests or orders for books and prints can not be answered before 8 May 2013.
During a two week science visit at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, USA, LichtJahre photographer Christian Klepp
had the opportunity to photograph the snowy winter landscape of the Rocky Mountains and gave a one hour LichtJahre presentation for the scientists at NCAR.
is featuring a with Christian Klepp
including an online gallery of 20 Lichtjahre photographies and a .
I want to thank Philip Baues for the constructive interview questions and the fruitful cooperation.
The image is a 'Top-Down Perspective' winner of the .
More than 16000 photographs were submitted by 1600 competitors from 54 different countries.
Christian Klepp is among the winners of the international photography competition of Northern and Arctic pictures.
Photographers from 12 countries showed the magical world of the Arctic. Image
won the PSA Nature of the North Bronze Medal and won the FIAP Nature special medal.
The Xposure Issue 14 of features the Icelandic icescape image Nature's Artwork.
Thanks to Samantha Cliffe for the nice communication!
The in St. Petersburg features the image
as part of the
100 Wonders of the World exhibition that is travelling throughout all major cities in Russia during 2013. The aim of this exhibition is to raise awareness for science, art and education.
As this goal coincides with the aim of the Lichtjahre project I was more than happy on agreeing to display my image. The exhibition is sponsored by National Geographic and GEO.
I would like to thank Alexandra Polishchuk, Deputy Director of showroom ART-Center from St. Petersburg, for making this possible.
The image is displayed in the .
Both English and German language versions of the are now available. They can be orderered through this webpage on the .
The May issue 3-2012 of the German photo magazine features a six pages interview with five images of LichtJahre. The interview can be read as a .
The magazine is available in kiosks and bookshops throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Two LichtJahre images and
were awarded during the awards ceremony at the 14th International Fürstenfelder Nature Photo Days at Fürstenfeldbruck, near Munich, Germany on 18 May 2012.
Two LichtJahre photographies and
win in the international nature photo contest out of 16.000 entries from 32 countries.
These two images are part of the that can be ordered through the Glanzlichter webpage by 25th May 2012.
The Memorial Maria Luisa 2011 photo competition awarded Christian Klepp with two diploma.
The image is the 'Mountain Landscape' category winner of the . Additionally is highlighted in the . More than 16000 photographs were submitted by 1600 competitors from 54 different countries.
The image won in the photo competition and is part of the
limited edition book Masters of Photography 2011.
The in Hamburg, Germany, uses three LichtJahre images in their that formulates the scientific goals and challenges that guide their future research.
Uploaded the long awaited astronomy image of Mt. Blanc at Lac de Chesery in the New Releases section.
This image was on my mind for 5 years - and finally came true this year:
New moon, fresh snow on the peaks, clear starry sky with few mid-level clouds and calm winds allowing for a perfect reflection.
Indian Summer Alpine Tour 2011 to Switzerland, including Bernina (Val Rosegg and Val Morteratsch), Aletsch glacier and Rhone Glacier.
First brand new images of the two weeks Alpine Tour with images from Matterhorn and Mt. Blanc are available under Portfolio, New Releases.
My thanks go out to Dr. Frank Paul for "inspiring cheese" and to the fabulous team of the Refuge du Lac Blanc. Without their enthusiastic support some of the new images would not have come true. Merci!
30 out of 32 LightYears images were accepted in 8 categories at the international Trierenberg Super Circuit 2011 photography competition.
Three out of these images were awarded with the PSA-Gold Medal Best of Show in the category landscape, the Gold Medal of Excellence and the VÖAV Bronze Medal within Salon 3.
These LightYears images will be part of the which will be published within the next months.
The book displays the world's top photography in 2011 featuring more than 1000 images from a broad variety of categories.
Book release: 44 selected highlights of the LichtJahre photography are now available as a coffee table book!
All information can be found on the
Please note that the book is currently available in German language only. The English version will be available soon.
Three LichtJahre images , and
won the international nature photo contest out of 15.000 submissions from 33 countries.
These three images are part of the , that can be ordered through the Glanzlichter webpage by 23rd May 2011.
First new images of Icelandic landsacpes are available under Portfolio, New Releases.
Christian Klepp is back from a very successful Iceland tour with Örvar Þorgeirsson from .
The ePaper of the VIEW Fotocommunity highlights the
LightYears photography in the January 2011 issue with an interview of Christian Klepp including 18 images.
Currently Christian Klepp is on tour in Iceland with Örvar Þorgeirsson from for new images of Icelandic landscapes under the stars and aurora skies.
Three new images from Iceland are online under Portfolio, New Releases.
The favorite setion is updated.
The re-design of the website is finished.
Two LightYears images and
are used at the in Shanghai, China from 1 May to 31 October 2010. They are part of an info terminal of the
, Germany on frequently asked questions about the climate system. Both images highlight the questions 'Why does climate change' and 'How can we predict how the climate will change' in English and Chinese language.
The first photographies of the Iceland 2010 Tour are online.
The frontpage features a highlight slideshow.
The new web design is finished for the English version of the page.
The design change for the German version will follow shortly.
The LightYears image
is the winner of the photo competition in Vienna, Austria.
The is holding a Geosciences photo competition and exhibit in association with its General Assembly 2010 from 2-7 May 2010 in Vienna, Austria.
Eleven earth and space science photographies were pre-selected by a panel of five judges. Each of the approximately 9000 conference participants is asked to vote for their favorite picture.
The LightYears image
was chosen to be among the displayed photographies.
Six panoramic details of the LightYears photographies highlight the Earth System compartments on the new website of the in Hamburg, Germany.
The Earth System components represented are Atmosphere, Land, Ocean, Cryosphere, Volcanoes and their interaction.
The (MPI-M) is an internationally renowned institute for climate research. Its goal is to understand the changing climate of our Earth. The homepage and all three departments "Atmosphere, Land and Ocean in the Earth System" display LightYears header images.
All images of the Northwest USA 2008 Tour are now part of the galleries Cascade Range and Rocky Mountains.
The first two astronomy images of the Cypress 2009 Leonid Shooting Star Tour are online in the New Releases and the Astronomy portfolios.
The first images of the Canada 2009 tour are online in the Portfolio New Releases section. The Portfolio sections Favorites and European Alps are also updated.
The texts of the main links Biography, Technique, On Tour and Contact are completely revised and updated.
35 new photographies of the Switzerland 2007 and Northwest USA 2008 tours are now online in the Portfolio, Latest Releases section.
As a new feature, all these images can now be enlarged in a new window to sizes up to 1000 pixel.
The first photographies of the last tour are online in the Portfolio, Latest Releases section. This includes the astronomical landscapes
using the Astro Trac TT320.
I wish all visitors of this website a Happy New Year.
The completely revised and updated version is online
This includes a design change, a complete English and German version and additional images.
A total of 155 images are now online.
Christian Klepp is currently on tour again for five weeks in the northwestern USA. In september new images of this tour will follow from Olympic, Mt. Rainier,
Mt. Hood, Columbia River Gorge, North Cascades, Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Waterton Glacier. This will also include astronomy landscapes
using the new digital Astrotracker.
150 photographies online
Now all 10 galleries have been finished resulting in a total of 150 images online.
English texts of the link sites uploaded
The translation of all link texts into English is completed. The translations of all
145 gallery image texts to English is currently under construction.
New texts of all gallery images uploaded
The completely revised geo-scientific texts including background information
on all 145 images on 10 gallery pages are finished. As a next step a new design of the gallery pages is planned.
The images will be rearranged leading to a continuous storyline. At the moment all gallery texts are still in German language only.
10th gallery page opened
Just in time to celebrate the first online year of the LightYears web page the 10th gallery page is opened.
It contains all images additionally shown at the planetarium presentation along with the first image of 2007
- the red full moon. Further images from the North America tours of 2005 and 2006 will follow soon.
As a next step the updated and revised geological background
information on all 145 images is planned together with a new gallery design. The translation of all texts into English language is under construction.
I would like to thank all those of you who joined the planetarium show. Thank you for numerous positive reactions, emails and ideas after the show.
Friday, 23 February 2007, 7:30pm, Presentation at the planetarium Hamburg
The planet is wild
We use to see our planet as a quiet and unchanging place. Occasional volcanic eruptions, earthquakes or tsunamis remind us upon the Earths inner activity.
Barely noticed by humans, the planet constantly changes its appearance within geological space of times.
Oceans and mountain ranges form and disappear, rivers carve out deep canyons, forest and glaciers alternate through the warm and cold periods of the ice ages.
Events that cause marks - marks written in stones - that geologists can read like within a book.
The meteorologist and geologist / paleontologist Dr. Christian Klepp shows and tells stories from Earths wild geologic history through
nature photography from the most remarkable and beautiful places of our planet.
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€ 4,50 Reduced admittance
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