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Last update 30 January 2019
Online since 11 April 2006

January 2019

Where Is My Mind? presents: SEASURFER meets LICHTJAHRE Live in Hamburg on 29 March 2019.

Artist and landscape photographer Christian Klepp from Lichtjahre is supporting the Seasurfer concert with a light show presenting his stellar images of the Milky Way and nightime sceneries under the stars.

Seasurfer have their fanbase mainly in the USA and Asia. No wonder, as they have been releasing for years on the US scene label Saint Marie Records from Texas, where they are labelmates of Ex-Curves Dean Garcia or Siobhan De Mare (Ex-Violet Indiana and Mono). Seasurfer are often referred to as Cocteau Twins 2.0, because Robin Guthrie and now John Fryer (4AD, Depeche Mode, NIN, This Mortal Coil) have already mixed songs and sound. Now a featured album with guest singer Elena Alice Fossi from Kirlian Camera will be released, followed in summer by the next longplayer with their own singers Apolonia and Änni Bird.

The sound of Seasurfer is sometimes vacuum cleaner pop a la My Bloody Valentine, sometimes Cocteau Twins-like Dreampop. But also electronic sounds and the very own noise ensure that Seasurfer sounds contemporary and not just repeats the Shoegazesound of the 90s. Songs like the scene hit "STAY" are more like Dreampunk.

In 2019 Seasurfer will play some concerts again, starting in Hamburg's KIR, before they set off for the next show in Portugal.

The songs are underlined by artworks of the photographer Christian Klepp --Where Geoscience Meets Art.

Tickets are available here:

December 2018

In preparation for the re-designed webpage, scheduled for 2019, the Lightyears website, as of now, is additionally reachable via This is a re-direct for

I wish you all Merry Christmas and a perfect start into a successful 2019!

Best regards,
Christian Klepp

November 2018

Deutsche Welle is broadcasting the Lichtjahre interview with Christian Klepp on their TV format Euromaxx and are also presenting seven of my images on their Facebook page.

"LightYears - Where Geoscience Meets Art: Christian Klepp is actually a geoscientist, but as a photographer, nature also fascinates him. He travels all over the world to remote places to photograph cliffs, canyons, mountains and glaciers. But the motif alone is not enough for him: he always wants to photograph the spectacular landscapes in a special light. The result: almost too beautiful to be true!"

October 2018

A one-week photo tour took me to the Kellerwald National Park near Kassel in Germany. This park is densely forested with ancient gnarled oaks and beeches. My main goal was to capture this fall-colored forest atmosphere during the early morning fog and to let the soul dangle. Fortunately, I was able to capture two of these landscapes with a fairytale-like atmosphere.

September 2018

Back from my 5-week photo travel on the Colorado Plateau, I am completely overwhelmed by the incredible amount of breathtaking scenery I was fortunate enough to experience. Chasing the thunderstorms of the monsoon, I stood at the sheer cliffs of the Grand Canyon's North Rim, surrounded by lightning during the vivid color-spectacle of sunrise and sunset while low-level clouds and the intense rain showers swept through the canyon! In the Bisti Wilderness in New Mexico I experienced a thunderstorm, which shortly before its passage kicked up an impressive sandstorm, in which I disappeared for two hours. In the middle of the night I hiked to beautiful Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park to photograph the overwhelming starry sky reflected in the lake. And I met so many great people, including many photographers with whom I teamed up spontaneously, musicians who enjoyed their time in the woods, painters who captured the landscapes, and hikers who explored the beauty of these landscapes and learned how to photograph them. All these encounters have deeply enriched my travel experience and I am very grateful having been able to share some of my most intense moments with them.

Here are some first impressions of my tour and I am looking forward to sharing new photographs with you soon.

My new images cover Rocky Mountain National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Little Wild Horse Canyon, San Rafael Swell, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce National Park, Grand Canyon North Rim National Park, Colemine Canyon, Monument Valley, Gooseneck State Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, Bisti Wilderness, Ah Shi Sle Pah Wilderness, Black Canyon National Park and Dinosaur National Monument.

Moreover, enjoy a live music gig with an enchanted, randomly gathered audience that I recorded at the campfire out in the woods of Bryce Canyon National Park with talented musician and entertainer Dennis McLelland from Montana. The guy to the very left is me.

August 2018

I am on a five-week photographic hunt for magic light and new photographic horizons in the desert Southwest USA. I strive to capture the monsoon thunderstorm display in conjunction with the arc of the Milky Way over the Colorado Plateau. It will be pretty much trying to shoot the impossible but it is precisely these challenges that make this dream so intoxicating! Stay tuned to how things develop and keep your fingers crossed that I won't end up as mountain lions dinner )

July 2018

I had the honor to photograph and film the Hamburg-based shoegaze post-punk and dream-pop band Seasurfer to help visualize and promote their new 4-track digital EP “Vampires”. The release date is 4 August 2018 via Saint Marie Records. The shooting and filming with Seasurfer's mastermind Dirk Knight and singer Apolonia was awesome fun and I have to admit that I love these new songs!

You can order the digital Seasurfer EP called Vampires and get additional Saint Marie-demos of the songs.

So here is Seasurfer's Into Dust. Enjoy Dirk's and Apolonia's angelic wall of sound and feel the passion!

June 2018

In my main profession as a geoscientist, my OceanRAIN dataset, for which global ocean water cycle data were measured for seven years, has now been published in Nature's Scientific Data. Thanks to the rapidly growing dataset of already more than 6.8 million measurements, recorded by 8 ships, a clear picture is now emerging of the evaporation and precipitation along the ship tracks. The difference between these two parameters results in the freshwater flux – an essential parameter for climate models. The data set allows for the first time a detailed calibration and validation of state of the art satellite data and their products using OceanRAIN as the surface reference. OceanRAIN is therefore of considerable international interest for the long-term verification and improvement of the algorithms and products of the new NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite era. OceanRAIN also significantly improves our physical knowledge of the global ocean water cycle. Researchers can now access the data online via the Integrated Climate Data Center (ICDC) and the World Data Center for Climate (WDCC).

May 2018

The 2018 edition of my Lichtjahre coffee-table book is now available! It features a completely new Introduction section with information about me -- landscape photographer and scientific writer -- and the goals of my Lichtjahre project. Furthermore, the new book edition includes new images from my recent photographic tours, for example, from Western Australia's amazing landscapes underneath the vault of the Milky Way. Have a look into the book here! You can order your personal copy for 69.95 € with the choice of getting either the English or German version. Each image is accompanied by text describing the geology and features of the landscape pictured and contains all photographic meta-data and technical details.

I completely updated the Biography section with a new Elevator Pitch describing my Lichtjahre project, a newly written Biography comprising who I am and how Lichtjahre developed, and an Artist's Statement that summarizes my love for pristine nature, what is near and dear to my heart and which pieces of the big puzzle I want to achieve to help protecting the remaining wilderness of our beautiful planet. You can read about all that in my Biography section!

April 2018

I updated the Lichtjahre webpage to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law, known as DSGVO (Datenschutz-Grundverordnung) in Germany. This includes the following changes:

- The contact form requires being check marked by the user before sending an email. The agreement to store and process user data is included.

- An imprint page is now included.

- A data privacy page is now included.

- The entire Lichtjahre web domain operates now under SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption to ensure that the connection is secure and is safeguarding any sensitive data that is exchanged including personal details. You can recognize this by the "https" in the address bar (URL bar) and the green lock symbol in front.

March 2018

See me again on TV, this time in a live interview about Lichtjahre, Friday, 16 March, 16:15 on the NDR channel in the format called Mein Nachmittag. Aufn Schnack mit Naturfotograf Christian Klepp

The Northern German TV station NDR broadcasted a 3:50 minute documentation film about me and my Lichtjahre photography project on Monday 5 March 2018 in their talk show format called DAS! Enjoy it through the NDR mediathek. The Lichtjahre film is embedded in an interview with special guest, Dirk Steffens, from the German TV nature documentation Terra X - Faszination Erde on ZDF (Second German TV channel). Please note, that it is in German language. Many thanks to Sara Makus and the film team for this great opportunity and amazing experience.

Together with the NDR TV crew we produced a Lichtjahre - Where Geoscience Meets Art - documentation film! I am very excited about that! We had a very enjoyable but freezing cold day with the NDR film team at the North Sea beach of St. Peter Ording, Northwestern Germany. The film contains the story of Lichtjahre, the making of an image, an interview, stories behind the images and of course many of my images. Many thanks to Sara, Dirk and Thorsten for the awesome day!

February 2018

The Greenbelt Arts Center in Maryland, USA, displays eight Lichtjahre images in their lobby for a play called "Almost, Maine" which runs from 26 January to 16 February 2018 and in which the Northern Lights play an important role in the stagecraft. Among them is my Northern Lights image Above and Beyond, illustrating nighttime Peyto Lake in the Canadian Rockies.

The Greenbelt Arts Center is a Community Theater company, known for high-quality shows that showcase the experience and talent of performers and crews who manange to fit their love of the performing arts into their busy lives.

January 2018

The Northern German TV station NDR produced a 3:50 minute documentation film about my OceanRAIN project and broadcasted it on 17 January 2018 in their talk show format called DAS! with special guest Sven Plöger. The film was produced onboard the German research icebreaker Polarstern in October 2017. The movie is available through the NDR mediathek or by clicking the image below. Please note, that it is in German language. Many thanks to Sara Makus and the film team for this great opportunity and amazing experience.

December 2017

My work of the last 10 years culminated in the release of the OceanRAIN version 1.0 dataset. The data is freely available at the World Data Center for Climate at the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) in three data subsets: OceanRAIN-W water cycle components OceanRAIN-M precipitation microphysics OceanRAIN-R raw data

The data is also accessable via the Integrated Climate Data Center (ICDC) at the University of Hamburg and through the International Precipitation Working Group (IPWG). IPWG is a permanent working group of the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) in the framework of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The OceanRAIN authors are: Klepp, Christian; Michel, Simon; Protat, Alain; Burdanowitz, Jörg; Albern, Nicole; Louf, Valentin; Bakan, Stephan; Dahl, Andrea; Thiele, Tanja.

OceanRAIN—the Ocean Rainfall And Ice-phase precipitation measurement Network—provides in-situ along-track shipboard data of precipitation, evaporation and the resulting freshwater flux at 1-min resolution over the global oceans from June 2010 to April 2017. More than 6.83 million minutes with 75 parameters from 8 ships cover all routinely measured atmospheric and oceanographic state variables along with those required to derive the turbulent heat fluxes. The precipitation parameter is based on measurements of the optical disdrometer ODM470 specifically designed for all-weather shipboard operations. The rain, snow and mixed-phase precipitation occurrence, intensity and accumulation are derived from particle size distributions. Additionally, microphysical parameters and radar-related parameters are provided. Addressing the need for high-quality in-situ precipitation data over the global oceans, OceanRAIN-1.0 is the first comprehensive along-track in-situ water cycle surface reference dataset for satellite product validation and retrieval calibration of the GPM (Global Precipitation Measurement) era, to improve the representation of precipitation and air-sea interactions in re-analyses and models, and to improve understanding of water cycle processes over the global oceans.

The image shows the ship tracks of the OceanRAIN data distribution for all eight research ships listed in (a), for the seasons (b), the years in which the data was collected (c) and the recorded precipitation type (rain, snow and mixed-phase) as well as true-zeros indicating where no precipitation occurred (d).

November 2017

The Initiative Pro Klima by Mabanaft is funding my OceanRAIN project since 10 years! They are highly decidated to protect the environment and to support research. In doing so, they are also recurrently supporting reforrestation projects in the vicintiy of Hamburg, Germany. On 11 November I had the honor to join the planting activity of another 5000 trees in the Klövensteen forest. A movie about the reforrestation was produced that day explaining the importance of forests and their ability to store water. I contributed to this movie in highlighting the importance of the global water cycle and its impact on local ecosystems. Please note, that it is in German language. Many thanks to Tanja Thiele, marketing manager of Mabanaft for the joyful day and experience.

The German print and online newspaper Welt published an article about me, my climate research project OceanRAIN and my landscape photography project Lichtjahre. The article Die Vermessung des Regens auf den Ozeanen (Measuring precipitation over the global oceans) is in German language. Many thanks to Patrick Kiefer for conveying my work to the broad public.

October 2017

In this YouTube video I am providing a 25 minute overview presentation on my scientific profession, the OceanRAIN project. It was recorded during the World Meteorological Organizatiopn (WMO) International Conference on Automatic Weather Stations (ICAWS) at the German Weather Service (DWD) in Offenbach, Germany in October 2017. OceanRAIN, the Ocean Rain And Ice-phase precipitation measurement Network, is the first systematic and comprehensive data collection of rain and snowfall from eight research vessels operating over the global oceans. Moreover, OceanRAIN provides all water cycle parameters as well as meteorological and oceanographic parameters along the ship tracks. The most important parameters are the evaporation (E), precipitation (P) and the resulting freshwater flux (E-P). The OceanRAIN data is mainly used to verify satellite-derived precipitation products of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) era by the NASA Precipitation Measurement Mission (PMM) and JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Therefore, the OceanRAIN and GPM mission contributes to advancing our understanding of Earth's water and energy cycle.

September 2017

The German print and online newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt published an article about my climate research project OceanRAIN. The article Die Regenfänger draussen auf dem Ozean (Chasing for precipitation over the oceans) is in German language. However, this article is also available in English as part of series of science reports to the broad public by the excellence cluster Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction (CliSAP) at the University of Hamburg. Many thanks to Franziska Neigenfind from CliSAP for the great teamwork in creating this article.

May 2017

Passionate painter Gabriele Henkel created this amazing large-size 120 cm x 90 cm pastel-painting of my Icelandic ice cave image The Crystal Grotto. It will be displayed in June 2017 during a vernissage at the Frauenzentrum in Erfurt, Germany.
Many thanks to Gabriele Henkel for this great artwork! It is very inspiring and joyful for me to see one of my images as such a beautiful large-format painting!

April 2017

The April 2017 limited edition of Extraordinary Vision Outdoor Photography Magazine by Angelo Ioanides features my Zion Canyon image The Subway taken in June 2005 on the Colorado Plateau.

The magazine can be downloaded here for free.

Get the app for Apple or for Android here.

Many thanks to Angelo Ioanides for highlighting my image in the "My Picks" section of his great magazine.

March 2017

Together with today's 24 March 2017 release of the new Seasurfer album, named Under the Milkyway...Who Cares it is with my pleasure to also release the cover image of this album In Heaven who cares about Dreams, showing the majestic southern hemisphere Milky Way over the unearthly Western Australian pinnacles in Nambung. The inner cover of the album shows The Dawn of the Nightglory, with the Milky Way over the Alps highest peak, Mt. Blanc, mirroring in beautiful Lac de Cheserys.

Fine-art prints of these images are available in any size and finish.
How to order? Please send your choice via e-mail or through the contact form. Thank you so much for your support.

You can listen to the album here.

More information can be found on the Seasurfer Facebook page.

It is a great honor having my images beautifying this album and I love to thank Dirk Knight and the entire Seasurfer team for being part of this great piece of artwork. I love this dreamy wall of sound that you guys created and it provides me with unlimited energy proceeding my photographic dream! Thank you!

February 2017

Two starscape Lichtjahre images adorn the cover of the new album from Hamburg based noise-pop and dream-punk band Seasurfer. The album is called Under the Milkyway...Who Cares and will be released on 24 March 2017 on CD and vinyl on Saint Marie Records. The vinyl will come with a gatefold cover ... the moment of the opening up will be a great one! More information can be found on the Seasurfer Facebook page.

The images used are The Dawn of the Nightglory, showing the Milky Way over the Alps highest peak, Mt. Blanc, and the yet unreleased 180° Southern Milky Way arc of the unearthly Australian pinnacles of Nambung, called "In heaven, who cares about dreams". This new image will be displayed here on 24 March, together with the release of the new album.

Listen to the new Seasurfer single "If you leave".

I thank Dirk Knight, mastermind behind Seasurfer, for all the inspirational conversations, great music and friendship. I would also like to thank Julia Beyer, who is also singer of my beloved German dreampop band Chandeen, for adding that angelic touch to Dirks amazing noise!

January 2017

Just after New Year two weeks of travel to Australia brought me to Hobart, Tasmania, for working on two ships going to Antarctica with my scientific OceanRAIN instrumentation and for photo travel to Western Australia to explore the magnificent ancient banded iron formation gorges of Karijini. Regarding Karijini I expected harsh conditions only to find out that this was an understatement. Located in northwestern Australia just north of the tropics of capricorn, Karijini not only features some of the oldest rocks existing on Earth but also photographic conditions that are challenging to say the least. On the cons side the excessive heat of summertime Australia in this region is hard to withstand and frequently reaches 40°C with no available shade. In combination with frequent and severe thunderstorms this results not only in unbarably high humidity of the air but also in flooding conditions that close down roads and access to the beautiful gorges due to flash flooding. On the pro side of the summertime season is that visitors are rare and that the skies make for fascinating storm cloud displays. However, it turned out as no surprise, one week for the gorges allows for just a tiny preview of whats possible in this beautiful region. Coming back to this amazing landscape during summer requires a much better 4WD jeep, plenty of time to allow access to the gorges in between thunderstorm periods and probably some good company to pay attention away from the heat and the flies. Having said that, I am more than grateful for the amazing people I had the honor to meet with. Most of them were backpackers travelling with their jeeps. The others were car mechanics trying to reanimate my unreliable Nissan Xtrail with great success - all of them being adorable warm-hearted and helping people without non of the upcoming photos of this tour would have come into existence. Thank you guys!

The latest issue 48 of the Extraordinary Vision Outdoor Photography Magazine by Angelo Ioanides features the article "Between a Rock and a Light Place" on my photographic Lichtjahre work including a portfolio of my favorite images. The cover of this issue shows my image "The Spirit of Iceland".

The article and the magazine can be downloaded here for free including the next two new issues and 10 back issues by taking up a free 30 day trial subscription.

Get the app for Apple or for Android here.

I cordially thank Angelo Ioanides for making this possible and for the joyful time of editing the article together.

December 2016
For the third consecutive year, the Russian Art Center in St. Petersburg is displaying Lichtjahre images during the International Photofestival exhibition "100 wonders of the world".

The following five images were chosen by the curators for the 2017 exhibition:

Ghost Coast (new and yet unreleased image)
Immortal Splendour (new and yet unreleased image)
The Black Sun
The Wave

During January 2017 the International Photofestival 100 Wonders of the World exhibition was visited by more than 8000 people. After St. Petersburg exhibition will be held in the city of Ulyanovsk, Bryansk, Petrozavodsk and Syktyvkar. 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 am glad and honored to support this effort again this year. The exhibition is sponsored by National Geographic and GEO.

Many thanks to Natasha Trusova and Angelina Ruban, curators of the International Photofestival "100 wonders of the world", for making this possible.

August 2016
My three week photo travel in Colorado in August 2016 was entirely dedicated trying to capture the monsoon thunderstorms in the Rocky Mountains during the peak season of the wildflowers. The week before I started the tour saw impressive thunderstorm displays every day. However, the very day I went into the Rockies the weather pattern changed to stable high pressure with nothing but blue skies from morning to evening for the next two weeks. This gave me lots of opportunity to hike many trails seeking for the most amazing wildflower display. During the last week the thunderstorms finally came back to the area and I had five days with impressive skies and lightning. I went every morning and evening to that particular place in the Silverton area where the wildflowers were just mindblowing and was waiting for a thunderstorm at the right position and time. I got wet quite often, very wet to be honest was surrounded by lightning but could not capture that particular shot I had in mind. On the last day however the fifth intense thunderstorm of the day passed the mountain range in the right direction at sunset. I started shooting and captured the scenery including a lightning. Completely in euphoria about that shot I figured quite late that it started getting dark and than the rain started pouring on me while I was surrounded by lighting up on the trail. Using the headlamp I made it back to the car, completely wet but more than happy with the result. Three weeks for that one shot were well worth the effort! Here is a preview of that image that I named "Oh Be Joyful!". It will enter the latest releases section soon.

June 2016
Geonova, the Norway based geoscientist community, created to share information and knowledge about geoscience published an article about my climate research project OceanRAIN - Increasing our knowledge about oceanic precipitation.

"The geoscientist and photographer Dr. Christian Klepp from the University of Hamburg introduces OceanRAIN, an international research project based in Hamburg, Germany. The project aims at measuring high-quality rain and snowfall data onboard research vessels on the global oceans."

The value of OceanRAIN for the science community:

Precipitation, falling over the global oceans as rain, snow and mixed-phase, is among the most important climate variables and a key player in the global water cycle. However, precipitation is notoriously difficult to measure. To obtain precipitation maps with global coverage several times a day, only satellites can be used. However, satellites do not measure precipitation but a radiation field that has to be converted into precipitation using algorithms. Thus, the results depend on the algorithm applied. The differing precipitation estimates produced by several international research centers call for independent surface data for validation. This is where OceanRAIN comes into play being to date the only systematic long-term shipboard precipitation data collection effort. OceanRAIN utilizes a unique measurement system: an optical disdrometer that is specifically designed to measure onboard of ships under all weather conditions. Supplying the research community with this instrumentation and data set, OceanRAIN contributes to:

> improve the understanding of microphysical properties of precipitation,
> increase the knowledge of precipitation statistics,
> validate satellite and model precipitation products,
> analyze the errors in the satellite algorithms,
> calibrate shipborne and spaceborne precipitation radars.

Read the OceanRAIN article here

Many thanks to Hans Gebauer from for making this possible.

April 2016
Celebrating the first 10 years of LichtJahre landscape photography!

Being online for 10 years now is something to celebrate! Time flies and I am scrutinizing if the progress made justifes all the effort. It turns out that on a monthly or even annual review the answer may be frustrating. However, on a decadal scale things look very different. Yes, my achievements made during the last 10 years are truly significant. 10 years ago I materialized the idea of setting up this webpage. That was just one year after I purchased my first digital camera - the 8 megapixel Canon 20D; a revolutionary camera at that time. It was also the time when I started to realize that concentrating on the essentials results in much higher image quality. Being at the locations during dusk, the night and dawn, revisiting locations until the light was perfect and developing an own style of image composition where major improvements. The usage of my AstroTrack mobile astronomical mount for long exposure star tracking on both hemispheres was another milestone. The amazing Canon 5D Mk II, aquired in 2009, helped significantly to raise the bar in terms of image resolution. During the last 10 years I could realize about 20 tours across the globe with pure focus on science and landscape photography. I was lucky to meet and team-up with several great photographers in the field and I am very delighted that many of them turned into friends. One thing that more recently started to fascinate me is the 180° Milky Way arc over spectacular nighttime landscapes using my astronomical mount. The amount of pointy stars captured during the low ISO six minutes exposures is truly awesome and the multipanoramic composite of the sphere yields images with oustanding resolution. Since July 2016 I am shooting with the Canon 5DSR while the Canon 5D MkII serves as a time-laspe video camera. Furthermore I could realize my first book, won a few international awards and got my first double-page National Geographic page in one of their recent books.

10 years ago I would have never dared to dream of these achievements. My sincere thanks go to everyone who supported me and believed in my dream to become a landscape photographer!

January 2016
Working in Perth and Melbourne right after New Year I had the chance to squeeze in one week of photo travel along the coast of Western Australia. I was working on the installation of scientific equipment onboard the Australian research vessel Investigator. In Perth I rented a 4WD large enough to live in for one week and headed out North. This brought me to Nambung, Kalbarri and Shark Bay with strong focus on Southern Celestial Arc star photography using my Astrotrack system. Daytime temperatures were hardly tolerable up North and exceeded 43°C (110°F) almost every day. However, instead of boring blue skies I was rewarded with amazing storm cloud sceneries resulting in a few new images that I am currently working upon. So stay tuned for first shots from hot summerly Australia! Additionally I adventured an amazing photo flight over Shark Bay with the door removed from the Cessna 182 for unobstructed photography. Many thanks to the pilot from Shark Bay Air for this great experience!

In Melbourne had the honour to give a one-hour presentation on my photographic work to my colleagues at the Bureau of Meteorology in addition to my science talk.

December 2015
The Russian Art Center in St. Petersburg features 3 LichtJahre images Dreamscape Moments of Eternity Stellar Cascade until 28 February 2016 as part of the 100 Wonders of the World exhibition. From March 2016 onward the exibition is travelling to Kaluga, Stavropol, Ulan-Ude, Irkutsk and many other cities throughout Russia. 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 am glad and honored to support this effort. The exhibition is sponsored by National Geographic and GEO.

Many thanks to Veronica Smirnova, curator of the International Photofestival "100 wonders of the world", for making this possible.

August 2015
One week of Swiss Alps photo travel was mainly decdicated to capture the Perseid meteor shower at new moon over the impressive scenery of the Matterhorn. The locations visited during that week also included the famous Aletsch glacier and the Grimsel Pass. Travelling with my close friends Frank Paul and Paul Kucera during that week was exiting. We almost got hit by lightning on the Eggishorn peak at Aletsch glacier, experienced many thunderstorms and were rewarded with hundreds of shooting stars during the cloud-free new moon night of the Perseids. I was able to capture no less than 42 bright shooting stars, many of them being really bright, falling above the majestic Matterhorn peak. This image may easily become one of my favorites and will be part of the Portfolio New Releases section soon.

May 2015
Following a science visit at the National Center for Atmospheric Research NCAR in Boulder, Colordao, I had the opportunity venture out to the Rocky Mountains in Aspen, Colorado, together with my friend Paul Kucera. We had an unforgettable time at Maroon Lake including an astro-photo night in the fresh fallen snow. I opted for the spaceous Chrysler Town&Country, my favorite car for a week out on the Colorado Plateau. Travelling through Utah and Arizona that May was amazing because the very instable weather situation produced thunderstorms and impressive clouds every day and even dumped significant snow in the Grand Canyon area. It was just great fortune paired with perfect timing that I was able to capute storm cloud light situations at dusk and dawn over Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands and Grand Canyon National Parks. Images are to follow soon.

November 2014
Cascade Range Tour.

September and October 2014
Alpine Tour.

June 2014
The Dutch magazine Salt used the image Anywhere out of this World.

April 2014
The National Geographics book Stunning Photographs contains the image The Crystal Grotto.
Many thanks to National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths and Meredith Wilcox from National Geographic Books for making this happen.

January 2014
Iceland HALO Tour.

December 2013
The German kids magazine Junior used the image The Crystal Grotto to explain the world of glaciers to kids.
I would like to thank Andrea Burgstaller from Junior Medien for making this possible.

July 2013
The Austrian supermarket chain Billa produced a sticker book for kids on the wonders of Earth and used the image The Crystal Grotto.

April 2013
LichtJahre photographer Christian Klepp is on tour 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.

March 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.

February 2013
The Globetrotter portal 4-seasons is featuring a Lichtjahre interview with Christian Klepp
including an online gallery of 20 Lichtjahre photographies and a Globetrotter iPad-App.
I want to thank Philip Baues for the constructive interview questions and the fruitful cooperation.

The image Heart Reef is a 'Top-Down Perspective' winner of the 2012 María Luisa Memorial Photo contest.
More than 16000 photographs were submitted by 1600 competitors from 54 different countries.

January 2013
Christian Klepp is among the winners of the Global Arctic Awards 2012 international photography competition of Northern and Arctic pictures.
Photographers from 12 countries showed the magical world of the Arctic. Image Crystal Grotto won the PSA Nature of the North Bronze Medal and Beached Jewels won the FIAP Nature special medal.

The Xposure Issue 14 of Photography Week magazine features the Icelandic icescape image Nature's Artwork.
Thanks to Samantha Cliffe for the nice communication!

December 2012
The Russian Art Center in St. Petersburg features the image Entering the Enchanted Realm 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.

July 2012
The image The Valley of the Ten Peaks is displayed in the July edition of the Natur Foto magazine.

Both English and German language versions of the LichtJahre book are now available. They can be orderered through this webpage on the book page .

May 2012
The May issue 3-2012 of the German photo magazine Fotocommunity Plus features a six pages interview with five images of LichtJahre. The interview can be read as a pdf file. The magazine is available in kiosks and bookshops throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Two LichtJahre images Entering the Enchanted Realm and Valley of the Ten Peaks were awarded during the Glanzlichter 2012 awards ceremony at the 14th International Fürstenfelder Nature Photo Days at Fürstenfeldbruck, near Munich, Germany on 18 May 2012.

April 2012
Two LichtJahre photographies Entering the Enchanted Realm and Valley of the Ten Peaks win in the international nature photo contest Glanzlichter 2012 out of 16.000 entries from 32 countries.

These two images are part of the Glanzlichter 2012 book that can be ordered through the Glanzlichter webpage by 25th May 2012.

March 2012
The Memorial Maria Luisa 2011 photo competition awarded Christian Klepp with two diploma.

February 2012
The image Stellar Sunshine is the 'Mountain Landscape' category winner of the 2011 María Luisa Memorial Photo contest. Additionally Beached Jewels is highlighted in the 'Natural Landscape' category. More than 16000 photographs were submitted by 1600 competitors from 54 different countries.

January 2012
The image Arctic Gate won in the Al Thani Award 2011 photo competition and is part of the limited edition book Masters of Photography 2011.

December 2011
The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany, uses three LichtJahre images in their 2020 VISION strategic plan that formulates the scientific goals and challenges that guide their future research.

November 2011
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.

October 2011
Indian Summer Alpine Tour 2011 to Switzerland, including Bernina (Val Rosegg and Val Morteratsch), Aletsch glacier and Rhone Glacier.

August 2011
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!

June 2011
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 Trierenberg Super Circuit book 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.

May 2011
Book release: 44 selected highlights of the LichtJahre photography are now available as a coffee table book!
All information can be found on the book page
Please note that the book is currently available in German language only. The English version will be available soon.

April 2011
Three LichtJahre images Lovelier in Black, Evanescence and Crystal Beach won the international nature photo contest Glanzlichter 2011 out of 15.000 submissions from 33 countries.

These three images are part of the Glanzlichter 2011 book, that can be ordered through the Glanzlichter webpage by 23rd May 2011.

February 2011
First new images of Icelandic landsacpes are available under Portfolio, New Releases.

January 2011
Christian Klepp is back from a very successful Iceland tour with Örvar Þorgeirsson from Arctic Photo.

The ePaper of the VIEW Fotocommunity View Spotlight 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 Arctic Photo for new images of Icelandic landscapes under the stars and aurora skies.

November 2010
Three new images from Iceland are online under Portfolio, New Releases.
The favorite setion is updated.
The re-design of the website is finished.

October 2010
Two LightYears images Tradewinds and Costa del Sol are used at the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, China from 1 May to 31 October 2010. They are part of an info terminal of the Climate Service Center, 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.

September 2010
The first photographies of the Iceland 2010 Tour are online.

August 2010
The frontpage features a highlight slideshow.

July 2010
The new web design is finished for the English version of the page.
The design change for the German version will follow shortly.

May 2010
The LightYears image Patterns in the Void is the winner of the European Geosciences Union photo competition in Vienna, Austria.

April 2010
The European Geosciences Union 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 Patterns in the Void was chosen to be among the displayed photographies.

March 2010
Six panoramic details of the LightYears photographies highlight the Earth System compartments on the new website of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany.

The Earth System components represented are Atmosphere, Land, Ocean, Cryosphere, Volcanoes and their interaction.

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (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.

February 2010
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.

January 2010
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.

November 2009
The texts of the main links Biography, Technique, On Tour and Contact are completely revised and updated.

October 2009
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.

January 2009
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.

July 2008
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.

May 2007
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.

April 2007
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.

LightYears Presentation

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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