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Helgoland #1

RL Photostyle travels to Helgoland

How to get there

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The Catamaran sailing daily between Cuxhaven and Helgoland as a passenger ferry
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The Helgoland ferry arriving at port

Leaving Cuxhaven

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Leaving the Port of Cuxhaven
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Cuxhaven Port
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Cuxhaven seen from the Catamaran

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One of Cuxhaven's main attractions the famous Ball Beacon (Kugelbake)
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Off-shore work near Cuxhaven

En route to Helgoland

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A view of the North Sea captured from the upper deck of the catamaran during the voyage to Helgoland
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Small freighter seen from the upper deck of the catamran
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Cargo ships on their way to the Port of Hamburg

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Cargo Vessels en route to Hamurg
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On board the catamran
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Helgland ferry in action

Arriving at Helgoland

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Helgoland seen from the upper deck of the catamaran before sailing into the harbour
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Port facilities at Helgoland
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Port facilities at Helgoland
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Arriving at Helgoland Harbour

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SAR boat berthing at Helgoland harbour
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Helgoland Harbour
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Helgoland Marina

The Isle of Helgoland

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Lange Anne Helgoland
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Helogland evening skye

Helgoland - the first and only German deep-sea island. The island can look back on a long history. It even used to be a British crown colony and came only back to Germany in 1892. In two WWW it was use as a navy base. In April 1945 the islanders were evacuated to the mainland. After the war the island was under British command until 1952 when the island was given back to Germany. Then the islanders returned to a heavily damaged island. Since then the place seen a tremendous development. Tourism is what keeps the place going. There are two parts of the island: The lower land and the upper land. 

Basically you do not need much time to go round the place. The island isn't that big, but there are so many little details that makes you stop and watch. There are sea birds aplenty. Most prominent is the gannet The birds let you come very close and are used to man walking around and taking shots of them. 

Then there is plenty of nature to look at. People even go out in the evening to look at the sunset waiting to see the sun go down and taking images of the fast changing sky.

The lighthouse at Helgoland is the biggest beacon in the North Sea. The beam of the beacon reaches for 52 kilometers into the darkness and can also be seen at the Danish coast. For shipping the lighthouse is the most important beacon in the entire area. 

Helgoland is part of the district of Pinneberg and belongs to the German state of Schlesweg-Holstein.

Helgoland does have it's own website which gives you also some info on the place.

 

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Besides the lighthouse there is a huge transmitter mast which you can see below.

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Helgoland Transmitter Station
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Helgoland Lighthous


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Helgoland Evening

While being on Helgoland it is a good opportunity to do some long-exposure shots on the rock. I do use filter material from Haida. They deliver good quality and the filter do not create a blueish cast. A few more images follow below. 


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Beach at the island's northern edge
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Looking across the water to the "Dune"
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The red cliffs of Helgoland
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The rock faces of Helgoland

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Overlooking the northern point of Helgoland
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Evening impressions at Helgoland
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"Lange Anna" one of the main attractions at Helgoland, the stone pillar at the northern edge of the island
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The northern edge of the Island with the stone pillar "Lange Anna" or Tall Anne
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Overlooking the southern harbour facilities of Helgoland


The Gannet

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Gannet
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Gannet

The gannet, these little buggers are so cute. They make noise all day long and are very agile and fast up in the air. In August they are still busy with breeding and you can watch the offspring being nurtured by their parents.

 

The images were taken using EOS 7D mark II with EF 70-200 mm f2.8 L II

 


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Gannets in their breeding colony
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Gannet making a noise at Helgoland
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Gannets with chicks at their breeding colony
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Gannets sunbathing at Helgoland

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Gannets courting at the isle of Helgoland
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Gannet captured in flight

Gulls

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Lesser Black-Backed Gull in flight at Helgoland
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Common European Gull (Silbermöwe) walking on the pavement
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Young sea gull at the beach

Traditional Houses

Another attraction of Helgoland are the old fisherman houses. These are simply wooden structures which are so impressive mainly because of their simplicity and a coating made of friendly colours. During daytime most of the below houses are shops selling nick-nacks or any sort of souvenir the tourist would like to take home; others are selling fish and chips and the like. 

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Houses on Helgoland
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Houses on Helgoland

The Post Office

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The post office is also available at the island, the postman is travelling about with an electric car. Customs & Excise are also stationed at the island.

Fishing boats and yachts

There are yachts around on Helgoland which are stationed there for good. But there are also people sailing in from the European mainland to stop at the island for a day or two.

Fishing boats are also still around on the island.

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Fishing boat returning into harbour
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Fishing boat meets yacht

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