LENSLOG » Photographs by Michael Backes

Introducing coastlog.net

What one should do: Travel all the way around Europe’s coasts. Not with the finger on the map. For real. With a car, always along the coastline. A nice starting point could be Istanbul for example and from there, one could simply drive clockwise along the shore all the way up to Murmansk, with a little detour around Great Britain and Ireland. Then a quick trip half around the Black Sea, now counterclockwise back to the Bosphorus to finish things up. And after that, if one still has the itch, there are all the other European islands (Corsica, Iceland, Malta, Svalbard, Crete and so on) to take care of.

Well, I have now embarked on this journey – and pictures of it will be posted every other day here: coastlog.net


Reit im Winkl, Germany

The village Reit im Winkl is located deep in the south of Bavaria near the German/Austrian border. In winter there is usually lots of snow and tourists, but I managed to cope with that. I stayed only for one hour during lunch time and I was slightly hungry, so that could explain why I took so many pictures of restaurants…


Charles - Awesome work. Love the winter lighting.

Olivier Rault - Eine schöne Serie von Fotos, ein herrliches Dorf, ich liebe.
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Olympiapark Munich

I waited in Munich for the sun to go down. I wanted to take some night-shots of the BMW Museum (but then, of course, it started to rain heavily the minute the sun went down). But I used the time before sunset and took some pictures of the pavilion-roof construction at the Olympiapark. The acrylic glass roof (built for the 1972 Summer Olympics) covers an impressive area of almost 75000 m² and is supported by 58 steel masts.

Maybe I’ll come back with a little more time to explore the rest of the area. But the weather forecast makes me wonder if that will happen anytime soon…


Charles - Love the first shot with the reflection. Great stuff.

Olivier Rault - Sehr geometrischen und Kunst, dieses ausgezeichnete !

Jan Duran - I love Munchen, and photos are great, very interesting point of view

Ghost Town

Bodie is a gold mining ghost town in California, USA, located in the eastern Sierras at an elevation of 8380 feet (2550 m). It prospered from 1865-1890. Back then Bodie had the reputation of being one of the most furious, violent and lawless towns in the West.

What’s left today stands in a state of “arrested decay” and is maintained as a National Historic Landmark by the Bodie Foundation.

If you like to visit Bodie, be aware that it can be very cold and windy up there. I went there in the first week of June and froze my ass off.


Indi - my favorite ghost town is Tortia Flats AZ! It has the most beuiatful lake and if you keep driving youll get to this little bar with the most amazing hamburgers and everyone who goes there wrights their name on a dollar bill and they tape it to the walls so all of the walls are covered in 1 dollar bills. and make sure to go to the ice cream shop next door and get prickly pair ice cream! yummy!