Local Adventures – Eibsee

As the lockdown continues in Europe and we are unable to hang out with friends & family it is becoming more and more important for us to do some fun stuff on the weekends. Last Sunday we were in for a rare treat: walking on the frozen Lake Eibsee. Lake Eibsee Lake Eibsee is considered to be one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in Germany. You can find it right below Germany’s highest mountain (Zugspitze) just outside of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The views in summer are magical. The water is crystal clear and the colors do resemble those of the waters …

Local Photography – Lake Spitzing

We sometimes don’t have to travel too far to witness awesome landscapes. There is a lot of beauty around us in Europe. But the closer you live to something the more you take it for granted. There is a tiny lake in the mountains close to our house. It’s called Spitzingsee. Situated at 1100m (3400ft), it offers some wonderful views. I got up early one morning to witness the sunrise and to hit the road with my bike before the daily visitors from Munich pour into the area. The light changed amazingly fast that morning. There were just 12 minutes …

Water color renditions

It’s been a while since my last post. Work has kept me super busy and photography had to take a backseat for a while. But today I am super excited to get started again and will also post some new work in the coming weeks. Is there a better way to return to this blog than showing the work of an old colleague of mine? He contacted me last year to obtain a few copies of photos that I had posted on Facebook. He is also an artist and wanted to create some renditions with water colors. What do you …

GoPro Max

The GoPro Max is a miracle camera

The speed of innovation is startling these days. Things that weren’t possible just 3-5 years ago are now the new normal. The GoPro Max is one of those miracles to me. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s the latest GoPro camera in the 360 category and basically replaces the GoPro Fusion which was released just little over two years ago. As the name states, a 360 camera grabs a 360 degree view. That is cool by itself. But what is even cooler is the ability to reframe the content later. Just film whatever you want and decide later …

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon with the GoPro Hero 7

Business brought me back to Las Vegas the other day. I can’t really say that I enjoy going there. The Casinos, the masses of people and the constant smell of smoke are just not my cup of tea. Not all is fear and loathing in Las Vegas, however. Just a few miles West of the strip is the famous Red Rock Canyon. This is an amazing nature reserve that is named after the dramatic color of its surrounding rocks. I managed to step outside for a relaxing hike in this beautiful area with my beloved GoPro Hero 7. If you …

Discovering Tenerife

Tenerife The Spanish Canary islands in the middle of the Atlantic are well known for their beauty, mild climate and easy access for tourists. Earlier this month, I took a few days to discover one of the largest islands in this archipelago: Tenerife. My main purpose was to bike but I could not resist to bring my camera, of course. The destination did not disappoint. On the contrary – I had a few days where the sheer beauty and the abundance of things to explore left me outright exhausted from visual overload (there are definitely worse things in life!). So …

Star gazing on Mt Teide

Mt Teide When is the last time you have taken the time to enjoy the night sky and do some star gazing? Probably not as of lately? If not, you should. And you should also bring your camera. Star gazing and astrophotography are activities that can provide you not only with an awesome experience but also some spectacular photographs. However, it has become somewhat difficult to enjoy a really dark night sky. Light pollution from our urban areas is rampant and most people have probably never seen the milky way as a result of that. But there are a few …

12 Hours in Stockholm

Beautiful Stockholm It’s almost the end of March and we woke up to a fresh layer of snow coupled with freezing temperatures. These type of days are a perfect opportunity to do some focused post production photography work. While cleaning up my Lightroom catalogue, I realized with horror that there is a huge backlog of photographs that should be posted on this blog. Time to rectify this. Without further due ado, here is a short report from a gorgeous trip to Stockholm in August of 2017. A Perfect Summer Day Last summer, we took a short cruise through the Baltic …

GoPro Fusion Review

A short GoPro Fusion Review

Every once in a while there is a piece of technology that boggles your mind and that creates disruption. The iPhone did that ten years ago, for example. The dynamics of the mobile phone market completely changed over night and we suddenly had a different relationship with our phones. Little over two months ago (December 2017), something big happened in the video/ photography space. GoPro released its first 360 camera called the GoPro Fusion. GoPro’s CEO Nick Woodman says that ‘Fusion is arguably the most versatile creative tool ever made’. Those are big words that made me curious. I have …

DJI

Playing with the DJI Drone

The transition from summer to fall can sometimes be quite harsh. Within a few weeks, temperatures have dropped considerably and we even had to turn on the heat in our house. Pair that with non-stop rain. The past few days have been especially dreary. But as luck had it there were a few bright moments here and there. A perfect occasion to get out, go running, ride the bike and fly my DJI Spark drone.  

Feed the tuna

Swim with tuna – your not so average adventure

The Adventure Have you ever experienced an adventure that gave you goosebumps thinking about? Once in a while, some of us are lucky and witness something truly unique. Something that will stick with you forever. Together with my family and our awesome friends from Portland, we did something that none of us had ever done before. There are only two places on this planet where you can do what we did. I am talking about swimming with tuna. Not just any kind of tuna but really big 400lb+ fish. The Malta Tuna Experience Malta is currently one of the two …

A beautiful morning at the Gozo Salt Pans

Roaming around the Mediterranean island of Gozo is a constant adventure. Despite the recent collapse of the ubiquitous Azure Window, there is still a plethora of treasures to be discovered. As a rule of thumb, unexpected beauty is always around the corner. If you travel to the town of Marsalforn in the North of the island, and head west along the coastal road you will suddenly find yourself in a surreal world of limestone waves on the left and a giant spiderweb of glistening salt pans cut into the stone on the right. It’s a stunning view especially with the …

The Lightroom Mobile RAW workflow

Lightroom Mobile Galore! Traveling light as a passionate photographer is a constant challenge. There is the nagging balance between bringing our beloved gear and keeping the overall weight of the luggage at an acceptable level. That is one of the reasons why I ditched my huge and heavy Nikon equipment and went with the versatile and lightweight Fuji X system. But regardless of the camera equipment, a key weight contributor is typically the computer. I personally really enjoy editing photos on vacations as this is the occasion where I can actually spend quality time on it. But I have always …

Adventures in Camogli

Camogli, June 2017 The problem with traveling to Italy is that you need to choose a place. There are just so many awesome and gorgeous options on the table. High on anybody’s wish list should be the region of Liguria. While it’s best known for the UNESCO world heritage site Cinque Terre, there are a lot of other jewels that one should not miss. One example is the area around the town of Camogli just outside of Genoa. Together with my family, we decided to head down that way at the beginning of June to explore the terrain before the …

Canyon Aeroad

A postcard from a bike ride

GoPro Summer time is biking time. Just this morning, I had the opportunity to go on a relaxing ride towards the Alps. Shortly before the mid-point, I decided to stop at a path that had caught my attention on other rides. The dark colors of the tarmac provide a nice contrast to the green meadows. The lighting conditions were ok and I developed an idea for a photo. Quick stop, GoPro Hero 5 out of the jersey pocket, three different angles and that was it.

Schoenbrunn Castle

An unexpected evening in Vienna

Photo challenge in Vienna Business does take me to Vienna quite frequently. But when I go, I usually stay right in the beautiful city centre. As luck had it, this time I ended up in a hotel right next to the famous Sch√∂nbrunn Castle which is a little bit outside of the city. Work was done earlier than expected and there was enough time to go for a walk through the gorgeous gardens. Equipped with my trusted travel companion – the Fuji X70 and a small Manfrotto Pixi tripod, I set myself the challenge to get at least three photographs …

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