This Easter some friends and I went to New Zealand for the first time which was an amazing experience! Camera wise, I brought the new Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera and Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 lens. We were a group of eight students on exchange in Melbourne, Australia, who flew to Queenstown where we stayed a couple of nights before renting two campervans and went off exploring the South Island. I knew on beforehand that New Zealand’s famous for it’s Lord of the Rings landscapes, but seeing it with my own eyes was actually an overwhelming experience! I have never seen a more beautiful country! The places we visited were Queenstown, Fox Glacier, Wanaka, Te Anau and Milford sound + some scenic stops on the road between the camping sites. The Landscape and the weather are ever-changing, so as a photographer, it was definitely a dream come true to visit New Zealand……
It’s not everyday I find myself trekking through the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia, wearing suade shoes and black Levi’s. However, when there’s a great opportunity to be had, you work with what you’ve got. For this trip I packed an X100T that the lovely FujiFIlm Australia folks have loaned me, and my own XT-1 and XF90 for something a little different to add into the photo mix. After flying up to Sydney to present at an educational expo on virtual reality, I had a spare few days up my sleeve to suss out a little more than just the local tourist attractions. A quick recommendation from an expert rock-climbing friend to checkout Wentworth Falls, and I was on my way. The 2-hour ride from Sydney’s Central Station is very comfortable, picturesque, and best of all, extremely accessible and affordable for anyone. Simply put, if you’re ever in Sydney, a day trip here is very easy to undertake and highly recommended……..
I am sitting on the open stern of a touristy motorboat navigating the highest lake in the world. Just observing the immense blue sky reflecting in the water with the Andes as a backdrop is an exhilarating experience. This is Lake Titicaca and I am really grateful to be back. This is my second time on Lake Titicaca. One of the best things about going to the same places more than once is that you can adjust your itinerary or likings based on your past findings. While pre-research always play an important role in travel photography, there is no better way than a previous trip to give you the knowledge of exactly what you’ll need to shoot this time. Last year at Titicaca I did the classic two-day tour that’s normally arranged for visitors who wants to experience a home-stay on the island. The first stop is Uros, then you sleep in Amantani and make a morning visit to Taquile; you can check out my past experiences by clicking here. In that trip I was hooked on Taquile; I knew back then that if I came to Peru again, I’d have to stay at least one night in Taquile. Somehow the island seemed more authentic, with more opportunities to document locals and the way of life…..
Bhutan has been lauded by many as the happiest country in the world.Curious travellers are very much drawn to very notion, despite the high daily tariffs imposed on visitors. Some take a reprieve from the daily stress of everyday life and work; wanting to discover for themselves the secrets to the fountain of bliss. Why are people perceived to be the happiest in this small inconspicuous Himalayan Kingdom where wealth, resources and technologies needed in modern society are clearly not in abundance?Scholars and government officials from various countries visit Bhutan for a very different reason altogether. They are surgical in the analytical dissection of the famed Gross National Happiness (GNH). One of the strangest barometer of national success ever institutionalised in the modern world, GNH de-emphasise material wealth and broadens its indices across four development pillars. In short, they are hunting for the elixir of good governance – the ability to attain, measure and implement happiness at a national level………
A few weeks back as I sipped my coffee driving east toward a sunrise location on the snowy backroads of Montana I came to sudden realization. I was about to celebrate one year of making images with my Fuji X-T1. The last year of making images with my new camera system has been a bit of a revolution and creative awakening. As I’ve mentioned before, I was a bit nervous about switching camera systems from the more traditional digital Nikon DSLR that I had been shooting for a decade. It had served me well, but the bulk and heavier weight were starting to wear me down for my travels. As I started to research lighter weight systems I realized the mirrorless technology has come a long way and performance specs were up to snuff with DSLR for a fraction of the weight and bulk……..
Cuba has light. Cuba has shadow. Cuba has decaying colonial grandeur. But what really matters is that Cuba has Cubans. Almost any place in the Caribbean contains the strains of African, Spanish and Anglo tradition that come together on its largest island. But nowhere else do they come together to such effect. Maybe it’s the land—after the Revolution uprooted the capitalists half a century ago, tobacco growers packed up seeds on their way out to plant them in Central America, but it turned out it wasn’t the seeds that made a cigar Cuban. It was the soil of Pinar del Rio, on the island’s western reaches. Apparently there is no place on earth like it…..
Im ersten Teil meines Reiseberichts hatte ich schon einiges zu den ersten Stationen meines Trips durch die Toskana geschrieben. Weiter geht’s! Nach einem wunderschönen Abend in Cortona, geprägt von leckerer Pizza auf einem zentralen Platz, kam der nächste Morgen und die tägliche Frage, wohin wir als nächstes fahren wollen. Wir wollten grob in Richtung Pienza, so dass die Wahl auf einen Stop in Montepulciano fiel. Richtige Entscheidung, wie sich im Nachhinein herausstellen sollte. Denn Montepulciano ist nicht nur schön, sondern hat wohl auch die beste Osteria ganz Italiens. Wie wir sie gefunden haben? Nun, nachdem wir den Ort einigermaßen erkundet hatten, vor allem die Weingewölbe der Deutschen Musikschule vor Ort, bekamen wir Hunger und gingen in das erstbeste Lokal… DIE Osteria! Wer konnte schon ahnen, dass wir so einen Glücksgriff landen werden? Wir wurden direkt auf eine Bank neben andere Leute gesetzt, und unser Versuch, einen etwas intimeren Platz im Lokal zu bekommen, wurden klar abgewiesen. Andere Länder, andere Sitten, dachten wir uns, und bestellten Pasta und Gnocchi……..
Es gibt Phasen im Leben, da muss man abschalten, runterkommen, alles sortieren und sich neu ausrichten. Ground Control ist der sichere Hafen, aber in diesen Lebensabschnitten kann es helfen aus seiner gewohnten Umgebung auszubrechen, um den Kopf frei zu bekommen. Grenzenlose Freiheit und der Drang sich selbst zu entdecken führte Major Tom und seinen besten Astronautenfreund in die Toskana. In genau jene Region in Italien, die wohl die malerischste ist. Voller Ruhe. Inspiration. Freundschaft. Und viel Kraft und Orientierung, die man nur tanken muss. Die nachfolgenden Bilder zeigen die fotografischen Ergebnisse eines Soul Trips durch die Toskana. Die Bildsprache ist sicher anders und entspricht nicht den gewohnten Fotografien aus der Region. Aber sehe es als Chance, die Toskana mit komplett neuen Augen zu sehen. Mit meinen…..
Unlike Jaipur (The Pink City – that is actually orange), Jaipur truly lives up to its name and is, from above and inside, mainly blue. It is stunning. Established as a colour, the mix of which was initially adopted by the Brahman Caste as an auspicious colour, was used to keep houses cool and repel termites. The entire city is not blue though but only the main part around the Palace Fort as this is where most of the Brahmans were concentrated.We arrived by train from Jaisalmer and headed straight up to the Fort as the town’s main attraction. It is without doubt, the most fascinating one we have done so far and the audio-guide is absolutely fantastic. The Palace Fort stands well above the blue area of town and is truly imposing. It has been used as an impressive backdrop in many films, most recently, in one of Christian Bale’s portrayals of Batman as he climbs from a pit to find himself at the base of the fort……