Posted on February 9, 2020
Who would be mad enough to head to Lofoten for New Years Eve? A place where there is twilight for just 2-3 hours per day? MEEE! I thought it would be great fun to see Lofoten in winter, but this is no trip for the faint hearted.
I intended to hire a car and roam around seeing the area, camping in my tent at night. Turned out that perhaps this was an optimistic plan. My journey began in Narvik, flying in from Copenhagen. This is certainly the fastest way to get here, although you can also take the train through Sweden. I hired a car and spent two days in Narvik. A nice little town with much history. Narvik is famous in world war II where it was a major port for Swedish iron ore. It remains so to this day. The German war machine needed this vital supply line, and paid a heavy toll for it. There are many great museums and sights to see from this time.
My mission was to reach the town of A at the western extreme of Lofoten, taking some good photos along the way.
I thought that camping would be fun, but it was a little difficult and they were not great nights. Essentially I had two days of very cold weather, two days of extremely windy weather and two days of constantly pouring rain… The first night I found an area to camp off the beaten track, but turned out that there were moose around – not exactly a relaxing night.
The two nights on the coast were so windy that my Hilleberg 4 season tent bent one of its poles, and sleep was impossible due to the constant noise from the tent shaking about. The next nights had constant and cold rain. I decided to mix it up and get a hotel where I could dry out my gear and get some sleep.
Lofoten is very quiet in winter and few places are open. On top of this, the dark days made it challenging to actually see much – only 2-3 hours each day. Not exactly the makings of a great holiday, but there were some consolations. Lofoten is epic-ly beautiful and rugged. The coastlines are an impossible mix of sharp mountains and beautiful beaches. Small settlements dot the landscape in the typical Norwegian fashion.
At the same time you have that typical Scandinavian comfort. Such a modern and cosy place. The cafes are utterly up-beat and serve some of the best seafood in the world.
I will have to return under some more favourable conditions. A winter trip should be planned in March for more light, and in summer the midnight sun will allow endless light and better conditions for camping. For me I loved the mystical feel of this northern fairyland.
Posted on January 30, 2020
On my way driving to Sweden I had the opportunity to stop by Rostock. This time I took the car ferry from Rostock to Trelleborg in Sweden. The ferry is late evening so I had the afternoon to check out Rostock.
I walked around the old town and ended up partying with the rest of Rostock at the Christmas markets. Very nice town, here are a few keepers!
Posted on January 27, 2020
As I write this, it is already late January 2020. This trip I am about to tell you about was already in September 2019.. Quite some lag time there…
At least I have a good excuse. 2019 was a very challenging year for me personally. Just a good month before this trip to Costa Rica my relationship ultimately came to an end. That time was the hardest in my life. As I scrabbled to get my life under control, I thought that I would really benefit from going far away to a place I always dreamed about visiting. Spend some time alone somewhere beautiful.
And so a hastily planned trip to Costa Rica happened. I relished in my two great past times, travel and photography. I think it turned out to be a healthy thing which got me focused on the future.
Enough about that. This trip was mostly about photography and nature for me. I planned this trip by looking at photos from places in Costa Rica, and deciding where to go on the photo merits. This led me to lots of national parks and beautiful coastlines. I hired a car and booked accommodation as I went – the style of travel I find most flexible and rewarding. Driving in Costa Rica is easy, and it’s a very handy way to get around. Below is a map of my locations (little hearts J).
Points of interest on my journey – Google Maps
- Frogs Heaven – Up close and personal with frogs and birds.
- Uvita – Whale watching and great coastline.
- Manuel Antonio – Great park with wild life and beaches.
- Santa Teresa Beach – Surfers paradise in Costa Rica
- Sierpe River – Great mangrove boat trips teeming with wildlife
- Wet weather – If traveling in the wet season like I did you need a proper rain solution for your pack and camera. I used a rain cover for my camera and my pack has a built in rain cover which worked OK.
- Heat & Humidity – Be mindful of condensation when traveling from a cold A/C environment to the hot outdoors. Humidity can damage cameras. Let them acclimatize slowly.
- Macro Lens – A must in Costa Rica, bring a 100mm or longer.
- Telephoto Lens – A must in Costa Rica, I brought my 100-400L IS II and 1.4x converter and needed the reach.
- Ultrawide Lens – Depending on taste, but there are many great confined spaces like close forests that benefit from an ultrawide.
- Don’t plan too much! – Keep your schedule loose in case you love or hate an area. Accommodation is easy to find on Booking.com or similar.
- Know the locations – You should research the great destinations you really want to see before setting off.
- Driving / Roads – A car is a great way to get around. I strongly advise a 4×4 and good insurance. Many roads are very bad.
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Posted on July 14, 2019
Hi everybody! Today I’m posting photos of the scariest thing to photograph… ever. Yes, its a wedding!
Most will know that my style of photography is mostly from the hip – travel photography. Personally I think wedding photography is the most difficult subject, it has to be artistic, technically perfect, you must catch every moment, deal with light, and all while not forgetting the uncle. Needless to say, it has been intimidating… I did a few photos of a wedding before, but not too many.
I was asked by the amazing Alex Hahn whether I could a be a second shooter for a wedding she was photographing. I foolishly agreed. On the day however, all misconceptions were cleared.
Enter Alexandra and Matthias Linder! I was introduced to this amazing couple, I started the morning with Alexandra getting ready at home. Was great fun.
A little later I met Matthias and also photographed him getting ready – rather differently.
We had then arranged a few locations to shoot, and of course this meant the couple meeting for the first time.
After the photo sessions, we headed to the Weiskirche, a famous church in the area. A bit congratulations to Alexandra and Matthias. It was a beautiful wedding, and a great day out!
Posted on June 30, 2019
So if you enjoyed the first post on the awesome Munich-Nymphenburg Gardens then you are in for a treat, because here is part two!
I ended up revisiting this place with a friend, and got a few more keepers! I soon realized that the gardens looked totally different than on my initial visit – the power of nature. I won’t repeat what has been said, so sit back and enjoy the pictures.
Posted on April 28, 2019
I have always loved botanical gardens. I spent a lot of time in my early photography days taking photos in city gardens. I remember well the botanical gardens in Brisbane were I really first got into photography. I even had a small photography club at that time. Funnily enough it took quite a while before I first visited the Botanical Garden of Munich-Nymphenburg – 3 years in fact!
Well now I finally got there! Its a great garden. I has many lovely green houses with plants from around the world. I particularly love the topical green houses. I also has wide open spaces, tons of flowering plants and of course a small lake. It costs money to get in, which I find a bit unusual, but the 5 euros is well worth it. I spent the whole time more or less with my 180mm 2.8 Macro lens.
This is bliss.. Hope you enjoy the photos!
Posted on April 19, 2019
I have been dreaming of seeing Iceland for many years. However, living in Australia did not make it easy to reach. I was always drawn by the epic landscapes, its northern location and the crazy weather. Today, Iceland is a tourist Mecca, but it wasn’t always so. Iceland used to be very poor, and struggled to develop. Some of that final frontier feel remains, but mostly its just a fantastic place to be.. a real photographers paradise.
Living in Germany, I finally had the chance to visit. I decided to visit in winter, and combine my love of photography with my love of nature, and it turned out to be a real battle against the elements. I camped under the stars and northern lights for a week, putting up with the deep cold which drained my phone, froze my camera and nearly gave me frostbite. Being in nature, alone gives time to think, slow down and be more creative. I had a blast.
I rented a car and drove the ring road circling the island. I took around 1500 photos in all sorts of weather from 5 degrees to -22. I saw many of the famous sights, and to my surprise it was actually quite busy, especially from Reykjavik to Höfn. Most other places it was rather quiet. Iceland has a funny feel. Part hip-Scandinavia, part wild-west. It feels a little Canadian perhaps.
Photography wise, its hard to beat. The only issues for me was that I usually like colour and in winter its mostly shades of grey. I worked the files a bit harder than usual to get them interesting. The other issue was the cold. It was down to -22 and taking landscapes with filters and liveview was tough. Liveview uses a lot of battery. Any water droplets would instantly freeze to filters and lenses. You really need to be well prepared. By the time you pull out a beer, its frozen before you can drink it. My boots were frozen in the mornings and I had a hard time getting them on, never mind heating them up. And then there was the wind..
I loved it though, and I think the photos are worth a little discomfort. Comfort = Lazy Life.
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