My First Wedding Shoot (Nearly)

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.

Alexandra & Matthias Linder, May 2019, Canon 5D Mark III | Zeiss 18mm 2.8 Milvus

Alexandra & Matthias Linder, May 2019, Canon 5D Mark III | 35mm 1.4 Art

A little later I met Matthias and also photographed him getting ready – rather differently.

Alexandra & Matthias Linder, May 2019, Canon 5D Mark III | 85mm 1.2L II

Alexandra & Matthias Linder, May 2019, Canon 5D Mark III | 35mm 1.4 Art

We had then arranged a few locations to shoot, and of course this meant the couple meeting for the first time.

Alexandra & Matthias Linder, May 2019, Canon 5D Mark III | 85mm 1.2L II

Alexandra & Matthias Linder, May 2019, Canon 5D Mark III | 85mm 1.2L II

Alexandra & Matthias Linder, May 2019, Canon 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

Alexandra & Matthias Linder, May 2019, Canon 5D Mark III | 85mm 1.2L II

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!

Alexandra & Matthias Linder, May 2019, Canon 5D Mark III | 35mm 1.4 Art

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Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg – Part II

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!

Munich-Nymphenburg, Canon 5D Mark III | Sigma 180mm 2.8 EX OS Macro

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.

Munich-Nymphenburg, Canon 5D Mark III | Sigma 180mm 2.8 EX OS Macro

Happy Shooting

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Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg

Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg. Canon 5D Mark III | 180mm 2.8 OS Macro

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!

Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg. Canon 5D Mark III | 180mm 2.8 OS Macro

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.

Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg. Canon 5D Mark III | 180mm 2.8 OS Macro

This is bliss.. Hope you enjoy the photos!

Happy Shooting

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Lots of Black, Lots of White and some Blue – Iceland in Winter

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.

3am, -17 and a beautiful sky. Iceland. 5D Mark III | Zeiss 18mm 2.8 Milvus

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.

Having fun in the north :)

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.

Somewhere in northern Iceland, 5D Mark III | 100-400L IS II

Stokksnes, Iceland. 5D Mark III | 12-24mm f4 Art

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavík. 5D Mark III | 12-24mm f4 Art

Jökulsárlón, Iceland. 5D Mark III | Zeiss 18mm 2.8 Milvus

Locals near Stokksnes, Iceland. 5D Mark III | Zeiss 18mm 2.8 Milvus

Ice cave, Skaftafell, Iceland. 5D Mark III | 12-24mm f4 Art

Seljalandsfoss ,Iceland. 5D Mark III | Zeiss 18mm 2.8 Milvus

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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The Seychelles!

Last October we were fortunate enough the experience the Seychelles which has to be a traveling highlight. This remote island nation east of Africa has incredible scenery, and often ranks in the top three of the best beaches on the planet. It took me a while to get these photos up with my work being quite intensive at the moment, but I’m glad I got it done. I love tropical places, and the wonderful people, epic scenery made for good photography.

Electric water, La Digue, Seychelles. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

So check out the full gallery and I hope you enjoy!

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Summer dash to London

Having started a new job, I didn’t really want to take too much time off at once – not that I could anyways in my position :(. Anyways, we ended up with two 9 day trips this year, one to the Seychelles (photos coming) and one to the UK. It was great to go to England, felt so familiar somehow to me. I haven’t been there since I was small so it was about time. I can see the influence that UK has had on Australia, there are many similarities. Tourism is certainly on the next level in London. Good sights don’t have a couple hundred reviews on Google, more like 58,000 reviews, some sights have queues a couple of kilometers long… No matter, our fault for going in August!

London by night. 5D Mark III | 12-24mm 4.0 Art

We started with three days in London, and got a hotel in the middle of the city. From there we hit all the “must sees”. It was awesome, nice people, and fantastic sights which really live up to their reputation. England really has the best museums in the world. Some places were super busy however, and I would recommend not coming in high season as we did. We used the Tube to get around.. nice and cheap, but my god its horrible. Its TINY, and full of smoke, dust and vibration. You need ear muffs or your ears will bleed! In a nation which takes health and safety so highly, it is obvious that a blind eye is given to the Tube.

London. 5D Mark III | 12-24mm 4.0 Art

We then hired a car and drove to Oxford, then the Cotswolds, Bath and finally down to Dorset. We spent 4-5 days on this trip before heading back to London. It was fantastic, and I really enjoyed all the old architecture along the way. My favorite place was probably Bath. It is such a dynamic university town, and yet has some amazing old Roman sights. Well worth a visit.

Cotswolds England, 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

Roman Baths, England. 5D Mark III | 12-24mm 4.0 Art

I did get so do a little landscape photography which is very popular in the UK. The below image is from Durdle Door in Dorset. Its a great location, and I used the Zeiss 18mm 2.8 Milvus and the LEE Little Stopper to get a nice long exposure.

Durdle Door, Dorset, England. 5D Mark III | 18mm 2.8 Zeiss Milvus

Had a great trip so check out the full album here!

Full Album

Oh Canada!

I had a business event in Vancouver recently and decided to add in a weekend for the trip – why not! So I brought my gear along and took a few photos from Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler. Really a wonderful part of the world! Vancouver is a lovely city, which reminds me a little of Brisbane in Australia. The scenery is much better though!!

I must have walked about 25km around Vancouver and Stanley park, but it was awesome. I was also lucky with the weather.I highly recommend a trip and will certainly need to go back again.

So anyways, these were quick and dirty shots on a business trip, and the light was very harsh, so don’t expect perfection but here are my favorites!

Top of Sea to Sky Gondola. Squamish, Canada. 5D Mark III | Zeiss 18mm 2.8 | Polariser

 

Downtown Vancouver Canada. 5D Mark III | 35mm 1.4 Art

 

Scenic flights. Vancouver, Canada. 5D Mark III | 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS II

 

Whistler, Canada. 5D Mark III | 18mm 2.8 Carl Zeiss Milvus.

 

Whistler, Canada. 5D Mark III | 18mm 2.8 Carl Zeiss Milvus.

 

Whistler, Canada. 5D Mark III | 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS II

 

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