Norway Revisited

It’s only a few weeks since I had been visiting the beautiful scenery of Norway, but it feels a long time ago and since work and basic life have come back it feels I have to go back as soon as possible. It has to wait for another year though…

The few days me and my wonderful girlfriend had there had passed too quickly and we were lucky to find good weather conditions. For some reason the weather conditions seem to be always best on my last day of visit to a location. Happened in Cornwall and again now in Norway.

We had not really planned certain locations here, and rather explored the scenery first in Google Maps and later during the day at location. It has proven to he useful, but for my next trip to the Lofoten Islands next summer I try to prepare a little more and have maybe some shots already planned in advance.

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Guestblogging again – Interviewing Andrew Thatcher

Martin Gommel from had to take a little time off his blog, as he is busy producing a teaching DVD, and he asked me if I contribute a few articles for his blog.

Today, the first one, an Interview with blogfriend fellow Pixyblogger Andrew Thatcher has gone live. I’m a huge fan of his work, so it was just natural for me to do an interview with him. So if you read german, I would like to invite you over to and have a look what he has to say.

Thanks to Andrew for taking his time for the interview and for graciously allowing to use his images for the article and to Martin for giving me the opportunity to contribute to his blog.

Another article is coming soon, and I will let you know when it’s live.

5 Questions…

to myself! Yes, I’m not totally gone crazy now and start to talking to myself, but Oliver Shaef passed the torch to me via his blog He passed a couple of series of questions (“5 Fragen an…” originally) to me, and I gladly participate ;-)

Here are now the questions:

1.) With which camera would like to shoot until the end of days?

That’s a tricky one. At the moment I’m using the Canon 5D and I’m very happy with that one. On the other side cameras are getting better, and better all the time. In the end, the camera is just a tool though and to get the results I want to achieve, lenses seem to be more helpful. I could do the same images on a 20D or so, if I just would have that wideangle lens, which I love. So, the appropriate answer could be, anything that has a UWA stuck to it ;-) Sometimes I have the feeling though that wide is not wide enough. A panoramic camera maybe? I don’t know. Not so much related to the camera, would be, finding the time to actually go out shooting….But that’s a totally different question ;-)

2.) Show us your favorite images, and explain why do you like them.

This is definitely my all time favorite so far. First of all because it proofed that persistency paid off, and second of all because I had damn luck to find those conditions just on the last day I was there. I’m very happy how this turned out.

Usually I consider my latest pictures the best. Don’t know why. So it could be this one from my last trip to Norway. I have only nice memories from this, very spontaneous, trip. Two nights sleeping in the car, waiting hours for the right conditions and having no map, no GPS and basically no plan. Just about right for vacation.

3) What would you recommend to someone, who is just starting with photography?

Get to know your gear and experiment as much as possible and make as much mistakes as you want to. Mistakes are good and unless you are on a job to get it right, they don’t matter. No one ever has to see your screwed up images.

Look at photographs as much as possible. Analyze them, inhale them. Question yourself why do you like it, or why not, what kind of set-up might have been used, examine the exif if available, how about the composition, why does it, or does not work, did the photographer use filters, or did he merge exposures

Related to the previous one, try to find some sort of role-model. A photographer you really like and try to imitate his style. You will never get close to that anyway, but you will learn a lot through that

If possible, take a trip with the only purpose to take picture. Doesn’t have to be to a exotic place, a day is enough. But try to have a vision about what you want to achieve.

And most of all.. have fun. Life’s too short to be serious.

4) Choose “kittens, babies, sunsets or flowers”

That’s an easy one. I like kittens, but not sure do I want to photograph them. Babies are great, but for me for of a private, family thing. Flowers are nice, but if they are not in a landscape they are of no interest for me. Don’t even have them in my apartment. They are dried out after a week. Can’t keep them alive ;-)

So the answer would be sunsets. As you can see on my blog, I shoot most of my images either at sunset or sunrise. It’s just a great time to be out somewhere in nature and trying to capture a nice image.

5) Who should answer the next questions?

I will pass the torch to Thomas Stark and looking forward to his answers.

Busy times ahead…..

Hi folks. It had been rather quiet here on my blog during May and I’m afraid it’s going to stay like this for a while now. Not that I lost interest in blogging here, but finally spring and summer has arrived here and I plan to spent as much time as time possible doing photography and travel around the country to get some nice images. I might even end up in Norway, Sweden as long as time and budget allows.

I will try to post a little “behind the scenes” every now and then, but that’s not a promise, will do my best though.

On the other side I will of course update my photoblog as usual every week or so, showcasing some new work.

In this way, stay tuned and see you around.

PS: You can also follow me on Twitter which is most likely updated more frequently.

PPS: I hope I don’t jinx it now ;-)

Guest Blogging on Composition

It had been a very busy time recently and finally the snow has melted away and I try to use all the time that I have available to look for new locations and or go out shooting, meaning I haven’t been very active here on this blog.

Either way, I had some time to do a little guest post on composing in landscape photography over at Martin’s Blog

So as usual, if you speak or read german, I would like to invite you over to his blog and have a look at the article. And I would like to thank Martin for the opportunity to share my thoughts on his blog.

Composition Quickie

I had been very busy the during the last week and a half now, and hardly have time for just anything else than work. At least I found some time reading my feeds, which leads to this little post…

And it seems composition is in the air… As I’m trying to finish a little article on composition for as a quest blog I ran into two related and useful articles during the last two weeks, which I quickly want to share with you.

The first one would be Mike McFarlanes article “Composition for Photographers” previously mentioned here, and just yesterday Jeff Revell posted some tips concerning different compositional guides in Lightroom. A very handy feature that I wasn’t totally unaware off which makes some of the compositional concepts a lot more visual.

If you have some time, I would encourage you to quickly head over and a have look at these two very useful articles.

That’s it for now and I hope to be back with some more content soon.