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Travel photography: USA - Maritime wildlife

January 21, 2017

I'm happy to conlude my article series about the USA with yet another wildlife related article. Wildlife photography is my favorite kind of photography after all, and so I tried to capture some of the - from my perspective - exotic fauna I don't normally get to see. I had some nice opportunities on the Californian coast, which harbors a variety of marine species.





Travel photography: USA - Southwestern Landscapes - Part 2

December 23, 2016

In this article, I'd like to present another selection of photos of the landscapes I was able to behold while on my trip. Included are shots of the Rocky Mountains and surrounding areas, some of the famous landscapes found in Yosemite as well as a few sights I discovered while hiking in and around the park.






Travel photography: USA - Wildlife - Big Game

December 4, 2016

This article contains some of the iconic big game that I had the chance to encounter during my visit to the US. Most of the big game that I saw was in Colorado, particularly in the National Parks, where much wildlife is still found roaming in their natural habitat.







Travel photography: USA - Cities

November 12, 2016

The third installment of the American Southwest article series shows some cityscapes and urban views in general. Especially San Francisco and Los Angeles are featured in this article.






Travel photography: USA - Southwestern Landscapes - Part 1

October 22, 2016

The second article in the USA series is dedicated to some typical southwestern landscapes. From the Colorado Plateau to the Grand Canyon it contains pictures especially from the very hot and dry regions of the area. Another landscape article that will focus more on vast green meadows, woodlands and mountains will follow later in the series.




Travel photography: USA - Wildlife - Small Game and Macro

October 1, 2016

I am starting the first US segment out small ... literally.

Here are some of the pictures I took throughout the trip of rodents and deer among others, as well as some macro shots of various insects.






Venice 2016

March 12, 2016

In February I came to the conclusion that it's finally time to pay the world famous city of Venice a visit. Even though it's just a few hours away from where I live I had never been to Venice before.

Even though February is not the ideal time in regards to weather and temperature it is still pretty good from a photography point of view since the huge tourist masses haven't arrived just yet.

In this article I'd like to give you a short summary of my stay including the best pictures I managed to take.



Is digital ruining photography?

January 6, 2016

After so many travel related articles I'm happy to present to my latest piece that has been on my mind for a while now.

I have been thinking about the impact that modern digital photography has on the quality of the images we take, regardless if a smartphone or DSLR are used. If you are not satisfied with the results you get take a look since I'm trying to describe the essence that lies underneath every skillfully crafted photograph.



Travel photography: Spain - Special places

December 23, 2015

Aside from the main cities along the Mediterranean coast there are some not as well-known but just as interesting spots that are well worthy of a visit. In this article I'd like to introduce you to some of these, which were among my favorite spots from the trip.






Monkeys!

December 5, 2015

The Barbary macaques of Gibraltar are the only monkeys in all of Europe living in the wild. They are probably the most famous aspect of the city and it's a real experience to see them interacting with each other and especially with humans from up close.

I included not only some images of the monkeys but also a story that I actually witnessed during my visit and that is exemplary to the animals behavior.





Travel photography: Spain - Cities and Architecture - Part 2

November 14, 2015

Cartagena, Granada, Malaga and Seville are the center of attention in this article. I had the opportunity to shoot some of Spain's most beautiful and well known Landmarks such as the Alhambra of Granada, the Casa de Pilatos or the Plaza de España in Seville.







Travel photography: Spain - Cities and Architecture - Part 1

October 30, 2015

The first part of the Spain article series contains the highlights of my city trips to Barcelona and Valencia.

Barcelona, heavily influenced by Catalan Architect Antoni Gaudí, offers some unique modernist structures while the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias in Valencia is the most important modern tourist destination in the city of Valencia and one of the most relevant in Spain.



Travel photography: Scotland 2015 - Part 4

August 23, 2015

The final leg of my trip led me from the port of Oban to the industrial center of Scotland – Glasgow. Apart from landscape photography in the area of Inverness and of course quite some cityscapes in Glasgow, this article also contains a bit of wildlife photography.

Also worth mentioning is that in my final words I'm summarizing my experiences on the weather sealing of my gear, so if you are wondering what a 'weather sealed' camera is actually capable of don't miss out on this one!


Travel photography: Scotland 2015 - Part 3

August 1, 2015

One of the main reasons for my trip were the photographic possibilities offered by the incredibly dramatic landscapes on the Isle of Skye. Due to the very changeable and in general rainy weather I was confronted with, many of my ideas couldn't be accomplished. This article however, should demonstrate that bad weather also often creates unique opportunities.




Travel photography: Scotland 2015 - Part 2

June 27, 2015

This article focuses on the Scottish Highlands – mainly the area around Loch Ness and the picturesque Glen Affric. I also had a very interesting shoot at world famous Eilean Donan Castle, that is described in detail.








Travel photography: Scotland 2015 - Part 1

June 14, 2015

The first of four articles in this series about my trip through Scotland is dedicated to Edinburgh, Scotlands capital city.

The city is often said to be built on seven hills and especially the most prominent one - Arthur's seat - offers an unforgettable view. The old town in particular is full of narrow lanes and closes, each with a different story to tell. But the city has much more to offer than that - come in and find out.



Travel photography: Estonia 2014 - Part 2

November 22, 2014

The second part of my article series is intended to offer some impressions of the Estonian countryside and especially the island of Saaremaa.

Saaremaa is the largest of the Estonian islands and is well known for its beautiful landscapes, small towns, lighthouses and wide variety of bird species.

The island is a very remote location - even today only reachable by plane or ferry - which resulted in the conservation of its unique appearance.

Come in and get to know a very special place that you probably weren't even aware existed.

Travel photography: Estonia 2014 - Part 1

November 2, 2014

May 2014 was a very special month for me. For the first time in my life I traveled abroad specifically for the purpose of pursuing nature and wildlife photography.
In this article I'm concentrating on my stay at the mainland including the cities of Riga, Tartu and Tallinn, their surroundings and the Endla Basin with lake Endla at its center. It is mainly focused on urban photography mixed with some nature images as opposed to the second part, which will mainly deal with landscape and wildlife shots on the Estonian island of Saaremaa.

Post-processing images and why it's important to shoot raw

April 3, 2014

One question people ask me constantly is if my images really looked that way when I took them or if they are 'retouched'. In this article I'm trying to describe what post-processing actually means, how it impacts my photography and what typical steps I apply to my images. To make things more interesting for you a variety of examples before and after processing are shown that should make the difference obvious at a glance. Additionally if you are one of the photographers that isn't sure what is better – shooting raw or jpg, or even if you are a committed jpg only shooter this article may give you some food for thought.

Configuring your 5D Mark III AF for fast action

March 12, 2014

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III has a very sophisticated AF System, with a vast number of options to setup its AF behavior, which is capable of some really stunning results. The possible combinations to tweak the AF properties are basically unlimited, so especially for beginners it can be hard to assess which configuration will yield the best results. In this article I'd like to give some insight on how to setup the 5D Mark III AF-system for the most challenging of situations – small, fast moving objects who change speed and directions quickly – such as birds in flight. So if you'd like to substantially increase your action photography hit rate feel free to take a look.