Yesterday I went to see work of photographer and filmmaker Vincent Laforet which has impressed me over the last year. His current project LAFORET AIR shows cities from above. Okay, this does not sound exciting since everyone can see such imagery via Google Earth.
But Vincent does a totally different job – he flies very high with a helicopter and shoots these cities at night. All the illumination becomes visible and produces different impressions for almost every city. Some look like electronic circuts, some like the vains of some creature and some like islands in the desert. Somehow every mental association seems to be connected to life.
Oppinions on Bavaria differ so much. Some say this is typical German, very traditional, keeps old values alive. Others argue that exactly this is what they don’t like about Bavaria. But there are no two oppinions about the great landscape in the Alps and in the flat land.
I went to see some friends in Munich for Ascension Thursday and the following weekend. Many call it Father’s Day, but In the area where I am from this is rather called Lords’ Day. This has no connotation to the Lord himself but rather to male human beings who celebrate this holiday with their friends and feel themselves as lords.
This morning I went to say ‘Hello’ to a good old friend. Not far from my home there is an oak tree that has fascinated me all my life. It is several hundred years old, has experienced good and bad climate, peaceful times and more than a hand full of wars. It has survived a lot of harm and is still alive.
The arm’s span width of six strong men will be needed to encircle its trunk. It is a majestic creature. The good thing about it: the Berlin tourism industry has not discovered it, yet. So there are no bbq-parties underneath its green roof and nobody is scratching its bark, you can just sit there and watch either the traffic at the nearby state route or some farmer caring for his rape, wheat or whatever the season needs.
Yesterday We did it again and met with some friends for hiking in the greens of Berlin and the city’s sourrounding. This time we took the chance of Good Friday to ring in Easter Weekend. We met in Berlin’s North-East and headed for a lake right behind the city limit and back to our starting point.
When we started after breakfast time it was cold with chances of wind and rain, but during the day the weather turned out to get really fine. At our first picknick stop we had some nice cold but warming Easter drink and were joined by two international celebreties.
Every autumn American photo educator and photographer Scott Kelby calls for his worldwide photowalk with several hundred locations and tens of thousands participants. The Berlin group of this event met yesterday afternoon for a stroll through historic (East) Berlin.
The weather was far from optimal for outdoor shooting of architecture and cityscape due to haze and deep clouds (around 250 meters since you could not even see the top of the TV tower). On the other hand I had shot these motifs so many times. Thus I concentrated on a special assignment:
This summer I started to care for a vine in my backyard, which was in a bad state. Unfortunately a little late for cutting it into shape. Nevertheless I removed all the dead branches and fruitless young shoots.
Now, since fall has started, the time of harvesting comes closer. I am quite proud that I managed to grow so many grapes – okay the berries are somehow small but that may be caused by the type of wine. On the other hand everything is absolutely organic. Next year I will try to optimize the result of the harvest by starting to care for it in late winter.
A German Version of this article can be found here.
Lee Morris and Patrick Hall, the masterminds behind Fstoppers, one of the world’s leading on-line platforms on photography came to Berlin. On their way to this year’s Photokina in Cologne they are on a road-trip throughout Europe and stopped over here in the German Capital.
Their travel party was completed by their friend Igor Alvarez a really cool guy, who has no background in photography, just jumped into this field of action and already showed us some amazing shots. Learning by doing seems to work.
This year I had not planned any big vacation trip to some awesome target. No. I just wanted to stay home and keep things quiet. Thus I decided to spend a few days in the South-West of Germany – a region I haven’t really been at before. I met with Dietrich, a good old friend of mine, who was working in Stuttgart for a short period.
We did a lot of bike-riding – man, Stuttgart is a really hilly city and it cost me a lot of sweat to reach some of our targets. But then we also did some nice roundtrips to the Black Forest and the Swabian Jura by car. One hightlight was a multi-day trip around lake Bodensee with short visits to the Swiss Alps. Finally it was a great holiday trip with lots of new impressions, funny conversations between old friends, visits to beer gardens to watch the football championships and ofcourse with a lot of shooting photographs.
Every Doctor says: You need to move to keep your systems intact. Umm. Therefore this morning I have woken up my bicycle from winter sleep and planned my first test ride for this open air season.
The weather was perfect for cycling, but not really for photography (and lightwise it was the wrong time anyway). But to take my camera with me turned out to be quite a clever decision. Every now and then I could stop, pretending to take a photo :-). Since spring has just started in our area, I decided to take some pics of fresh leaves and other greenstuff. So I have lots of green and surprisingly even some shiny yellow.
Today I got a short message from David Hobby, a.k.a. The Strobist, that he has made my German translation of his famous e-book “Lighting 101” available via his website.
During the last few weeks I did the translation, editing and layout with my editorial service GermanoMedia. This book is the renowned beginners guide for photo enthusiasts who want to learn lighting techniques, that drastically improve the quality of their speedlight photography.