Impressed by Laforet Air in Berlin

My Ticket to WOW - Laforet Air Berlin
My Ticket to WOW – Laforet Air Berlin

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.

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Visiting an Oak Tree

Visiting an Oak Tree
Visiting an Oak Tree

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.

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Hiking into Easter-Weekend

Two international celebs joining our hike.
Two international celebs joining our hike.

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.

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Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk in Berlin

Soap Bubbles at Alexanderplatz (TV tower and St. Mary's in reflection)
Soap Bubbles at Alexanderplatz (TV tower and St. Mary’s in reflection)

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:

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Looking forward to Fall

Rescued Vine
Rescued Vine

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.

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Strolling with Fstoppers in Berlin

A German Version of this article can be found here.

Fstoppers in Berlin
Fstoppers in Berlin

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.

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Summer in Germany

Summer in Germany
Summer in Germany

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.

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Spring Attack: Bicyclotography and GPS for Lightroom

My Favorite Oak Tree
My Favorite Oak Tree

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.

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Who did Strobist’s New Lighting 101 in German? I Know ;-)

German version of Lighting 101
German version of Lighting 101

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.

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Blue Hour Photowalk at Berlin’s Government District

Berlin Photowalk during Blue Hour
Berlin Photowalk during Blue Hour

Whenever one of our friends from Nikonpoint photography forum is in town and suggests to meet for a photowalk some forum members from Berlin are ready to meet and to do some cool shoot.

Tonight FM2-User from the city of Mainz was in Berlin and we suggested to make use of the Blue Hour in Berlins Government district and to walk along the river Spree. It was quite a short distance, maybe 1500 metres and our bunch of four were shooting for about only 75 mins. But this was absolutely okay because the evening sky and the illuminated Buildings were excellent subjects.

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