Category Archives: News

Back from Japan

Wow, long time no post again… Apologies for being so inactive (and lazy) in the meantime :/

Just in case you wondered where I’ve been lately: I’ve been to Japan for two weeks and of course I brought some new material from there. I’ve been to Tokyo, Nikkou and Fujiyoshida / Lake Kawaguchi. The main photographic subject for this trip was modern architecture, rather than nature / landscapes, so I spend a good amount of time in Tokyo, where I also met with Luca Cesari. I guess my main subject in photography slightly changed, it was nature /landscapes in the early days and became modern architecture and travel photography these days. If you ask yourself why I mentioned travel photography without having much of it in my portfolio, you’re right. Although I have plenty of material, I’m very picky about selecting pictures for publication, because it’s somewhat a new field and really difficult for me to judge whether an image is suitable / good enough for publication.
Btw.: I still owe you pictures from Thailand, right?
I really would need holidays to catch up editing all the images I want to publish. I guess, I will reduce the editing effort to be able to publish more frequently. What do you think?

Anyways, it’s already a lot of text, when I started to write this post I didn’t intend to write much… Let the pictures speak! I’ll start publishing new pictures soon, stay tuned 😉

Spring flower macro shots and announcement of next trip

Hey ho

I was out shooting some spring impressions in the last weeks. When I went out shooting the last times I wasn’t in the mood for and didn’t find nice subjects for wide-angle photography so I put on my 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 SWD on the fourthirds adapter and looked around for details, spring details.Eventually I was doing macro photography, which I haven’t done for quite a while, so I was enjoying it.
How can’t you resist taking close-ups of spring flowers in full bloom anyway? 😉

Currently I’m doing the last preparations for my upcoming trip to Japan. The trip includes Tokyo, Nikkou and Fujisan. If anybody has some recommendations regarding food to try and places to see in these areas, I’d be happy to know.

 

Back from Thailand

I came back from Thailand two weeks ago!
Wow, I’m stoked by all the things I experienced and the people I met, I really had a great time although I had some bummers like damaged photo equipment and food poisoning for 2 days.
After I had a good time and plenty of amazing photographic opportunities (mainly modern architecture and the desert) back in Dubai and Abu Dhabi with my friend Matthias Haltenhof I took a plane to Bangkok and stayed there for 6 days. After Bangkok I flew to the north, to Chiang Mai for another 6 days to experience the Thai landscape (jungle, landscape, elephants etc.). As my last destinations I chose the golf islands Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao to relax and go snorkeling for over a week.

When I arrived at home I wasn’t unhappy (to say the least!) that we didn’t have proper winter in Germany, because it is not so convenient to travel from a place with 34°C to a place with around 0°C. Instead I’m enjoying sunny days with temperatures of around 5-10°C south of Munich, I think now I’m prepared for the real winter 😉

Right now I’m preparing two series of pictures, “Modern architecture in the UAE” and “Impressions of Thailand”. It still will take plenty of time to sort out and process the picture but I’d like to start uploading the first pictures in the next weeks and months!

I also like to write a little bit more detailed travel report of my journey through Thailand, with plenty of pictures. Stay tuned 😉

Happy new year!

New camera and next big trip

Hey guys,

I finally made the decision to go mirrorless, now that this technology has been developing so fast and has arrived at a level where it can easily compete with classic DSLRs. It seems that this is the future technology, which pushes the limits even further. Because I was working with Olympus DSLRs, I decided to switch to their micro-fourthirds system, which keeps my costs of switching systems lower because I can still use my old lenses with an adapter and slowly exchange the heavy DSLR lenses by more compact and lightweight micro-fourthirds lenses (it’s really awesome how small and light these are!).
Here is the equipment I start with: Olympus OMD E-M1, 12-40mm f/2.8 kit lens, Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 wideangle zoom.

Olympus OMD E-M1 + 12-40 f/2.8 + 7-14 f/4

Olympus OMD E-M1 + 12-40 f/2.8 + 7-14 f/4

I’m thrilled because I can make use of my new camera equipment already during my next trip to the UAE (Dubai & Abu Dhabi) and Thailand starting next week. Feel free to recommend nice locations and activities for my Thailand stay ;)

Cheers
Phil

Autumn is here!

Yes, autumn is here! Everything is becoming really colourful again. So I decided to visit some places in South-Bavaria (Berchtesgaden) to get my first autumn shots this year with a befriended photographer. As it turned out we spend so much time in one location  (Weißbachschlucht) that we didn’t have enough time to visit the other spots. We weren’t disappointed at all, because we took our time to find some really nice compositions and also a very cosy place where we spend some time during lunch 😉

Here are the first three pictures in this series, enjoy 😉

Starting new Architecture Series and a big surprise…

Some days ago I thought that I neglected my architecture photography section quite a lot. Now I want to try to keep up with all the achitecture picture (mostly modern architecture) I took in the past 1-2 years, which I haven’t had time to process yet.  I hope you’re also looking forward for some architecture shots 😉

And now to the best part: My picture “Peaks and Rails” which was taken during the g+ photwalk in Berlin back in 2012 received a daily deviation at deviantART!!!
See here: http://da-phil.deviantart.com/art/Peaks-and-Rails-303750654
Seems like a good start for new architecture footage 😉

And here comes the first picture in that series. It was taken in Hamburg during a photowalk back in 2012.

Curve VS Corners

Curve VS Corners

devMeet in Kassel

Last weekend I was on a photowalk / devMeet (deviantART meet) in Kassel (Germany). It was quite fun to meet new people and to discover the interesting places there as I’ve never been in Kassel before. And here is a group picture 😉

Kassel devMeet Groupphoto

Kassel devMeet Groupphoto

Currently I’m thinking of doing a similar thing around Munich sometime. Anybody interested? 🙂

Finally a new tripod

After all the tripod blues I finally bought a proper replacement of my old one. It was clear that only a carbon-fiber tripod can suit all my needs (very high, lightweight and small in pack size) as I wanted to finally go for a compromise between a sturdy tripod suitable for long-exposures and also a lightweight travel tripod with a small pack size to be able to carry it while being fixed to a backback.
New TripodI checked out Manfrotto, Gitzo, Giotto, Feisol and Siuri and figured out that the latter one offers an interesting selection of tripods with a rather good price-value rate. So I finally it turned out that their M-3204X tripod suits my needs very well, moreover they also offer great ballheads which received only good reviews. As tripod head I chose the Sirui K-20x ballhead.
In total this makes a minimal pack size of 51cm, a weight of 2.1kg and a maximum height from ground to my camera viewfinder of 1.96m. With the possibility of turning the legs around 180° it’s possible to shoot photos as close to the ground as you wish.
It also includes retractable stainless steel spikes, which are not mandatory for example with Manfrotto.
Just look at the picture, it does the tripod justice, it’s just perfect for my height of 1.95m.
I’m happy now, let’s see how well the tripod does in the field 😉