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Personal top 10 photos of 2018

It’s again time of the year to recapitulate. Already while I was browsing through my photo archive to select photos for my 2019 calender earlier this year I was quite shocked how the amount of photo folders declined this year.
Here is a little overview of the amount of photo folders which correspondent to occasions where I took photos, over the past 7 years.

– 2011: 33 folders
– 2012: 33 folders
– 2013: 42 folders
– 2014: 39 folders
– 2015: 33 folders
– 2016: 31 folders
– 2017: 31 folders
– 2018: 9 folders

At least it’s not surprising to me when I think about all the other time-consuming things I’ve been doing this year, like attending a Japanese language class once a week, plenty of training for my first Olympic triathlon this year, finishing a three semester long degree at an online university which required approx. 18h/week and constantly learning new stuff for work in my free-time, while working full-time and still accumulating plenty of over-hours.
For next year I can already say that I want to do less different things at once and focus more on fewer things, especially photography. At times I was really missing the free-spirited feeling on being outdoors and on the road, experiencing new places and get inspired by them while trying to capture the essence of those places.
That’s why I want to give a big shout-out to my friend Alexander Otto who has been such a great company and source of inspiration during all my big photo trips this year, to Tenerife in late March, to the Alps in July and to the US South-west in October. Who knows, without him and his constant drive to explore new places I might have not done many photo trips by myself this year.

Last year I was writing that it might take a couple of months to catch up with processing of my shots from Japan, Australia and Tasmania from 2017, I could not have been more optimistic, I think I barely processed a half of the shots yet. The same goes for my shots from 2018, that’s why I have to cheat a little bit this year and probably next year with my top 10 photos of the year. For this years’ photos I considered also photos from 2017 which I was only able to process this year.

When I look at my abstract architecture prints hanging above my TV I feel really sad that I again didn’t shoot anything like that this year and for 2 years in a row already.
I really hope I get to do this next year again, I already have plenty of places in mind which I want to experiment with.

Now I’ll leave you with my personal top 10 photos which I published this year and wishing you a happy new year, enjoy

 

New calendar for 2019

Guess what, there will be a calendar for next year again!
As per usual I’m pretty late with the completion, but I eventually decided to do one also for next year. So if you’re interested or already looking for Christmas gifts go ahead and drop me a message.
It’s a matte print on premium paper in A3 format.

It will be 20€ for the calendar + 4€ shipping (DE). If you live outside of Germany just ask me for the shipping costs.

Recent additions to “The Alps” section

There is a couple of new images from various trips to the Alps I added to the The Alps section. Enjoy 😉

 

Sirui tripod repairs – part 2

Remember my post 2 years ago about the past Sirui tripod repairs? I had to send in my already discontinued Sirui  M-3204X tripod again!

Summary:
The half shells / shims – which are part of the inner sliding mechanism seem to have easily gotten out of their place and as a result the whole sliding mechanism didn’t move smoothly anymore or even would block completely. Back then I sent in the tripod for repairs and received it back with fresh half shells / shims and on one leg Sirui even replaced the top-most sliding element because the notches where the half shells / shims sit on were already fringed which makes the fit between the leg element and the half shells / shims quite loose. In the picture above you see the difference between the replaced leg segment (bottom) and the old ones, where the notches are clearly fringed. I’m glad that Sirui didn’t charge for the repairs.

What happened now:
As it was to expect after some time also the other two  top-most leg segments on the other two legs showed the same problem. After writing the German Sirui service what happened I sent in my tripod again and just received it back a couple of days ago. I was quite surprised what Sirui had come up with now: Apparently they figured out that their half shell / shim part was not fit for the job and replaced it with a different construction, see in the next image:
You can clearly see that the the leg segments have been exchanged by new ones where the notches are fresh and sharp. Also the shape of their sliding shim / shell changed noticeably. I guess this construction makes way more sense because it fits and sits well on the end of the leg segments without any play in either direction. I’m actually curious whether Sirui already uses this kind of sliding mechanism for their more up-to-date tripods. Can anybody confirm?

Featured in my friends podcast (only in German)

There’s good news, my good friend Alexander Otto invited me to his podcast on landscape photography and just relased it here (in German):
http://nicolasalexanderotto.net/der-landschaftsfotografie-podcast-s01-e16-philipp-lutz

I think we had a very good and interesting conversion about my trip to Australia / Tasmania and especially about aerial photography with photo multicopters. If you understand German make sure to check it out and let me know what you think 😉

Added gallery for Australia / Tasmania

As you might have noticed in my social media channels a year ago I traveled to Australia and Tasmania last year around this time, I just added a new gallery with my pictures I posted on social media earlier. Most probably I’ll get back to the pictures soon and edit more of them because I’m content that I still have good material left, stay tuned 😉

New pictures added to landscape aerial gallery

Once in a while I wanted to update my landscape aerial gallery because it’s long due!

 

Calendar 2018

In case you already wondered whether there will be a calendar from me this year. Yes, there will be one, but I finished it pretty late, it will be more of a Christmas gift for family, but I’ll also happily sell a couple of calendars for those of you who don’t have a beautiful calendar yet
It’s a matte print on premium paper in A3 format.

It will be 20€ for the calendar + 4€ shipping (DE). If you live outside of Germany just ask me for the shipping.

If you’re interested just drop me a message at contact@philipp-lutz.net.

New pictures in the galleries

New pictures in the galleries!

Golden Autumn

Golden Autumn

New Gallery: Landscape Aerials

I recently started with aerial photography so I thought it would be a good idea to make a new gallery for those pictures. May I present you my first attempts at aerial photography, all done with a DJI Inspire 1 Pro.