Water and the sea…

As an oceanographer, I like larger water bodies and the sea. Living on the rhine is the second best substitute to living at the coast, so I try to make the best of it.

Black & White

One of my earliest inspirations for photography was the artwork of the 1994 Walkabouts album “setting the woods on fire”. It features black and white pictures of forest, trees and farms in presumably fall conditions, conveying a dreary and moody atmosphere.

Wildlife

Last year, I acquired my first proper tele zoom with up to 840 mm reach (depending on camera body and the use of a 1.4 teleconverter). I used this trying to capture some of the “wildlife” around our house and Laufenburg. Some of these are common sights, some are a bit harder to catch. The kingfisher was a recent discovery within a part of the Auenschutzpark Aargau situated close by.

Laufenburg ‘en miniature’

Laufenburg is very well suited for fake tilt-shift images, which convey the optical illusion of miniature model landscapes or cities. One needs high(er) vantage points, preferably coupled with an long lens and bright lighting and then some special filters, e.g. in Affinity Photo, to create that effect.

Powerlines

Around Laufenburg, power lines are a often a dominating feature of the landscape. Most of the time I try to avoid them in my compositions, but for this series I decided to make them a main subject.

Zürich

The Waid in Zürich offers a spectacular view of the city, the lake and the alps, weather permitting. The panorama was shot with a 90mm lens, using about 15-20 images in portrait orientation, slightly compressing the perspective and making the alps appear closer as they are. Stitching of the panorama was done using Affinity Photo. One of these panoramas is my highest selling image to date: Panorama von Zürich on Adobe

Aerial

Drones offer unprecedented possibilities in landscape photography. However, due to the smaller sensor size in most consumer drones, high dynamic range scenes need exposure bracketing to capture the full dynamic range of a scene. I used DJI’s Mavic Pro and Spark to create these panoramas from a set of exposure bracketed shots to capture some interesting vistas of the table jura in the Jurapark area close to Laufenburg.

Laufenburg

My new hometown is an ideal place to become re-acquainted with photography. It’s medieval old town is picturesquely situated on a granite rock overlooking the Rhine. It is fascinating to see how clouds, light and season change the appearance of this setting. To smooth out the movement of the water and to enable smooth reflections, I like to experiment with ND filters and long-term exposure. None of these images are

Compressed Landscapes

Through a stunning image from UK based landscape photographer Mark Littlejohn I was introduced to the concept of compressed landscapes. Using short to medium telelenses, the apparent distance between objects in the landscape can be reduced, e.g. compressed to create an interesting effect. Sadly, I do not live close to the Lake District, but the Jura mountain range and the Alps offer compression potential as well. All images in this