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.

Monochrom

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, a curated landscape, in presumably fall conditions, conveying a moody, yet peaceful atmosphere.

Wildlife

Recently, I discovered the meditative nature of wildlife photography, which was triggered by a random encounter with a kingfisher in Laufenburg’s part of Auenschutzpark Aargau. Scouting for a particular bird, looking for signs of its presence and setting up a hide and being patient has been a pandemic-conform activity. Laufenburg is blessed with two kingfisher areas, one up- and one down-stream of the old town. They are very shy and

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 a long lens and bright lighting and then some special blur filters, e.g. in Affinity Photo, to create that effect.

Powerlines

Around Laufenburg, powerlines (or lines of power) are a often a dominating feature of the landscape, disrupting many classical views of the natural beauty within the region. While most may try to avoid them in their compositions, 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, especially in conjunction with low clouds or fog. Most of these images are from the table jura in the Jurapark area close to Laufenburg.

Laufenburg

My new hometown is an ideal place for 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.

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