Engagement Shooting Sabine & Marco, Fulda

Engagement: Sabine & Marco 05/06/2016

Hallo zusammen,

der Winter neigt sich dem Ende zu, aber wartet dieser Tage doch noch mal auf. Doch ich bin zuversichtlich, dass es bald schon wieder wärmer werden wird. Die Vöglein bei mir hinterm Haus in ländlicher Idylle sind erste Vorboten.
Bis demnächst endlich wieder wärmere Temperaturen, warme Sonnenstrahlen und die ersten diesjährigen Shootings vor der Tür stehen, habe ich hier zur Einstimmung das Engagement-Shooting von Sabine und Marco aus dem Sommer 2016 für euch.

Das Shooting fand relativ spontan statt und das mag ich ganz gerne, weil man etwas mehr improvisieren muss – auch, wenn man bereits die Ideen parat hat. Die Location war nämlich auch ganz spontan und die gleißende Sonne ebenso. ^^ Für solche Fälle hab ich immer meine NIKON Speedlights dabei. Vier NIKON SB-800 an der Zahl. Bei diesen Aufnahmen genügten mir allerdings bereits zwei SB-800. Zur Erweiterung der Reichweite und, weil die starke Sonneneinstrahlung das Infrarotsignal zum Auslösen und Ansteuern der Blitze beeinträchtigt, habe ich das Radio Popper PX System verwendet. Dieses System wandelt das Infrarotsignal in ein ISM-Funksignal um. Dadurch kann ich die SB-800, wenn ich mag, aus bis zu 500m Entfernung auslösen. Als Lichtformer hab ich hier entweder die SB-800-Aufsteckdiffusoren oder die Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Speedlite eingesetzt.

Sabine und Marco waren an diesem Tag im Juni bester Laune und hatten spontan tolle Ideen, die wir dann auch Stück für Stück umgesetzt haben. Es ist immer klasse, wenn das Pärchen schon Ideen mitbringt und ich nur noch leicht optimieren muss. Die beiden waren super locker vor der Kamera, was die Arbeit absolut angenehm machte. Das spricht dann am Ende auch für die prima Aufnahmen. 🙂

Aber seht selbst.

Danke Sabine und Marco für dieses geniale Engagement-Shooting!

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2017 started in London

Hi everybody!

I wish all of you a happy 2017!
Hopefully you had a great and healthy start!

We had – in London! Fantastic!
Enjoy a few of our London impressions!

Tech info: I used the NIKON D700 and the Nikkor 24-70/2.8, in some cases with a Formatt ND Grad filter to raise the contrast and avoid a blazing white sky.

Both of us never where in London before and that made it a good trip. Flying by Lufthansa we checked in at the Holiday Inn near the business area and 2 kilometers away  from the Tower Bridge.
Sadly we didn’t get access to the bridge during the new years eve fireworks, but I read about good places to watch in the Daily News. Honestly we didn’t had a plan to watch the fireworks and where to eat, so we made random choices and – lost. Haha. Oh boy, we laughed so hard on our lack of plan. If starting that way into 2017 how should 2017 become and end? We didn’t know and we didn’t care. We had us both and our love. That’s what was important for us.

First and most important thing to do when arriving is to go to the super market and get some chips and Pepsi. Next is to get a delicious meal. The first evening we ate at an Indian restaurant – the Lahore One. Simple and authentic restaurant serving very tasty food!

On Friday we went cultural, visiting the British Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Photographers Gallery. The city was in a real hurry and when we entered Harrods I had enough for that day. Haha. We were the poor and exhausted ones and decided to have a good burger and live music at The Blues Kitchen. Luckily no table was free, we had to sit on the bar and here we met two barkeepers who both had worked in Germany for a while. I like it when people telling stories of their lives.

Well, on Saturday we started the day with a delicious breakfast and a guided city tour. I really love to explore places on my own, but if you don’t have that much time you better make a guided tour. And it was a interesting and funny tour. Our guide Barbara studied history and knew a lot and she knew how to tell stories in a mesmerizing way. Barbara also timed everything well so we were able to watch the changing of the guards in front of the Buckingham Palace.

 

New years eve came near and while taking a rest at the hotel we planned from where to watch the fireworks and where to eat. As I said, the places were random choices. So we ended up eating a better kebab in a Turkish restaurant. Really good and a very crowded place. A black family celebrated a birthday there and also Turkish people were celebrating and many other nations. It felt so good to know that there are places on earth where many nationalities and religions can have a meal together without hating each other.

The best spot to watch the fireworks in London is Greenwich Park/Hill – NOT! Haha! The police locked the park and on Greenwich Hill there were so many trees that we couldn’t really see anything. 7 minutes before midnight we decided to walk down to the River Thames. That was a better spot, but still too low and too far away to see the fireworks well. In general it seemed that London didn’t had that much fireworks going on. Disappointing.

While on our way back to the hotel we met a few guys celebrating in the Overground. Sadly we were too tired to follow their invitation to come with them to celebrate in the 29th floor.

Sunday was our last day and we made a last sightseeing visiting the Tower Bridge. And when the rain started we had a rest and meal at a quaint  restaurant, the Barrowboy and Banker’s having a typically British meal.

It still rained when we entered Heathrow Airport, but we were lucky it hadn’t rained the days before during our stay. With one hour delay our plane arrived at Frankfurt Airport and a icy weather welcomed us back home. 😉

What about your start into 2017?
Where have you celebrated and how?

 

Impressions of a Costa Brava Holiday – October 2016

Whooo, we’re back from Pineda de Mar, Costa Brava, Spain! Got some wonderful impressions of that area.
All images were shot with the crappy 1984 Nikon Nikkor 35-70, f/3.3-4.5 AI-S – although this lens is crap, it made good retro images in combination with my Nikon D700 and no one cared about it – perfect for travelling! 🙂

But back to our holidays: Julia and me had one week chill out at the beach with cosy temperatures around 25 °C, visiting cities, cycling and running, eating well, enjoying spa and being happy to relax and having fun. We stayed in Pineda de Mar at a hotel with the beach nearby. The railroad line separated the beach from the city. This railroad line along the coast really has its charm when travelling to Barcelona. You’re lucky if you can get a window seat and have a camera! The trip takes around one hour and that’s a lot of time to take experimental images out of the train’s window. 😉

Okay, less talk, more images. Well, here are a few impressions for you.

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On our way to the Airport FRA

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Cycling along the Coast using Google Maps. 🙂

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Blanes Castle

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Cycling along the Coast, Pineda de Mar

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Aloe Vera, Botanic Garden, Blanes

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Relaxing at the Coast, Blanes

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A short Rest at the Beach, Blanes to Pineda de Mar

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Railroad Line, Pineda de Mar

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On a Train to Barcelona

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Sunset Beach. I really missed the surfers and wished to be at Huntington Beach, California that moment. 😉dsc_6272dsc_6276 dsc_6292

 

Impressions of Barcelonadsc_6374 dsc_6377 dsc_6380 dsc_6382 dsc_6386 dsc_6389 dsc_6390 dsc_6398 dsc_6400 dsc_6403 dsc_6410 dsc_6415 dsc_6418 dsc_6422 dsc_6427Unbelievable rush here! We didn’t understand the importance to visit the Familia Sagrada. 😛

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On our way back to the hotel at Pineda de Mar:
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Getting ready for our way back home. Really hard to pack after that short trip and nice impressions of this part of Spain as seeing cultural stuff, exploring different cities and areas per pedes and bike as running along the coast, laying on the beach and having great breakfast and diner at the hotel.

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Hotel LED-TV View

Thanks Spain, was nice to be here again!

Wedding: Johanna & Sebastian – 16/04/2016

Manchmal trifft man sich im Leben unter ganz besonderen Umständen wieder. So geschehen bei meinem ehemaligen Schulkameraden Sebastian, der mich als Fotograf für seine Hochzeit auf Schloss Romrod engagierte. Für mich herrscht auf einer Hochzeit von Bekannten immer eine sehr spezielle gute Atmosphäre. Einerseits kennt man sich von früher, andererseits ist eine Hochzeit nochmal etwas so Privates, dass man eine bekannte Person zumeist noch mal neu kennenlernt. Die Location, die Angehörigen, die Gäste, die Art zu Feiern und die Emotionen tragen allesamt dazu bei, einen neuen und erweiternden Eindruck zu erhalten. Für mich unbeschreiblich und motivierend, für einen guten Bekannten dieses erinnerungsträchtige Ereignis bestmöglich zu dokumentieren.

Danke Johanna und Sebastian für diese unvergessliche Hochzeit!
Es hat mir sehr viel Spaß gemacht! Euch beiden alles Gute!

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Engagement Shooting – Johanna & Sebastian in Altenburg

Engagement: Johanna & Sebastian

Hi everyone! Hopefully you had a great 2016 so far.
Wedding season is coming soon. Therefore I started with Engagement Shootings and
this Engagement featuring Johanna and Sebastian was a special one.
Because Sebastian is an old school mate and when he and his girlfriend decided to get married this year, he gave me a call. That was the moment we got in touch again after 10 years or so.
How awesome is that? Someone remembers you – that photo guy from old school days more than 10 years ago. Haha. Pretty cool!

So here we go with a few impressions of Johanna’s and Sebastian’s Engagement Shooting in March. They chose a nice location in Altenburg. While it was a cold day and icy evening, we had a lot of fun and a lovely spirit was in the air.
Hardly can wait for their upcoming wedding next month.

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