Kia Ora! Welcome to New Zealand

article by: at: 2nd Aug 2010 under: New Zealand

Like many of you know, I have been traveling through New Zealand for 10 weeks this year and I can tell you that it has been an incredible experience. It’s a fantastic country with beautiful landscapes and even more amazing locals. While it is true that there are fantastic landscapes all around the world, what makes New Zealand so unique is the mix and the proximity of all these landmarks and sights. There are times we have been driving in our car and were able to see through our windscreen ocean, rainforest and glaciers at the same time. You can […]

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The most beautiful beach in Lanzarote?

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article by: at: 26th Jul 2010 under: Lanzarote

While this is not an easy question to answer as Lanzarote does have a lot of beautiful beaches as for example the “Playa de Papagayo” in the south of the island near Playa Blanca, “Playa Chica” in Puerto del Carmen, “Playa del Reducto” in the middle of Arrecife, “Playa las Cucharas” in Costa Teguise, “Caleton Blanco” just before you arrive in Orzola or the big beach in Famara with its spectacular backdrop, the truth is one of my favourite beaches on Lanzarote actually is on our little neighboring island La Graciosa and it is the “Playa de las Conchas”. This […]

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The adventure to travel. Dahkla – Western Sahara

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article by: at: 19th Jul 2010 under: Morocco

“All children have always liked exceptional events and surprises. Many have an adventurous soul who is often in the forefront of their personality. What usually happens is that as they mature, adult society diminishes this thirst for adventure, deleting it from the darkness of the heart of the child to make him believe it is dead. It’s a lie, because the child lives on, crouched behind the outer layer that society has forced him to mold. But the child is likely to appear again, in the minutes before death.”Javier Reverte, “The adventure to travel”   We need to smell, taste, […]

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Photo- and Kite Safari in Morocco

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article by: at: 12th Jul 2010 under: Morocco

Yes, I’m just back from my New Zealand trip about which you can read at nz-trip.com and I’m off again, this time to Morocco. Actually it just a stone throw away from here, but still it feels like going to a different world. The last time I have been there in October 2005 on a surf trip with some good friends. A beautiful country with some incredible friendly and hospitable people. This time my trip will take me from Lanzarote over Gran Canaria to Dakhla in the Western Sahara. The spot here is well known in between Kite surfers, due […]

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Timanfaya – La Geria: Fire & Wine

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article by: at: 5th Jul 2010 under: Lanzarote

Remember my travel photography workshop from the beginning of this year? One theme was “Aerial and Overhead Views” so I went towards the Tinguaton area here in Lanzarote as I thought I could get a nice view from one of the volcanos there overlooking La Geria and Timanfaya. I love this area with it’s almost unreal shapes and colours. Still, after all this years here on the island it impresses me to think that this landscape was formed only little more than 200 years ago by the famous eruptions that came over Lanzarote. I see the rivers of solidified lava […]

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Lanzarote sun & shadows

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article by: at: 28th Jun 2010 under: Lanzarote

What makes Lanzarote so unique, and this is especially true for the photographer, is its contrast and the singular light conditions. While the keen photographer knows, that the best conditions for taking pictures are early in the morning or later in evening when the sun sets, the truth is that here on Lanzarote I do like the conditions when the sky is clear and the sun is high up in the sky. While this aren’t the perfect conditions for landscapes & Co., but they fit for some other scenes. I do like the play between bright white walls and the shadows thrown on to seem, giving almost the impression of a black and white picture.

This image was taken as I was visiting the Agriculture Museum “El Patio” in the little village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. It was a beautiful sunny dayLo que hace, entre otras cosas, Lanzarote tan singular son los espectaculares contrastes y las condiciones especiales de la luz. Y esto es cierto especialmente para el fotógrafo. El ávido fotógrafo sabe que las mejores condiciones para la fotografía son temprano por la mañana o por la tarde cuando el sol se pone. Pero aquí en Lanzarote también me gustan estos días del cielo azul y el sol en su zenit. Aunque éstas no son las condiciones optimas para la fotografía de paisajes, lo son para otros objetos y escenas. Yo estoy cada vez fascinado por el juego de luz entre las paredes, típicamente blancas, y las sombras que se proyectan sobre ellos, creando la impresión de imágenes en blanco y negro.

La imagen que acompaña esta entrada la he encontrado en una visita al Museo Agrícola “El Patio” en el pueblo de Tiagua en Lanzarote. Un día hermoso, soleadoWas Lanzarote unter Anderem so einzigartig macht, und dies gilt speziell für den Fotografen, sind die spektakulären Kontraste und die besonderen Lichtverhältnisse. Während der eifrige Fotograf weiss, das die besten Bedingungen für gute Aufnahmen die frühen Morgenstunden oder später am Abend, wenn die Sonne untergeht herrschen, so mag ich hier auf Lanzarote aber auch die Momente in welchen die Sonne hoch am stahlblauen Himmel steht. Zwar sind dies nicht die besten Voraussetzungen für Landschaftsaufnahmen & Co., aber dafür sind sie umso besser für einige andere Szenen. Mich fasziniert immer wieder das Lichtspiel zwischen hell reflektierenden, weissen Wänden und die darauf geworfenen Schatten die den Eindruck von schwarz & weiss Bildern entstehen lassen.

Das Bild dieses Posts ist entstanden, als ich im Landwirtschaftsmuseum “El Patio” in dem kleinen Dörfchen Tiagua auf Lanzarote zu Besuch war. Ein schöner, sonniger Tag mit

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Back on Lanzarote from New Zealand

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article by: at: 21st Jun 2010 under: New Zealand

Well, that  was definitely a trip of a lifetime, even I hope it wasn’t the last one. The last three month almost I have spent traveling the north and the south island of New Zealand. It is an incredible country for everybody who likes to be one with nature. Vast landscapes, almost endless and such a variety of different sights in an relatively small space. Mountains, forest, lakes, sea, beaches and so on. Yes, one can find all this in other places and for sure very nice as well. But what is so special about New Zealand is, that you […]

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From volcanoes and other shores

article by: at: 11th Apr 2010 under: New Zealand

Greetings from New Zealand. All that preparation in travel photography of course had a goal. I’m in the land that has served as backdrop to many great films as “The Lord of the Rings” or “A River Runs Through It”. By the way, since I saw the latter I always dreamed of doing fly fishing myself and just yesterday I had the opportunity to get me started in a unbelievable landscape near the largest lake in the southern hemisphere. Lake ‘Taupo’ is located in central North Island of New Zealand, not far from the “Tongariro National Park”. Maybe this does […]

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Lanzarote Travel Photography – La Graciosa

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article by: at: 7th Feb 2010 under: Lanzarote

This is the second week of my travel photography workshop. The idea was to get a dynamic landscape shot. This picture was selected by the tutor as the photo of the week. You can see on it the beautiful little neighbor island of Lanzarote, La Graciosa. Near the village of Ye, in the north of Lanzarote, you find an amazing viewpoint from where you can see the islands which form part of the “Chinijo Archipel”, “La Graciosa” in the front, “Montaña Clara” behind on the left, “El Roque del Oeste” (the little dot on the right of Montaña Clara) and […]

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Lanzarote Travel Photography

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article by: at: 31st Jan 2010 under: Lanzarote

Over the next eight weeks I will be attending a workshop that deals with travel photography. Vacation, pictures and Lanzarote is of course a perfect combination. Each week the tutor of the workshop selects a picture of the week, which I will introduce here. In the first week it was a picture which I took in Arrieta, a small idyllic village on the west coast of Lanzarote, just a few miles north of Arrecife. The contrast of the white houses and the turquoise-blue sea here invite to linger, for a swim, and of course some fresh fish and wine in […]

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