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Recap 2019

Thursday, 2 January 2020

As 2019 came to an end it's time again for a little recap of the last twelve months. Since this was our first full year as parents, I guess it's needless to say, that we had a quite exciting time with countless enriching moments, new experiences and challenges. And beside that this was also my first full year as a professional nature photographer. Certainly the most exciting time and my most productive period when it comes to photography was our stay in New Zealand at the beginning of the year. But, of course, due to our son and also due to my new profession, I couldn't go out just shooting for my own as often as I did the years before. So, my photographic output mainly contains images of New Zealand and images I took during workshops or on assignment. The pictures you can see below are just a few of my personal favorites of 2019. I mixed up the chronological order and again you'll find some technical information for each picture.

Recap 2019

Canon EOS 7DII, Sigma 120-300mm F2,8 DG OS HSM Sports, handheld
f3.2, ISO800, -0.33EV, 1/1600sec., 120mm

Canon EOS 7DII, Sigma 120-300mm F2,8 DG OS HSM Sports, Sigma TC 1401, handheld
f4.5, ISO200, 1/500sec., 420mm

Canon EOS 5DIII, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, tripod, bubble level, polarizer, 0.9 soft GND filter
f20, ISO800, -1.33EV, 0.4sec., 16mm

Canon EOS 5DIII, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, tripod, bubble level, polarizer
f14, ISO100, +0.33EV, 10sec., 20mm

Canon EOS 7DII, Sigma 120-300mm F2,8 DG OS HSM Sports, Sigma TC 1401, handheld
f10, ISO500, 1/2500sec., 168mm

Canon EOS 7DII, Sigma 120-300mm F2,8 DG OS HSM Sports, handheld
f5, ISO400, -1.33EV, 1/800sec., 120mm

Canon EOS 5DIII, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, tripod, bubble level, polarizer
f14, ISO400, -1.33EV, 1sec., 16mm

Canon EOS 5DIII, Sigma 120-300mm F2,8 DG OS HSM Sports, handheld
f9, ISO250, -0.33EV, 1/160sec., 182mm

Canon EOS 5DIII, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, tripod, bubble level, 0.6 hard GND filter
f18, ISO100, -2EV, 1/5sec., 16mm

Last but not least I would like to thank you all for your interest in my work. I deeply hope it helps just a bit to raise awareness for the beauty, fragility and importance of the natural world surrounding us. In this sense I wish you all a great 2020 full of love, peace, health and outdoor experiences. Let's face the big challenges of our time and take real care of the planet.

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Fairy lands part I - New Zealand part VII

Saturday, 21 December 2019

As for me, probably the number one reason for travelling to New Zealand (and actually to travel the world in general) are temperate rainforests. And maybe the number one location to experience these forests is New Zealand's Fiordland National Park. Of course, there are also lots of other locations on this planet where rainforests like these can be found, like the Pacific Northwest for example, but what makes the forests in New Zealand even a little bit more special are the massive tree ferns, which can grow up to 20 meters. There are eight different species of tree ferns in New Zealand, and 200 native fern species all in all. But, of course, this national park offers a lot more mesmerizing treasures and habitats. Beside the forests this terrain is mainly shaped by the countless steep fiords, mountains and the enormous rainfalls. If there is no rain on four consecutive days in the national park, they speak of a drought. And there are no better conditions than rain, to expereince a place like this. So I was really eager to go there once more after our first visit in 2011. Because we were travelling with our six months old son, we only did rather moderate day hikes, but nevertheless we discovered lots of new breathtaking areas, visited a few already known ones and finally spent a week out in the park.

Fairy lands part I - New Zealand part VII

Of course, I also did some solo scouting and there's hardly anything that delights me more than exploring a forest stream like this.

Actually not the typical Fiordland scenery, but a lovely sundown right beside our camp.

There are literally countless waterfalls in Fiordland. But especially after some heavy rainfalls all the rocky walls of the massive surrounding peaks just turn into curtains of water.

Mitre Peak in very early dawn as the tide went out. I just spent one morning on this well known location. But, of course, the secenery is pretty stunning and I ended up with quite a few shots.

A long lense shot of a distant mountain lake almost hidden behind the clouds. Taken during a hike in higher terrain.

This image shows our incredible son Tim, who was six months at that time, enjoying to kick his arms and feet on the mossy ground up in the mountains above the rainforest. During a hiking rest we took him out of the baby carrier for some free moving. It wasn't an intended picture and I only got this one snapshot, but today I'm pretty happy I captured this moment. It seems extremely important to us, to connect him with real nature and it is so rewarding to see his great excitement about all the natural wonders when we're out. Even at this very young age. Usually he was used to fall asleep when he was in the baby carrier, but especially during our forest hikes, he never stopped observing and listening to all the treasures and sounds of the woods.

During clear nights, I had to go out again ;)

I can hardly think of anything more rewarding than spending some time in a forest like this. Meanwhile I was lucky enough to visit such places already for a few times, but (at least for me) I still think it's impossible to pay them justice in a single image. You can definitely feel nature's heartbeat when you're out there wet to the bones and as happy as one can be.

The diversity of greens is just overwhelming. And when it rains, the colors and tones appear even more surreal.

You could see the first of three Fiordland series, I'll show here. So, if you're curious for some more fairy land images, check back here soon.

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Xeis part II

Monday, 16 December 2019

It's time for some more pictures showing the beauty of the Gesäuse National Park region. I'm already looking forward to my upcoming stays and workshops there, since there is still so much left for me to discover. So, I hope you enjoy the pictures.

By the way I would like to invite you to browse through my updated galleries. Although there are still hundreds of images which I couldn't show yet, I decided to removed about 200 images and upload about 250 new ones. I hope all the galleries work properly, because sometimes they seem to stuck a bit. Especially the larger ones, but reloading should help, and I'm working on the solution to fix this issue, of course.

Xeis part II

There's just a small area of this wet meadow, which is left unmown, but this little gem is full of orchids, spiders ...

... and insects like butterflies. Of course, as all of my images this one is also unstaged.

Taken during my autumn workshop this year.

I was pretty exhausted that day and already in my sleeping bag, as I noticed this amazing alpenglow during an actually completely cloudy evening. So I just grabbed my camera without even leaving my cozy bag. Luxury.

Past summer, when the water level is rather low, the Enns River shows its most beautiful colors.

Most of the Gesäuse area is pretty rocky and mainly made of limestone and dolomite.

The river making its way through the steep summits on a calm morning in late summer.

Thin fog mostly creates a great atmosphere.

I just love this dead tree with all its agarics.

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