Monday, September 24

Travel

Enterprise Car Rental Gone Wrong

Enterprise Car Rental Gone Wrong

Travel
My apologies, dear followers, for putting this here. I hate to use my platforms to write about things like this, but we've just been through the most ridiculous car rental experience of my life and by putting this online, I hope that it will help others when deciding who to rent their cars from. The short tl;dr version of our little odyssey: For a photo tour I rented a car from Enterprise rent-a-car in Ireland. The car (and several follow-ups) had issues and we needed to swap vehicles four times until we finally got one that was safe and not faulty. In the process we lost valuable time that was planned and needed for our photo tour and which annoyed our paying clients. In total it was a bit of a disaster, but Enterprise finally delivered a working vehicle and is trying to make up fo...
Tilt Shift: Seven Lenses In One

Tilt Shift: Seven Lenses In One

Photography, Travel
I just returned from an amazing weekend teaching Tilt-Shift photography in New York City. The workshop was organised by Canon Live Learning, a division of Canon Inc. who made this a wonderful experience for everyone. This 3-day workshop was amazingly well organised and Canon provided a stunning amount of gear and technical instruction to everyone. Thanks everyone for pulling this off! Why tilt-shift? Well, Canon has the world's best line-up of these lenses, ranging from 17 to 135mm. These lenses are extremely versatile beasts. You get at least SEVEN lenses in ONE and I've been shooting several of these lenses for almost a decade now. Here's what they can do: A tilt-shift lens is a super sharp prime lens Shift lets you correct perspective. Or exaggerate it. Your choice...
78°N and Back

78°N and Back

Photography, Travel
It's not often that I get an opportunity like this. In May 2017 we chartered the Noorderlicht, a 100 year old two-mast schooner, to sail with a group of 16 photographers around Svalbard (aka Spitzbergen). We had an amazing time and when the owners Floris and Mariëlle announced they would cross the Barents Sea from Norway to Svalbard I got the chance to join the adventure as a quasi crew member. Tromsø Construction We spent three days in the open sea, sailing straight north as fast as we could, through strong winds and wild seas. While I was quite busy during my shifts (4-8 am, 4-8 pm) I managed to do a little filming and put that into a 7-part vlog. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14JLHFlgquo The seven parts cover everything from stowing supplies to de-icing the ship while a
Husky Puppies

Husky Puppies

Travel
Traveling always bears the risk of getting stuck somewhere for longer than anticipated, missing a connection flight or getting in some other form of trouble. If you have a ship going at a designated time and no way to catch up, planning a day or two of buffer time to get there is advised. If that ship takes off from one of the most remote ports in the world, then doubly so. So we arrived in Longyearbyen, Svalbard two days early and we had to make use of the time. Which we did. Monika is now trying to find space in her luggage to bring back that husky puppy.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPq-nc6nXfM This afternoon we will board the s/v Noorderlicht and sail the coast of Svalbard for 12 days. We will go on land whenever possible and capture beautiful photos of ice, snow and a lot
Peace of Mind: My Travel Tips

Peace of Mind: My Travel Tips

Travel
For some people travel causes a lot of anxiety. What if you forget to pack something? What if you miss a flight? Many what-ifs.. even with me. For example I have a habit of double-triple-quadruple checking if I have my passport. Over the years I probably made almost every mistake there is when it comes to travel. But I've come up with a list of things (and stuck to it) that have one goal: peace of mind. Make a travel checklist Biggest one first. Sit down for 20 minutes and in your mind, go through different situations on your journey and think of what you will definitely need. And what you can do without. Use any simple tool at your disposal to capture these points. I use the reminders app on the Mac and iOS because they sync nicely. My list contains things like: toiletries, ea
Siberia ahoi

Siberia ahoi

Photography, Travel
I took this shot of ice bubbles on Lake Baikal in Siberia last year when we did a photo tour there with a group of great people. Tomorrow I will take off for yet another photo tour to Siberia and during my preparations that feeling of standing on top of the lake for the first time came back to me. Lake Baikal is the oldest, clearest, deepest and biggest body of liquid fresh water in the world. In fact it holds 20% of the world's liquid fresh water. TWENTY. EFFIN'. PERCENT. It's 395 miles long, 49 miles wide and at its deepest point it is 5,387 feet deep. That is over one mile of water. And I've been told that it's so clear, that in summer, if you drop a coin from a boat, you can watch it sink for a whole minute. That's insane. Insane and very exciting when walking on top of it
Kurzentschlossen? 2 neue Plätze für "Die Macht der Bilder"

Kurzentschlossen? 2 neue Plätze für "Die Macht der Bilder"

Photography, Travel
Im August wird Psychologe Alexander Waschkau gemeinsam mit mir hier in der Viewfinder-Villa mit einer kleinen Gruppe Besucher und Besucherinnen ergründen, was es mit Bildern auf sich hat. Wie und warum sie funktionieren und wie wir unsere visuelle Sprache verbessern können, damit unsere Geschichte bzw. unsere Nachricht beim Empfänger besser ankommt. Dazu beleuchten wir das Thema Fotografie sowohl aus Perspektive der Bildgestaltung als auch mit der Brille der Wahrnehmungspsychologie. Ein spannendes Wochenende ist garantiert!     Ort: Viewfinder-Villa Hannover Datum: 6.-7. August Gastgeber: Alexander Waschkau und Chris Marquardt » Anmeldung hier  
Angstfrei Daunenjacke waschen

Angstfrei Daunenjacke waschen

Personal, Travel
Überall liest man Horrorstories darüber, dass Daunenjacken waschen so kompliziert sei und dass dann alles klumpt und kaputt geht und und und… ich habe ja langsam den Verdacht, dass das alles Blödsinn ist. Meine 5 Jahre alte Daunenjacke (toll warm und leicht, feine Gänsedaunen, winzig packbar, war mal teuer) kommt fast immer nur auf Reisen in kalte Gefilde zum Einsatz. Himalaya, Hokkaido und so. Dazwischen wird sie zum Auslüften weggehängt. Waschen? Och, man liest unglaublich viele Geschichten und noch mehr Anleitungen, wie man es unbedingt tun muss. Tennisbälle sollen mit in den Trockner, teures Spezialwaschmittel, Voodo usw. Nach heute früh bin ich da anderer Meinung. Die Jacke war mittlerweile zu dreckig, hat auch nicht mehr sonderlich gut gerochen (ich mache Yakmist dafür vera