special skills: nature and timelapse photography, retouching

At the age of 12 I shot my first roll of stills. Seeing the developed pictures was such a surprise: they were awful. But I was convinced, that I could do better. My father bought me books on photography. With practice and passion I was taking some decent pictures by the time I was 14. Then other interests took over. Photography ended up on hold for over 20 years, until I started with timelapse photography. There is a close relation here: I shoot many timelapse sequences with digital still cameras to get the maximum resolution and colour depth...

Engadin - endless wildflower fields no golf - a different sport: hauling equipment made it - now I can play with the crane no wheels today = sore back tomorrow... finally some water and plenty of rocks to use as counterweights motorized slider: adjusting the controller, hoping my calculations regarding speed and interval are correct Engadin winter - the perfect day Engadin summer at the same location. The umbrella is  an important part of the equipment to provide some shade for an important crew member. preparing the camera for a nighttime timelapse shot Not a person in sight. Now I can leave the camera alone all night long without worrying about seeing it again the next morning. These squirrels are so fast! How am I ever get on into focus? Finally - one is sitting still. a moocher The DSLR video optimizer: Ninja Blade with 10bit Prores codec Just for once on a leash. Not to chase squirrels sure is difficult. lightbox galleriaby v6.1

Taking a still is the easiest type of landscape photography - click once - if you are not happy with the result just try again. Moving pictures require a little more concentration. The longer a scene takes to record, the more will happen that needs to be considered. In that respect timelapse photography turns into a challenge. Before recording, I need to consider all relevant factors. Once the camera is running, no more changes can be made without ruining the shot. Filming timelapse sequences can be compared to taking a still but only having one shot while anticipating all factors that happen during the recording time: e.g. exposure changes, objects move in/out of frame, focus or light: the sun, moon, stars travel across the sky,  plants change their shape and size,  snow melts out of frame or focus. Other conditions can also affect the shot: the frozen ground gets soft with the rising sun causing the tripod to sink and the camera to tilt, At night the lens can fog up or even get covered by ice.

People often ask me: “was that real or did you fake it?” Apart from the usual touch up (dust, grain, colour correction), the pictures show what the camera captured. The camera can reveal a perspective one would not have seen otherwise.