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...

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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.

Preparing the camera for a nighttime timelapse shot. Not a person in sight. Now I can leave the camera runing all night without worrying about seeing it again the next morning. It is March already - one of last great winter days. The first edelweiss are still so small - a delicate job. Edelweiss no golf - hauling equipment 2 axis timelapse shot involving a variety of parameter. 1 mistake and the effort was in vain. the stuff one needs to carry along... A homemade crane for timelapse shots. The  tablet running the QDSLR App controls the exposure via wifi. Luxury: using the car to carry the equipment straight to the location - the endless wildflower fields in the Engadin. on my way to work... finally, some water and plenty of rocks to use as counterweights. The umbrella is an important part of the equipment. Setting up a nighttime timelapse shot with a 2 axis motion. No mistakes now: it's a new moon, the weather is perfect and the milky way is still in the right position this month. lightbox galleriaby VisualLightBox.com v6.1