Back from Scotland

We are back from Scotland, with a bunch of great pictures! This time, we visited Glencoe and the isle of Skye. This was my first time driving on the left! But, it was surprisingly easy and I got used to it after 1-2 days. 

Scotland was always on my list and we planned to go there some months ago. Due to a achilles tendon rupture end of June though, I was not sure whether I can hike that well. Luckily, it was ok and I was able to hike a little bit, although it is still healing. 

Our first place was Drynoch, close to Loch Lomond, where we wanted to rest after our flight. After that we spent two days in the beautiful Glencoe, visiting some of the famous landmarks as the Three Sisters and the Coupall Rapids. I also heard of a dead tree somewhere there. But, some days later, I also heard that the dead tree is not existing anymore due to a recent storm. So much for searching a not anymore existing tree... 

Three Sisters in Glencoe

Three Sisters in Glencoe

After Glencoe, we made our way to the famous Eilean Donan castle in Dornie, where we spent another day before heading to Isle of Skye. The view to the castle is spectacular. 

Beautiful Eilean Donan castle after sunset

Beautiful Eilean Donan castle after sunset

After this beautiful castle, we finally arrived on Isle of Skye where we went to our Air BnB for the next 3 days close to the Sligachan Bridge. Sligachan Bridge is a very beautiful, famous stone bridge where we hoped to get pictures of the bridge itself with the flowing water as well as with the Cuillin hills as a backdrop. The weather was changing from minute to minute and most of the time, the hills were surrounded by clouds. Anyway, we managed to get beautiful pictures! In this three days, we also visited Talisker beach, the Talisker distillery as well as Portree, the capital of isle of Skye on a rainy day. 

Sligachan Bridge

Sligachan Bridge

The next three days were spent in another Air BnB in Portree, where we focused on the more northern part of the island. There are spectacular views in the North of Skye, for example the Quiraing, Fairy Glenn as well as the famous Old Man of Storr. Due to the fact that the weather can change dramatically very fast, we always tried to get a good forecast of the next few hours and then decided where we go. The first day, we have spent the sunset at the Quiraing and were very lucky with the weather. After one hour standing there and waiting, the famous midges (very small and biting flies) visited us and we always had to run away. At this time, we did not had a headnet so far (what changed very fast the next day). I also tried to start my drone. But as I was not able to stand there due to the midges, I had to give up. Nevertheless, the Quiraing is one of my favorite spots.

The Quiraing

The Quiraing

The next day, we wanted to spend the sunset at the Old Man of Storr, a spectacular pinnacle in the highlands. According to weather forecast, at least, it shouldn't rain, so we decided to walk up there. Usually it's a one hour walk up there and one hour back. At that time, everything was muddy and it was more difficult to hike up there. In addition, due to my injury, I had to walk slowly. In the middle of the hike it began to rain and it was very stormy. It did not change until we arrived at the top. At the top, it was still raining and windy and we though, everything was for nothing. We waited and waited, and suddenly, it stopped raining for two minutes. Of course, exactly at this point in time, I had to change the battery. Waiting again, and then we got another two minutes to take pictures before it was raining again for a long time. As it was already getting dark, we made our way back home through the mud. 

The Old Man of Storr

The Old Man of Storr

Our last days on Skye, we spent in the small village Dunvegan. Here, our objective was to get beautiful pictures of Neist Point and of the light house. And we also got lucky. Of course, it was raining again. But we waited and after the rain, it was wonderful. We made pictures from above, and another day of the lighthouse below.

Neist Point

Neist Point

After more than a week we made our way back home in direction to the airport stopping at a beautiful fairytale bridge as well as close to Kilchurn castle where we hoped to take great pictures with the castle and calm water. We tried to get our image at sunset. But it was windy and cloudy, there was no color, no reflection. So I tried the next morning. First, it seemed to be the same as last sunset, no reflection, no color. So, I just waited and hoped. There were two other photographers waiting there, so I talked to them and identified that I was talking to famous photographer Mads Peter Iversen. If you don't know him yet, watch his inspiring videos on Youtube. Suddenly, it got calm, there was reflection and I took the shot!

Kilchurn Castle

Kilchurn Castle

All in all, and despite my injury, it was a great time and I would recommend Scotland to everyone. I look forward to going back there again somewhere in time. I hope you enjoy my pictures. Please visit my gallery of Scotland (see link below). 

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Back from the Faroe Islands

End of April, we were able to visit the Faroe Islands for 9 days. The island is a hidden gem. We have had many days with dramatic weather changes, from snow to sunny weather, we have experienced everything, many times, within the same day. I'm proud to present the photos in my Faroe Islands gallery. I hope you like the pictures. 

From Copenhagen, we had a flight to the Faroe Islands, to the only airport in Vagar. Vagar airport has approximately only 9 landings and startings each day and is very small. We took our rental car and drived to our first guest house in the near proximity. As there were some hours to sunset, we made ourselves comfortable and explored a little bit the island Vagar. For sunset, we wanted to capture Gasadalur, a famous waterfall that flows directly into the sea. It was great to be there. 

On the next morning, there was snowfall and the sky was grey. I still tried to get up and make my way to the next photo location. Unfortunately, the road conditions were very bad and the sky did not clear up. Later on in the day, we walked to Leitisvatn which is a 2 hours walk. Leitisvatn is on a lake above the sea and is always impressive. We also visited Thorshavn which is the capital of the Faroe Islands, a very small city, but nice to see.

The next day, we made our way up to the island of Eysturoy where we’ve had our guesthouse in Gjogv, a very little village in a fjord. Gjogv is very nice and has spectacular views to the coast and mountains of Gjogv. We stayed for three days and visited Saksun, Funningur, Tjornuvik and further scenic places. Also in these days it was snowing a bit, but the weather improved the next days.

For the next three days, we’ve had our Air BnB in the second largest city of Faroe Islands, in Klaksvik, where we stayed in a beautiful renovated old boathouse. From Klaksvik, we were able to explore and take pictures of the northern part of the islands, namely the beautiful village Vidareidi with it’s beautiful little chapel or Kalsoy which is only accessible by ferry.

After three nights, we made our way back to Vagar where we stayed another night, trying again to capture a beautiful mood at Gasadalur. The next day, we already had to leave Faroe Islands, with a bunch of beautiful pictures to develop.

First professional Photo Book "Destinations"

It's done. I'm proud to present my first professional photo book "Destinations" with pictures of the most beautiful places I have been the last few years. The book contains 96 pages full of my favorite pictures. It is hardcover, perfectly bound and you can choose from 4 different covers. A digital photo book is also available. Go visit my shop. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do. 

Back from Iceland

Recently, I returned from my wonderful 12 days trip to Iceland in Winter. It was a great experience, lots of great photos!

In this country, the winter can be very harsh and I was happy to drive a SUV with spikes on the tires. Iceland showed me everything, from beautiful weather with blue skies to crazy northern lights in the nights to storms with snow and hales and sometimes very bad road conditions after snow storms. 

I would always again visit Iceland during winter. The landscapes covered with snow are amazing. Hope you like the photos. Visit my Iceland Gallery

On my first day, I took my rental car and made my way up to the Snaefellsness peninsula where I had my guesthouse in Grundarfjördur where I spent the next two days. My objective was to capture a great image of the famous mountain Kirkjufell. This sunset, I walked up to the Kirkjufell falls and took my place among the other photographers. I also met a guy from the US that I met twice by accident and once planned during my trip. Funny, I saw many people twice on this trip. After capturing a beautiful sunset, I also hoped for a good sunrise. Unfortunately, it was raining a lot the following day. So, I explored the peninsula and hoped for better weather at sunset, not successfully. The other day, I had a great sunrise again on Kirkjufell, this time with much more snow on the mountain than the day before. 

Being happy, I made my way up to the Northern part of Iceland and checked in in the only hotel close to the famous Hrvitserkur rock, where I've spent one day. At this time it was stormy and raining. So, I was not sure whether I will experience a great sunset. Some hours later, I visited Hrvitserkur beach and set up for my shooting. The sky cleared up and I had a great sunset. Again happy, I went back to the hotel for dinner. When it was dark, I saw Northern Lights. Despite being tired, I rushed again to the beach, climbed down the rocks and captured one of my most beautiful Northern Lights. When the spectacle was over, some other groups came to the beach for taking pictures. 

The next three days, I spend the nights close to Godafoss which was my next target. Also there, I was able to catch a beautiful sunset. I also booked a super jeep and a driver to get to the waterfalls Aldeyjarfoss and Selfoss. Those waterfalls are only accessible by super jeeps in winter times. Unfortunately, the weather was not as I hoped. But still, it was great to be there. The waterfalls are impressive! Due to sometimes bad weather I relaxed in a hot spring close to Myvatn lake where I also met the US guy the third time. There we agreed to go on an ice cave tour some days later in the South of Iceland. 

I now wanted to drive to the South of Iceland. After driving two hours, I had to notice that the mountain road leading to the South was closed. So I had to decide, whether I should stay there and hope that the road will open again or, and I decided that, that I drive 8-9 hours back to Iceland in order to drive to the Southwest of Iceland through the South. It was a long drive. But I was happy I did that. Because the road stayed closed for next days. The next day I captured beautiful pictures of Oxararfoss during sunrise. Then I went to Jökulsarlon lagoon where I checked into my guesthouse. From there, I captured beautiful photos of Jökulsarlon lagoon. The other day, I went on the Ice Cave tour that I booked some days ago. We had to hike to the cave, approximately an hour and were alone there. I was able to take some great photos. Afterwards we went back and I tried again to capture Jökulsarlon for sunset. 

The other day, I checked in in Höfn, for great pictures of Vestrahorn. Vestrahorn is a famous mountain and you have a spectacular view to the mountain from Stossknes. So I set up there for sunset. It was very stormy at that evening and the black sand on the beach was flying in my face. So I had to cover my face. But it was worth it. The sunset was spectacular and being happy, I went for dinner. The sunrise the other day was not spectacular. So I made my way back to the village Vik where I wanted to take photos of Vik beach and Dyrholaey coast. Unfortunately, the rocks on the Dyrholaey lighthouse are not accessible anymore. So, it is not possible anymore to capture spectacular views of the coast with the lighthouse in the picture. So I went to the other side of Dyrholaey where I captured a beautiful image of the coast in direction to Vik. 

Afterwards I've spend one night at Skogafoss to capture Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss and the famous plane wrack in the proximity. The plane is accessible by hiking for two hours only. Unfortunately, the sunset was not spectacular. So I captured some good pictures of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Then I went back to Keflavik, where I had to catch my flight back home the other day. It was the stormiest day ever and I wondered whether my flight is going the next day. But fortunately, I was able to leave the country as planned. 

Back from Canada and USA (Hawaii and Southwest)

I recently returned from a photo tour through Canada and the US (Hawaii and Southwest). Most of the photos are already developed and are shown on this page. 

On a 2.5 months tour we were able to travel through Canada (British Columbia, Alberta and Vancouver Island) as well as through Hawaii (Kauai, Maui and Honolulu) and through the Southwest of the US. It was a great experience and we have experienced phantastic landscapes. We had a great time and hopefully we can do such a trip soon again. 

Back from Myanmar

I recently returned from a photo tour through Myanmar. Most of the photos are already developed and are shown on this page. Please visit gallery Myanmar to find the Myanmar photos. Hope you enjoy the pictures. 

Together with a local photographer, I was able to travel through the well-known cities of Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan, as well as to less known regions like Mrauk-U and Hpa-An. We had plenty of great shooting conditions, just landscapes, or with monks and tribal people far away from civilization. Myanmar is a great country and I hope I can go back there soon.