This year I escaped most of german's winter while being in New Zealand. When I got back, snow was bascially completely gone. In March I met up with Florian Wenzel, an amazing photographer living close by and we explored some areas in the Black Forest. While driving up higher and higher into the mountains, we were quite surprised about how much snow we still found. Walking through the forest was pretty exhausting sometimes because we didn't wanna stick to the paths but it was worth it. We ended our trip on a place called "Hornisgrinde". I've been there a few times and it's a nice plateau on the top of a mountain with a beautiful view. This time it's been a proper ice-desert.
All those photos are taken on the Fuji X100s
All of those photos are shot on a Sony a7rII and ZEISS Loxia 21mm, 35mm & 50mm
As a born and bred Waikato kid, my beach of preference has always been Raglan. The laid-back atmosphere of the town and the wild, usually empty beaches provide an escape from the stresses of everyday life, and is only 35 minutes drive from Hamilton. But since we went to Raglan several times on our last trip (see here), I thought we could try a different West coast beach, and so we ended up at Kawhia. The road to Kawhia is a stunning combination of native forest and rolling hills with the coast on the horizon, and we stopped many times to admire the view.
Like Raglan, the ocean beach at Kawhia has sooty black sand, caused by molten lava from the nearby volcanoes hitting the water and shattering into billions of fragments. It’s magnetic, so be careful of your cameras and phones! The rough black sand gives the beach a natural, untamed look; it’s a whole different experience to those pristine white powder beaches that are overcrowded with tourists baking in the sun.
The beach is also thermal, meaning that if you dig a hole in certain places, hot water bubbles up through the sand. We saw plenty of people digging their own hot tubs on the beach, but in the 30 degree heat we were more interested in cooling off in the waves instead.
After a few hours exploring, we were getting hungry. For some reason, all of the places in Kawhia that sell fish and chips seemed to be closed. A friendly resident saw us wandering up and down and asked if we were looking for somewhere to eat. He pointed us to the Kawhia Hotel that does takeaway fish and chips that are “the best in town”. We ate them next to the wharf with the seagulls circling hungrily, a delicious end to a perfect day trip.
Lately when i come home, i'm always welcomed by the sound of a cello.
"Prior the end" is another metalband from my hometown Ingolstadt. They're pretty new in the scene but i saw one of their concerts and was pretty stunned about what these guys brought to life on stage. Especially the singer has such a characteristic style that i can really imagine, these guys would get further. I'm really thrilled to hear their first album and hope, i won't take them to long to finish it.
One of the most interesting places, i've been so far. A pretty big forest area with many, many, many very high trees. Kind of different then the ones we have in Germany and also pretty different than the typical New Zealand forest. This place is pretty close to a town called Rotorua, a thermal area on the north island.
I don’t know how temperatures are at your place but here in Germany we have a really strange summer. It was pretty cold until June, then we had tons of rain and a flood over the half country, followed by some way too hot days and now we’re in a little summer-like phase with sun and nice temperatures. As I couldn’t really shoot many outdoor things till now, I try to catch the opportunities whenever the sun comes out to shoot or at least meet up with some friends and spend my time away from the computer, where I usually sit to edit photos and do the paperwork until 10 or 11pm. But anyways. This is a way better job than anything I did so far in my life…
I'd say, this is kind of a lifestyle shooting, isn't it? Maybe a mixture between Lifestyle, Nature and People. I spent some hours in the nature with two good friend a few days ago and we walked through this awesome forest. No other people around. It was a great experience to have this quiet time in the nature so i snapped a few frames.
The shots were all taken with my new Walimex 35mm 1.4. I love this lens.