In landscape photography, one of the most important factors is out of your control: the weather. Sometimes, you need to study your location for hours or even days, sometimes you need to react within seconds when you're lucky enough to come across a beautiful location when everything is just perfect: the light, the sky and the air in between. Landscpae photography is always a challenge and takes a lot of patience; this is what makes it even more rewarding to get back some wonderful sceneries!
Sometimes you have to travel through half a country to find a perfect location - sometimes they're right in front of your door. These are some of the pictures I took while studying in Australia. Some were taken and planned carefully during trips through the Outback and along Australia's coast line; some just happened along the way during film shoots. That's an important lesson I learned in Australia: Always have your camera ready!
A Suzuki SV650, a tent and my Canon: For three weeks, I travelled New Zealand by motorbike. I slept on campgrounds and in forrest, had cold spaghetti out of cans and once travelled back 340 km to take a second picture of a location where I had already been; only to discover that everything was covered in clouds. Still, with all the freezing nights, the rain and the rough winds, it was the most amazing adventure I ever had. And taught me things I'd never learned under a roof.
When my Canon broke in New Zealand, I had to buy a new one. But a new camera had its price and I didn't have the money. To get the highest quality for the lowest price, I took the opportunity and bought an old analogue Nikon FM4. Shooting on film was a totally new way of working. Every photo costs money; and if your films are full, they're full. From now on, when I found a location, I searched the best angle, I framed- and then I waited. Sometimes half an hour. For the clouds, for the sun, for the people. When I went through the very few but good photos I had taken, I knew: From now on, that was the way to go- even in digital photography.