The Mountains. The Fjords. The Ocean. Norway.
What would it look like, if the Burj Khalifa would be located in New York City? I wanted to know that and combined one of my New York aerial shots and one of my Burj Khalifa shots in one image. Very interesting to see how the One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) looks compared to the Burj Khalifa.
Aerial view from the upper bay on Manhattan.
One of the most beautiful experiences on the #costaphotoblogtour was a journey by train through the norwegian landscape. It's on one of the most famous railways in the world and on of the top touristic attractions in Norway. It all starts at Flåm with the Flåmsbana. The Flåm railway leads through wonderful valleys and includes a stop at the famous waterfall Kjosfossen. It goes up to the mountain station Myrdal where you have to switch to the Bergen Railway that leads to Voss – including more iconic landscape views. But have a look at your own:
The Midtown world of skyscrapers, dominated by the iconic Empire State Building. What a view on the urban jungle of New York City.
One of the rare sunny moments on my Norway cruise.
The first series from my Norway cruise is online. It definitely shows the most impressing moments of the tour. Standing on the top of the ship during the early morning and late evening, watching the passing mountains, covered by fog. Unforgettable. A very mystic mood, which I tried to capture in this photos. Enjoy the whole series here. I am also happy to announce, that some of my Norway shots are currently exhibited in Genoa. Costa Cruises, the sponsor of the costaphotoblogtour organized a collaboration with the Edward Munch exhibition at Palazzo Ducale from November 6th to March 27th 2014.
It's done! My book Dreaming of Dubai is now available for sale in two new editions. You can find all details on the Dreaming of Dubai website. For the beginning there are only versions with german texts. English edition is planned for next year.
The whole series of the Porsche Pavillon, including some nights shots, is now online, have a look.
This is a love letter to New York City. You are loud, fast, distracting and sometimes really annoying. It's very hard to photograph you. But you are the ONE city. You are the city I ever wanted to visit. And it only took me 28 years to get there. Long time of my youth I had a poster of New York City hanging above my bed. It was the classic view of NYC, showing the skyline of New York Downtown at night (of course in black and white) from Brooklyn, including the Brooklyn Bridge and the World Trade Center. I buyed it when I had not any idea of photography, I just liked how the city looked. I saw so many movies and read so many books which are placed in this city. Some years ago I removed the poster because I didn't liked it from a photographic point of view. I decided that I had to create my own view of this city. So 2013 it finally happened. I had the opportunity to spend 9 days in September there. Nine days full of blue sky and sunshine. Of course I brought a lot of photos with me and it will be a tough challenge over the next month to deal with this material and develop a unique photographic vision of the city out of it. To capture the mood of the city I also grabbed some video shots, the result you see above. I also took some photos from the classic location shown on the poster. But I want to start with another view on the city. One of the reasons I went there in 2013 was the fact that the World Trade Center One aka. the Freedom Tower was nearly finished. After 9/11 and the loss of the Twin Towers there was a big blank in the skyline of Downtown New York. The skyline looked like some ordinary city, but not like NEW YORK CITY. The new World Trade Center is not as iconic as the Twin Towers but it is a good start. And the lighting is great. You can see the effect the building has on the skyline in the photo above. It is the one outstanding building that gives the skyline a unique identity again. Where to find this view? The photo is made from Staten Island during the blue hour. It is one of the places where you can enjoy a great and silent view on the city and have a break from roaring Manhattan. I really liked this place. To be continued. Thank you New York City.
You know the Volkswagen Autostadt in Wolfsburg? An area, created to support the brands of the Volkswagen Group. I visited it first in 2011, when I was in Wolfsburg to shoot the Phaeno. In 2012 a new building was created: the Porsche Pavillon. Definitely the architectural highlight there. After I had seen the first pictures I knew I had to photograph it on my own. So I went there in November 2012. I shot the pavillon in three different light situations, in the morning that was very foggy and cold with no sky at all. In the afternoon I had the luck to catch some great light and finally at the blue hour at the evening. I will publish all pictures here, but let's begin with the second part of light: my personal highlight. Architects: HENN
I spend some awesome days in New York City, with wonderful weather. September seems to be the absolutely perfect month for a visit. I brought a lot of photographic material with me, that is now waiting for postprocessing. Above you see some Instagram shots (my profile: http://instagram.com/pfn) from the trip.
Somewhere in the norwegian fjords ...
One thing I wanted to do since my Dubai visit in February 2012: collect my best photos of Burj Khalifa and put them together. In finally did this in the last weeks, looked through my finished photos and also processed some unpublished photos. Have a look at the result: Burj Khalifa
The metro station Burj Khalifa at night. 18 month after my visit in Dubai and still unpublished (and unprocessed) photos.