Dreaming of Dubai available for sale

20131102-dod-0042-1128 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.
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Porsche Pavillon at night

Porsche Pavillon The whole series of the Porsche Pavillon, including some nights shots, is now online, have a look.
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This is New York City

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. New York City Skyline 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.
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Porsche Pavillon in Wolfsburg

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. Porsche Pavillon Wolfsburg Porsche Pavillon Wolfsburg Porsche Pavillon Wolfsburg Porsche Pavillon Wolfsburg Porsche Pavillon Wolfsburg Porsche Pavillon Wolfsburg Porsche Pavillon Wolfsburg Porsche Pavillon Wolfsburg Architects: HENN
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This was New York City

Making Of New York City Shooting 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.
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Norwegian Fjords

Norway Fjords Somewhere in the norwegian fjords ...
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Photos Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa photo 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
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Dubai Metro Burj Khalifa

Dubai metro Burj Khalifa The metro station Burj Khalifa at night. 18 month after my visit in Dubai and still unpublished (and unprocessed) photos.
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Geirangerfjord

Geirangerfjord – Ørnesvingen May be the most impressing view during the ‪#‎costaphotoblogtour‬ through Norway. View over the Geirangerfjord from the Ørnesvingen viewing platform. If you talk about the norwegian fjords, you have views like this in your mind. There are some great views from above on different fjords in Norway, but this was the only one I saw during my visit. Hopefully I will get back there sometime to explore all the other great ones.
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Lago di Livigno

Lago di Livigno A beautiful summer morning at Lago di Livigno in Italy at over 1800 metres height. It was quite cold, but there was already a guy on the lake, paddling through the first beams of sunlight. Great.
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The Ocean

Ocean I love ocean views. Looking at a view like this is just reassuring and beautiful. This is a view on an area somewhere between the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, near the coast of Norway. Shot during the #costaphotoblogtour from the top of the Costa Luminosa.
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Frankfurt Skyline

Frankfurt Skyline bei Nacht Frankfurt again. Normally I go there once a year, but I skipped 2012. So I planned a visit for march 2013 and had two days full of grey Frankfurt. While I was there I got the information about the Wolkenkratzerfestival, which made clear that I have to come back in May again (I already published one photo from this trip). This was the second evening and the whole two days before it was cloudy and foggy. First day was ok, you always have to deal with the weather and make the best out of it. But on this day I was a little bit frustrated and did not shot one single picture the whole afternoon. But the darker it got, the better my mood was, because in the darkness the weather doesn't really matter. So I hopped for some great shots before my drive back home later the evening. I chose the platform of "Galeria Kaufhof" in the middle of Frankfurt for the blue hour shot. I never made this "standard" shot of Frankfurt until now. Its one of the most known spots for photographers to capture the skyline, but it took me five years to get here for the blue hour shot. Enjoy the result.
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Copenhagen Skyline Cityscape

Copenhagen Skyline copenhagen view copenhagen cityscape View on the copenhagen skyline at day.
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Copenhagen Nyhavn

copenhagen nyhavn hotel Copenhagen Nyhavn Copenhagen Nyhavn The famous harbour district of Copenhagen: Nyhavn.
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Norvegia – a mystic journey

Norway Fjord Monday, 15th of July, 4 am. My mobile phone rings, I am opening my eyes, looking out of the window. I see water, some mountains covered by fog. I jump out of the bed, grab my camera. I am on a cruise ship and this ship is entering a norwegian fjord right now. This seems to be a very great morning – may be the best monday morning ever! Five minutes later I am standing on the top of the Costa Luminosa and this is my first visual impression of Norway: Kreuzfahrt Norwegen Fjord But lets start at the beginning: It all started with an email in the mid of june. The italian social media agency Ambito5 asked me If I would be interested in a cruise to Norway with Costa Cruises. Aeeehm … what? Yeah, thats exactly what I thought. Of course I was very sceptic in the beginning, but after some emails it got more precise and interesting. Some days later it was definite: I will join a tour on a cruise ship with other european photobloggers to experience the norwegian fjords. Seven days on a ship, everyday another place, a very compressed view on norwegian landscapes and cities. I am trying to give a short recap of the "Costa PhotoBlog Tour – Focus on Nature" from my photographic point of view. Supported by some iPhone travel pictures I published during the tour on my instagram account. The "real" photos will take a lot of time for processing, as usual.

Day 1 – Nuremburg – Amsterdam – Copenhagen:

The trip starts at Nuremburg airport on a plane to Amsterdam. In the first morning light I get some nice aerial views of the Netherlands. From Amsterdam to Copenhagen, where the ship leaves towards the North Sea in the evening. At board I am starting to explore the giant ship and of course looking for the best places to shoot the ocean or bypassing landscapes. Later I meet all the great people I will be together for the next week. Costa Photoblog Tour

Day 2 – The ocean:

We are spending the complete day on the ship, while our journey through the Northern Sea, heading to the coast of Norway. In the morning we are taking a look behind the scenes of the ship, in the afternoon our guide and National Geographic Photographer Massimo Bassano gives us some insights in his work and his vision of photography. Also there is a lot of fancy stuff on a giant cruiseship like theaters, swimming pools, gyms, casinos and all that sort of entertainment, but that are definitely not the reasons I was there. So I spent every free minute on the top of the ship, just watching the ocean and hoping for some great light ... Cruise Norway

Day 3 – Flåm

Finally we are reaching Norway. Sometime in the night we are entering the Sognefjord (deepest and longest fjord of Europe). Norway welcomes us very rainy, foggy and cold. After three hours of photography on the top of the ship I am frozen and wet, but totally happy. Views like this you may be get only once in your lifetime. We are leaving the ship in Flåm at the Aurlandsfjord, getting onto a train (Flåmsbana), that drives us through the norwegian landscape, including a stop at the waterfall Kjosfossen. In Myrdal we are taking the train towards Voss, from where we proceed by bus. We are seeing amazing landscapes, even often only through the window … I could spend weeks here, exploring all the valleys, mountains, waterfalls and lakes. When leaving Flåm in the afternoon even the sun shows up and gives us 30 minutes of some light. In the evening there is again an unbelievable mood in the mystic fjords, only fog and some surreal light … you can't describe it with words. Sometimes I didn't even was sure that I am still on planet earth. Flam Photos fjord

Day 4 – Hellesylt and Geiranger

After some hours of sleep I get up at 5am to get the first impressions of the Storfjord. At 7:30 am we are leaving the ship by boat in Hellesylt at the end of the Sunnylvsfjordes. For the rest of the day we are traveling by bus and stopping at different locations. A very comfort way to travel, but for sure not the best way for a photographer, because you can't stop at every place, so again we saw a lot of amazing places only through windows … The highlight waits at the end of the day with amazing views on the Geirangerjord from above. After leaving Geiranger and driving through the Geirangerfjord, we get an amazing view on the famous waterfall of the seventh sisters (Knivsflåfossen). The rest of the evening its raining and some shorts moments there is again that great mystic light. So a good idea to stay on the top of the ship and waiting for this unique moments instead of having dinner. My conclusion for this day: I started to get a little idea how fantastic the whole landscape of Norway must be, even I only saw may be 0,0001% of it. We only got a very superficial view on Norway today. I have to come back here absolutely! Hellesylt and Geiranger Fjord

Day 5 – Bergen

We are leaving the nature behind and heading towards the first city on our tour. Bergen – the second largest city in Norway. From a photographic view not my type of city, but very lovely at all, and a great view from above, if you take the Floibanen. I have no ideas what other great places are hiding around this city in the mountains (we only saw the clouds), but I think they are definitely there. Bergen Norway

Day 6 – Stavanger

Again a day full of rain and a city covered by fog and clouds. I spend some hours walking through the city to find a nice viewpoint. The best view I found was from the Stavanger city bridge, from where I also could imagine the nice fjord landscape, that shined through the fog … may be some day I will see it in a more lovely light. On this evening the weather cleared up a little bit and we had the first visible sundown on our tour - and it was really spectacular! Stavanger

Day 7 – Oslo

The last day of the trip and we finally saw Norway the way it looks in all those touristic brochures – very sunny. I really liked the foggy atmosphere in the days before, but I also was very happy to see the sun again. We had only a few hours in Oslo and I used it to shoot the most amazing building of the city – the Oslo Opera House. For sure one of the highlights of this tour. Besides this I didn't saw much of the city, only the modern area around the opera. The rest of the time I searched for a nice view on the fjord from a hill (Ekeberg) near the harbor. In the afternoon I enjoyed the way back through the Oslofjord towards the sea, all the small islands and sailing boats, glittering in the sun, yeah! The day ends with dinner, an epic sundown and the last meeting of our team. Oslo impressions

Day 8 – Back in Copenhagen

At 8am we are back in the port of Copenhagen. I am leaving the ship as soon as possible to spend the time until my flight back home in the city. It's a lovely summer day and the perfect end of the tour. Copenhagen and Denmark aerial

My conclusion:

Traveling with a ship gives you some unique possibilities to capture the nature and seeing a lot of places in a short time. I really liked that, also I saw so many missed possibilities. It's always a compromise, no matter which way of traveling you choose. Of course compared to individual traveling you have no big influence on where you are going, so you have to engage in this way of traveling. For seven days I did almost nothing else than dealing with photography in an unique environment and that was a great experience. Over the next month I will work on several series from this trip and sharing it with you, may be combined with little stories about the trip. So many thanks to Costa (especially Federico) and Ambito 5 (Grazie a Paola, Monica, Daniela e Massimiliano) for giving me this unique opportunity and your patience during the trip! Also thanks to Visit Norway and the Italian Institute of Photography. And the last words go to the group I was part of for this week: It was great to meet you all and exploring Norway together. And sorry for all the times I chose staying on the deck to taking photos instead of having dinner with you 😉 This was the photoblogger group (photo): Samuele Silva (Italy) Gianpiero Riva (Italy) Alessandro and Kinzica (Italy) VuTheara Kham (France) Séverine (France) Carlos Cazurro (Spain): Rico Bergholdt Hansen (Denmark): And of course our guide: Massimo Bassano (Italy): Also have a look at the official hashtag #costaphotoblogtour at instagram for impressions of the tour. Stay tuned for the pictures I brought with me!
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