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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
View on the copenhagen skyline at day.
The famous harbour district of Copenhagen: Nyhavn.
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: 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.