Posts Tagged Landscape Photography

Where have you been this winter? Probably #there!

So many photographers have been to Lofoten this winter. A friend of mine was #there. He told me that he met a lot of landscape photographers #there, even popular ones from the US.

I met them too although I wasn’t #there! They were not to be overseen on the internet:

Short tweet here: “Hey folks I am on my way to Lofoten!”
Quick shot there: “See this Instagram on my way to Reine!”
And all that great shots on G+: #Lofoten

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It seems to me that you must have been #there to count yourself a serious landscape or travel photographer. Replace “there” with a trending hashtag on any photography social media platform.(#there) Last year it was #Iceland. What will it be next?

Not many photographers come to my mind that are traveling in not trending regions! It is not often that I say to myself: “That’s a pristine place to travel!” The last time it happened was when I saw the Patel family on a video bathing in the Everglades.

Travel and landscape photography is trending. That’s why you can book workshops on Lofoten. There are enough people to go for it even though Lofoten are so far away and they sound so exotic.

This works like it works in fashion. You think you are special but finally you are wearing the same trousers than the others. If that is your goal, everything is fine and you should stop reading now!

There you think: What a shit!

You are right! In the end we don’t know where to put all the poo and spoil the place. Go to Geyranger Fjord in summer and take a deep breath on the main platform and enjoy the view. Yes that place where you can easily park your rental car, where everybody goes, drink a cappuccino and pee in the corner.

It is hard to figure out where all the trending stuff is coming from. Perhaps there is not only one reason why things are going that way. If I would be asked I would blame the misunderstanding of remixing. There is a difference between copying and finding inspiration. But who asked me? I am not trending! Never was! Never wanted to be!

Ok, when I am honest: Over the year I find myself in this typical places too. But my best shots were made in different places in special situations.

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So I think a lot for a while: Where can I find these places? Is this special feeling about a special geolocation? Or is it about something else? Something we might have lost over the years?

10 years ago life as a landscape photographer was a lot of easier. Lots of pristine moments in the good old days.

In our way finding solitude and paradises we got lost in holiday-camp like areas in the world. Instead of finding a feeling of welcome or hospitality #there we are confronted with jealousy and resentment. We stayed in the cue to get our photo. The person with the widest or shortest lens will get the shot without documenting how many photographers have been there too.

The paradise is not caught in some particular places in the world. It will unveil itself everywhere for the ones that are able to see it.

I think it is a good idea not to publish your paradise if you have find it for yourself in a special place. I know some of these places. And I will not tell you! Never!

I share a lot. But I am not a friend of oversharing. I guess sharing geolocation is critical today. I won’t be responsible for all the poo in paradise. And Hell! No! I don’t wanna be trending! I never wanted to be! I am honest!

So, where will you go next? And please tell me: Where and how do you find your personal #paradise?

OBTe001: European Landscape Photographers HangOut No. 01

Welcome to the first European Landscape photographers HangOut. Sorry to tell you, that I am the guy that is missing in the talk.

The audio recording was not functioning well. I don’t know what the problem was. I have done this several times and I had no serious problem. So after the show, all audio was missing. A friend of mine could repair the audio of my hangout but my personal audio stream is still missing.

So I cut out everything with me in it. And of course this cause some serious discontinuities during the talk.

But I guess the talk is working without me very well. Should I be worried? No, it was a great experience to meet some of the best landscape photographers from all over Europe. These guys are amazing.

And everybody told me, that this should not be the last time we talked in English language. So stay tuned and subscribe to the RSS Feed of the podcast Stream. You see the links in the sidebar. As soon we have 3 episodes this will become an iTunes podcast stream.

In the sidebar you can see future episodes in the broadcasting schedule. If you want to see this episodes live on Air follow me on G+: https://plus.google.com/+OlafBathke/

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Smells like fish

There are a few things, which smells like fish and one of them is in the near of the Butt of Lewis.

But it started in the flat lands of the Isle of Uist. Great landscape not many travelers. I was heading northwards very fast because I know what awaits me on the Isle of Harris.

Guess what, there was no mobile internet access on all Outer Hebrides Isles. All my efforts to navigate with Googlemaps and iPhone are wasted. So I bought new hardware, some good old paper maps.

But it turns out: Navigation was surprisingly easy, not many roads to get lost.

It rained 75% of the whole time, but I was lucky taking some great photos between the floods. You know changing weather is making good photos.

The people out there were very friendly. The landscape is a bit like Norway, lots of fjell, rocks and Atlantic.

The food was not really good. So I was lucky bringing all stuff with me. I tried a restaurant in the near off the most boring lighthouse I have seen: The Butt of Lewis. And it smells so much like fish…

I have done great photos, lots of great opportunities there.

And I have plannend and prepared a secret project you will hear of in the next months.

Above are some impressions filmed with the iPhone. All sequences are taken out of the hip. But I am sure you will get some impressions on what it is traveling on Outer Hebrides.

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