July 30, 2012 in On the road

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After two years of abstinence the whole Bathke family went out on a photo trip. My wife called it vacations, I called it work and our son called it geological excursions at the beach…

As you can think it is not easy to get all these expectations under one roof. The last two years of long photo trips where very easy for me. No compromises to be made: Scouting, waiting for the right light and stinking by myself in the Van.

I am very proud that my family managed the photo trip with all compromises and the welcoming of simplicity. Simplicity is a law in travelling in the way the Bathke family decided is the best way to fit all their needs.

We all love the beach and try to stay there as long as possible.

It turns out that Denmark, famous for family friendly holydays, was the worst country to travel – wild like the Bathke family prefers.

It is a nightmare to be awaken in the night and get an expensive punishment and being send away by a public controller. Only the British parking mafia can do more harm by “wild clamping”.

For those of you who are living in a free country: In Denmark punishing for wild camping is not the job of the police. It is the job of seasonal controllers, paid by the government, forced by the tourist industry. I hate all kinds of tourist industry it is a real thread for the mankind. You have to travel through the southeast of Denmark to understand what I mean.

And it won’t help telling the controllers that you are responsible for the Danish success in terms of tourist industry. Of course it is photography that sells the landscape.

“The controllers are the fault of the surfers who come like grasshoppers and spoil the coastline. German surfers!” A guy from the Netherlands told me.

We have had a hard time scouting and staying most of the time in places we didn’t plan to stay.

Denmark you won’t contribute from my artistic skills because you are controlling the wrong person!!!!

It is easy to get inspired in great sceneries but it is hard to get a good shot in ordinary landscapes. You have to get in touch with simplicity and find beauty in small things. Photography loves simplicity.

Once more my son was my teacher. He showed me to look at small things while collecting fossils at the beach.

This photo trip was a lecture in dealing with simplicity. Denmark is a tough place to travel and I won’t recommend it to other landscape photographers anymore:

Don’t travel to Denmark and shoot the landscape! Otherwise you are supporting the German “Surfer” Invasion or a sick controlling system!



  1. July 31, 2012 at 13:42



    Olaf, you will find more than 2.000 km of coastline in Oman (Arabian Sea, Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman. Big whites sand dunes on the Arabian Sea, majestic rocks, beautiful wadis and even fjords like in Norway.
    (Not my photos and you would get much better results)

    1. July 31, 2012 at 14:42

      Olaf Bathke


      Guido: Is it a problem to travel to Oman? How much ist the flight, how much is it renting a car?

  2. July 31, 2012 at 13:01

    Olaf Bathke


    Guido: Great photos from Oman. I love the sea and there is not much sea in the Oman.

  3. July 31, 2012 at 07:19



    With a high population density of 129 people/km² Denmark is not the best place for wild camping. You should really try the Sultanate of Oman. You can camp everywhere. People are extremely friendly there. I’m not a professional photographer, but I’m sure you would love the Oman. Amazing landscapes.

    But I guess you have only 1-5 years to explore the “real” Oman. Tourism is growing. Sooner or later wild camping will be forbidden. At the moment maybe 20-100 self drive tourists per year explore the Rub Al-Khali (largest sand desert in the world). And sooner or later some of them will die in the Rub Al-Khali because of inadequate preparation. And then the government will forbid exploring the desert without a tour operator.

    I hope I can be there again in the Christmas holidays.

  4. July 30, 2012 at 18:40



    Hell yeah, danmark is not very friendly. I remember being told to go away by one officer like that and his snarling dog.
    Not something you want to awake to in the middle of the night.

    I don’t like traveling to danmark due to events like this anymore.

  5. July 30, 2012 at 16:53



    Kim I guess you can understand the irony the best.
    And believe me Germany is similiar to Denmark.

  6. July 30, 2012 at 16:36

    kim hansen


    Heh Olaf,
    I completely agree with your statement, although it also made me laugh bigtime (thanks).
    Just back from a one week visit at Bornholm with my family, I actually had to tell my son about the fact that in denmark it is not alloved to camp as you like. We saw all those really nice home mobils, and he was dreaming to drive in a car like this, and just park where ever convenient. I regret that we do not have an “allemandsret” like the swedish people have.

    Warm regards

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