Sailing the Baltic Sea

May 15th, 2016

Sailing the Baltic Sea

For more than a decade my father-in-law had a 27 ft. sailing yacht at the Baltic Sea, and we had the pleasure to join him twice for a week of sailing. This shot from our trip in September 2007 looks more dramatic than it actually was. It was just a beautiful day perfect for letting the ship go, with waves crashing against the ship evry now and then. I had my big camera ready when another wave hit us. The most difficult thing about such action shots is to keep the camera steady. I wanted to show some movement in the splash, so I opted for 1/80 second. I couldn’t use a shorter exposure time because the splash would’ve entirely frozen up, removing a lot of the emotion of the shot.

Cape Agulhas – The Southernmost Point of Africa

May 14th, 2016

The Southernmost Point in Africa

A photo from our trip to South Africa in 2004. It shows Petra at Cape Agulhas, where the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean meet. So how is it down there? Cold blue water, a sign, and many rocks. That’s about it. And of course tourists taking souvenir photos! :-) But hey, the travel guide says: “Make your mark by taking a picture at Cape Agulhas showing that you, of all the teeming millions in Africa, were the southermost person for that instant in history!” The tip is located 34°49’58″ south and 20°00’12″ east, and it can be found about 1 kilometer west of the Cape Agulhas lighthouse while New York is 12,745 kilometers away! For many years it was popular belief that the two oceans (i.e. Atlantic and Indian Ocean) meet somewhere near Cape of Good Hope. The truth is that Cape Agulhas is the official place where the two oceans meet!

The Dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia

May 13th, 2016

Sossusvlei Dunes Namibia

Today I felt like showing a shot from our trip to Namibia in 2006 – the awesome Dunes of Sossusvlei, seen from the top of “Big Mama” (that’s the name of the dune). It takes about 30 minutes to the top, but you should not rush it! Take your time to enjoy the views and take in the deep impressive feeling of being really small in this sea of sand! More about our trip to the Sosussvlei here.

Hamburg Speicherstadt (2012)

May 12th, 2016

Speicherstadt Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg is a beautiful city with many facettes making it a photographers’ dream come true. In 2012 we had the chance of a longer visit, and we also strolled through the old harbour, the Speicherstadt. In former times, the goods from overseas would be unloaded from the ships and stored in the warehouses. Obviously, this activity has been shifted to the modern container harbour, so the houses have been renovated and turned into offices, appartments and restaurants.