SUNSET AT BELLAVISTA

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SUNSET AT BELLAVISTA, ONE OF THE SUMMITS IN THE PIZ PALU, BERNINA REGION ABOVE THE MORTERATSCH GLACIER PHOTOGRAPHED BY JUERG KAUFMANN

Bellavista timeless beauty.
These three peaks are called “Bellavista” the highest is 3922m you find them between the well-known Piz Palu and Piz Bernina in the Morteratsch Glacier Region in the Engadin near world-famous St. Moritz.

Limited edition of 15, prints printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta paper, which sets the standard for image definition and color depth. Each print is hand-signed and numbered by Jürg Kaufmann

For additional sizes and framing options, please visit the website http://www.glaciers.today or contact us directly

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#rethinking: Back to Sailing / Back to Normal

In einem normalen Jahr hätte ich bis im August sicher einige Tage mehr auf dem Wasser verbracht um Segelschiffe oder Yachten zu fotografieren.

Dieses Jahr war die blu26 Schweizermeisterschaft in St. Moritz die erste Regatta. Unglaublich wie sich in den letzten 6 Monate das Leben verändert hat.

Will nicht allzu kritisch sein, aber langsam ist es an der Zeit Klarheit zu bekommen.

Eigentlich könnte ich hier jetzt einen schönen “Post schreiben wie schön die Regatta war und wie Gesund die Luft hier oben in St. Moritz ist. Das stimmt zu 100% das ist er Grund warum ich immer noch in St. Moritz bin und mir ein paar Tage frische kühle Luft leiste. Der Virus hat auch seine guten Seiten, heute ist es normal wenn man von Zuhause oder einen anderen Ort aus arbeitet.

Aber eben da ist etwas was mich richtig stört.

Wir schauen uns fast jeden Tag die Statistiken des Virus in den Medien und auf dem Internet an. Wir tragen sogar Masken wenn wir zu viert in einer grossen Gondel in den Berg hinauf fahren. In einem normalen Winter sind diese Gondeln so vollgepackt, dass keiner mehr umfallen könnte. Die Zahl der Infektionen steigen wieder, bzw. das lesen wir, die Politiker machen sich Sorgen trotzdem habe ich den Eindruck da stimmt was nicht. In Kürze müssen wir auch in den Geschäften Masken tragen.

Wir hatten einen Lockdown, damit wollten wir die Verbreitung des Virus beschränken und dafür sorgen, dass die Spitäler nicht überlastet werden. In der Realität gab es aber sogar in den Spitäler Kurzarbeit und das berümte Robert Koch Institut zeigte nach intensiven Recherchen dass die Ausbreitung des Virus kurz vor dem Lockdown stark abnahm.….komische Welt.

Die Amerikaner haben nicht nur ein Trump Problem sondern auch ein Virus Problem, die Medien informieren uns da sehr genau.

Könnte es denn sein, dass ein Grossteil der Bürger in den USA übergewichtig sind oder generell nicht so gesund sind und desswegen anfälliger für Krankheiten. Mal abegesehen davon dass Sie Trump als Präsindent gewählt haben.

Es ist schön zu beobachten wie hier in St. Moritz die Gäste wandern und biken, das ist sicher gesund und die frische Luft und Sonne hilft auch das Imunsystem zu stärken.

Vor ein paar Woche habe ich erfahren dass, 2009 kurz nach der Wirtschaftskrise die WHO die Grundlagen für eine Pandemie geändert hat. Habe es nachgelesen es ist wirklich so. Bis da waren es die Anzahl verstorbenen, nun sind es die Anzahl infizierte. Infisziert heisst noch nicht dass die Krankheit ausgebrochen ist.

Wie genau sind denn dieses COVID Tests? Wie gross ist die Fehlerrate? Ein altes Sprichwort in der Physik sagt: Wer misst misst Mist.

Wie viel Mist messen wir den in der COVID Welt? Haben wir Bürger und die Politiker wirklich glaubwürdige Messresultate um fundierte Entscheidungen zu treffen.

Wie geht es denn ab hier weiter? Gibt es einen weiteren Lockdown? Höre und lese sehr oft die Wirtschaft kann sich keinen weitere Lockdown leisten.

Macht irgenwie Sinn, wenn man bedenkt dass die Verschuldung von Italien, Spanien und Frankreich fast so hoch ist wie jene Griechenlands vor ein paar Jahren. Komischerweise liest man aber wenig bis gar nichts darüber in den Medien. Und trotzdem gefält mir die Antwort nicht.
Was hat den die Wirtschaft mit der Gesundheit zu tun?

Hoffen wir doch, dass sich das in der nächten Zukuft verbessert. Bis dahin geniessen wir doch einfach die Segelbilder der 2020 Blu26 Scheizermeisterschaft in St. Moritz. Der Virus war plötzlich nicht mehr so wichtig.
War wirklich ein toller Anlass bravo und vielen Dank an all jene die mitgeholfen haben uns ein paar Tage normales Leben zu ermöglichen.

Link zu den Bilder: http://bit.ly/blu26sm_2020

Gruss aus St. Moritz

Jürg

PS: In den nächten Tagen werden noch mehr Bilder hochgeladen, sobald ich einen schnellen Link habe.

Ironie der Geschicht, heute gehe ich mir eine Stoffmaske kaufen, kann diese blauen syntetischen Masken nicht mehr leiden.

Inside Carbo-Link

Inside view of Carbo-Link, a Swiss high-tech organisation specialized in the design, engineering and manufacture of composite cables, tubes and reinforcement solutions. Carbo-Link spun-out from Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science & Technology in 2000, with the aim of solving complex structural challenges with the most efficient composite solutions.

Automated Filament Winding, Tape Laying & Consolidation machine.

When I first saw Carbo-Link’s tension members used on America’s Cup boats I immediately thought; how do they design and build these parts?
Later I learned that this is a Swiss invention from an engineering and manufacturing company based just outside of Zurich. Normally it’s very difficult, almost impossible, to get an inside view of such a high-tech company given the secrecy and confidentiality of their processes.
However, I was lucky enough to be contacted by Carbo-Link as they needed high-res product photos of their composite solutions and crisp, clean photos of the Aerospace & Defence certified factory. What a dream … It was great to explore the brand personality and to explore how best to portray the high-tech, Swiss made feel into the photographs. All services were carried out in strictest confidence, this is a very important part of my work approach with all clients.

Wally Cento ‘Galateia’. Featuring Carbo-Link’s elliptical, round and hybrid rigging cables.
Emirates Team New Zealand, Winner of the 35th Cup, Bermuda. Featuring Carbo-Link wing & platform rigging.

The loads introduced to these cables in sailing yachts can be enormous, ranging anywhere from 1ton to 300tons on the largest 80m – 90m superyachts. That is before we even look at crane pendants lifting the largest offshore oil rig components or the dynamic loads on composite helicopter blades, all of which are also engineered and manufactured by Carbo-Link.
I felt like a kid in a candy store having the chance to photograph their state-of-the-art solutions in the studio and inside the factory. It was a privilege to experience the Aerospace Certified factory, and to be involved in some of the working processes, to really capture the quality and knowledge found within Carbo-Link.

The composite solutions are perfect for photography with my unique #velvetlight. A light soft enough to reflect so smoothly on a shiny surface, resulting in beautiful images revealing all the smallest details of a structure and its high-quality finish.

Spherical Bearing Termination
Lashing Termination

Carbo-Link’s solutions feature Aerospace grade Titanium terminations, all of which are machined in-house with the most up to date 5-axis CNC machines and highly skilled technicians. I really enjoyed capturing these terminations close-up to show the intricate details and surface finishing.

Lashing Termination
CL TORQUE Pin Termination

Production floor – where science becomes reality. All of Carbo-Link’s machines are designed and build in-house to optimise the production processes.

Automated Filament Winding, Tape Laying & Consolidation machine. (with screen in foreground)

State-of-the-art 5 axis CNC machines.

5-axis CNC machines, laser cutters, FARO 3D measurement arm and more
Large bed and multi-head 5-axis CNC machine for quality machining of oversized parts.

Links and information about this project:

More photos: https://bit.ly/carbolink

Carbo-Link webpage: http://www.carbo-link.com

Reference from Carbo-Link:
‘Juerg was a pleasure to work with. He has a very artistic eye and creatively approached both the product and factory photos to bring things to life perfectly. We look forward to working with Jürg again on a number of location-based projects in the near future.’
James Wilkinson

GUETE MORGE BÄRN

GUETE MORGE BÄRN⁠
Dieses Bild trage ich schon seit vielen Jahren im meinem Kopf herum. Jedesmal, wenn ich von Zürich nach Bern reise und hinunter Richtung Bärengraben fahre, denke ich mir, wie schön “Bärn” in die Natur passt.⁠

Heute am frühen Morgen war der perfekte Tag, um dieses Bild endlich  zu fotografieren, einen Sommermorgen mit blauem Himmel, alle Bäume sind noch saftig grün und wir sehen beide Seiten der Aare.⁠

Das Bild ist in verschiedenen Grössen, Kaschierung und Rahmen erhältlich.

WOOD & WATCH

WOOD & WATCH for IWC Schaffhausen in cooperation with Boesch Boats

Photographing wooden boats it’s something I have been doing for many years, a timepiece was a new challenge.

Last year I started quietly in my studio working with light and watches, countless nights, and hours trying hard to manage the conflict of light, reflections, and shadows. As more as you discover you realize there is so much more to explore and to learn. It’s as fascinating and as complex to photograph boats. A high level of detail mastering light and endless styling possibilities. Who would have thought that this big-time investment of last year will be very helpful in the middle of the current COVID crisis?

The Schaffhausen-based watch manufacturer IWC, which has been in partnership with the Boesch boat builder known for his classic mahogany since 2008, is joining in the celebration of Bösch’s 100th anniversary. The occasion is being commemorated with the “Century Edition” anniversary boat, along with the Aquatimer Automatic Edition “Boesch”.

Link to the complete series:

https://bit.ly/IWC_Boesch

Now I’m looking forward to the next challenging photo project with sophisticated light requirements.

Body Art Photo Workshop

Body Art Photo Workshop with a world-class body art model (Laetitia Bouffard, 2020 Playmate & Cirque du Soleil acrobat) and photographer (Juerg Kaufmann) in a well-equipped photo studio in Zurich.

Body Art Photo Workshop with a world-class body art model (Laetitia Bouffard, 2020 Playmate & Cirque du Soleil acrobat) and photographer (Juerg Kaufmann) in a well-equipped photo studio in Zurich.

For ambitious photographers who would like to take high-quality body fine art pictures in a studio with professional support and a professional model.

The workshop is divided into two modules.
Morning
Introduction to the studio with studio flash light, various light shapers
Work with professional studio flash, light shapers and their properties and possible uses
With a large ostrich egg, we explain lighting and the effect of light, shadow, contrast, etc.
Effect of large, small light sources and influence of the position and distance to the photographing object
Each participant can take photograph each lighting concepts with his camera
Afternoon
Shooting with a professional fine art nude art model
Together we set up 4 lighting concepts/compositions and photograph them in cooperation with the model

Photographer & workshop leader
Jürg Kaufmann will guide you through the day and shares his extensive knowledge with simple, clear examples
Jürg Kaufmann’s website

Model
Our model is Laetitia Bouffard, professional international ballet dancer, Cirque du Soleil acrobat, yoga teacher and 2020 playmate.
Instagram by Laetitia Bouffard

Number of participants
The number of participants is deliberately limited to 5 photographers, we want to give everyone the chance to take their own picture of each set and to understand the lighting concept

Place, date & time
The workshop will take place in Jürg Kaufmann’s professional studio in Zurich.
Date 12 July 2020 Start 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. including a short lunch break

Language:
Morning: German / English
Afternoon: with the model english
Price: 
450 CHF including small meals for lunch
Book your place with Ticketino

Important:
Our goal is to give ambitious photographers a unique chance to shoot with a world-class nude fine art model.
Each participant has to sign an agreement at the beginning which regulates the use of the pictures, further he / she agrees that only the pictures approved by the model will leave the workshop and be published.
The images may not be used commercially.

Hygienischer Türöffner

In zwei Wochen von der Idee, bis zu den ersten Installationen bei neuen Kunden inklusive Webseite Aufbau.

Eine schöne Geschicht, wie ein kleines Team ohne sich je einmal zu treffen den Clean Door Opener für und zusammen mit dem Schweizer KMU Unternehmen Lunor ein neues Produkt entwickelte.

Du kannst dich noch so anstrengen, es nicht zu tun. Völlig unbewusst greifst du dir um die 20-mal pro Stunde ins Gesicht.

Das war unser Start, hier bei uns Gebäude gibt es Türgriffe welche von allerhand Personen ununterbrochen genutz werden. Stell Dir vor du hast gerade die Hände gewaschen oder sterilisiert und öffnest die nächste Türe. Ohne an die Türfallen der öffentlich zugänglichen Toiletten zu denken.

Momentan während der Corona Virus Kriese mag das ein trendiges Produkt sein, aber was ist in den Zukunft?. Es ist jedesmal spannnend zuzuschauen wie oft sich die Autofahrer an der roten Ampel in den wenigen Minuten beim warten im Gesicht berühren.

Innherhalb weniger Tagen konnten wir die ersten Prototypen entwickeln. Einige Anforderungen waren von Anfang an klar. Der Türöffner muss aus Chromstal sein damit er einfach desifisziert werden kann. 3D Print oder Aluminium kamen somit nicht in Frage.

Eine gute Idee ist erst gut, wenn diese umgesetzt wird.

Das Produkt musste nun noch auf die Blechverarbeitung der Firma Lunor angepasst werden. Parallel dazu wurde die Webseite aufgebaut und ich fotografirte fortlaufend die Prototypen bis zum fertigen und serienreifen Produkt. Lunor kann nun pro Tag bis zu 500 Stück produzieren und ausliefern.

Mit bei diesem Projeket waren:
– Thomas Kull und Marco Alfare von der Lunor AG
– Björn Ischi Industrial Designer
– Jürg Kaufmann als Fotograf und ad interim Projektleiter

Mehr über das Produkt inkl. Webshop damit sie ihre Clean Door Opener direkt bestellen können. www.lunor.health

Wir möchten damit unseren Beitrag leisten, dass wir möglichst rasch zur Normalität zurückkehren können.

Mit dem Kauf des CleanDoorOpener unterstützen Sie den Werkplatz Schweiz.

Danke!

Art inspires and motivates

Art inspires, art motivates, we need art to remind us that life is worth living there is a life, a family, friendship and also an economy after the corona virus.

Art inspires, art motivates, We need art to remind us that life is worth living there is a life, a family, friendship and also an economy after the coronavirus.

In the last two weeks, I read so many articles and news about this virus. Somehow I struggle to accept the fact that we slow down the global economy because for something we are not sure but think it will be bad. Sweden is on a different strategy, will be interesting to see the results of it. We need more testing, but we s still think the real numbers of the infected person is ten times higher, but if they are ten times higher than the virus is not so lethal, etc.

By reading the statistics of the previous flues I see that Germany had 25’000 death in the 2017-2018 winter and the US had over 65’000 death. I’m confused, would like to argue but I can’t change the politics I can’t change the fact that we are all living hidden in our apartments in slow motion. I think by now we all heard all the different theories and arguments.

Yesterday I got a call from China, China is closing down again the movie theatre’s, KTV’s etc.

This morning a friend from Italy called me, he got a phone call from the hospital, his mother is not well, the fever is high up and he can go and see here any more. He told me with a firm voice once she dies they will put here in a spacial bag and cremate here.

For a few seconds, I thought about the photos of the army tracks in front of a hospital in Italy. 

I feel sorry, really sorry deeply sorry. we spoke about the family dinner we had last time all together in an Italian restaurant eating “fritto misto” mixed seafood. But we also realized this dinner is already many years in the past.

I’m not sure how many more of these calls we all will get in the coming weeks, sincerely hope not too many, hope not a single one.

For me, it’s time to make a jump if I could I would like to jump in the future with the same elegance Laetitia did it during the shooting.

Every time I look at this photo it motivates me to move on, leave the old world behind. Ok, I agree we can’t leave the corona-virus behind, not yet. But we can start to plan and organize for the post virus time.

Maybe I see the glass a bit more than half full but it’s time to move on.

Before we finish..there is one more thing:

The power of imagination is to enable us to see an alternative future where reason sees none.

I wish you a good week and plenty of energy and maybe this photo can motivate you to jump in the future.

From now on you can find this photo on Saatchi Art.

Jürg

Photographer: @juergkaufmann

Ballet dancer: Laetitia Bouffard

Limitted fine art prints https://bit.ly/jump_saatchi

Why is risk management so challenging for large organizations?

Chronicle of a announced storm at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Nobody wants to read a bad story of a storm at sea in these days. No worries, all went well but I learned a big lesson with this storm and this is worth sharing and to read in these coronavirus days

Chronicle of a announced storm at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Nobody wants to read a bad story of a storm at sea in these days.

No worries, all went well but I learned a big lesson with this storm and this is worth sharing and to read in these coronavirus days.

Click on the images to see more photos from the Rio 2016 Olympic games.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games Sailing 15th August 2016

We are at the daily media briefing, for us sailing photographers this briefing is mandatory as we work on the play of field during the event. Due to the nature of our sport we are very close to the athletes/boats while they are racing, actually even closer than the coaches.

We knew a storm will come over the Guanabara Bay, but we didn’t know how bad this storm will be. I remember that day I challenged the media manager asking why are you not briefing the media people about the upcoming storm.
We can shoot in storm but you need to be ready for it, clothing, life jackets, protection for the equipment, boat needs to be ready to etc.
They didn’t took it to serious, somehow I asked myself, maybe I’m too nervous or I simply see it bigger as it may be. But my weather forecast tools where clear.

All the boats left the harbor and went out on the racecourse anyway. It was a warm day no wind and the usual humidity. Looked like a boring no wind day.
Out on the Guanabara Bay, I did a few images about of the sugarloaf of Rio. While taking these photos I felt an uncomfortable calm, sometimes you have this Déjà vu feeling, it’s way to calm, something is wrong but you can’t find the explanation.

Brazil Rio de Janeiro August 2016 Marina di Gloria, Rio 2016 Olympic Games, ©Jürg Kaufmann go4image.com

A bit later we left the Bay to the outside course in the open sea.
Once after a bit of a ride we came close to the starting vessel and we found a fresh breeze but the wind was shifting a lot, I knew this can’t be any good.
I Looked at the clouds, was expecting a black big front coming in, but could not see any. The crew on the starting vessel/race management just had to cancel the starting procedure due to the wind shift.

Brazil Rio de Janeiro August 2016 Marina di Gloria, Rio 2016 Olympic Games, ©Jürg Kaufmann go4image.com

Suddenly, less than 5 minutes later the water flew horizontally over the Olympic racecourse the radio communication got more and more intense and around us, we could see boats capsizing, breaking masts and sails.

One hour later standing safe on the pier in the Marina de Gloria I asked myself, how this can happen at the Olympic games. What went wrong the best meteo specialist of the world where onsite at the Olympic games. I’m sure the information was available like it was for me already in the morning.

Yesterday Tokyo 2020 has been postponed, just had a longer conversation with my colleague Daniel Forster who is working in the Olympic circuit since the Summer Olympic Game 1972 and he doesn’t remember anything similar during all these years.

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I knew about a virus in China since the beginning of January, ⁠we even went to buy some Vitamin C pills, but who would have expected such a situation.
We humans are great we are intelligent but how comes that we make such mistakes once we work in bigger organization or teams.

I hope the world will learn what’s necessary out of this Coronavirus crisis. We know since many years that Climate Change is serious but we still struggle to take the necessary measures.

Many say the world after the Coronavirus will not be the same, I really hope we will learn the important lessons, hopefully also about climate change and make the right decisions for our plant and for us.

Body Art Photo Workshop

Nude Art Photo Workshop with a world-class nude art model (Laetitia Bouffard, Playmate 2020 & Cirque du soleil acrobat) and photographer (Juerg Kaufmann) in a well-equipped photo studio in Zurich.

Guess it’s about time for two confessions, don’t worry nothing really bad.

Last week I promised you that I will finish the big wave photos from Nazaré, I agree the photo above doesn’t look like a big wave photo, will probably take a few more days.
Body Art Photo workshop, how comes..?
Since quite some time, over a two years I started to shoot more and more with women. All this started with a pregnancy photo of a friend and guess what, we did really well on a international contest.
So step by step this style and photos evolved, until one day I got a call from a Cirque du soleil acrobat although I haven’t really published or disclosed to many of this photos.
Here name is Laetitia and you will see many more photos of her in the future.
She proposed that we should shoot together, I’m not in here league I thought and told here.

In the mean time we had more then one shooting, and since a few weeks we call this project (notshy.art). Right before end of last year we run a private nude art photo workshop with two very ambitious photographers who really loved that day.

Why don’t we give a chance to more ambitious photographers to shoot with such an amazing model. Laetitia in the mean time got even published on the Spanish playboy magazine.

So here here we are on March 22nd we will run our first workshop. It’s a Sunday and we simply want to give 5 photographers the chance to shoot with us.
The workshop is divided in two parts:

Morning
We look at the studio light, light shaper, soft boxes etc and see how we can modify the light and play with it.
All photographers learn the using light with an egg, we organize an big ostrich egg, already did some test with it. It’s really great how you can play with shadows gradients etc.

Afternoon
In the afternoon Laetitia will join us and we will set up 4 or 5 different sets/compositions and shoot with here.

I’m really looking forward for to this day, hope you will join us.
Click on the link below to read more about this workshop and book your place.

Body Art Photo Workshop in Zurich 22. March 2020

Big Waves in Nazaré

Nun bin ich zurück in Zürich, die paar Tage in Nazaré waren sehr Eindrücklich. Die Wucht und Kraft dieser grossen Wellen überrascht mich jedesmal, genau diese rohe Naturgewalt zeigt uns wie klein und verletzlich wir Meschen eigentlich sind.

Im Momenet habe ich ein paar Bilder auf den Social Media Paltformen gezeigt, es wir aber noch ein paar Tage dauern um eine richtig starke Auswahl dieser Bilder zu treffen.
Wie sehr oft reise ich an ein Shooting und jedesmal gibt es eindrückliche Bilder. Je nach Betrachtung finde ich meine Favoriten und jedsmal gibt es ein paar Bilder welche herausstechen und mich überraschen.

Als Segler weiss ich wie gross die Möwen am Atlantik sind, richtig grosse Vögel, und trotzdem wirkt diese Möwe auf dem Bild klein und verletzlich.

Noch ein Punkt dazu: wir Menschen lernen mit der Natur umzugehen, die Big Wave surfer beherrschen das und sind richtige Stars geworden, aber keiner fliget einfach so über die explodierenden Wellen wie die Möwen.

Big Waves Project

Big waves have a many similarities with my other outdoor Project glaciers.today, the unleashed natural forces are simply fascinating.
The glaciers move slowly but unstoppable trough the valleys and the waves roll over the water and we have no chance to stop it.

Big waves have many similarities with my other outdoor project glaciers.today, the unleashed natural forces are simply fascinating.
The glaciers move slowly but unstoppable trough the valleys and the waves roll over the water and we have no chance to stop or alter their course in any way.

Both natural forces are a strong source of inspiration and show me every day the vulnerability of the balance of our natural habitat. The glaciers are melting more and more with the climate change and the storms are are getting more frequent.

In the next days I’m traveling back to Nazaré the home of big waves. A new and strong storm system is approaching the Atlantic coast, this system will last for 3-4 days. I’m really looking forward to see and photograph this natural forces.

Click on the images to see more:

#mademyday

Every few days a good photo, no junk food.
We look at hundreds of photos every day. Within a split second, we decide if we like it and then we are off to the next task or thought.

Every few days a good photo, no junk food.

We look at hundreds of photos every day. Within a split second, we decide if we like it and then we are off to the next task or thought.

Rio de Janeiro Brasil, Corcovado Sunrise from the Corcovado

Photos became junk food, but what really matters is the slow-food, the one we enjoy and try to get feel all the flavors. Maybe also understand what was the cook thinking when he composed the menu, what inspired him. 

I will try to choose every few days a photo and publish it in my linked in account with the tag #mademyday. It can be a photo which I like just because it makes me happy, it can also be a photo which make me think or just a photo to talk about an good story.

Good story, yes there is a story behind the Sunrise over the Guanabara bay in Rio. Took this photo in 2015 right after the Olympic test event.

We tried for months to get the permission to shoot the sunrise from the Corcovado. It looked like a mission impossible. Below the Corcovado is a big favela and as a gringo like me you don’t even think to go up there alone by yourselves as you would do in the Swiss mountains. Way to dangerous.

Shortly before I was about to flying back home I met a group of managers involved with the organization of the Rio 2016 Olympic games. And guess what, a few phone calls and I could choose the day when to go up there.

A entire well armed escort team drove me up there. They picked me up at 4am in the morning in front of the apartment I rented in Gloria an area in Rio de Janeiro.

At 7:30am when the city started to wake up again we where all back in Gloria having a coffee in one of the bars in Rio de Janeiro. The guest where looking a bit strange. What is this gringo/foreigner doing with armed police officers in a bar so early. They had no idea what we saw that morning.

This photo for sure #mademyday, enjoy it, I hope it also makes your day.

The photo part of the Illuminati series, together with images from Hong Kong, Manhattan, Mounth Kailash in Tibet and a few more.

Jürg

#photos #inspiration #motivation #outdoors #compelling #fineart #skyline #kailash

Black Beauty and Velvet Light

Click here to read more about the velvet light and to see the full 4K Video

The Custom bike came fresh, clean from Harley Heaven Zurich. One of a kind bike, each element is carefully chosen and assembled with a unique handcraft.

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For months I was searching and testing a new light, a soft light endless nights in the studio until the light turned out to be soft enough to reflect so smoothly on a shiny surface like a mat surface.

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The goal was to shoot the entire bike with this soft light. The tank turned out fantastic, same for the rest of the dark details, just the chromatic parts of the motor didn’t want to appear matt. After a few nights more even the shiny motor parts received this velvet look with the new soft light.

Harely Nr 2 Test 57

A Moment with Shirley Robertson

Shirley Robertson, a British sailor who won two Olympic Gold medals, mother of two and presenter at CNN TV Series Mainsail.

Portrait shooting has a magical element which I enjoy every time from the first to the last moment, having the privilege to spend a private moment lasting from a few minutes up to one day or more with a personality.

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Shirley, in my view, is an exception. I always ask myself who that person is, what makes her different and capable of winning two Olympic Gold medals in a row?

I know there are plenty of athletes who have more than two gold medals, but in my view sailing is unique as the complexity of this sport is superior than in many other Olympic disciplines.

The world today is superficial. I see the tendency of running after the quick win, the low hanging fruits. Competing and winning two Olympic Gold medals requires the complete opposite, long term commitment, dedication, the energy to get up again and again after a defeat, isn’t that incredibly inspiring?

Will I be able to see and experience this during the shooting with here?

The portrait project with Shirley was not a short one. We have been talking about it since months; soon we realized we need many different photos, we need a series of images, each of them for a different purpose. It clearly would take a day to get this done.

It would be an intense day, and at the same time, I felt the weight on my shoulders: responsibility and a privilege. I cannot only spend a day working with her, ultimately what I see through my lens is what the people, who do not have the chance to meet here in person, will see of her.

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We all know the expression: A picture says more than a 1’000 words…So let’s get this x-thousand words right.

At the end of the project, we selected 20 different photos, each showing Shirley with here many facets, each with a different message.

It turned out to be an intense day, a potpourri of colors, ideas, a combination of clothes, expressions, lights, coffee breaks and much more. It’s tough to stay focused for so long in front of the camera, but she did it, and how she did, was terrific.

Not only is she a good sailor, but no wonder why she works at CNN, BBC and much more. One set after the other, she always came back on the set with outstanding positive energy, motivation, and commitment.

Even more, we could guide each other, she trusted me, and then we executed those ideas one by one, until the end of a long and intense day.

Is that one of the secrets and reasons why she can win two gold medals in a row? Did I had the chance to experience what makes the difference of losing or winning? Probably yes!

I have not experienced this with many people such a persistent focus and commitment over a long time in front of the camera.

Thank you, Shirley, it was more than a moment, it was a precious time with you and your partner Tim.

Look at the photos with this link.

A few days after the shooting I got an email from Shirley:

I know I have said it ten times already – but I’m chuffed with the images, they show oodles of personality.”

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The story behind the photo

What it takes to shoot big waves.

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Nazare Portugal Atlantic Ocean Waves, November 2018

You just need to be in the right place at the right moment.

Some time ago during a meeting with an agency, we talked about photos of big waves and how to produce them. With CGI, “computer generates image” you can create one within a week or two, assuming that you find the right team capable of doing it.

Shooting this kind of waves turned out a bit more complicated. I heard about Nazaré a peaceful, quiet fishing village on the Atlantic coast of Portugal. They have big waves, actually famous for it. Since that day started to follow the weather, tide and wave forecast of Nazaré.
In the winter time you get almost every week 5-7 meter high waves, but very seldom you get 20 meters or move waves. It took me nearly 2 years to get the chance for such a wave.

There is a detail in this photo, who at first sight doesn’t look so obvious.
Look at the spray over the wave. It’s a perfect Fibonacci curve. The natural beauty defined by the mathematical formula which also has a lot in common with the golden ratio.

Here is the tricky question. What does it take to get this spray and big waves?
The wind must come from the opposite side of the wave. 90% of the time the wind pushes the water for miles on the open sea and when the wave comes closer to shore the build up. That’s the difference. The wind is coming from the opposite side.

When I saw that fact in the weather forecast, I knew its time to book the flight to Lissabon and a rental car which brings me to Nazaré. It took two years from that meeting in the agency until the day I booked the trip.

The evening when I finally got to Nazaré in complete darkness I drove down to the lighthouse, no moon no light. Whatever scary movie you imagine, there is nothing so impressive as the rumbling of the waves against the cliffs right below the Nazare Lighthouse.

The next morning with the first light I was back on these rocks, this time with my camera and a full set of lenses.

Please let me say this, as I heard that so many times:
You just need to be in the right place at the right moment.
Think about what it takes to be at the right place and the right moment?

The next morning during breakfast in the hotel, the lady serving the coffee looked at me and said; you got the right day, today the waves are not big anymore.

It’s over a year ago and I still checking every week the forecast of Nazaré, hoping to get one more chance to shoot this kind of big waves.

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Nazare Portugal Atlantic Ocean Waves, November 2018

Sport & Beauty Photography

For the past couple of months, I’ve had the pleasure to work with a very special world class athlete – Priscilla Leimbacher. Priscilla is one of the world top five bikini fitness athletes.
Portrait and sport photography is my homeland. I feel confident anticipating the action whilst mastering the light and composition of each photo.
However, over the last couple of years, I’ve had the chance to taste the beauty photography and learnt that the element of action is being replaced by the much higher expectations in terms of lighting and postures. I truly enjoy working in the studio, where I have the full control which then creates endless ideas and possibilities.
I have already planned another shooting with Priscilla Leimbacher which will take place in the upcoming weeks, shortly before her next world class competition.
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Priscilla Leimbacher IFBB Pro Bikini Fitness Athlete

RUND UM mit einem Sonnenuntergang

Letztes Jahr war die Rundum kurz vor dem America’s Cup in Bermuda, eigentlich bin ich wegen der Rudum ein paar Tage zu späht nach Bermuda gereist. Der Sonnenuntergang in der Region Überlingen hat es aber voll kompensiert.

Nun war ich wir wieder auf dem Bodensee. Die Wettervorhersage war nicht ideal. Wenn man den Himmel betrachtet war klar das da noch ein Gewitter kommen wird und genau das sorgt für das gewisse etwas. Die Sonne verschwand ein paar Mal hinter den Wolkenschichten, und so wechselte das Licht fast alle 5 Minuten. Leider waren die Zeitfenster für eindrucksvolle Aufnahmen somit etwas kürzer als sonst.

Es ist immmer wieder aufs neue Eindrucksvoll die Natur zu beobachten, sie ist immer anders und überascht uns immer wider aufs neue.
Mit einem Click auf die Bilder gelangen sie zu weiteren Aufnahmen.


Seit einigen Jahren träume ich davon ein paar Monate lang auf und rund um den Bodensee ununterbrochen während mehreren Monate den See und die Umgebung zu fotografieren, und danach ein Buch zu Publizieren mit diesen Aufnahmen. Währe schön wenn sich das mal realisieren lässt.

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Reflections Act 2

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I’ve been looking at the reflection on the water for quite a few years, and as more I think about them, they become more interesting for me – the reflections are abstract and provide a wide space for imagination. I find something new in it every time when looking at the photos.

Last weekend I was photographing the Blu26 regatta in Switzerland on a lake which is known for not being the windiest place on earth, and yes, we had flat water for three days (sigh).

Time to be creative with the reflections, what do you see in them?

These and more images are now available as Fine Art Prints. Click here or on one of the photos to see the complete selection.

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Blu26 Schweizermeisterschaft 2018 Zug

Modern Nature

Have been sitting by the water so many times and for so many reasons. Was it to find a solution for a problem, or simply to relax a bit and to enjoy time. Water is a magic element powerful, dangerous and beautiful. Can you hear the peaceful sound of this small waves hitting the the shoreline is so peaceful.
This harmonic shapes of reflections looks so modern, but in reality they have been here longtime before the humanity.
This photos are available as fine art prints

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Live is clear today, we try to look into the future, it’s bright? That’s what we all hope, is it clear, what will it be?

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Nazaré Big Waves

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Portugal Atlantic coast in Nazaré, that’s as big as it get’s. Thank’s to a big underwater canyon finishing right in front of the Praia do Norte, the swell comes to the shore and the end of the canyon will be build up the wave to what we know the Nazaré wave.

This waves are from the crazy Wednesday in November 2018. Over night the waves were building up. Right before midnight I drove down to the faro the lighthouse from Nazaré, it was dark no light no stars and no moon. No horror movie will ever be as impressive as the noise of the waves crashing in the rocks below the lighthouse.
The next morning with the first light I finally could see with my eyes the Nazaré waves.
See more photos

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Nazare Portugal Atlantic Ocean Waves

Nazare Portugal Atlantic Ocean Waves

Impressive Sunset on Lake Constance

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Impressive Sunset on Lake Constance
Sometimes when you are photographing a sailing regatta it happens that you are bit in a hurry.  This afternoon I received a very friendly phone call from a yacht owner asking about the 2017 Rundum with this impressive sunset. I realized I never published this photos on the image library go4image.com as the next day I flew to Bermuda for the America’s Cup.
Here is the link

Today is a rainy day here in Switzerland so let’s enjoy this sunset.

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#rundum #sunset #bodensee #skinfit #segeln #sonnenuntergang #lakeconstance #sailing #regatta #americascup

Bilbao Guggenheim Museum in the morning light

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Designed by American architect Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao building represents a magnificent example of the most groundbreaking 20th-century architecture. With 24,000 m2, of which 11,000 are dedicated to exhibition space, the Museum represents an architectural landmark of audacious configuration and innovating design, providing a seductive backdrop for the art exhibited in it.

One of the most admired works of contemporary architecture, the building has been hailed as a “signal moment in the architectural culture”, because it represents “one of those rare moments when critics, academics, and the general public were all completely united about something. The museum was the building most frequently named as one of the most important works completed since 1980 in the 2010 World Architecture Survey among architecture experts.

See the complete series of photos: http://bit.ly/photos_guggenheim_bilbao

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Sapin Bilboa March 1st 2018. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

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A Magic Moment


 

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Portrait session with a leader

I took a deep breath after hanging up the phone receiving confirmation to photograph Kristine Braden for the next Sphere Financial Magazine cover. I had the feeling this portrait session is going to be special, very special.
This is neither the first time I’m photographing personalities in the financial industry nor the first time taking a portrait of a woman. This time, it will be the first time I will be photographing a women e leader in the finance industry: Kristine Braden, CEO of Citibank Switzerland, she is also the first and only board female member of the over 100-year-old Swiss Bankers Association.

JK_Braden_17_12_25082Doing online research and getting to know the person is the first step in the preparation process. For every Sphere magazine cover, we feature a CEO of a Swiss bank on a an Eero Aarnio Ball Chair, and I always challenge myself to find a way to combine this chair with the personality of the subject and the brand that he/she is representing to make the cover portrait a “Wow”. Working on color scheme is never easy – finding the color scheme that fits with the personality of the subject and the brand behind. American contemporary graphic designer Paula Scher created the current Citibank logo after the Citicorp-Travellers Group merger, blue is the key color but the red coming from the umbrella of Travellers is also important.
In the mean time I contacted Citibank Switzerland PR head Yvonne Chan to schedule the time slot and to share the idea. We had a great conversation and even discovered our common love and passion for China. Taking a portrait is teamwork, and the moment when Kristine Braden and Yvonne Chan walked into my studio I felt all the essential elements were present. Reciprocal respect, openness, commitment. I knew I’ve got two very good team-players to make it happen. This is not always the case, taking a good portrait is such a fine balance on letting it go, influencing, guiding or interfering.

It was a one-hour portrait session (but think about how much it means to have one hour from such a person). I would like to sit on a couch and talk with her about the world, the unusual political situation, impact and consequences of digitization, or even block-chain because this is an interesting moment we are living in. The reality is we discovered we are both sailing enthusiasts, but soon afterwards we had to start shooting – time is always short. One hour seems long, but it was just right for what we had to do.
The latest Sphere Magazine was published a few days ago and I simply love these photos of Kristine Braden, a smart and attractive business woman.
I had the pleasure to photograph portraits of several personalities in the past years, every single time was an unique moment. I feel so privileged to have these opportunities to work with such great people.
After the shooting, Kristine sent me a message, “It was a blast shooting with you.” And yes, this message made my day even better.

Thank you Kristine, and thank you Yvonne. Thank you for making and being part of this magic moment.

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See more photos of this portrait-session

 

Das Photostudio entsteht !!!

Es ist alles noch nicht ganz fertig, ein wenig “Pop Up Style” die ersten Shootings im eigenen Studio waren sehr erfolgreich .

Es ist gross und super praktisch zum arbeiten.

Wir planen die offizinelle Eröffnungparty noch im August wenn wir bis dann fertig sind mit umbauen und einrichten .

Adresse:

JK Photography, Allmendstrasse 140, 8027 Zürich

Link zu Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/4fupRLzSqsm

Hier die ersten Bilder davon:

Sonnenuntergang beim SBB Rangierbahnhof Limmattal

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Habe mich schon oft gefragt was steckt unter den vielen Lichtern in Spreitenbach…

Der Rangierbahnhof Limmattal ist einer der grössten und leistungsfähigsten Rangierbahnhöfe Europas.
In der Nacht auf der A1 Richtung Zürich auf der Höhe von Spreitenbach fallen jedesmal die grosse Anzahl Lichter auf. Die Beleuchtung gehört zum einem der grössten Rangierbahnhöfe in Europa, pro Nacht werden hier bis zu 2500 Güterwagen Rangiert.
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Newsletter 1/2016

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Das Jahr 2016 ist kraftvoll gestartet und schon sind wir im Frühlingsmonat März.
Die letzten Monate waren voll mit spannenden Photoshootings, wie z.B. das mit dem Swiss Speedskating Team auf dem Eis und im Studio.

5 Jahre ist es her seit der letzten Pure Sailing Passion Tournee. Zusammen mit dem Crusing Club Schweiz Region Basel präsentieren wir am 23. März eine Multivision mit meinen schönsten Aufnahmen der letzten Jahre.
Mehr…

Portrait Session in China

Xie Shiyong ist eine junge Aufstrebende Managerin im Chinesischen “Sillikon Valley” Shenzhen. Was ist das für eine junge Frau die selbstbewusst ein Fotograf aus Europa bucht um Bilder von Ihr zu machen dachte ich mir?

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 Portraits Aufnahmen sind jedesmal eine Entdeckungsreise, speziell wenn man dafür noch in den Flieger steigt und einige Stunden richtig Zeit hat und sich Gedanken über die Person zu machen.
Xie Shiyong ist eine junge Aufstrebende Managerin im Chinesischen “Sillikon Valley” Shenzhen. Was ist das für eine junge Frau die selbstbewusst ein Fotograf aus Europa bucht um Bilder von Ihr zu machen dachte ich mir?
Nach einigen Stunden im Flieger, Zollkontrolle und einer kurzen Nacht ging es am anderen Tag in ein Fotostudio in Shenzhen. Traf sie wie meistens üblich in dieser 13 Mio. Grossstadt in einem nahe gelegenen Shoppingcenter. In Shenzhen Downtown gibt ja fast nur noch Büros, Wohnungen bzw. Wolkenkratzer und eben Shoppingcenters.
In den letzten drei Jahren habe ich gelernt, dass Chinesische Frauen sehr sensible sind wenn es um ihre Portraits Aufnahmen geht. Das Wort Nein existiert nicht, höchstens ein zurückhaltendes “maybe” was meistens genau “Nein” bedeutet und trotzdem verhandelt diese Junge Dame grosse Verträge für ein bekanntes Amerikanisches Internetunternehmen in China.
Der Nachmittag mit Xie im Studio werde ich nicht so schnell vergessen, am Anfang war sie recht zurückhaltend. Nach ein paar Aufnahmen stand sie im Profil vor der Kamera und als sie den Kopf noch hinten senkte wusste ich, dass dieses Shooting ein Erfolg wird.

Vor ein paar Tagen bekam ich via WeChat ein schönes Feedback.

Before this shooting, I felt nervous and not that confident, but after I saw your photos, I really feel like I’m a strong woman through your camera

Link zu den Bilder

 

 

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2016 Pure Sailing Passion Show

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5 Jahre ist es her seit der letzten Pure Sailing Passion Tourne. In der Zwischenzeit konnte ich viele neue schöne und spannende Photos schiessen.
Ich freue mich richtig eine Auswahl davon am Abend vom 23. März in Basel zu zeigen. Neben der Vorschau auf Rio 2016 Olympischen Spiele werden auch Zeitlose Bilder über die berühmten J Class Yachten und viele andere schöne Momente der nautischen Welt zu sehen sein.
Portraits Fotografie ist seit einigen Jahren ein wichtiger Teil meiner Arbeit geworden.
Pure Personality ist das Thema. Es fasziniert mich immer wieder aufs Neue, die Stärke der Persönlichkeit zu entdecken und mit der Kamera fest zu halten. Dafür planen wir noch eine Überraschung.

Datum & Ort:
23. März 2016 Hofmattsaal Münchenstein Basel 20:00

Die Vorbereitungen laufen gut, die Partner sind voll mit dabei und zusammen haben wir schon über 200 der 350 Tickets verkauft.

 Der Verkauf läuft über Ticketino.
Details über den Anlass

Ein spezieller Dank an den CCS Region Basel, Photomarlin und das Wave Magazin.

A day trip to Paris

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The reason for this day trip to Paris was Bruno Troublé the mastermind of the Louis Vuitton Cup,  a very charismatic personality in the international sailing world.

He did spend part of his life organising sailing events, negotiating contracts, and sailing on many differnt boats.

Some years ago when I landed the first time in Auckland I saw the advertisement from Louis Vuitton
“To sail in the Americas’ Cup you first have to win the Louis Vuitton Cup” a clear and strong message.

I still remember the days as a young Laser sailor training on the lake Lugano spending every few years the nights in front of the TV watching the Louis Vuitton Cup, followed then by the America’s Cup.
At that time it seemed a world so far away.
Read the Wave article about Bruno Troublé

See more portraits of the Wave series

Yoga Sport or Art

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Most of the time I’m shooting sport outdoor is it sailing or mountains, but some times we stay inside.
End of year is always a good moment to try out new ideas. This photos  where taken with Nora Kersten a professional Yoga teacher here in Zurich and a former Miss. It’s great to discover as photographer the human body as a form of art.
Model: Nora Kersten
H&M: Astrid MV
Retouching: Uliana

See all photos of this shooting: http://bit.ly/yoga_nora

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High Resolution Panorama from Hong Kong Skyline for the New Year

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Happy New Year !

A few years ago this would have been a high budget almost impossible shooting producing a photo which can be printed with all details visible even on a size of 10m wide.

The base is a Nikon D810e the resolution of 36 megapixel and a great dynamic range capturing bright and dark areas in never seen quality for DSLR cameras. 10 perfectly captured photos stitched together give this panorama image resulting in a photo with 264 megapixel.

Detail view….

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Not that we want to see what’s happeing inside the appartments of Hong Kongs citizens but we could if we keep zooming.

Link to the original photo: http://bit.ly/hong_kong_skyline

Enjoy the view

Jürg

Letztes Segelfotoshooting im 2015

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Letztes Segelfotoshooting im 2015
Das wird sicher nichts als Ende November die Anfrage kam für ein Shooting, und genau am geplanten Tag war der Himmel blau wie schon so oft in diesem Herbst und somit gabe es doch noch schöne Fotos der neuen XP33 der WS Bootsschule hier in Zürich.

 

Back on the lake St. Moritz

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It has been a while since the last shooting on the lake up in St. Moritz. The mountains up there are so impressive and yes would love to go hiking there. The transition from summer to winter is a incredible period but with my broken feet this isn’t possible right now.
The regatta was sailed on the Blu26, same boad used for the St. Moritz Match Race.
What I really enjoed having my own rib and able to drive in the spot witout expalnining the driver what I had in mind.
As expected the temperature dropped for the wekend, this gave a good look to the scenery with the fresh snow on top of the mountains.

Enjoy the selection of photos

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Swiss Mountian Film Festival

 

Big News!!!
In 2012 I had the pleasure to produce the official video for the toughest alpine race in world, the La Patrouille des Glaciers .

Today I’m very happy to announce that our video has been slected as on
of the 15 mountain videos out of 150 to be part of the 2015 Swiss Mountain Film Festival .

The festival takes place in Pontresina from the 10th – 16th August and
our video will be shown on the 16th before the prize giving.

Would great to share this momnet with you all.

#‎dasischzüri‬

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Zurich’s harborcrane during the #‎dasischzüri‬ photo contest and exhibition

A unusual photoexhibition in the streets of Zurich organized and promoted by the local Radio 24. 100 photos representing the city of Zurich in a unusual way have been choosen by a jury and are now in display on billbords in the streets. Very creative idea way better than the usual postcards subjects from the last decades.

The harborcrane “Hafenkan” installed last summer on the Limmat was the source for controversial discussions. Is it art or simply a waste of money?
Gear used: Nikon D800 Nikon 12-24mm 2.8 Lense

link to the photo: Hafenkran

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1.3 Billion Individuals

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China with his 1.3 billion habitants is the most populated country in
the world and its national population density (137/km2) is similar to
our Swiss density.

Looking at the numbers is impressive but never as much as watch-
ing the crowds in the big city. I sometimes have the feeling like
standing if front of  ant colony a formicary where the individual
seems to get’s lost. But if you pick out a few they are individuals like
we with there own dreams, hopes, friends etc.

In my next trips to China I will do more portraits and discover more
of this faces.

Discover their personality

Ecquipmnet used: Nikon D810 Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 Lens Elinchrome flash and sofbox

Volovo Ocean Race in China

A bit of sailingemotions from my last project in China Sanya with Team Alvimedica in Volvo Ocean Race.

Travel to China behind the big firewall

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What works, what not and how to access LinkedIn, Facebook & Co during the time you travel in China. After years of business trips to China I found my solutions and work around.

My first contact with this system was during the 2008 Olympic games. Left home with plenty of good ideas, my blog was well prepared for it. Had a clear strategy with Facebook etc. but….
Once arrived in the Olympic village there was no way to get to on my Facebook
and WordPress blog event outside in town. After many useless discussion I allways got the same typical answer: “Sorry Sir not possible, becouse Beijing” and I gave up.

The solution came a few days later still during the Olympic Games with a young friendly Chinese who was looking at my photos the day before approaching me in the media center:
“Sir I can help for your internet, but please do not say….” VPN was the magic word ! At the end the solution was not really working it was way too to slow.

So what works and what doesn’t ?

Not working
– Google.com (all google services) gmail googledrive etc. even google map
– Twitter Facebook, youtube, vimeo

Working
The following services work well even without VPN:
– Instagram, Skype, Facetime, Tumblr, linkedin, WhatsApp

Today it’s still the same you will not get access unless you install your VPN already at home. In the mean time there are plenty of VPN solutions you can buy online. You will find easy some free once but not sure if they work once you are in China. The question is more which one.

I have two criteria I generally apply in this web services:

Is it for free?
Why should I get anything for free? There must be a reason for that. It’s not going to cost a lot so I prefer to chose one I have to pay.

How long is the service around?
Don’t read the success stories but check our the reference list and how long is this operating.

From a technical point of view make sure it offers SSL Security, it will encrypt all the data during communication.

As
my brother used to be a former IT Manager of a Swiss Bank he installed a own VPN and this one is safe but there are public solutions who work fine:

Here area few:
http://www.top10bestvpn.com

The same applies for smart phones and tablets:

Personally I use the VPN Express:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vpn-express-best-mobile-vpn/id375584677?mt=8It
works
fine, they are area few servers around the globe you can choose depending on the website you are accessing. Please remember the connection will slow down a bit.

Here area few more:
http://www.guidingtech.com/17306/best-vpn-apps-iphone-hotspot-shield-vpn-express/

Social media in China:
It’s
a big thing, probably even bigger than what we expect. Just observe the young people in the subway or so and you will see how focussed they are.

Here are a few services you will probably come across one you are in China:

www.weibo.com
Replaces
our Twitter, a micro blog but it’s way more advanced than our twitter, used to be top until 2 years ago but still working very well. Almost everybody is on weibo.

www.wechat.com
It replaces our WhatsApp and I recommend you to install it. It’s very popular to exchange the QR code when you meet someone to stay connected. Wechat is growing in popularity in these days.

www.youku.com
This is the Chinese nr. one video platform and replaces our youtube and vimeo. Even with a VPN they are almost useless as it’s way to slow.

Mobile phone contracts & Wifi:
Data & voice roaming in China can be super expensive, it’s cheaper getting a second smart phone and get a local simcard if you stay longer than a few days. If not make sure you have turned off the data roamingservice.

However you will find a lot of free WIFI around in China mostly in all restaurants, airports etc. in the bigger cities they havea free wifi. Just ask and you will get the login and password.

Hope this information will make you stay in China more enjoyable.

Juerg Kaufmann

About me:
Since the 2008 Olympic games I have been back to China for job’s several times. Three years ago during a photoshooting I had the chance to meet a fantastic women. She did here Master thesis on the social media andhelped me to get into the Chinese way of thinking and working. In the mean time we are a couple.. 😉
My next photoshooting in China will be end of March and I’m already looking forward to it.

www.juergkaufmann.com

Team Alvimedica and the World Heart Health Charity

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After 1 week photography for the Team Alvimedica the fact who touched me most is the motivation and the determination in their charity program.
It’s all about helping those in need. I had the chance to talk for a longer time with the Alvimedica CEO Cem Bozkurt, the amount of funds allready collected by the Team is great and what’s even more impressive is to feel his passion and hear his visons and plans to build a global competence center in Split CRO to cure heart diseas.

Our world today is so profit oriented, only short term goals matters
this leads to superficiality, this project is a long and hard walk,
thank you Alvimedica.

To find out more about their programm click here: http://goo.gl/hKP07q

The charities will receive the funds raised by the team through auction of a
Pro-Am Race and Jump Seat experience. Bid for your chance to join the
team at a stopover near you! www.teamalvimedica.com/auction/

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RIO 2016 TUDO BOM !

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There are happy days and not so happy days in live…today is a very happy day.

Let’s call it Swiss Olympic efficeincy as today I got my accreditation for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.
This will be the third Olympic Games after Beijing in 2008 and London 2012…

Now it time to learn barazilian….Tudo bem or Tudo bom?
Simple: if asked, “Tudo bem?” you reply “Tudo bom.” If asked, “Tudo bom?” reply “Tudo bem.”

Fotografieren mit behinderten Menschen

Diese Jahr durfte ich zwei Fotoprojekte realisieren, mit Menschen, die mit einer Behinderung durch das Leben gehen. Die Behinderungen sind sehr unterschiedlich, von geistigen, aber auch physische und zum Teil in Kombination.

Bis jetzt war der Kontakt mit ihnen für mich etwas ungewiss. Ich hatte bereits ein paar Erfahrungen gemacht, aber wird es klappen? Portraitaufnahmen sind immer etwas sehr persönliches, das wird ein richtig grosser Schritt, dachte ich mir.

Nach dem ersten Projekt, ein Buch über die Bewohner eines Wohnheims in Zürich-Seefeld, merkte ich, dass es gar nicht so schwer ist. Man kann mit Ihnen fast so umgehen, wie mit anderen Menschen auch. Zusammenfassend konnte man sagen: authentisch sein ist die Lösung. Nur bei gewissen Themen, je nach Behinderung, ist etwas Vorsicht geraten: Bei einem Spaziergang mit einer Gruppe kam das Thema Rauchen in die Gesprächsrunde und natürlich habe ich versucht, meinen Standpunkt zu erklären. Rauchen ist ungesund und wer gesund lebt, lebt länger. Plötzlich war das Thema Tod in der Runde und da musste die Leiterin kurz eingreifen.

Link zum Buch: Dabei sein

Was mich schon seit einiger Zeit beschäftigte war das Video von Pro Infirmis mit Gianni Blumer

Link zum Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FH4yK5ibmM
Es zeigt auf eindrückliche Art und Weise, wie wir mit ihnen aus ihrer Sicht umgehen, und ja wir machen einiges falsch.

Kurz darauf kam das zweite Projekt mit sechs Segler von Sailability. Das war nochmals einen Schritt weiter, nicht nur Portraits, dazu werden wir sie noch mit Wasser bewerfen.

Warum mit Wasser bewerfen, das ist doch nicht fair, sagten einige, das geht nicht!
Und genau darum ging es. Doch es macht Sinn, denn wenn sie segeln gehen, werden auch sie nass. Sie haben genauso Freude an grossen Wellen und viel Wind wie jeder andere Segler auf der Welt.

Ohne die Unterstützung der Sailability.ch Organisation hätte ich nie den Mut aufgebracht, die sechs jungen Segler mit Wasser zu bewerfen, aber sie haben mir gezeigt, dass es geht und wir mit ihnen umgehen können wie mit anderen Segler/Sportler.  Natürlich geht auch ein grosser Dank an die sechs junge Seglerinnen: Wayra, Luis, Patrick, Alex, Dominik, Florian.

Die Bilder sind nun veröffentlicht und nehmen Ihren Weg, es würde mich sehr freuen, wenn diese Bilder genau die Diskussion anregen und den Umgang mit unseren Freunden vereinfachen.

Link zu den Bilder: Wir sind Segler/innen

Was mich weiterhin beschäftig: nicht unsere behinderten Freunde müssen lernen, mit uns umzugehen, sondern wir mit ihnen. Frage mich manchmal, wer ist den hier behindert. Die unverfrorene, direkte und ehrliche Art, welche ich mit diesen zwei Projekten erleben konnte, ist sehr erfrischend und würde manchen gut tun.

Jürg Kaufmann

A Step closer to Rio
Video produced for the Swiss Olympic Sailing Team Nathalie Brugger and Mathias Buhler.

The scenes where produced in Rio during the Olympic Test event this summer 2014. Editing job by James McIntyre and grafic work by Marina Brugger.

Great teamwork

Good luck for Nati & Mati

More about the team: http://www.buhlerbrugger2016.ch

The morning after

My 2014 World Yacht Racing Image Contest entry
Vote here_ http://bit.ly/JK_WYRI_2014

Story of the photo
Richard is a retired doctor from the UK. He just spent a hellish night in the Tasman sea during the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race onboard the Clipper 70 Switzerland. Two successive low pressure systems hit the boat, the wind got stronger and stronger, hitting 60 knots, and all the crew are exhausted. Yet, the day after Richard is on deck, tired but happy, enjoying the adventure of a lifetime. And his face speaks volumes…

Water Quality in Guanabara Bay Rio

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After one week in Rio there are three points wo seem apparent about the water quality.

First, the water is still dirty, and it smells bad in some places.  Most of the day though, especially with the current running, it’s not so bad.  The race course that will be near the bridge still has lots of plastic bags and floating debris around; those seem to be the major risk for sailors at the moment.

Second is the water quality: Days ago, our head coach took some samples and sent to an independent lab for review.  We will have final results in a couple of days, but (and this is incredible), the water quality is within normal limits!  For sure, the water quality is far, far from what I’m used to on our alpine lakes in Switzerland, but still, we saw a turtle today and some of our sailors saw dolphins, so that’s good news.

Third, I remember the Star Worlds here 4 years ago here in Rio, and since then, the water quality has improved A LOT.  We had a race on the future medal course back then, and the water was so horribly brown and even black at times that I couldn’t use a single photo from that race.

We can complain about the water quality, but the reality is that we are seeing a major ecological change here on Brazil’s shore.  Being an outsider it is hard to predict what will happen come 2016, but if the Chinese could solve hundreds of tons worth of algae, it’s not hard to hope that the Brazilians will solve their water management issues.

Jürg

Pure Sailing Passion

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After years of yachting photography and dreaming about presenting my images on a IMAX screen suddnetly you get this magic phone call.

The Swiss National Museum of transportaion, (by fare the largest and most visited museum in Switzerland) was planning a special exibition about sailing and this is the museum with largest IMAX screen in Switzerland.

The selection of the photos turned out to be a challenge, you wnat as many as you can, covering different subject and following a story.

The editing of the video ws done by James McIntyre love the work he does.

Back home from the PDG

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PDG stands for Patrouille des Glacier, probably the hardest mountain race around….no I didn’t participate, I was just taking photos of the race.

What’s so special then… simply do 3000 – 4000 meters in climbing up with camera gear to shoot what you have in mind or client needs then it get’s special, even for the photographer.

Shooting at the Olympic games is a very special occasion and it’s always unforgettable. Shooting the PDG is somehow very similar. This year is the 4th time I had got the job as official photographer of the PDG.

It’s a job that starts months before, back from the Sydney Hobart race I had 4 months to get ready and prepare my body and gear for this project. This year I got the help of Fabian from the Swiss Olympic Medical Center at the Schulthess Clink here in Zurich. The training was hard but the difference to the last edition was the constancy, keep training every day at least 1h or 2h at a not too high heart rate, during that time I not only got fit but also lost almost 7 Kg….less to carry up.

How to handle the gear in high altitude isn’t anymore a problem, had plenty of storms in the last 3 editions to learn that, however, there are 2 points which are crucial:

– Think well what you really need, carry as less as you can. It takes me weeks to think about the images I have in mind to finally reduce the camera gear weight to the limit.

– Keep the cameras in the cold. Leave the cameras outside when you go back in to the tent to sleep or to relax, the humidity isn’t any good for them. You can even dig your bag under the snow and mark it with an avalanche sonde to find it again the next morning when you come out of the tent.

About lenses, it may sound weird and I get criticized from time to time but my favourite lens is the Nikon 28 – 300 mm. I know it’s not a prime lense but it’s light and very versatile with the zoom range up to 300mm.

I was thinking for long about my backpack. There are all this new backpacks appearing in the market made for outdoor photographers but after looking at a few of them I decided to go with my Mammut 35 litter. He is not the lightest but gets everything properly stored and still feels comfortable on my back with all the weight. Not to forget that we carry a full high mountain safety equipment all the time. Shovel, sonde, safety cover, first-aid kit, ice axe, ice screws etc., all what you normally carry climbing, hiking in high altitude.
A big help are this neoprene covers, they protect the camera and lenses from shocks, and they are light….very important.

Another think to consider is the chopper, beside walking a lot we also fly a lot, just short flights lasting a few minutes , getting in and out of the chopper is key, and nothing has to be attached outside of the back to prevent get hocked on somewhere. The loadmasters would not like it at all.

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This year thanks to Dynafit I also changed my ski and ski boots… love the new TLT6 from Dynafit, flexible when needed for long walking and hard the way I like it on the way down. The skis are the Dynafit Broadpeak length 174cm, very light but they are great in the powder but also on the ice.

The first few days were the hardest, just to start we begun with a 1’000m climb over a glacier, thank’s to the hard training I had no problem, the backpack felt well with my limited gear selection. But I had a big lesson. My water bottle was on the left side, so does the ice ax and the tripod…after 1h walking, climbing my left shoulder felt in serious pain, a bit of changes and then it was ok.

After a few days my body got used to the high altitude and I felt good, could keep up the speed with all the mountain specialists of the Swiss Army, but I got my big lesson about speed when I was around with the 3 Pro’s from Dynafit.

We planned a shooting before the race in high altitude, the first night on the Schönbiel hut and then up to Tete Blanche…..I was giving everything on the way up but for them It was still a easy walk…(during the race they got second…..why should they feel challenged by a photographer)

Unfortunately the next day it was snowing hard, very little visibility and avalanches kept coming down every 10 minutes around us so we had to go down without doing the expected photos. It was a hard decision but safety is more important.

Beside shooting in the mountains we started 2 years ago with a series of portraits, this year we completed the series with the mountain guides and on top we also did a series with the pilots from the Swiss Air Force. Working so close with so many strong personalities is an incredible experience. Click here to see the complete gallery of portraits.

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The first race was in low altitude we planned to shoot the part from Zermatt to Schönbiel…the hardest part was walking up to the Staffel checkpoint with the ski boots, but my Dynafit TLT6 were simply great. No blisters at all…Thank you Dynafit. In the forest after Staffel I had my lucky moment check out the photo:

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Early morning I finally got my photo – flight over the race. Amazing photos.

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The second race was again a weather challenge, clouds covered the mountains and we supposed to fly up to Tete Blanche but at 18.30 the pilots gave up and a few hours later the race started. Too late to start to walk up… Again I had to make changes due to the weather…Stay flexible and make the best out of it…..

Around midnight the sky cleared up and early morning I got a great photo of the Mont Collon.
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With the sun rising I got lucky…. received and SMS saying “go to the heliport asap” and 1 h later I was on Rosablanche shooting the teams climbing up.

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The way home was with the ski…up and down to Verbier….not bad at all.

Hope you enjoy this short/long story. Now I’m off for another jogging session, want to keep my body fit as long as I can.

Juerg

We are in the year 2014, we supposed to live in civilized world.
Are we making big steps back?
I’m sharing this video because this video need to be seen around the world.
Any crazy stunt video get’s millions of views like the one from Volvo with Jean-Claude Van Damme. It’s cool but this is important.
It’s not entertaining to watch this video but you should watch it and share it.
Venezuela is only one country of many..think about Egypt, Ukraine, Libya and many more.

Spend a bit of your time and share it that’s the least we can do, they deserve it.

More & More

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Fitness test at the Swiss Olympic Medical Center / Schuthess Clinic in Zurich.  In about one month the high altitude photo-shooting projects start and It’s time to check the fitness level.
It’s never enough, at least that’s what it feels. The outcome of the test was motivating but cruel too. I’m fit..ok I feel that myself, but how much and do I train the right way.
The heart range during the training was too high, this happens very easily, you skip a training session and the next one you push a bit harder to compensate and that’s a way to loose efficiency, that’s what I learned today.
From now on every second day 30 – 60 min jogging at a lower heart rate (125 – 135) and then once per week a ski tour to prepare the  body for the long and hard ascents in case we can’t use the chopper.

Summary:
Reduce the heart race but increase the training volume, let’s see if it works. Mid April onwards I will feel it. At least I lost 4 Kg since January, this is less weight to carry up on the mountains.

And you, how is your training going?

Evolution of creativity….how long it takes to get there…do we ever get there?