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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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The story behind the photo

What it takes to shoot big waves.

Nazare Portugal Atlantic Ocean Waves
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.

Nazare Portugal Atlantic Ocean Waves
Nazare Portugal Atlantic Ocean Waves, November 2018

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.

RUND UM 2018

runD UM 2018

 

 

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

Nazare Portugal Atlantic Ocean Waves

Nazare Portugal Atlantic Ocean Waves

Nazare Portugal Atlantic Ocean Waves

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

#‎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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