First winter-storm on the way to the European coasts

This is the first Atlantic winter-storm heading towards Europe, he will hit the European cost on Wednesday.
At the first sight, it looks like a big storm for the start of the season. Will be interesting to follow the evolution, is this an exception or the beginning of a strong winter.
Would love to travel to Nazaré tomorrow to be on time for Wednesday and photograph the first giant waves of the new winter but two weeks of quarantine on the way back home is too long
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Read more on http://www.bigwaves.art

#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.

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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

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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:

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.

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

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

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

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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Volovo Ocean Race in China

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

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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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.

Hardcore Offshore Sailing

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Rolex Sydney Hobart this is a race on my bucket list..done…amazing…
Strong winds big waves unforgettable experience.
Read the full story on the magazine Wave

It’s quite some time ago since the last cover on Skippers magazine, and finally with a bit of a surprise here we have one. The magazine is the December – March issue. Took the photo in Zurich during the 2012 Volvo Match Race Cup. Right before the start of the race a was on-board with the CicaCER team. A few maneuvers to warm up every body in the crew was a great chance to get some really close action photos.
The surprise is right during the event I didn’t realized the power of this photo. Back home several weeks after when Brice the chief editor called me that he is looking for a cover image with the girls team I finally found it. As always selection of the photos is as difficult as shooting, it’s so easy to miss a good photo.
PS: Click here or on to photo too see the original photo

Time to get ready for the games

On the waterline

Trofeo Desafio Espagnol Valencia

Last weekend I have been in Valencia for the Desafio Annual Regatta. For some a really important event such as Alinghi and Desafio, some others like BMWOracle guess not so interested in it. For me it was a great opportunity to try out a new camera system and this with nothing less as the Americas cup boats.

Since 1 year was thinking how to realize this kind of image, specially as I like to work from the water surface and with the wide angle lenses. The perspective is different and amazing, with underwater housing I can finally combine this two in to one image without damaging the camera and even go a bit under the surface.

It’s really motivating to explore and learning this technology. As sailing photographer you always take images from sailing boats, and in the mean time we did almost every possible angle and corner of the boats and this is finally something new and give us new options.

Xie Xie China

Xie Xie in mandarino significa grazie e si pronuncia “cie cie”, hanno dato tutto quello che potevano per trasformare queste Olimpiadi in una bella festa. Non per parlarne della cerimonia di chiusura che no ho vissuto in prima persona.

Sono sul viaggio di ritorno e mi sono fermato 2 giorni a Shanghai per vedere un po di China al di fuori dal villaggio Olimpico e di Qingdao. Sfortunatamente piove fortemente e cosi sono in albergo e scrivo un po.

Gli ultimi giorni a Qingdao erano particolarmente intensi, incominciando con la medal race di Flavio ed Enrico sulla Star: buona partenza, terzi alla boa di bolina, “ultimi” alla boa di poppa ed un recupero da eroi nella prossima bolina fino al secondo posto e poi finire sul scondo posto. La medaglia non ci e stata, gli punti persi nelle prime prove pesavano troppo pero bella prestazione. Bravi!!!

Il giorno della partenza da Qingdao era anche un po particolare. Dopo che gli Chinesi del centro stampa hanno scoperto che il mio volo era solo alle 23.00 non cera mezzo per evitare la cerminonia di chiusura di Qingdao, non so come mai ma dovevo scattare delle foto a tutti costi. Non mi dispiaceva perché gli unici fotografi rimasti era Carlo Borlenghi ed io cosi l’ho fatto assieme a Carlo.
Fino qui tutto bene, hanno organizzato tutta una serie di trasporti per fare in modo che la partenza dallo stadio, caricare le borse in albergo e poi portarmi in aeroporto doveva funzionare alla perfezione. Non fu cosi, l’ultimo trasporto era in ritardo e cosi ho perso la prima volta l’aereo. Per la manager (donna) del centro stampa era un disastro si e scusata in tutti modi possibili e quasi non osava più a guardarmi dalla vergogna. Pero quello che ne e uscito dopo era geniale.

Mi sono trovato in un vero KTV Chinese (Karaoke TV) con un gruppo di volontari del centro stampa e nel fra tempo mi hanno organizzato il nuovo volo, trasporto ed albergo per la notte.
Consequnza ho giocato una specie di indianata Chinese di birra con dei dadi tutta la notte con Chinesi nel KTV dove le ragezza del centro stampa continuavano a cantare in Chinese ed io bere Qingdao birra perche chairmente gli Chinesi erano piu bravi. Ogni tre po caraciavano la canzone “I am sailing I am sailing” per fare cantare pure me.
Per fortuna la nostra costituzione sopporta meglio l’ alcool dei Chinesi cosi ce l’ho fatta a sopravvivere più o meno bene la notte.

Il giorno dopo cioè un paio di ore dopo chiaramente mi hanno accompagnato in aereoporto. Stranamente mi hanno portato dritto all check in della first class, il resto si spiega da solo, peccato che il volo e durato poco meno di 2 ore.

Domani torno a casa per un fine settimana tranquillo perché il lunedì dopo si va a St. Moritz per il match race.

Saluti da Shangahi

Jürg

PS: Qui a Shanghai ho trovato un bar che si chiama “Locarno” ed ha il caffe “Chiocco d’oro” e gli spagetti carbonara sono mica male.

Una giornata importante si annuncia qui a Qingdao

Sono le 5.30 di mattina. Il sole doverebbe apparire fra non molto, ma con tutto questo grigio dubito che si veda.
Ogni tanto mi domando con tutti i bei posti al mondo siamo finiti qua a fare le Olimpiadi dove non si capisce se il grigio é smog oppure semplice nebbia.

Va beh, il nostro programma non cambia. Colazione, poi vado al centro stampa a scaricare un pò di foto. Alle 9 mi trovo con Tom Ruegge il capo del team Svizzero: dobbiamo discutere come gestire le eventuali proteste, infatti oltre al mio ruolo di fotografo ufficiale, ho il compito di “rules advisor” per il nostro team.

Alle 11.30 arriva il pulmino che ci porta ai gommoni per uscire sull’acqua. Avete letto bene: il pulmino é una specie di “golf car”, perchè qui oltre a fare un caldo incredibile c’è un’ umidità latissima. Nessuno vuole camminaree pensate a me che devo portarmi in collo 15 Kg di apparecchiature foto sulle spalle.

Il discorso sul gommone é assai divertente. Ieri avevamo un pilota che non parlava una parola di inglese. Inoltre con noi è salito un traduttore che non capisce niente di vela. Risultato: una scenetta da “mission impossible” in cui non ho potuto avvicinarmi al campo per scattare delle belle foto.

I cinesi vanno matti per i formulari. Figuratevi che persino per ricevere il panino a pranzo devo riempire un formulario. Ora potete immaginarvi cosa ho scritto sul “Feedback Form” del driver del gommone.

Oggi vado sul campo dei surf, per a vedere cosa fa il Richi e poi devo scattare anche un po di foto dei greci che sono diventati miei clienti grazie alla Sofia ed ad Andreas (Sofia e la ex. campionessa Olympica di 470)
Chissa che driver e traduttore abbiamo oggi?

Ieri ero sul campo degli Yngling. Sofia come sempre riesce a fare dei recuperi incredibili. Già a Palma nella medal race si era trovata main svantaggio e poi è riuscita ad arrivare tra i primi. Stessa cosa ieri, “go Sofia”

Ora vado a fare colazione. Ammetto sono un pò nervoso

Do you like a sandwich?

Since the tour de France a la voile a lot of things happened and I think it’s time to update a bit.

Why is the title about sandwich? Keep reading and you will see.

Right after the tour having alomst every day baguette sandwiches I went to Marseille the beautiful harbor in south of France to the extreme 40 catamarans for some photo shooting, usless to say thet we had baguette sandwiches on the water.

It was the first time I traveled with the TGV, the fast train in France, and I think it’s probably more efficient as the plan, It goes over 300 Km/h…guess what, you get sandwiches on board. Unfortunately I had to leave Marseille the day of strong wind, so no real action pictures.

After Marseille the grade 1 match race in Ravenna the Trofeo Trombini as umpire.It’s every year a high light spending a few days on the Adriatic sea, specially the pasta for lunch on the water cocked on Mr. Trombini’s boat. During this days I got up early one day to enjoy the sunrise on the beach, will do more of those things in the future.

The next event was the match race Europeans in Poland Sopot, have been there already last year as umpire and as expected the organizers did a really outstanding job for this event.We sailed in front of the VIP Hospitality area which is a long pier as long as the up and downwind leg. Any idea what we got for lunch?

This year It looks like I will be over 150 days on the water and I really start to hate sandwiches.

Now I’m back home having salad and vegetable after 10 days in Palma for the copa del rey as tactician on the IMS Thomas Sabo. Was there with a few friends from Zurich eating sandwich for lunch on the boat. We did a 12th overall in the IMS class where the Spanish crews feel really at home.
The Spanish federation seemed to be so surprised with our result and we got an invitation for the IMS Worlds in September providing us also a boat, if it’s a fast boat we will go.

Palma was hot in many senses and a lot of sun, for sure the next event will be a bit cooler: St. Moritz for the Alinghi Swiss Tour final. There we will need a bit more than shorts and t-shirt and hopefully we don’t get again sandwiches on the water for lunch.

Jürg