Bilbao Guggenheim Museum in the morning light

Sapin Bilboa March 1st 2018. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Spain Bilbao March 2018 Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in the morning light
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

Sapin Bilboa March 1st 2018. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

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

 

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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#‎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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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

Life of a photo

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Where does the life of a photo start? In the mind of the photographer, art director from the agency when they think about a specific situation, place or simply the moment he press the shutter and you hear the click of the mirror going up, which allows the light to be captured.

The pixel information go from the sensor to the memory card, assuming it’s a digital camera. Later the data/photo will be transferred to a computer where she will be deleted or selected to be edited. Some edits take a few minutes and some take a day or more.
Most of them end up being parked on some online archive/website. For many photos the online archive or photographer website is like a public library. They stay there forever and from time to time someone will come and have a look and maybe she will be downloaded and being published in a magazine or so.

Sometimes life is different, it happens more and more with my photos. The terms of a specific photo is defined already before the click with contract a kind of birth-certificate, the creator is defined and so the ownership rights etc. Those are the lucky photos, as we say in Italian “nato con la camicia”.

The editing normally takes more than just a few minutes, it takes hours and sometimes days. Not talking about the contract/birth certificate negotiations.
Let me introduce you to one of my photos which is one of them. The photo is in display right now twice 6 meters long retro illuminated in the Zurich Airport on gate B in the Schengen area.

A few weeks ago I made this panorama photo of the city of Zurich with the lake during the sunset for the Swiss private Bank Mirabaud. The concept comes from pulp.alibi in Geneva.

It’s a composition of twelve 36 megapixel vertical photos taken with the Nikon D800, on a Manfrotto panorama head. The 12 photos where then stitched together to a very large panorama photo. Lot’s of details can be seen in the photo all the buildings, streets, the Limmat etc… Enjoy the special light at that moment when the mirror went up.
Click here to see more:http://tinyurl.com/zurich-panorama

Thank you Juliette, Philipe and Bernard

Up in the sky

77 Bombay Street, “Up in the sky” this is one of the songs which I will always keep in mind for the 2013 summer, same for the shooting of last week.
At the heliport near Saint-Tropez after the normal preparation for an aerial shooting such as removing the seats, fixing the harness etc. we took off, the legs out in the fresh air under the rotor and Gilles sitting next to me, he is just back from the cup in San Francisco. A quick photo from us to document this moment and we are already high up over the bay from Saint-Tropez. The bay is almost white so many boats are out there. We are heading to the “other side” the beaches area with the legendary Club 55 the race course of Wally’s and the J Class yachts. My legs are a bit freezing and I’m going again trough my camera settings again, once we are on the spot all goes very fast.

Below my feet’s I can see the beach and the clubs and here are the big boats. From up here they look like normal sailing boats, a main sail a Jib and Spinnaker noting special but when you see the size of the crew you get a feeling how big this boats are.
Every time I’m up in the air I feel this freedom to move around fast, you talk to the pilot with the headset and you just go. I also feel a pressure you want..no you must do great shots now..the airtime is quite expensive. We look each other and smile it’s an great moment..the light is perfect the waves are there:  “la vertical la”  we say to the pilot via the headset and we are right on the top of a big wally yacht as they are dropping their massive spinnaker. I start to make on amazing photo after the other, it’s like being in a flow, you cant stop it it just comes, we move to the next boat, I even don’t feel .the cold air on my legs….and here is the song, “up in the sky you are just fine” ….enjoy the photos.