Sunset at Tegalalang, Bali

The Landscapes of Bali, Indonesia

Turn around and start leaving the crowded beaches of Bali. Head towards the back country of the island and discover a totally different landscape.

Explore the rice terraces of Bali, Indonesia. Reimagine the color palatte.

Among the most popular destinations of Bali are the rice terraces of Tegalalang and Jatiluwih. Both are perfect examples of a more rural, more authentic Bali. This cultural landscape belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage. The cooperative water management and farming system known as subaks reflect the omnipresent philosophy of Tri Hita Karana. It draws together the idea of the spiritual mind, the human world and nature. You might want to rest for a while, enjoy the constantly changing light of the scenery and enjoy the aura of the landscape. Its richness of colors, the complexity of the arrangements and the connection to the area are simply overwhelming.

 

Next to the popular rice terrages of Jatiluwih and Tegalalang, you’ll find hundreds of terraces in the other parts of the Island – you might not want to miss the landscape around the village of Pupuan or Karangasem. All of them have a beautiful tiny little detail in common: little shrines of the Goddess Dewi Sri, constantly filled with lovely (and sometimes surprisingly weird) offerings.

 


Sekumpul Waterfall, Bali

Welcome to the Jungle of Bali, Indonesia

“Mark my trail.” – Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book.

The thicket of Bali.

Head towards Ubud, a tiny village in the center of the island. Explore the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, an area to achieve a harmonious relationship between humans and its (spiritual) enviroment. The site is pretty popular, so is the city itself. Keep going though, you’ll soon discover mostly silent and confusing corners. A natural mess, only textured by light and shadow. Kept alive by the sound of nature. Ruled by hundreds of monkeys. Just like the city itself.

 

Leave the people behind, follow the roads northbound and discover the waterfalls of Sekumpul. The hike will make you swear at hundreds of stairs, along dirty roads and crossing rivers. However, it is worth all the effort and sweat. You’ll explore a mostly lonely natural habitat with seven stunning waterfalls, rivers and natural pools. And endless silence.

 


Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Harmony and Contradiction - Color and the Shape of Iceland

Iceland is a country of many faces. Experience vast impressions of the planet’s shapes and colors. You’ll be frozen by glaciers, get soaked to the skin by rivers or burned by sulfur mines. Be ready to get lost in the sheer infinity of the countryside.

Iceland’s Color and its Shape. A story of harmony and contradiction.

Most of all, join the tour to the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. It is a large glacial lake at the head of Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. Feel the cold of the icebergs getting dragged into the ocean. Occasionally, the pieces are running ashore at the black beach creating a sensational contrast. But maybe you might want to listen to the power of the river running through Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon. Smell the sulfour at the geothermal fields of Hverir around Mývatn, one of the most bizarre and colorful landscapes of Iceland. It is an area of active volcanism.

 

The country of harmony and contradiction. Even when you get lost in the middle of nowhere, between anywhere and anytime: You can not stop standing in awe-stricken silence. Then you turn around, and it has suddenly changed again. You have to keep up. Keep on exploring.

 


The Mill at the Waterfall of Golling, Austria

Gollinger Wasserfall, Österreich

The so called Gollinger Wasserfall is one of the most popular landsmarkes around the city of Salzbug, Austria.

The Waterfall of Golling, Austria.

However, the waterfall’s real name is Schwarzbachfall due to the river’s name. The water, coming out of a tiny cave up the river, is freezingly cold all over the year. There is obviously much more to explore – its spring is hidden in a beautiful cave, the water’s power is used to power the water wheel of a mill along the river. Due to its beauty and rareness, the area is marked as a protected landscape (ready to be explored).

 

 


Dettifoss, Iceland

The Waterfalls of Iceland

Some say it’s one of the most obvious reasons to visit the country: The Waterfalls of Iceland.

You have to see for yourself. And hear.

There is an endless number of waterfalls waiting to be discovered. You have for sure seen plenty of them on photographs before. However, you still have to experience them for yourself: Get an impression of scale. Of power. And beauty.
The massive amount of people around Gullfoss. The hidden paths and ridiciulously blue glacial water of Bruarfoss. The spectacular light of Kirkjufellfoss in front of the amazing mountain during sunrise. The waterfall of the Gods: Godafoss, probably the most beautifull waterfall of the island.  The pitifull Geitafoss right next to it, which is pretty often ignored. The waterfalls around the river Skjálfandafljót, especially Aldeyjarfoss (which looks like Darth Vader). The twin waterfalls of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus: Dettifoss and Sellfoss. The overwhelming moment when you realize how large Europe’s most powerful waterfall – Dettifoss – actually is. The brutal sound of the water. The incredible landscape of Hallormsstadhur which houses the famous Hengifoss. Skogafoss in the south of Iceland. You have to walk behind the sensational Seljalandsfoss and get soaked. Gljúfrafoss, which is hidden in a small cave.

 

And there are so many waterfalls of Iceland left to explore. Because it’s a country built of fire, ice and water.

 


Sunset at Hallormsstadhur, Iceland

Chasing Light - the Landscape of Iceland

These days, you probably won’t be the first person to visit this part of Iceland. You won’t be the first to photograph that landscape in this part of the world. You won’t be the first to drive down that road. But it is still the first time you see it with your own eyes. It is still the first time to encounter the landscape on your own. You, the landscape and the light. And your camera.

Iceland constantly changes. Light constantly changes. Time for a hunt.

There is no reason to stay at home.

 


Sunrise at Stokksnes, Iceland

The Golden Hour at Vestrahorn and Stokksnes, Iceland

Stokksnes is a headland north of Höfn í Hornafirði, mostly famous for its amazing beach in front of the mountains of Klifatindur.

The Golden Hour paints Stokksnes in pink and blue.

Getting up at around 2.30am during summer is a tough task. But those few moments during the Golden Hour blows away the tiredness. The clouds around the well-known Vestrahorn, the most popular mountain of Klifatindur, are painted in pink and blue. The grains of sand seem to adopt the color tone.
The large vistas, together with the stunning contrast of a black sandy beach, the green plants and the rough moutains, make it the most popular photographic spot in south-east Iceland.

 

Getting to and away from the landscape around  is a truly remarkable experience as well. The road along is worth the hike to the old and (hopefully) abandoned NATO radio station. Hiking towards Vestrahorn along the coastal line will lead you to an early (and reconstructed) Viking settlement.

 

You can (legally) stay the short night at the Viking Cafe, as its parking lot is a camping ground as well.

 


Sunset at Muottas Muragl, Engadin, Switzerland

Chasing light and catching fog at Engadin, Switzerland

The Engadin valley is a beautiful alpine region around the famous village of St. Moritz in the Canton Graubünden.

St. Moritz, the mountains and its glaciers. Somewhere behind God’s bank of fog.

The region offers tons of hiking possibilities. Glaciers around Piz Bernia and Piz Palü like the dying Morteratsch Glacier. Beautiful views and ridgeways around Muottas Muragl with an amazing view of the Upper Engadine and St. Moritz. You enjoy the railway to Muottas Muragl. You are waiting for the sun to set behind the mountains. For the light to paint the valley into a golden ocean.

 

Photography is usually, mostly and sometimes about planning. It’s about the right time of the day (or night) and light. Sometimes, it’s just about making the best of what’s visible. Or sensible.

 


Sunrise at Kirkjufell, Snæfellsnes, Iceland

The Light and Change of Kirkjufell, Iceland

Kirkjufell is located on the Northern coast of Snæfellsnes and is considered Iceland’s most popular and most photographed mountain.

Kirkjufell – the church mountain. Iceland’s Sugarloaf.

There is a simple reason for this popularity: First, glaciers shaped the 463m Kirkjufell, creating an almost iconic shape. Besides its astonishing visual look, the area around the tiny village of Grundarfjörður is also famous for the several cascades of the waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss. Plenty of tiny waterfalls create a landscape worth being shown in any fantasy movie. The river winds itself towards the fjord, guiding us towards the summit.

 

Be patient.

Light changes anything. The mountain recieves a totally different aura during the several times of the day. Sit down and breath during those few hours between twilight and dawn. Wait for the mountain to change during Golden Hour and during Blue Hour.