new tripod tested in Frankfurt.

If you’re going regularly on photo hunt, chances are high that (at least within your usual surrounding), you’ll get bored sometimes. What helps in those cases? Shopping.

So, I got myself a little treat, a new tripod, a Velbon Ultra 655.

Mainly, because I still have my first tripod which is not really suitable for the weight of my Nikon D7200 and also I was looking for a tripod that is small enough to take on trips and yet stable enough to use it around home. At first I thought “well, this is pretty low”, then during shooting I realized that it can be leveled up much more than I thought. Good surprise.

The results, see for yourself:

 

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endless 360 meters. Suspension bridge Geierlay, Germany.

Not sure how you feel about heights, I’m pretty ok with heights. It helps if you can’t actually see the ground.

In this case, I got up really early (at least for a Saturday), arrived before everyone else and had all the time in the world to wait for the sunrise. Upside, when I crossed the bridge, it was still so dark that I couldn’t see the 100 meters of nothing beneath me.

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If you’re ever around and considering going there, 7am is a good time to be there apparently. Also plan a 30-40 minute walk from the closest parking lot to the bridge. Cherry on top: access is for free.

Here’s the web page for more info.

never heard of Gyrocopter? fly with me.

As I’m taking usually pictures from cityscapes, I sometimes find it hard to force myself to take pictures while being on beach mode. When being at the beach, I prefer exchanging the camera for a cold beer instead (Imperial anyone?).

But while spending a great New Year’s Eve in Playa Sámara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, I received probably the greatest Christmas gift of all times from my wife: A flight with a Gyrocopter. I never heard of it before but the best description is like a flying mini-helicopter, usually made for a pilot and a guest. The views are simply amazing when going up, seeing crocodiles, dolphins and sting-rays from above.

The last picture by the way is the beach in front of Mel Gibson’s house which is for sale for a solid price of $ 25 million.

If your mouth is getting watery right now, check Jörg’s page out.

Neuschwanstein Castle 

Being probably one of the most popular castles, not only in Germany, expectations are high when you are going to Neuschwanstein Castle.

View from the city below, about half an hour hike up the road.

View from Marienbrücke, if you’re not into heights, this might not be the best place for you.

I didn’t go in actually, I’m more of the type that likes to have a look from the outside. The scenery around this castle and the hike are definitely recommendable.

colors of Guatapé, Colombia.

One of the places that leaves the strongest impression while traveling Colombia is Guatapé.

Easily to be combined with a visit to the famous Peñol (a massive rock that brings you a fantastic view after climbing it), the village of Guatapé is full of colors and I mean really full of it.




Guatapé is also known as “Pueblo de Zocalos”, while Zocalos are little art pieces that tell unique stories all over the village. 

Speaking of El Peñol, this is the view:

wedding time in Colombia.

Back from Colombia (not Columbia, just saying), back to grey autumn in Germany. Time to work on the pictures I took. Let’s start with the actual reason why we went to Colombia, the wedding of Ana Maria and Javier.

Have a look at the ingredients: San Andrés in Colombia, a Caribbean island, beach, happy Colombians, a beautiful bride and a party to remember. All that guarantees tons of fun.

 

 

Pictures from the dancefloor are better locked away.