Rollei CT-5C Compact Tripod

A wile back I wrote a review about the C50i tripod also from Rollei. Rollei CT-5C with stubby legsWith the start of the backpacking/ hiking and biking season I was looking around for an even lighter and more compact table tripod, something slightly sturdier than a Gorilla Pod. I own a Gorilla Pod and it has it’s uses too.

When I bought the Rollei C50i, I purchased the item on impulse, at the time that tripod was on discount. I ended up using it regularly and enjoyed it’s attributes and that led me to writing a review at the time. Rollei C50i.

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More Long Exposure Stuff

With the late spring coming to central Europe and our north-eastern part of Switzerland came the wish to explore my neck of the woods some more.

I was looking forward to explore especially the ‘Alpstein‘ a northern section of the Alps, that is quick and easy to reach from St.Gallen the city where I live. I got myself a new pair of hiking boots and I was ready to hit the trail.

Portrait Shooting with Mo

In the past week I shot some images with Mo. Portrait Shooting with MoI had talked her into a photo shooting session maybe a month ago and in the past week we managed to coordinate our schedules…

Mo was fun to work with and many images turned out great!

Test-Shooting with Michelle…

A few days ago I had the chance to test my recently acquired Fuji XT-2 in a ‘Environmental’ Environmental Portrait shooting with MichellePortrait session. I was curious to see, how the camera would respond and feel during the actual shooting and I wanted to see the quality and the dynamic range the final images would display.

Fuji XT-2 goes to Tenerife

It took time to get my own Fuji XT-2, I ordered one late November of 2016Photo of the Fuji XT-2 with the Kit lens and by the end of the year I still had no Idea when I would get my hands one one. Reason: Backorder…

Anyway by early February I finally held one in my hands and got to do a bit of personal testing/ exploring. Reading lot’s of reviews did prepare me in a rudimentary way of what the camera has to offer, but in order to learn to use it, I needed to take it out and shoot with it.

Images from 2016

I was wondering last night, how I should end the year 2016 in photographic terms? ThDom Church Saint Gallenan it came to me and I decided to simply post some of my favorite images, that I have taken around these parts in the past year.

Creativity Tools: ND Filters & NikCollection

Calm lake surfaceI am thinking about what has inspired me most in recent weeks about photography. Which piece of gear that has helped me to stay inspired in photography in recent weeks?
Well it’s 2 pieces of gear really. The NikCollection as in a software standalone and plugin for Lightroom and Photoshop and a 0.9 and a 3.0 Neutral Density (ND) filter.

The ‘Nik Collection’ you can download for free, it has awesome presets for processing color and black and white images, giving images some extra punch and or converting them to powerful black and white images.

Shooting with Michelle Morray

A few day ago I had the pleasure of working with MichellePortraits of Michelle Morray (Mimy) Morray. We got together to resolve some of her computer problems and went from there straight into creating the following images.

Mimy at present works as a bartender but she is an aspiring DJ.

At the Moon and Stars Festival

A couple of weeks ago I went on a road trip with some friends to theTom Jones at the Moon and Stars Festival in Locarno in Switzerland southern part of Switzerland, the Tessin and northern Italy. The Tessin is south of the Alps and therefore the weather is usually warmer, sunnier and more mediterran.

Moon and Stars is a week long music festival located on the ‘Piazza Grande’ of Locarno, a charming setting in the center of the town. The main act on the given night where: Earth Wind & Fire and Tom Jones.

Track and Field Indoor, Swiss Championship

#indoorTrackandFieldThis past weekend St.Gallen hosted all the Track and Field stars of Switzerland for a National Championship.

I had attended the meeting the previous year and I was looking forward to the event this year.