In den letzten Monaten hatte ich endlich die Zeit und Muse, öfters mal mit meiner Drohne loszuziehen. Dabei sind ein paar schöne Bilder entstanden. Ich bin erstaunt über die Bildqualität. Ausgezahlt hat sich der Wechsel von der DJI Phantom zur Mavic Pro - sie ist viel kleiner und kompakter, daher nehme ich sie gerne auch einfach mal auf gut Glück mit. Zusätzlich motiviert hat mich die Tatsache, dass ich beim Fotowettbewerb Pressefoto Bayern 2018 des Bayerischen Journalistenverbandes (BJV) den 1. Preis in der Kategorie “Umwelt & Energie” mit einer Drohnenaufnahme gewonnen habe. Darüber hinaus hat sich der Kauf der Mavic Pro auch finanziell ausgezahlt - neben dem Preisgeld habe ich inzwischen den einen oder anderen bezahlten Auftrag übernommen, darunter zweimal für das Bayerische Kultusministerium in München. Ich denke, eine Drohne zu besitzen, ist kein Muss für einen Fotografen, aber es lohnt sich auf jeden Fall.
Als freier Fotojournalist, vor allem wenn man viel für Nachrichtenagenturen arbeitet, ist es schwierig, eigene Projekte zu verwirklichen. Aber die Idee, Münchner U-Bahnstationen zu fotografieren, hatte ich schon länger. Also machte ich mich Anfang des Jahres, als es etwas ruhiger war, an drei oder vier Abenden auf, um das zu verwirklichen. Da ich keine Menschen auf den Bildern haben wollte, zog ich immer erst gegen elf Uhr abends los; mit einer Kamera und einem 20mm-Objektiv…
Lufthansa remodeled their logo. The first plane that got a new paint job was a Boeing 747. Due to it's size, there was only one hangar in the whole of Europe where this could have been done, and that hangar was at Rome's Fiumicino airport. When I was asked to fly there to cover the last stages of this extraordinary operation and the plane's take-off the following morning, I didn't hesitate - despite the fact that I had to leave from Munich the very next day and probably wouldn't get any sleep the next 24 hours. And I didn’t regret it. It was an amazing experience; not only because the plane is really huge and there was only a space of about 10cm to the left and 10cm to the right of the plane's wings. But I could also move freely inside the hangar and outside on the taxiway, even pass underneath the plane while it was being pulled out, and witness its take-off from a prime spot next to the runway the following morning. Most of the time I used a 70-200, a 24-70, a 20mm lens and a GoPro Hero 5.
Last weekend, I covered a three-day Hackathon organized by the Department of Informatics of the Technical University Munich (TUM) at Forschungscampus Garching. My task during the two-and-a-half days was to document the event and the atmosphere. There was no rush & plenty of time throughout the day - I had fun and got some nice impressions, as you can see below. Most of the time I used a Nikkor 28/1.8 and a 85/1.8. All pictures from the three days can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/149351969@N03/albums/with/72157676665432906
I hardly shoot weddings, even though the reportage style wedding shoot has become more and more popular - it is a lot of fun, but also hard work; especially time-consuming is the post-production. This year I have shot two weddings so far, here are some images from the second one a few weeks ago. The challenge was, that the ceremony took place outside, partly in the shade, partly in sun, with a disturbing background. So I exposed manually, which I do most of the time anyway, and I also made use of the 1.8 aperture of my fixed-focal length lenses (20mm, 28mm, 50mm & 85mm) that I really like to use.
Last weekend I was booked by the brewery Hacker-Pschorr (Paulaner) to cover the music festival BrassWiesn in Eching near Munich. Apart from a short shotlist I was pretty much free to walk around and capture whatever I happened to run into. Below is a selection of pictures that I shot within about six hours, most of the time I was using one D4s with an 85mm/f1.8 lens and one D4s with either a 20mm/f1.8 or a 28mm/f1.8 lens.
Some days ago I went to the small village of Riegsee near Murnau between Munich and Garmisch, where traditional leather pants manufacturer Michael Krippel lives and works. There are only about 20 leather pants manufacturers left in Bavaria, and only five or six of them, of whom Michael is one, work completely the traditional way, everything hand-made and no chemicals or other artificial materials used. If you order a pair of pants with him today, you won't get them before autumn 2018, because his books are full. Check out his website at http://www.lederhosen-michi.de - I used the natural light that came through the windows from the left and the front, and put one off-camera flash with a small softbox to the right, in order to imitate another window.
Last week I photographed the new polar bear cub at the zoo in Munich for the Turkish news agency Anadolu. There were a lot of photographers and videographers present and I had to be there in time to secure a good spot behind the glass fence at their enclosure. It's a bit tricky to photograph polar bears, since you have to shoot through pretty thick glass, so if you don't shoot at a 90 degree angle, the photos are distorted. The other challenge is their white fur, for the autofocus as well as for the exposure.
This was my fourth assignment for Anadolu. My colleague who has worked for Anadolu for the last few years gets assigned by the European Press Photo Agency (epa) frequently, now that epa and dpa separated, and whenever he works for them, he asks me to cover an event for Anadolu. According to Wikipedia, they were founded in 1920 to cover the Turkish War of Independence; but for the last few years, they have been expanding, opening offices all over the world, holding more than 80 currently.
Yesterday I wanted to test my new equipment, an Elinchrom D-Lite RX4 and a parabolic umbrella by Westcott, but I didn’t have anyone to model for me, nor had I booked a studio, since it was a spontaneous decision. So, I set up the lighting at home in our kitchen, put the camera on a tripod, connected a cable release and a Tether cable to shoot straight into Lightroom and took a few selfies. Then I applied a black&white look that a colleague had created for me. I was really happy about the results...
Currently I am in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, where I am covering the training camp of FC Bayern Munich for German news ageny dpa. I think it is very important to be open-minded and look beyond your actual assignment. Because often the pictures that will stick in your memory wont be the ones from the assignment - in this case the training activities - but the ones you take on the side, the ones that show something of the culture and the experiences you make.
For German news agency dpa I took pictures at an assembly line at the Audi factory in Ingolstadt. The challenge was to get the pictures I needed while the assembly line was moving and the production was going on. The assignment was to get photos of apprentices at work & to show the Audi logo whenever possible.
A few weeks ago, a small river turned into a deadly stream after heavy rainfall in Simbach am Inn in Eastern Bavaria. A few days later I went there for dpa to cover the aftermath. I happened to run into two guys, Georg and Michael, who have owned a record store for almost forty years. Their house was built right next to the river and only one record, one CD and a broken frame with a photo of Jimie Hendrix had survived the flood. Strikingly, the music CD that they found in the mud, when I was there, was "Welcome to my Nightmare" by Alice Cooper. But the two men hadn't lost their joie de vivre and were just happy to have survived!
all photos © Andreas Gebert/dpa
The Digital Life Design (DLD) is a three day conference for investors and internet companies on innovation, digitization, science and culture. I covered the event for dpa Picture Alliance who was assigned by Hubert Burda Media, the host of the conference. Thanks to my editor Sebastian Gabriel I could focus on photographing and capturing interesting moments.