Hurrican Xaver hits Hamburg! (video)

Some footage I got to make in the night after hurricane Xaver hit the city of Hamburg showing how the water of the Elbe river flooded parts of the port.


CHASING ICE: captures largest glacier calving ever filmed

On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water.

Check out this amazing footage of it:


How to tie the Trinity Knot

So, this one has nothing to do with Photography... but comes handy! :-)

Architecture at the Port of Hamburg

View of the building of the media company Gruner & Jahr in the port of Hamburg.

Gruner und Jahr (GUJ) Building in the port of Hamburg - copyright: Kristian Peetz 



Titicaca Sea in Peru

When you get to visit the Titicaca Lake in Peru... it´s almost like when you get to visit the spot where sky meets earth!

Titicaca Lake in Peru, copyright: Kristian Peetz

Magnum´s new Idea...

Church of the Society of Jesus (Cusco, Peru)

Church of the Society of Jesus (Cusco, Peru)
"La Iglesia de la Compañia de Jesus" in Cusco was built around 1576 and you will find it near the Plaza de Armas.
#peru   #cusco   #photography 

Arco de Santa Clara (St. Clara Arch) in Cusco, Peru

Quadcopter video footage

Check out this amazing video footage made with a quadcopter... the possibilities are just endlessly for this kind of videos!

FCTN Product Test 003: DJI Phantom from FCTN on Vimeo.


Macros of Eyes


Depth of Field and Lens effects

A very good explanation of the DOF and the effect of diverse lenses on it. If you want to understand the topic... watch this one!

National Geographic photographers talk about their life and work

A tour through the Sigma Factory

So, that´s the way they do it :-)

Google Maps Engine Lite

Cinematic Artwork... fantastic!

This is a beautiful piece of visual arts made with 80.000 single pictures! 3 Years of work of the photographer and filmmaker Gioacchino Petronicce made this wonderful cinematic stop motion result possible... enjoy!

PICTURES from Gioacchino Petronicce on Vimeo.


Lightroom 5: Top 10 Hidden Gems

Lightroom 5: Advanced Healing Brush

HDR by Trey Ratcliff

Alster Lake, Hamburg

Berlin, Berlin!

View of the Deutsche Bundestag in Berlin

And then you see an Icebear!

The proof!! :-)


Unbelievable underwater photography by Vitaliy Sokol

Check out these awesome shots of airplanes flying in front of the Sun and Moon.

The future of cinemas

Hands-on Photo Tip: Non-destructive Editing in Photoshop

The Coolest Trick for Working With Skies in Lightroom

#Photowalk in Hamburg

St. Katharinen Church in Hamburg


A Letter to Mr. Zuckerberg

Google+ #AutoEnhance just got even better!



Place to be right now...

Beach in Peru - Copyright Kristian Peetz
As the summer is striking hard in Europe and we´re dancing around the 30°... this picture I took in a beach Peru some years ago came into my mind as an inspiration to close the office soon today :-)

Video: Subway - Rush hour in Beijing

So... when taking the subway or the bus in your city you´re sometimes annoyed that you cannot find a seat to sit on? Well, imagine not finding a place to stand and breathe!

Crazy world....


Central Station in Hamburg (Hauptbahnhof)

Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) in Hamburg - Copyright by Kristian Peetz
The central station in Hamburg (a.k.a. Hauptbahnhof) is the second busiest railway station in Europe (first one is Gare du Nord in France). It has an average of 450.000 (!!) passengers per day and was built in the beginning of the last century. If you wanna see all sort of people masses from all over the world moving around... it´s the place to go :-)

Video: Wow!!

Just imagine yourself doing some snorkeling in the beach and suddenly....

... swoooooosh! A once-in-a-lifetime moment!


Getting really hot around here...

cold beer at the beach - copyright Kristian Peetz
... so, if at the beach... find a way to keep your beer cold :-)



Shark - copyright by Kristian Peetz
... if you ever see this shadow above your head... no good...

Canon´s Image Stabilization System

... if you ever wondered how the mechanics of the Canon´s Image Stabilization work... check this video:

Image Stabilization Revealed from Camera Technica on Vimeo.

More info about it here.

Always nice to see how thing work :-)


YIKES! Worst nightmare for a photographer.... (video)


As someone who really loves to walk around a city searching for motives... this kind of videos really scare the sh*t out of me :-(...

Just check the two guys with the hats... and now, watch again... in just seconds they manage to de-mount the lense from the camera and by creating a small chaos of people... one of the guys with hats on just takes it away leaving the photographer with an empty cam.

So, what do we learn about this? Always have a second lense with ya :-)

No, but fun appart, always take care of your gear and avoid to walk alone in places that seem strange and lonely... there´s almost nothing as frustrating for a photographer than to be travelling and having his gear stolen...

By the way.... just some months ago I wrote ablog with some little help to find your cam back! Check it here. Ok, it does not work for lenses... but in a normal case you just dont get your lenses stolen... ussually they would take the whole pack with them :-(

Sometimes... you just gotta swim!

Frog in the rain / copyright by Kristian Peetz

Indeed :-)


Movies vs Life

Allthough this post has almost nothing to do with photography, I had a good laugh today :-)

Have fun :-)

Motion Controlled System for Time-Lapses from Revolve

Time-lapse videos are really en vogue nowadays and by watching some of them you really get to know why: they are an amazing eye-candy for the viewer :-)
Beeing able to observe how the fog of a city vanishes through the hours or how the stars move (actually the earth is moving...) is something that some years ago was only possible with very expensive systems. Today you can just use your DSLR and put it on timer mode, positioning it somewhere for some hours and voila... you can easily convert the images taken into a movie.

Some examples of nice timelapses:

(this one was made by some friends of mine)

or this one:

Adrift from Simon Christen on Vimeo.

But besides capturing the movement of things from a solid point of view (like video 2)... you can add some creative views by moving the camera´s positon, too (like video 1)! Therefore you need a so-called slider or a system which lets you move the camera smoothly, adding some perspective motion to the images.

Well, there are many motorized systems in the market which allow you to get this movements but most of them are pretty expensive. Building it up yourselve is a solution, too... (check here for y DIY video) but if you´re not into electronics and don´t have the necessary tools... it will just be frustrating.

Yesterday I got an email from Jeremy Canterbury, one of the guys behind RevolveCamera, presenting me one new system they are going to produce which could make time-lapse producing easier and affordable. For those who don´t know the company, they are the guys behing a successful kickstarter campaign last year which ended up in producing a very nice camera dolly.

Their new product is a motion controlled system for sliders and dollies. They call it RAM (Revolve Automated Motion) and this is how it looks like:

Allthough motorized sliders are nothing really new in the market there are 2 details about this one that I do like very much: you can attach it to any slider on the market. So, you´re not glued to a certain brand or product. That´s what I call flexibility... and the pricetag (starting at 299 USD) is also appealing. That´s what I call affordability... :-)

So, let´s hope the guys get their project pledged and perhaps you´ll make your own time-lapse video soon!

This here is the Kickstarter Video about the product:



So... you wanna dance?

Just a bit of fun :-)

Saw this little guy while walking along the Alster Lake... and he made such a funny pose... I could not stand!

Colca Canyon in Peru

This is a shorty I made while beeing in the Colca Canyon in Peru, back in 2011. It was not only very inspirational because of its depth (4.160 meters), but also because of the really stunning imagery and landscapes. And watching condors soaring through the air was an incredible experience, too!

Check out more of the pictures I made there here: http://www.latin-point.com/peru.html



Video: National Geographic Live! "Seeing the world by paraglider"

Check out this fantastic video from National Geographic featuring photographer George Steinmetz paragliding through the sky and taking some astonishing images:

Great work!

Reminds me of this picture I took in Peru some years ago... must be a fantastic view from up there!



My latest Tweet´s

Lately I´ve been using Twitter a lot ´cause I think it´s a really fast and efficient form to share content and infos around my favourite topic, Photography. On the right side of this blog you will find a box called "Twitter", where you can see my tweets (and follow, if you like to). This week I tweeted about the following:


Some new Photographies

I´ve been a bit lazy in the last weeks, so I haven´t processed many pictures :-(... but here are some of my new pictures, random subjects:

Alster Lake in Hamburg, Germany
Alster Lake in Hamburg, Springtime

Beach at Gili Islands, Indonesia

Sunset at Bali
Sunset at Bali, Indonesia

Cityscape of Hamburg
Alster Lake in Hamburg, Germany

Speicherstadt, Hamburg
Boat at the Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany


Enjoy :-)

By the way... you can always check my fan-page at Facebook!


How lenses are manufactured

Ever wondered how lenses are produced? You know... this beautiful and fantastic engineered pieces of glass you put infront of your cam and that you almost keep forever? Changing bodies is something you do often, specially since DSLR came out. But lenses? You read reviews, you check pixel-peeping sites, you troll around them in the store like a cat around the mouse... till you decide: ok, I know it´s expensive, BUT I neeeedit!! :-)

Good lenses stay a long time with you. So, let´s check how they are manufactured:

Nikon lenses

Canon lenses (in this pecial case the 500 mm F/4L)

Leica lenses

Leica Lenses (English) from Leica Camera on Vimeo.

Quite amazing what they can produce out of a bit of "white dust" :-).

By the way... would you know that a Canon 6D takes only 40 minutes to assemble? That´s what I call efficiency!


500px: some eyecandies for sunday

500px has developed to a really rich place where togs from all over the world showcase their work. Here are some of the pics that got into my eyes today (click on the pics to get the full resolution images):

Sea of Yellow by Long Bach  Nguyen (longbachnguyen)) on 500px.com
Sea of Yellow by Long Bach Nguyen
October in Tuscany by Adnan Bubalo (AdnanBubalo)) on 500px.com
October in Tuscany by Adnan Bubalo
windmills in glow by petros asimomytis (petrosasimomytis)) on 500px.com
windmills in glow by petros asimomytis
Eagle Owl - Take Off by Milan Zygmunt (Milan_Zygmunt)) on 500px.com
Eagle Owl - Take Off by Milan Zygmunt
Vista desolada by Lee Se-Hyun (JadeLee)) on 500px.com
Vista desolada by Lee Se-Hyun
...rovinj VI... by roblfc 1892     (roblfc1892)) on 500px.com
...rovinj VI... by roblfc 1892
Christian Iris by Alx Murray (AlxMurray)) on 500px.com
Christian Iris by Alx Murray
Two Rocks by Rumen Paisiev (rumcito)) on 500px.com
Two Rocks by Rumen Paisiev
Autumn wedding by Ivan Zamanuhin (Zamanuhin)) on 500px.com
Autumn wedding by Ivan Zamanuhin
Grüner Leguan by Helmut Lager (s3chaos)) on 500px.com
Grüner Leguan by Helmut Lager


Moon rising slow (Video)

In this short video by Photographer Mark Gee you can see what amazing images can be achieved by using a Canon ID MKIV and a 500 mm F4 lense (+ 2x ext.). The distance to the hill where the people are is 2.1 km:

Full Moon Silhouettes from Mark Gee on Vimeo.

Allthough it looks really like a special effect (check here for a view of FX in todays videos), this footage shows what amazing results you can get when you place the elements of your image in the right distance to the camera. Check his blog entries for a further explanation of this visual effect.

Here you can see the exact position on google maps!



Google Maps: hike around the Grand Canyon!

Google Maps just revealed their new "street-view"-styled images from the Grand Canyon, US. Take a hike torugh the canyon... without leaving your living room :-)

Check the whole info here. For achieving this images Google used the Trekker, a device specially designed for this kind of images.

Google Maps Trekker (Image courtesy of Google)
The folks at Google Maps are really doing a fantastic job! Enjoy :-)


Just too cute! :-)

Today I found a new short from Disney Studios called "Paperman"... check it out... it´s just cutenessoverload :-)

Have a fantastic day!


Eye-Candy: Red Bull Media House

Check this video for some of the most beautiful slow-motions, time-lapses and aerial scenes you´ve ever seen:

Quite impressive, huh?

Year in Focus: Online book shows our best work (360, gigapixel, too)

Outstanding images from 2012 compiled in an online book by Getty Images, check it out!

Year in Focus: Online book shows our best work (360, gigapixel, too)

Lil-Mule: the ultimate dolly robot for Videography

This new gadget is a dream come true for all of us wanting to create that fantastic timelapse-videos made with DSLRs... without having to sell your car or one eyeball. Check out the presentation and specs at kickstarter!

Also, check the review made by Chase Jarvis here.


Do not always trust what you see...

We all have heard about the blue/green - screen effect or colour-keying technique. In a few words it´s a technique that allows filmmakers to combine two (or more) scenes using a mask to reveal or hide parts of the scene. The result is a mix of both sources, like if you would mask two pictures in Photoshop.
This method has been widely used in movies that we all have seen. Think of many scenes of the movie Titanic which were recorded in a studio. Check this site here for more details about the whole FX behind it.

Today I found a video showing us many examples of videos using this effect... stunning, isn´t it? Who knows how much we are watching on TV or Movies which has been done by this...

So... don´t always trust what your eyes see :-)


Talking about HDR Photography

"To HDR or not to HDR... that´s the question!"... HDR (High Dynamic Range) applied to photography has been a very controversial topic since it came out some years ago. Allthough HDR can make some pictures really pop out and enhance them, there are some cases where just a simple layer working on Photoshop can do a better job. Check out Photographer Elia Locardi talking and showing how he works on some pictures making them look like HDR, but actually only working with layers in Photoshop.



The last roll of Kodachrome: Steve McCurry (Video)

Allthough this video was produced back in 2010 I just got the hint to watch it some weeks ago. Join iconic photographer Steve McCurry while he shoots the very last roll of Kodachrome produced by Kodak.

The resulting 36 pictures can bee seen here.






Is there something more beautiful than a woman dancing? Nope! :-)

Hamburg - in Instagram mode Part 2

So, here´s Part 2 of some more pictures of Hamburg taken with Instagram/Mobile. Part 1 is here.


Bridge over the Alster, Hamburg


Port of Hamburg

Europa-Passage, Hamburg

Europa-Passage, Hamburg

Alsterarkaden, Hamburg

Alsterarkaden, Hamburg

Rathaus, Hamburg