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Pure Sailing Passion

After years of yachting photography and dreaming about presenting my images on a IMAX screen suddnetly you get this magic phone call.

The Swiss National Museum of transportaion, (by fare the largest and most visited museum in Switzerlan) was planning a special exibition about sailing and this is the museum with largest IMAX screen in Switzerland.

The selection of the photos turned out to be a challenge, you wnat as many as you can, covering different subject and following a story.
 

The editing of the video ws done by James McIntyre love the work he does.

From Natalia TaffarelHow we learn. About criteria and talent →

nataliataffarel:

We all learn in the same way. Rather, the same two ways: A conscious way and an unconscious way.

The conscious one, we can think of it as a ladder.

- First Step -

We all start in a state of unconscious incompetence, in which we can’t know what we do not know, ignorance of ignorance.

You could say that when we discover photoshop and modify some photos (put the head of a friend in the body of Jean -Claude Van Damme as a game) we are all there, we suck but we have no idea. Nobody says it. Everyone compliments you .

Back home from the PDG

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PDG stands for Patrouille des Glacier, probably the hardest mountain race around….no I didn’t participate, I was just taking photos of the race.

What’s so special then… simply do 3000 - 4000 meters in climbing up with camera gear to shoot what you have in mind or client needs then it get’s special, even for the photographer.

Shooting at the Olympic games is a very special occasion and it’s always unforgettable. Shooting the PDG is somehow very similar. This year is the 4th time I had got the job as official photographer of the PDG.

It’s a job that starts months before, back from the Sydney Hobart race I had 4 months to get ready and prepare my body and gear for this project. This year I got the help of Fabian from the Swiss Olympic Medical Center at the Schulthess Clink here in Zurich. The training was hard but the difference to the last edition was the constancy, keep training every day at least 1h or 2h at a not too high heart rate, during that time I not only got fit but also lost almost 7 Kg….less to carry up.

How to handle the gear in high altitude isn’t anymore a problem, had plenty of storms in the last 3 editions to learn that, however, there are 2 points which are crucial:

- Think well what you really need, carry as less as you can. It takes me weeks to think about the images I have in mind to finally reduce the camera gear weight to the limit.

- Keep the cameras in the cold. Leave the cameras outside when you go back in to the tent to sleep or to relax, the humidity isn’t any good for them. You can even dig your bag under the snow and mark it with an avalanche sonde to find it again the next morning when you come out of the tent.

About lenses, it may sound weird and I get criticized from time to time but my favourite lens is the Nikon 28 - 300 mm. I know it’s not a prime lense but it’s light and very versatile with the zoom range up to 300mm.

I was thinking for long about my backpack. There are all this new backpacks appearing in the market made for outdoor photographers but after looking at a few of them I decided to go with my Mammut 35 litter. He is not the lightest but gets everything properly stored and still feels comfortable on my back with all the weight. Not to forget that we carry a full high mountain safety equipment all the time. Shovel, sonde, safety cover, first-aid kit, ice axe, ice screws etc., all what you normally carry climbing, hiking in high altitude.
A big help are this neoprene covers, they protect the camera and lenses from shocks, and they are light….very important.

Another think to consider is the chopper, beside walking a lot we also fly a lot, just short flights lasting a few minutes , getting in and out of the chopper is key, and nothing has to be attached outside of the back to prevent get hocked on somewhere. The loadmasters would not like it at all.

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This year thanks to Dynafit I also changed my ski and ski boots… love the new TLT6 from Dynafit, flexible when needed for long walking and hard the way I like it on the way down. The skis are the Dynafit Broadpeak length 174cm, very light but they are great in the powder but also on the ice.

The first few days were the hardest, just to start we begun with a 1’000m climb over a glacier, thank’s to the hard training I had no problem, the backpack felt well with my limited gear selection. But I had a big lesson. My water bottle was on the left side, so does the ice ax and the tripod…after 1h walking, climbing my left shoulder felt in serious pain, a bit of changes and then it was ok.

After a few days my body got used to the high altitude and I felt good, could keep up the speed with all the mountain specialists of the Swiss Army, but I got my big lesson about speed when I was around with the 3 Pro’s from Dynafit.

We planned a shooting before the race in high altitude, the first night on the Schönbiel hut and then up to Tete Blanche…..I was giving everything on the way up but for them It was still a easy walk…(during the race they got second…..why should they feel challenged by a photographer)

Unfortunately the next day it was snowing hard, very little visibility and avalanches kept coming down every 10 minutes around us so we had to go down without doing the expected photos. It was a hard decision but safety is more important.

Beside shooting in the mountains we started 2 years ago with a series of portraits, this year we completed the series with the mountain guides and on top we also did a series with the pilots from the Swiss Air Force. Working so close with so many strong personalities is an incredible experience. Click here to see the complete gallery of portraits.

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The first race was in low altitude we planned to shoot the part from Zermatt to Schönbiel…the hardest part was walking up to the Staffel checkpoint with the ski boots, but my Dynafit TLT6 were simply great. No blisters at all…Thank you Dynafit. In the forest after Staffel I had my lucky moment check out the photo:

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Early morning I finally got my photo - flight over the race. Amazing photos.

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The second race was again a weather challenge, clouds covered the mountains and we supposed to fly up to Tete Blanche but at 18.30 the pilots gave up and a few hours later the race started. Too late to start to walk up… Again I had to make changes due to the weather…Stay flexible and make the best out of it…..

Around midnight the sky cleared up and early morning I got a great photo of the Mont Collon.
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With the sun rising I got lucky…. received and SMS saying “go to the heliport asap” and 1 h later I was on Rosablanche shooting the teams climbing up.

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The way home was with the ski…up and down to Verbier….not bad at all.

Hope you enjoy this short/long story. Now I’m off for another jogging session, want to keep my body fit as long as I can.

Juerg

We are in the year 2014, we supposed to live in civilized world.
Are we making big steps back?
I’m sharing this video because this video need to be seen around the world.
Any crazy stunt video get’s millions of views like the one from Volvo with Jean-Claude Van Damme. It’s cool but this is important.
It’s not entertaining to watch this video but you should watch it and share it.
Venezuela is only one country of many..think about Egypt, Ukraine, Libya and many more.

Spend a bit of your time and share it that’s the least we can do, they deserve it.

More & More

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Fitness test at the Swiss Olympic Medical Center / Schuthess Clinic in Zurich.  In about one month the high altitude photo-shooting projects start and It’s time to check the fitness level.
It’s never enough, at least that’s what it feels. The outcome of the test was motivating but cruel too. I’m fit..ok I feel that myself, but how much and do I train the right way.
The heart range during the training was too high, this happens very easily, you skip a training session and the next one you push a bit harder to compensate and that’s a way to loose efficiency, that’s what I learned today.
From now on every second day 30 - 60 min jogging at a lower heart rate (125 - 135) and then once per week a ski tour to prepare the  body for the long and hard ascents in case we can’t use the chopper.

Summary:
Reduce the heart race but increase the training volume, let’s see if it works. Mid April onwards I will feel it. At least I lost 4 Kg since January, this is less weight to carry up on the mountains.

And you, how is your training going?

Evolution of creativity….how long it takes to get there…do we ever get there?

(Source: juergkaufmann.com)

Good old lego times….do you remember?From now on we better carry a tiny lego man in our camera bag, click on the photo or here to see more of the this images taken by U.K. photographer Andrew Whyte
Love this idea…

Good old lego times….do you remember?
From now on we better carry a tiny lego man in our camera bag, click on the photo or here to see more of the this images taken by U.K. photographer Andrew Whyte

Love this idea…

Production Costs

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With great pleasure I watched the short apple video just released today on the apple website, great footage, excellent editing job and so on.
And here it comes..filmed with an iPhone 5 amazing.
More interesting the amount of equipment used to produce it…check this one out:
- 15 locations
- 45 stories
- 70h of footage
- 100 iPhones used
- 15 cinematographers
- 21 editors
- 46 Ipad
- 86 mac used in production

All this for a short video 1’.24” just filmed with an iPhone….

Thank you apple you just explained the entire world that it takes more than just simple a camera to produce a good simple short video…

For all those who tend do believe that a good short video can be done on a low budget…read the numbers above and think about it…

Wish you all a good business week

Juerg

See the video

Patrouille des Glacier Museum in Chable

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Last week opend the musem of the Patrouille des Glacier. Part of the  special events planned for the 30 anniversary of the PDG.

It’s a very special experience visiting an museum and finding may of my photos done in the last 3 editions and for sure also the video we produced last during the last edition.

Beside spectacular images the museum gives you a inside view in the history and many details who played a major role of this event.

Link to the museum: www.museedebagnes.ch 

What is the PDG:
The Patrouille des Glaciers (PDG) is a ski mountaineering race organized every two years by the Swiss Army, in which military and civilian teams compete. It takes place at the end of April, in the south part of the canton of Valais below the summits of the Pennine Alps.

Hardcore Offshore Sailing

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Rolex Sydney Hobart this is a race on my bucket list..done…amazing…
Strong winds big waves unforgettable experience.
Read the full story on the magazine Wave

What is the world's best yacht racing photograph of the year 2013 ? →

Life of a photo

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Where does the life of a photo start? In the mind of the photographer, art director from the agency when they think about a specific situation, place or simply the moment he press the shutter and you hear the click of the mirror going up, which allows the light to be captured.

The pixel information go from the sensor to the memory card, assuming it’s a digital camera. Later the data/photo will be transferred to a computer where she will be deleted or selected to be edited. Some edits take a few minutes and some take a day or more.
Most of them end up being parked on some online archive/website. For many photos the online archive or photographer website is like a public library. They stay there forever and from time to time someone will come and have a look and maybe she will be downloaded and being published in a magazine or so.

Sometimes life is different, it happens more and more with my photos. The terms of a specific photo is defined already before the click with contract a kind of birth-certificate, the creator is defined and so the ownership rights etc. Those are the lucky photos, as we say in Italian “nato con la camicia”.

The editing normally takes more than just a few minutes, it takes hours and sometimes days. Not talking about the contract/birth certificate negotiations.
Let me introduce you to one of my photos which is one of them. The photo is in display right now twice 6 meters long retro illuminated in the Zurich Airport on gate B in the Schengen area.

A few weeks ago I made this panorama photo of the city of Zurich with the lake during the sunset for the Swiss private Bank Mirabaud. The concept comes from pulp.alibi in Geneva.

It’s a composition of twelve 36 megapixel vertical photos taken with the Nikon D800, on a Manfrotto panorama head. The 12 photos where then stitched together to a very large panorama photo. Lot’s of details can be seen in the photo all the buildings, streets, the Limmat etc… Enjoy the special light at that moment when the mirror went up.
Click here to see more:http://tinyurl.com/
zurich-panorama

Thank you Juliette, Philipe and Bernard

Up in the sky

77 Bombay Street, “Up in the sky” this is one of the songs which I will always keep in mind for the 2013 summer, same for the shooting of last week.
At the heliport near Saint-Tropez after the normal preparation for an aerial shooting such as removing the seats, fixing the harness etc. we took off, the legs out in the fresh air under the rotor and Gilles sitting next to me, he is just back from the cup in San Francisco. A quick photo from us to document this moment and we are already high up over the bay from Saint-Tropez. The bay is almost white so many boats are out there. We are heading to the “other side” the beaches area with the legendary Club 55 the race course of Wally’s and the J Class yachts. My legs are a bit freezing and I’m going again trough my camera settings again, once we are on the spot all goes very fast.

Below my feet’s I can see the beach and the clubs and here are the big boats. From up here they look like normal sailing boats, a main sail a Jib and Spinnaker noting special but when you see the size of the crew you get a feeling how big this boats are.
Every time I’m up in the air I feel this freedom to move around fast, you talk to the pilot with the headset and you just go. I also feel a pressure you want..no you must do great shots now..the airtime is quite expensive. We look each other and smile it’s an great moment..the light is perfect the waves are there:  “la vertical la”  we say to the pilot via the headset and we are right on the top of a big wally yacht as they are dropping their massive spinnaker. I start to make on amazing photo after the other, it’s like being in a flow, you cant stop it it just comes, we move to the next boat, I even don’t feel .the cold air on my legs….and here is the song, “up in the sky you are just fine” ….enjoy the photos.

VOLVO MATCH RACE CUP First event is over. What a cool feeling parking the RIB in on the lake where I live in Küsnacht and go the the shooting by boat.

The event wasn’t that easy to shoot, gray weather, white boats and not much wind. At the end we got some. The final was quite an interesting series of 4 match…lucky we decided to to the video for that.

Enjoy it

Jürg

PS: James did as uasual an amazing job with the editing..thank you

Geneva February 2013, the sailing Team Tilt is training for the Red Bull Youth America’s cup selection which will be held end of February in San Francisco.

The images are taken by Juerg Kaufmann, for ZHIK the Australian sailing apparel manufacturer. It was a very cold day with temperatures around zero degrees, snowing and incredible amount of humidity.
The team was great the on-board images where taken during real race training and are fully authentic.
Good luck team Tilt.