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Full moon rising above Piedras Rojas

Breathing Space

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Interaction with other human beings had been limited for the past eight days. We were going south on isolated roads alongside the chilean/bolivian border. We  passed few trucks carrying their heavy loads, blowing huge clouds of black smoke and some of their drivers raising their hands to greet us. We bought coca leaves from an old woman selling goods on the plazas of otherwise lifeless pueblos high in the Andes. And we handed worn bills to men selling fuel from big blue barrels in the backyards of their small houses. Only few words were exchanged. The Altiplano is a quiet place.

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Into the White

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If you visit Antarctica chances are high that at some point you end up at Port Lockroy, a british base on Goudier Island. For most visitors arriving aboard their comfortable cruise ships the highlight is sending greeting cards from the southernmost post office, or adding an Antarctica stamp to their passport - mine was breathing fresh air and photographing a (probably) nameless peak.

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Sunset light on a mountain in Cordillera Huayhuash.

The Walls of Huayhuash

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Exactly one year ago I was on a 12-day trek around Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru. I will not have to introduce this place to those of you who read Joe Simpson's incredible book "Touching the Void". For those who haven't: Cordillera…

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Colourful sediment on Vinicunca the rainbow mountain in Perú.

Rainbow Ridge

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I coincidentally stumbled upon Perú's Rainbow Mountain while planning last year's trip. What was intended as a little detour from our 5 day trek circling snowcapped Ausangate turned into an arduous 11-hour hike above an altitude of 4700m.…

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Volcanoes reflected in a lake at sunset.

Back from the Altiplano

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Last year in March I visited the Altiplano - the andean high plateau shared by Argentina, Bolivia and Chile - and returned deeply impressed. I had an incredibly productive time up there, being treated to one crazy sunset after the other.…

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Fitz Roy reflected in Laguna de los Tres at sunrise.

In Patagonia

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Since I'm being treated to some decent internet connection these days I thought I'd give you a little update about my whereabouts... I'm reciding in Ushuaia at the moment with a few hours off, before i continue to Isla Navarino to do one…

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A tent in front of Cerro Fitz Roy at dawn

Merry Christmas 2015

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Merry X-Mas everyone!! I'm lucky enough to be celebrating in Patagonia this year. Here's a shot from last week. I'll post some updates next week - if internet connection permits...

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Below the Surface

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Today I'm bringing you one more shot from last year's trip to northern Norway. I still have a few lying around waiting to be uploaded...

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Sunset over Salar de Surire

The End of All Light

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I had already learned about what locals call the 'Bolivian Winter' during my first visit to the chilean Altiplano. Back then my hopes of doing some nighttime photography in San Pedro de Atacama were crushed by clouds and rain. One day we…

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Frosted tent in Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy.

2014… B-Sides and Snapshots

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I agree, it may be a bit late to have a look back at 2014, but my goal was to at least publish this post before the end of 2015 – so I’d call it a success! Anyways, if anyone is still interested in what my past year was like go ahead…

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Fitz Roy reflection at sunset.

Rise of the Dark Knight

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I'm finally back in front of my desktop computer after 11 weeks of travelling. Lots of new stuff to process and work on, but for now all I can offer is this older shot of mine. Found it deep down in my archive last year when I was looking…

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Hold Your Breath

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In late September I spent two weeks exploring northern Norway. Since I had skipped Lofoten (for reasons I'm happy to explain to anyone interested over a beer or two) I HAD to stop by at the equally iconic (but tolerably so) island of Senja.

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Rise Above

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When we boarded our plane to Colombia we were considerably more excited than usual (for obvious reasons) but despite it’s questionable reputation as a tourist destination, Colombia proved that it has a lot more to offer than cocain and gun-toting guerrillas…

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Stars and moonlight above Cerro Torre, Patagonia.

The Light of the Night

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If you'd wake me up in the middle of the night and ask me about my favourite mountains, Cerro Torre would probably be one of the first I came up with. Ever since I first saw a picture of it, and even more so after my first visit to…

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Joerg Bonner looking at mountains and a huge lenticular cloud.

2013… B-Sides and Snapshots

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31st of December. Top-Of and Best-Of lists all over the social webs – you’ve probably seen enough of these. Still, this is the time to look back at the past year and so I thought I’d tell the story of my year with the help of a few shots…

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Warm sunrise light on Kabru South in Khangchendzonga National Park

Kabru’s Awakening

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If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you may remember my post about the trip to Khangchendzonga National Park in northern India. In this post I talked about the ups and downs I experienced during a 13-day trek through the park – and I…

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Timeless Blue

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A few days ago I stumbled upon this shot that I had initially started processing but then forgot about. I remember liking the shot a lot, but due to extensive noise I didn't really bother. The noise came from a hot sensor (high temperatures, extended use of live view mode and long exposure) and looked much like what I had to deal with in "A Desert's Sky".

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Sunset behind Glaciar Grey in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

The Colours of Grey

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Yesterday I finally had the chance to watch the critically acclaimed documentary “Chasing Ice” in which environmental photographer James Balog sets up 25 timelapse cameras to record the decrease of arctic glaciers. While the topic itself…

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Long exposure at sunrise at Playa Gueirúa

In Perpetuity

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It has not been long since I returned from a short trip to Asturias on the northern coast of Spain. The trip was not focused on photography and the weather did its best to make taking out my camera senseless, but I still managed to bring…

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Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy at night

Silent Watchers

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Patagonia is mostly known for its famous mountains, but you’ll also find a fair share of stories being told about the notorious weather. And indeed it’s not uncommon to experience four season within one day. Rain, sun and clouds often…

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Light filtering through rainforest vegetation.

Play of Light

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I’m back again with news about conservation efforts – this time it’s bad news though. The headline struck me like lightning last week: Nicaragua signed an agreement allowing a chinese investor to build an inter-ocean shipping canal right…

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Cerro Hermoso at sunset.

Beauty Ahead

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The last news about Patagonia that made it into austrian newspapers was when a tourist accidentially set Torres del Paine National Park on fire in December 2011. A few days ago, on May 16th I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read a headline…

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Foggy sunrise at Almsee

Surreal Revelation

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I’ve been trying to capture the beauty of my homecountry Austria for some time now. So far with limited success. But two days ago, after many not so satisfactory attempts, I finally got what I had been waiting for so long. And here it is:…

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Lago Viedma at sunrise.

Red Dawn

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Excuse me for jumping back and forth between continents, but today I didn’t really feel like posting another himalayan shot. I’ve been busy planning another patagonian adventure that’s supposed to take place during the next few months and…

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Long exposure of Kabru South and Rathong River at dawn

Himalayan Twilight

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As some of you (those who are following me either on facebook or google+) may already know, I just returned from a 3 1/2 week trip to the indian Himalayas. Apart from travelling around in jeeps for countless hours, we also spent 13 days…

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Aoraki/Mount Cook at sunrise

Apricot Sunrise

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It’s been a while since I posted here on my blog (and other websites too). I’ve been quite busy lately and I cannot wait to get out again to do some shooting. As of now it looks like new images will not follow until April, but in the…

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Cerro Norte at sunrise.

Dawn of the Apocalypse

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I have travelled through Patagonia quite a lot and the rugged landscapes have been a huge inspiration for me. But even in a place were beauty is abundant you have to go a bit further – so, by the end of our last stay we left the well…

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Kryptonice

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We had planned to visit Iceland in June, but due to a few circumstances beyond our control we were forced to postpone our trip to September. In the end this turned out to be a good choice: less tourists and the prospect of viewing the northern lights…

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Berserkjahraun lava field at sunset

Berserkjahraun

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There's a lot more to discover about Iceland than just epic landscapes. But although Iceland well known for its literature I for one did not pay too much attention to icelandic sagas – at least not until we had photographed a lava field…

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Stream of Life

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It takes some time to accomodate to the sulfurous air, but the smell only adds to the otherworldly experience of a visit to the Hverir high-temperature area, where smoking steam vents and bubbling mud pots are scattered right next do Iceland’s Ring Road.

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Colourful sunrise over geometric tidepool formations on the coast of South Africa

Perpendicular Dream

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Today, after my last post's visit to Iceland's icy and well-known shores (check out: "Beached Jewel") I'm going to take you to one of South Africa's secluded gems. Hidden away and well protected by a long and bumpy dirt road lies a unique…

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Beached Jewel

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In my last post "Last Moments of Light" I tried to explain why I prefer shooting at little known locations far away from civilization. That's right, I do strive for a certain amount of uniqueness and adventure in my images but drawing the conclusion that I wouldn't stop for shooting an icon right next to the main road would be completely wrong.

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Last Moments of Light

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If you're a photographer yourself, you may well have experienced that the most demanding challenges you face are the ones that leave lasting memories. It's the outer circumstances that make those moments, regardless whether they are of success or failure, so special. A picture taken from a car park, no matter how iconeous the scenery or dazzling the light, will never be the same as one that you took one day's march away from civilization.

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Tableview

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I don't do black & white conversions very often. It's not that I don't like working in monochrome. I rather think that creating a truly shining b&w image is way harder than working in colour. All possible flaws become far more prominent when you reduce a photograph to it's minimum: contrast and texture.

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Colourful sunset clouds.

Elusive Hues

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There was no time to scout for another composition. I didn't want to miss a second of what was going on on the main stage (more on that in another post). I simply turned around, positioned my tripod, pressed the shutter button twice and…

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Monte San Lorenzo at sunrise.

The Icy Blues

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It's a remote, but incredibly beautiful mountain and has a massive, unclimbed east face - that's more or less all I could find out about Cerro San Lorenzo researching the web. What seemed to qualify this peak as a tempting challenge for…

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Startrails over desert scene in Namibia

A Desert’s Sky

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In addition to lots of positive feedback (thank you all for your comments!) my image "A Desert's Sky" has also raised lots of questions all around the web. How did you do it? Which settings did you use? What equipment? Here's a little…

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Burned trees in Pqrue Nacional Torres del Paine

Scorched Paradise

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On 27th of December 2011 a severe case of human ignorance caused a fire in Chile's Parque Nacional Torres del Paine. Within a few days more than 15.000 hectares of native forest, brushland and steppe fell victim to the flames and the…

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Looking the Cañadon del Rio de las Vueltas in Parque Nacional los Glaciares

The Far Side

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It was our third morning out there and we had already been thinking about not even getting out of the car. All that we could see in the west was a thick layer of low lying clouds. A few curtains of rain were hauled around by the wind.…

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Lenticular clouds and rock formation in Patagonia

Back from Patagonia

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After returning from our first trip to Patagonia I somehow had the feeling that I had to go back. We had seen a lot, but I felt there was so much more. Even the parts that we had already visited had so much to offer, that I was more than…

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Long exposure of a sunrise at Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine Dawn

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I had already buried my hopes for a sunset shoot when we were cooking dinner (noodles in vegetable soup). The last clouds had disappeared and my legs felt too tired to climb up to the Torres del Paine again (I knew this was a sunrise…

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Landscape above Giglachseen lakes

Knappenkar Alpenglow

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During a recent trip (actually it was work) I was on with a friend of mine, we decided to spend one night photographing in the mountains. We finished work a bit earlier that day and started our ascent around 5pm. Most hikers were already…

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Sunset clouds above Fitz Roy and Laguna de los Tres

Fitz Roy on Fire

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Chaltén as Fitz Roy was called by the indigenous people is a peak of 3.406m and is well known amongst climbers all around the world. Not only is it a great mountain to climb but also to photograph. Patagonia’s climate and strong winds are…

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Glowing Fitz Roy

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Patagonia and especially Parque Nacional Los Glaciares is a photographer's dream. I had no idea how beautiful it would be when I was planning our trip. I knew that it was going to be one of the highlights of our 8 weeks trip through southern America, but it turned out to be more than that.

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Mount Cook at sunset seen from Mueller hut

Relaunch

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Today I decided to relaunch my blog. Not that it had ever been launched before, but at least I had posted a few pictures. Pictures.. Well, I guess a blog's purpose isn't just displaying pictures. Actually, I wouldn't need a blog if it were…

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