A few month back when we shot that film for Mercedes-Benz in the south of France I had to the great pleasure of spending some time with and around Casey Neistat. Most people know him by now from his daily Vlogs and his viral Videos. From Aladdin on a flying carpet to Snowboarding through NYC behind a Jeep. My first contact with Caseys films was his NYC bike lane video back in 2011. And he started so much earlier with making films than that, but better lat than never. The one thing besides the whole hilarity, spectacle and all that about his viral videos that caught my attention is his determination and motivation. He seems to be giving 100% all day every day. And more importantly when he has an idea he just goes and brings that idea to life.
If you remember me and my buddies Johannes and Fabian spend two days down in Stuttgart at the Porsche Museum and had the unique opportunity to get in the so called “Holy Halls” of Porsche a special feature. I have the video embedded below. It is in german though, still worth a watch for some stuff you certainly have never seen before.
As for the panoramic shots of the Porsches, the location just inspired the whole thing to be honest. Also there are a lot more photos coming soon! I promise.
Enjoy for now and say safe everyone.
So just a couple of weeks after the last production for Mercedes-Benz in the south of France we went back last week for another round. This time we left the Airbus Helicopter out, but added a Formula 1 race-car and two Formula 1 drivers. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
I will be writing a more elaborate behind the scenes post soon for this production, so I am going to keep it short in this one. Same team as the last time, plus our camera assistant Lars Brauer, who rocked big time and was brought along by theblackdrone team. As before they where our camera and drone operators. Johannes Schlörb was our DP and Editor again and as you can imagine with a crew as small as this you will lend a hand here or there anyway. I directed and produced on this one again, which was a lot of fun and of course took the photos for the press release. Nothing would have worked as well without the help of the local agency and everyone else of course, but we made a lot happen in a very short amount of time. As I said, more on the whole process soon.
This was on of the big one. It felt a little bit like an A-Team episode. Not the Film itself, but the production of it. A small team of highly trained media professionals goes out on a high stakes mission. OKOK. I might be getting a bit overexcited here, but I am very proud of what we did here. We is on the one hand Mr. Johannes Schlörb or Fuenfkommasechs, a wonderful Filmmaker and Effects Specialist and on the other hand the team of The blackdrone. Philipp Reimer and Rico Nowara. And me of course, but as for the moving images I had the smallest part. I directed and co-produced, but the team worked so flawlessly, that I was able to concentrate on the photos even more.
Last year me and my friend Chef Reuven Schockner went on a roadtrip to Malaga, Spain for an Event with Mercedes-Benz. We took the opportunity to film the whole trip and also show the dish Reuven had come up with for this trip. Inspired by everything that a trip like this lets you experience.
From Düsseldorf to Paris to Bordeaux to Bilbao to Madrid to Malaga and back.
A couple of weeks ago Ben Hammer and I decided on doing a series of Instameets/photowalks leading up to this years Photokina. Photokina is in Cologne after all and hanging out together shooting a little bit and showing our city to whoever is interested seems like a good plan. Long story short we had our first one today and it was quite a lot of fun. the weather was colder than I hoped for, but at least it did not rain.
Great as always with things like these, meeting all the new and old faces. Not all where sure what to do, we lost a couple along the way and found some at our final point. Pizzeria Scugnizzo provided us with some delicious Pizzas after a good march and some nice talks.
We will continue these as a series each month until and including September for Photokina 2016.
I had the idea for this the second I saw the location. I wasn’t sure how far I wanted to take the editing, but I found a good measure for my first step away from Lightroom only editing after a long long time. Obviously apart from skin retouching every now and then.
Really a direction I feel very good about. I will keep exploring. get back to telling more stories, even small made up ones.
more to come soon.
So i have written about my expectations before I got to Tokyo, I have written about my experience in Tokyo and what I took away from it. That leaves me with what I am looking for next time I get to
Tokyo/Japan, because I really really need to get back there. If you haven’t guessed yet, I have really become a huge Tokyo fan.
Number one on my list is for sure the Studio Ghibli Museum. A shame I missed it the first time around, hopefully I wont next time. Then the two most important point for me will be to see more of Japan. Kyoto for sure and as much as possible from around the country. Thirdly I want to meet and interact with more Japanese people living in Japan. Get their side of experiencing life in Tokyo and Japan. I want to soak in as much as possible and this time I would be more organised about my photography. This time I deliberately wanted to go easy on the photography side of things. I knew I wanted to do a few timelapses etc, but the rest I just wanted to let happen. Now I know what I want to see and see more of.
Last year, just by chance I stumbled over a few photo sets of Olga and knew that I wanted to work with here at some point. As luck seemed to be on my side Olga was going to be kind of close by for a photo workshop and we were able to arrange a shoot together. I am very happy with the results and I hope you will be too. Here the first set we shot.
I want to talk more about photography with you guys and anyone who is interested. Communicate my process, talk about the technical side, gear, post processing and what ever comes to mind. I want to use Snapchat (teymur17) for most of it. Youtube at some point, but let me start slowly. So hit me up with your questions, ideas, comments…
If you missed the first part of this Tokyo series of three you should check it out here —> Travel Photography – Tokyo (Part 1).
As I was saying before, Japan really surprised me. And some of the things people normally would say are cliches hit the nail right on the head. Probably true with quite some of cliches, for so many other things too.
Interestingly enough Tokyo is the cleanest Metropolis I have seen so far and I am not too sure how they pull it off. Especially when you compare it to cities like Berlin, Paris and New York, but also to a lot smaller cities. A second very interesting observation was that Tokyo felt very very safe at all times. Which, when you travel a lot mostly comes through your behaviour, but there was not one corner, street or anything that would have had a weird vibe. We might have missed those maybe, but you normally stumble upon them here and there. Ah well. Not complaining, not at all.
Last year we went on a wonderful drive down Monaco for a photo production for and with Mercedes-Benz. I was on the production team and helped out as good as possible and shot some BTS footage along the way. The photographers Lisa Linke and Nate Hassler were given two Mercedes-AMG SL63s in the Championship Edition. One white, one black.
Also along the ride Stellan Stephenson who was Lisa and Nate’s photo assistant on this trip.
Not sure where to start. This trip was very special in more than one way. Tokyo, as is Hong Kong, has been on my bucket list for a long long time. And when we started looking into where to go for a vacation it was between Tokyo and Hong Kong. We decided on Tokyo in the end because of a couple of reasons. All of them gut decisions of course. As so many other people I got interested in, specifically, Chinese and Japanese culture through movies. From classic Hong Kong films to early Anime films and TV series. My first real memories of the first things I watched are Goldorak aka Goldrake aka UFO Grendizer, some Bruce Lee Movie ( I really can’t remember which one), Jackie Chans Drunken Master and a beautiful Martial Arts film called Ninja Commando. From there I probably went the regular route via Ninja movies to more Anime to Hong Kong films and Japanese and Asian cinema. Going down that rabbit hole you certainly get interested in more than just the films and episodes themselves. I remember when Starbucks was still not know in Germany and you kept seeing it popping up more and more in Films and Episodes in US Films and series’s. You really got the urge to go there and drink yourself to death with coffee. Luckily unlike Starbucks, experiencing Japanese and Asian culture in general have not been a disappointment. I know I know, this is not a very sophisticated or highly cultural background, but what can I say… It’s what got me into it more and more over all these years. Also over the years Japanese and asian food has become more and more important for me.