The Blue Baby

I took this picture of a baby with a blue painted face at a large Smurfs gathering in Waldshut-Tiengen, Germany. I was on assignment for Badische Zeitung covering a world record attempt for most Smurf-like dressed people. The pictures can currently be seen on ZUMA Press’ Pictures of The Day. Here are also few more photos from the event.

A baby with a blue painted face sleeps during a large smurfs gathering in Waldshut-Tiengen, Germany on February 6, 2016.

A baby with a blue painted face sleeps during a large smurfs gathering in Waldshut-Tiengen, Germany on February 6, 2016.

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Muddy Faces – Mountain Bikers

Earlier in June 2015 I got a very interesting assignment from the Badische Zeitung. I was asked to photograph the muddy faces of finishers at one of the biggest mountain bike marathons in Central Europe – The Black Forest Ultra Bike Marathon near Freiburg, Germany.

What you will see in the following images are athletes that have gone through some of the roughest terrains of The Black Forest Mountains. Some of the riders literally collapsed at the finish out of complete exhaustion after riding for more than four hours through the 117-kilometers long route through the forests.

Here are some of the most interesting faces of the tournament.





































Mercedes Cup Publications

Few weeks back, 7.-14. July, the ATP grass court season started with the newly restructured Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. The clay history of the tournament ended and a new one started.

Top seeded Rafael Nadal won the title for the third time in his career after defeating Victor Troicki of Serbia with 7-6, 6-3. It was Nadal’s first trophy on grass since 2010.

Few of my photos got published in major medias from around the world including Sports Illustrated, The Guardian and Norway’s Dagbladet.

 


For more photos from the tournament, please visit my galleries on Demotix.

 

Marathon in Freiburg, Germany 2015

Last Saturday, on March 29th, the annual marathon took place for the 12th time in Freiburg, Germany. It was my second time photographing the event.

11.137 runners from 34 nations participated despite rainy and windy weather.

Here are some moments from the day, beginning with a photo that got published in the Guardian.

The old city of Freiburg gave me narrow perspectives like this one.

The old city of Freiburg gave me narrow perspectives like this one.

Runners passing through the wet streets of Freiburg’s old city.

Some runners descended directly from Ancient Greece.

Some runners descended directly from Ancient Greece.

Others were running beer bottles.

Others were running beer bottles.

And some were on their way to the jazz club.

And some were on their way to the jazz club.

A Scottish kilt is certainly  very comfortable for running.

A Scottish kilt is certainly very comfortable for running.

Spring flowers.

Shoe trails.

Runner's legs.

Runner’s legs.

Drinking water while running requires abilities like this.

Drinking water while running requires skills like this.

And the supporters where "phenomenal".

And the supporters where “phenomenal”.

You can see more photos from the day here on Demotix.

FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Titisee-Neustadt 2015

Ski jumping was a whole new world for me. It was actually the first major winter sports event I covered. It was intense. It was cold. But it offered a number of different perspectives for capturing the action and the atmosphere during the weekend. It was also great spending some time outdoors in the Blackforest mountain.

I tried to implement various technics used by renowned photographers. Big thanks to Philipp Schmidli for his tipps! Make sure to check out his amazing sports photography at http://www.philippschmidli.com/sport/ .

So, here are some impressions from the weekend.

Jarkko Maeaettae (FIN) in flight during the Large Hill Individual competition on day two of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Titisee, Germany.

Jarkko Maeaettae (FIN) in flight during the Large Hill Individual competition on day two of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Titisee, Germany.

Daiki Ito (JPN) competes in the Large Hill Individual competition on day one of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup on February 7, 2015 in Titisee, Germany.

Daiki Ito (JPN) competes in the Large Hill Individual competition on day one of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup on February 7, 2015 in Titisee, Germany.

Sebastian Colloredo (ITA) competes in the Large Hill Individual competition on day one of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup on February 7, 2015 in Titisee, Germany.

Sebastian Colloredo (ITA) competes in the Large Hill Individual competition on day one of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup on February 7, 2015 in Titisee, Germany.

I tried getting different angles of the action.

I tried getting different angles of the action.

Stefan Kraft (AUT) in flight during the Large Hill Individual competition on day two of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup on February 8, 2015 in Titisee, Germany.

Stefan Kraft (AUT) in flight during the Large Hill Individual competition on day two of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup on February 8, 2015 in Titisee, Germany.

I had a remote camera with a fisheye lens set up just at the end of the in-run.

I had a remote camera with a fisheye lens set up just at the end of the in-run.

This is what the fisheye perspective gave me.

This is what the fisheye perspective gave me.

Piotr Zyla (POL) competes during the Large Hill Individual competition on day two of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Titisee, Germany.

Piotr Zyla (POL) competes during the Large Hill Individual competition on day two of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Titisee, Germany.

Another different perspective here. They were flying just above our heads.

Another different perspective here. They were flying just above our heads.

A competitor accelerates on the in-run during the Large Hill Individual competition on day two of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup on February 8, 2015 in Titisee, Germany.

A competitor accelerates on the in-run during the Large Hill Individual competition on day two of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup on February 8, 2015 in Titisee, Germany.

And the colorful fans were excited.

And the colorful fans were excited.

I love painted faces!

I love painted faces!

Kids know how to get the best of a snowy day...

Kids know how to get the best of a snowy day…

Slovenian supporters have an amazing slogan!

Slovenian supporters have an amazing slogan!

Yes, dogs were allowed too...

Yes, dogs were allowed too…

German supporters during the Large Hill Individual competition on day two of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Titisee, Germany.

German supporters during the Large Hill Individual competition on day two of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Titisee, Germany.

Like a world champion...

Like a world champion…

Night of the Museums in Basel, Switzerland 2015

This year, on January 16, I once again had the opportunity to attend the Night of the Museums (Museumsnacht) in Basel, Switzerland. This time I was assigned by two institutions, namely HEK (House of the electronic arts) and Atelier Mondial, to capture the atmosphere in their premises and some of the key moments for the night. 

The 15th edition of Night of the Museums in Basel marks the cultural beginning of the new year. 39 museums and host institutions offered more than 180 programs to approximately 30,000 visitors in the hours between 6:00pm and 2:00am. Here are some impressions of this cultural palette.

A visitor observing an exhibition in the Museum of Sports in Basel. January 16, 2015.

A visitor observing an exhibition in the Museum of Sports in Basel. January 16, 2015.

 

Visitors with umbrellas observe an outdoor lighting show in front of the Museum of Cultures in Basel. January 16, 2015.

Visitors with umbrellas observe an outdoor lighting show in front of the Museum of Cultures in Basel. January 16, 2015.

A visitor observes an exhibition at the Museum of Cultures in Basel. January 16, 2015.

A visitor observes an exhibition at the Museum of Cultures in Basel. January 16, 2015.

 

Dutch artist Gwen van den Eijnde during his Japan-inspired fashion performance at Atelier Mondial. January 16, 2015.

Dutch artist Gwen van den Eijnde during his Japan-inspired fashion performance at Atelier Mondial. January 16, 2015.

A young visitor observes the tennis racket of Roger Federer  at the Museum of Sports in Basel. January 16, 2015.

A young visitor observes the tennis racket of Roger Federer at the Museum of Sports in Basel. January 16, 2015.

Visitors at the HEK (House of electronic arts) during the 15th edition of Night of the Museums in Basel, Switzerland. January 16, 2015.

Visitors at the HEK (House of electronic arts) during the 15th edition of Night of the Museums in Basel, Switzerland. January 16, 2015.

 

Faces of the FIFA World Cup 2014

In the summer of 2014 I was not live at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but I followed the tournament, broadcasted in the land of the FIFA World Cup champions, Germany, since I live in Freiburg, in the south-west part of the country. Thousands of fans watched their national teams on huge screens at large public areas and experienced the world’s biggest soccer event as if they were in the stadiums. Assigned by the regional newspaper Badische Zeitung, I had the opportunity to regularly capture some of the more colorful and emotional faces of those fans.

Freiburg, Germany. 21st June, 2014. German football fan raises a fist as his team scores during a FIFA World Cup 2014 game between Germany and Ghana, broadcast at a large public viewing area in Freiburg, Germany. Final score 2-2.

German football fan raises a fist as his team scores during a FIFA World Cup 2014 game between Germany and Ghana, broadcast at a large public viewing area in Freiburg, Germany. Final score 2-2. June 21, 2014

Freiburg, Germany. 21st June, 2014. Ghana football fans celebrate as their team scores during a FIFA World Cup 2014 game between Germany and Ghana, broadcast at a large public viewing area in Freiburg, Germany. Final score 2-2.

Ghana football fans celebrate as their team scores during a FIFA World Cup 2014 game between Germany and Ghana, broadcast at a large public viewing area in Freiburg, Germany. Final score 2-2. June 21, 2014.

Freiburg, Germany. 13th July, 2014. Football fans at a large public viewing area in Freiburg cheer after Germany wins the World Cup 2014, defeating Argentina 1-0 in the final.

Football fans at a large public viewing area in Freiburg cheer after Germany wins the World Cup 2014, defeating Argentina 1-0 in the final. July 13, 2014.

Freiburg, Germany. 8th July, 2014. Football fans at a large public viewing area in Freiburg watch Germany advance to the final of the FIFA World Cup 2014 after defeating the home favorite Brazil 7-1.

Football fans at a large public viewing area in Freiburg watch Germany advance to the final of the FIFA World Cup 2014 after defeating the home favorite Brazil 7-1. July 8, 2014.

Sankt Gallen, Switzerland. 20th May, 2104. Swiss fans watch a FIFA World Cup 2014 game between Switzerland and France at the largest public viewing spot in the country, inside the AFG Arena in Sankt Gallen, Switzerland. France wins 2:5 and goes on top of Group E.

Swiss fans watch a FIFA World Cup 2014 game between Switzerland and France at the largest public viewing spot in the country, inside the AFG Arena in Sankt Gallen, Switzerland. France wins 2:5 and goes on top of Group E. May 20, 2014.

German and french football fans at a large public viewing area in Freiburg watch Germany advance to the semi finals of the FIFA World Cup 2014 after beating France 0-1. July 4, 2014.

German and french football fans at a large public viewing area in Freiburg watch Germany advance to the semi finals of the FIFA World Cup 2014 after beating France 0-1. July 4, 2014.

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