Latin America – Part 4: Huaraz & Lima

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Latin America – Part 4: Huaraz & Lima

Arrived in Huaraz, it was raining like crazy, and we had to find a hostel. Luckily, we ran into some promotion guy of that hostel called Akilpo, which turned out to be a very good choice, costing us about eight dollars each per night. Huaraz is located in between many mountains in a beautiful environment, though the city itself is no beauty. It is the capital of the region of Ancash which is sometimes called La Suiza Peruana because of its mountainous scenery. Restaurant recommendation: Pizza BB, not the very cheapest but you get a lot for what you pay. We drank Peruvian wine for the first time there and it was better than I’d expected it to be. An […]

Latin America – Part 3: Cañon del Pato

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Latin America – Part 3: Cañon del Pato

We left Huanchaco in the early afternoon for Trujillo and got on the bus to Chimbote. Arrived less than two hours later, we booked a bus to Huaraz, passing the Cañón del Pato, for the coming day (cost us about 25 Soles each).
This canyon is by some considered the real highlight of Perú and it was very impressive indeed. For about six hours our bus drove on quite narrow gravel roads, sometimes just centimeters away from the abyss, hundreds of meters above the river down in the canyon.

Latin America – Part 2: Lobitos & Huanchaco

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Latin America  – Part 2: Lobitos & Huanchaco

We didn’t stay in Ecuador all that long since we still had a long way to go. From Montañita we took a bus that once again brought us to Guayaquil, where we changed buses to Tumbes, Perú, and, from there, down to Máncora. Another popular surf spot, Máncora was far less crowded that Montañita. We weren’t there on a weekend though and later heard that it gets quite packed when Friday arrives.

Latin America – Part 1: Ecuador

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Latin America – Part 1: Ecuador

On January 3, I took a flight from JFK to Panama City and another one from there to Quito. I arrived in Latin America for the first time in my life. After waiting for like an hour or more at immigration, my friend Oli was awaiting me at Vibes Hostel (cheap and quite okay) in Quito’s infamous neighborhood Mariscal late at night. A taxi took me straight to the hostel for 8 dollars.

Motion Control – Part 2: Parts List

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Motion Control – Part 2: Parts List

So I’ve spent the last three weeks with doing lot of research and browsing online shops. The result is a shopping list with all the stuff I needed to buy or order to build the rail and controller, which basically consists of most parts listed on Chris’s parts list but with links to online shops in or near Switzerland. Of course, many of the parts are not exactly the ones he used.
I ordered a bracket set from Kyle and Chris which includes carriage, spacers, anti-backlash nut bracket as well as front and end brackets. They have shipped this stuff only a couple days after my order and I have received these beautiful parts two days ago.

Motion Control – Part 1: Kickoff

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I’m using the common abbreviation MoCo here, which stands for motion control. It’s been a few months now that I’ve decided to build my own motion control system for timelapse photography. Back then I’d already spent some late night hours researching the different models on the market being sold pre-built as well as the most popular DIY system out there. I was too busy planning my South America & New York trip as well as traveling to some other places last fall to start the project so I decided to start it once I’m back. This is the point I’m at right now. There’s still lots of things to do, but I’m gonna start the project now.

Winter in New York

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Winter in New York

After about seven weeks in South America I came back to the city that never sleeps and stayed for another five days. Part of the footage for NYC in Motion was shot during these five days. Plus all the other photos posted here… I found some nice street art in Williamsburg, watched the sun setting behind the Flatiron Building and picked a real cold night to shoot some cityscapes in DUMBO’s Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Review: Magic Lantern

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So I’ve installed Magic Lantern on my 500D / Rebel T1i / Kiss X3 last December and used it for the first time when I got to New York on Christmas Day. I really put ML on my camera because of the advantages for timelapse photography. It should be nice to have one less thing to carry with you when shooting and making your way to the spots you’re shooting at. I got the hang of the menus and the basic functionalities in a couple minutes. Of course the menus do look very different from the default Canon firmware menus, though they are designed quite user-friendly and logically. They’re packed with so many functions though. I instantly liked the firmware and its […]