JOURNEY

Making of "Ferrytale"

This project was different compared to all the others I did in the past and it definitely wasn't easy to manage at all. All of us have been extremely excited from the first idea till the end and it would be a shame to not to show you guys the pictures which didn't get printed...

Trying to get all of the gear together

Trying to get all of the gear together

Ready to go

Even though we were thinking about this trip for quite some time, Foivos his call reached me kind of unexpected. He told me that it'll happen the next day and if I would be ready to go. You guys can probably guess what I answered...I still don't know why we chose that exact day. The wind forecast looked decent but the sun was missing and it started to rain, typical weather for our hometown Kiel.  I left the house with a blue Ikea bag filled with my wetsuit, towel and camera gear. 

Who needs a van if you can walk? 

Who needs a van if you can walk? 

New ideas

People who like to capture moments with their cameras tend to always take more gear with them as they actually need and I'm not that much of a difference. I took a bunch of my audio equipment with me to record the sound of the whole trip, but that idea got quickly washed away by all the rain which came down. The camera had to be covered by a plastic bag and that thing made it hard for me to get clean audio...it's nearly impossible to get projects like this one done as you want it to be, but that's just part of the process. It forces you to deal with new situations and improves your creativity in a different way. 

Waiting for the ferry

Waiting for the ferry

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Used a tree as a rain cover for all our stuff. Wasn't our best idea. 

Used a tree as a rain cover for all our stuff. Wasn't our best idea. 

As we finally reached the spot called "Kitzeberg", the guys immediately started to rig up their sails. I didn't film or photograph that much of the process, I've seen it countless of times so instead, I decided to look at the location to find a spot where I want to position myself later on with the camera. The decision to not to put on my wetsuit right away was the worst decision I've made on that day. The rain didn't stop so I got totally soaked after a few minutes. Completely wet jeans plus 20 knots of wind results in pretty cold windchill effect. After 20 minutes of trying to get the best angle, wiping my lens, trying to cover my camera from all the rain, I reached the point where I could've died for a hot cup of tea. It seemed like the only way to get warmer was to put on the wetsuit. Which lead to the next struggle...I forgot my wetsuit shoes. Not that much of a problem, I'm used to cold feet, but the ground under the surface was covered with dozens of sharp shells and I wasn't that keen on getting bloody feet. So I put on my sneakers instead and accepted the long way home with soggy shoes. 

The complete trip felt like a tiny expedition even though it would have been a pretty standard trip on a boat if we didn't have windsurf gear and all the rain with us. I think that this project was a decent first windsurf story, from what we've learned a lot. We definitely want more of this and are looking forward to our next trip.

 

 

RECENT ADVENTURES #3

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The golden October, probably the most colorful time of the year. I always wanted to explore the landscape around my hometown a little bit more. As soon as I saw summer-like temps and sunshine in the forecast, I decided to jump on the train and head home. Finally seeing my family and friends again, escaping the busy city environment. 

Cityscape of Kiel. Sitting on the rooftops of the city is an amazing feeling, but sometimes you just don't want to see concrete and listen to noisy cars all day long. 

Cityscape of Kiel. Sitting on the rooftops of the city is an amazing feeling, but sometimes you just don't want to see concrete and listen to noisy cars all day long. 

I don't know why, but I always connected hiking with mountains and being far away from home. Well yes, I was wrong. Strolling through the woods of my childhood still delivers so many different sights. It's impossible for me to say that I do know all of the beautiful spots in that area, even if it feels like I would know it like the back of my hand. 

Somehow this path pulls me deep into the forest...

Somehow this path pulls me deep into the forest...

The landscape of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is filled with uncountable lakes. Each one of them is special. Needless to say, that a boat is a huge bonus. I got super happy, as my friend told me about the small lake in the backyard, my smile got even bigger as he revealed the little boat which was floating right next to the shore.

Wooden planks merging into the lake...how long will it take, till all of them are covered with water? 

Wooden planks merging into the lake...how long will it take, till all of them are covered with water? 

Quote by my friend Felix as he looked at the picture: "You can see that that the autumn is coming" 

Quote by my friend Felix as he looked at the picture: "You can see that that the autumn is coming" 

Our goal was to reach a raft on the lake called "Dixi Island". I'm not sure why they named it after a mobile toilet and at this point I'm not sure if I really want to know it...The lake itself was a pretty nice place to go fishing, so that's why the neighborhood decided to build that thing. I could totally imagine sitting there in the sunset, listening to the birds and trying to catch a few fishes. We didn't have any fishing rods with us, but it was still very calming to chill there for a couple of minutes.

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We continued our day trip with a hike through the woods, not looking for particular trails. Bushpassing can be a lot of fun. I'm still amazed by all the color which the light provided. Those complementary tones are just gorgeous! We knew that there had to be a fish ladder somewhere in the field. It was impossible to see the river but we were able to listen to the water and found the spot we wanted to reach. One of the most rewarding sunsets I've had in a long time. We sit down and watched the sun going down and asked ourselves, how many people have already been to that place? There was no trail, no sign, nothing except a few marks of wild boars searching for food. And that's it. It's hard to describe how it feels to be away from all that city stress...I can only recommend taking a break from all the urban life. You should give it a try ;)

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