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YouTube and you

Do you manage a website or a blog, and include YouTube videos in your posts or articles? If yes, have you ever wondered about better ways to embed them? Because, in the end, a better way always exist…

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A kind of magic

If a digital picture has to be seen in the real world, printed on a real medium and displayed in a real showcase, its transition from RAW to real is better done in an old school image editor. Enter A…

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Telling weather

In this issue, we'll explore how to predict weather and what tools to use for its forecast, both short- and long-term, anywhere in the world. After all, you never know where your next holiday will bri…

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Bright side

December is the darkest time of the year, at least in these latitudes.

I cannot tell how much I miss the light.

I wake up to the persistent ringing of the alarm clock, and have to kick me out of bed every so-called morning which feels like the deepest night instead.

Every single day I start with waiting for the light to begin functioning again.

One would argue, waiting for the light is what photographers do the whole time anyway.

This is true for many, I agree. For my part, I rarely can afford it. I have too little time to spare at any place I visit.

Even if I spend a reasonable amount of time in the vicinity, I almost never return to the same place. I know I have to work with what's available at the moment and try my best both on location and later, when post-processing.

This is as simple as it gets.

You can wait for something to happen, or you can do your best with what's at hand.

Think about it for a minute.

Late afternoon at Lac de Moiry in Val d'Anniviers, Valais, Switzerland

The images from Lake Maggiore in Italy and Val d'Anniviers in Switzerland are now online.

Selected pictures from both last series are also available for print orders on the dedicated page.

White space

White space is what graphic designers call empty room surrounding their "important" content.

We see it constantly, on- and offline. We don't notice it, because this is how it is supposed to be.

White space separates letters, words, and lines of text from each other. It stands between paragraphs, highlights images, and breaks pages.

It doesn't have own value. Its purpose is to make other, meaningful things stand out. We only pay attention to it when it is missing.

Photographers call the same negative space, but this sounds, erm, too negative—forgive the pun.

Greenland is full of white space. It is the largest island on Earth, a huge area with a thin coastline inhabited by a tiny population. The rest, its entire interior is covered with ice.

Its map is still full of Unexplored markings, to this day. Obviously, the Age of Discovery had spent its time elsewhere, and now it's simply too late.

It seems, Greenland may remain white space for some time.

Its sky.

Its seas.

Its ice.

Its light.

The old Civilization II computer game had a scenario with an alien military base banged dead in the middle of Greenland.

I always liked the idea.

Iceberg at sunset off West Greenland coast

Images from the extreme north of Greenland are online now.

Dog days

These last several weeks have been extremely hot all over Europe. The current forecast assumes it will stay this way, for a long while.

I have had enough, I am ready to escape. 30 hours after I will have posted this, I will hopefully land in Greenland, on to discover Thule, the mythic world's end of the Greeks and Vikings, in single-digit degrees Centigrade, thirty-to-forty-something Fahrenheit, for a change.

The same scorching heat tormenting the northerners lately seems to have taken care of the sea ice along the planned route of my cruise. Ironic, I am going to benefit from what everybody around, including myself, has been suffering for so long.

Notes to self: Open windows don't make the heat disappear, quite the contrary. Retaining some decency in your attire doesn't make you feel more comfortable, but so much more confident. The life still goes on, but on a low heat, or so it seems, strange, high vs low and outer vs inner. The latter note doesn't relate to arguments, though.

Two days ago, the longest total moon eclipse in this century took place, as an omen of some kind.

I am off to pack, I hate it.

During my holiday, I won't be able to check my emails, nor tend to your orders, sorry. I will be back on August 15.

Hear the silence

Iceland's landscape may be many things, but first and foremost it is—silence. It doesn't matter how many tourists invade the country during its short summers (quite a lot, actually). Most visitors t…

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Cool, man

This breathtaking Greenland photo print is for those who value the rare and the unusual, who prefer following their own trails, and keep venturing off the beaten track. Greenland is hardly one of the …

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Deep purple

There are few destinations in the world farther out of reach than Antarctica. First, it is far away from about everywhere. Then, it imposes some restrictive rules on those inclined to visit, and deman…

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In your face

Often enough, an unusual take on a common matter comes surprisingly refreshing. This city panorama is so different from ubiquitous sweeping pictures made from high above the ground, that it needs some…

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As white can be

Can't get enough of winter? This snow landscape art photo print will vividly remind you of season's joys outside and the warm within, by making both opposites meet in its simple and captivating black-…

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Reach for the stars

Mountains make great photo subjects, and their pictures – executed right – make great photo prints. Take this one. With its assuring "yes-we-can" attitude it will be easily at home in any environm…

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Word for word

Photography isn't exactly a science, but even so, it is rooted in one. With this, and its strong technology links to boot, it is no surprise that it comes with a whole bank of its own terms. These pho…

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Need proof?

Ever so often, we want to make sure that our plans turn out well.

We study hotel reviews, timetables, and weather records before booking a holiday, compare test results and comments before buying a camera, even read critiques and watch trailers before heading to the cinema, putting up with spoilers along the way.

Well, I do 😳

If you are anything like me, you sure would appreciate that now you can do away with doubts before ordering your large art prints.

To be certain about how your gorgeous framed print will look like, simply order a proof paper print of the same image, with same dimensions, and on the same paper medium first.

The test print will arrive watermarked, so you probably wouldn't want to show it in public, but otherwise it will be just the same as the real thing, only without the mount. You will be able to fully assess its quality at a fraction of the cost—its price is very affordable, it comes without the artist's fee, and its postage is the lowest possible for the size!

Even better, if you decide to buy the original image after proof, the latter's cost including delivery will be deducted from your order total.

In other words, one proof is on the house with every purchase of a XL print over 120 cm on photographic paper, no matter how mounted*. Just make sure to request the repeating quote with the same email address, or mention the test order reference number in the comment field.

That's it! Now if you got big plans, you can also have the insurance that they become reality, for free!

The Proof Print option is available with every paper print quote as of now. Head over to request yours here!

*Canvas and textile prints are exempt from this offer. No Certificates of Authenticity will be provided for proof prints.

This was 2017

This newsletter, the first in the new year, looks back and offers a 2017 review through blog posts from the site. It starts as it should for a year review—with the New Year's Eve. Looking up at …

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