Tropical Vibes - Maui

Almost one year ago we packed our bags (for the third time) and flew off to Maui. We were not too lucky when we arrived during a week with heavy rain and tropical storms, which made it impossible to explore all of the sights we initially planned to visit. 

Nevertheless we were still able to do a lot! Activities involved snorkeling at Wailea Beach, having delicious meals in Lahaina, Zip lining and just hanging around at some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. Maui is picture perfect paradise. 

I was not focusing on taking pictures that much, since I just wanted to enjoy this part of the trip without any distraction. Still here are some shots I took around Wailea, Lahaina and during Zip lining with the GoPro. I used a new gallery, you have to swipe trough.

Lastly a small update: Exams are over and I’m back at editing and taking pictures. There is going to be another album next week, destination: La La Land. 

 

See you soon,
claudio

ps: I recently rewatched Toy Story and the Lion King, can’t count how many times I’ve seen those movies. Sometimes you just have to stick with the classics. Treat yourself, you won’t regret it.

Tropical Vibes - Hawai'i

Aloha!
I’m back with another small album. The next stop on our journey was the Island of Hawai’i, better known as the Big Island. Famous for it’s volcanoes, black sand beaches and epic landscapes. Stepping into Volcanoes National Park on the Hilo side of the Island I honestly felt like I had landed on a different planet. I had never seen an active volcano before in my life and that was really impressing.

We also went to the observatory on top of Mauna Kea, the islands tallest volcano/mountain. The same day you can swim in the ocean and later stand on top of a 4200m tall mountain, freezing. Measured from it’s oceanic base Mauna Kea is over 10000m tall. Unfortunately we were not able to stargaze that day because of bad weather up there, but it was nevertheless a very memorable experience. Many movies based on expeditions to the moon were shot there. 

One of many other firsts I did on the Big Island, was snorkeling with Manta Rays at night. In Keauhou Bay they take you just a little bit off shore where these majestic creatures gather to feed on fluorescent plankton. What an experience when you float in the water when suddenly a giant ray swims just millimeters beneath you. According to Wikipedia they can reach up to 1350 kg and 7 meters in length, just to put in some perspective. These gentle giants move with an elegance no machine could ever imitate. 

What has also stayed with me, was the absolute tranquillity this island spreads. You’d sometimes drive for quite some time without passing by a single other car. 

I miss this place

Have a great week
Claudio

Tropical Vibes - O'ahu

Hey guys,
Last summer I spent some time on the west coast of the United States. Also for the first time in my life I visited the Hawaiian islands. One of the most interesting, beautiful and diverse places I have ever visited. The first set of photos is based on our visit to O’ahu - also called the gathering place. We didn’t have plenty of time but we tried to see and do as much as possible. 

We hiked Makiki falls trail, went to the north shore, jumped off of cliffs into a picture perfect blue ocean, saw majestic sea turtles right at the tip of our feet, hiked to the top of diamond head, „climbed“ the famous pill boxes hike, chilled at the world famous Waikiki Beach, snorkeled in Hanauma Bay and immersed ourselves in one of the most remote cities in the world. What a start.

See you soon
Claudio

Desert Vibes

Hey folks, 

it has been forever since I posted anything new. There was a lot going on in my life last year (there still is) and time has become a very limited resource. I had to cut down on photography and editing quite a bit. However I could never go on vacation without at least one camera in my bag. 

The following pictures were taken during a vacation in Dubai this February. More precisely on a sunset safari in the Dubai desert conservation reserve. It was an amazing and insightful day (also a birthday present from my girlfriend Nathalie, thank you honey). Sand dunes, sun and delicious food.

For those of you who still follow my blog, thank you for sticking around. Next week I will finally start uploading my summer 16 vacation photos. Enjoy the pictures and let me know what you think. 

Have a good one
Claudio

Views - Monte Brè

Hey guys! During my study break, I spent some time in Ticino. Since I have been very busy studying over the past 6 weeks, I haven't been able to either produce new content or work on my summer albums. Yesterday though, we went to the top of Monte Brè in Lugano and I was fortunate enough to bring my camera with me. It was absolutely worth going up there...I mean WOW. Some of the most breathtaking views I have ever experienced. Sometimes you just have to take a break and appreciate what you have. Appreciate where you live and enjoy life. This is my home country, Switzerland. 

Have a great week!

What a summer...

Hey there

I hope you people out there are all well and had a great summer. Since I didn’t post anything for a long time now I thought it’s time to say hi. Yesterday I came back from Amsterdam which concluded my travels for this summer. I was out and about for more than two months, with some minor exceptions. Of course I always had at least one camera with me which now results in an almost unmanageable amount of output. I am in terms of putting together a compilation album about my trip to Hawaii and another one for Los Angeles. The albums however will not contain the whole range of impressions/pictures I took since I have decided to keep some of the memories only for the people I shared them with. In the meantime I can provide you with a small excerpt of what is soon to come. 

Have a great weekend
Claudio

 

1&2 Makiki Trail O'ahu HI, 3 Keauhou Bay Big Island HI, 4 Wailea Beach Maui HI, 5 Santa Monica CA, 6 somewhere above Switzerland

Views - An evening in San Francisco

What’s up? So last week I spent some time in San Francisco. The pictures are mostly taken around the ferry building (where one of my favorite hamburger places “Gott’s” is located) and on the ferry back to Marin County. The atmosphere was just phenomenal. I was lucky to catch a clear and sunny day, which is kind of rare for San Francisco. Therefore I was able to take some pretty decent pictures. Actually some are amongst my personal favorites to date. If you ever go to San Francisco you should definitely check out the ferry plaza with all the shops and restaurants there, the food is amazing. Also if you’re lucky enough to catch a clear day, the views and atmosphere in general are amazing. On the ferry to Marin you’re able to spot Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island from different angles, views you’d normally not get on tours or whatever. The ferry is just one of several ways people living in the Bay Area get into the city. So enough talking, enjoy the pictures. Have a great week! And happy 4th of July to all Americans out there.

Paintings on the Street

Hey guys! I’m spending some time in the states at the moment. Currently staying in Marin County, CA (that’s 20mins north of San Francisco). Yesterday we went to an outdoor Italian streetart festival in San Rafael, which was very cool. Artists drew paintings with chalk directly on the main street. I took the opportunity to take some new pictures. All images were shot on my Sony A7II with a Zeiss 35mm 2.8 lens. Stay tuned for more pictures in the near future as I will be traveling quite a bit (not only in Cali). Have a great week you all!

 

Tattoo Sunday

Hey there! Yesterday was a special Sunday. My good friends Sara and Mark invited some people over to their place to play Mario Kart 64 and, wait for it, get tattoos. She owns a tattoo machine and also happens to have mad drawing skills. So I took my brother, some tattoo ideas and my camera there and it was awesome. I even tried to tattoo someting myself, I mean how cool is that? Thanks for the trust Sara. By the way, I recently invested in a second camera system (Fujifilm X-Pro2) and the following pictures are among the first I ever shot with this camera. So far I like it a lot since this camera has a very nostalgic, mechanical feel to it, while at the same time performing like a modern prosumer DSLR. Also the in-camera JPEG processing with Fuji’s own presets is amazing. Some of the pictures were edited in Lightroom by using VSCO and some are straight out of camera. Thanks again Sara for the awesome tat and have a great week you all!

Tokyo 東京 Pt. 3 - Tokyo Disney Resort

I hope you guys are well! Sorry for the late post, but the edit took a little longer than expected. This is going to be the last part of my three part Tokyo blog series. Part three is dedicated solely to Tokyo Disney Resort, which consists of two world class theme parks, several hotels and an entertainment district. We visited the site for a couple of days in order to be able to fully capture everything the resort has to offer. Being a huge Disney geek myself visiting all of their theme parks around the world has become a pretty serious hobby of mine (at the moment only one is missing until Shanghai opens, then it will be two). This is somewhat of a dream come true to me especially since those two parks are said to be not only the world’s best version of Disney parks, but some of the world’s finest theme parks in general. Tokyo DisneySEA has been on my bucket list for quite some time now.

Tokyo Disneyland is pretty much a clone version of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Orlando FL. And that’s a good thing because Magic Kingdom is truly an amazing park. However there are some unique features like their very own trackless Winnie the Poo ride, unique restaurants and much wider walkways which is very cool. It is a fantastic theme park with loads of capacity, rides and food options. They have basically every legendary Disney ride; Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Peter Pan, Haunted Mansion, Pirates - you name it. Disney geek heaven. What they don’t have is a Main Street USA like all the other Magic Kingdom-style Parks, instead they have World Bazaar which is basically Main Street USA with a roof on top. Makes a very good location to hang around on a rainy day.

Tokyo DisneySEA, located just a 5 minute monorail ride away, is a one-of-a-kind Disney park themed around six different ports all over the world. The overall theming of this park is exceptional, absolutely one of the most beautiful and elaborate theme parks I have ever been to. And trust me with that, I fortunately have been to many, many theme parks in my life. If you like Disney or theme parks in general you should definitely consider visiting this park once in your life. The food is amazing, customer service is top notch and the rides are some of the best I have ever been on. With Tokyo Bay right behind the parks gates, the theming immerses with the environment and makes a perfect fit with the parks underlying nautical theme. Some of the rides are more or less clones of their US counterparts (like Indiana Jones or Toy Story) and others are completely unique. The parks landmark is Mount Prometheus a massive volcano located in the middle of the park in a recreation of Jules Verne’s fictitious Mysterious Island. It is also home to two very cool rides: 20’000 Leagues Under the Sea, a slow moving submarine darkride themed to the 1954 Disney movie; and Journey to the Center of the Earth, a mind blowing one-of-a-kind rollercoaster-type darkride themed to the underlying Jules Verne novel. It is literally like you’re traveling to the center of the earth. When I walked into Mysterious Island I was completely blown away by the immersive theming and scale of the area. I am positive that this would even be appreciated by theme park haters. And that’s only one of six lands, which are all beautifully crafted to a level of detail, which is only matched by very few other theme parks.

Enough talking. Here are some photos. Let me know if you like them and have a great evening!