Last week I got the great opportunity to go paragliding in Dorset with Andrew Pearse from Flying Frenzy Paragliding School. He has 25 years experience in paragliding and it was great learning about paragliding, thermals and techniques whilst in the air. Also I got the feeling there was a great community amongst all the paragliders, everybody we met was very friendly.

While my friends would be flying with him first, I would take photographs from the ground:

Once it was my turn, I had to leave my camera behind, but fortunately I was able to borrow a couple of gopros, one strapped to my helmet, the other one in my hand, but also fixed to my belt. It was the first time for me to use these little cameras, unfortunately I am not a videographer and I don’t have the time at the moment to edit or rather learn to edit the videos I got up there. But I took a few stills from the videos to show the view and maybe a bit of the feeling of paragliding:


It was definitely a great experience, it kind of reminded me of scuba diving, as I had the feeling to be in a complete different world and it actually felt quite calming, flying around and forgetting about everything else.

I hope to go paragliding again in the future and I would highly recommend to try it out yourself!

Swimming Times Magazine

Personal Trainer and Swim Teacher Angela contacted me, as she needed some photos for an article she was writing about stunt swimming for the Swimming Times Magazine. We were able to shoot at a pool in Richmond with fitness model and stunt swimmer Catherine Peck.

It was an outdoor pool, which gave me more space and better options for the background, but on the other hand it was still April and the weather was cold and changing quickly. I was challenged with the constantly changing lighting conditions, one second there was bright sunlight, the other a black cloud came in and every now and again it even rained a bit. But to be honest, that was nothing considering Angela and Catherine actually swam and posed in the cold pool for me, so big thanks to them!

Most of the time I just used natural light, but when the sun came out I had to move quickly to get my light in position. As it was quite windy, I just used one speedlight with a small lumiquest softbox on a short and stable light stand. I didn’t want to see my lights ending up in the pool!

Update: The article ran in the August Edition of the Swimming Times Magazine: