More than 12’000km away from home I discovered my pas- sion or as some people say, my obsession. The picture above is the very first photo of the Milky Way I’ve ever taken. I still have a smile on my face when I think back to this moment and how it changed my life. I did not plan to shoot astro photos during my vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii in June 2013. It was more like a ‘nothing else to do’ project. I went down to the rocky coast of Pahoa and pointed my Nikon D800E to a gap in the palms. Boom, there was the galactic core on the back of my camera and suddenly my heart rate increased. The days after I couldn’t sleep anymore and I was constantly observing the Hawaiian night sky.
Fun fact: In 2010 I spent more than 7 months on the Hawai- ian Islands and did not realize what great galactic vistas there are.
I live in Switzerland and there are some great places for astro photography in the Swiss Alps as well, but nothing as dark as Hawaii. Nevertheless, after my holidays on Hawaii I went on countless hikes to the mountains in darkness to improve my skills. The following years I came back to shoot the stars in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
In September 2014 I found myself on the islands again. This time I even forgot my swimming trunks at home, because I just planed capturing the Milky Way on the Big Island for two weeks. My daily routine was sleeping during the day and getting ready for sunset and long nights. One of the most memorable moments was when I was invited to visit…
Born 1984, grew up in a small village in the canton of Schwyz, 40km away from Zurich, the todays home base of his jour- neys. Already in his early years technol- ogy was one of the major interests, what had to lead to the ownership of a DSLR camera.