In a remote world, far away from technology, cars and the never ending noise we find community member Christoph Schaarschmidt. Schaarschmidt has a passion for hiking, camping and cooking (and of course photography) and combines all these on his adventures. His photography is dramatic, full of color and a beautiful portrait of the untouched corners of the world - leaving us seeing his photography in awe.

I love photography because…

I love travelling, landscapes and nature and I love to capture this beauty. To photograph beautiful moments often means spending some time at one place, exploring the right point of view, waiting until the light comes from the right direction. The internet is full of absolutely stunning pictures - some looking like: "This is too good to be true!" To really witness one of these moments and to capture it is a great feeling.

My camera lets me…

My camera helps me to capture these magical moments and even more. The possibility to create long exposures and the sensitivity of modern cameras make the invisible things visible. I'm absolutely stunned by light- or startrails and long exposures because looking on the final picture is always a surprise.

I find inspiration when…

I find inspiration when I'm looking through the pictures of other photographers, tutorials or stuff like this or when I'm looking for new locations with Google Earth. But being outdoors inspires me most because only when you are at a location by yourself you can look through your viewfinder.

One of the photos I am most proud of is Trollstigen because…

This is a very special photo for me because when I started travelling last year I had this vague dream about getting an image into National Geographic. I did know that this would be pretty difficult. After a few months of travelling I shot this picture at the famous Trollstigen road in Norway and half a year later it got printed in National Geographic Traveler Magazine.

My favorite place to shoot is…

Thats difficult to say as I'm travelling right now. It is propably always the next location. But there is one place back home called the Saxon Switzerland and I'm really looking forward to go shooting there again. For me it's one of Germanys most beautiful regions.

One of my favorite photos on ViewBug is Maestro shot by Boholm it makes me feel…

It makes me feel like I urgently want to see some Aurora soon.

One of my favorite photographers on Viewbug is Bridgena_Barnard because...

I'm more and more getting hooked by wildlife photography and I really enjoyed looking through the pictures in this portfolio.

These are 3 quick tips I’d like to share with fellow photographers…

– Get inspired by other photographers.

– Google always have an answer.

– Go the hell out and shoot as much as you can, there is no other way to improve.

One photo that was difficult to shoot was Powered Sight because…

I tried to shoot some lightning images before but I had not much experience with it. But suddenly I stood in front of the most popular sight in Australia in the middle of a huge thunderstorm. I had not much time to figure out how to photograph this spectacular scene with the setting sun behind me.

The tips and secrets behind this photo…

First I tried to use my ND-Filter because I wanted to use a long exposure to catch one lightning above Uluru, but my filter was just too strong. There where heaps of lightnings but they all didn't reach the sensor. So if you want to shoot lightning pictures at daylight don't use your strongest filters. Instead I took short exposures and luckily it got darker after sunset. I also used a tripod and a remote control to take a sequence of pictures over some minutes.

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