How to film yourself in a packraft without a drone

When I published the videos from my last backpacking trip in Lapland, I got asked several times how it was possible to film myself in the boat showing the entire boat. People first suspected a drone, but no, this wasn’t it.

Corresponding video sections to the images above on YouTube: #1, #2, #3

I used a small a 360° camera. I mounted the camera onto a trekking pole (mine allows detaching the handle, revealing a tripod thread), extended it, and attached it to the boat’s bow on top of my backpack. You can see the construction in the following image:

My packraft with mounted 360° camera
My packraft with mounted 360° camera

You can also see, that the boat is very front-heavy due to my backpack which isn’t the lightest ;-). But why can’t we see the trekking pole in the finished video? Well, the pole is exactly between the two lenses of the 360° camera and thus in a “blind angle” and removed from the stitched image. When you come home, you can freely choose the framing of the recorded spherical video.

The approach is basically a hands-free option to record documentary footage or take photos when you are on a tiny boat (or elsewhere). My camera even accepts voice commands which makes starting and stopping recording easy. The disadvantage is, however, that due to reframing you lose a lot of resolution, the stitching seam might be visible in places and perspective seems a bit distorted due to the ultrawide angle of view.

Arjeplogsfjäll and Sulitjelma – another backpacking trip in Lapland

In early autumn last year I was on a cross-border backpacking trip in Swedish and Norwegian Lapland which was almost 3 weeks in length. I more footage than I usually do and thus decided to publish the film about this trip in two parts. It really was a unique and beautiful experience. I only met few human beings and was often alone for days.

For the first time carried a small packraft as an experiment. Crossing Mávasjávrre wouldn’t have been possible without it as there was no boat service this year. And it was also fun :-)! The route of the trip is listed below.

Part 1: Jäkkvik – Tjállas – Guijaure – Lomtjärnen – Silvervägen – Ikkesjávrre – Mavas

Arjeplogsfjäll and Sulitjelma Circuit (Hiking in Lapland) - Part 1

Part 2: Mavas – Pieskehaure – Ny Sulitjelma – Sorjushytta – Stáddájåhkå – Pieskehaure – Vaimok – Tarradalen – Kvikkjokk

Arjeplogsfjäll and Sulitjelma Circuit (Hiking in Lapland) - Part 2

In time I’ll eventually publish also images of this trip.

Visiting the Isle of Amrum

Amrum is a small island (about 10 km from north to south tip) just situated in the North Sea, off the coast of Germany. It is part of the Frisian Islands archipelago and is known for its vast sandy beaches and sand dunes. It is a popular destinatipm, however, it never gets too crowded as there is only limited accommodation available.

My photographic interest was in particular in the dunes, some of which are overgrown with grasses and heather. In the following you can find some of the images I captured during my one-week stay on the island.

Rare snowy conditions around Hamburg

Unfortunately, it is are that we get proper snowfall in Hamburg and its surroundings. If the snow doesn’t melt right away, it usually lasts only for a short while. For me, the last two days were special as the snow really stuck to the trees transforming the landscape into a winter wonderland. As expected, after two days it is already mostly gone.

I went out to capture some of those fleeting moments.

Painting with Light