Letztes Segelfotoshooting im 2015


Letztes Segelfotoshooting im 2015
Das wird sicher nichts als Ende November die Anfrage kam für ein Shooting, und genau am geplanten Tag war der Himmel blau wie schon so oft in diesem Herbst und somit gabe es doch noch schöne Fotos der neuen XP33 der WS Bootsschule hier in Zürich.


Back on the lake St. Moritz


It has been a while since the last shooting on the lake up in St. Moritz. The mountains up there are so impressive and yes would love to go hiking there. The transition from summer to winter is a incredible period but with my broken feet this isn’t possible right now.
The regatta was sailed on the Blu26, same boad used for the St. Moritz Match Race.
What I really enjoed having my own rib and able to drive in the spot witout expalnining the driver what I had in mind.
As expected the temperature dropped for the wekend, this gave a good look to the scenery with the fresh snow on top of the mountains.

Enjoy the selection of photos


Swiss Mountian Film Festival


Big News!!!
In 2012 I had the pleasure to produce the official video for the toughest alpine race in world, the La Patrouille des Glaciers .

Today I’m very happy to announce that our video has been slected as on
of the 15 mountain videos out of 150 to be part of the 2015 Swiss Mountain Film Festival .

The festival takes place in Pontresina from the 10th – 16th August and
our video will be shown on the 16th before the prize giving.

Would great to share this momnet with you all.



Zurich’s harborcrane during the #‎dasischzüri‬ photo contest and exhibition

A unusual photoexhibition in the streets of Zurich organized and promoted by the local Radio 24. 100 photos representing the city of Zurich in a unusual way have been choosen by a jury and are now in display on billbords in the streets. Very creative idea way better than the usual postcards subjects from the last decades.

The harborcrane “Hafenkan” installed last summer on the Limmat was the source for controversial discussions. Is it art or simply a waste of money?
Gear used: Nikon D800 Nikon 12-24mm 2.8 Lense

link to the photo: Hafenkran


1.3 Billion Individuals


China with his 1.3 billion habitants is the most populated country in
the world and its national population density (137/km2) is similar to
our Swiss density.

Looking at the numbers is impressive but never as much as watch-
ing the crowds in the big city. I sometimes have the feeling like
standing if front of  ant colony a formicary where the individual
seems to get’s lost. But if you pick out a few they are individuals like
we with there own dreams, hopes, friends etc.

In my next trips to China I will do more portraits and discover more
of this faces.

Discover their personality

Ecquipmnet used: Nikon D810 Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 Lens Elinchrome flash and sofbox

Travel to China behind the big firewall



What works, what not and how to access LinkedIn, Facebook & Co during the time you travel in China. After years of business trips to China I found my solutions and work around.

My first contact with this system was during the 2008 Olympic games. Left home with plenty of good ideas, my blog was well prepared for it. Had a clear strategy with Facebook etc. but….
Once arrived in the Olympic village there was no way to get to on my Facebook
and WordPress blog event outside in town. After many useless discussion I allways got the same typical answer: “Sorry Sir not possible, becouse Beijing” and I gave up.

The solution came a few days later still during the Olympic Games with a young friendly Chinese who was looking at my photos the day before approaching me in the media center:
“Sir I can help for your internet, but please do not say….” VPN was the magic word ! At the end the solution was not really working it was way too to slow.

So what works and what doesn’t ?

Not working
– Google.com (all google services) gmail googledrive etc. even google map
– Twitter Facebook, youtube, vimeo

The following services work well even without VPN:
– Instagram, Skype, Facetime, Tumblr, linkedin, WhatsApp

Today it’s still the same you will not get access unless you install your VPN already at home. In the mean time there are plenty of VPN solutions you can buy online. You will find easy some free once but not sure if they work once you are in China. The question is more which one.

I have two criteria I generally apply in this web services:

Is it for free?
Why should I get anything for free? There must be a reason for that. It’s not going to cost a lot so I prefer to chose one I have to pay.

How long is the service around?
Don’t read the success stories but check our the reference list and how long is this operating.

From a technical point of view make sure it offers SSL Security, it will encrypt all the data during communication.

my brother used to be a former IT Manager of a Swiss Bank he installed a own VPN and this one is safe but there are public solutions who work fine:

Here area few:

The same applies for smart phones and tablets:

Personally I use the VPN Express:
fine, they are area few servers around the globe you can choose depending on the website you are accessing. Please remember the connection will slow down a bit.

Here area few more:

Social media in China:
a big thing, probably even bigger than what we expect. Just observe the young people in the subway or so and you will see how focussed they are.

Here are a few services you will probably come across one you are in China:

our Twitter, a micro blog but it’s way more advanced than our twitter, used to be top until 2 years ago but still working very well. Almost everybody is on weibo.

It replaces our WhatsApp and I recommend you to install it. It’s very popular to exchange the QR code when you meet someone to stay connected. Wechat is growing in popularity in these days.

This is the Chinese nr. one video platform and replaces our youtube and vimeo. Even with a VPN they are almost useless as it’s way to slow.

Mobile phone contracts & Wifi:
Data & voice roaming in China can be super expensive, it’s cheaper getting a second smart phone and get a local simcard if you stay longer than a few days. If not make sure you have turned off the data roamingservice.

However you will find a lot of free WIFI around in China mostly in all restaurants, airports etc. in the bigger cities they havea free wifi. Just ask and you will get the login and password.

Hope this information will make you stay in China more enjoyable.

Juerg Kaufmann

About me:
Since the 2008 Olympic games I have been back to China for job’s several times. Three years ago during a photoshooting I had the chance to meet a fantastic women. She did here Master thesis on the social media andhelped me to get into the Chinese way of thinking and working. In the mean time we are a couple.. 😉
My next photoshooting in China will be end of March and I’m already looking forward to it.