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Portal - Capturing Xingping, the Guilin Mountains that Reach Up to the Sky

Portal – Capturing Xingping, the Guilin Mountains that Reach Up to the Sky

As they say, there are three types of lies in this world: Lies, damned lies and… weather reports. If I’d actually paid attention to the forecast, I would never have witnessed (let alone photographed) this scene in Xingping, near Guilin in Southern china.

portal guilin xingping mountains Laozhai river li sunrise clouds storm rock formations paul reiffer professional landscape photographer china guangxi

Titled “portal”, this image represents a painful 3 days with almost no sleep – so maybe I’m too attached to it – but still, I do love that view.

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Screaming from the rooftops - Shanghai at night

Screaming from the rooftops – Shanghai at night

Polapan filter film Shanghai Elevated Freeways night cityscape light trails tomorrow square nine dragons intersection puxi from above paul reiffer professional landscape photographer china

Shanghai really is a city that needs to be seen from above to be appreciated. The problem is that getting up there in the more traditional way (in a helicopter) simply isn’t possible – so there is a growing movement of photographers who (ahem) “access” rooftops with key vantage points across the city. It’s not a risk-free process by any means, but when you get up there and can look down at the…

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Huvafen Fushi’s 10th Birthday - Shooting the Team in the Maldives

Huvafen Fushi’s 10th Birthday – Shooting the Team in the Maldives

Jetty Pier Water Front Welcome Team Thakaru Huvafen Fushi Maldives 10th Anniversary Staff Team Photos Shots Male Paul Reiffer Professional Commercial Photographer 2014

“Never work with children or animals”, they say.

Luckily, the discussion I had with Per Aquum about photographing a 10th birthday didn’t relate to either. Instead, we were shooting memories of the staff at their stunning Maldives resort – “Huvafen Fushi” ten years on from its original opening.

Jaleel Water Waiter Huvafen Fushi Maldives 10th Anniversary Staff Team Photos Shots Male Paul Reiffer Professional Commercial Photographer 2014

They have a lot to celebrate – 10 years ago when they opened, it was one of the most innovative…

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New award winners - Px3 Paris, FIAP and RPC

New award winners – Px3 Paris, FIAP and RPC

Last week a few more shots got a little bit more recognition around the world as two competitions came to a close: The RPC – part of the Fédération International de l’Art Photographique (FIAP) 2014 and Prix De La Photographie Paris (Px3 2014). While not as well-known as other competitions, every now and then I submit a few images to “see how they do” around the world.

So it’s always a nice…

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Auckland Revisited - From City to Coast

Auckland Revisited – From City to Coast

Auckland Hopetoun Road Spaghetti Junction Sky Tower Light Trails Traffic Freeway Night Cityscape Paul Reiffer Photographer Landscape Approaching the city of Auckland for the second time this year, I didn’t hold out much hope for a great set of images. Based on some of the weather “challenges” we’d encountered on the south island during this tripto New Zealand, despite being lucky with a few images it seemed that Auckland’s weather wasn’t set to be much better. Still, when you’ve travelled for 12 hours to get somewhere it…

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The Whole Nine Yards - Cityscapes Case Study for Phase One

The Whole Nine Yards – Cityscapes Case Study for Phase One

The homepage of Phase One looks a little different today, as their feature on my cityscape work appears as the headline story online. :-)

Phase One Homepage 9th July 2014 Paul Reiffer Professional Photographer Landscapes Cityscapes iQ280 645DF The Whole Nine Yards Hong Kong Shanghai London San Francisco

Backed by feeds on their Facebook page, galleries, email newsletters and more – this is quite some campaign to get the quality of cityscape images that can be achieved with the 645DF+ and iQ280 out there and known.

phase one cityscapes feature facebook page paul reiffer 9th july 2014 photographer landscape

A year on from my purchase of their top end…

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That Tree - Shooting “Alone” at Lake Wanaka

That Tree – Shooting “Alone” at Lake Wanaka

Every now and then, I’m surprised by the reaction to a photograph which I didn’t think was that great when I actually took it.

This image, “Alone”, taken at Lake Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island just outside of Queenstown, turned out to be one of those shots after I uploaded it onto a few social media platforms

Alone Lake Wanaka New Zealand Paul Reiffer Landscape That Tree Solo

Some trips just aren’t destined to go the way I had them planned in my head.…

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Back at the W - Shooting the W Retreat Maldives

Back at the W – Shooting the W Retreat Maldives

Arshad Welcome Jetty Seaplane W Logo Sign W Retreat Maldives Paul Reiffer Photographer Professional Commercial Hotels Resort

Welcome to the W Retreat Maldives – where one of the coolest hotel brands in the world meets paradise on earth. (As you can imagine, it’s a great combination!). Building on the shoots we did at the amazing W Retreat Koh Samui last year, I headed out to the Maldives to photograph the talent team there with the Starwood digital marketing team.

w Maldives Retreat Seaplane Arrival Journey Morning Lounge Island Private Jetty TMA Trans Maldivian iphone

w Maldives iphone panoramic island photographing paul reiffer professional photographerNow I’m not going to lie – paradise or not, the…

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Oh my… Is that a Nikon 1 v3 camera sat on my table?!

Oh my… Is that a Nikon 1 v3 camera sat on my table?!

Yup – that’s right, I’ve just spent some of my own money on a Nikon camera! Here is my latest toy: A Nikon 1 v3 compact system camera :-)

box nikon 1 v3 compact system camera paul reiffer photographer professional

Granted, it’s not quite the investment that my Canon 1D X or 5D III along with all the lenses were – and it’s certainly pocket change compared to the cost of all of my Phase One gear, but I felt the need to buy it anyway. So, why?

nikon 1 v3 comparison phase one iq280 645dfThe reasoning for owning a…

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Kuala Lumpur - Hospitality at the speed of light

Kuala Lumpur – Hospitality at the speed of light

I was asked last week, as part of a written interview, if I’d ever had to get out of my “comfort zone” in order to get the shot I wanted – the answer, of course, was “yes”, and many times over. The next question was, funnily enough, about how I approach a brand new city in terms of locations and what to shoot. So, what better than a live demonstration as answers to both questions on Friday night…

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