Test Track

Thursday had come round and as it is high season, I decided not to have an afternoon off skiing, but instead I chose to hike up to an old favourite place of mine, the Wiesenhof. It lies halfway up the Ahorn mountain on the Abfaht itself but the road to it is always covered in snow (well nearly always!).

It takes about an hour to hike up there and then about 10 minutes to Rodel down. For those of you who dont know what a Rodel is, it is a traditional Austrian toboggan. It is the best sport in the winter especially when you go with a group of people and have a couple of drinks at the top. It then turns into ‘Wacky Races’.

A quick disclaimer is that this road is not an official Rodelbahn and still only a road so it is not lit, controlled, or closed off to cars, so if you are in the valley I would recommend going to somewhere like the one at Gerlosstein

#rodeljedi #wiesenhof #wackyraces #itsahardlifeinthemountains

A winter walk in the woods

During the recent massive snowfall the boys and I decided to go for a walk in the woods and had a bit of a play in the snow

#winterwonderland #mayrhofen #snowandfun

A New Year & A New Look

Just Before Christmas I had the fortune of photographing the newly renovated Stieralm on the Penken Mountain, Mayrhofen. The restaurant is under new management and is a vast improvement on what was there previously. The original structure is still the same but with a lot of time, effort and passion Max, and his father, Walter have breathed a new life into an old landmark. if your in Mayrhofen this winter I recommend dropping by for a bite to eat and a schnapps or 2!

#stieralm #penken #somuessenbergsein #lovemayrhofen #lovetirol

A Batman Birthday

Earlier this month It was my youngest sons birthday so we had a little Batman Party.

Nikolaus and the Weihnachtsmarkt

This weekend was the second advent Market weekend here in Mayrhofen, and as my mum was over visiting we went up to have a look around and sample some of the Zillertaler Krapfen and Glühwein.

T&G Opening in Ramsau

The End of November saw the opening of a T&G Markt in Ramsau in Zillertal. I was invited down to take some pictures of the official internal opening the evening before the store was opened to the public. It gave me a chance to have a sneak peek too and sample a couple of beers for my personal project the Bier O’Clock

Lest We Forget....

Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the end of hostilities, World War 1.

I like many others around the world went to pay my respects to those who gave so much so that we can live in Freedom.

We cannot allow ourselves to be complacent and think that these times of sacrifice are in our past, and it is all too easy for us to find ourselves in a position of conflict once more.

Please remember and lets not make the same mistakes as before.

“Fear leads to Anger, Anger leads to Hate, Hate leads to Suffering.”

Monochrom Oktober 2018 - day 31

Each year I dedicate the month of Oktober (German Spelling, in case you were wondering) to the beautiful art of Black & White photography. Each day I will be posting a new Black & white image


I have a passion for this style of photograph, as it makes you concentrate more on the subject and really brings out the emotion of the image.

In the post processing phase, it is more than just removing the colour out of a picture but finding the right combination of tones and shades of grey that work within an image. With applications such as Photoshop you can change these mixtures to a great degree to give you more or less of those tones.

You can experiment with your photos as I am sure that your smartphone will have an editing section in it (both the iPhone Camera App and the Facebook App do this) and play around with the different settings.

Share your images with everyone by posting them to my Facebook page


#blackandwhite #schwarzweiss #itsahardlifeinthemountains #monochromoktober #gavinotter #gavinotterfotographie