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

Winter walk in the woods

I was looking back over some photos from this winter and I found a folder with a few pictures that I had somehow forgotten to process! (not quite sure how that happened with my quiet and relaxing life in the mountains!) So a couple of early morning post sessions and here is our winter walk in the woods as well as the Kindergarten race day.

fujifilm xe1 and lightroom


Ice Racing

This weekend the we had an Ice racing track built on a field nearby and some chaps turned up with some sporty looking motors to have a blast round. Although we missed the first days action I managed to get down there on the Sunday with my eldest to catch some of the high octane snow racing. More fun was had by all!


#mayrhofen #iceracing #petrolheads

February round-up

As February approaches its end, and with it the winter starts to thaw I thought that I would give you a selection of photos that I have taken this month that I haven't posted here yet (they probably went up on Instagram or Facebook) or that didn't fit into any particular story. Enjoy.

shot on Fuji XE1 and iPhone 6s

#itsahardlifeinthemountains #winter2018

January with the iphone

Just recently my Mobile/Handy contract came up for renewel, and I was left with a difficult decision to make. Over the last 2 years I have been shooting a lot with my iPhone 6s (I would say about half of my personal work is done with the phone, client stuff gets a full frame dslr!) so the dilemma that I was facing was do I stay with my particularly expensive contract (that is also 10 years old!) and get the latest all singing iPhone with it, or do I upgrade my contract to 2018 and stay with my older 6s?

Decisions, decisions!

I made my call after processing this months photos that had been shot with Lightroom Mobile (i.e. they are shot as DNG RAW images, basically digital negatives for those old enough to remember what a negative is!) Apart from not doing too well in the low light, which I might add ANY mobile/Handy will have the same issues due to the size of the sensor being smaller than you can probably see, I believe that a new device will have no difference to my images. Cheaper contract here I come, oh and I can spend some of the saved money on a new battery for it!

Remember that it is NOT the camera that you shoot with it is who is behind the camera that makes the shot, and the best camera that you have is the one the one that you have with you!

Have fun and do more!

#iphone #winter #itsahardlifeinthemountains #saalbach #mayrhofen #bearsonpatrol

Winter Begins

OK I had some time off, and during that time the winter season kicked off, Well that was lucky wasn't it!, Oh and it snowed too!!! Got some nice shots of the mountains in all their glory and had some pretty decent skiing too. All captured on an iPhone 6s with post done in Adobe Lightoroom Mobile and CC and some experimentation with a new thing or 2 that I learned in Photoshop CC. Tell me what you think in the comments below.

#winterishere #lovemayrhofen #somuessenbergesein #itsahardlifeinthemountains

The Last Days of the Season

Well the winter season finished yesterday, and as luck would have it I managed to get the week off so that I could enjoy this big Alpine playground that I live in. I was hoping for more of the weather that we had been enduring over the last few weeks (hot and sunny) so that I could go up the Glacier at Hintertux. Fortunately it was better than that, it dumped with snow all week, and no there are very few pictures of that as I was having way too much fun in the power!

Hintertux from the Gletcher Bus I

The East view of the Alps from Hintertux 3250m

However, the weather did change on the Friday, and I managed to get up to Hintertux for a day of blasting down near deserted motorway pistes with an amazing view of the Alps.

The Glacier is open 365 days a year and yes, I have been skiiing in August before but I dont recommend it unless you like ice skating on the mountain. Spring is really where it comes into its own with a drpo of fresh snow, and a clear sky, it is really what skiing is about.

The South view from 3250m over into the Italian Alps

PS. dont go there in January unless you like being cold, I have been there in -30 degrees before without the windchill!

The Olperer and the Snowboard park from the top of the observation platform on the Gefrorene-Wand 3250m

The Tuxertal, Zillertal, and beyond

Shot with iPhone 6s, Post production with Adobe Lightroom CC

#hintertux #gletcher #spring #zillertal #itsahardlifeinthemountains

Family Skiday

Yes I know that I haven't posted for a while, but life has been busy (as it always is) here in the Zillertal, Anyhow I thought that I would share with you a couple of photos that I took this weekend at the Ski Hoch Zillertal Area in Kaltenbach. A great resort and some fantastic conditions for February. I shall endeavor to keep the posts coming a little more regularly in the future!

#kaltenbach #hochzillertal #lovezillertal #skiday

All photos shot with iPhone 6s in Lightroom Mobile