Lindsey & Aaron’s Wedding

It’s almost a year that I am now living in the U.S. Yesterday, two of the first friends that I made here got married. I had the honor to take their engagement photos a few weeks ago but for the wedding they hired professional photographers. Nevertheless, I still brought my camera and took a few pictures here and there.
I also had a funny encounter with the photographer who high fived me when we found out that we were not only shooting with the same camera but also had the same lens mounted. He seems to be as much in love with Fuji as I am and had sold his old Canon gear a while ago to exclusively shoot with two X-T1s. I wish we had talked a little bit more about photography because I – for example – saw that he had used remote flash triggers which I thought didn’t exist yet for the Fuji hot shoe.

The wedding reception was held at the Orchard Lake Country Club which had an amazing atmosphere. The weather was just perfect and the party was a blast. I didn’t have that much fun in quite a while. I’m very happy for the two who will now take off for their honeymoon.

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Streets of New York II

On our road trip with some friends from Germany, the last stop was in New York. For me this was another great opportunity to wander around and to capture some moments in this amazing city.

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Right next to Chinatown in a neighborhood that I believe is called Bowery, Neumi and I saw a few guys playing basketball. Even though this clearly was recreational, they were playing very good and they had a very professional setup including jerseys, judges and a commentator.
We sat down and watched them for at least an hour.

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After their game, one of the players performed a stunt where he jumps over a skinny boy, probably about my size, to score a basket.


Aaron’s Bachelor Party

Over the weekend we went to Traverse City to celebrate Aaron’s Bachelor Party. A super nice cabin a few miles outside of the city and right next to the lake that meanders all the way to Lake Michigan was rented.


The river was watched…


…Burgers were flipped…


…Drones were flown…


…Baseballs were hit…


… and we spent an evening in the city to visit the Right Brain Brewery where we tasted their beer and got a private tour by the head brewer who happened to be a member of our group. After that we walked further into traverse city and ate some burgers.

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On Saturday we wanted to do a kayak tour into Traverse City. The rental place suggested a drop-off location half way between our cabin and the city. Two single kayaks were part of the cabin equipment and in order to simplify logistics, Blake and I took off right from the cabin for a long ride on the river. It turned out that this was the best decision of the weekend. At this point, the river still was very fast and the ride was a blast. One had to be careful when going through the light rapids and to avoid larger stones in the water. It was very challenging and definitely a step up from what I was used to.

Boardman is running hot today!

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Two hours later we met with the rest of the gang to continue the ride – now with a much more relaxed pace on a wider river behind a dam.

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The weekend was a lot of fun, the cabin a great choice and the kayak ride my absolute highlight.