Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel 2014 - Oberstdorf Photo Summit 2014 - Travel Editorial and Advertising Travel Photographer
Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel 2014 - Oberstdorf Photo Summit 2014 - Travel Editorial and Advertising Travel Photographer

Steve Thornton Photography

About the Video

I was invited by the organizers of the photo festival to teach about light and the use and and control of the same to 2 groups of photographers, amateur as well as professional over 2 days. What I shot was part of the opening of this event. I was invited to Oberstdorf, which is the southernmost point of Germany, in September of 2013, as part of a meeting and get to know each other. I also took photos of another event where they bring the cows off of the high mountain pastures to separate the cows to go with their owners to their winter quarters, the barn. The photos here were from the event that was in June 2014 and was very warm that day, unusually warm for Germany, 95° (35° C). At the top of the mountain it was about 65°-70° (18°-21°), so delightful.

This was shot late in the afternoon, on the opening day, of the Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel 2014 (Oberstdorf Photo Summit 2014). This event was memorable in that we started off getting on a ski lift to be transported to the top of Nebelhorn Mountain, 7296 feet - 2224 meters, where the organizer of the event had (a truly brilliant) inspiration to hold this event celebrating venerated German press photographer Thomas Höpker's work, which is amazing anywhere you might see it. The brilliance was to have Thomas' work enlarged to a massive size requiring it to be lifted by helicopter into a place, that by itself, is stunning.

At the base of the lift, it was just beginning to rain, and this continued all the way up to the top where it rained for 10 additional minutes then cleared. This natural "Scrubbing" of the air, which was clean to start with but had a fair amount of haze due to the very unusual temperature, then allowed for one to see as far as their eyes would allow and with the added benefit of having a stunning show of magnificent clouds as a way to show anyone looking that this was indeed a magical day.

Just about everyone present was either a photographer or someone who had a deep appreciation of photography. A tip of my (Cowboy) hat to Oberstdorf for holding this event in the midst of the rugged splendor.

As for the photos, I was just having fun taking photos, like I always do. I did not plan anything but when I got to looking at the images I thought this might be a cool video.

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