Sebis photo blog

Sebis photo blog

Hauraki Gulf (Orewa/Red Beach) timelapse

Posted 17 December 2013

A day in a minute. :)

Sebastian @ 12:52
Category: New Zealand, photography
Cook Islands 2013

Posted 12 December 2013

We made a short trip to Rarotonga beginning of December.
Just 4 days, but had some nice diving, snorkelling and a bit of sun ;)
To anyone who has been to Rarotonga before 2012: They finally dropped their stupid departure tax! It’s now included with every international ticket.


Sebastian @ 11:42
Category: Cook Islands, photography
Milo II

Posted 22 November 2011

Milo grew up quite a lot in the past weeks. Here are some recent pictures…

Sebastian @ 15:10
Category: Germany, photography

Posted 3 October 2011

We spent a day on Langeoog – an island off shore the German North Sea coast.


Sebastian @ 23:37
Category: Germany, photography, Travel
Wedding Photos

Posted 9 September 2011

We finally managed to get our photographs from our wedding. Jürgen and Sebastian really did an awesome job documenting our wedding!

Here are a few selected images, but there’s also a 25 minute video on Vimeo that you might enjoy watching. The password is “showme”… ;)


Sebastian @ 12:10
Category: Germany, photography

Posted 8 September 2011

May I introduce: Milo – our cute little Labrador-Retriever puppy (11 Weeks now).

Sebastian @ 14:31
Category: Germany, photography
Honeymoon – or: Kiwis in Dresden & Berlin

Posted 20 August 2011

We spent the week after our wedding in Dresden, Meissen, Potsdam and Berlin with our Kiwi friends and my brother and his girlfriend.


Sebastian @ 23:13
Category: Germany, photography

Posted 13 August 2011

Babs and Sebi

Babs and Sebi

Sebastian @ 15:00
Category: Germany
Whitsunday weekend in Schwerin

Posted 18 June 2011

Hello (again)!

It’s been quite a while since my last post. Meanwhile we have settled in and it’s unbelievable that we are in Germany for more than 3 months already!

I hardly used my camera during that time, since so much was going on:
Finding a new flat, unpacking, visiting family and friends, etc.

Last weekend we did our first weekend trip – to see Verena and Florian who used to live in Wellington. Now they live close to Schwerin.


Sebastian @ 11:08
Category: Germany, photography, Travel

Posted 10 March 2011

This will be my last post for now.
We are in Singapore and heading back to Germany tonight – via Sri Lanka and Dubai. :)


Sebastian @ 05:58
Category: photography, Travel
Ubud and surroundings

Posted 7 March 2011

Here are a few impressions of Ubud and its surroundings.
We went to see some rice terraces, coffee plants, the only water temple (according to our guide) and the elephant caves – which got nothing to do with elephants.
Notice that rabies dog… As much as we usually love dogs – we didn’t get close to a single one here on Bali.

Off to Singapore now!


Sebastian @ 02:23
Category: Indonesia, photography, Travel
Nyepi in Ubud

Posted 5 March 2011

Nyepi – or “Balinese New Year” aka “Day of Silence”.

So what did we do today? Nothing really.
Got up, had breakfast, walked around the hotel premises, took some pictures, wrote my blog (you wouldn’t have noticed, would you?), had lunch, surfed the internet.

Last night therefore, we went to Ubud Central and watched the parade. There were some really incredible monsters and lots of people celebrating.


Sebastian @ 15:16
Category: Indonesia, photography, Travel
Gili T from its dry side

Posted 5 March 2011

… if you can speak of “dry” during the wet season…
Actually it wasn’t too bad. We did have massive, soaking rain falls, flooding and all that – but it’s always just for an hour or two – the rest of the day was mostly fine (still cloudy though).

We were a bit surprised to see an “Aldi shop” on Gili T.
Oh – and there also was a grand opening of a “German Restaurant: Extrablatt”. fake…….


Sebastian @ 14:50
Category: Indonesia, photography, Travel
Underwater Gilis

Posted 5 March 2011

Unfortunately I couldn’t use my 7D for too many pictures underwater because the flash mount broke (NOT underwater)… So the first pictures are 7D with flash, then some 7D without and then it’s back to my 10yr-old Olympus 4040z.

Sebastian @ 07:54
Category: Indonesia, photography, Travel
Bali & Gili Trawangan

Posted 2 March 2011

Boarding the JetStar flight JQ81 from Darwin to Denpasar made us feel like boarding a tourist charter plane from Germany to Mallorca – or UK to Cyprus. Many of the passengers were noisy, drunk and not familiar with most of the inflight protocol/behavior.

Good that we wouldn’t stay on Kuta, but were heading on to Gili T straight next morning.

The 2.5h flight was calm otherwise except a few strong bumps during our decent into Bali. The captain promised “clear skies” which was true for the time of landing, but everything was flooded when we left the terminal building about half an hour or so later. Immigrations and customs was easy to pass but Indonesia charges a USD25 fee for getting a 30 day visa – probably a left over of bribery which was made official law.

We found our transfer to the hotel after a few minutes of getting orientated and trying to find our name on one of the roughly 2 billion signs with names on it. The ride to our hotel took about 10-15 minutes and we quickly realized why we would not want to rent ANY vehicle on Bali: traffic rules seem to be more of a guideline than actual rules. Generally speaking they drive on the left side of the road, but mostly in the middle and sometimes on the right towards oncoming traffic. The first one to use his horn gets the right of way – or something.
At first I thought it was because the roads turned into a 20cm deep river but that behavior didn’t change next morning when it was dry.

The hotel was like a small oasis in the middle of chaotic Tuban. Unfortunately we only spend a short night there and I didn’t take any photos.
Money exchange turned out to be a bit of a problem in the middle of the night and we had to stick to the hotels reception. They couldn’t change more than USD150 though. So, how much would we get for it? Well…. If you think that money is money and that you will get the same exchange rate for $100, $100, $50 and $20 bills- think again. First of all the bills must be printed later than 2006. Larger bills have a stronger exchange rate than smaller bills. As for $100s: depending on the serial number, you would get different rates. A weird world….

We were ready early next morning, just having breakfast and waiting for our pick-up to the boat which would bring us to Gili Trawangan.
The ride to the harbor took about an hour, the traffic was still chaotic and 90% of all vehicles seem to be scooters. Sometimes we would see scooters with up to 4 people riding it: the driver would put a small child (barley able to stand) between his legs, another child behind him and another person behind that. Of course the driver would be the only one to wear a helmet – but only on faster roads. One don’t seem to need a helmet when going under a certain speed (on Cook Islands that speed was 40kph, not sure if it’s the same in Indonesia).

The speedboat to Lombok and the Gilis didn’t seem very speedy to me, but it was fast enough. The trip took about 1.5 hours. Other than a few dolphins on the way nothing much was happening.

The main street of Gili T is about a km in length – and that’s about one fourth or one fifth of the whole island – all around and along the beach!
And back in 2009 I thought Rarotonga was small… ;)
Our hotel was about 400m from the jetty, but the boats are hardly using it and instead just land directly on the shallow beach.

We spent the first day walking up and down the main strip of Gili T and checking out restaurants, bars, diving schools and shops. That means pretty much everything because there is nothing else. Inparticulary there are no motor vehicles. All transport is done by “Cidomo” – or horse/pony cart.
Most restaurants seem to a have a similar menu – and that means an international menu. You can get pizza and pasta, burger, schnitzel, mexican, salads and usually there is a small, cheaper section with local, indonesian food. Prices are between 30.000 Rp and 70.000 Rp (50.000 Rp is about 4,10€ or NZ$ 7,55). Interestingly enough quite a few of those restaurants offer WiFi Internet access. It’s not fast, but it’s usable. I won’t try to upload any pictures though. ;)

Over the next days I was diving, while Babs enjoyed herself getting massages, reading at the pool, sunbathing and snorkeling at the beach.

Diving was really interesting: first of all most dive sites have a strong current so that you are usually drifting and the boat will pick you up wherever you surface at the end of the dive. The underwater world is (very) slowly recovering, but decades of dynamite-fishing destroyed most of the coral and you are basically diving a massive graveyard/junkyard of dead coral and blown-to-pieces rock. The variety of fish and other marine life is still (or again?) astonishing. Many turtles, a few white and black tip reef sharks, rays….. I won’t start on the smaller ones. ;)
My new camera case is working great underwater. Unfortunately my flash (mount) is broken. I’ll need to have it repaired when I’m in Germany. I might be able to use it but it’s not sitting tight on the camera anymore.

Sebastian @ 04:45
Category: Indonesia, Travel