Torres del Paine National Park, where the wind knocks over your tripod.
"Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst."
-Henri Cartier-Bresson
 
True.
After being picked up at 3 am and a 2-hour car ride we arrived at the Tatio Geysers at 4200 m above sea level in northern Chile. Low levels of oxygen, hot gases and unpleasant -10°C are more than uncomfortable, but the landscape, steam and rising sun make you feel like on a different planet. 
On this picture is our bus, several minutes after arrival.
This picture was taken right in the backyard of our hostel on the island of Kauai (HI). The full moon shining on the palms looked very promising, what I didn't expect were the gorgeous clouds forming in the horizon.
Before travelling southern Chile I visited a very good friend and his family on their farm a couple kilometers from Puerto Montt. In this remote and beautiful place the night skies are extremely clear. Even though this looks like a sunset, it is actually the moon wandering close to the hills along the river Maullin, allowing the stars to appear around its warm light.
This picture was taken a block away from my place in San Francisco where I lived and worked for 4 months at HUGE Design. Karl the Fog had just arrived a few days ago and covered most of Sutro Tower on a pleasant sunny day in November. 
While roadtripping the Carretera Austral in southern Chile in a tough Toyota Hilux, we stopped to visit some friends in the small city of Coyhaique at the most northern part of Patagonia. The road that leads to the city descends from a range of mountains which allows to see its strong lights from far away. In an attempt to briefly capture the moment, my friend and I couldn't believe our eyes. Despite the strong city lights, a brief long-exposure shot showed a crisp and clear view of our mighty Milky Way, almost crushing the artificial brightness of Coyhaique. 
One of the first things to do in Hawaii is obviously hiking to the infamous Dead Man's Catwalk on Oahu. Together with my girlfriend and her friends we arrived there only to see nothing but fog beneath us. 10 minutes later though it cleared up and we experienced an overwhelming view of the Oahu coast.
6 days of camping on the W-trail in Torres del Paine National Park are stressful, exhausting, at times scary - but always overwhelming. It's here where you discover how terrifying wind can be and how abruptly the weather can change. Everything here wants you to leave again, and the only thing you end up wishing is to come back.
My favourite place on this tiny planet.
I had been in Yosemite before in the summer, so I was curious to experience the winter. Turns out that no matter when you go, this place is always magical.This moment appeared out of nowhere while visiting the lower waterfalls, and disappeared as quickly. 
San Pedro de Atacama is a great place to meet new people. Three fantastic photographers from the States invited me to join them on a little tour which took us to the border with Argentina at 3500 m. The landscape and view were otherworldly. The waxing moon helped lighting up the landscape while we listened to the thunder of the Bolivian Winter storms on the other side of the Andes.
Called by some "America´s most dangerous (and illegal) hike", the Haiku Stairs took us to our limits. After leaving the house at 3 am, a 2-hour jungle hike in absolute darkness, hiding from security guards, climbing fences and almost 4000 sketch steps at dizzying heights and strong winds, we made it to the top right before sunrise to capture this unforgettable moment. 
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