I bought my first digital SLR in January 2004. While the Canon 300D (called “Digital Rebel” in the US) was a nice beginners camera, I soon outgrew it and as soon as I could justify the expense, I started upgrading to Canon’s professional line of cameras and lenses. While my initial focus was on landscape photography, it gradually changed to sports. Capturing fast-paced action (often in low light) requires fast cameras and lenses. I’m currently on my fourth pro-level camera, a Canon 1DX Mark II.

Sports photography

I retired from competitive track&field in January 2006. Photography turned into a secondary job a month later, when I started working as a freelance sports photographer for Luxemburger Wort, Luxembourg’s largest daily newspaper. Since then I’ve shot over twelve hundred (1200!) assignments for them. Since only a part of the photos I submit end up getting used, even factoring in both print and online use; I’m posting all my sports pictures on my personal sports photography website (www.photo.lu) too, to give them a bit of a second life.

Landscape photography

From 2004 to 2009, I traveled to the United States whenever I could get time off work, usually about four weeks per year. My travels were very much focused on photography, and I was often car-camping to get as near as possible to scenic locations in the deserts and mountains of the American Southwest. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to keep up this kind of dedication in subsequent years.

Some of the better photographs and panoramas are available on my portfolio on photo.lu.

Photo equipment

Cameras

  • Canon 1DX Mark II
  • Canon 7D Mark II
  • Canon 1D Mark IV
  • Canon 1D Mark III (Retired)
  • Canon 1D Mark II (Retired)
  • Canon 400D (Sold)
  • Canon 300D (Sold)

Lenses

  • Canon EF 16-35mm 2.8 L III USM#
  • Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM (Sold)
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II L USM
  • Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (Sold)
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM (Retired)
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
  • Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 L USM
  • Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM
  • Sigma 50-500mm f/4.0-6.3 EX DG HSM

Accessories

  • Canon Extender EF 1.4x II
  • Canon Extender EF 2x II
  • Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash  (2x)
  • Canon Speedlite 580EX flash (Retired)
  • Canon Speedlite 580EX II flash (Sold)
  • Canon CP-E4 battery pack (Retired)
  • Sandisk Extreme / ExtremePro memory cards