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Stephan Bollinger
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Where the cool kids are…
Now that my daughter has finally managed to talk me into allowing her to have Instagram, I'm slowly starting to re-discover "the place where all the cool kids are". I had an account for a while, but never really used it much. I guess, it's time to spend a bit more time over there, and I set myself the goal to post a new photo every day for a while, some I might have posted here already, some new, we'll see how we go ;)

If you feel like it, come over and say hello.
https://www.instagram.com/stephanbollinger/
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+Yash Trivedi, you're not alone, G+ is also my favourite platform. Having said that, no matter what big stadium you like the most, if you want to see your favourite band in concert, you have to go where they play. Some "bands" play only (or far more) on one or the other platform, and it doesn't hurt to be in several places.
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It's AUSTRALIA DAY, and as it is tradition (so I'm told), you have to watch some wood chopping. All I can think of is: "Watch your toes!"

For all the true blues - please excuse me when I skip tradition number 2, bbq, I'll go straight for number 3: Drinking  ;)

To all my Aussie friends: Happy Australia Day!
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Por favor entre em contato comigo para que possamos nos falamos mais rápido possível.
Caso isso não aconteça irei procurar meus direitos.
Pois até agora não estou vendo interesse da parte de vcs em me informar o que era aquilo que encontrei na linguiça UE minha família chegou a comer.
Estou muito preocupado em problema s futuros em isso se causar uma bactéria perigosa c saúde do meu filho e das pessoas ADFGNK5MKYYMo


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Suspense & mystery
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very clean and minimal - great work +Stephan Bollinger​
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Beauty, a moment that speaks to us, a hint of happiness, a personal taste. We don't know "the formula", but we feel it when we see it.

Rachel Sutton on the rooftop overlooking San Francisco
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Wow I love your black and white they show true beauty ....that she is ....plus a great photographer..... tks happy new year ...may 2016 be a bright one..
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Heavily influenced, always intrigued, continuously impressed, just a few sentiments to what this man meant to me: David Bowie. I grew up with his music, his "pushing the boundaries", Ziggy, Major Tom, Let's dance, the constantly evolving artist and creative genius.  "Look up here, I'm in heaven" (Blackstar)… yes you are. Yet you will stay with us, in us. RIP.
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Good times always when I hear your music, thanks for that! Go with God!
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A very Happy New Year from DownUnder!
Here are a few snaps taken with my little Sony RX100 (or as my daughter calls it "the cute little black box") during our local fireworks. Quite amazing what a point-and-shoot can capture ;)

I wish you all only the very best for 2016!
May all your wishes come true (some you might have to work for a little, but hey, it's worth it)! Health and happiness to you and your loved ones! Celebrate, kiss a stranger, cheers to all of you!
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Happy New Year 🎉🎉🎉
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How honest should you be…
on social media, how much of yourself do you really share? It's so easy for all of us to be something we're not, at least to portrait success with great stories, beautiful images, travel plans, far away lands and big ideas. It all sounds so fuzzy, warm and wonderful, but is it indeed the truth? Do we even care about the person behind all those impressions, or do we have enough going on in our own life that we rather see beauty and look at pretty pictures?

I thought about this post for quite some time. There is a good reason why I didn't post as much the last half year as I did before, and the story is not very glamorous, nor is the attached photo (not going into my beauty portfolio any time soon).

If we're honest, we all love to boost our egos from time to time, it's a human thing. Admitting defeat, down time, failures or anything that would make us look less "polished" and awesome is hard. We want to look great, maybe even larger than life. This however is a fake, and keeping up such a facade is hard, at least for me.

The last 6 month have been scary. In July last year, out of nowhere my heart started to go crazy, and I ended up in hospital for a few days, cabled up to the "bling-bling-back-to-life" machine, scary stuff. Three days later they sent me home, with some follow up tests in August, all looking great, with absolute zero idea why this happened. I'm relatively fit for my age (or so I tell myself), so what caused this? Will it happen again? 

Don't we all hate those hospital tales, those "feel sorry for me" stories? Yep, me too, so let's keep it short: They couldn't find anything and all following tests showed zero results: "You're fine, your heart is fine, all tests look ok, go home." Yay, great, good news… but I still have no idea what happened. Maybe it was a fluke, a one time thing. 

So I went on, working, from Australia to Tokyo Japan, back down under, then to the U.S., all fine. It took a few month to get back into routine, but somehow all a little slower, a constant "what happened that night" still stuck with me. A day before New Years eve, pretty much 6 month after the initial shock, I'm calling the ambulance, with the same symptoms. WTF?

Not to make the story bigger than it is, by the time the ambulance arrived, my heart "came down from it's hizzy fit". They cabled me up, measured, a bit high but within limits, but suggested to still go and do some follow up tests at the hospital. So we did, my first ever drive in an ambulance. More blood tests, all looking good, 3 hours later I was on my way home again.

So what do you do when you're fine, or so the doctors tell you? If it happens once, you have to get over yourself, put the self-pitty behind you and move on. If it happens twice, it may be time to get a second (or third) opinion.

This is were the story ends, no drama, no further "and then…", that's it, no punchline really. Next Tuesday I'll have a few more tests with one of the top cardiologists in Australia, and I assume (look forward to) everything goes well, and I get the confirmation "your heart is fine". It won't answer the question "why and how", and it will also not tell me what to do - or not to do - to avoid it happening again, but one step at the time.

All this is why I didn't post much the last few month. Pretending to be fine when you're not really, putting on a huge stage smile while the eyes don't feel like smiling. Don't get me wrong, I had a great time, met some incredible people, enjoyed my trips, loved taking pictures, I'm not painting a black cloud here, but pretending that my life is one big fancy and always colorful circus feels extremely fake. Reality is that my work is far behind, I have tons of photos I should have processed, many people are eagerly awaiting final images. I understand, and I'm working on it, but at the same time this entire episode has changed my view on things. I feel a little fragile, insecure, wondering "what if". Not to get back into the drama now, but maybe this was a very important "wake-up call", to adjust my priorities a bit, get the kids and Lego back in front of shooting and retouching, go to the beach and have ice-cream on Sundays rather than emails and writing articles. Yes I know, work-life balance, we all know we should, but do we?

A very long story with a short summary: Who knows what happens next. This doesn't sound like much, but that's exactly the message I take from this: I really don't know what happens next, so I better get my priorities right. 

I love being a photographer, I love creating amazing images, I love working with people, I love teaching and helping others achieve their dreams, I'm a very lucky man with an awesome job. However, all of this must get back into a  healthy balance, too much is indeed too much. Nobody knows what happens next, so let's be smart about it.

I will get back into posting more, and over time I'll probably get the shiny "hey look I'm oh so great" artificial social media super hero costume on again, or so it may seem. Behind it all however will always be a human being who has his moments of fear, of uncertainty, of times when shit hits the fan. It may be in private, but for once, I felt like sharing a bit more than usual, because that's who I am, right now, simply not sure what happens next.
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Thanks +Stephan Bollinger for sharing your story, is a reminder to all of us that no body know what will happen next, we all should think about it...
You are such a great mentor that even sad stories like this become educational and inspirational... :)

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Staying at the InterConti, and what do I find on the table? Not only "The Cove" magazine with my cover, but also another magazine with a full-page ad of one of my clients - Calleija Jewellery - featuring one of my photos. How cool is that!
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Not sure it could get ANY cooler...
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It's just a phone camera…
Or is it? As much as I love my big cameras and lenses, sometimes all you have with you is your phone, and when you find yourself slightly bored, it's the perfect time killer. And sometimes it's far more than that.

Today, my daughter went to a trampoline park for a bit of fun with one of her friends, and since 12 year olds can't drive yet, it was good old daddy who was playing chauffeur again. While waiting for them to finish, I thought "let's try how good this little camera really is, shooting slow motion! The results are quite amazing. Of course it's not a Phantom, but for a phone to shoot 240frames in 720p or full 1080 at 120 frames is quite remarkable.

Long story short, I had fun, and here's a short example of my "slow motion test" (sounds better than "daddy's waiting time to chauffeur the darlings)… https://youtu.be/nR_ZwCAK_4w

Shot at +Air Factory Trampoline Park, absolute fun! I can only imagine what amazing images I could produce taking a battery pack, a few strobes and capturing some killer "flying angels" shots there (idea in progress)…
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My daughter loves that place, even if it is just to watch the others. Great video 
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The 3rd try (and flight) with my new toy, the Phantom 3…
The Gold Coast Waterways - Queensland Australia

https://youtu.be/uux5lxh5MgQ

I'm slowly getting the hang of it. Next will be a ND and/or polariser filter, to handle the sun reflections. Awesome stuff, much more to learn, I love it!
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Thank you Bill +William Frank !
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Already New Year… what happened?
Usually, I spend my November and December in pure stress, to get everything done for the yearly concert of my wife's dance academy. I photograph hundreds of ballet girls, design a 20 page booklet, film the rehearsals to then design the stage set and spend days and nights in a dark theatre programming the lighting. It's fun, but (usually) a massive amount of stress. Somehow, not so this year - well - last year now. We did all the above, but without any hiccups, maybe we've done it now for so many years, we figured it out. Just one task at the time, one after the other, and everything just fell in place. A huge amount of work, but it never felt "so easy" before.

We then filmed the concert with a Red Dragon in full 6k, overkill for sure, but hey - if you do it, you may as well do it right. The footage looks amazing, and for once (and this doesn't happen very often) I'm actually very proud of what I've achieved. High-five to myself ;)

All the above explains why I've been so quite online, I didn't have time for much else, but what happened since the concert? After Christmas? This year, I decided to do exactly the opposite of what I usually do: Not go straight back into work, but enjoy the family, the kids, and a bit of "me" time! I can't remember when I had a week off, doing nothing business, nothing photography, just lego with the kids, a bit of painting (you know, the thing with the real brushes without undo or filters), a good amount of "feet up" and a few glasses of red.

And then - yeah - there's this other thing, my new toy, the DJI Phantom 3. Do I need it? Of course not, but from the day I've seen the footage of the first drone flying through a firework, I was intrigued. And yes, the good old "shiny new thing syndrome" that all photographers have took over eventually, and there it was, a white awesome flying thing. 

Long story short, I've finally taken it out of the box, charged the battery and took it for the first flight. Very carefully, and a bit worried I could lose it (or crash it) on my first attempt, my first flight was - let's call it - mediocre; slow, careful, unspectacular yet still thrilling. What a cool toy.

So a few days ago, I went for my second flight, this time taking off from a friends place, and I thought: I fly this thing a bit towards the coast, and then straight over the rainforest. If I lose it there, I'll never find it again, snake and bush country Australia, but heck - let's see.

Below are a few samples of my first "real" flight with the Phantom, and while there are many things I still have to learn and  improve, I'm pretty happy with the footage so far. 

http://youtu.be/9TsMJ80NiY8

So what's next?
Getting back to work, a mixture of commercial and personal projects are on the agenda, but I will make sure I reserve a day or two in between to get this bird flying again ;)
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I'm a portrait photographer with a fashion taste, originally from Switzerland, now living in sunny Queensland Australia.

If I'm not making people look beautiful, I teach photography at workshops and at The Arcanum, write articles for a variety of publications, and produce the photography show 10 from the couch.

In the past, I made a living as singer and actor (in musicals, bands, and on tv), however over the years my love for photography won the battle between "in front - or - behind the camera".

My biggest talent:
To make people look and feel beautiful.

If you'd love to find out more about how "Models are made",
you might find this video interesting.

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2 gorgeous daughters
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Photographer / Instructor / Dad
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    Master Photography, 2014 - present
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