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Touratech Travel Time 03_2011_en

PORTRAIT JOE PICHLER 86 Travel Time: And when you are not accompaniedbyRenate,–howdoyoutakethe action shots? Joe: In that case there are no action shots, only videos. The camera is fixed on the tripod, adjusted, and then I ride back and forth a few times until the take is fine. Travel Time: How come you are so involved with photography? Joe: My father was an enthusiastic photo- grapher and gave me a used Minolta for my first trip. Travel Time: Have specific photographers influenced you? Joe: Over time I have, of course, looked at the pictures of many photographers, but I can’t say that any one of them has really influenced my work I think it is important to do your own thing and not try to copy the work of successful photographers. Travel Time: Have you got any tips for our readers on how to take good motorcycle and travel photos ? Joe: Always have the camera at the ready in the tank bag. When taking photos of people, always make contact first, which is quite easy on a motor- cycle. Good landscape or mood photos re- quire a bit more preparation and time. Getting the right light is extremely important and unfor- tunately at its best during the early morning or the evening. While the other guests at camping sites are still asleep, I am often long up looking for suitable scenes. And while the other motor- cycle travellers enjoy their first cold beer at the camp, I am probably just scrabbling up the next dune to take a good picture of the sunset. You definitely need to experiment with settings and angles, which is not that much of a problem in these days of digital photography. Travel Time: How do you prepare for your travels? Joe: The first step is to take bureaucratic hurdles, such as visas, permits etc. Then I try to obtain as much background information as possible on my destination – to find places which you can’t find in every travel guide. I seldom plan my route precisely in advance. Too many different things happen en route which change your plans. The best information is always available on the spot. One should be as flexible as possible and not stick stubbornly to the travel plan. For the Trans-Asia I had cal- culated approximately 20,000 kilometres, and ended up with 27,000. Travel Time: Do you allow for trends when selecting your travel destinations? Joe: No. Then I should have visited Southeast Asia last year and done Siberia this year. Travel Time: And finally: your motto for mo- torcycle travels? Joe: Just go, better today than tomorrow, and – very important: every adventure starts at your doorstep. Joe Pichler -The travels 1984 around the Mediterranean,20,000 km,4 months 1986/87 world trip,45,000 Kilometer,13 months 1990 South America,18,000 km,3 months 1993 East Africa – sources of the Nile,10,000 km,3 months 1996 Himalayas,10,000 km,4 months 1999 Trans Sahara,16,000 km,4 months 2002 Silk Road,20,.000 km,5 months 2003/2004 Tibet,8,000 km,2 months 2004/2005 Adventure Africa,27,000 km,6 months 2006/2007 South America (north-south), 30,000 km,6 months 2008 Amazon,14,000 km,4 months 2010 Trans Asia,27,.000 km,5 months In North Africa with the Ténéré in 1986. The »Trans Sahara« trip in 1999 is the first project used intensively for lectures and articles. Poster for the current lecture series (left to right) From early October until spring next year Joe’s current lecture»Trans-Asa«can be attended at numerous venues in Germany and Austria.Current dates and information at Books / DVD‘s by Joe Pichler at Touratech: DVD Transasia (from autumn 2011) DVD Amazon: Item No.: 091-0189-0 Book Amazon: Item No.: 090-0286-0 DVD South America.Item No.: 091-0190-0 Joe Pichler - current