Wallis, Switzerland

Photographer & Hiker

We talk with Swiss professional photographer and rising Instagram star Patrick Güller about what it takes to find the perfect shot in the wild – and how he prepares for the unknown while chasing his passion.

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us – we’re big fans of your work! To kick off, tell us about your background, and how you got in to photography.

It all started in 2010 when we decided with some friends to document our freeski and mountain bike activities. At the beginning the focus was set on creating action movies, but it somehow evolved into photography over the years. Living in the Alps also had a huge impact, because even when I was at school I could go for a little hike with a beautiful scenery in the evening.

How long have you been doing it for?

I've got my first "big" camera in 2010. It was a Canon 60D and it was my Christmas gift. I used this camera for over 4 years and I only upgraded it last year.

Is this what you still shoot on?

My actual setup consists of a Canon 5D mkIII, a 16-35mm f/2.8 lens and a 70-200mm f/4 lens

What’s your favorite photo you’ve taken?

It's hard to choose only one, but I think one of my Milkyway picture shot in the beginning of July in Chamonix.

And how did you capture it?

We first took the cable car up as far as it went, then had to hike for another 90 minutes. We camped out at over 2600m and yes, it was freezing through the night but worth it for the shot.

You’re known for these kinds of outdoor shooting, have you always been an "outdoorsy" person?

Not really. Until 2008 we lived in a place called "Fully" which is located in the plain of the Rhône valley. It's only when we moved to our actual place, which is in the mountains (1100m), that I got more interested in the outdoors.

How often are you out in the wild?

It's hard to say. It depends on the season and whether I'm at university or not. At least twice a week, sometimes more.

And how do you tend to pack for your bigger shoots – like to Chamonix?

I'm a minimalist in terms of packing. It's positive because often my bag is lighter than my friend's ones, but it also can be negative when I forget something. I always have my camera, some food and some clothes with me.

And the shoes for these kinds of adventure? What do you need?

I've never been a fan of those bulky hiking boots. Even if it's not really recommended, I always used more ‘normal’ shoes even for some long and hard hikes. The best shoes for me are ones that are polyvalent, rather light but still are good for outdoor activities.

So that said, what are your thoughts on the Cloudventure?

I’ve tested the Cloudventure for a few months now and they fit perfectly to my needs. I've already been to places like Zermatt and Chamonix with them and they went through some hard testing: snow, wet rocks, rivers and more so it’s safe to say I'm really happy with them.

Being so outdoors focused, are you also a trail runner?

I've done some trail running, but often I have so much gear for my trips that it's impossible to run, so I do way more hiking. When I get the chance to do a trail without gear, I'll always choose running rather than hiking. What I like the most is running downhill, more technical trails or running on ridges. I don't do it often enough to tell you how far a week, but usually I do 5 to 10km hikes on average.

And any tips for people wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Just do what you love! They're a lot of ways to learn how to take good pictures, but the best one still remains going out and trying it out on your own.
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