Sevilla, when it’s still cold at home – Part 5

November 11th, 2018

Real Alcazar is one of the miracles of Spanish history, built for king Peter of Castile between 1350 and 1369.  It is the oldest royal palace in Europe still in use.

After this long tour, we had some time to stroll around in town.

As so many times before, I made two albums, one in colour and one in black Read the rest

Sevilla, when it’s still cold at home – Part 4

October 17th, 2018

Bullfighting is still a cultural highlight in this part of spain – whether you like it or not. The Placa de Toros is worth visiting nevertheless – even outside the season.

A wonderful spanish market can be found at the Mercado de Triana – its one of the oldest markets in town opened 1823, built on the remnants of the … Read the rest

Sevilla, when it’s still cold at home – Part 3

October 13th, 2018

The Metropol Parasol was build in 2011 and constructed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer. It is a wooden structure, 150 x 70m wide and  up to 23 m high. On its top you can have a walk across.

As so many times before, I made two albums, one in colour and one in black and white, as both … Read the rest

Sevilla, when it’s still cold at home – Part 2

October 10th, 2018

Calle Sierpes is a wonderful shopping lane in the old center of Sevilla. I found tons of beautiful subjects (better objects) which give an impression of the ancient history of this beautiful and amazing town.

As so many times before, I made two albums, one in colour and one in black and white, as both show their special mood.… Read the rest

Sevilla, when it’s still cold at home – Part 1

October 5th, 2018

Visiting this beautiful old town in Al Andalus for the second time, this time we choose to come in February to escape the summer heat with its approx. 40 °C. End of February, it was sunny in Seville and we had cozy 18 degrees. Guess what camera was on board … I only say ‘workhorse’.

Attached to my Olympus OM-D … Read the rest

Contax G1 with a Zeiss Planar 2/45mm

September 7th, 2018

This time a beautiful Contax G1 found its way to me, accompanied by three legendary Zeiss lenses. All parts are in good shape, so let’s see what comes out when the first film is pushed through.

On the one side, the Contax G-System (i.e. the G1 and even more its sibling the G2) is said to be the world’s most … Read the rest

El norte de España – done

August 31st, 2018

Referring to a former post started in June, I now completed publishing a fine series of black and white images of our trip back in 2016 through Northern Spain. You can find the full series here on flickr.

In case you’d like to comment, it’s appreciated … and maybe, you want to visit my website or my flickr Read the rest

Perseids Meteor Shower

August 13th, 2018

Another astronomy highlight was the Perseids Meteor Shower occurring in August and this year we were lucky, as it was new moon and so it was quite dark outside, here in that rural region.

The maximum hit rate was announced for Monday morning around 4:30 GMT, I knew that I’d not wait that long.
Starting around 23:15 CET by setting … Read the rest

The Beauty and the Beast III

August 10th, 2018

From time to time I take a picture showing two cameras side by side where I think it’s worth it. The first and the second image can be found here, showing two Canon bodies (a Canon EOS 3 vis-a-vis a Canon EOS 5D) and two Contax bodies (a Contax Aria vis-a-vis a Contax AX).

This time two Minolta bodies … Read the rest

Once in a mankind – Lunar Eclipse with Mars

July 28th, 2018

My first thought was … argh … there will be millions of beautiful, sharp and frame filling pictures on the internet already nanoseconds after this event has started. Then I thought … let’s have a look … and I saw the dark brown moon rising over the southeastern horizon.

Hm, … I fetched my binocular and enjoyed what I saw … Read the rest

Inspiration is the motor for improvement

July 14th, 2018

Did I ever tell the story, … why I love a special kind of city skyline images?

It was some time ago, when I was looking for something wide, something quite wide, something quite large and something … quite old.
I found a Zeiss Ikon Ercona, a 6×9 technical wonder from the early fifties – last century. This gem uses … Read the rest

Prague w/ a Contax 159MM

July 11th, 2018

Spending a day in December in Prague, that town famous for its light, its mood and its old architecture. This time I choose a Contax 159MM to come along with me.

As we only had one day, it felt like speed dating with this town. As it was end of the year, it was ugly cold here. So we decided … Read the rest

Hiking the Lerautal with a Canon A-1 and a FD 1.4/50mm S.S.C. – Part II

July 7th, 2018

As promised in the first part of this Canon A-1 attempt, I have finished the first roll of film – it’s again an Agfa Vista 200 – and it’s back from the lab, so it’s time to show some images.

A couple of images were made during a hike in the Lerautal – a valley with a small creek – … Read the rest

Olympus OM-4Ti and Ricoh GR II

July 4th, 2018

After having back the Olympus OM-4Ti from repair, I took it on a short trip to Frankfurt. Equipped with a Zuiko Auto-T 2.8/100mm and loaded with an Agfa Vista 200, I was keen to see, if the problem has been cured at the OM-Doktor in Hamburg.

 

… and here the right lens.

 

We had two full days … Read the rest

Pentax ME Super … or another version of the never-ending hunt for the Holy Grail!

June 29th, 2018

In a galaxy far, far away … I’d like to tell the fairy-tale of a never-ending hunt for a Pentax ME Super, which took me more than a year and four attempts until getting one finally.

It was Jim Grey in his wonderful blog Down the Road who made me curious about this beautiful little SLR from Pentax. The Pentax … Read the rest

Leitz Summaron 3.5/35mm

June 27th, 2018

This beautiful little lens just arrived and I placed it on the Sony A7R2 using a Fotodiox Pro M39 to NEX adapter.
Next stop will be the m4/3 test on an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and then I’ll try a film in a Bessa R or the Zorki 4k.

The lens was built in 1958 and despite it’s age – 60 … Read the rest

El norte de España

June 13th, 2018

In spring 2016 I travelled to Northern Spain, visiting the Basque Country, Cantabria, Aragon and Castile and Leon. Flying to Bilbao and heading to our first location in San Sebastian, we made a stopover in Zumaia. The little town is nice … but more famous is its rock formation – The Flysch. The landscape is stunning and so we stayed … Read the rest

Australian Adventure – I’m done!

June 10th, 2018

These were the last images I posted in my Australian Adventure series, started long ago. They show two old classic Volkswagen in Fitzroy/Melbourne. It was our last day in Melbourne and Australia and so gives a good link to our next day flight back to Germany.

The complete series can be found here on my flickr page. The whole … Read the rest

Hiking around Flossenbürg with a Contax 139 Quartz

June 7th, 2018

After dressing this beauty in new clothes, I was keen to see a first film in this 40 years old camera. So I mounted a Carl Zeiss Planar 1.7/50mm, loaded an Agfa Vista 200 and … enjoyed a photo walk;)

OK, this is not the 1.7/50mm lens attached 😉

… this is the right one 😉

Again we choose … Read the rest

Hiking the Burgruine Weissenstein

June 6th, 2018

Between the years we were hiking to the Burg Weissenstein in the Upper Palatinates Stonewood Forest. During a snowstorm, in a winter wonderland, we found the Burg covered by an ice shield. This area is one of my favorite hiking regions during all seasons.

All images were taken with the highly appreciated Ricoh GR II. The more I use this … Read the rest