Photographers Christmas Dream

December 16th, 2018

Com­ing back from a short trip to Nürn­berg, I also had time for a stay on the Nürn­ber­ger Christ­kindles­markt … and it’s world-fam­ous Schasch­lik booth (pic­tures later, when the film has been pro­cessed). Found there an amaz­ing old photo shop with some nice Pho­to­graph­ers Christ­mas Dream. As it was Sunday, the shop was closed … unfor­tu­nately.

The real reas­on for … Read the rest

Sevilla, when it’s still cold at home — Part 7

December 14th, 2018

The Plaza de Espana in the Parque de Maria Luisa was built for the Ibero-Amer­­ic­an Expos­i­tion of 1929. The build­ings at Plaza de Espana form a huge half-circle rep­res­ent­ing the four ancient king­doms of Spain.

Parque de Maria Luisa offers some nice views includ­ing numer­ous build­ings, built for the Ibero-Amer­­ic­an Expos­i­tion.

Monte Gurugú.

Pabellón Real.

Museo Arqueoló­gi­co de Sevilla.

Park … Read the rest

Sevilla, when it’s still cold at home — Part 6

December 2nd, 2018

Walk­ing through town, where it’s always worth mak­ing a pic­ture … or two. Same in the old World’s Fair area, where the EXPO ’92 was hos­ted and where so many nice spots were left behind.

Con­trary to Lis­bon (EXPO ’98) in Seville no one seems to be proud of this area and what has been built. No one recom­men­ded … Read the rest

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-DRead 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 6x9 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