Granada, an Andalusian Miracle

November 5th, 2020

This time we made a trip to Granada, the beau­ti­ful old town in Andalus, Spain. As dur­ing sum­mer time tem­per­at­ures are quite high — around 40 °C, we choose March to start, as there tem­per­at­ure is still mod­er­ate — around 18 °C.

All images were made with my work­horse Olym­pus OM‑D E‑M1 and the won­der­ful M.Zuiko 2.8/7–14mm Pro lens, which gave that spe­cial width to all images.

Besides a beau­ti­ful old city with so many corners to dis­cov­er, the world fam­ous Alham­bra is the main attrac­tion which — besides its inner beau­ties — also gives tons of amaz­ing views into the sur­round­ing landscape.

This city is always worth a stay, but now let’s see some pictures …

 

Inner palace parts of the Alhambra

 

View from Alham­bra down to Albaicin and Sac­ro Monte

 

Inner palace in the Alhambra

 

Pala­cio de Car­los V

 

Alcazaba in the Alhambra

 

View over the city onto the snow covered Sierra Nevada

 

The fam­ous mur­als of Granada

 

View from Mirador San Nic­olas to Alham­bra and the Sierra Nevada

 

View from Albaicin to Alham­bra and Sierra Nevada

That’s for the moment.

 

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So long … and thanks for all the fish.

The Calendar Files … 2020 … Südtirol — South Tyrol

September 7th, 2020

Well, just to recap … we’ve reached 2020 and this is the cur­rent cal­ender — show­ing our trip to the South Tyr­ol region around Brix­en and the Plose.

The full image series is still to come … soon.

 

Detail in the Fran­zens­feste Fort­ress, built between 1833 and 1838 by the Aus­tri­an Emper­or Ferdin­and I

 

Hik­ing at the Plose

 

On our way to the fam­ous Herrensteige

 

Mid May — it was still quite cold and in the high­er regions still snow was around — nature was giv­ing its first try

 

Firmi­an — Schloss Sig­mund­sk­ron, one of the six museums of the MMM, the Mess­ner Moun­tain Museum, cre­ated and oper­ated by Rein­hold Messner

 

Nature’s first try mid May, while it was still quite cold

 

Highest point on the Herrensteige

 

Nature is so amaz­ing when try­ing out its full cre­at­ive power

 

Not to miss, even on a lone­some trail

 

Juval — anoth­er gem in the series of the Mess­ner Moun­tain Museums (MMM). In Juval, Rein­hold Mess­ner is stay­ing with his fam­ily half the year dur­ing sum­mer time.

 

Amaz­ing mood here in the South Tyr­ol Alps

 

A small lake and some snow fields, the Wacker­er See

 

Fran­zens­feste Fort­ress — the tun­nel con­nect­ing the main fort­ress and the upper fort­ress with its ~400 steps

 

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

The Calendar Files … 2019 … Ireland

May 27th, 2020

Well, just to recap … we’re in 2019 and we are vis­it­ing Ire­land this time dur­ing a trip around the its South-West.

Enjoy! The full series can be found here.

Streets of Dublin

 

Kilkenny

 

The Bur­ren

 

Near Gal­larus Oratory, Kil­malke­dar, Ireland

 

Around Muck­ross House and the Muck­ross Lake, Ireland

 

Trin­ity Col­lege, Dub­lin, Ireland

 

Kells Bay Gar­dens, Ireland

 

Kil­main­ham Gaol, Dub­lin, Ireland

 

Derry­c­lare Lough, Twelve Pines

 

Nation­al Lib­rary, Dub­lin, Ireland

 

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

 

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

 

Around Muck­ross House and the Muck­ross Lake, Ireland

 

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

The Calendar Files … 2018 … Northern Spain

May 3rd, 2020

Well, just to recap … we’re in 2018 and this is the second cal­en­dar edi­tion — with a col­lec­tion of images from a trip around North­ern Spain.

Enjoy! The full series can be found here.

Rail­way Sta­tion Bil­bao, Bizkaia

 

Blue Hour in the Streets of San Sebasti­an / Dono­s­tia, Gipuzkoa

 

Build­ings in San Sebasti­an / Dono­s­tia, Gipuzkoa

 

Around Llames de Pria, Asturias

 

San­til­lana del Mar, Cantabria

 

Bufones de Pria, Asturias

 

Gug­gen­heim Museum Bil­bao, Bizkaia

 

The Fly­sch, Zumaia, Gipuzkoa

 

The bridge Zubizuri in Bil­bao, Bizkaia
Do you find the Bas­ket­ball bas­ket on the right Skyscaper

 

Lagos de Covadonga, Asturias

 

Ruta del Cares, Asturias

 

Gug­gen­heim Museum Bil­bao, Bizkaia
View from La Salve Zubia — an icon­ic bridge

 

Gaztelug­atxe, Bizkaia
Do you also remem­ber Game of Thrones here … indeed this is Dragonstone.

 

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

The Beauty and the Beast VI

April 6th, 2020

This time I’ll show three of a kind — three extraordin­ary Twin Lens Reflex cam­er­as — in my tiny series about a beauty and a beast. Well, guess who’s the beauty and who’s the beast.

On the left side of the ring there is the
Mam­iya C330 Pro­fes­sion­al f
View­ing Lens: Mam­iya-Sekor 2.8/80mm
Tak­ing Lens: Mam­iya-Sekor 2.8/80mm
It is the ultra pro­fes­sion­al and most ver­sat­ile work­shorse. Built like a tank.
No light meter, but inter­change­able lenses and a min­im­um focus­sing dis­tance which allows nearly 1:1 repro­duc­tion ratio.

On the right side of the ring there is the
Yash­ica Mat 124G
View­ing Lens: Yashinon 2.8/80mm
Tak­ing Lens: : Yashinon 3.5/80mm
It is a Japan­ese copy of the ori­gin­al Rol­leiflex — in size, in its hand­ling and its look.
Light meter included.

Inbetween them both there is sit­ting the legend — the mas­ter of a class.
Rol­leiflex 2.8f
View­ing Lens: Heidos­mat 2.8/80mm
Tak­ing Lens: Zeiss Planar 2.8/80mm
Set­ting the stand­ard for a whole class of cam­er­as — the Twin Lens Reflex aka TLR.
Light meter included.

Just to men­tion, images were taken with an OM‑D E‑M1 and the fab­ulous M.Zuiko 2.8/60mm Macro Lens.

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

The Calendar Files … 2018 … Melbourne Murals

March 25th, 2020

Well, just to recap … now we’ve reached 2018 and we are in Melbourne!

This time I made two cal­en­dars. One is a col­lec­tion of mur­als from Mel­bourne shot by my daugh­ter. Mel­bourne, to me the most impress­ive city in Aus­tralia — besides Perth —  and a city world fam­ous for its cre­at­ive mood, its art and its … mur­als. The oth­er one is a col­lec­tion of frames from a trip around North­ern Spain, which will come next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

The Calendar Files … 2017 … Australia

March 1st, 2020

Well, just to recap … we’ve now reached 2017 and we are in Aus­tralia this time!

A once in a life­time trip around South-West­ern Aus­tralia, Tas­mania and … finally Mel­bourne. We care­fully selec­ted our route to avoid the over­crowded east­ern part of this con­tin­ent. A full series of this trip can be seen on my tiny blog start­ing here.

But now, let’s start with the cal­en­dar files …

On the road again …

 

Flinders Street Sta­tion Mel­bourne, VIC
There is a story going, that the con­struc­tion parts of this rail­way sta­tion have been mixed up with the one from the Mum­bai Rail­way Sta­tion, built at the same time.

 

Look­ing onto the South­ern Ocean — next stop Antarctica

 

Mon­arch Cakes in St. Kilda / Mel­bourne, VIC

 

Bor­anup Forest, WA

 

Mel­bourne, St. Kilda Beach col­our­ful small houses, VIC

 

Wave Rock near Hay­den, WA

 

Dino­saur Rock on Twigh­light Beach, WA

 

Kangaroo on Lucky Bay, WA

 

Ele­phant Rock, WA

 

Mur­als in Mel­bourne, VIC

 

Home of Cas­cade Brew­ery in Hobart, TAS

 

View over Yarra River onto CBD, Mel­bourne, VIC

 

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

The Calendar Files … 2016 … Lisbon

February 15th, 2020

Well, just to recap … now we’ve reached 2016 and we are in Lis­bon this time!

This time I cre­ated two cal­en­dar ver­sions — one por­trait ori­ent­a­tion and one land­scape ori­ent­a­tion — as there are so many spots worth it in Lis­bon. When you ever vis­ited this city, you have fallen in love with it. Its unbe­liev­able light, its mood of decay and its imper­i­al great­ness togeth­er with the won­der­ful people liv­ing in this mir­acle town make it a must have on your travel list.

First ver­sion:

Torre de Belém, Lisboa

 

View from Caste­lo S. Jorge down to Rossio, Lisboa

 

Elevador da Glor­ia, Lisboa

 

View from Caste­lo S. Jorge, Lisboa

 

Light Bulb, Lisboa

 

Mod­ern Art, Lisboa

 

New Year, Lisboa

 

Mosteiro dos Jer­on­i­m­os, Lisboa

 

Parque das Nacoes, Lisboa

 

Azule­jos, Lisboa

 

Streets of Lisboa

 

Streets of Lisboa

 

Praca de Comer­cio, Lisboa

 

Second Ver­sion:

Elevador de Santa Justa; Lisboa

 

MUDE — Museu do Design e da Moda, Lisboa

 

Mod­ern Art, Lisboa

 

Cafe Nic­ola, Lisboa

 

New Year, Lisboa

 

View from Caste­lo S. Jorge, Lisboa

 

Elétri­cos de Lisboa

 

Ponte Vasco da Gama, Lisboa

 

Caste­lo de São Jorge, Lisboa

 

Decay, Lis­boa

 

Torre de Belém, Lisboa

 

Mer­cado da Ribeira, Lisboa

 

Rua Augusta, Lisboa

 

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

The Calendar Files … 2015 … Al Andalus

January 13th, 2020

Well, just to recap … we’ve reached 2015!

All right, the default text of this little cal­en­dar series is bor­ing now.
Let’s read it for the last time.

 

Some time ago a dis­cus­sion was going on, what to do with your favor­ite images you made over the year and how to appre­ci­ate them. All agreed, that the final appre­ci­ation can be giv­en by print­ing your images — some­thing most pho­to­graph­ers in the age of post­ing online tril­lions of images a day nev­er did or will ever do.

My way to appre­ci­ate my images of the year is to print a cal­en­dar for the com­ing year. This way I have to choose 12 (13) out of hun­dreds of images and they should rep­res­ent the best I did.

In this mini series I’d like to show my cal­en­dar files of the past years with all 12 (13 incl. cov­er page) images.

 

Sorry, this time no cov­er page, as it showed fam­ily and friends, which I do nev­er share online. As a replace­ment, I decided to share some black & white images, not included in the ori­gin­al best dozen, where I tried some dif­fer­ent ratio. They would have giv­en a nice second calendar.

 

Alkazaba, Malaga

 

Alham­bra, Granada

 

Gen­er­alife, Granada

 

Car­rera del Darro, Granada

 

Los Cahor­ros da Monachil

 

Zuher­os

 

Mezquita, Cor­doba

 

Streets of Cordoba

 

Streets of Carmona

 

Conil de la Frontera

 

Torre Tavira — Cam­era Obscura, Cadiz

 

Run­way Cross­ing, Gibraltar

 

Ronda

 

Same applies for this default text … it will be gone in the next post.

One issue I have is, that even if the cal­en­dar sheet is DIN A2, the max­im­um image area is not 2:3 or 4:3, but some­times more 16:9. So when choos­ing the images, you not only have to see if you’ll end up with a por­trait or land­scape ori­ent­a­tion cal­en­dar, but also if an image can be cropped to the dif­fer­ing ratio. Some­times you will lose a small part of the ori­gin­al image — unfor­tu­nately. But that’s the price of get­ting 13 ‘large’ format prints of your own images.

 

Here we go with the real 2015 cal­en­dar images …

 

Alham­bra, Granada

 

Met­ro­pol Para­sol, Sevilla

 

Real de Alcaz­ar, Sevilla

 

Streets of Cordoba

 

Conil de la Frontera

 

Ronda

 

Mezquita, Cor­doba

 

Conil de la Frontera

 

Casa del Rey Moro, Ronda

 

Streets of Ronda

 

Teatro romano, Malaga

 

Alham­bra, Granada

 

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

The Calendar Files … 2014 … Berlin

January 1st, 2020

Well, just to recap …

Some time ago a dis­cus­sion was going on, what to do with your favor­ite images you made over the year and how to appre­ci­ate them. All agreed, that the final appre­ci­ation can be giv­en by print­ing your images — some­thing most pho­to­graph­ers in the age of post­ing online tril­lions of images a day nev­er did or will ever do.

My way to appre­ci­ate my images of the year is to print a cal­en­dar for the com­ing year. This way I have to choose 12 (13) out of hun­dreds of images and they should rep­res­ent the best I did.

In this mini series I’d like to show my cal­en­dar files of the past years with all 12 (13 incl. cov­er page) images.


One issue I have is, that even if the cal­en­dar sheet is DIN A2, the max­im­um image area is not 2:3 or 4:3, but some­times more 16:9. So when choos­ing the images, you not only have to see if you’ll end up with a por­trait or land­scape ori­ent­a­tion cal­en­dar, but also if an image can be cropped to the dif­fer­ing ratio. Some­times you will lose a small part of the ori­gin­al image — unfor­tu­nately. But that’s the price of get­ting 13 ‘large’ format prints of your own images.

 


Branden­bur­ger Tor, Berlin

 


Bahnhof Friedrich­straße, Berlin

 


Reich­stag, Berlin

 


Bode-Museum, Ber­lin (yes, the one with the 100 kg Gold Coin robbery)

 


Haupt(stadt)bahnhof, Berlin

 


Ber­liner Dom, Ber­lin — where else

 


Oberbaum­brücke and Mur­als, Berlin

 


Ham­burger Bahnhof, Berlin

 


East Side Gal­lery, Berlin

 


Sony Cen­ter, Berlin

 


Ischtar-Tor, Per­ga­mon­mu­seum, Berlin

 


Col­lage of East Side Gal­lery Mur­als, Berlin

 

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.