Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Perseids Meteor Shower

Monday, 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

Once in a mankind – Lunar Eclipse with Mars

Saturday, 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

Saturday, 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

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

Saturday, 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

El norte de España

Wednesday, 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

Hiking around Flossenbürg with a Contax 139 Quartz

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Contax Aria and Yashica ML 2.8/24mm

Monday, June 4th, 2018

A first film found its way into my Contax Aria – an Agfa Vista 400. As lens I used a Yashica ML 2.8/24mm. The Contax Aria is a beautiful piece of technology and one of the last SLR models from Contax. Technological specs can be found here e.g., so there’s no need to duplicate them.

Camera … details can be … Read the rest

Hiking around Flossenbürg and Gaisweiher

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

The last day of the year A.D. 2017 we made a short trip to the Burg Flossenbürg.

The small town is know for one of the KZ (Concentration Camp) during the darkest era in German history – the Nazi Era. This time however, we did not visit the KZ, but hiked down to the small lake – the Gaisweiher. … Read the rest

Canon A-1 with FD 1.4/50mm S.S.C.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

On we go with a Canon A-1, a Canon FD 1.4/50mm S.S.C. lens attached and an Agfa Vista 200 loaded.

The next days hopefully will bring a little bit sunshine as it would make so much more fun. My first impression while playing around with the A-1 … solid … very solid. Somehow it reminds me on the Pentax LXRead the rest

Homeland – Amaryllis

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

That day the weather was cold but sunny – at least  in the morning. Sun was coming in through the large windows and gave some beautiful lighting.
This Amaryllis is going on now since Christmas and it’s still not at it’s end.

As I’m currently experimenting with a Sony A7R2 and old glass, I had mounted a Contax Carl Zeiss … Read the rest

Homeland Daybreak

Friday, February 16th, 2018

A true homeland daybreak. Yesterday morning around 8 am, when sitting down for breakfast and looking out of the window, the eastern sky had turned orange and red in an impressive way. The only cam I could get hands on was my iPhone. Picking it up and getting ready to shoot gave me a beautiful image.

Short after 8 pm … Read the rest

Hiking the Waldnaabaue Tirschenreuth

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Having a short break for Christmas in my Australian Adventure series, before finally entering the most creative city in Australia – Melbourne.

Around Christmas I made a short trip to the the small town of Tirschenreuth and its world famous Waldnaabaue – a beautiful small nature reserve – in the Upper Palatinate.

In this picture, I especially like – besides … Read the rest

Blossom Impressions …

Monday, August 28th, 2017

The last days I had some fun in the garden, as lots of flowers are giving their very best to make this time an amazing colourful one. I was lucky shooting three cameras/lens combinations.

Echinacea / Sonnenhut, shot with Pentax LX, Pentax-A SMC 2.8/28mm, Agfa Vista 400.

Anemone hupehensis / Herbst-Anemone shot with Fuji X100s with the nice 2.0/23mm onboard … Read the rest