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 … 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 6x9 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 … 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 … 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.

Tech­nic­al specs can be found here, so there’s no need to duplic­ate them.

And here comes the cor­rect … 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 … 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 … Read the rest