Archive for the ‘Photography’ 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

The Beauty and the Beast III

Friday, 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

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

Prague w/ a Contax 159MM

Wednesday, 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

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

Olympus OM-4Ti and Ricoh GR II

Wednesday, 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!

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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

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

Australian Adventure – I’m done!

Sunday, 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

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 along the Waldnaab

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

After Christmas A.D. 2017, with all its wonderful and exhaustive meals, we found time to hike along the small river Waldnaab.

Waldnaab / Flutkanal, Ricoh GR II Waldnaab / Flutkanal, Ricoh GR II

This time I collected a handful of black&white bark images – made with the Ricoh GR II – from trees lined up along the small river – or better, along it’s flood channel.… 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

Olympus OM-2 spot/program with G.Zuiko Auto-W 2.8/35mm

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Hiking in South-Tirol for a week in May should bring some beautiful days with perfect light and tons of amazing sceneries … so far was the plan. What came out was a quite cold and rainy week in the Dolomites, which led to the decision using the OM-2sp not in the mountains, but during the city trips. Using the newer … Read the rest

Olympus OM-4Ti with Olympus G.Zuiko Auto-W 2.8/35mm

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Well, this time I planned taking the Olympus OM-4Ti with me in on a hiking trip to South-Tirol – besides my workhorse, the Olympus OM-D E-M1. Planned it and prepared it and … while testing if finally everything works fine … the OM-4Ti refused to fire.

 

Olympus OM-4Ti with G.Zuiko Auto-S 1.4/50mm (yep, not the correct lens)

Olympus G.Zuiko … Read the rest

Australian Adventure – Murals

Friday, April 20th, 2018

This time – and I promise this trip is nearing its end – we strolled through the streets of Melbourne, hunting for the famous murals.

Melbourne is full of street art and in some areas you can’t miss ’em – like here around Hosier Lane.

In case you’d like to comment, it’s appreciated … and maybe, you want to check … Read the rest

Contax 139 Quartz and … the rise of the Phoenix

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

I thought it might be a good idea, to tell the story of  a Contax 139 Quartz being dressed in a new leather cover. Here is how the hidden beauty – Contax 139 Quartz – looks like before treatment …

And now let’s start with some beautification 😉

There are some resources on the web where you can find new … Read 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

Australian Adventure – Melbourne Skyline

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Our trip to the world’s end is nearing it’s finishing line.
This time I have a couple of long time exposure night shots from Melbourne’s southbank over the Yarra River which show the full beauty of this fantastic skyline. As you know my dilemma, boths worlds look stunning – black&white and coloured.

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Enjoy 😉

P.S. In case you’d like … 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

Australian Adventure – Classic Cars

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Nice intermediate … in Melbourne, when visiting the Queen Victoria Market, we found a Classic Car Show with loads of beautiful cars. As mentioned before, I find colour and black&white very pleasing.

This was a Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 Sedan (1960).

Here the phantastic colours …

… and here come the beautiful black&white.

Enjoy 😉

P.S. In case you’d like … Read the rest

Australian Adventure IV – Melbourne

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Coming to the final part of our tip to tne world’s end, we now entered Melbourne, a fascinating big city – Australia’s second largest. with nearly 10 times the size of Berlin (10000 km²:1000 km²) it hast around the same number of people living there – approx. 4.5 mio.

This city is so colourful and full of structures and forms, … 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

Contax AX mirror slip …

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Deja-vue … this time I had the same issue with my Contax AX as with my Contax RX some time ago.

The mirror has slipped down about 3-4 milimeters over time due to bad glue, loosing it’s adhesive quality over time.

Due to this, the mirror crashes onto the lens rear element and hangs in upper position.

I tried the … Read the rest

The Beauty and the Beast …

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Some time ago I posted an image of two beautiful cameras – the Canon EOS 3 vs the Canon EOS 5D.

Without all further comments, these two cams are beautiful tools from two different worlds – one analog and one digital. So similar on one side and so different on the other side.

Some time later, I found another pair, … Read the rest

Australian Adventure III

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

After completing the second part of my Australian Adventure, which more focused on the towns on our path, I’m now coming back to nature in the third part of the series.

This time it’s about Tasmania – a lovely island.

As explained in one of the images, it reminds my on my homeland Bavaria – in size and in nature … Read the rest

Entering Soviet Territory …

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Today a new era has begun.

Besides the German and Japanese gear, I decided to make first small steps in Soviet Territory.

As I already own some M42 lenses, what would be better than a Zenit M42 camera – in my case a Zenit TTL was the winner.

 

For the pic I attached my Helios 44M-7 lens, which might … Read the rest

New Kids on the Contax/Yashica Block …

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Some new kids arrived today to play with.

First – and hopefully the last of the kids – is a Contax Aria.

Second – trying to complete the C/Y lens lineup – are three Yashica ML kids. One is the Yashica ML 2.8/35mm – one of my favorite focal lenghts.

Yashica ML 2.8/35mm

Another one is the Yashica ML 2.8/24mm – a highly … Read the rest

Firenze …

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Just came about an old album from a visit in Italy, when searching for some stuff.

In 2006 I spent an amazing week in the beautiful town of Firenze in the Toscana.

With me I had my good old Canon EOS 10D, which during all the years delivered really fine pics 😉

On our way down south we allways make … Read the rest

Olympus OM-2 spot/program and Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-W 2.8/28mm arrived …

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Today I got a new box with two nice tools included.

An Olympus OM-2 spot/program to complete my OM range and an Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-W 2.8/28mm to complete my OM Zuiko lens range.

The next weeks a roll of film will find its way into that nice little body. I’m just looking after my Yashica Mat 124G to shoot … 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

Pentax LX with SMC Pentax-A 2.8/28mm reused …

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Last weekend I was on a short trip to Frankfurt and I wondered what camera to join me.

Soon it was clear that my Fuji X100s was the one to go … but I wanted to have someting more analog 😉

So it finally was my Pentax LX with a SMC Pentax-A 2.8/28mm lens who was coming along.

As I … Read the rest

Australian Adventure II

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Having now nearly reached the middle of the photo review about my Australian Adventure, I noticed that I have posted a lot of cool views of Western Australia.

However what is missing – at least IMHO – is a bit more about those small towns we passed by on our trip. I just mentioned them in my comments, but how … Read the rest

New Asahi Pentax Takumar S-M-C arrived …

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Today is a good day 😉
I received two parcels – each carrying an old piece of glass.

The first one is an Asahi Takumar Super-Multi-Coated 3.5/35mm in M42 mount.

The second one is an Asahi Takumar Super-Multi-Coated 3.5/24mm also in M42 mount.

Both lenses are in an A+ condition, looking like brand new and both will serve now on … Read the rest

Australian Adventure

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

It’s time to launch a new short series.

Lasting nearly two years of postprocessing (just kidding), sorting, sorting and … sorting, I’m now about to put my Australian Adventure live on Flickr – check it out.

In November 2015 we started from Munich via Dubai to Perth – our first short rest on a new continent.

I’ve never been there … Read the rest

Contax RX Mirror Slip …

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Recently I had the issue with my Contax RX, when the mirror hit the lens’ rear part during several exposures.

After investigating on the web, I found this a common issue with contax cameras. The glue, fixing the mirror on the mirror carrier, gets loose over the years. Thus, as the camera is usually standing upright and the mirror is … Read the rest

No GAS …

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Es ist endlich soweit.

Kein GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) – es ist genügend Material für viiieeelll Spaß vorhanden und daher kommt erst einmal nichts Neues dazu.

Ich freue mich schon mal auf die vielen kommenden Bilder – es sollten dann eine ganze Reihe Filme dabei sein.

So long and thanks for all the fish.… Read the rest

FullFrame

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Allen Verfechtern von “Fullframe ist das einzige Wahre” sei hier noch einmal die ganz einfache Erläuterung von Zack Arias ans Herz gelegt.… Read the rest

… zum Ersten

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Warum, wieso und weshalb ist die Welt so, wie sie ist?… Read the rest