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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 Planar 1.4/50mm.
This lens gives some very very beautiful results. As often, I have tried a black&white version too.

I applied some presets in Nik’s Color Efex and Silver Efex applications and I’m getting more and more pleased with the results.

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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 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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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 was near the end of the golden hour and true … 5 minutes later the sky had turned normal again.

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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.

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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, so that I still struggle about the type of series to show. On the one side, you can make a full b&w series with all the forms and structures and subtle tones and on the other side you can show the rich colours of that city.

Limiting oneself to one or the other would make the series more consistent – but would also not show the full picture. Driven by this, I’ll show either the one or the other or … both, as many views can be appealing in both styles.

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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 the black&white – the symmetry between the upper and the lower half. The quiet pond in the foreground separated by a curved line from the middle and the backround, where this curved line flipped twice gives exactly the same proportion.

During the past years, a handful of architectural highlights have been put into this area of a meandering small river and a lot of fish ponds.

On our path, we found a Celtic Cross for hikers, a funny stairway to heaven, an artful winded bridge over a small river and a couple of other pretty nice stuff.

Made curious by Dan James from 35hunter about the small Ricoh cameras and fascinated by his wondeful black&white images, I tried a Ricoh GR II. What shall I say – I was not disappointed regarding its compact size, the amazing lens and the quality it produces in combination with the APS-C sensor. I like this wonderful piece of camera technology.

Visit this lovely place in my Flickr album.

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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 same kind of repair and … let’s see how it works.

This brand was so expensive in it’s era … shame on you Contax for using such a poor glue.

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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, this time both from the analog era. A Contax Aria vs a Contax AX.

But … also this beautiful pair comes from two different worlds.

One has a pure manual focus, the other is the one and only example of a SLR with autofocus on (all) manual lenses.

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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 and on Ireland – in size and in nature.

A lovely place on earth – check out on Flickr.

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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 be the first lens to be tested together with that camera.

As a second try I got a Zorki Rangefinder – here it was the Zorki 4K model with an Industar-61 L/D lens attached.
That Zorki based on the old Leica II(f) camera.

Let’s see what time will bring, when the first film is pushed through.

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