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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 some hours before going to San Sebastian.

The workhorse was – again – the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with its M.Zuiko 12-40mm PRO lens, completed by an iPhone 5s. So this was again a pure digital journey. This time I’ll try staying at B&W only, knowing that the colours here were wonderful too.

Over the next weeks I’ll post more of this trip – here on my blog, but also on my flickr page.

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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 Australian Adventure story started in November 2015, when I headed to a three weeks trip to the South East of Western Australia, the Tasmanian Island and … finally Melbourne. There were so many wonderful impressions, that I would not hesitate to come back again … some day. It took me nearly 18 months to complete the review and postprocessing of nearly 1000 images taken mostly with the workhorse Olympus OM-D E-M1 and its wonderful lens M.Zuiko 12-40mm PRO, supplemented by my iPhone 5s. 286 images found finally their way on my flickr page, some of them in colour, some in black&white and some in both moods.

As written in the title, I’m done with the Australian Adventure and I’m already heading towards the next series – Northern Spain with the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Castile-Leon – where we travelled in spring 2016.

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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. That’s a short hiking tour which takes ~1,5 hours.

Burg Flossenbürg, Ricoh GR II Burg Flossenbürg, Ricoh GR II

Not to mention, I gave the Ricoh GR II another try. It did not disappoint me and delivered wonderful results.

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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 LX. As already mentioned here, the A-1 was my dream camera in the 80th, when I finally ended up with a Minolta X-700. The A-1 was simply too expensive.

The usual reviews are numerous our there … a wonderful one is here at Casual Photophile, so there’s no need to repeat all that. As a top-of-the-line model, it offers so many features, knobs and knurles, more than I’ll ever need and so I miss the simplicity of a user interface. Last time I shot a Contax 139 Quartz and … this is so simple in all it’s usability. I know that the Canon A-1 has a lot more gimmicks inside, so no need to worry.
Compared to the Contax 139 Quartz, where all things go so smooth, the A-1 is more … crude.

What I found strange, was the aperture setting during Aperture Priority Mode, where it would be easy setting the aperture on the lens … no, here you need to use a knurl on the front with the right hand, which is also used to set time value in Shutter Priority Mode. Another one … when grabbing the body with the left hand, you always press the stop-down lever which is quite annoying. More of those quirks can be read here on Jittery Pixel, who has listed all of them.

As soon as the film is through and back from the lab, I’ll post some images on my Flickr-Page.

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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 Olympus OM-D E-M1 was fine, as it got quite wet during the hikes. As the OM-D E-M1 is perfectly sealed, this workhorse had not a single issue during the rainy days.

As mentioned in my previous post, an OM-2sp accompanied me on my hiking trip to South-Tirol, as the intended OM-4Ti did not fire any more (… has been repaired in the meantime and will be tested soon).

Olympus OM-2 spot/program

… and with the correct lens …

Olympus OM-System G.Zuiko Auto-W 2.8/35mm

I shot a roll of Agfa Vista 200 and the film is currently in the lab … I’ll add a link to my flickr page as soon as I put these pictures online.
During the city trips, the OM-2sp worked flawless in Aperture Priority Mode. The lens with its 35mm focal lenght made it easy to focus – I mainly used zone focussing. What I found was, that the shutter sound was quite loud/harsh – at least compared to a Contax 139 Quartz I shot some weeks before.

We made a first day trip to Bruneck Castle in the Puster Valley, where the legendary Reinhold Messner has installed one of his six Messner Mountain Museums – the RIPA. A second day trip led us to Juval Castle – where the Messner family lives during July and August – and to FIRMIAN, the Sigmundskron Castle near Bozen – two further Messner Mountain Museums. As a special highlight during our visit of Juval Castle was, that Reinhold Messner crossed our way while we walked over the court. This man is one of the 100 most known people on this planet.

START UPDATE
Film is now back from the lab and it’s … somehow strange.
There are pictures and there are blanks in between. I have good pictures at 4, 5, 9, 10 11, 12 13, 18, 20, 21, 23, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 36.
No. 6 and 8 are … something, but no real picture and the rest is simply blank (black, i.e. the negative is transparent) where it seems as if the film has not been exposed. So 18 from 36 pictures are fine – not so bad. Nevertheless somehow disappointing, as the camera looks like new.
I’ll have to push a roll of film through it under controlled conditions.
END UPDATE

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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 Auto-W 2.8/35mm

Batteries changed, reading the manual, searching the web … nothing worked and I finally had to accept that this beautiful wunderwerk will not go with me.

So here I can close this short post, as this combo will not be in the focus this time. I searched on the web for a repair shop in Germany and found the legendary OM-Doktor in Hamburg. Long story short … parcel is on it’s way to repair this camera.

What to do now?
Grabbing another OM out of the camera case – this time an OM-2 spot/program. But this is another story.

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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.

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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 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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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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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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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 a stop at an Autogrill having an Italian Cafe (aka Espresso).

Firenze

An overlook from the tower of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impressive cathedral built between 1296 and 1436.

See more beautiful b/w pics on my Flickr–page.

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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 do they look like?

This is, why I´m planning to pause the major photo series – before heading over to the second part – and insert a short small-town-series first.

Check out on Flickr soon.

Besides the really amazing photo series about my Australian Adventure, I’ve learned many (sometimes rather strange) things about this huge and far-away country.

First, in ancient times Australia has been the major British prison camp.

Second, between 1901 and 1907 Western Australia build a rabbit fence, to protect itself from the huge rabbit population. This fence(s) streched about more than 3.000 km. You can finde more about the fence(s) here on Wikipedia.

Third, in 1932, Western Australia fought an Emu War – true and unbelievable! Australian Military was sent out to kill the immense population of Emus, which caused huge damage on wheat harvest. You can finde more about the Emu War here on Wikipedia.

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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 before and had read lots of guides, but when approaching the Western-Australian shoreline by plane, it is an amazing view. Hours and hours, nothing else than the endless waters of the Indian Ocean. Then suddenly a line … a line from horizon to horizon … a straight line, which defines the coastline of Freemantle, just before approaching Perth.

Perth, a flat city with a clearly defined Central Business District, where some skyscrapers strive reaching the sky.

Around 1.5 Mio. people live in Perth on approx. 5500 km² – Wow.
Around 3.5 Mio people live in Berlin … on 900 km².

From Perth, we headed down south-east to Esperance, finding lots of places on our trip. Back to Perth, we jumped over to Melbourne for a short stop, before jumping down to Tasmania for another week, finally spending some very nice days back in Melbourne. At least some of our impressions you can see in the Flickr photo-story.

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