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The Calendar Files … 2015 … Al Andalus

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Well, just to recap … we’ve reached 2015!

All right, the default text of this little cal­en­dar series is bor­ing now.
Let’s read it for the last time.

 

Some time ago a dis­cus­sion was going on, what to do with your favor­ite images you made over the year and how to appre­ci­ate them. All agreed, that the final appre­ci­ation can be giv­en by print­ing your images — some­thing most pho­to­graph­ers in the age of post­ing online tril­lions of images a day nev­er did or will ever do.

My way to appre­ci­ate my images of the year is to print a cal­en­dar for the com­ing year. This way I have to choose 12 (13) out of hun­dreds of images and they should rep­res­ent the best I did.

In this mini series I’d like to show my cal­en­dar files of the past years with all 12 (13 incl. cov­er page) images.

 

Sorry, this time no cov­er page, as it showed fam­ily and friends, which I do nev­er share online. As a replace­ment, I decided to share some black & white images, not included in the ori­gin­al best dozen, where I tried some dif­fer­ent ratio. They would have giv­en a nice second cal­en­dar.

 

Alkazaba, Malaga

 

Alham­bra, Granada

 

Gen­er­alife, Granada

 

Car­rera del Darro, Granada

 

Los Cahor­ros da Mon­achil

 

Zuher­os

 

Mezquita, Cor­doba

 

Streets of Cor­doba

 

Streets of Car­mona

 

Conil de la Frontera

 

Torre Tavira — Cam­era Obscura, Cad­iz

 

Run­way Cross­ing, Gibral­tar

 

Ronda

 

Same applies for this default text … it will be gone in the next post.

One issue I have is, that even if the cal­en­dar sheet is DIN A2, the max­im­um image area is not 2:3 or 4:3, but some­times more 16:9. So when choos­ing the images, you not only have to see if you’ll end up with a por­trait or land­scape ori­ent­a­tion cal­en­dar, but also if an image can be cropped to the dif­fer­ing ratio. Some­times you will lose a small part of the ori­gin­al image — unfor­tu­nately. But that’s the price of get­ting 13 ‘large’ format prints of your own images.

 

Here we go with the real 2015 cal­en­dar images …

 

Alham­bra, Granada

 

Met­ro­pol Para­sol, Sevilla

 

Real de Alcaz­ar, Sevilla

 

Streets of Cor­doba

 

Conil de la Frontera

 

Ronda

 

Mezquita, Cor­doba

 

Conil de la Frontera

 

Casa del Rey Moro, Ronda

 

Streets of Ronda

 

Teatro romano, Malaga

 

Alham­bra, Granada

 

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

The Calendar Files … 2014 … Berlin

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

Well, just to recap …

Some time ago a dis­cus­sion was going on, what to do with your favor­ite images you made over the year and how to appre­ci­ate them. All agreed, that the final appre­ci­ation can be giv­en by print­ing your images — some­thing most pho­to­graph­ers in the age of post­ing online tril­lions of images a day nev­er did or will ever do.

My way to appre­ci­ate my images of the year is to print a cal­en­dar for the com­ing year. This way I have to choose 12 (13) out of hun­dreds of images and they should rep­res­ent the best I did.

In this mini series I’d like to show my cal­en­dar files of the past years with all 12 (13 incl. cov­er page) images.


One issue I have is, that even if the cal­en­dar sheet is DIN A2, the max­im­um image area is not 2:3 or 4:3, but some­times more 16:9. So when choos­ing the images, you not only have to see if you’ll end up with a por­trait or land­scape ori­ent­a­tion cal­en­dar, but also if an image can be cropped to the dif­fer­ing ratio. Some­times you will lose a small part of the ori­gin­al image — unfor­tu­nately. But that’s the price of get­ting 13 ‘large’ format prints of your own images.

 


Branden­bur­ger Tor, Ber­lin

 


Bahnhof Friedrich­straße, Ber­lin

 


Reich­stag, Ber­lin

 


Bode-Museum, Ber­lin (yes, the one with the 100 kg Gold Coin rob­bery)

 


Haupt(stadt)bahnhof, Ber­lin

 


Ber­liner Dom, Ber­lin — where else

 


Oberbaum­brücke and Mur­als, Ber­lin

 


Ham­burger Bahnhof, Ber­lin

 


East Side Gal­lery, Ber­lin

 


Sony Cen­ter, Ber­lin

 


Ischtar-Tor, Per­ga­mon­mu­seum, Ber­lin

 


Col­lage of East Side Gal­lery Mur­als, Ber­lin

 

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

The Calendar Files … 2013 … Barcelona

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

Some time ago a dis­cus­sion was going on, what to do with your favor­ite images you made over the year and how to appre­ci­ate them. All agreed, that the final appre­ci­ation can be giv­en by print­ing your images — some­thing most pho­to­graph­ers in the age of post­ing online tril­lions of images a day nev­er did or will ever do.

My way to appre­ci­ate my images of the year is to print a cal­en­dar for the com­ing year. This way I have to choose 12 (13) out of hun­dreds of images and they should rep­res­ent the best I did.

In this mini series I’d like to show my cal­en­dar files of the past years with all 12 (13 incl. cov­er page) images.

 

One issue I have is, that even if the cal­en­dar sheet is DIN A2, the max­im­um image area is not 2:3 or 4:3, but some­times more 16:9. So when choos­ing the images, you not only have to see if you’ll end up with a por­trait or land­scape ori­ent­a­tion cal­en­dar, but also if an image can be cropped to the dif­fer­ing ratio. Some­times you will lose a small part of the ori­gin­al image — unfor­tu­nately. But that’s the price of get­ting 13 ‘large’ format prints of your own images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

A Contax 167MT and a Carl Zeiss Distagon 2.8/28mm in Porto

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

This time in Porto … some­thing went ter­ribly wrong. Get­ting back my films from the lab, they wrote that some images were under­ex­posed. See­ing the res­ults, around 1/3rd of the frames were near black and I’m still guess­ing what happened.

The Con­tax 167MT with its Carl Zeiss Dis­tagon 2.8/28mm worked quite well with the Kodak Ultramax 400 film and I was really impressed how flaw­less this combo handles, shoot­ing in aper­ture pri­or­ity mode.

On one situ­ation I noticed, that the aper­ture set­ting on the lens and the aper­ture dis­play in the view­find­er did not match. The view­find­er dis­play showed f/4 when f/11 was set on the lens, which res­ults in an under­ex­posed frame, as the cam­era reduces the shut­ter speed to get a prop­er expos­ure.

I found out that the lens was not locked prop­erly. Seems, as when tak­ing the cam­era out of the bag, I acci­dent­ally hit the lens release but­ton and unlocked the lens. This was a mess, as I did not know how long the lens was unlocked, as I usu­ally do not check the aper­ture in the view­find­er, know­ing what aper­ture I set on the lens.

Well, this might have explained the issue on one film, but I have 1/3 of the frames ruined on both films I made. I’ll shoot anoth­er roll to see if this beha­viour returns when care­fully watch­ing the lens is locked prop­erly. In addi­tion, some of the ‘well exposed’ frames show massive amount of grain, as if the lab has tried to ‘res­cue’ them.

As I made some digit­al frames besides the ana­log ones, the loss is not dis­astrous, but it annoys me that it happened at all, not noti­cing the aper­ture dis­crep­ancy. I was … too care­less this time. Or maybe I was simply too dis­trac­ted by the beauty of that city.

Let’s see what comes up from this story when finally post­ing the images made — both ana­log and digit­al.

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

Irelands Southwest and West (Part 5)

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Part 5 of our 2017 trip through Irleands South­w­est and West. Com­ing to the final (ana­log) part of our tour which leads us from Con­nemara back to Dub­lin.

Leav­ing won­der­ful Con­nemara and the County Gal­way …

… and enter­ing Dub­lin — what a con­trast.

Hav­ing some nice food …

… and walk­ing over the Ha’­Penny Bridge.

Next post will cov­er the digit­al part of the jour­ney.
Earli­er parts of this series can be found here.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

 

Irelands Southwest and West (Part 4)

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Part 4 of our 2017 trip through Irleands South­w­est and West.

Leav­ing The Bur­ren and Doolin (and the Cliffs of Moher, but that’s anoth­er … more digit­al … story) behind us, we headed north to touch Gal­way, the beau­ti­ful old town lay­ing on our way to Con­nemara County.

Gal­way … with some typ­ic­al Irish pub :)

From Gal­way it was a short, but nev­er­the­less beau­ti­ful ride to Clif­den — our final stay in the west.

Dog’s Bay and Gur­teen Bay — two nice beaches lay­ing vis-á-vis on a spit of land.

The tiny vil­lage of Round­stone, with its ceram­ics and craft shops.

Up to the Skyroad (giv­ing its unique driv­ing exper­i­ence), driv­ing by cloud covered hills and …

… hav­ing a fant­ast­ic look from the Wild Atlantic View­point.

… still more ana­log work to come.

Earli­er parts of this series can be found here.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

 

Irelands Southwest and West (Part 3)

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Part 3 of our 2017 trip through Irleands South­w­est and West.

From the Dingle Pen­in­sula we headed north to Doolin where we found loads of beau­ti­ful Cafes and Pubs.

We found some old stuff … around Doolin.

We found some very old stuff in the Bur­ren — a carst region …

… also host­ing some very old neo­lith­ic dol­men.

The Bur­ren — worth hik­ing.

… more to come.

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

 

Irelands Southwest and West (Part 2)

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Part 2 of our 2017 trip through Irleands South­w­est and West.

Arriv­ing in Dub­lin, we imme­di­ately got our car and headed south­east. Dub­lin itself was planed as the Great Final of the tour.
Some people (greet­ings to Jim) are recom­mend­ing to hire a car as small as pos­sible, as driv­ing in Ire­land can be chal­len­ging and Irleands roads are some­times quite nar­row. Indeed they are right. Nev­er­the­less it was great fun driv­ing a not-so-small car on one lane coun­try roads ;)

What I can recom­mend is def­in­itely an auto­mat­ic trans­mis­sion mod­el, as driv­ing on the wrong side is some­thing you get used to, but it takes a little bit. Not sure how people here can drive their whole life long on the wrong side of the road.

Our first stop down to the west was … Kilkenny. Yes, they’re fam­ous for their castle and … their beer. At least I thought when in the even­ing order­ing a loc­al Kilkenny at the pub. The friendly wait­ress told me, that since many years the Kilkenny was brewed at Guin­ness in Dub­lin. Again what learned.

As it was a one night stop in Kilkenny, we had to hurry to see all the things worth vis­it­ing here. Old Smith­wicks Brew­ery, Domin­ic­an Black Abbey, the Cathed­ral Church of St Canice or Matt The Millers Bar & Res­taur­ant, just to men­tion some.

On the road

On our way fur­ther down, we went over Jer­point Abbey and the Rock of Cashel to Kil­lar­ney, finally reach­ing our B&B in Beaufort on the Kerry Pen­in­sula.

Kerry

The next days we stayed here, explor­ing the south­w­est. Hik­ing in the Kil­lar­ney Nation­al Park vis­it­ing the Muck­ross House on Loch Leane, the Gap of Dun­loe (cool driv­ing exper­i­ence), Lady’s View, the Ring of Kerry and Valen­tia Island, from where since 1866 the first per­man­ent com­mu­nic­a­tion link between Europe and the North Amer­ica was oper­ated.

From Beaufort, we headed over to Inch Beach (cool Irish beach), from where we explored the Dingle Pen­in­sula and we met Fungie — the fam­ous dol­phin.

… more to come.

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

 

A Nikon F‑301 travelling Ireland

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

Over­ture

Mid 2017 we made a two week trip through Ire­land. Motiv­ated by Jim Grey from Down the Road who made sev­er­al won­der­ful posts about his jour­ney in 2016, I tried to get hands on an old ana­log Nikon F‑301 cam­era with a 35mm lens attached. I packed five rolls of Agfa Vista 400 to feed the Nikon and packed … guess what .… my Work­horse as an every­day backup togeth­er with its fant­ast­ic M.Zuiko 12–40mm PRO lens.

 

 

You can find the Agfa Vista 400 col­our ver­sion and a black & white ver­sion of all images here … I will add them in my cur­rent Ire­land series over the next days and weeks.

After this, in a second series, the digit­al res­ults will fol­low.

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.

A Yashica T5 sailing the IJsselmeer

Friday, June 21st, 2019

In sum­mer 2017 we chartered a boat, a 24m long tjalk, to sail the IJs­sel­meer and Mark­er­meer for a week. The Vrouw Dina — that’s the boat’s name — was com­manded  by two skip­pers — Simi and Daniel — and we acted as their ama­teur­ish part time crew.

I choose my old Yash­ica T5 to come with me … loaded with Agfa Vista 200. Reas­ons for choos­ing the Yash­ica T5 were that it’s water­proof — to a cer­tain degree, that it’s small — it fits in a pock­et and that it’s fully auto­mat­ic — per­fect if you have not much time to fiddle around with set­tings Sure, I had my work­horse — guess what — with me, but this time there was no use for it, as the Yasi­h­ica T5 did a very good job and the rest was shot with an iPhone. All images from the film can be found here.

We star­ted from Enkhuizen, get­ting a first brief­ing on-board the boat. After load­ing our lug­gage, we star­ted our first tour to Hoo­rn. The small town, foun­ded in 716, was name-giv­ing for one of the most fam­ous loc­a­tions on earth — Cape Horn. Willem Schouten, who circled it in 1616, named the south­ern­most part of the Amer­icas after its birth­place.

Dur­ing Hol­land’s Golden Age between 1602 and 1799, when it became a glor­i­ous sea­farer and trade empire, Hoo­rn was an import­ant home base of the Dutch East India Com­pany (VOC), one of the first mul­tina­tion­al cor­por­a­tions, issu­ing bonds and shares of stock to the gen­er­al pub­lic.

On we go from Hoo­rn to Mon­nik­endam.

… and fur­ther we go from Mon­nik­endam to Marken … and fur­ther on to Medemb­lik.

On our way to Lem­mer …

… and back to Enkhuizen.

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.