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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 cam­era, the more I find it a really won­der­ful cam­era, both, in the res­ult­ing images and in the ease and flex­ib­il­ity of use.

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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 lens …

 

The Aria is the smal­lest and most light­weight Con­tax SLR mod­el. It’s even light­er than the Con­tax 139 or the Con­tax 159. Dials and switches are sim­il­ar to the oth­er pre­de­cessor mod­els like e.g. RX or AX. All are well placed and pure fun to use. Show­ing a size com­par­is­on, just look here.

The lens — a Yash­ica ML 2.8/24mm — is rated not bad, reviews and rat­ings can be found on the web.

To give the combo a little bit room to shine, I took it on a hike in the Upper Palat­in­ate. Hik­ing to the Haarkapelle — not sure if Hair-Chapel is the right trans­la­tion, as it lies near a (very) small vil­lage named Haar and a small ridge called Haar-Rangen. It’s a small chapel in the middle of a forest, built as a remem­brance of a good man. The hike goes along a fair num­ber of ponds and we had a cold but sunny day at late Feb­ru­ary. So all was pre­pared for some nice pic­tures.

The film — an Agfa Vista 400 — is cur­rently in the mak­ing and dm and I expect it to be back in about a week.
Until then, I have made at least some digit­al shots with my lovely Ricoh GR II. Here you go …

START UPDATE
I checked online the status of my film and just got the info that my film is not lis­ted in their order sys­tem … ???
So I went in the dm-shop and told them … they say they sent it out to the lab.
They called the lab which tells they nev­er received that film.
I placed a search request … let’s see …
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The combo worked very well and hand­ling is quite a pleas­ure. The little Aria does not stand in the way and simply works. The Yash­ica gives a beau­ti­ful focal length with it’s 24mm and it’s a joy work­ing with it — a very sol­id con­struc­tion. Did I say, that 24mm is a focal length I like 😉

Let’s see what comes back from the pro­cessor …

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Well, finally after 4 weeks I called them and … my film was back from pro­cessing 🙂
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Using the scanned samples — 1500px — I made some tweeks with Sil­ver­FX and … voila … here they are 😉

What slightly irrit­ates me is, that the 3rd party lens shade was advert­ised for a 24mm lens … and here I have vign­et­ting on all images. What I found fur­ther was, some flares when hav­ing the sun in the image. But I think that’s not so bad for a 24mm lens. All images can be found here.

Enjoy 😉

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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.

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

As we were hik­ing this trail already many many times, tak­ing a cam­era with you and per­ceiv­ing the envir­on­ment con­sciously is somet­ing com­pletely dif­fer­ent. See­ing the dif­fer­ing struc­ture of the barks on each tree — where you nor­mally simply pass by — makes each of these trees … unique.

Just to men­tion:
Regard­ing this beau­ti­ful small river, even if the river Wald­naab is a small river by all means, at it’s estu­ary into the river Donau, it’s even wider (not deep­er) than this legendary Ger­man river — as can be con­firmed on Google Maps. River Naab is the beau­ti­ful dark one com­ing from the left, river Donau is the muddy one com­ing from the bot­tom right of the screen­shot.

Screen­shot from Google Maps

My trip to that estu­ary can be found here.

Enjoy 😉

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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.

Enjoy 😉

P.S. In case you’d like to com­ment … it’s appre­ci­ated!
P.P.S. … and maybe, you want to check out my web­site too.
P.P.P.S. … and don’t for­get my Flickr page.