Posts Tagged ‘upper palatinate’

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. Technological specs can be found here e.g., so there’s no need to duplicate them.

Camera … details can be found here

and 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.

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