Snapped this on my way home from work, on a back road near Gruiten, a village in West Germany. Actually, I first thought these bright yellow fields would be canola ... but it seems it's the wrong time of the year now! In Europe, mustard blooms in late summer and autumn while canola does so … Continue reading Mustard in bloom
We don't have any really significant buildings in Cologne. It looks more like a giant village then a city with a population of 1 million :) The Cologne Cathedral – the Kölner Dom in German – is our biggest landmark and you can see it from 30 miles away. This is a snapshot from the … Continue reading Der Kölner Dom
Normally I am not good in ranting. It's just not my kind of thinking. Especially with camera gear, I am more the laid-back type and can work around a lot of technical shortcomings, still feeling very comfortable and content with my equipment. No machine is perfect and why should I always worry about some stuff … Continue reading Sony A7 series AF behavior – taking you back to 1930s technology
I stumbled upon this old photograph in my archives. Took this 1992, at the age of 17, with my Nikkormat camera and a 300mm lens, waiting for a connection flight at the airport of Newark. Myself I had just arrived at Newark with another old Jumbo Jet – operated by Continental Airlines – from Germany … Continue reading In memoriam to the Twin Towers
Travelling De Biesbosch and De Loonse en Drunense Duinen in the Netherlands a few days ago, I came upon a few subjects where I actually would have loved to carry a black&white camera with me. It is so easy to take color landscape shots and then indulge in the colors but ... well I probably … Continue reading Black&white landscapes – sooow many options to convert a color pic :)
South-east of the big harbor city of Rotterdam, Nationalpark De Biesbosch is located at the beginning of the Rhine-Maas river delta. The name is pronounced like "Biesbos" and translates to "forest of sedges". It's a network of creeks and little islands, surrounded by the big rivers Waal (the Dutch name of the Rhine) and Maas. … Continue reading Nationalpark De Biesbosch – Dutch waterscape
The Loonse en Drunense Duinen are located in Noord Brabant / NL, not far from the Belgian border and directly north of Tilburg. The closest settlements are the villages Loon op Zand and Drunen which gave this location its name. It's actually the biggest drifting sand landscape of Western Europe. My pictures show only one … Continue reading Western Europe’s biggest drifting sand landscape
Regarding the gear that we use, my previous blog post was about concentration. You only need a few lenses and they all don't have to be extreme in terms of focal length to make you happy: 35, 50, 90. Isn't that all you need? After that, I decided that I should once go for the … Continue reading Going extreme: Night photography with a 500mm mirror lens
Some weeks ago, a friend of me went on a relaxed trip to France, visiting some small villages and cities. He took his Fuji X-T1 with him and some lenses. While he came back with beautiful images, he said he'd sometimes preferred his Leica M8 because that camera would be just "more fun". A valid … Continue reading 35, 50, 90. Isn’t that all you need?
Yes I also have Sony's FE 50/1.8. It's been named Captain Slow by photozone.de – read their technical review here :) And yes, they're right! First, I used the FE 50/1.8 on my A7R – and the auto focus really was unbelievably slow in comparison to my other FE lenses. I now have an A7 … Continue reading Hey yo, Captain Slow! – some pics with the Sony FE 50/1.8
I love this lens. On the A7 II even more versatile than ever thanks to the stabilizer that is built in the camera. Just be sure to set it manually to 135 mm as the lens of course does not come with any electronic communication. :) Because of that, I find it particularly easy to … Continue reading Beautiful Westerwald with the Zeiss Contarex 135/2.8 Sonnar
Well, this time the title of the blog entry already says it all ... I was walking around my town with my camera and the three native fixed lenses I have. At this old bridge I saw a situation I wanted to take a picture of, but which lens to use? In my bag – … Continue reading Sony A7R – one scenery, three lenses
Once in a while you are hit by some GAS – Gear Acquistion Syndrome – end up buying a new camera or lens, and only some weeks later you realise there is a really cool side benefit to your newest purchase that you were not aware of before. In my case, I swapped my beloved … Continue reading Much more fun than expected – the Contax G 90/2.8 on the A7 II
The Sony FE 28/2 is the current hot lens for Sony FE-mount. It's a fast and affordable wide-angle prime lens. Reviews show that it's sharp (yes it is ... even though clearly less sharp than my Zeiss-branded 35/2.8 under real-world conditions), also it has a really high contrast, and of course its f/2 aperture is … Continue reading Sony FE 28/2: Use distortion to your advantage, yes!
I love my cameras but there are those times where I just don't carry any camera with me. So when I saw this scene on my way back home from work in early October, I only had my mobile phone to capture it. With a little post processing in Lightroom (...it also imports JPG files), … Continue reading The Birds. (A mobile phone pic.)