Archive for November, 2009

they are back!

Friday, November 27th, 2009

The challenge is: how to capture the ugliness of Christmas decorations  popping up everywhere…

christmas_1

seven bolts

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

This time I tried hard to produce  something reasonable from the raw format. In vain. I was not able to get any close to the camera produced jpg which I display here. Still a long way to go to get them unbolted.

cologne_4s

sun and son

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

The Rhine banks offer beautiful views at Cologne’s historic centre. The ambiance these days live with the low autumn sun. I particularly liked the real sun and her reflection in the building’s facade. As a newbie to (real) digital photography I’m quite impressed by the possibilities in challenging light conditions.

cologne_2s

cologne sunset

Friday, November 20th, 2009

cologne_1s

composition in green and red

Friday, November 20th, 2009

As autumn progresses, some trees seem to go head over heels in their colours. Today’s sunshine allowed me (finally) to use my 200mm with comfortable shutter speed and ISO position. My manual fix focal length (primes?) work rather well with the D700.

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remembering goma

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

It is scary that the presumable mass murderers Ignace Murwanashyaka and Straton Musoni could freely live in Germany since the Rwandan genocide 15 years ago. Finally, they have been arrested yesterday. In 1994, I worked in a Hutu refugee camp in Goma. The conditions were appalling.  I had my small Rollei 35 with me but the camera and even the film were slightly damaged during the stay. It was anyhow not a pleasure to take photos in this camp.

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autumn light 2

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

After I had missed the opportunity for a potentially good photo a few days ago, I accustom myself to carrying the camera bag with me more often. Today, I realised that adding a tripod to the equipment would further enhance the possibility taking good photos. Still, with my 105 mm lens I was able to catch the light just before complete darkness.

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autumn light

Monday, November 16th, 2009

autumn light

For the first time, I tried to convert a NEF file into something displayable. I have not yet the feeling that I have reached what I really wanted. But maybe I’m also not really sure about what I want.  Touching digital photos seems at least as challenging as sitting in the dark room processing prints from negatives. And I never made colour prints. However, I feel that with some practice, one gets a feeling for the many ways to enhance, manipulate and change photos at the computer. It’s just a question of time which I’m willing to spend on such work.

family meeting

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Inside the trunk of an old cherry tree I’ve found this family discussing about the latest colours of their dresses. A lonely mushroom stood aside and was afraid to join them. They might tease him due to his old brown cloak which he was wearing.

family meeting

self-portrait

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Due to the lack of motives today, I add an unintended self-portrait from yesterday’s Carnival celebrations.

self-portrait

die Jecken sind los!!!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

The  suffering in Cologne has ended: the fifth season has started today! Until Ash Wednesday in February, people in Rheinland will devote their life to preparing for the culmination of Carnival. Despite miserable weather, about 50000 people gathered in the historic part of Cologne to celebrate the begin of Carnival.

I’m new to taking photos with a digital SLR and still use it like an analog apparatus. The lens which I used is certainly from analog times, a 200mm, f4 with manual focus. A bit challenging with the lack of light.

Cologne

Cologne
Cologne Carnival

Cologne Carnival

Carnival in Cologne

Carnival in Cologne

Cologne Carnival

Cologne Carnival

the Wall falls apart

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

It was amazing to be in Berlin that time. In the past, we people from the West could easily cross the borders to the East. Just a passport, the obligatory money change (‘Zwangsumtausch’) and sometimes body searches in separated cabins. The ‘Zwangsumtausch’ was usually invested in a lunch, books and music records.

But this time, all this didn’nt count. This time, people went the other way round. And not just at the official border crossings. The Wall was falling apart, temporary rough roads were opened and border guards posted. Passports were issued on the spot and people could walk to West Berlin – sometimes for the first time.

VP Sondermeldestelle

VP Sondermeldestelle - Berlin, Potsdamer Platz

Berlin, Potsdamer Platz

Berlin, Potsdamer Platz

more pitted wall

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Both photos illustrate my impressions about East-West relations that time. People in the West were rather ignorant concerning life in the East. Did anybody ever watch the news programme ‘Aktuelle Kamera’? Only few people tried to peep through slots in the Wall. What would they discover?

In turn, people from the East were rather well informed about things which happened in the West (except the ‘Tal der Ahnungslosen’ at Dresden where West TV didn’t reach). But at the end they couldn’t verify because they never got the chance to peep through the wall.

Berlin, Brandenburger Tor

Berlin, Brandenburger Tor

Border Guards at Brandenburger Tor

Border Guards at Brandenburger Tor

pitted wall

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Today, all news are talking and writing about the fall of the WALL.  I was travelling to Berlin that time and I remembered taking photos. But after my recent move from Brussels to Cologne, I had no clue where they could be. The entire day I spent in the store room and sifted through carton boxes. Finally, I was lucky to trace them, to connect my old and outdated slide scanner and sucked the first photo into my laptop. Here is the beginning of a small series which I will place here in the following days.

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Berlin Wall: 14 November 1989

yes – i’ll do it

Sunday, November 8th, 2009
left on the parkbench

left on the parkbench

Thanks to Markus’ encouragements and great help, I take the chance to publish my photos via this blog. I’m sort of glad that he convinced me although I was somewhat skeptical about all this ‘new’ technologies: digital photography, blogging, expecting the world to watch, read and comment my stuff – all this still seemed rather dubious to me.

Since I shifted paradigm from celluloid to pixel sensor(s) I need to place the eventual sensor impacts somewhere. This is the place and it’s great to use the technology to share my impressions of the world with you.

Enjoy!