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landhausidylle mit gelb

Sunday, April 6th, 2014
country houses with yellow

country houses with yellow

winter in kallmünz (2)

Saturday, January 4th, 2014
kallmünz 2

kallmünz 2

winter in kallmünz

Saturday, December 28th, 2013
winter in kallmünz

winter in kallmünz

festive brussels

Monday, December 23rd, 2013


tradition and harmony

Monday, November 25th, 2013



Sunday, October 20th, 2013


look right

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
look right (from the dows' perspective)

look right (from the dows’ perspective)

august moon

Monday, August 19th, 2013
lune de ratisbonne

lune de ratisbonne

grosser Frauentag

Thursday, August 15th, 2013
grosser Frauentag

grosser Frauentag


Thursday, August 15th, 2013



Thursday, August 15th, 2013


Tuesday, July 9th, 2013


jobBörse in Chorweiler

Sunday, May 12th, 2013





Londoner Platz


another man

Friday, May 10th, 2013
another man

another man

haute culture

Thursday, May 9th, 2013


flotte biene

Sunday, May 5th, 2013
flotte biene

flotte biene

I still have to work on basic operations of the camera, such as speed and focussing. It is a first try to catch wildlife in action.



Saturday, April 27th, 2013


Is there a ‘best’ camera? Yes, the one which you carry with you and is not (yet) the mobile phone camera… Therefore, an upgrade was due.

orderly disorderly

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

carmina burana

Is there a ‘best’ camera? Yes, the one which you carry with you.

spring – pending

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
spring - pending

spring – pending


happy alaaf – cologne meets rio

Monday, February 11th, 2013
happy alaaf

happy alaaf


happy new year 2013

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

happy new year

Cologne – classic view

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

cologne – classic view


Monday, October 1st, 2012


I proudly present the results of my 2012 gardening efforts. Five differnt types of tomatoes from seven flower pots enrich my salads every day. Jealous?


who killed the F2 legacy?

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

photokina 2012

There were times when expensive equipment had lasting value – for years, sometimes for decades. Our today’s throwaway society is hunting for increasing turnover of magnesium, plastic and silicon. The two-years’ ago Nikon D700 novelty is nowhere to be seen anymore. The sweet hype for more pixels and more camera features induces the desire for changing expensive toys more quickly – generating great turnover for the manufacturers.

Although advertisements suggest differently, gender segregation still works fine when it comes to technology: Men behind the lenses taking picture of scantily-clad women posing on stage. Certainly, society develops in different pace than technology.

another urban beauty

Monday, July 16th, 2012

köln ist schockiert

Kölner Lichter 2012

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Kölner Lichter 2012

Actually it is useless to take pictures at such an event when one is unprepared. The ambitious hobby photographers already took position hours before the fireworks started while I passed by from a farewell party back home. Certainly, a tripod is indispensable for taking proper fire works pictures. Using 3200 ASA doesn’t really make sense for capturing the dynamics, but it is very suitable to catch the bizzarly coloured surroundings with the visitors.


not Las Vegas

Thursday, July 12th, 2012
not las vegas

not las vegas

… seen at the world’s largest miniature model railway. Amazing details and almost real light effect makes it almost difficult to distinguish it from real world. Such as the photo ‘tricycle on the motorway’.


i’ve caught my first thunderbolt!

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
Click to enlarge: thunderbolt


tricycle on motorway

Monday, June 18th, 2012

tricycle on motorway in almost real traffic

sun power

Saturday, April 28th, 2012


energetic counter balance

Friday, April 27th, 2012

energetic counter balance

venus meets jupiter

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

It is stunning what those digital cameras can grab. Even jupiter’s moons are more visible than what I can see with my binoculars. The new D800 probably would identify elephants on Ganymede.


venus and jupiter

the winner

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

the winner


Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012


pappnas äpps

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

pappnas äpps

German ‘michel’ pulling ex-president’s ear

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

michel and wulff

jeck – weg

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

jeck - weg

kölle alaaf

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

kölle alaaf

black frost at white lake

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Once in a decade the  20 hectare lake Höhenfeld is covered by a layer of ice, strong enough to turn it into a leisure attraction. Spectacular is the cracking sound of the ice and a very strange noise as if steel cables under tension are hitting against each other. What might people of pre-industrial generations have thought about such noises?

höhenfelder see

Höhenfelder See
Höhenfelder See


early morning at minus 8 degrees celsius

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Cycling and walking allow enjoying such morning views. By coincidence, my old Canon G3 was in my bag. Not the most suitable camera for such moments, but it gives a glimps of how great the aurora looked – even in an technical-urban setting.


Müllheimer Brücke

urban dwellings

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

“Magpies are believed to be one of the most intelligent of all animals” (wikipedia) since they are one of few animals recognising themselves in a mirror.  This could be the reason for having a magpie nest in front of my large office window. And it seems that they feel comfortable in-midst the highly urbanised setting.


urban dwellings

nice Rhine view

Friday, January 6th, 2012

And here the nice view overlooking Father Rhine:


Rhine view

unidirectional urban beauties

Monday, January 2nd, 2012
In Cologne, the most attractive flats are the ones overlooking the river Rhine. The views from the flats are stunning, while the views towards the flats adhere a certain degree of bleakness, particularly during this ‘dark’ winter season without brightening snow cover.

urban beauty 2

urban beauty





Happy New Year 2012

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

water under the bridge

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

(due to lack of snow)



climate talks vs consumerism

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Sad, sad, sad. No, not the talks about the new legal deal for cutting greenhouse gas emissions coming into effect in almost 10 years – after tough negotiations between the EU and India on  wording. No, it is about the dead mobile phone battery which I wanted to replace during the weekend. Cologne’s largest retailer for consumer electronics doesn’t stock such batteries anymore. Not cost effective, the salesman said. New mobile phones are cheaper than a battery. And the cheaper phone contains an even better battery than the one I asked for, plus a headset, worth the price of the phone. Well, the phone is now produced in India, not anymore in the EU. Must be the transport which makes products cheaper, I guess.



precious urban space

Monday, December 5th, 2011
Click to enlarge: parking


colours of dellbrück

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Himmel über Dellbrück

colours of holweide

Thursday, November 24th, 2011
colours of holweide

colours of holweide

My almost daily bike ride to the office sometimes offers mystic views which makes me forget living in a one million inhabitants city. Not even one km further down the cycling lane, the all morning commuting nightmare takes place in full blast. Every morning. Every evening. Every day. Throughout the year.

Motorway A3

colours of 111111

Friday, November 11th, 2011

…is over


Cologne Carnival


Thursday, September 1st, 2011


Surely, this is not what one considers volcanoes. But this area is seismically one of the most active areas in Germany. The volcano itself is hiding in the fog, the ‘maar’ is waking up in the morning light.

Wild camping usually is not a problem in Germany, except drunken youngsters in their tuned up car discover your tent in the middle of the night. I forgot to cover the reflectors of my bicycle which caused a scary situation. Luckily, I got away with it.



advent nine

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

advent 8

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Another bicycle.

advent seven

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Getting more snow.

advent six

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Santa Claus? Santa Claus!

advent five

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

advent four

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

advent three

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Thieves are back! This year, last year, next year – it doesn’t matter. They are always there.

advent two

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

advent calendar – special kind

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Regensburg’s main theater turned into a huge living advent calendar. From the first to the 24th December, each evening a new window will be opened. No, there will be no chocolate in it – unfortunately. Neither beer nor mulled wine. The windows will be filled with songs, poetry, dances and music. Strangely, the door to 24 already opened, but nobody singing.

Father Rhine from the Dragon’S Rock

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Hiking along the Rhine is a wonderful experience, particularly during autumn: the forests’ smell of mushrooms, the colourful leaves of maple, oak, beech trees and majestic  Rhine carrying freight vessels, ferries and passenger boats.

Although busy with tourists, Dragon’s Rock offers a fantastic views up- and downstream. Here, Siegfried, the hero of the Niebelungenlied, killed the dragon and bathed in its blood to became invulnerable – almost.

kölner lichter

Monday, July 19th, 2010

It was not easy, to squeeze my camera lense through a small hole in the blinds which the organisers of the spectacle put up to prevent peeping people to take decent photographs from the fireworks.

What the heck, the official photographers had much better positions with professional support. Why me trying to ‘compete’ in disfavouring circumstances?

uwe seeler

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Uwe Seeler (born 5 November 1936 in Hamburg) is a former German football official and retired football player. He played for Hamburger SV and also made 72 appearances for the West German national team.” (wikipedia)


Monday, May 24th, 2010

The king demanded the miller’s daughter to turn straw into gold. She was saved by Rumpelstiltskin who asked for a high price. She was not willing to pay it and in turn she destroyed him. Luckily, I didn’t need any body’s help except the evening sunlight to turn the barley field into gold…

spring turns to summer

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Following weeks of miserable weather, Whitsun gave people vast opportunities to celebrate the start of summer.  Open air pools opened, swimming lakes were crowded and the kids enjoyed water wherever it was available…

regensburg – churches at night 1

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

St Pieter’s Cathedral of Regensburg belongs to most remarkable Gothic buildings in Southern Germany. An unusual feature of the Cathedral is its separation from the older structure of the cloister. The cloister, usually not open to the public contains a fine Romanesque All Saint’s Chapel from 1164. The garden in twilight gives a sweet sense of inspiration – and a taste of what the night of open churches offers.

blue in green

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

The courtshipping (?) peacock was a nice surprise during a morning walk across a botanical garden. I wasn’t aware that my D700 is female (should have guessed before). Bitter for him that she turned him down and walked away with me.

green in red

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Today is a colourful day in North-Rhine Westphalia.

lilac, chernobyl and solar heating

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

First May reminds me of the nuclear disaster which happened 24 years ago. Almost a quarter of a century and it feels like yesterday. Yes, I know, it didn’t happen first May. But that year, first May was the first warm and beautiful day of the year and, together with friends, we went out into the nature, played on the ground, enjoyed the smells of spring until a sudden but warm rain shower surprised us in the afternoon. It was a wonderful day – in the evening we got the news about the disaster! In Germany, the area of Regensburg was particularly affected. Playgrounds were closed because of the high contamination. Many other things happened. And we got the rain shower – fully contaminated – onto us.

May smells of lilac. Particularly, if the lilac tree is placed in front of the bed room.  From the bed room window, it is placed between the bed room and the brand new solar heating.

First May: the solar heating is completed and in operation. My personal battle against the nuclear industry which earned lots of money for heating the water in the past. I gave it to the copper industry instead.  At least, they didn’t put nuclear particles onto my skin. I’m looking forward to my first ‘solar shower’ in this house.


Sunday, April 11th, 2010

spring in yellow

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Finally, spring has come. Finally, we moved to the new (old) house. Finally, I hope to spend more time on visuals again. Yellow is my favorite colour and the contrast with the clear blue sky is gorgeous.

Nubbel has gone

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The end of Colognes Carnival is marked by the liquidation of the Nubbel, the symbol of all sins and misconducts which the partying people committed during Carnival. The scarecrow is accompanied by a ‘priest’ and a ‘hangman’ who lead the tribunal.

The colorful ‘sins’

bruxelles ma belle!

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Walking from Gare du Nord towards Ixelles emerges to a journey through Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Brussels is a melting pot of  different cultures, although critics say that its segregated cultures living their own lifes. Still, for a visitor it is astonishing and amazing.

winter goes on

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

About two hours drive from Cologne the landscape is still covered in snow and ice. Next to crowded ski resorts one can hike through lonesome nature. The perfect setting for cross country skiing.


Höhenfelder See

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Swimming in summer and ice skating in winter: as far as temperatures allow, the small quarry pond of about 20 hectares offer many leisure activities. On a Sunday early morning the lake is almost yours, except few joggers.

tranquil ‘oberpfalz’

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

This landscape reminds me of my early childhood.  Sure, this tree could be anywhere, the grassland could be anywhere and the sky could be anywhere. The smell of the soil, the air and the water, however, is distinctive and intriguing. ‘Home’, I would call it. Or trapped in backwardness?


welcoming 2010

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

The reputation that Germans turn loads of money into ear-splitting noise, glistering fire, and breathtaking smoke to welcome the New Year is truly true. Picturing the detonating fire crackers was a particular challenge which may require further experiments in the coming years.

New Years Eve

who the hell is oskar?

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009


winter in cologne

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Finally, winter has arrived in Cologne!

winter in cologne

peace in ixelles

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Early morning hours transform the usually busy European capital into a peaceful town. Multifaceted Ixelles belongs to the most attractive parts of Brussels. Next to posh shopping malls designer shops or the nicely illuminated town hall you’ll find such corners of morbid character.


carbon footprint

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

I know, it’s not a nice photo – dust in the sky, bad scanning and post processing of an image from 2005. But I had to think of it while our politicians are banging their heads in Copenhagen. Nice statements but the reality is here. Each kWh of electricity produces almost 1.5 kg CO2! Leave alone the damage to the earth. But sure, this blog also consumes electricity…


the guards!

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Dawn seems to be the best time to capture the beautifully illuminated houses of Cologne. This type of traditional building belongs to the ‘bergische’ region, a low mountain range starting at the Eastern part of Cologne.

the guards

thielenbruch 2

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Encroaching ‘development’ not only threatens fauna and flora of Thielenbruch, also islands of autonomous living are at gun point. The authorities would like to extend car parking space by removing ‘untidy’ settlements.


thielenbruch 1

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Squeezed in between cities, railway lines, power lines, gas pipelines and motorways, a small nature reserve is determined to offer rare species protection against destruction and extinction. Due to the low light situations the ambiance these days is particular. Up to now I have been excited using my manual Nikkor lenses, however, the 20mm lens suffers from strong vignetting using open aperture. Yet another task to find a way to get rid of the vignetting…


spring advent

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Opposed to Markus’ yesterday’s advent photo I experienced a slightly different start of the festive Christmas season. The spring like weather – interrupted by a thunderstorm and followed by blue sky and a beautiful rainbow – flooded the nature with intensive colours. Some plants seem to resist the approaching winter – or don’t even believe anymore in its coming.


they are back!

Friday, November 27th, 2009

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


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.


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 sunset

Friday, November 20th, 2009


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.


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.


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.


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


Thursday, November 12th, 2009

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


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 Carnival

Cologne Carnival

Carnival in Cologne

Carnival in Cologne

Cologne Carnival

Cologne Carnival