Posts Tagged ‘Cologne’

jobBörse in Chorweiler

Sunday, May 12th, 2013
jobBörse

jobBörse

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chorweiler

chorweiler

Londoner Platz

 

orderly disorderly

Monday, April 22nd, 2013
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carmina burana

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

happy alaaf – cologne meets rio

Monday, February 11th, 2013
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happy alaaf

 

Cologne – classic view

Sunday, December 16th, 2012
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cologne – classic view

who killed the F2 legacy?

Sunday, September 30th, 2012
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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
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köln ist schockiert

Kölner Lichter 2012

Sunday, July 15th, 2012
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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.

 

the winner

Sunday, March 4th, 2012
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the winner

nubbel

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
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nubbel

pappnas äpps

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
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pappnas äpps

German ‘michel’ pulling ex-president’s ear

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
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michel and wulff

jeck – weg

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
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jeck - weg

kölle alaaf

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
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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
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Höhenfelder See

 

early morning – action at the same spot…

Monday, January 30th, 2012

…trying to circumnavigate traffic jam?

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Köln Mülheim

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Köln Mülheim

 

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.

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Müllheimer Brücke

nice Rhine view

Friday, January 6th, 2012

And here the nice view overlooking Father Rhine:

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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.

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urban beauty

 

 

 

 

precious urban space

Monday, December 5th, 2011
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Parking

colours of dellbrück

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
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Himmel über Dellbrück

colours of holweide

Thursday, November 24th, 2011
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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

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?

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…


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.

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.

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’

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.

winter in cologne

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Finally, winter has arrived in Cologne!

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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