We’ve had some visitors

Some friends of Mitchie’s visited us over the weekend, and tho they came well-equipped themselves (everything from smartphones/tablets over a GoPro and some Sony mirrorless), I took some photos of them and uploaded them on Flickr – but for friends & family only. These 4 have some pretty high level positions, and since they post their photos in a closed Facebook group only, I’d rather not show any here without asking first.

First thing on their pretty busy schedule was a visit to Eltz Castle, which we did:

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Burg Eltz

This is a photo which almost everyone takes, and which you can even buy as a postcard inside of the castle, but I thought if they want pictures like these, they can have them.

On the way back I almost managed to get back into the planned schedule (which was to check in into their hotel at 1700) – until we ran into a traffic jam exactly at Frankfurt airport, which cost us an hour again:

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In a traffic jam

This is under a newly built bridge where aircraft passes the A3 motorway, and yes, we had to stay in this lane. After the traffic cleared and we found their hotel in the vicinity of Frankfurt’s trade fair area, I left Mitchie, Zuleikha and the four friends who had planned some sight seeing and a girl’s day and sleepover.

And today at home I took a photo of these:

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Mitchie and Zuleikha bought some flowers

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From colour to black & white – and back. Generations.

I haven’t published much during the last week or two, tho I did the occasional file upload to Flickr. The reason was that I used film as much as digital during that time, and film needs time. I just got back one black & white film, but mostly I had colour slide film in my OM-2, and my E-M10 was switched to black & white. Here they are together, in colour, and I took that one with the E-PL5 and the 14-42mm zoom on it:

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Generations

Like I mentioned, my digital E-M10 was set to black & white – here are some I took with it that way:

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Olympus OM-2N

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Approaching Frankfurt

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Lufthansa Airbus A321-200 “Bingen” D-AISV

But it’s still spring, so I went back to colour lately, also with digital:

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Spring in the garden of my employer

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Big and small. Small and big.

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Cloudscape. A tribute to Caspar David Friedrich.

As always, you can see the full size photos when clicking on any of them, which will open it in Flickr in a separate tab or browser window. Except of setting the camera to different aspect ratios, I don’t crop (but sometimes I correct a slight tilt which will auto-crop a bit).

And I will show some photos made on film when I have “scanned” (momentarily that means: re-photographed; still have to get a scanner) those negatives and slides.

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Black & white, and someone to watch (and to listen to)

I don’t know if it was Mike’s article about the new Leica Monochrome (Typ 246), and the links from his readers in their comments, but I imagined about having a black & white camera only. So I switched mine to black & white and left it like that since a few days. I knew that for portraits this can be very nice, but how about general photography? I was curious. So here are some, as always almost like out of camera:

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Tuna the cat, May 2015

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Gravity? What gravity?

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Taraxacum (common dandelion) (in German, we also call these “Löwenzahn”, or “Pusteblume”)

I have written about Youn Sun Nah already, but here’s another photo I took today. It shows the “Concert” part of a French/German TV station, and until October 18th this year, you can see a concert of her and her quartet of “musiciens exceptionelles” as she introduces them. Just look for this on your Arte channel:

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“Screenshot” Arte: Youn Sun Nah Quartet

Or look at the station’s site like here. It’s worth it – if they offer this as a DVD one day, I’ll buy it.

Which lenses did I use for these photos?

First one: M.Zuiko 45mm/1.8 fully open at f/1.8
Second and third one: ZD 50mm/2 Macro at f/8
Last one: Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm/1.4 at f/4

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It’s green again

First of May, and finally you see that it’s spring. I took this photo three days ago at work while having our usual lunch walk (and it shows my colleague Arno):

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Spring in Sossenheim

And I took this one just a few minutes ago on our veranda:

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It’s green again

We’ve had a bit of rain lately, with probably more to come. Still this is very good for the plants – we don’t have some tropical rain forest around here yet, but it surely helps. 😉

For the first picture I used the Panasonic Lumix 14mm/2.5 lens (and a Marumi Super DHG polarizer in front of it), for today’s picture it was the M.Zuiko 45mm/1.8 lens, both with an aperture of f/4.

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