Happy new year from the Loniens!


Tuna the cat, January 1st, 2015

Like every year, we watched some TV yesterday, and then the fireworks. And like every year, it scares the hell out of our cat, Tuna, who hid under our bed since about 10 to 12 until this afternoon.

Normally we wouldn’t allow her to sit on our dining table. But she was eating the grass leaves off the decoration, and I couldn’t help it but to take a picture of her.

So to all who read this, a happy new year 2015. Thanks for coming back and for looking at the pictures and for reading those short stories about our lives.

Setup shot

Today Mitchie told me that her father wants some new photo of Zuleikha, so I offered to help with the setup. I built up this for them:


Setup shot for a Mitchie (photographer) and Zuleikha (model) portrait session

What you see is my grey background, 1.35 meters wide, and two studio strobes (one with a beauty dish from the front, one with an umbrella from the left, beside the background). What you don’t see is a third compact flash on a small tripod behind the armchair. This one was gridded and pointed directly onto the grey canvas background.

Mitchie got some good shots, and if she’ll upload some onto her Flickr page I can show them here as well.

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Tuna the cat on December 30th, 2014

Our cat prepared to sleep, and I bounced one of the studio strobes over the wall at my right shoulder:


Tuna the cat, December 2014

Olympus E-PL5 with M.Zuiko 45mm/1.8 at f/3.5, Simock E300 studio strobe with standard reflector bounced over a wall at 1/8th power.

Almost out of camera conversion of the raw file. I seldomly do much post processing anyway (since I prefer to get as much right in the camera as I can).

Update, from later on the same evening:

Ok – here is one which is slightly edited using The Gimp:


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A rose is a rose

Some minutes ago, on our dining table:


Update, one day later:

Here’s another photo of the same rose, one day older, and now under our LED room light instead of flash:


Update, another day later:

Another day, another photo of Mitchie’s rose. This time with daylight and with the PanaLeica lens fully open:


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Back from a birthday party

Yesterday was Zuleikha’s tenth birthday, and today she invited some of her friends to her party at a bowling center. It was lots of fun, and I took over 300 photos, most of which I can’t show here without further admission. So here is one which does not show any of her friends:


I guess this one is ok as well, because you can’t really identify anyone except our own daughter:


All of the photos will go to all of the parents of course. I’m glad that everyone who was invited also came. Like I wrote already, this was real fun.

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Back from Cologne

We’re back from a short trip to Cologne, where we visited an aunt of mine. Can’t show any people photos from there, but here are some impressions from her flat, taken with whatever light was available:


Elephant on a glass table


Corner decoration


Half naked ladies (part of an art nouveau lamp)

Today is Zuleikha’s 10th birthday. I also don’t have any shots from that (yet); here are some of our cat instead:


Tuna the cat, December 2014


Tuna the cat, December 2014

All taken with the Olympus E-PL5 camera and with Mitchie’s Panasonic Lumix 20mm/1.7 lens which I still love like on the first day.

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Some photos I took since yesterday


Edible cats


Tablet vs. TV set


Dozing cat. Cropped 16:9 from original 4:3 image.


Tuna the cat, December 2014


Looking at some birds…

All photos were taken with the Olympus E-PL5 camera. The first one with the M.Zuiko 45mm/1.8 lens, the rest with the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm/1.4 at ISO values between 200 and 1600. Available (room) light.

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Be happy…

So – Christmas week is coming for those who celebrate it, winter holidays have begun for most colleagues (including me) and our kids, and the year will soon be over.

These are our wishes to all who read it:


Be happy…

Olympus E-PL5 with 45mm/1.8 lens. Studio stobe with beauty dish from up front, compact flash for the white background.

Thanks for reading.