Bowing and plucking for the microphone

Tried the sound of my new strings on my new (used) instrument yesterday – and Zuleikha took some photos of that:

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Wolfgang bowing his upright bass, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
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Wolfgang playing his upright bass, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

The first one of these photos is also on my Wikiloops profile in case you’re interested (but the music I played isn’t uploaded there yet).

As always, thanks for viewing.

Tuna & me, working from home…

Mitchie was kind enough to take a picture of Tuna and of me, while working from home today:

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We’re working from home, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
photographer: Hamidah Suadi-Lonien

As always, thanks for viewing.

What to do in times of a pandemia

Well I can hardly give any tips of what best to do in a “lockdown” kind of situation, when you can’t or at least shouldn’t really leave the house. I can only tell you what we’re doing:

  • we went shopping of Friday after my work already, so we were through with that early on. It also helps if you enter the supermarkets as a single person, not with a whole family. Better for the distances we should keep…
  • reading is always good – my current favourite fiction author is Haruki Murakami as you might know if you’re reading this blog once in a while
  • listening to music and/or watching TV is what I’ll guess what most people would do, and of course we’re also doing that. Long running series like “Doctor Who” are good tips if you like that
  • If you’re a computer geek, get involved into some free and open source project – write some code or documentation, or share some tips via an own blog or Youtube or whatever
  • We’re the lucky ones, at least Zuleikha and me – we play instruments. Plus we are both members of Wikiloops where you can play with other musicians from all around the globe for free if you like. All you need is some way to get your instrument or voice into a computer, which is usually done with some kind of audio interface – see here for some examples. And Wikiloops just lifted its time restrictions, so even as a new user you can now start down- and uploading at once, without having to wait (or to pay).
  • If you are creative in another field – I consider myself a portrait photographer for instance – then do this at home as well. Take photos of your family, or in case you’re alone, take self portraits. There’s always something new to learn, and if it’s only about lighting.

Other than that I haven’t done much this weekend, in fact I wasn’t even out of the house except to feed the birds:

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Bird food, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

As I’ve read, the rate of new infections with SARS-CV2 aka the Corona virus is slowing down here in Germany. So maybe (and hopefully) it helps if everyone is staying at home or at least keeping a safe distance. And while it’s still way too early to speak of or to hope for a trend, we can still carry on and wait this out, shall we?

Be safe. Stay healthy. And thank you for reading.

Deer and nutria

Just back from a short trip to Mönchbruch where I took a few photos. Here are two of them:

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Deer, Mönchbruch 2020
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Nutria, Mönchbruch 2020

As always, thanks for reading and viewing.

And today, Zuleikha took my picture

We haven’t done this in a while, so today I asked our talented daughter to take my photo together with my bass. I set up one of the studio strobes and a grey background for this, then borrowed Zuleikha’s piano bench, and we had a bit of fun with my camera. I liked this one, especially after converting it to black & white:

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Wolfgang with bass, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
photographer: Zuleikha

A bit of a fake double bass posture, but that was part of the fun 🙂

As always, thanks for reading, and for viewing. And thanks again to our small one for being so kind to take her old dad’s picture again.

Happy new year!

I wish everyone who reads this a happy new year 2020.

Ours started with a bit of concern – Mitchie had let our cat out in the night of January 1st after most of the fireworks were done – and then we waited. And waited. And waited. And after 2200 (10pm) and at temperatures below freezing point I was really worried.

But then, about 10 past 10 she finally showed up, smooched us all a bit, ate, and then fell asleep on a carpet right in front of our TV set. I took her photo hand-held using my small Panasonic 35-100mm zoom lens, and converted it to black & white with Silver Efex (on Windows):

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Tuna the cat, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

And by now she’s had breakfast, and is sleeping again – this time on my bed.

I’m so glad that she came back.

Thanks for reading.

Fifteen

Today 15 years ago, just one day after the Tsunami in Indonesia, Zuleikha was born in a hospital in Bremen. Not even a month later, she was resting on me a bit after I came home from work:

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Zuleikha resting on me, Bremen 2005

Later we moved from Bremen to Freising (near Munich) and then again from Freising to here (Mörfelden-Walldorf, district of Groß-Gerau but close to Frankfurt as well). And early on Zuleikha discovered her love for music, or at least for my guitar in this photo when she was 5:

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Zuleikha, January 2010

But my hobby was mostly photography during that time, so I took a few nice photos of her, like this one from short before she turned 10:

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Zuleikha, October 2014

Musically, she decided to play the French horn in school, and took piano lessons for herself. Here she is on a solo gig when she was just 13:

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Zuleikha in concert, Mörfelden 2018

And by now she is a member of Wikiloops like me, and we already have an album which contains three of her solo piano pieces:

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In Time

You can find a link to it on the right, so go and have a listen if you wish.

And today, she’s fifteen:

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Fifteen, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2019

And since I talk German with her: herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag, Schätzchen!

As always, thanks for viewing, reading, and listening.

Weihnachtskonzert

Anyone around the area of Groß-Gerau next week? There will be a free concert where Zuleikha also will play with her high school big band:

Very much looking forward to that, the last one was great fun 🙂 So if you can make it, just drop by.

As always, thanks for reading.

Piano practice on a dull Sunday mid November

I haven’t taken many photographs this month yet (which for me is the month of the kit zoom if you remember that), so when Zuleikha started to play her piano I asked whether I could take a photo of it, switched on a light, and took this in black & white with a simulated orange filter at ISO 6400 with around 1/13th of a second:

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Piano practice on a dull Sunday mid November, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

My lens was set to 17mm, a focal length which I don’t have except with this zoom lens. Ideal for indoor portraits which also show some context, like the piano in this case.

As always, thanks for reading.