So, here comes part 2 of my adventures in Berlin with the X-T1 and the XF56mmf1.2 R which turned to be my favourite lens during the last weeks. This time I tried to make monochrome magic work for me. For those who care about processing details: all shots were made in colour (mostly with VELVIA film simulation) and were converted to black and white in Photoshop and sometimes contrast enhanced. But that’s all about editing. No cropping or sharpening. Click to enlarge to full size.
Sorry for the little words. I’m quite busy these days. More to come as soon as possible.
So, hier kommt Teil 2 der Nachbesprechung meiner Erlebnisse in Berlin unter Zuhilfenahme der X-T1 und meines aktuellen Lieblingsobjektivs, dem XF56mmf1.2 R. Dieses Mal wenden wir uns ganz dem Graustufen-Voodoo zu. Für diejenigen, welche sich dafür interessieren: alle Fotos wurden in Farbe geschossen (meistens mit VELVIA-Filmsimulation) und anschließend im Photoshop in Schwarzweiss konvertiert, manchmal mit Kontraststeigerung. Das war aber auch schon alles aus dem Bereich Nachbearbeitung. Keine Ausschnittvergrößerungen und auch kein Nachschärfen. Zur Ansicht in voller Größe einfach Draufklicken.
Genug der Worte. Ich hab’ zu tun. Mehr in Kürze.
Recently I went to Berlin for some days and of course my new achievements the FUJIFILM X-T1 and the FUJINON LENS XF56mmF1.2 R had to go with me. I have to admit that it took some time to get used to the X-T1 as the controls are pretty much different to my old friend X-Pro1. But the more I worked with it and discovered its features the more I started loving it.
The other great delight was the FUJINON XF 56mm. Boy, what a lens. It stayed on the camera almost all of the time during my stay and became my favourite lens instantly.
Enough wourds. Let pictures speak. Click to enlarge to full size.
Vor einigen Tagen verbrachte ich einige Tage in Berlin und natürlich mussten meine beiden Neuanschaffungen, die Fujifilm X-T1 und das Fujinon XF 56mmF1.2 R mit dabei sein. Ich muss zugeben, dass es einige Tage dauerte, bis ich mich an die X-T1 gewöhnt hatte. Die Bedienelemente sind eben doch deutlich anders als die meiner alten Freundin X-Pro1. Aber je mehr ich damit arbeitete und die zahlreichen Features entdeckte, desto mehr fing ich an sie zu lieben.
Das andere Vergnügen war das Fujinon XF 56mm. Was für ein Objektiv. Das Teil blieb fast die ganze Zeit auf der Kamera und wurde praktisch sofort zu meiner neuen Lieblingsoptik.
Genug der Worte. Lasst Bilder sprechen. Alle Fotos sind für bestmögliche Beurteilung in voller Größe angelegt. Viel Spaß.
My third contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, again with my favourite model. Actually I didn’t shoot this in spring but in late summer about three years ago. Some seconds after taking this frame I turned away for an instant to have a look at the result and suddenly heard a loud “splash!”. Now, guess what had happened…
Mein dritter Beitrag für die Photo Challenge in dieser Woche, natürlich wieder mit meinem Lieblingsmodel. Eigentlich wurde das Foto nicht im Frühling, sondern im Spätsommer vor drei Jahren aufgenommen. Ich finde es allerdings trotzdem so passend, dass ich es einfach nehmen musste. Ein paar Sekunden nachdem ich das Bild aufgenommen wurde, drehte ich mich kurz weg, um die Resultate zu begutachten und wurde durch ein lautes „Platsch!“ aufgeschreckt. Jetzt dürft Ihr raten, was wohl passiert ist…
Olympus Pen E-P2, Olympus M.14-42mm @ 28mm, F5, 1/160 sec., ISO 125
Fujifilm X-Pro1, Fujinon XF35mmF1.4 R © F8, 1/125 sec., ISO 100
My first entry for this weeks photo challenge. Shot on the location of Zeche Zollverein (Colliery Zollverein) in my former hometown Essen, once the biggest coalmine in the world. I have spent a whole daytime there shooting recently. Without exageration I can say that it was quite a fruitful day. I will post much more of this in the future and at that opportunity will tell you some more about the history of this impressive place.
Mein erster Beitrag zur aktuellen Weekly Photo Challenge (Link steht oben). Das Foto entstand während einer ganztägigen Session auf der Zeche Zollverein, einstmals die weltweit größte Kohlenzeche überhaupt, in meiner alten Heimat Essen. Ohne zu übertreiben kann man sagen, dass der Tag – zumindest fotografisch – sehr ergiebig verlief. In der nächsten Zeit werde ich noch eine ganze Reihe weiterer Fotos der Session hier posten und bei dieser Gelegenheit gibt es dann auch einige Hintergrundinformationen über die Geschichte dieser eindrucksvollen Location.
Fujifilm X-Pro1, Zeiss Touit® 2.8/12mm @ F11, 1/125 sec., ISO 200
You’ve got it. The Olympic Stadium once more. The last one for this week I promise.
Have a closer look if you like. In this landscape of steel and plastic nature reclaimed a small spot for itself. Can you detect it?
Ihr habt’s erfasst. Das Olympiastadion mal wieder. Zum letzten Mal in dieser Woche. Versprochen.
Schaut es Euch doch einmal genauer an, wenn Ihr wollt. Irgendwo in dieser Landschaft aus Stahl und Kunststoff hat sich die Natur einen kleinen Fleck zurückerobert. Na, könnt Ihr es sehen?
Fujifilm X-Pro 1, Fujinon XC 50-230mm @ 50 mm, F9, 1/500 sec., ISO 800
A detail of Munich’s Olympic Stadium for this week’s photo challenge again. I just couldn’t resist.
Und noch ein Detail des Münchner Olympiastadions für die Photo Challenge dieser Woche. Ich konnte einfach nicht widerstehen.
Fujifilm X-Pro 1, Fujinon XF 35mm @ F8, 1/1.000 sec., ISO 800
When it comes to architecture in Munich you just can’t ignore the Olympic Stadium. Opened to the public in 1972 it’s still one of the biggest attractions and still one of my favourite locations round here.
Wenn man über Architektur in München spricht, kommt man am Olympiastadion von 1972 einfach nicht vorbei. Das Stadion und der umliegende Olympiapark gehören nachwievor zu den populärsten Attraktionen und sind noch immer eins meiner Lieblingsziele in der Region.
Fujifilm X-Pro 1, Fujinon XC 50-230mm @ 180 mm, F11, 1/500 sec., ISO 800
My son has a strong passion for exploring dead spaces he finds everywhere. He definitely does not suffer from claustrophobia. This time it was the cavity underneath the window display in a sporting goods store. The owner of the shop must have been very glad that somebody finally collected all the dirt of an estimated 30 years there with his clothes.
Fujifilm X-Pro1, Fujinon XF35mm F1.4 R @ F2, 1/125 sec., ISO 1600
This will always file amongst the Top Ten of all the pictures I did. Shot almost from the hip back in august last year with my then permanent accompanist the Fuji X100 when strolling down market street in San Francisco. What a strong tool that camera was…
Fujifilm X100 @ F8, 1/125 sec., ISO 100
Captured two years ago in the Olympiapark (Olympic Park) on top of the Olympic Hill. The man-made hill towers for 60 meters and provides a brilliant view over the city on clear days. Originally it was a dump for the debris of destroyed buildings after the war. Today it is a green hill which is also used for sledging and other activities in winter.
In the background you can see the Olympic Stadium from 1972 and the Olympic Village (on the far right, partly coverted by the watermark). The Olympic Village has a sad history as it was the place where Israeli athlets where attacked by eight members of Palestinian terror organisation “Black September” during the games.
This could be filed under this weeks “Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure” as well and to be honest, I was thinking about it. Yes, I know, it’s so materialistic, but what can I do? I like big beautiful classic cars and I think they are treasures to keep. I also love the big V8 blocks and the sound they provide. And in this case I don’t even care about the 20+ litres of gas they waste on a 60 mile run. Now you got me, I’m an evil cold-hearted resource-wasting materialist. Shame on me.
Still wish that lovely Catalina was mine. :-)
Here is one final selfie. You can find the black and white version in the “Gear” section already.
To be honest the picture is not really up to date as I am selling huge parts of my equipment (mainly the top two rows in the picture) due to a change of system. From Mamiya Universal Press to Mamiya RZ67 for those who wanna know. Can’t wait to hold those new toys in my hands…
If you ever wondered what kind of floor panels I have in my living room, there you go.
One thing I hate about the Fuji X-Pro1 and those razorsharp Fujinon lenses is that they will reproduce every little winkle in your face when doing selfies. They will leave no doubt about you growing older day by day. At the moment I am doing a pretty unusual job. I’m sketching storyboards for educational videos. Yes, you guess it: on paper. With pencils and erasers and those things. The deadline is close and I’m working night and day. You can see that clearly under my eyes… By now I am seriously thinking about pouring the money the job will fetch into a proper facelifting…
Fujifilm X-Pro1, Fujinon XF 18mm F2 R @ F2, 1/125 sec., ISO 800.
Object… of desire. When I saw this most beautiful 1950s Ferrari at a gas station I just couldn’t resist takin’ a few snapshots. I was in a hurry, so no time for shooting some frames of the front. My knowledge about Ferraris is very limited, but after some searching I’d say this is a 750 Monza from 1955. Correct me if I’m wrong, Enzo-afficionados.
They were such a pretty couple back in the 80s or early 90s when this advertising display was installed in Munich’s Westpark. But being subjected to the elements for over 20 years sure leaves its marks. Now the suffer from bleaching, scratches, graffiti and eczema. But their teeth are still shining in best pearly-white. Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum must have done a great job.
Six years ago two thrushes built their nest in one of the empty flower pots on my balcony. Soon after that I could find four eggs in it. It took about two weeks until three naked babybirds were showing. Of course I had to take some photos of the birds growing. More to come in the next days…
Happy new year and hello again everybody. As you may have noticed I took a longer break of two months from blogging. Well, I’m back and I promise to post regularly again in the future.
What happened in the meantime? I finally fulfilled one of my dreams and got myself a fabulous Fujifilm X-PRO1 together with 18mm and 35mm Fujinon-lenses. For financial reasons my daily attendant the X-100 which was responsible for most postings on this blog had to leave the house. A little bit sad, but hey, I’ve got a new friend with even greater capabilities.
About two weeks ago I thought It would be nice to expand workspace towards the telephoto range. Basicly I intended to buy the Fujinon XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 OIS but then accidentally stumbled upon a demonstration model of its favourable brother the new Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS. What can I say? For 260 Euros I just had to give it a whack. Just for the record: the original price is about 400 Euros ($ 400 in the US). If you insist in more lightstrength, more metal and less plastic the XF55-200mm will slim down your wallet to another three hundos. Relax, I don’t want to bore you with technical details, performance tables or benchmark tests. If your looking for this you can find lots of sources elsewhere giving you all the chiffres you need.
The point of matter is that I could barely find any sample photos created with that lens in the web. So, when I took a 5-day-trip to London over the new years eve I decided to explore the city through my new achievement and share it. And if you have no interest in the lens I hope that you still enjoy the pictures. By the way: generally the weather was foggy, rainy, windy and cold of course. If you go to Britain you can’t expect a Caribbean feeling for sure, particularly not in December. Still enjoyed my stay in one of the worlds most interesting cities a lot.
All photos were shot handheld often using high ISO due to the lack of a tripod (I was with my family and I didn’t want to let them wait every few minutes so I just shot “quick and dirty”.). The pictures come in their original size and are not edited (except watermarking).
All photos here are for demonstration only and were not made for marketing or selling purposes.
This is one of the most lovely shops I ever saw, Goorin Hatmakers on North Beach, San Francisco. When I first saw it, I really didn’t know that the company is running over two dozens of branches all over the U.S. headed by three stores in San Francisco alone. Have a look, isn’t it beautiful? Everything looks like it was done with a lot of love for details. And the staff was very friendly as well…
I just had to take a line of snaps and buy that black sailor’s cap.
Find it here.
Let’s take a break from San Francisco. Saw this upright old lady standing alone and had to take a line of frames.
Seeing a vintage vehicle always makes me wonder when exactly cars ceased being beautiful. Must have been somewhen in the late seventies I guess.
The owner was a very friendly guy who would even open the car for me so that I could take a picture of the tidy minimalistic dashboard. Compare that to the dozens of controls in a today’s cockpit. Driving must have been so much easier then.
Of course we had to take a boat trip through the bay. Seeing Alcatraz from a distance was already creepy, in particular with some knowledge about it in the back of mind. Our original idea was to take a guided tour to Alcatraz, but as we learned those had to be booked some weeks in advance. And were really pricey on top.
We’re going vertical today. Fire escape staircases on turn-of-the-century buildings are probably the most normal thing in the world if you are a US citizen but they are not if you are a Euro-guy like me. Reason is: we don’t have it. At least not on older buildings. Even though I’ve seen it many times before I was still fascinated by those antique steel constructions and just had to take some photos.
This one here was shot on Russian Hill near Van Ness Avenue, pretty close to our hotel.
A streetcar of the historical F-line. The F-line with its original streetcars from the 1950s was reinstalled in the 1980s mainly as a tourist attraction and also as a substitute for the cable car line which was out of business for two years due to technical overhaul. Over the years more and more waggons were bought and today the F-line is a normal transportation for locals as well as for tourists.
The waggons come in many different colour designs following the original paintwork of the cities where they once ran. Actually I wanted to take a shot of each colour combination there is, but missed it because time was running out and in the end this was the only one I took.
Actually I don’t know what the name of this dock or pier on the westside of Aquatic Park is. Just like big parts of Aquatic Park Pier it’s in a quite a derelict condition and because of that public access is not allowed. Shot the frame in the very early morning when the city was all quite and peaceful. The island on the right side of the background is Alcatraz. I will tell you more about it later.