WPC: Serenity 3

macingosh fotografie, fujifilm x-100, monterey, california

Monterey, California. August 2013.

(Fujifilm X100 @ F11, 1/250 sec., ISO 200)

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WPC: Summer Lovin’

Back for a quickie on this week’s photo challenge. Summer, sun, sea and a roofed beach chair. What more can I ask for?
Captured back in summer last year at the seaside of Cuxhaven, Northern Germany.

Kurz zurück für einen schnellen Beitrag zur dieswöchigen (Kann man das so sagen?) Photo Challenge. Sommer, Sonne, See und ein Strandkorb. Was will ich mehr?
Fotografiert im Sommer letzten Jahres am Strand von Cuxhaven.

Fujifilm X100 @ F2.8, 1/4000 sec., ISO 400

weekly photo challenge, summer loving, fujifilm x100

WPC: On the Move 3

hauptbahnhof kassel, macingosh photography

Here comes a re-post from march last year. Shot through the window of a train at Kassel main station.

Heute gibt es einen Re-Post. Aufgenommen durch ein Abteilfenster im Kasseler Hauptbahnhof.

Fujifilm X100 @ F2.2, 1/4000 sec., ISO 3200

Schloss Nymphenburg & ZEISS Touit® 2.8/12 mm

Premiere today. The first bilingual post here. And it will become the new standard on this blog. From now on, all posts are going to be written in German and English language, except when there’s very little words that do not need translation.
It was about time for a new entry to the Fujifilm X vehicle fleet. The wide-angle range needed an expansion. After a longer phase of research and thinking and research and rethinking I finally took the decision for the ZEISS Touit 2.8/12. First impression: just marvellous! The whole piece feels like everything is put together very well, following a well-conceived conception of clarity and simplicity (designwise). When making my researches in the web, more than once I read complaints about the very modern and sleek design that doesn’t fit with the retro-style of the X-Pro1. Frankly speaking, maybe that’s right, but personally I am not wearing a camera as a fashion accessory. I’m just interested in the picture quality it provides and not about the way it looks.

Only negative point for me was the fact that the aperture ring is turning very smooth. To smooth. That means that in the moment you’re holding the camera at the lens or you’re just picking it out of your bag the aperture ring will certainly be turned and you have to adjust it again. Apart from that, the lens delivers exactly what I expected for its (far away from bargain) price and from its focal length. No issues detected.

Chance brought it about that on my way back I passed by Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace) in the west of Munich. The buildings and the surrounding parks date back to the 17th century and the castle itself is one of the biggest royal palaces in Europe and a highly frequented attraction in Munich today. The extremely spacious edifices and park areas were begging for some superwideangle-shots so I decided to follow their request. As I only had 45 minutes to explore the whole territory (which normally deserves about half a day) I nearly shot in running mode. Considering that the results are alright as I think. See them below. Hope you enjoy.

Click on the pictures to see them in original size (4896 x 3264 pix). No sharpening, no lens correction. What you see is what the lens (and the camera) can do. All photos where shot in colour and and with the exception of two converted into black and white afterwards. All photos here are for demonstration only and were not made or published for marketing or selling purposes.

Heute gibt es eine Premiere. Nachdem der Blog von Anfang an ausschließlich in Englisch „betrieben” wurde, werden von jetzt an alle Artikel zweisprachig, Englisch und Deutsch, erscheinen. Ausnahme bleiben reine Foto-Beiträge mit sehr wenig Wortgehalt, der keiner Übersetzung bedarf.
Es war mal wieder Zeit für eine Neuanschaffung für den Fujifilm X-Fuhrpark. Dieses Mal sollte der Weitwinkelbereich erweitert werden. Bis dato war das Fujinon XF 18mm mein Weitwinkelglas für das X-System, aber besonders im Landschafts- und Architekturbereich stößt man mit umgerechnet 27 mm (umgerechnet auf Kleinbild) doch sehr schnell an die Grenzen des Machbaren. Wollte ich ein weiteres Feld ins Bild fassen, musste ich auf mein Canon EOS-System mit dem Tokina 2.8/11-16mm Aspherical zurückgreifen. Nun macht es nicht immer wirklich Spaß, permanent zwei komplette Kamerasysteme mit sich herumzuschleppen, schließlich möchte man ja die Vorteile des leichten und kompakten X-Systems genießen können.

Die Entscheidung war also klar: ein Superweitwinkel für die X-Pro1 musste her. Es wurde überlegt und recherchiert und überlegt und recherchiert, oftmals mit täglich wechselnden Entscheidungen. Um die Sache kurz zu fassen: letzte Woche gab es Butter bei die Fische und ich hielt schlussendlich das heiß ersehnte ZEISS Touit 2.8/12 in meinen Händen. Erster Eindruck: sagenhaft! Sehr wertige Verarbeitung, alles wirkt, als wäre es gut durchdacht und konsequent umgesetzt. Das sehr moderne Design, welches speziell in Verbindung mit der X-Pro1 häufig kritisiert wird, da es mit der Retro-Anmutung der Fujifilm-Bildmaschine stilistisch so gar nicht zusammenpassen will, stört mich ehrlich gesagt nicht. Mich interessieren nur die Ergebnisse. Schließlich hänge ich mir die Kamera nicht als Mode-Accessoire um den Hals, sondern um damit Fotos zu schaffen.

Einziger für mich erkennbarer Minuspunkt: der Blendenring läuft sehr weich. Zu weich. Sobald man die Kamera am Objektiv festhält oder aus der Tasche holt, hat man praktisch schon den Blendenwert verstellt. Hier wäre eine etwas härtere Rastung sicher wünschenswert. Ansonsten liefert das Touit genau das, was ich in diesem Bereich (und in diesem Preissegment) erwarte.

Der Zufall wollte es, dass mich mein Weg am Tag des Kaufs am Schloss und Park Nymphenburg vorbeiführte. Kurzer Abstecher, eine Dreiviertelstunde war Zeit. Das weitläufige Gelände drängt sich für starke Weitwinkelbrennweiten geradezu auf und da wäre es doch schade, die Gelegenheit nicht zu nutzen. Also in Windeseile durch (fast) das gesamte Gelände gerannt, wofür man sich eigentlich mindestens einen halben Tag Zeit nehmen sollte, und auf die schnelle eine Reihe von Referenz-Fotos geschossen. Ergebnisse: siehe unten. Viel Spaß beim Betrachten.

Alle Bilder lassen sich durch Klicken in voller Auflösung (4896 x 3264 Pixel) öffnen. Die Fotos wurden alle in Farbe erstellt und – bis auf zwei Ausnahmen – in Schwarzweiss gewandelt. Ansonsten keinerlei Nachbearbeitung, also kein Schärfen, keine Objektivkorrektur etc. Die Bilder dienen ausschließlich Demonstrationszwecken und wurden nicht für Marketing- oder Verkaufszwecke erstellt bzw. veröffentlicht. Alle Bildrechte liegen beim Autoren.

schloss nymphenburg, munich sightseeing, zeiss touit 2.8/12, macingosh fotografieFujifilm X-Pro1, Zeiss Touit® 2.8/12mm @ F13, 1/60 sec., ISO 200

schloss nymphenburg, munich sightseeing, zeiss touit 2.8/12, macingosh fotografieFujifilm X-Pro1, Zeiss Touit® 2.8/12mm @ F16, 1/30 sec., ISO 100

schloss nymphenburg, munich sightseeing, zeiss touit 2.8/12, macingosh fotografieFujifilm X-Pro1, Zeiss Touit® 2.8/12mm @ F13, 1/60 sec., ISO 100

schloss nymphenburg, munich sightseeing, zeiss touit 2.8/12, macingosh fotografieFujifilm X-Pro1, Zeiss Touit® 2.8/12mm @ F18, 1/125 sec., ISO 100

schloss nymphenburg, munich sightseeing, zeiss touit 2.8/12, macingosh fotografieFujifilm X-Pro1, Zeiss Touit® 2.8/12mm @ F16, 1/60 sec., ISO 200

schloss nymphenburg, munich sightseeing, zeiss touit 2.8/12, macingosh fotografieFujifilm X-Pro1, Zeiss Touit® 2.8/12mm @ F16, 1/125 sec., ISO 200

schloss nymphenburg, munich sightseeing, zeiss touit 2.8/12, macingosh fotografieFujifilm X-Pro1, Zeiss Touit® 2.8/12mm @ F5.6, 1/60 sec., ISO 100

schloss nymphenburg, munich sightseeing, zeiss touit 2.8/12, macingosh fotografieFujifilm X-Pro1, Zeiss Touit® 2.8/12mm @ F16, 1/30 sec., ISO 100

schloss nymphenburg, munich sightseeing, zeiss touit 2.8/12, macingosh fotografieFujifilm X-Pro1, Zeiss Touit® 2.8/12mm @ F18, 1/60 sec., ISO 200

schloss nymphenburg, munich sightseeing, zeiss touit 2.8/12, macingosh fotografieFujifilm X-Pro1, Zeiss Touit® 2.8/12mm @ F16, 1/125 sec., ISO 200

The Wanderers

achenkirch, oesterreich, macingosh fotografie

Captured in the touristic village of Achenkirch, Tyrol, Austria.

Fujifilm X-Pro 1, Fujinon XC 50-230mm @ 230mm, F13, 1/250 sec., ISO 200

WPC: Window 2

London, windows, macingosh photography, muenchen

Shop window near Covent Garden Piazza, London.

Fujifilm X-Pro1, Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4 R. F2, 1/680 sec., ISO 1600.

WPC: Window 1

London, windows, macingosh photography, muenchen
Some business center windows in London, near Tower Bridge.
Fujifilm X-Pro1, Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4 R. F4, 1/400 sec., ISO 800.

Wet Jag

1950s Jaguar Mark II, London, Clapham, macingosh photography, muenchen

Beautiful 1950s Jaguar Mark II on a rainy Clapham morning.

London seen through the FUJINON XC 4.5-6.7/50-230mm OIS

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.

London, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
Full length and opened to the max. 230 mm, F6.7, 1/125 sec., ISO 3200.

London Eye, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
Another example on the long distance with maximum aperture: 230 mm, F6.7, 1/75 sec., ISO 3200. The stabilizer did a good job.

London Tower Bridge, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
Give the stabilization system a break. 230 mm, F6.7, 1/1000 sec., ISO 800.

London, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
A last one with fully opened aperture: 230 mm, F6.7, 1/1100 sec., ISO 1600.

London Clapham, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
230 mm, F8, 1/950 sec., ISO 6400.

London Clapham, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
A little more depth of field: 230 mm, F8, 1/250 sec., ISO 3200.

London Covent Garden, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
Even more depth of field: 230 mm, F11, 1/420 sec., ISO 1600.

London, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
And even more, close to the maximum: 230 mm, F16, 1/500 sec., ISO 800.

London, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
128 mm, F5.8, 1/900 sec., ISO 1600.

London, Thames, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
135 mm, F6.4, 1/500 sec., ISO 800.

London, Clapham, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
Early morning scenery in Clapham. 120 mm, F8, 1/800 sec., ISO 6400.

London,, Thames, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
At the river Thames. 172 mm, F8, 1/500 sec., ISO 800.

London, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
December rain scenery. 80 mm, F6.4, 1/250 sec., ISO 3200.

London, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
Giving ’em a little more time. 80 mm, F6.4, 1/125 sec., ISO 3200.

London, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
80 mm, F5.6, 1/150 sec., ISO 1600.

London, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
We’re getting closer to the shortest focal length: 75 mm, F6.4, 1/250 sec., ISO 3200.

London, Covent Garden, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
63 mm, F5, 1/160 sec., ISO 1600.

London Eye, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
A London Eye detail again. This time at shortest focal length and maximum aperture. 50 mm, F4.5, 1/340 sec., ISO 3200.

London Clapham, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
And higher ISO for some early morning Clapham shutters. 50 mm, F4.5, 1/140 sec., ISO 6400.

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50 mm, F5, 1/2000 sec., ISO 1600.

London, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
50 mm, F5.6, 1/125 sec., ISO 800.

London, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
Impressive stabilization job. 1/20 sec. out of the hand. 50 mm, F6.4, 1/20 sec., ISO 3200.

London, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
50 mm, F8, 1/170 sec., ISO 6400.

London, Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS, macingosh photography
50 mm, F14, 1/1000 sec., ISO 800.

Travelling #4 (Part III): San Francisco architecturals


Today’s focus is fixed to San Fran’s architecture, as you probably assumed by reading the headline. Not much more to say. Have a look.

Travelling #4: San Francisco panorama no. 6

fire exit stairs, russian hill, san francisco, macingosh photography
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.

Travelling #4 (Part II): San Francisco Chinatown


Some snapshots from Chinatown, which of course we just had to visit. It’s one of the leading tourist attractions of the city and with 80.000 inhabitants it’s the second largest Chinese community in the world. (The largest community can be found in a place called China.)

Entering this cultural microcosmos is more than impressive, a real must-see. In fact, it attracts more visitors than the cities most noticable landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge. In my personal view it’s also a very good place for eating, as there are reasonable-priced restaurants everywhere. Don’t miss out when you are there.

Travelling #4 (Part I): San Francisco first impressions

Finally, here it comes. The first row of snapshots taken during my last trip to San Fran. As before I was truly impressed by the beauty of the city as well as by its multifacedness.

At first when booking the trip I wanted to locate directly at Fisherman’s Wharf, the touristic centre of the city or rather its tourist trap to shorten down ways to the harbour. In the end I was happy I didn’t. I booked a hotel on Russian Hill which was perfect for discovering the city in all directions. It’s really easy to explore San Francisco afoot or by bike as there are bike rentals nearly everywhere. The only obstacle you may find might be your physical fitness when climbing the hills of the city. But that’s up to you.

Some words about security: people generally warned me about strolling alongside Market Street or Tenderloin after dark. It’s true that those places are… let’s call it “funky” especially during nighttime and I saw a lot of people of all ages who obviously where kind of out of their minds for some reason. But I never felt uncomfortable and nothing ever happened to me there, not even bad words. Most San Franciscans are polite and friendly, so just be relaxed and act respectful just like you would in your hometown and you don’t have to worry.

More to come during the next days and weeks.

P.S.: the only unfriendly people I met there were those … cab drivers.

Photo of the day #95

Hong Kong, macingosh photographie
A final one from Hong Kong. Graveyard and central business district. How predictive I was in 1997, haha.

Photo of the day #94

Hong Kong, macingosh photographie
Actually I don’t remember where exactly in Hong Kong this was. Hope you like it anyway.

Mamiya Universal Press with standard lens f2.8 / 100mm, Ilford FP4.

Photo of the day #93

The harbour of Hong Kong, macingosh photographie
The harbour of Hong Kong. At the ferry docks.

Mamiya Universal Press w/ f2.8 / 100 mm.

Photo of the day #92

Sha Tin racecourse, Hong Kong, macingosh photography
Another one from the Sha Tin races when there were no races.

Photo of the day #90

Lantau Island, Hong Kong, macingosh photographie
Our seafood lunch on Lantau Island.

Photo of the day #89

Victoria Peak, Tai Ping Shan, Hong Kong, macingosh photography
Kowloon and Hong Kong Island on a foggy day. Seen from the fabulous viewpoint Victoria Peak, Tai Ping Shan (Mountain of Great Peace).

Photo of the day #87

ruinas de la catedral de san pablo, macao, macingosh photography
The famous Ruinas (de la Catedral) de San Pablo in Macao. Probably one of the most coveted photographic scenes there.

Even though I only stayed for one day in Macao back then in 1997 I had a feeling that the general ambiance was totally different to Hong Kong. Whilst Hong Kong to me was Asian through and through I sometimes felt like being somewhere in South Europe when strolling through Macao. I wonder if it still is like that today.

Photo of the day #86

Industrial climbers, Hong Kong, macingosh photographie
Industrial climbers fixing some illuminated decoration at a high rise building in Hong Kong’s central business district.
(Mamiya Universal Press w/ f2.8/100 mm and 6×7 G-Type back, Ilford FP4)

Photo of the day #85

Lantau Island, Hong Kong, macingosh photographie
Another one from my 1997 trip to Hong Kong and Macao. That day we paid a visit to Lantau island with its famous ancient fishing village Tai O. I remember having some kind of crab or crawfish for lunch which looked like a giant woodlouse. Very special but yet very good.

Photo of the day #84

Sha Tin racecourse, Hong Kong, macingosh photographie

Oh dear, another photo of the day forfeited yesterday… I’m actually plundering my archives so here comes some really old stuff.

Today’s capture dates back to 1997 when I visited Hong Kong and Macao. Hong Kong already went back to China about half a year earlier and Macao was soon to follow.

The only camera I had with me was my big, bulky medium format dinosaur the Mamiya Universal Press and two lenses (100mm and 150mm as far as I remember). This shot above was captured at the famous Sha Tin Racecourse. Unfortunately I only had one afternoon left to go there and when I finally arrived, I had to learn that the races would happen next day. So, no horse-racing action shots for me.

More of this to follow during the next days… Hope you enjoy.

Day at the Seaside


I’m really tired of winter coming back and back again everytime when I think that finally springtime will begin.
It is so depressing. So, what can I do against that? Maybe posting a pack of shots I took last summer during a trip to the touristic town of Cuxhaven in Northern Germany.
You can’t go wrong with a day at the beach, providing that the weather is right. Alright, share some sunny summer feelings with me pushing the winter’s grey away.