It’s the first time I’ve been to Sweden and it certainly lived up to my expectations in every way. The children and I found plenty of highly qualified candidates suitable for the position of a Swedish Au Pair, a subject which has long been discussed within the family 😉 Canon 5D Canon 24-105 f4 Aperture and NIK
the Meisterschaft is ours…… In all the years I played the game, I don’t believe I ever once won the league or captained my team. Not bad for his second year of active club football! Canon 5D Canon 24-105 f4 Aperture and NIK f8 1/500 ISO 400 @24mm
…… Langenargen to be exact. Fuji GA 645 PRO Fujinon 1:4 f=60mm Fuji Pro 400H Epson Perfection V500 This last one doesn’t really fit in with the others as it has an extreme light leak which I think makes it all the more interesting.
For someone who has thrown all new technology (camera-wise) to the wind these past six months, I was really able to appreciate these beauties. I hope you do too! P.S. If anyone has any information about these cars do let me know please! Zenza Bronica ETRS Zenzanon f1:2.8 75mm Kodak 400 T-MAX Rodinal 1:50 Epson Perfection V500
….which all depends on your point of view of course! I’d like to credit whoever was responsible for these works of art, but I don’t unfortunately know who created them. But if you happen to be in the area they can be found here Graffiti Zenza Bronica ETRS Zenzanon f1:2.8 75mm Kodak Portra 400 Epson Perfection V500
no real change here folks…… yet! (and as I will be taking next week’s entry this week don’t hold your breath, because we’ve had lots more snow!) Zenza Bronica ETRS Zenzanon f1:2.8 75mm Fuji PRO 400H Epson Perfection V500
Last week was supposed to be the last of the gloomy winter posts, well forget it! Spring did appear for a couple of days and probably decided it was definitely too cold to come out. The promise kept was from Week 41 – Werderscher Damm last year, when I said I’d be back! I won’t make any more promises about the weather, promise! Pictures 1,2 and 4 Zenza Bronica ETRS Zenzanon f1:2.8 75mm Kodak Portra 400 Epson Perfection V500 […]
….or at least we hope so. The sun has started to shine again this week so next week’s post should hopefully be a little less gloomy. Fuji GA 645 PRO Fujinon 1:4 f=60mm Fujichrome Provia 100f Epson Perfection V500
So here goes a fresh start…. for more see and yet again in 2013. Week 4 was taken on one of the very few sunny days of the year so far and in contrast this is what the region can look like at this time of the year. Fuji GA 645 PRO <= New Baby!! Fujinon 1:4 f=60mm Kodak 400 T-MAX Rodinal 1:50 Epson Perfection V500
Took a stroll with the “Big Man” on the hunt for photo opportunities. Me with my Bronica and him with his Canon EOS 1000fn which we got from a flea market for just a few Euros. I spent a while at the beginning of the year thinking of a new subject for another 53 weeks of blogging and came to the conclusion that I was perhaps better off leaving it open to give me a little more freedom. Well to […]
I was going to do this week on derelict buildings and then I scanned these two and all that changed….. P.S. As you see I still don’t seem to have got over my “analogue” phase just yet, and to be honest there’s no end in sight! Zenza Bronica ETRS Zenzanon f1:3.5 150mm Kodak Portra 400 Epson Perfection V500
I can honestly say that I know of no place on earth, where the wind blows straight through you as it does in that dirty miserable megalopolis that is Berlin in winter. I still love it though. I managed to meet-up with an old friend while he was visiting. We hadn’t seen each other since we last met while I was studying and he was serving in the same town in 1990. Time flies and neither of us have change one little […]
Well this is the final week of round two, so I’ve decided to do something a little different. Firstly I’m carrying out the threat that I made around this time last year, hence I’m appearing in my own blog. Secondly this is the first picture that hasn’t actually been taken by me. It was taken by my six-year-old daughter with the big Zenza Bronica! So the second year of blogging now comes to an end and I must say that […]
Perhaps a little less of the old…… I get the niggling feeling people are getting a bit sick of me sticking a camera in their faces. Never mind I’ve not quite finished yet! Taken with the Canon EOS 30v and Canon 50mm 1.4 combination on my favourite Fuji PRO 400H film.
She’s aged very well, but I think the pigeons have seen to him. Taken in some hidden part of the Sanssouci Park in Potsdam with a Canon EOS 30V and my trusty Canon 24-105 f4 on Kodak TMAX 400 136.
Some of you might have noticed that I missed a week in between so as the year closes I’m trying to catch up. This was taken with a Zenza Bronica ETRS using a Zenzanon 1:3.5 f=150 mm lens. The film type was Lomography Earl Grey ISO 100, which was developed using Rodinal in a mixture of 1:25 for 5 minutes. Finally it was scanned using an Epson Perfection V500 and post processed in Aperture and Silver Efex Pro II. I’m pretty sure this won’t […]
The first shot is so secret I’m not telling you where it was taken, although many of you will easily guess….. The second shot is rather special because …. well after following Phil Kneen’s blog rather closely for sometime, I decided to branch out into medium format analogue photography myself. I am now proud owner of a Yashica MAT 124 G (used for the second picture) and a Zenza Bronica ETRS. Furthermore I actually developed and scanned the film myself, […]
…. and the sounds I hear! Seriously though, it is a little spooky especially when you see the light streams. Just one car drove past while I was taking the shot (the main two horizontal stripes at the bottom of the picture) and there was no one else around, so I’ve absolutely no idea where the others came from. Bit of a weak week this week, sorry!
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. Taken from “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon 11th November 2012 Südwestfriedhof Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery (Stahnsdorf near Berlin)
I sneaked some time to myself and went to the Berlinische Gallery to see “THE SHUTTERED SOCIETY” – ART PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE GDR 1949-1989 If you happen to be in Berlin until the end of January it’s well worth a visit: http://www.berlinischegalerie.de/en/home.html P.S. It’s cheating I know, but I think it looks good anyway! 😉
It was time for the annual “Festival of Lights” in Berlin again this past week, so we decided to go and have a nosey. Unfortunately so did the other three and a half million Berliners plus about two million tourists!
Another short break on the Baltic coast. I feel as if this is one of the best shots I’ve taken in a long time, I don’t know why, it just feels right somehow. What do you think? This is actually Wustrow and not Ahrenshoop (which is just down the road) ….. sorry folks!
This somehow reminds me of a song I used to listen to when I was a kid. Mike Harding wrote “I was a penniless student wandering round Manchester, staying up all night in all-night cafes making a cup of coffee last for ever and arguing about life and politics through the night. This song is about the morning after when the sun came shouting into the city and, faintly delirious and high on the pure wonder of being alive, I […]
or even the night of the palaces. This is an annual “cultural feast” during which the Sanssouci Park opens its gates to visitors well into the night. The palaces are ablaze with light and classical music resounds from every corner, this is rounded off with a fantastic firework display at midnight. We managed to sneak on the eve of the occasion while all was quiet for a quick nosey.
I thought I might have a competition this week. I was, as always searching for a bit of inspiration for this week’s picture, when “former” friends of mine took it upon themselves to “inspire” me with their interpretation of a duet or in this case a double duet. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them profusely for their wonderful effort. Votes on a postcard to ….. etc.
…..which is nothing new for most of you, but as I managed to get back home for the Farnborough Air Show I was quite surprised about how little London seemed to be revelling in the prospect of one of the world’s largest shows. With exception of Tower Bridge and Regent Street there was very little to be seen. For all you purists out there, I know it’s an HDR and I know colour key is definitely not very professional but I […]
I spent some time with one of my favourite photographers at a local Russian graveyard this week. It sounds like a strange idea and it certainly was eery, but it proved to be a place of peace and absolute beauty and hence ideal for photography. Thanks to my wife for the great birthday present, I just hope a little of his talent rubbed off. The picture is dedicated to Private Kozma who never lived to see his 40th birthday. (My […]
BER is the international code for the brand new single airport in Berlin. It was due to open today and my folks would have had the pleasure of flying from it for the first time. But hey-ho it wasn’t to be, I just hope they’ll finish it by March! This was the week that I officially turned into an old man! Thanks for the great birthday everybody!
I love the arty, cross-processed, analogue film type of pictures as well as the high contrasty black and whites. I don’t particularly like the HDR type of photography. However after yesterday’s colourful party at the “carnival of the cultures” in Berlin, I felt that I had to try to capture the colour and the atmosphere, and that this could only be done with a highly saturated HDR. So here’s to something just a little different! Many thanks go to the pupils […]
I thought I’d continue the Soviet theme for another week. This is more or less all that remains of the former Red Army base, which after being cleared of all munitions is now a public park.
It was rather fitting that I should find myself in this part of Berlin on this day, May the 1st of course being international labour day. It was here on the 17th of June 1953 that the workers of the newly formed GDR started their uprising against the fledgling socialist regime, primarily due to the increase of work quotas. The Soviets were called in and the “counter-revolution” was quashed with an official loss of 125 lives. From then on this […]
I’m not sure the lady painting would have been overly thrilled at having her picture taken (judging by the little card on the painting), but I saw this and thought it was just the perfect double for this week. The biggest challenge was trying to take it without having 15 tourists in the shot at the same time! Paris was great and we’ll be back, probably all four of us next time.
This blog writing thing seems to be contagious. Last year the whole family took great pleasure in finding obscure benches (or banks) and this years subject is proving to be a similar challenge. So this week’s entry is dedicated to the “big man” for his excellent suggestion. Happy Easter!
I don’t think I’ve had a rant on my blog for a long while, so here goes. I managed to get some quality time with the camera at the weekend and was just on the way home when I came across this path. The sky was vivid, the sun was shining, the trees bare and the path led up to the horizon, a perfect mixture for a shot with a polarising filter. I had just parked the car when I […]
We hope you have plenty of “fun, fun, fun” and not too much “and the sky is grey” We really enjoyed the evening, thanks for the company and the great pizza!
That’s the great thing about photography, you’re always learning new things from other people and it never gets boring! This was taken on an evening stroll around Potsdam. I’m just starting to get the feel of the combination of 50mm 1.4 on a full frame camera. I think I like it!
We all have our little vices don’t we! This is the first real portrait of the year and my thanks go out to my friend for being “Week 8”. It was taken in Neuseddin, a place which in many ways epitomises Brandenburg at this time of year. If you do know him, then you’ll realise that looks can be very deceiving.
I hope nobody thought I was giving up so early on in the year? I’ve been away for a while which on the one hand unfortunately took me away from the family and meant no posts, but on the other meant plenty of new experiences and photo opportunities. This is the Orchard Road in Singapore, seemingly the world’s shopping and feeding centre. Busy and bustling on a Sunday evening as it is every other day and evening.
This was taken whilst we were still in England during a very enjoyable day trip to Lytham St Anne’s. We especially appreciated the excellent fish and chips and the chance to play football on the beach, two things that are a rarity for a family living in continental Europe.
I’d just like to say thank you very much to everybody for the kind words and support given to me after last weeks post. I was a little overawed if I’m to be quite honest as I received more comments, now have more followers and earned more hits in two days than I did for the whole of the previous 53 posts of the past year. I will try to live up to expectations but please don’t be too disappointed […]
Well here we go again, another 53 weeks lie ahead of us. If anything this next period will be more difficult than the first, if only because doing something again is often more difficult than setting out to do something the first time. They say you should start as you mean to go on, so at the last minute on the Sunday afternoon (before the light faded), I walked up to the Belvedere Palace to shoot this. I do hope […]
This is my mother-in-law. Contrary to popular perceptions they’re not all battleaxes. f/4 1/4000 ISO 200 @30mm EDIT: I thought I would give you a “making of shot” of this week’s image. It’s the first time that I have actually appeared in my own blog.
This is Tom, he is the honorary uncle to my children and the best friend a man could have. For those in doubt the bench (bank or whatever you want to call it) is in the background. f/5.6 1/200 ISO 200 @85mm
Here in Germany they have a wonderful tradition for the first school day. The children have to go into school on a Saturday where they are able to meet their new school mates and receive a “Schultüte” (translates as “First-Day-of School-cornet” apparently). The “Schultüte” is normally filled with stationary and more importantly lots of sweets. This was Johanna’s big day, although I fear that she had to share some of her goodies with her mother. f/6.3 1/200 ISO 400 @30mm
This was shot during a rainy Sunday stroll through Sanssouci….. f/4 1/125 ISO 400 @30mm
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This was taken in Rhosneigr (Anglesey) on the last evening of our holiday in Wales. Thanks once again for everything! f/25 1/250 ISO 400 @17mm (Two remotely triggered strobes)
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Some of you might have guessed that the project has not died, moreover everybody is entitled to a bit of a holiday sometime. After driving back through Germany and the Netherlands this was the view that greeted us on the Stena ferry taking us home. There will be more to come over the next few days to catch up. f/16 1/60 ISO 400 @17mm
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After a short weekend break in the south of the country, this week’s post is centred around the river Saale. As we have now reached halfway on the photographic journey through the year 2011, this week’s entry is interactive. All those entering the poll (see below) have the chance to become the lucky winner of a once in a lifetime prize. So here goes: The first two were taken directly on the banks of the Saale River in Hirschberg (Thuringia). […]
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The Economist was recently titled “The man who screwed an entire country” accompanied by a picture of Silvio Berlusconi. In Potsdam it isn’t a single man but more a political morass of people who were on the payroll of the regime before the fall of the wall. One of the latest victims has been the local public services company which hosts the annual music festival in Potsdam. This year’s roll call included Simple Minds, Robin Gibb and Kim Wilde. The […]
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This is Oma (Grandma) in the Stadtpark in the beautiful city of Hamburg. She says “the best years were my thirties”, My reply “unfortunately mine are all but gone!” “You’ve still got your forties to come!” That’s all very well but if the thirties were the best years, where do we go from here? They say the old thirties are the new fifties. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! P.S. she’ll be ninety-three this year so she ought to […]
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