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500px Red Bull Photography Global Photo Walk

600_1320-s_wJoin me for the 4th annual 500px Red Bull Photography Global Photo Walk on September 17, 2016! A German version of this invitation is also available in on my other blog.

This is your chance to get out and meet fellow photographers in your community who share your passion. You’ll share tips and tricks, make new friends, and of course – capture some inspiring images.

The theme of this year’s walk is “Action and Adventure.” Put on your walking, running, cycling (for this location probably not the best choice), or hiking shoes and capture the energy, motion, excitement, and movement of today’s fast-paced places and people.

We’re visiting a very exciting location in the north-western part of the Ruhrgebiet / Ruhr-Area: a former steel plant. Because of the location, this event is not only for Germans. The borders of the Netherlands and Belgium are not far away and even someone from northern France can make it here.

Instead of removing the buildings after closure of the factory, the area was transformed into a park and opened for the public. Now, you can watch, how nature reconquers the area. So, each visit gives you new angels of view, different subjects of interest and certainly different subjects to photograph. You can even climb up the blast furnace. On your way up, you can capture many interesting details and you have a fantastic sight from the top to the surrounding landscape.

No need to be a pro to attend! Grab whatever camera you have (DSLR, mobile phone, point-and-shoot) and join in the fun!

Note: You must register for a free ticket on Eventbrite to attend this event – click “Tickets Available” section, above, to register.

Consider joining the event page on Facebook, too, to get some more information during the next weeks.

Have fun!

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WPC: Gathering

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This week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post” is “Gathering

I took this image while being one of the authorized photographers at this concert. It’s the gathering of the members of the German rock band Luxuslärm.

Take care have a great weekend!

(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)

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Þingvellir

600_9296-e_wÞingvellir or Thingvellir in latin letters, is the place of the parliament and justice of the ancient vikings. The vikings weren’t a nation. They were organized in independent tribes and these tribes organized themselves. They met on a regular schedule to debate about problems, sit in judgment and to decide about laws.

Whenever vikings conquered a land, they picked a place for their “Thing”. Don’t mix this word up with the english word thing. It has a complete different meaning. This place was donated to the gods and the governing assembly of a viking (and also Nordic and Germanic) society. these societies were made up of the free people of the community presided over by lawspeakers. Its meeting-place was called a thing stead.  Thus, you can say, these Germanic societies were an early form of democracy.

Thingvellir is the place where the Icelandic Thing held place. It’s still an important place in the Icelandic society. Here, the Republic of Iceland was founded in 1944.

In the above image you can see the round Thing stead between the church and the three small houses surrounded by a small wall of broken stones. The whole place is located in a wide valley. This is the crack, where the north American continent flees from the European continental plate. But more on this in another post.

Enjoy the gallery below showing some impressions of this historical place.

Take care!

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below the feet

610_4210-e_wBelow the feet, there is an other world. Quite dark, weather independent and very different to the surface of out plant.

Saturday afternoon I met with some other photographers for our monthly photographers roundtable. And, this time we went underground 🙂

October 3rd is our national holiday and so all of shops are closed, just like on Sundays. City-centers and shopping malls are empty. Only few people are inside the cities. This gave us the opportunity, to apply for a permission to take photographs on a usually very crowded place: in the subway stations. We got permission for 3 very stylish subway stations.

Despite we were underground instead of enjoying the nature at such a beautiful, warm and sunny afternoon, we were very happy about the locations and that there were only few people.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected

Here we are again, at the weekly photo challenge organized by “The Daily Post

Nowadays connected often means having a connection to the internet or being on-line.

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This photo was taken during a model photo-shooting 3 weeks ago in an urban environment.

Take care!

(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: broken

 

610_7890-eb_wThis weeks topic at “The Daily Post”  for the photo challenge is “broken”.

Regardless if it is intentionally broken or not. A ruin or something after an accident. You got the picture.

I picked this old graveyard, because the single graves are broken, but also the relationships between the people in this yard and those outside. Hearts might be broken, too, from mourning.

I edited it in monochrome, to support the special mood!

Take care!

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vineyards around

610_4439-e_wIn my last post I told you a bit about the Mosel region and the options you have for your visit.

Today, I want to show you some details of the vineyards covering every possible side of the hills. The source of the wine.

As you can see in the photos, the twigs of the grapevines don’t have their leaves yet. But, it’s quite early in the year. But, the advantage is, you can also see the ground and how the soil is covered by small plants or by slate pieces. The whole hills consist of slate. This brings a very distinct microclimate to the vineyards.

Slate is also traditionally used for covering roofs or facades of houses to keep the walls dry.

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walking through the vineyards

610_4325-e_wAs I wrote on Monday, I was at the Mosel last weekend. That region is well-known for their white wine. The winery tradition was founded by the ancient Romans, when they lived in that region, about 2000 years ago. You can still find several roman remains, like cemeteries, buildings, temples and fundaments.

The river Mosel is not the only one. Here, beside the river Rhine you can find several winery regions next to many tributary streams of river Rhine and the river Rhine itself. Every few kilometers you can find a village. Small hotels, guesthouses and apartments are waiting for tourists. You can also find a room at a winery or a farmhouse. Paved farm roads crossing the steep vineyards. These farm roads make it quite easy, to walk around. This area is also crossed by a long distance hiking trail, called Moselsteig.

There are several of these long distance hiking trails in Germany. They have in common, that they are quite challenging. But, all of them are crossing interesting landscapes. The Moselsteig is one of the youngest of these trails. Printed guides are available to make such a trails handy. They cut the whole track in pieces, each cope able in one day. They are well-marked along the trail and the guide gives some additional information about the region and the sights, landmarks and tourist features along the trail. So, you can easily make your room reservation in advance. You can even book organized tours, where the organizer cares for your luggage and transports it to the next destination, while you were hiking.

Beside restaurants, you can also find in these areas mentioned above wineries offering simple food and own made white wine. While each village has many wineries, not all of them offering food. And, not every winery is open each day. But, finding them is quite easy. They have a bunch of flowers or green twigs decorated with colorful bands at the house or in front of it, or a sign plate near the entrance. They are called Straußwirtschaft (= bouquet inn / pub) or Weinkeller (= wine cellar). You can also buy wine at the wineries, straight from the producer.

Sometimes the villages organize wine festivals. For these events several (many) wineries set up a booth next to each other, so that you can taste many different wines quite easy. Each wine has a different taste, depending of the age, weather during the year while growing the grapes, the winemaker, the producing style, the soil in the specific vineyard, the kind of grape and so on. Thus, tasting different wines is a good idea, for finding the one, you like most 🙂 You can also visit a winemaker for a tasting, when you want to buy, but have no idea which one.

Enjoy, but pay attention to the amount of alcohol enclosed in wine!

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I’m back …

610_4457-s_wMay 1st is here in Germany, as in many other countries too, a public holiday. May 2nd was the first Saturday in May, our regular photographers meeting. Having an extended free week-end, we used the opportunity for a short trip.

We went to the river Mosel, a well-known wine-producing area. Here you can find the sheer rock walls covered with wine yards. These are supposed as the steepest wine yards on the world.

I was up very early, as you can see. All three photos are taken right after sunrise.

Enjoy!

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Visiting Antwerp, Belgium – Part 2 –

610_3658_wNow I have the remaining buildings for you, as I proposed in my last post: the central station and the Stadtfeestzaal.

The Stadtfeestzaal was built in 1908 following the styles of the neoclassicism. I was used for exhibitions and other events. It is located in the middle of one of the most important shopping streets of Antwerp. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed the building in 2000. After the reconstruction was finished, it is now used to be a luxury shopping center.

610_3551-s_wThe central station was finished in 1905. It’s an replacement for the oder wooden train station. More and more traffic made it necessary, to build a bigger station. It’s kind of unusual style for a train station, thus is it also called as a ‘train cathedral’. It was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome as well as central station in Luzern, Switzerland. During the middle of the 20th century the building was in a bad shape, and there were considerations to remove it completely. But, luckily they decided to renovate it in 1993. Now, it’s a very impressive building again!

 

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Visiting Antwerp, Belgium – Part 1 –

610_3713_wOn Saturday we have had our monthly photographers meeting. Because we have Easter holidays here and Good Friday was already a public holiday, we have planed a trip to a quite farther  destination, than usual. We were 8 people and car-pooled for the trip.

You might know, Antwerp is the world diamond city. Here is the  diamond-cutting industry located with the many, many diamond shops, the polishing workshops and the diamond exchange. The whole diamond industry is dominated by Jews, and Jews celebrate their weekly work-free day on Saturdays. Thus, all the shops were closed. Only the tourist show room was open, but offered no guided tour, because we were not registered in advance (and no-one of the craftsmen was at work). Bad luck!

So, if you want to see a bit of the diamond industry, don’t go on a Saturday! And, register in advance of a guides tour. They told us to make the reservation at least 3 weeks in advance!

Also, the cathedral wasn’t open to the public. Although usually open until 5 p.m., it was closed earlier for an Easter concert. And, in opposite to other churches, I visited in the past, there is an entrance fee of 6€ for an adult.

Nevertheless, we have had a nice day in Antwerpen. We visited the central station, the main shopping street and the old town with many building constructed during the 16th and 17th century.

I split this post in 2 parts. This post is a bit more general. The other post will focus on the central station and the Stadsfeestzaal Antwerpen.

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t that good. Most of the day it was called (only about 5°C) and a completely covered sky. At least, in the afternoon, the sun came through and gave us a bit of a blue sky.

In many places of the city, there were breakdance and other dancing competitions and demonstrations. Thus, it was quite loud and very crowded. Even in the central station there was such a competition.

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dancing houses

610_3216_d_wYesterday we have had our monthly photographers roundtable. We met in our state capitol, Düsseldorf and visited the Media Harbour, a former trade and custom harbor. A few years ago, this area was renewed and the premises were then used by media agencies, film companies and advertising agencies. That’s the reason for the name “Media Harbour”. Many new buildings with steel and glass fronts were set up, but some of the old buildings are still in place. You can also find here the Dancing Houses, three buildings made by the famous architect Frank Gehry.

We were gifted by fantastic pre-spring weather. Thus, many people were in the streets enjoying the sun and the warmth.

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fun games with water and more

610_0097-ec1_wEach first Saturday we have our monthly photographers roundtable. Meeting, chatting, talk shopping and taking photographs. Usually we meet for a photowalk, but, when having bad weather, this walk takes place in a museum or so.

During winter we often have weather conditions, that won’t allow being outside or at least it is (very) uncomfortable being outside for taking photographs. For this Saturday the weather forecast proposed sleet, rain, snow, cold winds and slippery streets. Thus, we met inside and using our gear for some fun games.

It’s really fun to figure out together with some friends, how a setting has to be for such a photo. OK, the downside is, everyone only has limited time. When each of eight photographers want to try the same and each one only needs 15 minutes, the whole thing lasts two hours.  But, it’s worth the effort. Each following photographer benefits from his forerunners and the results are getting better. Another benefit is, you can share gear, thus none of us had to have all the necessary gear (gear, you probably usually don’t need).

While four of us tried the water games, the others were trying other kinds of macro, and vice versa, as you can see in my gallery below.

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Take care!

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A kind of art?

Today I want to show you three photos, also taken last week during our monthly photographers roundtable, but they are very different from the photos I usually put here in my blog. Although they are so different, there is no post-processing in them. Only landscape, light, my camera and I.

I came up with a new idea and when looking on the camera screen I liked the result. When looking on them at home on the the big computer screen, I still liked them. What do you think? I’d like to read your comments in the box below.

Although I put them here in a slightly bigger size in the post, they are at the same size as all of my other photos. As always, just click on them to see them bigger 🙂

Take care!

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