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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 182: “interesting objects”

It’s Saturday evening, so it’s time for LAPC and Patti is our host this week.

The first object is from my “toy box”. It’s a view inside a (broken) hard disk.

Many people love lighthouses. This one is not in use anymore for a couple of decades. One of the famous comedians in Germany in the 1970s and 1980s used to live here: Otto Waalkes. Now, it’s used by the nearby city government for weddings.

 

Even (street) signs can offer something to look at. Decide on your own, which sign you need to follow. I found this in Normandy, France, a couple of years ago.

 

Or maybe, you’re interested in street art. Some war-knitting activities affected these poles in a street in our state capitol, Düsseldorf.

I met this strict-looking lady inside the botanical garden of Barcelona. It’s a memorial for the famous flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya (1913 – 1963).

Or, maybe you’re more in details. I illuminated this chain with two flashes, each with a gel attached to color the light.

This is another memorial, I found in Barcelona. I have to admit, I don’t know the meaning nor the artist. But, I liked the shape, the color at night-fall, and the minimalism in this image.

When you’re not familiar with a place, have a look for these telescopes. They usually point by default to an interesting area. In this case, it’s Hotel W in Barcelona.

To give your photographic eye special training, take your camera and walk around in your house or apartment. Try to capture interesting things. To make the challenge even harder, you can try to tell a story in only one image

 

It was a lot of fun, to dig into my own archive and assemble this tiny gallery for you. I hope you liked it. As usual, click on an image to enlarge it.

Take care!

 

history, landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, review, seasons, travel, world

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 181: “Double Dipping”

This week Tina challenges us to show some work out of our own page. hmmm, I usually don’t participate in other challenges than LAPC. So, I don’t have something to say today and I was considering skipping this week. But, I have two other pages for you:

  1. Monochromia: when you’re a lover of monochrome images, this site is for you! You can find images published at least twice a day from many very talented photographers around the world working in different fields of photography. I’m a regular contributor over there. My slot is Friday 13:00h/1 p.m. New York time. But, I’m always reblogging it here, too.
    Here’s one of my last images, I published over there:
  2. The other one is my other, my personal, Blog. Currently, I’m running a poll to find the images for my next calendar. You’re invited to participate. Simply jump over and vote for your favorite images. The instructions are on top of the page in German first and in English below. It’s completely anonymous. I’d be very happy to get a lot of participants.

 

Take care!

 

history, landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, review, seasons, travel, world

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 180: “2021 – a review in images”

Today we have the first day of a new year. I often compare this day with a blank sheet of paper laying in front of me waiting to get written on. But, it’s also the perfect day to look back on the just past year and remember. So, this is kind of a follow-up to my yesterday’s post.

A week ago, I wrote about my yearbook. It’s also a book of memories (photographically). So, for today’s post, I’m just digging a bit more into the image folder to find the absolute essence of 2021.

Winter:

In early January we got a little snow for 3 days and in February ice rain and on top a quite solid layer of snow for about 2 weeks. A few crisp and clear nights gave me the opportunity to go out for photographing the night sky and some deep-sky objects.

 

Spring:

Spring started as usual, but too cold. The bluebells were not ready to get photographed, but the tulip fields were great again. Unfortunately, late snow destroyed many blossoms. So, fewer fruits grew on the trees.

Summer:

While June started great, by mid-June the weather turned. Gray skies and a lot of rain. The worst day was July 14th when huge amounts of rain fell over a very small band of land devasting the areas. Small creeks and rivers got soo much water, that they were overflooding the streets, railways, and towns besides them. Meters of water was standing in the streets. Up to now, the damages are not removed. Many people still have no heating in their houses in those areas. Many people lost everything except their lives while others were not so lucky because those also lost their lives.

Because of the bad weather, I didn’t go on excursions over the summer.

Fall:

Because of the weather, I didn’t go on any excursions during the fall, except using the first opportunity to see the cathedral in Cologne without any scaffold. The whole summer and most of the fall the weather was quite bad. Only a few hours of sunshine but even these days were cold. So, the Namibia trip from the second half of November dominates this section.

During December, I was busy developing my images from Namibia. So, there’s nothing to add.

You can find the corresponding posts published by our hosts here: Tina, Patti, Ann-Christine, and Amy

Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 179: “serene”

Thank you, Patti, for this week’s theme for The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge “serene” and call it the opposite of the busy time we usually have before Christmas. In my case, 13 birthdays during December are coming on top, not counting the Advent and Christmas festivities for groups like colleges, buddies, neighbors, and so on from kindergarten, school, work, church, … you name it. I just returned from my son’s birthday party.

Next, I had a lookup in the dictionary for meaning and synonyms.

Now, I’m ready for my tiny collection: take a cup of tea or coffee or a glass of water, lean back, close your eyes, and imaging the most beautiful place you have been in your life or the place of your dreams.

Seychelles – the place of my dreams. This dream came true in 2010

 

What a sunset! That night in June 2014, the sky was burning in Iceland!

 

This sunset was not that far away from home: Belgium in fall 2014

 

And I’m closing with these images from Namibia last month.

 

 

As usual, by clicking on the images you can increase them.

Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 178: “My choice: a small Namibia selection”

Today’s host for The Lens-Artists Photo-Challenge is Tina. Her topic for today is “you choose” 😊 How funny. From her comments on my post last week I know, she’s quite eager to see some images from Namibia. Thus, I made a tiny selection from the images taken there.

I’m still in quarantine. Because I’m working from home, the two past weeks didn’t look different than the months before. Nevertheless, I was able to develop a couple of images. I’m not done developing my images from Namibia, but there are some I can show right now.

As usual, click on an image to enlarge it.

Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 177: “Celebrating”

As I wrote on Thursday, I’m back from my trip to Namibia. Thus, my pause in participating in the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge has ended. This week, Amy is our host, and she wants us to show images celebrating something.

December is a month of a huge variety of different reasons to celebrate: Advent, Chanukah, Christmas, Year’s End, 13 birthdays in my family and my close friends, and I guess, you can name many more depending on the region or country you’re living. Not counting all the other requests like i.e. for visiting Christmas Markets, company Christmas celebrations, Advent celebrations of churches, schools, kindergartens, associations, and other local communities. You know, what I mean. December is a very, very busy month when thinking of celebrating something.

Therefore, I opted for something completely different. I picked this image taken Friday night last week in Namibia. It was our last evening in the wilderness. The next morning (Saturday) we went back to Windhoek to fly back home on Sunday evening. That last night was the end of a wonderful trip through a wonderful and amazing country. On that last trip, we saw again some examples of the wonderful fauna of Namibia embedded in the amazing landscape of the Kalahari desert. It ended with celebrating sundown.

Besides some beverages, we had some fruits, sweet pastries, thin Namibian air-dried sausages like salami but thinner than my small finger, and of course biltong (coin-sized dried meat pieces).

P.S. when looking at the post now, I’m thinking if I should also file it for last week’s LAPC called “one image, one story” hosted by Ann-Christine.

Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 173: “Amazing Architecture”

For this Lens-Artists Photo Challenge hosted by Tina, I could simply have copied my post 171 published two weeks ago. But, I want to show you something different this week. Last week I had to skip because I was too busy. At least the next two weeks I have to skip, too, because I’m off. My regular posts are scheduled, so you can still find new stuff here.

Architecture is an old art. The building of Colone Cathedral was started more than 800 years ago. Think of the pyramids in Egypt or Middle America, they are much older. Next, we have the Frauenkirche in Dresden, followed by one of the dancing buildings in Duesseldorf created by Frank Gehry.

The images of the second row are taken in Frankfurt a couple of years ago.

Row three starts with one of the historic stations of the Wuppertal suspension train, followed by the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Müngstener Brücke, the highest iron train bridge in Germany. It was created in 1897 and spans over 170m at 107 meters above the ground.

We also have mother nature as a wonderful architect. She created so lightweight but strong contractions, like leaves, feathers, snail houses, or our own skeleton, and much more. Also among the birds, there are fantastic architects. This moorhen is only one of the very talented birds. Think of the baya in Africa and their skills in sewing their nests as well as some insects.

In the last row, I put two very artistic buildings. They have no special purpose. They are only art and landmarks.

 

Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 171: “Weird and Wonderful”

Ok, it’s Saturday and it’s time for The Lens-Artists Photo challenge, hosted by Ann-Christine this week. Jump over to her side to see how you can participate. It’s easy: write your own post on your blog and link it to her introduction post.

When talking about weird and Wonderful, Antonio Gaudi first comes up to mind. This genius Catalan architect lived and worked in Barcelona, where you can still see many of his buildings. Unfortunately, he was unable to finish his masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. But, fortunately, the city of Barcelone was finally able to find a way to finish this fantastic building.

In the past, I have already shown some of his wonderful artistic buildings. Come with me and remember:

First row: Hospital de Santa Creu i Sant Pau

Second row: Casa Milà

The third row starts with Cása Bartlló and ends with Park Güell

fourth row: La Sagrada Familia and this for more.

Antonio Gaudi got his inspiration from nature and was able to form stone after the natural structure. To get some more information about him, read this post.

As usual, click in the images to enlarge them 🙂

 

thanks, Ann-Christine for this wonderful idea!

Take care!

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 170: “Street Art”

This week it’s Patti’s turn to challenge us for The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. She asks for “Street Art”. After having sold a piece of art created by the British (?) artist Banksy for such an enormous amount in an auction.

I love street art. You can find more street art here on my blog by using the tag: “streetart” or “street art”

So, I only have a small selection here:



 

 

P.S. don’t forget to click on the images to enlarge them.

P.S.2: As usual, I’m recommending Excire Foto to find certain images on your hard disk. I know, how frustrating it can be when having an image for a blog post in your mind but not remembering exactly when and where you have taken it. As Excire Foto automatically indexes and tagging your images, it’s a huge help. You can search by keyword, a combination of keywords, and even the main colors to find certain images or even have a very different view on your archive, download a trial version to see, what Excire Foto can do for you!

Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 169: “ordinary”

This week we have another guest host for The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: I.J. Khanewala of Don’t Hold Your Breath and she asks for the ordinary.

 

It’s fall. The rose apples or rose hips are ripe. You can see them when looking carefully around. Only about a centimeter long and half a centimeter diameter.

Guess, what we have here, before reading further. I suspect you also have it at home. Probably in your fridge. A couple of eggs. Were you right?

Apples are very common in supermarkets. It’s great to have them.

 

Blooming time is over in the Northern hemisphere. Only a few autumn flowers and a couple of leftovers are still blooming. This image is from summer.

 

A baby’s hand. A couple of millions are around on our planet. When counting all hands in, we have approximately 16 billion human hands currently on this planet. Not counting the hands of the decreasing number of other primates in.

Fire, candles, matches. Very common, very ordinary. Candles are burning in houses, churches, temples. Fire is used for cooking and matches are nee ded to enlight both of them.

 

Streets are crossing all regions and countries. Not all of them are looking like this and even the vehicles moving on the streets are looking different. But, our whole civilization even the more primitive lives of our ancestors wasn’t possible without a primitive kind of street.


Stones are tiny parts of the earth. They are everywhere. We even use them the build our houses, streets, walls and so on.

 

Rain is a necessity for life. At least for a kind of life like we know it from hour planet Earth.

 

P.S. don’t forget to click on the images to enlarge them.

P.S.2: As usual, I’m recommending Excire Foto to find certain images on your hard disk. I know, how frustrating it can be when having an image for a blog post in your mind but not remembering exactly when and where you have taken it. As Excire Foto automatically indexes and tagging your images, it’s a huge help. You can search by keyword, a combination of keywords, and even the main colors to find certain images or even have a very different view on your archive, download a trial version to see, what Excire Foto can do for you!

Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 168: “seen better days”

This week, Tina is our host for The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. Her theme for this week is “seen better days“.

This ruin once must have been a pretty house, home for a farmer’s family. For as long as I can remember, it was abandoned. In the meantime, instead, it is removed and a new house build instead.

When putting paint on metal walls, you have to prepare the grounding carefully, but also pay attention to the surface to keep the paint as protection.

In the middle of Santiago de Cuba, you can find many abandoned houses, hotels, and factories.

Once, this area was farmland. Small villages were around giving a home to farmers and their families, while the land around was giving them food and even enough to sell. But, when they found brown coal, the ground was turned downside up.

Once, liquid iron was running through these channels. Men in special heat-protecting suits were working here. A hard and dangerous working place.

This is a village, location on Kerkyra. It’s called the Venetian village because the village is said to be founded when the state Venetia was ruling certain parts of the Adria.

This is part of the former city wall of the Venetian village on Kerkyra.

This toilet is not in use anymore. Guess why?

One of the towns of Kerkyra is/was taken over by British tourists. I was quite surprised to see prices announced in GBP and pence instead of Euro and cent, as we are in Greece and not in the UK. And why were soo many hotels, supermarkets, and restaurants abandoned?

This is right beside the main road!

Also in Norway, you can find abandoned houses in nice places

Not only houses have seen better days. Guess, which adventures this ship might have seen.

You can’t imagine how many of these chappels I’ve seen in Scotland. Why don’t they have a roof? Is it intentional? The cemeteries around these chappels are definitely still in use.

A fisherman’s boat. What happened to the fisherman?

 

Only the skeleton is left of this boat.

A medieval (or older?) castle in Scotland

A public swimming bath, build in the epoch Jugenstil / art nouveau. Abandoned for many years.

This is, or was, the chemist’s laboratory inside a former coking plant.

And finally another find from a former steel plant. It’s converted into a publicly accessible park.

 

P.S. don’t forget to click on the images to enlarge them.

Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 166: “Artificial light”

Our world isn’t dark anymore. Many, many lights turning darkness into bright light each day night, resulting in a lot of problems for nature. Insects are attracted by the many lights and disturbed in their natural communication. Many mammals are active during dark times. Those animals can’t hide anymore properly. And we need all those animals although they don’t need us. Even astronomists are struggling with the huge amounts of light at nighttime: light-pollution. Take a look and see: no dark areas at night.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for having proper illumination at home and at work. But, I’m sure, we can do more, to have the security at night from the light and at the same time preserve nature.

 

 

We really turned night to day and I have to admit, I like many of the illuminations.

Thanks, Ann-Christine, for this wonderful theme for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

P.S. don’t forget to click on the images to enlarge them.

Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 165: “go wide”

I love taking panoramic photos. When looking at the statistics, you can see, the wide-angel lenses are used very often. Unfortunately, the main parts become quite small, when using such a lens. So, I often take a couple of images with a longer focal length lens and stitch them together in post-processing to preserve the details.

4 * 90mm (full-frame)

 

13 * 50mm (full-frame)

 

12 * 24mm (full-frame, vertical)

 

23 * 85mm (full-frame, vertical)

When printing this last image in 30cm (1ft) height, it would be 200cm (7ft) wide, to give you an idea of the size and the view angle.

For this technic, you need overlapping images. Approximately 1/3 of each image should overlap with 1/3 to each neighboring image to have enough room to stitch the image properly. I often turn the camera to take the images vertically and almost always I mount it on my tripod.

Thanks, Patti, for this wonderful theme for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 164: “looking up and down”

We have another guest host for LAPC: Sofia Alves

The first thing coming to my mind when recognizing the theme was the WIM of 2012. When standing on the ground, we were looking up to see all the colorful hot-air balloons of soo many different shapes flying over us.

And the next morning, we had the other view: looking down from one of the balloons.

 

Take care!