Hands up for the weekend! Half of the weekend is over. So it’s time for the Lens-Artists photo challenge and Patti challenges us with the Letter “A”.
This was a very hard one, at least for me as a non-native speaker. Many things popped up in my mind, but none of them was an English word beginning with the letter “A”.
For this week’s challenge, Tina really challenged at least me. In her text she explained, we should use this challenge to show something of us to share with the community that is describing a part of us not that well-known to the audience. This is harder than expected.
Finally, I’ve chosen this image taken more than 10 years ago at a funfair in one of our neighboring towns.
I still love this image. I love the movement surrounding my main subject. I also love changing conditions while photographing: light, movement, ambient. I guess that’s why I love photographing outdoors, wildlife, or moving water.
I filed this image to a competition and won the 3rd prize: being part of an exhibition and money to spend on a certain big and important funfair in our region.
This image is taken with my first DSLR, a very slow working camera, and shot in JPG. I wasn’t happy with that camera and its limitations. I owned it on that day for only about a month. I kept it for less than half a year. It had an APS-C sensor and came with 2 kit lenses: 18-55 and 55-200. The whole kit was lightweight and slow (AF as well as the power-on process). Even the saving process lasted quite long. My old film SLR was using 35mm file. So, you would call it full-frame nowadays. For my film SLR, I owned 3 lenses for that camera: 28-70, 70-210, and a 60mm macro lens. When converting the focal lenses of the DSLR, you would result in 24-82 and 82-300. I’m using an SLR camera since 1984. Some of my first own earned money went into it.
Our host this week for the Lens-Artists Photo-Challenge is Amy As this year is far away from normal, our activities changed a lot.
These images are taken on the platform of one of the major railway stations in Germany. There are a couple of stations, where the long-distance tracks are crossing and therefore many people are changing trains here. Usually, some hundred passengers are changing here from each train and every couple of minutes another long distance train arrives.
Both of the images are taken while waiting for my connection train to come in a couple of minutes. But, the platform is nearly empty. I guess, about 20 -30 people were waiting with me. Only 2 stops away from Frankfort Airport! The major airport in Germany.
Addendum from the comments to make sure you don’t miss this part of the story, as I know, not everyone scrolls through all the comments.
The story behind this little yellow guy is so:
When I came down with my bag to travel to Iceland this summer, my grandson (3 3/4 years old at that time) asked, where do you go to? My daughter (she’s the mother of the little boy) answered from the kitchen: He’s traveling to Iceland. And the young guy said: I’m going with you.
Now, all of us were laughing. After explaining that he can’t come with me, I came up with the idea to take one little guy (I guessed, he fits perfectly to the Icelandic weather) from his toy box and take it with me as a substitute for my grandson. I proposed to him, to send each evening a couple of photos via his mother’s mobile. And I did.
When I came back, I found it a shame to hide them on my hard drive or even delete them. So, I created an ebook with all these images instead. I even included a few short videos. You can see it here: https://www.krajnik.de/book/bibi/?book=iceland (turn on the speakers of your computer or mobile when starting the videos).
It’s time for The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge again. Our host this week is Ann-Christine and she asks for things we can found in our neighbourhood. On one hand, this is an easy topic. But, on the other hand, I’d like to have known this theme in advance to prepare some images for you. So, I have to pick them from my archive.
All these images are taken in a area max 5 km away from my home. Some of them are even taken in our front- or backyard. Despite the lockdown rules, it would ne possible to visit each of these places now.
You know as a regular reader, I’m part of a monthly photographers roundtable. We’re meeting each first Saturday of a month for a photowalk in our region. Under the current condition and rules, although we don’t have a complete lockdown as we had in spring, that’s not possible. So we had a Zoom meeting combined with an exercise to be done during the week before the meeting.
This time I picked a theme for all of us instead of selecting a card from the Inspiracle card deck. Each of has can show up to 5 images wherein a maximum of 2 is allowed to be taken from the archive. We’re in November and in the northern hemisphere, this month is considered dark, unfriendly, and depressing. In Germany, we have a couple of memorial days during November dedicate to the death. When now the Mexican “Día de los Muertos” comes to your mind, you’re completely wrong. Check the link above to learn a bit more about these memorial days. Because of this background, it came to my mind the give us “fading, transient, transience” as a theme for the exercise.
Here are my results:
The first 4 images are taken for the exercise, while the others are from my archive.
For Lens-Artists Photo challenge our guest host Ana of Anvica’s Gallery is asking for images showing positivity after the dark. Here we have a saying “the sun will shine again after the rain.” Many people are complaining about rainy days. But, they forget without rain nothing would grow. When nothing is growing, we wouldn’t exist. So, the rain is as necessary as the sun. The cold is as important as warmth and death has the same importance as birth.
…. I was in paradise for two weeks: The Seychelles!
This week Amy invited us to share our thoughts on “under the sun”.
Look at my nick! It’s derived from our sun. We’re living on the planet earth which is circling around the sun. So, all that we have here, is under the sun.