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Monochrome Monday 8-46

A closed railroad track not far away from my home. I’m mentioning the fact of being closed to avoid comments on how dangerous it is, standing on railroad tracks. And it is!!! Trains are in general so fast  that you could be too slow to come to a save place again. This is especially true when you’re distracted i.e. because you’re photographing. Even when you’re too close to a track, the air draft of a passing train can endanger you!

I’m mentioning this, because a friend of my middle son last his younger sister 4 years ago, aged only 18. She went along a track of a suburban railway at night to cut short on her way home. The trains using that track only once an hour at night. When she was caught, she was only a few meters away from the save platform. At least here in Germany, trains drive usually at speed between 100 -130 kilometres per hour, and the ICE (InterCity Express) is usually operated even at 250 – 300 km/h when on the special high-speed tracks.

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Monochrome Monday 8-45

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Monochrome Monday 8-44

I took image last month at the northern coast of Mallorca.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 187: “water”

This week, Anne is our host for LAPC. Her topic is water, a topic I wished for so long and would be mine, in case I were asked for a topic.

Without water, life on earth were impossible. At least, that kind of life, we know. But, water is extremely flexible. You can find it nearly everywhere and in many different appearances. When asking a physicist , she will tell you, water has 3 different appearances: solid, liquid, and gaseous. Thus, I try to show you all of them.

Ice, solid as a rock.

 

Water as a surface and above the surface: the sea, the rain, and the clouds.

 

Hot water releases steam.

 

 

Steam climbs up in higher regions and forms clouds.

 

When there is enough water in the air, it starts falling down: rain!

 

 

Some have fun in the rain.

Others have fun with snow, also a kind of solid water.

 

And rivers bring the water back to the sea.

Although some (many?) humans tend to complain about the rain, this is what it would look like without water:

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 161: “feet & shoes”

This week, we have another hard challenge for me. Ann-Christine asks for “feet & shoes”, something I photograph only in extremely rare situations.

In the 1970s a young man from South Africa came to Germany to become a professional singer. Despite, German wasn’t his native language he sang in German, but with a very strong and easy-to-recognize accent. He performed Schlager, a specific genre of current music. I can’t describe it in my own words in English, so I looked it up in Wikipedia:

Schlager music (German: [ˈʃlaːɡɐ], “hit(s)”) is a style of European popular music that is generally a catchy instrumental accompaniment to vocal pieces of pop music with simple, happy-go-lucky, and often sentimental lyrics. It is prevalent in Central, Northern and Southeast Europe (in particular Germany, Austria, Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Switzerland, Scandinavia, and the Baltic states), and also (to a lesser extent) in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. In the United States it is also known as ‘entertainer music’ or ‘German hit mix’.

Typical Schlager tracks are either sweet, sentimental ballads with a simple, catchy melody or light pop tunes. Lyrics typically center on love, relationships, and feelings. The northern variant of Schlager (notably in Finland) has taken elements from Nordic and Slavic folk songs, with lyrics tending towards melancholic and elegiac themes. Musically, Schlager bears similarities to styles such as easy listening.

The German word Schlager is also a loanword in some other languages (such as Hungarian, Lithuanian, Serbian, Russian,[3] Hebrew, and Romanian, for example), where it retained its meaning of a “(musical) hit”. The style has been frequently represented at the Eurovision Song Contest and has been popular since the contest began in 1956, although it is gradually being replaced by other pop music styles.

Over time, Schlager music has gradually shifted on to electronic music rather than generic pop music, due to its widespread use of synthesizers throughout its various implementations in recent decades.

He became quite successful and still performs on stage. One of his most popular songs was in 1975 “Deine Spuren im Sand”.

Ths refrain of this song is:

Deine Spuren im Sand (deine Spuren im Sand)
Die ich gestern noch fand
Hat die Flut mitgenommen
Was gehört nun noch mir?
Deine Liebe sie schwand (deine Liebe sie schwand)
Wie die Spuren im Sand
Was ist mir nur geblieben?
Nur die Sehnsucht nach dir

Your tracks in the sand (your tracks in the sand)
Which I found yesterday
Took the tide with it
What is mine now?
Your love it waned (your love it waned)
Like the tracks in the sand
What do I have left?
Just the longing for you

 

But, you an also have light-tracks. They can also vanish that easy.


 

Here I have an example of shoes, which can also vansih very easy. “Sweet dreams are made of shoes”, or was what did Annie Lennox sang?

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 160: “My inspiration”

Summer is over? When looking at the calendar, it’s not over yet. But, when looking at the weather, you might think we already have fall here in western Germany. Nevertheless, the pause for our main hosts is over and Patti is hosting this week’s LAPC. Look at her site, to see, how to participate.

When doing some analysis on your photo archive, you can see, what really inspires you, even if you did not notice it yourself. My inspiration is the beauty of nature: landscapes, flowers, pretty ladies, and colorful birds are populating huge parts of my archive. On the other hand, you won’t find many cityscapes, architecture, tech, or still lives despite I do them every now and then.

You need to do some research on the weather and light conditions as well as light directions. Maybe you have to get up early or go to bed late at night (didn’t I say morning). Try to understand the customs and behaviors of the animals I want to capture.

 


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In case, you’re interested in giving Excire Foto a try, there’s a free trial available for download. When you’re willing to buy a copy, you can use EXCIREFIRE20 at checkout to save 20%.

Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 158: “Along back country roads”

This week we have another guest host for The Lens-Artists Photo challenge: Beth. She reminds us, to not only discover the cities or national parks, where everyone goes to. Instead, discover the beauty of the backcountry or hinterland. Btw. hinterland is a borrowed word from German and means, you guess it, hinterland or as the Aussies would say outback.

 

 

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Take care!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 156: “black and white”

If I were asked, this could have been named by me. You know, I’m doing a lot of black-and-white photography. But, this time Anne Sandle is hosting the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

You know, I love black and white photography. Here, I put together a small collection. In case, you also love monochrome photography, feel free, to dig through my archive. You can find the relevant posts quite easily because all of them are tagged properly. Each Monday a new monochrome post is published and each Friday, I’m publishing on a blog dedicated completely to monochrome images. Right after the post is published over there, it is re-blogged here. Unfortunately, WordPress does not keep the tags. So, all of those posts are unfortunately untagged.

 

 

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