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01/17/2021

In 1971, the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences was founded. I was just under a year old at the time and of course I can't remember it. It doesn't really matter! Anyway, this year there is the 50th anniversary of the foundation to celebrate. What exactly is planned for this year, I don't know. But I hope that COVID-19 won't put a spoke in the wheel of the things that are to come. The prelude - and it was already very successful - was a nightly light projection onto the main building of the University of Applied Sciences, which was newly built only a few years ago. Here are a few photos taken on a very cold January evening on the campus.

 

Illuminated University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld #1

Illuminated building of the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld on the occasion of its 50th anniversary (Germany).

 

Illuminated University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld #2

Illuminated building of the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld on the occasion of its 50th anniversary (Germany).

 

Illuminated University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld #3

Illuminated building of the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld on the occasion of its 50th anniversary (Germany).

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01/11/2021

After visiting the 'Sparrenburg' on Saturday morning, I made my way to the 'Johannisberg' on Sunday. It is opposite the castle on a slightly higher hill of the Teutoburg Forest. The 'Johannisberg' is one of the most popular vantage points and accordingly a lot of photos are taken from up there. You can see part of the city centre and also the 'Sparrenburg' well. I have been there countless times and didn't really expect that this time would be a special opportunity for a picture. But in fact, the light mood at sunrise was very beautiful. The day was rather hazy and some snow was still lying between the vines on the slope.

 

Winter morning in January 2021 on the Johannisberg #1

Winter morning in January 2021 on the 'Johannisberg' shortly after sunrise (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Winter morning in January 2021 on the Johannisberg #2

Winter morning in January 2021 on the 'Johannisberg' shortly after sunrise (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Winter morning in January 2021 on the Johannisberg #3

Winter morning in January 2021 on the 'Johannisberg' shortly after sunrise (Bielefeld, Germany).

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01/09/2021

In the last few days, winter has also arrived here and it has even snowed a little. But it wasn't much and hardly anything was left behind in the city. We are far from a winter wonderland, everything is rather grey and grubby. Up on the ridge of the Teutoburg Forest, however, it is a few degrees Celsius colder than down in the city and that is why there is still some snow up here. I walked up the icy paths to 'Sparrenburg Castle'. The light mood was quite interesting and so the following three pictures were taken.

 

Early winter morning at the Sparrenburg #1

Early winter morning at the 'Sparrenburg' on January 9, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Early winter morning at the Sparrenburg #2

Early winter morning at the 'Sparrenburg' on January 9, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Early winter morning at the Sparrenburg #3

Early winter morning at the 'Sparrenburg' on January 9, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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01/01/2021

I went to the Stadthalle again this morning. The light show was still there but the weather was a bit different than a week ago. There was a bit of morning fog over the city, which made the light beams stand out particularly well.

In the meantime, I also know what the lighting is all about. It is the Germany-wide 'Red Alert' campaign ('Alarmstufe Rot') with which the event industry wants to draw attention to the massive problems that the COVID 19 pandemic has for this sector. For almost a year now, virtually all major cultural events have been cancelled and this has naturally resulted in a considerable loss of revenue. And this doesn't just affect the artists, it also affects everyone who works to make sure that events and shows can take place at all.

All three pictures were taken with the Fujifilm X-T4 camera and the Fujinon XF 1.4/ 14 mm R lens. Of course, the camera was mounted on a tripod. The exposure times were a around 15 seconds at f/8.

 

Conference hall (Stadthalle) illuminated on January 1, 2021 #1

Conference hall (Stadthalle) on January 1, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Conference hall (Stadthalle) illuminated on January 1, 2021 #2

Conference hall (Stadthalle) on January 1, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Conference hall (Stadthalle) illuminated on January 1, 2021 #3

Conference hall (Stadthalle) on January 1, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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12/31/2020

And here is a double exposure from New Year's Eve morning. Most modern digital cameras can't do this at all, but the Fujifilm X-T4 can, and there are even different options for how the images are combined by the camera. Invites you to experiment. An interesting feature of this function is that the camera also saves the two original files in addition to the finished JPG file - if you have set the RAW image format. So if you want, you can continue to work on and combine the two images later, for example with Photoshop.

The picture was taken at the 'Zimmerstraße' behind the shopping centre 'Loom' in the city centre of Bielefeld. The weather was pretty bad with cold continuous rain. But it was good for the picture result. Even though the picture was taken after Christmas, it reminds me of a Christmas tree. The sacred tree of consumption, so to speak. But consumption is of course not bound to any season.

 

Can contain traces of advertising
Sacred tree of consumption

At the 'LOOM': Can contain traces of advertising - Sacred tree of consumption (Bielefeld, Germany).

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12/26/2020

I don't know what was going on in the 'Stadthalle' (Conference hall) last night but it was pretty impressive. The whole month of December it was already lit up red from the inside. And on the night of 25 to 26 December 2020, there was a very special light show. I haven't read or heard about it anywhere. It was just luck that I passed by there early in the morning and then had a camera and a tripod with me. But as you know, you just have to have that sometimes!

Incidentally, the Bielefeld Vaccination Centre to fight the COVID-19 pandemic will also be set up in the 'Stadthalle'. Even if the light show may have nothing to do with it, it would be a nice sign!

A print of the second picture is available in my online shop. If you want to visit the shop, you have to leave this website: www.farbenfrohebilder.de

 

Conference hall illuminated in red

Conference hall (Stadthalle) and - from the end of December 2020, the COVID 19 Pandemic Vaccination Centre - illuminated in red (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Conference hall on December 26, 2020 #1

Conference hall (Stadthalle) on December 26, 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Conference hall on December 26, 2020 #2

Conference hall (Stadthalle) on December 26, 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Conference hall on December 26, 2020 #3

Conference hall (Stadthalle) on December 26, 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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12/22/2020

This year everything is different. COVID-19 pandemic, the second lockdown this year and the traditional Christmas market will not take place. Where there are usually stalls and mulled wine stands in the city centre and hundreds, sometimes thousands of people are out and about, it is now as quiet as it normally is only on an early Sunday morning.

Despite everything, the Christmas lights are up in Bielefeld's city centre and the Christmas trees in front of the town hall and on the 'Alter Markt' have also been put up. A little bit of Christmas spirit is coming up after all.

 

Christmas tree in front of the town hall

Christmas tree in front of the town hall (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Christmas tree at the 'Alter Markt'

Christmas tree at the 'Alter Markt' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Strange Christmas

Strange Christmas. Shop window in December 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Saturday evening at 'Alter Markt'

Saturday evening on December 12, 2020 at 'Alter Markt' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Saturday evening at 'Obernstraße'

Saturday evening on December 12, 2020 at 'Obernstraße' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Christmas season at the 'Alter Markt' #1

Christmas season at the 'Alter Markt' in the old town of Bielefeld in December 2020 (Germany).

 

Christmas season at the 'Alter Markt' #2

Christmas season at the 'Alter Markt' in the old town of Bielefeld in December 2020 (Germany).

 

Christmas season at the 'Alter Markt' #3

Christmas season at the 'Alter Markt' in the old town of Bielefeld in December 2020 (Germany).

 

Christmas season at the 'Alter Markt' #4

Christmas season at the 'Alter Markt' in the old town of Bielefeld in December 2020 (Germany).

 

Christmas season at the 'Rathausstraße'

Christmas season at the 'Rathausstraße' in the old town of Bielefeld in December 2020 (Germany).

 

Bielefeld Marketing has come up with a particularly nice campaign. Every Christmas market in Bielefeld includes mulled wine, roasted almonds and gingerbread. Of course, you can't have that without a Christmas market either. That's why a package has been put together containing just that. A Christmas market for the home, so to speak. Also included are two special Christmas market mugs. You should know that Bielefeld has a new Christmas mug edition every year in December. This year, the motto is 'Staying home for Christmas'.

 

Staying home for Christmas this year

No Christmas market in 2020, but the 'Staying home for Christmas' set has arrived (Bielefeld, Germany).

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11/24/2020

It must be one of the ugliest buildings in Bielefeld. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, it is one of the most photographed. The old Telekom high-rise simply doesn't fit into the cityscape, it's much too high, if you will, it's the absence of architecture turned into concrete and it's also a bit run-down after almost fifty years. Now it is being renovated and I am very curious how it will look with a new facade. But it attracts - as already written - cameras almost magically.

 

Views #1

Old Telekom high-rise - Views in November (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Views #2

Old Telekom high-rise - Views in November (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Views #3

Old Telekom high-rise - Views in November (Bielefeld, Germany).

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11/14/2020

Unfortunately, I didn't fly much with the drone this autumn. Either the weather wasn't good or I didn't have time. But I did manage to get a nice sunrise over the fields and the Teutoburg Forest near Bielefeld.

The two pictures were taken above Hoberge-Uerentrup. The Bielefeld TV tower on top of the ridge of the Teutoburg Forest is beautiful to see, and on the panorama photo in the distance is the city centre of Bielefeld.

 

Landscape at sunrise (Bielefeld-Hoberge, Germany)

Landscape at sunrise in November 2020 (Bielefeld-Hoberge, Germany).

 

Landscape panorma at sunrise (Bielefeld-Hoberge, Germany)

Landscape at sunrise in November 2020 (Bielefeld-Hoberge, Germany).

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11/09/2020

No real river flows through Bielefeld, but we do have some larger streams. The best known is the Lutter and this stream has an interesting history, because originally it did not flow from the southwest to the northeast through the city. As early as the late Middle Ages, part of the water was diverted to fill the moat in front of the city walls. Today there are no more city walls and no more moat, but the Lutter is still there. To prevent flooding during high water, three dammed ponds were built at the beginning of the 20th century. Today the ponds and the stream are surrounded by parks. The Protestant Apostle Church is located at the last dam pond with the number three.

 

Dam pond and 'Ev. Apostelkirche' (Protestant Apostle Church)

Dam pond and 'Ev. Apostelkirche' (Protestant Apostle Church) at dawn (Bielefeld, Germany).

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