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01/12/2022

I'm no different than most photographers. For the best possible image quality, you usually can't do without a large camera and a selection of no less large lenses. However, you don't always want to be on the road with heavy equipment. Then you have to make compromises, whether you like it or not.

For such cases, I like to use cameras like the Fujifilm X-T4 or the X-Pro3. Especially the latter is very compact and light. However, I have not had a really small lens for it. Therefore, after some hesitation, I bought the Fujinon XF 2.8 / 27 mm. Supposedly, the imaging performance should be quite good and it is so flat that camera and lens fit in a larger jacket pocket. On the last day of last year, the lens then arrived and I just went off without having a real plan. I landed on a site where fairs take place and also circuses pitch their tents. Now the circus Flic Flac was just on site. So here are the first two pictures I took with the Fujifilm X-Pro3 camera and the Fujinon XF 2.8 / 27 mm.

 

Circus in the town on New Year's Eve 2021 #1

Circus in the town on New Year's Eve 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Circus in the town on New Year's Eve 2021 #2

Circus in the town on New Year's Eve 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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01/03/2022

We haven't had real winter yet in the last few weeks. No snow has fallen and the outside temperatures were below zero degrees Celsius only on a few days. What we had in the week before Christmas were a some days with very nice hoarfrost in the morning. This looked at least as beautiful as snow and I took the opportunity for a few photos.

I packed the Fujifilm GFX100S, a few lenses and a tripod and went to the park at the Johannisberg and Sparrenburg Castle.

 

Moonlight in winter park #1 (Johannisberg)

Moonlight in winter park at the 'Johannisberg' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Silent winter night

Silent winter night in the park at the 'Johannisberg' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Moonlight in winter park #2 (Johannisberg)

Moonlight in winter park at the 'Johannisberg' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

December morning at the Johannisberg #1

December morning on the 'Johannisberg' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Hoarfrost covered trees at Sparrenburg Castle

Hoarfrost covered trees in front of Sparrenburg castle (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

View of the Kreuzstraße and the city center of Bielefeld

View of the 'Kreuzstraße' and the southern city center in December 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Dawn on the Johannisberg in December 2021

Dawn on the 'Johannisberg' on a morning in December 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

December morning on the Johannisberg #2

December morning on the 'Johannisberg' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

The white castle (Sparrenburg)

The white castle just before sunrise in December 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

White city in December 2021

White city in December 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Stormy winter night at Sparrenburg Castle

Stormy winter night at Sparrenburg Castle in December 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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12/26/2021

This year was then the second Christmas season under COVID-19 conditions. But at least this year there was a Christmas market again. With vaccination, testing and wearing a mask, it worked quite well. Nevertheless, I hope that next year the Corona spook is over again.

Where now the Christmas market took place, I strolled with the camera over it. I used again the TTArtisan 2.8 / 11 mm fisheye lens to capture the mood with a very large angle of view. Of course, you have to be careful that fisheye photography does not become a fad. But I think it worked quite well here and the results justify the use of this very special lens.

 

Christmas market at Altstäder Kirchplatz

Christmas market on 'Altstädter Kirchplatz' in December 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Christmas market on the Alter Markt (Old Market)

Christmas market at the 'Alter Markt' in December 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Ferris wheel at Altstädter Kirchplatz

Ferris wheel at the Christmas market in December 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Sales booths on the Alter Markt (Old Market)

Christmas market at the 'Alter Markt' in December 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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12/10/2021

An interesting option with modern mirrorless system cameras is that very many lenses can be attached to the cameras. Either with a suitable adapter or, if the manufacturer offers it, directly via a suitable bayonet mount. Even if no lens data is transferred and you can only work at working aperture, this works well.

A few months ago I bought a fisheye with a Fujifilm GFX bayonet. The TTArtisan 2.8/ 11 mm is quite cheap and only works in manual mode, autofocus is not supported and it also does not fully draw the image circle of the large GFX sensor. However, it has a surprisingly good imaging performance and in post-processing it is possible to correct the strong distortion that is typical for such a lens. Then you can use it like an extreme super wide-angle lens. What you have to bear in mind is that the correction costs quite a bit of resolution. On the Fujifilm GFX100s with its high resolution of 100 megapixels, you still get a very good image quality.

I went out with the lens very early in the morning. The following two pictures were taken at the 'Campus Handwerk' and Bielefeld main station.

 

December night at the Campus Handwerk

December night at the 'Campus Handwerk' in 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Dawn at the main station in December

Dawn at the main station in December 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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10/12/2021

After photographing a lot at dawn and sunrise in the last few days, there are now pictures of mushrooms. Autumn is the perfect season for this and I have already found one or two beautiful mushrooms. All the photos were taken in or near the Teutoburg Forest.

The photos were taken with the cameras Fujifilm GFX 50R and GFX 100S and the lenses Fujifilm GF 4/ 45-100 mm and Fujifilm GF 4/ 120 mm Macro. I used an extension tube for some of the pictures.

 

Sulphur tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare)

Sulphur tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare) at 'Wistinghauser Senne' in September 2021 (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

 

Young Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) #1

Young Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) at  'Wistinghauser Senne' (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

 

Bay bolete (Imleria badia) in a pine grove

Bay bolete (Imleria badia) in a pine grove in the Teutoburg Forest in September 2021 (Germany).

 

Amethyst deceiver (Laccaria amethystina) #1

Amethyst deceiver (Laccaria amethystina) in the Teutoburg Forest in late September 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Amethyst deceiver (Laccaria amethystina) #2

Amethyst deceiver (Laccaria amethystina) in the Teutoburg Forest in late September 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Young Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) #2

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) at the 'Wistinghauser Senne' in September (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

 

Orange-brown ringless amanita (Amanita fulva)

Orange-brown ringless amanita (Amanita fulva) at 'Wistinghauser Senne' (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

 

Parasol mushroom (Macrolepiota procera) #1

Parasol mushroom (Macrolepiota procera) in the Teutoburg Forest in autumn (Germany).

 

Parasol mushroom (Macrolepiota procera) #2

Parasol mushroom (Macrolepiota procera) in the Teutoburg Forest in autumn (Germany).

 

Fringed earthstar (Geastrum fimbriatum)

Fringed earthstar (Geastrum fimbriatum) in the Teutoburg Forest in September 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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10/10/2021

Here comes the second part of my dawn and sunrise series from the 'Johannisberg' with a view of Sparrenburg castle and the Bielefeld city center. The location is the same as in my post from October 1, 2021. The pictures were taken on September 30, 2021 early in the morning between 7:25 and 7:40.

The five images, just like the first part of the series, were made with the Fujifilm GFX 50R and the Fujinon GF 3.5/ 30 mm lens. I used a tripod.

 

Bielefeld at sunrise in late September 2021 #1

Bielefeld at sunrise in late September 2021 photographed from the 'Johannisberg' (Germany).

 

Bielefeld at sunrise in late September 2021 #2

Bielefeld at sunrise in late September 2021 photographed from the 'Johannisberg' (Germany).

 

Bielefeld at sunrise in late September 2021 #3

Bielefeld at sunrise in late September 2021 photographed from the 'Johannisberg' (Germany).

 

Bielefeld at sunrise in late September 2021 #4

Bielefeld at sunrise in late September 2021 photographed from the 'Johannisberg' (Germany).

 

Bielefeld at sunrise in late September 2021 #5

Bielefeld at sunrise in late September 2021 photographed from the 'Johannisberg' (Germany).

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10/02/2021

In the west of Bielefeld, at the small garden colony 'Sieben Hügel' on the slope of the Teutoburg Forest, there is a parking lot. From here you have a particularly beautiful view of the city. Especially early in the morning the way there is worthwhile. The following two photos were taken on October 1, 2021. On this day we had a very beautiful morning red. The air was especially clear that morning and you can see all the way to the 'Wiehengebirge', a low mountain range on the border between the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony. The chimney in the picture belongs to the municipal utility of Bielefeld.

 

Western Bielefeld one hour before sunrise

Western Bielefeld one hour before sunrise in September 2021 (Germany).

 

Sky in flames over Bielefeld

Sky in flames over Bielefeld in October 2021 (Germany).

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10/01/2021

Last week I was once again up on the 'Johannisberg'. Now in autumn, the changeable weather always makes for beautiful cloud formations. In the morning early and in the evening you often have a particularly beautiful light.

My goal this morning was to photograph the different stages from dawn to sunrise. The following pictures were taken during the first stage. I will publish the pictures of the actual sunrise in a few days.

 

Bielefeld at dawn in late September 2021 #1

Bielefeld at dawn in late September 2021 photographed from the 'Johannisberg' (Germany).

 

Bielefeld at dawn in late September 2021 #2

Bielefeld at dawn in late September 2021 photographed from the 'Johannisberg' (Germany).

 

Bielefeld at dawn in late September 2021 #3

Bielefeld at dawn in late September 2021 photographed from the 'Johannisberg' (Germany).

 

Bielefeld at dawn in late September 2021 #4

Bielefeld at dawn in late September 2021 photographed from the 'Johannisberg' (Germany).

 

Bielefeld at dawn in late September 2021 #5

Bielefeld at dawn in late September 2021 photographed from the 'Johannisberg' (Germany).

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09/28/2021

From the Sparrenburg Castle you have a beautiful view of Bielefeld's city center. That's why there are countless photos from up there. So the perspective is not particularly original. However, we had very nice autumn weather in the past few days and I wanted to take advantage of that. Officially, the castle is accessible only from 9 o'clock in the morning. Sometimes, however, the gate is open all night if someone has forgotten to close it. So you can't rely on getting in as early as 6:30 in the morning. I was lucky that day. I think the result was worth photographing the old well-known motif once again. The light was really beautiful.

 

Dawn over Bielefeld
Towers of the Marienkirche
(St. Mary's Church)

Towers of the 'Marienkirche'. Dawn over Bielefeld city center in September 2021 (Germany).

 

Dawn over Bielefeld city center in September 2021

Dawn over Bielefeld city center in September 2021 #1 (Germany)

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09/19/2021

Slowly, life in the city returns to normal. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, much of public life has been down for the last year and a half. Also the 'Nachtansichten' (Night Views), which normally take place every year in April. On Saturday, 18 September 2021, it was finally time again.

During the 'Nachtansichten', many buildings in Bielefeld's city center are colourfully illuminated. There are cultural events and the museums and many galleries also join in and are open all night. Here are some impressions.

 

Nachtansichten 2021 (Night Views) - Kunsthalle

Nachtansichten on September 18, 2021 (Night Views) at the 'Kunsthalle' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Nachtansichten 2021 (Night Views) - Farmhouse Museum #1

Nachtansichten on September 18, 2021 (Night Views) at the Farmhouse Museum (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Nachtansichten 2021 (Night Views) - Farmhouse Museum #2

Nachtansichten on September 18, 2021 (Night Views) at the Farmhouse Museum (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Nachtansichten 2021 (Night Views) - Farmhouse Museum #3

Nachtansichten on September 18, 2021 (Night Views) at the Farmhouse Museum (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Nachtansichten 2021 (Night Views) - Nicolai Church

Nachtansichten on September 18, 2021 (Night Views) in the 'Altstädter Nikolaikirche' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Nachtansichten 2021 (Night Views) - City Hall #1

Nachtansichten on September 18, 2021 (Night views) at the city hall (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Nachtansichten 2021 (Night Views) - City Hall #2

Nachtansichten on September 18, 2021 (Night views) at the city hall (Bielefeld, Germany).

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