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09/13/2020

Occasionally plants have strange names. Like this sneezeweed. The scientific name is Helenium. The eponym here was Helen of Troy from Greek mythology. At least that is what it says in the literature. This is also a bit strange, because the plant in its wild form comes from the American continent. However, the cultivated form on the two photos below is named after the female German first name 'Waltraut'. Today this name is not very common anymore, but it was quite popular in the generation of my parents and grandparents. How this sneezeweed came to this name, I do not know. Now, of course, I have done some research to find out what 'Waltraut' means. In modern German, the origin of the name is no longer clear. The answer is that the first name is very old and comes from an early form of the German language. The Old High German, which was spoken in the period before the 10th century. 'Waltraut' therefore means something like that: The strong one on the battlefield. I was lucky then. The flower has been extremely peaceful towards me. The German name of the plant genus is 'Sonnenbraut', which literally means sun bride. I photographed 'Waltraut' on a very sunny Saturday morning in the Botanical Garden in my home town Bielefeld.

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Sneezeweed (Helenium 'Waltraut') #1

Sneezeweed (Helenium) in the Botanical Garden Bielefeld (Germany).

 

Sneezeweed (Helenium 'Waltraut') #2

Sneezeweed (Helenium) in the Botanical Garden Bielefeld (Germany).

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09/11/2020

On a small meadow at the 'Johannisfriedhof' - a cemetery in my hometown Bielefeld - I came across a yellow coneflower a few days ago. The plant itself was anything but impressive, but against the green background of the meadow and with the shallow depth of field it was a nice photo opportunity. It was early in the morning and the cemetery was still in the shade. But it was already bright enough for a photo and the soft light brought out the colours nicely.

The photo was taken with the Fujifilm GFX 50R camera and the Fujinon GF 4/ 120 mm R LM OIS WR Macro lens. I used a tripod and a remote release cable. Without a tripod it is hard to take a good quality photo of such a macro subject. The blossom never really stood still. There was almost no wind, but it took a few tries until I could take a picture in good technical quality. You always have to have a little patience.

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Yellow coneflower (Rudbeckia)

Yellow coneflower (Rudbeckia).

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09/10/2020

The history of the Botanical Garden in Bielefeld dates back to the early 20th century. Originally, the grounds were intended as an extension of a nearby cemetery. However, at that time, it was probably quickly realized that the site on the southern slope of the Teutoburg Forest was very well suited for a park. The location at the edge of the forest is characterized by favorable soil conditions and many hours of sunshine. For several months now, work has been underway to expand the botanical garden and a new pond has also been created. The two pictures were taken on a Sunday morning in best late summer weather.

Prints of the pictures are available in my online shop. If you want to visit the shop, you have to leave this website: www.farbenfrohebilder.de

 

New pond at the Botanical Garden Bielefeld #1

Botanical Garden Bielefeld early in the morning on 9 September 2020 (Germany).

 

New pond at the Botanical Garden Bielefeld #2

Botanical Garden Bielefeld early in the morning on 9 September 2020 (Germany).

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09/03/2020

The 'Bockschatzteich' is located in the Bielefeld district of Brackwede directly on the Cologne-Hanover railroad line. This is a small reservoir, which probably many people in Bielefeld do not know. It lies in a small forest area. I was there a few days ago. When I set out on my way late in the afternoon, the sky was just about closing in and it even rained a little. But in the course of the evening the sky loosened up again and at sunset there was a really nice light atmosphere.

 

Cloudy sky with a rainbow

Sunset with rainbow at 'Bockschatzteich' in August 2020 (Bielefeld-Brackwede, Germany).

 

Sunset at the Bockschatzteich #1

Sunset at 'Bockschatzteich' in August 2020 (Bielefeld-Brackwede, Germany).

 

Sunset at the Bockschatzteich #2

Sunset at 'Bockschatzteich' in August 2020 (Bielefeld-Brackwede, Germany).

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08/22/2020

As is well known, flash is often very useful in photography. When you have less natural light than you need it, or to lighten shadows and reduce too much contrast. Most of the times, one wants to avoid that everybody can see that the flash was intended. But you can also use flash light in such a way that it is visible for everyone and use it as a creative element. I tried this yesterday and chose some sunflowers on a field.

I used a Fujifilm GFX50R camera with the Fujinon GF 3.5/ 50 mm R LM WR lens and two Nissin i60A flashes with the Air 10s control unit.

Prints of the pictures are available in my online shop. If you want to visit the shop, you have to leave this website: www.farbenfrohebilder.de

 

Sunflower flash fun #1

Sunflower flash fun on August 21, 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Sunflower flash fun #2

Sunflower flash fun on August 21, 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Sunflower flash fun #3

Sunflower flash fun on August 21, 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Sunflower flash fun #4

Sunflower flash fun on August 21, 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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08/18/2020

The 'Herforder Straße' is one of the main access roads in Bielefeld. The traffic volume is high and the development on the left and right is dominated by trade and industry and a few mostly not very nice residential buildings. More or less by chance I passed by there on a Saturday morning an took a picture of the 'Herforder Straße' at sunrise.

 

Sunrise at Herforder Straße

Sunrise at 'Herforder Straße' on 1 August 2020 at 6:30 am (Bielefeld, Germany).

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08/15/2020

After a longer break I brought out my drone again. A few days ago I took pictures of the two old gasometers in the Teutoburg Forest and now I've been on the 'Johannisberg' with my DJI Mavic 2 Pro. From there you have a nice view over the city centre of Bielefeld. A certain difficulty is to find a suitable place to fly. Since the train tracks and residential areas are nearby, it's not that easy. But there are some places from where you can legally take off.

 

Sunrise over the city centre #1

Sunrise over the city centre in August 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Sunrise over the city centre #2

Sunrise over the city centre in August 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Above the farmhouse museum

Sunrise at the farmhouse museum in August 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Sunrise over the city centre #3

Sunrise over the city centre in August 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Sunrise over the city centre #4

Sunrise over the city centre in August 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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08/13/2020

At the edge of the Teutoburg Forest, in Bielefeld's Bethel district, there are two old gasometers. They have both been out of operation for a long time, but have not been dismantled. One could say that they have become small landmarks over time and that is probably why they have been left standing. I took pictures of the spherical gas containers early in the morning in August at sunrise. The photos were taken with the drone DJI Mavic 2 Pro.

 

Sunrise above two old gasometers #1

Sunrise above the old gasometers in the Teutoburg Forest (Bielefeld-Bethel, Germany).

 

Sunrise above two old gasometers #2

Sunrise above the old gasometers in the Teutoburg Forest (Bielefeld-Bethel, Germany).

 

Sunrise above two old gasometers #3

Sunrise above the old gasometers in the Teutoburg Forest (Bielefeld-Bethel, Germany).

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08/04/2020

Sunflowers are an extremely popular photo subject. This is certainly due to the fact that they are already so large. With most other flowers and blossoms you have to look very closely, you need knowledge in macro photography to photograph them technically properly and at eye level you can rarely meet them. Everything is different with sunflowers.

I am not really a great sunflower photographer. I like to look at them, but I have only rarely photographed them. But last Saturday evening I met some beautiful specimens in a field. Here are the results. I took the pictures with a wide angle lens, the Fujinon GF 3.5/ 30 mm R LM WR. Referring to the 35mm format, this corresponds to a focal length of about 24 mm. Normally you would probably go for a longer focal length, but I wanted to try out how the lens performs at short shooting distances.

Prints of the pictures are available in my online shop. If you want to visit the shop, you have to leave this website: www.farbenfrohebilder.de

 

Sunflower in a field #1

Sunflower in a field near the 'Meyerwald' on an evening in August 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Sunflower in a field #2

Sunflower in a field near the 'Meyerwald' on an evening in August 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Sunflower in a field #3

Sunflower in a field near the 'Meyerwald' on an evening in August 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Sunflower in a field #4

Sunflower in a field near the 'Meyerwald' on an evening in August 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Sunflower in a field #5

Sunflower in a field near the 'Meyerwald' on an evening in August 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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08/02/2020

A few days ago I was in the new office quarter at Bielefeld main station and took photos of the buildings. Now I have taken some pictures directly from the platform. Since the railway line runs from southwest to northeast, there is the possibility to take some nice sunrises. Nothing special in itself - but still quite nice. Especially if the weather is fine. For the wide angle shots I used the new Fujinon GF 3.5/ 30 mm R LM WR lens. The telephoto was taken with the Fujinon GF 5.6/ 100-200 mm R LM OIS WR.

 

Railway romance #1

Railway romance at Bielefeld main station on 1 August 2020 in the morning at 6 am (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Railway romance #2

Railway romance at Bielefeld main station on 1 August 2020 in the morning at 6 am (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Railway romance #3

Railway romance at Bielefeld main station on 1 August 2020 in the morning at 6 am (Bielefeld, Germany).

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