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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.

 

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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07/29/2020

The Bielefeld University celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. It is thus one of the young universities and was founded at a time when the aim of education and higher education policy was to enable more young people to receive an academic education. Until then, the path to a university education was often only open to the bourgeois elite. New ground was also broken in the design of the university building. One aim was to locate all the faculties as close together as possible and thus also to promote interdisciplinary research. In keeping with the tastes of the time, a monumental building made of concrete and glass was created in Bielefeld. After more than 50 years, however, the building is in need of repair and the self-contained structure does not make the urgently needed renovation easy. For some years now, the work has been going on and a few days ago the last hour struck for the university canteen. Whether one liked the old canteen or not, generations of students will remember it very well. So a good reason to capture its end in a picture.

 

End of an era #1

End of an era. Demolition of the canteen of Bielefeld University in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

End of an era #2

End of an era. Demolition of the canteen of Bielefeld University in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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07/27/2020

The area around the central station is not one of the most beautiful places in most German cities. This was is different in Bielefeld. However, the factories and commercial areas that once lay here have now disappeared and step by step the areas are being put to new uses. In Bielefeld, a new office quarter has been created directly at the railway embankment. I find it difficult today to assess how the area will be perceived in a few decades. Even if the buildings differ in details, you can see very clearly that they were all built in the same architectural style. It all seems somewhat sterile and artificial. And because there are almost no shops, the area is deserted after office hours and on weekends.

 

Cross road at the central station

Cross road at the main station in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

REGE

Office buildung of the REGE at 'Herforder Straße' in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Office building - dark facade #1

Dark facade. Office building located at  'Herforder Straße 73' in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Office building - dark facade #2

Dark facade. Office building located at  'Herforder Straße 73' in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Office buildings at 'Herforder Straße'

Cross - office buildings at 'Herforder Straße' in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany)

 

New office building

New office building at 'Herforder Straße' in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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07/26/2020

The 'Stadtwerke Bielefeld' - the public utility company - site is located in the north-eastern city centre on the railway embankment and not far from Bielefeld main station. There used to be a large gasometer on the site, but it was demolished many years ago. Nevertheless, the silhouette is still interesting and good for a photo in the right light. Both pictures were taken at dawn. A little bit of industrial charm is still left.

 

Railway embankment with Stadtwerke Bielefeld

Railway embankment at the 'Schildescher Straße' in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Parking at Mielestraße

Parking at 'Mielestraße' early in the morning in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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07/18/2020

Very close to the 'Landschaftspark Jerrendorf', where I photographed the erratic blocks last week, there is the lake 'Obersee' between the districts 'Schildesche' and 'Brake'. It is not very big but very popular as an excursion destination. It is an artificial lake that was dammed in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The photos are taken from the northeastern shore of 'Obersee' with a view of 'Schildesche'. You can see the tower of the protestant 'Stiftskirche'.

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

 

Summer evening at lake Obersee #1

Summer evening at 'Obersee' in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Summer evening at lake Obersee #2

Summer evening at 'Obersee' in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Summer evening at lake Obersee #3

Summer evening at 'Obersee' in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Summer evening at lake Obersee #4

Summer evening at 'Obersee' in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Summer evening at lake Obersee #5

Summer evening at 'Obersee' in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Summer evening at lake Obersee #6

Summer evening at 'Obersee' in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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07/12/2020

Between the Bielefeld districts of Schildesche, Brake and Baumheide the 'Johannisbach' - a small brook - flows through a hilly landscape with fields and some farms. Originally it was planned to build an artificial recreational lake here. Fortunately this never happened. In the meantime it is a nature reserve in large parts: The so-called 'Landschaftspark Jerrendorf'. Above the valley, on a small hill, there are some erratic blocks. From there you have a nice view and it is especially beautiful in the evening. I go there occasionally and almost always there are opportunities for nice photos. On 10 and 11 July 2020 I was there again. The following photos were taken on these two days.

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

 

Landscape with erratic rocks #1

Landscape with erratic rocks at 'Johannisbach' in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Landscape with erratic rocks #2

Landscape with erratic rocks at 'Johannisbach' in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Clouds over Baumheide #1

Clouds over 'Baumheide' in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Clouds over Baumheide #2

Clouds over 'Baumheide' in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany). 

 

Landscape with erratic rocks at dusk #1

Landscape with erratic rocks at dusk in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Landscape with erratic rocks at dusk #2

Landscape with erratic rocks at dusk in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Landscape with erratic rocks at dusk #3

Landscape with erratic rocks at dusk in July 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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07/10/2020

When you think of lavender, most people will probably have violet-blue fields in Italy, Spain or southern France in mind. In fact, not far from my hometown Bielefeld there is a little village called Fromhausen in the district of Lippe where lavender is grown on a small area. I did not know this until recently. But it seems to be getting more and more popular and this year there are obviously crowds of photographers going there to take pictures. I was not there.

Nevertheless, I took the opportunity once to dedicate myself to the photographic theme of lavender. I don't have a real studio and therefore I always have to improvise a bit in such situations. The results realized in my kitchen table studio can be seen here. The three photos were taken with the Fujifilm GFX 50R camera and the lens Fujinon GF 4/ 120 mm Macro R LM OIS WR.

 

Lavender #1 (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).

 

Lavender #2 (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).

 

Lavender #3 (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).

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07/05/2020

I was once again on the 'Johannisberg' in Bielefeld. From up there you have a wonderful view over the city and the 'Sparrenburg'. And probably there are only a few places in Bielefeld where a comparable number of photos are taken. The pictures I took there this time are not really original. But since we had a change of weather last week, which almost always promises nice cloud formations, I added a few more to the number of pictures.

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

 

Beautiful clouds #1

A pretty ordinary perspective but with a nice cloudy sky (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Beautiful clouds #2

A pretty ordinary perspective but with a nice cloudy sky (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Silhouette with clouds - Sparrenburg #1

Silhouette with clouds at 'Sparrenburg' castle (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Silhouette with clouds - Sparrenburg #2

Silhouette with clouds at 'Sparrenburg' castle (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Cloudy sky at Sparrenburg Castle #1

Clouds at 'Sparrenburg' castle (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Cloudy sky at Sparrenburg Castle #2

Clouds at 'Sparrenburg' castle (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Cloudy sky at Sparrenburg Castle #3

Clouds at 'Sparrenburg' castle (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Framed Sparrenburg Castle

'Sparrenburg' castle, framed by trees, photographed from 'Johannisberg' in June 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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07/03/2020

Not far from my apartment is one of the main roads in Bielefeld - the 'Detmolder Straße'. There is a tram line crossing this street and of course there are also stops. The photo below was taken about half an hour before sunset at such a stop. The sun is only a few weeks a year in the evening at this exact position above the street and the 'Sparrenburg'. So you have to wait for the right time. Up to now I have never been able to do that but this year it worked.

 

Sunset on Detmolder Straße

Sunset on 'Detmolder Straße' at the end of June 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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