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06/25/2019

It's hard to believe, but Bielefeld has a Japanese garden! It is a bit hidden in the Gadderbaum district. The garden is a show garden, which you are allowed to look at but not enter.

The Japanese Garden was created in 2003 by the German-Japanese Society Bielefeld. A really beautiful and in East Westphalia unique place, which is worth to visit in any case.

 

Japanese Garden (Bielefeld-Gadderbaum)

Japanese Garden in Bielefeld-Gadderbaum

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06/23/2019

Brackwede is a district of Bielefeld. In contrast to the city centre, Brackwede lies south of the Teutoburg Forest. Until the mid-1970s, today's district was an independent municipality.

Brackwede also has its own small railway station, which was a bit run down over the years. Now modernisation work has begun and a temporary bridge was built over the railway embankment to provide access to the tracks.

 

Brackwede railway station

Brackwede railway station

 

Temporary bridge

Temporary bridge at Brackwede railway station

 

Passing trains (Brackwede railway station)

Passing trains at Brackwede railway station

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06/08/2019

The 'Leinewebermarkt' also includes a small fair with various rides. Here is a small selection.

 

Ferris wheel in the clouds

Ferris wheel in the clouds at Leinewebermarkt

 

Hangover

Hangover at Leinewebermarkt

 

In the sky with Hangover

In the sky with Hangover at Leinewebermarkt

 

Ferris wheel

Ferris wheel at Leinewebermarkt

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06/07/2019

Since 1974, the 'Leinewebermarkt' has taken place regularly every year in the old town of Bielefeld and is one of the largest folk festivals in East Westphalia. In 2019 about 400,000 people visited the 'Leinewebermarkt'. The term 'Leinewebermarkt' (linen weaver's market) has its origin in the long tradition of linen processing in Bielefeld. In the 'Ravensburger Land', to which the town of Bielefeld belongs, the cultivation of flax and its processing into linen was an important agricultural activity for centuries. Today, linen no longer plays an economic role. However, the tradition has given rise to many companies in the textile industry, some of which still exist today.

The photographs were taken at some of the most important places in the city centre of Bielefeld.

 

Rathausplatz (Town Hall Square)

Leinewebermarkt at the 'Rathausplatz'

 

Altstädter Kirchplatz (Old Town Church Square)

Leinewebermarkt at 'Altstädter Kirchplatz'

 

Oberstraße

Leinewebermarkt at 'Obernstraße'

 

Alter Markt (Old Market)

Leinewebermarkt at 'Alter Markt'

 

Leineweberdenkmal (Linen Weaver Monument)

At the 'Leineweberdenkmal'

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06/03/2019

Photos from the concert of Lord Bishop and his band at the Leinewebermarkt. Saturday, 1 June 2019 at the 'Klosterplatz' in Bielefeld. Great music, great show!

 

Lord Bishop Rocks - Klosterplatz, Leinewebermarkt 2019

Lord Bishop Rocks - Klosterplatz, Leinewebermarkt 2019

Lord Bishop Rocks - Klosterplatz, Leinewebermarkt 2019

Lord Bishop Rocks - Klosterplatz, Leinewebermarkt 2019
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05/31/2019

These photos were taken at the Zoo in Duisburg. I used a few days vacation in May to drop by again. There are certainly zoos with a larger animal population, but I still find the Duisburg Zoo very beautiful. The various enclosures are mostly beautifully designed and offer photographers good views and locations. The Sony Alpha 7III together with the lens SEL 4.5-5.6 / 100-400 mm OSS GM and a 1.4x teleconverter were used. I also used the new animal eye autofocus and have to say that it works very well together with the tracking AF.

 

Splashing Dalmation Pelican

Splashing Dalmatian Pelican at the Zoo in Duisburg

 

Pelican island

Pelican island at the Duisburg Zoo

 

Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)

Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)

 

European Wildcat (Felix silverstris)

European wildcat in the Zoo in Duisburg

 

Red Panda enjoys bamboo

Red Panda enjoys bamboo 

 

Red Panda in a tree

Red panda in a tree

 

Curious little Red Panda

Curious little panda

 

The Boss - Male Lion

The boss: Male lion

 

Siamang #1

Siamang in a tree

 

Siamang #2

Siamang in a tree

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05/26/2019

On 25 June 2019 I visited the Minden harbour and took some photos. It was a very sunny day and the pictures were taken in the late afternoon. Around this time you usually have a good light, which helps to work out structures and gives the photos depth and three-dimensionality. That's why I chose black-and-white photographs here and paid special attention to light and shadow in the postproduction. The pictures were taken with the Sony Alpha 7III together with the SEL 4/ 24-105 mm OSS G and SEL 4/ 12-24 mm G lenses.

 

Factory building at the harbour (Minden, Germany)

Factory building at the harbour (Minden, Germany)

 

Factory courtyard (Minden, Germany)

Factory courtyard (Minden, Germany)

 

Harbour panorama (Minden, Germany)

Harbour panorama (Minden, Germany)

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05/25/2019

Once again photos from the 'Tierpark Olderdissen' (Bielefeld, Germany) from spring 2019. All pictures were taken with the Sony Apha 7III and the lens Sony SEL 4.5-5.6/ 100-400 mm OSS GM.

 

Bear lady Jule on a morning walk

Bear lady 'Jule' on her morning walk

 

Jule taking a bath

Jule taking a bath

 

Young wolf

young wolf

 

Brown bear Max

Brown bear 'Max' enjoys some beetroot

 

Lynx in a tree #1

Eurasian lynx in a tree

 

Lynx in a tree #2

Eurasian lynx in a tree at Tierpark Olderdissen

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04/13/2019

The flower portraits were created with a quite simple setup. As background I used colored cardboard, which was placed about 40 centimeters behind the flower. For the illumination I used two to three permanent lights with a standardized color temperature of 5400° Kelvin. This makes it easy to control the lighting. What should be taken into account is the ratio of shutter speed and AC frequency. Here in Germany, the electrical current is fed in at 50 Hertz. Therefore I use shutter speeds of less than 1/50 second for such light sources in order to avoid streaks in the picture. Since you should always use a tripod for tabletop photography anyway, this is not a big problem. The pictures were taken with a Sony Alpha 7III with the SEL 2.8/ 90 mm Macro OSS G lens. Since the depth of field is always quite small with short shooting distances like here, I used the technique of focus stacking to be able to show the whole flower sharply.

 

Portrait of a tulip

Portrait of a tulip (Tulipa).

 

Whitered

Withered tulip (Tulipa).

 

Purple peruvian lily (Alstroemeria)

Purple Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria).

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04/02/2019

Tulips are certainly among the most popular spring flowers. They are not particularly rare, but they are still very decorative. Whether at home or - like the photo here - outdoors. I photographed the red lady tulip (Tulipa clusiana) in the Botanical Garden of Bielefeld. The second photo was taken after a rain shower.

The first picture was taken in the early morning shortly after sunrise. At this time of day the light is soft and you can avoid too high a contrast. Lights and shadows are easy to control and you still get bright colours. The second photo was taken in the afternoon. I used the Sony SEL 4.5-5.6/100-400 mm OSS GM lens, which can be focused to a shooting distance of less than one meter. It's not yet a real macro lens, but it's very suitable for such pictures, because you can create a very nice background blur. Camera and lens were mounted on a stable tripod. I triggered the camera with a remote shutter release.

 

Lady tulip (Tulipa clusiana)

Red lady tulip (Tulipa clusiana) at the botanical garden in Bielefeld (Germany).

 

Lady tulip in the rain (Tulipa clusiana)

Red tulip after a rain shower (Tulipa clusiana).

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