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05/31/2020

As promised in the last post, here are more photographs from 'Kirchdornberg' in Bielefeld. Actually 'Kirchdornberg' is more a village and less the district of a big city with more than 300.000 inhabitants. In fact, it is located directly at the city limits at the Teutoburg Forest surrounded by fields.

All photos were taken on different days in May 2020. The spring weather means that the lighting moods change again and again, which makes it so nice to drop by from time to time. There are almost always opportunities for beautiful pictures.

 

Church in the fields #1

Fields and tower of the church 'St. Peter zu Kirchdornberg' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Church in the fields #2

Fields and tower of the church 'St. Peter zu Kirchdornberg' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Rising thunderclouds #1

Rising thunderclouds over 'Krichdornberg' in May 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Rising thunderclouds #2

Rising thunderclouds over 'Krichdornberg' in May 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Rain clouds over 'Krichdornberg'

Rain clouds over 'Krichdornberg' in May 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Spring evening #1

Spring evening in the fields at 'Kirchdornberg' in May 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Spring evening #2

Spring evening in the fields at 'Kirchdornberg' in May 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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05/30/2020

Now for over four months I have finally got around to taking photos with the drone. After taking conventional pictures in Kirchdornberg - a district of Bielefeld - last weekend, it was obvious to let the DJI Mavic 2 Pro take off there, too. The photos that were taken on the ground can be seen in one of the next posts here in my blog. As starting point I chose a field on a hill above the village center in the evening shortly before sunset. I think that was a good decision.

I have been using the DJI Mavic 2 Pro for just over half a year now. The picture quality is very appealing. Especially if you take the opportunity to take pictures in RAW format and then carefully develop them. You have to be a bit careful in backlight situations. Here the lens of the drones cannot quite keep up with good interchangeable lenses of system cameras. The problem can be solved by a well-considered choice of perspective and with a flying machine this is usually easy to do.

 

Spring evening in 'Kirchdornberg'

Spring evening in 'Kirchdornberg' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Sunset above 'Kirchdornberg' #1

Sunset above 'Kirchdornberg' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Sunset above 'Kirchdornberg' #2

Sunset above 'Kirchdornberg' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Sunset above 'Kirchdornberg' #3

Sunset above 'Kirchdornberg' (Bielefeld, Germany).

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05/23/2020

Occasionally I like to photograph silhouettes. Here are two pictures I took in the last days. The first one is taken very early in the morning and shows the chimney of the 'Ravensberger Spinnerei'. It is an old factory building from the 19th century in which a spinning mill was operated. In the time when it was built, Bielefeld was an important centre of the textile industry. Flax was grown in the region around the city, which was then processed into yarn and linen. Today this industry no longer exists. Textile production in Central Europe would be far too expensive. And probably nobody would build a factory today which architecture reminds more of a castle. The building is now a historical monument. The second photo was taken on one of the large squares in Bielefeld. On the 'Kesselbrink'.

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

 

Dawn over the 'Ravensberger Spinnerei'

Dawn over the 'Ravensberger Spinnerei' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Urban silhouette on 'Kesselbrink'

Urban silhouette on the 'Kesselbrink' (Bielefeld, Germany).

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05/16/2020

So far I have used the Fujifilm GFX 50R and the Fujinon GF 4/ 120 mm R LM WR OIS Macro mainly in the Botanical Garden in Bielefeld. And as it is the case in botanical gardens, the flowers there are usually nicely lined up in a row and are easy to see and therefore easy to photograph. In the last few days I have been out in nature with my camera and lens to take pictures of spring flowers. Here are some of my results.

Regarding the handling of the camera and the lens, it can be said that the size and weight must be taken into account when putting together the equipment. The combination weighs considerably more than a normal 35 mm full frame camera. It already needs a very stable tripod and especially a good tripod head in order to work comfortably. I only use Gitzo tripods from the Carbon series. As a tripod head a model from FLM was used, here together with a macro adjustment slider from Novoflex. What the lens is unfortunately missing is a tripod ring. If you look at the range of macro lenses, you will notice that most of the models lack this feature. It is not really comprehensible, as specially in the close-up and macro photography, a tripod is often indispensable. There is nothing to criticize about the image quality of the Fujinon GF 4/ 120 mm R LM WR OIS Macro, however. The lens is exceptionally good. The only small drop of bitterness is that you need an extension tube for an image ratio of 1:1.

 

Common bugle (Ajuga reptans) #1

Common bugle (Ajuga reptans) at 'Galgenheide' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Common bugle (Ajuga reptans) #2

Common bugle (Ajuga reptans) at 'Galgenheide' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Herb-Robert (Geranium robertianum) #1

Herb-Robert (Geranium robertianum) at 'Galgenheide' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Herb-Robert (Geranium robertianum) #2

Herb-Robert (Geranium robertianum) at 'Galgenheide' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Yellow archangel (Lamium galeobdolon)

Yellow archangel (Lamium galeobdolon) in the Teutoburg Forest (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Yellow-white crown daisy (Glebionis coronaria)

Yellow-white crown daisy (Glebionis coronaria).

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05/03/2020

And here is once again a photography of the campus of Bielefeld University. I wanted to take a picture of the trees with their red foliage on the northern campus area, where the buildings of the University of Applied Sciences and the CITEC (Center for Excellence Cognitive Interactive Technology) are located. The CITEC building can be seen in the background. I took the photo in the late afternoon so that the low sun would make the leaves on the trees shine beautifully.

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

 

North Campus with CITEC - Bielefeld University

North Campus with CITEC at Bielefeld University in April 2020 (Germany).

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05/02/2020

Near the terminus of the Bielefeld tram in the Sieker district is the so-called Eastend Tower, an office complex built in the early 2000s. The building is nothing special in itself, but I pass it almost every day. Now I have photographed it. At another place in Bielefeld there is an office building in the same style, which was named Westend Tower. But in fact it is located in the city centre and not in the west of the city. It doesn't have to be all factually logical, the main thing is that it sounds good.

Both pictures were taken with the Fujifilm GFX 50R camera and the Fujinon GF 4/ 23 mm R LM WR lens in the late afternoon.

 

Eastend Tower in Bielefeld-Sieker #1

Eastend Tower in Bielefeld-Sieker (Germany).

 

Eastend Tower in Bielefeld-Sieker #2

Eastend Tower in Bielefeld-Sieker (Germany).

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04/26/2020

On Friday evening, April 24, 2020, I packed my camera and set off for the fields on the northern slope of the Teutoburg Forest. They are located in the district of Stieghorst and are not far from my apartment. It was a really nice evening with an even more beautiful sunset.

I took pictures with the Fujifilm GFX 50R and the lens Fujinon GF 4/ 23 mm R LM WR. I did not have a tripod with me, but that was no big problem. More than ISO 250 was not necessary.

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

 

Sunset in the fields in Bielefeld-Stieghorst

Spring evening in the fields in Bielefeld-Stieghorst (Germany).

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04/25/2020

I am not the great forest photographer, others can certainly do that much better than me. Nevertheless I try my luck from time to time. Preferably in spring or autumn. In Oerlinghausen, which is a small town not far from Bielefeld, there is a very beautiful landscape that belongs to the Teutoburg Forest: the Wistinghauser Senne. It is a rather barren landscape with very sandy soils which are not well suited for agriculture. Open areas and forest alternate and especially in the morning and evening there are always nice light moods.

 

Spring in the Teutoburg Forest #1

Spring in the Teutoburg Forest (Germany).

 

Spring in the Teutoburg Forest #2

Spring in the Teutoburg Forest (Germany).

 

Spring in the Teutoburg Forest #3

Spring in the Teutoburg Forest (Germany).

 

Spring in the Teutoburg Forest #4

Spring in the Teutoburg Forest (Germany).

 

Spring in the Teutoburg Forest #5

Spring in the Teutoburg Forest (Germany).

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04/24/2020

I've lived in Bielefeld all my life. That's over 49 years now. Nevertheless, there are still places here where I have never been or only a few times. One such place is a small allotment garden in the west of the city on the edge of the Teutoburg Forest. I also did not know that from there, one has a great view over large parts of the city area. During a walk on Easter Monday I happened to pass by there. I was there in the afternoon and the light was quite nice but not really great for a photo. One week later I went there again very early in the morning and what can I say, the sunrise was fantastic.

 

Sunrise in the west of Bielefeld #1

Sunrise in the west of Bielefeld (Germany).

 

Sunrise in the west of Bielefeld #2

Sunrise in the west of Bielefeld (Germany).

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04/13/2020

There is a small pond in the Teutoburg Forest on the edge of the Bielefeld district of Ubbedissen. It is located in an unusual way directly on the hill and not, as one would expect, in a hollow. There is also no stream or river that feeds the pond. The water comes only from rainfall. I've been up there a few times but now, in spring the conditions were good for a photo because the vegetation is still low and you get a good impression of the pond and the surrounding trees. The trees with their still bare branches look almost like sculptures and a big old tree even stands in the middle of the water.

 

Pond in the Teutoburg Forest

Pond in the Teutoburg Forest in Bielefeld-Ubbedissen (Germany).

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