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02/18/2021

A few weeks ago I was already at the 'Ostwestfalendamm', an motorway that runs through Bielefeld. Part of it goes underground. I took photos at the western tunnel exit and that's where I've been now. Unlike the first time, however, there was snow now. On 11 February 2021 there was now a lot of snow. It looked good and I also think the photos were very nice.

 

Motorway 'Ostwestfalendamm' on 11 February 2021 #1

Winter morning at the motorway 'Ostwestfalendamm' on 11 February 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Motorway 'Ostwestfalendamm' on 11 February 2021 #2

Winter morning at the motorway 'Ostwestfalendamm' on 11 February 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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02/11/2021

A week ago, winter also really came to Bielefeld. We had the odd snow day in the weeks before, but since last Sunday it has been really cold and it has snowed a lot. For a few days, the roads were hardly passable and even the city railway stopped running.

The heaviest snowfall was on 7 February 2021. I fought my way through to the city centre on that Sunday morning. On foot, there was no other way. It was terrible and beautiful! Apart from me, there was hardly anyone else on the road and I was finally able to do what I had long wanted to do: photograph the old market in the historic centre of the city in the snow.

The photos were taken with the Fujifilm GFX 50R camera and the Fujinon GF 4/ 23 mm lens. Despite the bad weather, the camera did its job reliably.

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

 

Early in the morning at the 'Alter Markt' #1

Early in the morning after a snowstorm on the 'Alter Markt' on 7 February 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Early in the morning at the 'Alter Markt' #2

Early in the morning after a snowstorm on the 'Alter Markt' on 7 February 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Snow on the 'Kesselbrink'

Snow on the 'Kesselbrink' on 7 February 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

City Hall in the snow

City Hall in the snow on 7 February 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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02/03/2021

Last Sunday was a really nice winter day with low temperatures and lots of sunshine. I set off early in the morning and drove to the Kirchdornberg district. It's almost always worth it. Kirchdornberg is quite rural, although it is still in the Bielefeld city area. The old St. Peter's Church and the Teuteburg Forest around the little village are always nice for a few photos.

The photos on this page were taken with the Fujifilm X-T4 camera and the lenses Fujinon XF 2.8 / 14 mm, Fujinon XF 2.4/ 60 mm and Fujinon XF 2/ 90 mm.

 

Winter morning at the Teutoburg Forest

Winter morning at the Teutoburg Forest near Kirchdornberg (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Kirchdornberg on Sunday morning at minus 4° Celsius #1

Kirchdornberg on Sunday morning at minus 4° Celsius (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Kirchdornberg on Sunday morning at minus 4° Celsius #2

Kirchdornberg on Sunday morning at minus 4° Celsius (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Fields at the Teutoburg Forest on a January morning

Fields at the Teutoburg Forest on a January morning (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Winter morning at the Teutoburg Forest near Kirchdornberg

Winter morning at the Teutoburg Forest near Kirchdornberg (Bielefeld, Germany).

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01/30/2021

A motorway, the 'Ostwestfalendamm', runs right through the centre of Bielefeld. Part of the road leads through a tunnel and the western access is at the new building of the Chamber of Crafts ('Handwerkskammer'). The corner is very popular with photographers because you can take quite nice light trail shots. Mostly from a pedestrian bridge crossing the motorway. I always had the idea of choosing a slightly different location and photographing directly at the tunnel entrance. With a little snow it would certainly be very nice, but I had to make do without for now. I still think the picture is quite beautiful.

 

January morning at the motorway (Ostwestfalendamm)

January morning at the motorway (Ostwestfalendamm in Bielefeld, Germany).

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01/26/2021

Now it has also really snowed in Bielefeld. It didn't stay for long, but at least it was really winter for a few hours. And then on the weekend and thus on days when I could observe the snow not only from the office window. You have to know that in the area where Bielefeld is located, longer periods of snow are relatively rare, even in January and February. Most of the time it's just cold and rainy. To cut a long story short, I packed the camera on Sunday morning and went out.

 

Tree in the snow at Ochsenheide

Tree in the snow at 'Ochsenheide' in January 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Winter in the Teutoburg Forest #1

Winter in the Teutoburg Forest in January 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Winter in the Teutoburg Forest #2

Winter in the Teutoburg Forest in January 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

House on the hill in the snow

House on the hill in the snow in January 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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About a fortnight ago, I once again took a picture above from the 'Johannisberg' hill. At that time it had also snowed shortly before, but the snow had almost completely melted away again. I have posted the pictures here in the blog a little further down. Now, last Sunday, the landscape and the city were covered with a really beautiful blanket of snow. I took pictures from pretty much the same location.


Snow on the Johannisberg #1

Snow on the 'Johannisberg' on January 24, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany). 

 

Snow on the Johannisberg #2

Snow on the 'Johannisberg' on January 24, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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01/17/2021

In 1971, the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences was founded. I was just under a year old at the time and of course I can't remember it. It doesn't really matter! Anyway, this year there is the 50th anniversary of the foundation to celebrate. What exactly is planned for this year, I don't know. But I hope that COVID-19 won't put a spoke in the wheel of the things that are to come. The prelude - and it was already very successful - was a nightly light projection onto the main building of the University of Applied Sciences, which was newly built only a few years ago. Here are a few photos taken on a very cold January evening on the campus.

 

Illuminated University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld #1

Illuminated building of the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld on the occasion of its 50th anniversary (Germany).

 

Illuminated University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld #2

Illuminated building of the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld on the occasion of its 50th anniversary (Germany).

 

Illuminated University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld #3

Illuminated building of the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld on the occasion of its 50th anniversary (Germany).

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01/11/2021

After visiting the 'Sparrenburg' on Saturday morning, I made my way to the 'Johannisberg' on Sunday. It is opposite the castle on a slightly higher hill of the Teutoburg Forest. The 'Johannisberg' is one of the most popular vantage points and accordingly a lot of photos are taken from up there. You can see part of the city centre and also the 'Sparrenburg' well. I have been there countless times and didn't really expect that this time would be a special opportunity for a picture. But in fact, the light mood at sunrise was very beautiful. The day was rather hazy and some snow was still lying between the vines on the slope.

 

Winter morning in January 2021 on the Johannisberg #1

Winter morning in January 2021 on the 'Johannisberg' shortly after sunrise (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Winter morning in January 2021 on the Johannisberg #2

Winter morning in January 2021 on the 'Johannisberg' shortly after sunrise (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Winter morning in January 2021 on the Johannisberg #3

Winter morning in January 2021 on the 'Johannisberg' shortly after sunrise (Bielefeld, Germany).

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01/09/2021

In the last few days, winter has also arrived here and it has even snowed a little. But it wasn't much and hardly anything was left behind in the city. We are far from a winter wonderland, everything is rather grey and grubby. Up on the ridge of the Teutoburg Forest, however, it is a few degrees Celsius colder than down in the city and that is why there is still some snow up here. I walked up the icy paths to 'Sparrenburg Castle'. The light mood was quite interesting and so the following three pictures were taken.

 

Early winter morning at the Sparrenburg #1

Early winter morning at the 'Sparrenburg' on January 9, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Early winter morning at the Sparrenburg #2

Early winter morning at the 'Sparrenburg' on January 9, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Early winter morning at the Sparrenburg #3

Early winter morning at the 'Sparrenburg' on January 9, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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01/01/2021

I went to the Stadthalle again this morning. The light show was still there but the weather was a bit different than a week ago. There was a bit of morning fog over the city, which made the light beams stand out particularly well.

In the meantime, I also know what the lighting is all about. It is the Germany-wide 'Red Alert' campaign ('Alarmstufe Rot') with which the event industry wants to draw attention to the massive problems that the COVID 19 pandemic has for this sector. For almost a year now, virtually all major cultural events have been cancelled and this has naturally resulted in a considerable loss of revenue. And this doesn't just affect the artists, it also affects everyone who works to make sure that events and shows can take place at all.

All three pictures were taken with the Fujifilm X-T4 camera and the Fujinon XF 1.4/ 14 mm R lens. Of course, the camera was mounted on a tripod. The exposure times were a around 15 seconds at f/8.

 

Conference hall (Stadthalle) illuminated on January 1, 2021 #1

Conference hall (Stadthalle) on January 1, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Conference hall (Stadthalle) illuminated on January 1, 2021 #2

Conference hall (Stadthalle) on January 1, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Conference hall (Stadthalle) illuminated on January 1, 2021 #3

Conference hall (Stadthalle) on January 1, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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12/31/2020

And here is a double exposure from New Year's Eve morning. Most modern digital cameras can't do this at all, but the Fujifilm X-T4 can, and there are even different options for how the images are combined by the camera. Invites you to experiment. An interesting feature of this function is that the camera also saves the two original files in addition to the finished JPG file - if you have set the RAW image format. So if you want, you can continue to work on and combine the two images later, for example with Photoshop.

The picture was taken at the 'Zimmerstraße' behind the shopping centre 'Loom' in the city centre of Bielefeld. The weather was pretty bad with cold continuous rain. But it was good for the picture result. Even though the picture was taken after Christmas, it reminds me of a Christmas tree. The sacred tree of consumption, so to speak. But consumption is of course not bound to any season.

 

Can contain traces of advertising
Sacred tree of consumption

At the 'LOOM': Can contain traces of advertising - Sacred tree of consumption (Bielefeld, Germany).

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