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12/27/2019

For some time now, stars made of plastic lit from inside have been very popular for Christmas. They are big, weatherproof, available in many colours and also quite beautiful. I have photographed some of them lately. Of course, this is only possible during the Christmas season, ...you would think. I have noticed, however, that more and more of the stars are hanging all year round. Stars actually always go! Here is a small selection.

 

Christmas star at the 'Altstädter Kirche'

Christmas star at the 'Altstädter Kirche' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Stars in trees

Stars in trees (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Star lights

Star lights (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Christmas rising (early stars from mid-November)

Christmas rising (mid-November).

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12/26/2019

The 'Kesselbrink' is a larger square in the centre of Bielefeld. It used to be the central bus station and there is a large parking garage underneath the square. The square wasn't very nice in the past but it was redesigned a few years ago. On the north side, the former German Federal Post Office erected a high-rise building in 1974, which at that time housed the telecommunications office. Today the 'Deutsche Telekom' does not need the building anymore. Basically, the high-rise building does not fit into the cityscape of Bielefeld and unfortunately it has also become somewhat run-down in recent years. Now the Bielefeld company 'Goldbeck' has taken over the building and is renovating it thoroughly. Someone came up with the idea of using the facade as a projection screen over the Christmas days and lighting it up with Christmas greetings. A really nice idea. The photos of the illuminated building were taken late in the afternoon on December 25, 2019 at about a quarter past five.

A few words about technical aspects of the photos: The pictures were taken with the Sony Alpha 7RIV and the Zeiss Batis 2.8/ 18 mm lens. At aperture 8 and an ISO setting of 400, a longer exposure time was necessary, so I had to use a tripod. The lens is already very good at aperture 2.8, but the stars in the lights only appear when you stop down a little bit.

 

Merry Christmas on 'Kesselbrink'

Merry Christmas on Kesselbrink (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Fenced Christmas

Fenced Christmas on 'Kesselbrink' (Bielefeld, Germany).

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12/21/2019

Today, 21 December, the weather was finally nice again in Bielefeld. Early in the morning I set off to the 'Obersee' in the district Schildesche. I think it was worth it. The sunrise and the clouds in late autumn were really nice and I took the opportunity to take some aerial photos.

The 'Obersee' is a reservoir with an extensive park around it and very popular. But at half past eight in the morning there weren't many people out and about. In the background you can see the city center of Bielefeld and the Teutoburg Forest. From the air with the clouds reflected in the water, it almost looks like a toy landscape.

All four pictures were taken with the drone DJI Mavic 2 Pro.

 

Lake 'Obersee' in late autumn #1

Lake 'Obersee' in late autumn (Bielefeld-Schildesche, Germany).

 

Lake 'Obersee' in late autumn #2

Lake 'Obersee' in late autumn (Bielefeld-Schildesche, Germany).

 

Lake 'Obersee' in late autumn #3

Lake 'Obersee' in late autumn (Bielefeld-Schildesche, Germany)

 

Lake 'Obersee' in late autumn #4

Lake 'Obersee' in late autumn (Bielefeld-Schildesche, Germany).

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12/06/2019

Some more aerial photos taken with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. This time from the Bielefeld district 'Stieghorst'. In addition to various company buildings, there is also a housing estate that was built in the early 1970s. And you can see this very clearly in the style in which it was built. At that time, it was considered particularly progressive to build large residential complexes with many individual apartments in them. Today it is difficult to let these apartments, which hardly anybody wants to live in. After all, efforts are now being made to renovate the houses and make the living environment more attractive.

The photos are taken from the east. In the background you can see the Bielefeld city area with the city centre and the Teutoburg Forest on the horizon.

 

Residential area on 'Stralsunder Straße' #1

Residential area on 'Stralsunder Straße' in Bielefeld-Stieghorst.

 

Residential area on 'Stralsunder Straße' #2

Residential area on 'Stralsunder Straße' in Bielefeld-Stieghorst (Panorama).

 

Residential area on 'Stralsunder Straße' #3

Residential area on 'Stralsunder Straße' in Bielefeld-Stieghorst (Panorama).

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12/02/2019

The main railway connection between Cologne and Berlin runs through Bielefeld. In the 'Schildesche' district, the railway crosses a small valley in which a reservoir, the 'Obersee', was created a few decades ago. I took the following two photos early in the morning about half an hour after sunrise from a hill above the valley. I used my drone, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro.

 

District 'Schildesche' from the air #1

District 'Schildesche' from the air in November 2019.

 

District 'Schildesche' from the air #2

District 'Schildesche' from the air in November 2019.

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11/27/2019

Kirchdornberg is a part of my hometown Bielefeld. It lies in the very west of the city and is already very rural. From a wooded hill you have a very good view of the center of Kirchdornberg and especially in the morning the low sun provides a very nice light. This was also the case on Sunday, 24 November 2019. The sunlight refracted in the haze that was still above the village at 9 o'clock in the morning.

 

Sunrise over Kirchdornberg #1

Sunrise over Kirchdornberg in November 2019.

 

Sunrise over Kirchdornberg #2

Sunrise over Kirchdornberg in November 2019.

 

Sunrise over Kirchdornberg #3

Sunrise over Kirchdornberg in November 2019.

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11/25/2019

On Sunday afternoon I was in the east of Bielefeld on the way. It's not that easy to find a place where you can legally launch a drone. On a small sports field in a small wood, the 'Heeper Fichten' it is possible and on Sunday we had a really nice sunset. Both photos were taken about half an hour apart.

 

Sunset in the east of Bielefeld #1

Sunday afternoon shortly before sunset in the east of Bielefeld.

 

Sunset in the east of Bielefeld #2

Sunday afternoon shortly before sunset in the east of Bielefeld.

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11/23/2019

After a week of very mixed weather, a slight improvement was finally announced for Friday, November 22, 2019. In the morning it didn't look like it yet, but I drove to the Bielefeld district Heepen. And it was worth it!
After the rain had disappeared, the sun broke through the grey autumn clouds. I let my drone, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, climb up and took two panoramas. This shows once more that autumn is a beautiful season for dramatic photos. But you have to be patient.

 

Autumn sky over Bielefeld-Heepen #1

Autumn sky over Bielefeld Heben in November 2019.

 

Autumn sky over Bielefeld-Heepen #2

Bielefeld district Heepen in November 2019 (Germany).

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11/21/2019

Unfortunately the weather conditions are not as good as it would be necessary to take good aerial photos with a small drone. Of course, you can't expect it to be mid-November, at least not in Germany. Yesterday the sun came out in the afternoon. I took the opportunity to take some photos of the Bielefeld district 'Stieghorst'. Fortunately, there are also some fields from which one can start drones and were it is allowed. I used the DJI Mavic 2 Pro with its 20 megapixel camera again for these pictures. The focal length is about 28 mm related to the 35mm format. The panorama was stitched from two single shots using Photoshop Lightroom.

 

Aerial Stieghorst on a November afternoon

Aerial photograph of Bielefeld-Stieghorst in November 2019.

 

Aerial Stieghorst - Panorama

Aerial photograph of Bielefeld-Stieghorst in November 2019.

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11/18/2019

Since a few days it has become much colder. Especially in the morning you notice that. But the cool autumn weather also often provides nice light and that's why I made my way to the Bielefeld district 'Heepen' last Sunday at 7:30 am. It was quite foggy and with some sunshine over the haze the conditions for landscape photos from the air would have been very good. Unfortunately the fog remained but the sun did not come through. Nevertheless such a weather situation makes interesting photos possible.

The first picture shows the fields at a small forest area, the 'Heeper Fichten'. In the background in the haze the waste incineration plant is just visible. On the second photo you can see the centre of 'Heepen' in the background. But more interesting for me would be the geometric forms in the field in front of it. I don't know why the farmer did this. But he did it very well.

Both pictures were taken with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro.

 

Misty morning above the fields (Bielefeld-Heepen, Germany)

Misty morning in November 2019 above the fields near Bielefeld-Heepen.

 

Agricultural Geometry (Bielefeld-Heepen, Germany)

Agricultural Geometry. Fields near Bielefeld-Heepen (Germany).

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