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03/06/2020

On last Sunday I visited the campus of the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld early in the morning to take some wide angle photos with the Fujinon GF 4/ 23 mm R LM WR on the Fujifilm GFX 50R camera.

It was a typical morning in March with cloudy sky. Ideal to take pictures with reduced color. The diagonal lines of the stone slabs on the large square guide the view of the new building of the University of Applied Sciences and the structures of the sky form a beautiful visual counterbalance to the geometric structures of modern architecture.

The first photograph is a normal shot. The second photograph is a panorama composed of various individual photographs. On this picture you can see the CITEC building on the left (Center for Excellence Cognitive Interactive Technology).

 

University of Applied Sciences on a March morning #1

University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld on a March morning.

 

University of Applied Sciences on a March morning #2

University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld on a March morning.

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02/29/2020

This morning I was once again at the 'Lenkwerk' to take some architecture photos in the blue hour. This time I took the wide angle lens Fujinon GF 4/ 23 mm R LM WR.

I find the results very appealing. As the Fujifilm GFX 50R with a resolution of 50 megapixels and the aspect ratio of 4 to 3 offers plenty of reserves, even square shots are possible without losing too much image quality in the end. For me this is a real advantage compared to the 35mm format. I also find the sun stars very nice, which the lens produces with point light sources when you stop down a bit. The two photographs here were taken with aperture 8. Because of the required longer exposure times I used a tripod.

 

Starway at 'Lenkwerk' #1

Starway at 'Lenkwerk' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Starway at 'Lenkwerk' #2

Starway at 'Lenkwerk' (Bielefeld, Germany).

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02/15/2020

I have been shooting with the Fujifilm GFX 50R for a few days now and this morning I got the chance to try out the camera for architectural and available light photography for the first time. The technical quality of the pictures is really impressive.

I went with the camera to the northeastern edge of Bielefeld's city center in an area with trade and some industry. All photos were taken from a tripod with the Fujinon GF 3.5/ 50 mm R LM WR lens. Remarkable is the extremely large dynamic range that the RAW files from the GFX 50R have. Where I had to use HDR-photography in the past, now a single shot with appropriate post-processing is sufficient.

 

Office building at 'Lenkwerk' #1

Office building at 'Lenkwerk' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Office building at 'Lenkwerk' #2

Office building at 'Lenkwerk' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

At 'Lenkwerk'

Early morning at 'Lenkwerk' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Concrete silo at night #1

Concrete silo at night at 'Werkering' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Concrete silo at night #2

Concrete silo at night (Bielefeld, Germany)

 

Dawn at 'Hakenort'

Dawn on a Saturday morning at 'Hakenort' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Trucks - 'Am Stadtholz'

Trucks - 'Am Stadtholz' (Bielefeld, Germany).

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02/13/2020

My hometown Bielefeld can't come up with the really big architectural highlights, but there are still some buildings that are worth to be photographed. Actually, the right light is always crucial. That's why I like to photograph architecture early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Here are some pictures of buildings that are not very beautiful in themselves, but have their own charm in the right light. I photographed with the Fujifilm X-Pro3 and the lenses Fujinon XF 2.8/ 16 mm R WR and Fujinon XF 2/ 35 mm R WR.

 

Office building at 'Lenkwerk'

Office building at 'Lenkwerk'.

 

Office building at 'Osningstraße' #1

Office building at 'Osningstraße'.

 

Office building at 'Osningstraße' #2

Office building at 'Osningstraße'.

 

Building complex 'Eastend Tower'

Building complex 'Eastend Tower'.

 

Building at the 'Wilhelm-Bertelsmann-Straße'

Building at the 'Wilhelm-Bertelsmann-Straße'.

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01/31/2020

A few days ago I took an aerial photo of the Bielefeld district Stieghorst. It is a housing estate built in the early 1970s on the 'Stralsunder Straße'. The architecture is typical for this period and corresponded to the current taste of the time. Today, very few people want to live in such houses and over the years the buildings have been neglected. Fortunately, renovation work has now begun, but this will certainly not make the estate a sought-after residential area. Photographically, the quarter is interesting because it represents a building type that was widespread in its time and early in the morning the twilight with the winter clouds makes the picture exciting.

The photos were taken with a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone from a altitude of about 80 meters above the ground.

 

Residential complex in Bielefeld-Stieghorst #1

Residential complex in Bielefeld-Stieghorst.

 

Residential complex in Bielefeld-Stieghorst #2

Residential complex in Bielefeld-Stieghorst.

 

Residential complex in Bielefeld-Stieghorst #3

Residential complex in Bielefeld-Stieghorst.

 

Residential complex in Bielefeld-Stieghorst #4

Residential complex in Bielefeld-Stieghorst.

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01/27/2020

The 'Rieselfelder Windel' is a nature reserve in the southwest of Bielefeld in the district 'Senne' with small ponds and wetlands. Originally an industrial company of the textile industry discharged its waste water here. This is long gone and would not be allowed today. However, this has given rise to the present landscape, which would not exist here otherwise.

The photos on this page were taken on a Sunday evening in January. All with the Sony Alpha 7RIV, the Sony SEL 4/ 24-105 mm G OSS and the SEL 4/ 12-24 mm G lens.

 

Reflection in a pond

Reflection in a pond at 'Rieselfelder Windel'.

 

Reed in a pond

Reed in a pond at 'Rieselfelder Windel'.

 

Evening in the nature reserve 'Rieselfelder Windel' #1

Evening in January in the nature reserve 'Rieselfelder Windel'.

 

Evening in the nature reserve 'Rieselfelder Windel' #2

Evening in January in the nature reserve 'Rieselfelder Windel'.

 

Evening in the nature reserve 'Rieselfelder Windel' #3

Evening in January in the nature reserve 'Rieselfelder Windel'.

 

Evening in the nature reserve 'Rieselfelder Windel' #4

Evening in January in the nature reserve 'Rieselfelder Windel'.

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01/21/2020

Since 1980 there has been a waste incineration plant in the Bielefeld district of Heepen. At the first moment, when looking for an interesting photo motif, one certainly does not think of such facilities. But the location in the northeast of the city makes it worthwhile, I thought. From the ground you can't get a good view of the complex, but from a higher point of view it looks quite different. The two photos were taken from a altitude of about 80 meters above ground level. For a short moment the January sun came out. I took the chance.

 

Sunset over a waste incineration plant #1

Sunset over the waste incineration plant in Bielefeld-Heepen (Germany).

 

Sunset over a waste incineration plant #2

Sunset over the waste incineration plant in Bielefeld-Heepen (Germany).

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01/19/2020

Not far from Bielefeld's main station is the site of the 'Stadtwerke Bielefeld' (Public utility company). There is also a high chimney, which towers above all other buildings in Bielefeld. Actually I was in the area to photograph something completely different. But that was not as possible as I had thought. But the chimney in the thick morning fog looked very interesting and I took the opportunity for this picture. It was taken with the Sony Alpha R7IV and the Zeiss Batis Distagon 2/ 40 mm CF. Because it was still very dark, it was only possible with a tripod. The shutter speed was two seconds.

The second photo I took from a car park very close by. Here, however, with a wide angle lens, the Zeiss Batis Distagon 2/ 25 mm.

 

Chimney in the morning fog

Chimney in the morning fog (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Parking with chimney

Parking with chimney (Bielefeld, Germany).

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01/18/2020

There is actually not much more to say about the 'Sparrenburg'. It is the landmark of Bielefeld par excellence and I don't know how many times I have photographed there. This photo was taken just before sunrise on a January morning. At night the tower of the castle is illuminated. Here I took the photo at the foot of the castle wall and included a leafless tree in the picture to make the composition more interesting.

 

Walls at Sparrenburg Castle

Walls at Sparrenburg Castle (Bielefeld, Germany).

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01/04/2020

My last photos from the year 2019: On December 29th I let my drone ascend over the 'Nordpark' in Bielefeld early in the morning. It was cold and the distance view was really good. In the middle of the picture you can see the big chimney of the public utility company. The city center of Bielefeld is on the right side.

The first picture of the winter sunrise was taken around eight o'clock. The other two then each 15 minutes later. It was interesting to see how within half an hour the light mood changed and the colours became warmer and warmer.

I took the photos again with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. The flight altitude was about 80 meters above the ground.

 

Winter sunrise over Bielefeld at eight o'clock

Winter sunrise over Bielefeld at eight o'clock in the morning (Germany)

 

Winter sunrise over Bielefeld at a quarter past eight

Winter sunrise over Bielefeld at a quarter past eight in the morning (Germany)

 

Winter sunrise over Bielefeld at half past eight

Winter sunrise over Bielefeld at half past eight in the morning (Germany)

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