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06/12/2020

Somewhere there are always poles of high voltage lines in the picture. At least that's how it is in German landscapes. Many wild landscapes no longer exist in Central Europe, but there are many towns and communities that need to be supplied with electricity. The expansion of renewable energy sources also makes it necessary to build more power lines. I have consciously integrated power lines into my pictures and in the end it is more honest than always taking pictures around them or retouching them out of pictures.

In this case the power line itself is the motif. Near Halle in Westphalia new lines with special big pylons are under construction.

 

High-voltage line under construction #1

High-voltage lines under construction on a field (Halle in Westphalia, Germany). 

 

High-voltage line under construction #2

High-voltage lines under construction on a field (Halle in Westphalia, Germany).

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06/11/2020

When you go on a forest hike, you don't usually look for cement or asphalt mixing plants. I haven't done that either. But during a 20-kilometre hike in the Teutoburg Forest from the castle 'Ravensburg' near Halle in Westphalia to Steinhagen I came across the asphalt mixing plant in Hesseln. It is located in the middle of the forest in a small valley. I found it photographically very interesting.

 

Asphalt mixing plant Hesseln #1

Hesseln asphalt mixing plant in the Teutoburg Forest (Hesseln, Germany).

 

Asphalt mixing plant Hesseln #2

Hesseln asphalt mixing plant in the Teutoburg Forest (Hesseln, Germany).

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06/08/2020

In the early Middle Ages the region of Westphalia belonged to the area where the historic Germanic tribe of the Saxons settled. Until the conquest of the area by Charlemagne in the years 772 to 804 AD, the inhabitants of the region were not Christianised and it may have taken several centuries before the Christian faith finally asserted itself against the old Germanic religion. From this early time there are hardly any architectural testimonies left. This is also due to the fact that stone buildings were practically unknown. An exception are church buildings and monasteries. One such early church building was erected before 789 AD by the nobleman Waltger von Dornberg in the area of today's Bielefeld district 'Deppendorf'. The old church of 'Müdehorst' is one of the oldest churches in Westphalia. The location of the church was long unknown. In 1949 the foundations were rediscovered. In the 1990s, systematic archaeological investigations took place.

The outlines of the church building, which was already of considerable size for that time, can be seen well in the field today. I had always intended to photograph the place. But the foundations for a photo are not very impressive. I solved the photographic problem by choosing an evening with a beautiful sunset and dramatic clouds to take a picture.

More information about the 'Kirche von Müdehorst' is available in German on the website of the 'Historischer Verein für die Grafschaft Ravensberg e.V.'.

 

Old church of Müdehorst #1

Foundations of the old church of 'Müdehorst' in Bielefeld-Deppemdorf at sunset. The church was founded before 789 AD by the nobleman Waltger von Dornberg, shortly after the conquest of the region by Charlemagne. This makes it one of the oldest churches in Westphalia. Some decades ago, the remains were rediscovered during archaeological excavations.

 

Old church of Müdehorst #2

Foundations of the old church of 'Müdehorst' in Bielefeld-Deppemdorf at sunset. The church was founded before 789 AD by the nobleman Waltger von Dornberg, shortly after the conquest of the region by Charlemagne. This makes it one of the oldest churches in Westphalia. Some decades ago, the remains were rediscovered during archaeological excavations.

 

Fields at the church of Müdehorst

Fields near the church of 'Müdehorst' on an evening in June 2020 (Bielefeld-Deppendorf, Germany).

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06/07/2020

Friday, 5 June 2020, was a day of rather stormy weather here in Bielefeld. Clouds and rain. After I had already photographed the wind turbines in Bielefeld-Brönninghausen a few days before in the morning with nice weather, the completely different weather situation offered itself to take pictures again. With completely different mood. When I was there at about 8 o'clock in the evening, the conditions were really terrible. Grey sky, rain showers, wind. However, the sky opened from time to time. And to wait for these moments was worth it.

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

 

Wind turbine and cloudy sky #1

Wind turbine and cloudy sky near 'Brönninghausen' on an evening in June 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Wind turbine and cloudy sky #2

Wind turbine and cloudy sky near 'Brönninghausen' on an evening in June 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Wind turbine and cloudy sky #3

Wind turbine and cloudy sky near 'Brönninghausen' on an evening in June 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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06/05/2020

From last weekend I still have two nature photos, which are worth to be shown. I walked along the 'Beckendorfer Mühenbach' - a small brook in the hilly country - in the Bielefeld district 'Theesen'.

Both pictures were taken with the Fujifilm GFX50R camera. The photo of the foxglove with the lens Fujinon GF 5.6/ 100-200 mm R LM WR OIS and the second photo of the ox-eye daisies with the Fujinon GF 3.5/ 50 mm R LM WR. Unfortunately I did not have a macro lens or an extension tube with me. But then it worked quite well.

 

Common foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

Common foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) in the fields near Bielefeld-Theesen (Germany).

 

Ox-eye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare)

Ox-eye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) in a field near Bielefeld-Theesen (Germany).

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06/04/2020

Meanwhile wind turbines are a determining element in German landscapes and there are also some in Bielefeld and surroundings. These are located on the eastern outskirts of the city in the district 'Brönninghausen'. I have been there very early in the morning and hoped for a nice light atmosphere with dramatic clouds. While the last days were summerly warm, a change of weather was announced and that is mostly a guarantee for a dramatic sky. In this case this was also the case.

Both pictures were taken with the Fujifilm GFX 50R camera. The lens Fujinon GF 4/ 23 mm R LM WR was used for the horizontal format and the Fujinon GF 3.5/ 50 mm R LM WR for the vertical format.

And on the way there I took photographs of a red poppy in a yellow-green wheat field. Admittedly not a very rare subject.

 

Wind turbines in Brönninghausen #1

Wind turbines in 'Brönninghausen' on a morning in June 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Wind turbines in Brönninghausen #2

Wind turbines in 'Brönninghausen' on a morning in June 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Red poppy #1

Red poppy in a wheat field in 'Brönninghausen' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Red poppy #2

Red poppy in a wheat field in 'Brönninghausen' (Bielefeld, Germany).

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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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