Sonntag, 28. Juli 2013

Composing - Church City

Church City

The idea for this picture I had after reading the book "Angels and Deamons" from Dan Brown.
Dan Brown describes in the book the Vatican City, Rom, mysterious Places and many churches.
I read the book and on my inner eye I saw a city with domes and churches.
After reading the book I wanted to create a picture.
Here the result, but I'm not really satisfied.
I think there is something missing or to much.
 Please help me with your criticism.
What do you think if you see the picture?
Let me know.
I'm really happy about criticism, so don't look and go,
take few minutes time, enjoy the picture and let me know your opinion.
It will be the first version of this picture, I think its still a work in progress.
Maybe I make some different versions.
So nach langer langer Zeit mal wieder ein Matte Painting von mir.
Die Idee hatte ich nachdem ich "Angels and Demons" von Dan Brown gelesen hatte.
In diesem Buch beschreibt er auf eine mysteriöse Weise die Vatikanstadt, Rom, 
verschiedene Plätze und Kirchen.
Als ich das Buch gelesen hatte, hatte ich immer ein Bild vor meinem inneren Auge.
Mit diesem Bild habe ich versucht das Bild in meinem Kopf auf den Bildschirm zu bringen.
Also hier ist das Ergebnis, aber so ganz zufrieden bin ich irgendwie nicht.
Es fehlt etwas oder es ist zuviel.
Ich weiß es nicht, auf jeden Fall stört mich noch irgendwas.
Aber das Bild ist ja auch noch nicht unbedingt fertig.
Vielleicht mache ich noch ein paar andere Versionen davon, die in eine andere Richtung gehen.
Nur aber eine Bitte an euch.
Bitte nehmt euch die Zeit, egal ob Profi in der Bildbearbeitung, 
Anfänger oder einfach nur Zuschauer. 
Spart nicht mit Kritik!
Lasst mich eure Meinung wissen, was könnte oder müsste ich noch verändern?
Würde mich wirklich freuen über rege Teilnahme.

Here are the main picture I use for "Church City"
This Stock-Photo is from the journal "Der Bildbearbeiter"
and it's free to use.

Freitag, 26. Juli 2013

Projekt 52 Black & White #2

It's time for a update for my Google+ Black & White photo project.
look here +Project 52 B&W 

Now many weeks are gone since the first blog-post about my project.
You remember? No? 

There was the first 13 weeks, 
13 pictures and now I will show you the next part of this project.
We are in the thirtieth week of this year and I'm ashamed.
I can show you only 12 pictures. 5 pictures be missing.
I had 5 weeks I had no time or I was on duty.
Maybe I make the 5 pictures later or I let they go.
It's a just for fun project and family and work is still on number one before photography.
But it's still a interesting photo project and brings me a lot of fun.
If you are interested take a look to the Google+ page and enjoy the project.
So it's time for the pictures.

Week 30 - Theme : Macro

The topic this week is macro, one of my favorite topics and I have a wonderful picture 
from a butterfly. It's not easy to process a macro in black & white but here I think it
works perfect. A wonderful portrait of this wonderful butterfly. 
Straight in the face.

Week 29 - Theme : Silhouette

With this topic I had some time problems. I had no idea and of course
not really pleasure to search for a motive.
In the last minute I had the idea as I looked at a toy horse from my daughter.
The moon shines very bright and I used the light to get the silhouette.
Now it looks like a wild horse.

Week 28 - Theme : Closure

This picture was a lucky found. On a wonderful Saturday we visited Regensburg.
A really wonderful city with so many photo motives. In the next time you will see here 
a lot of pictures from Regensburg. Narrow streets and funny buildings 
and a wonderful dome with a wonderful middle-age atmosphere.
In one of the narrow streets I found this door with this padlock. Perfect for the Closure Theme.
It looks really good in black & white I think.

Week 27 - Theme : Panoramic

Also a wonderful topic and also a nice opportunity to get more experience 
with my panorama adapter. The idea to make a panorama from a great highway bridge 
I had for a long time. The black & white project was the right moment for this.
Here you can see a bridge from the Highway 6 (A6) over a small valley.
There a bigger bridges but this one is near by me so I choose this one.
I think it's about 40 meters high and about 400 meters long.
Perfect motive for a panorama.

Week 26 - Theme : Architecture

You know I was in Ellwangen, a town in south Germany with a lot of wonderful architecture. 
Perfect for this topic.
 I select this one. In the town center of Ellwangen you find two churches, side by side.
On the left side the town church of Ellwangen, 
a protestant church who was built 1724 - 1729 in the baroque architectural style.
On the right side the Basilika St. Vitus, really a imposing church from the middle Ages.
 The Basilika was built in the 13th century in the late Romanesque architectural style.
Two different architecture styles side by side. I think this is really a good shot for this topic. 
I had the idea for a panorama because I didn't want to showing you a boring church.
This panorama is a compilation of 32 images and first I was annoyed about the car but now I think it works perfect to show you the size differences.
Yes I'm happy about the car. It's also a nice contrast to the old buildings. 
Yesterday I showed you the color version, you remember?
Which is your favorite? I prefer the monochrome version.

Week 25 - Theme : Shallow DoF

My contribution for this weeks topic.
First I thought an easy topic but I didn't want to show just a flower
 with the normal DoF of a macro lens.
I searched for an motive which I never shot before and this is not easy. 
But today I was in a sandpit and saw a wonderful digger with wonderful chains and ropes.
With a little rust a wonderful motive. Also the chains who hang into the blur looks good.

Week 24 - Theme : Get Low

This is a funny sports device for funny games.
Took on a school festival. Was really a funny evening.
It looks really amazing when adults are try to run with such things.
Also nice is the white line who ends at the house in background.

Week 22 - Theme : Technology

This picture from a Plasma globe is my contribution for this weeks theme Technology.
 I love the relaxing effect of such light toys.
Think Nikola Tesla the same?
He invented the „Inert Gas Discharge Tube“.
If you want to see more pictures from the Plasma Globe look
I like the monochrome Version but here I prefer the color version.

Week 21 - Theme : Curves

The curves of a woman are much better than other curves I think.
Here I have no more to say. Just look.

Week 16 - Theme : Fade

This was not really my topic.
Not an easy theme and this picture was my only try.

Week 15 - Theme : Flowers

 This is a yellow rose, of course in black and white.
I took this picture with my 180mm Macro and a SB800 flash which brings the light from the background. 
The light shines through the rose and bring a very soft effect. I love it!
It was the first time I used a flash on this position by a macro photo.
I think the result is really good.

Week 14 - Theme : Transportation

 My contribution for this topic was this old wreck. Many years I drive by this car, many years they still stand there how you see here. This car drives in the next time nowhere nevertheless this is also a transportation vehicle or it was. Love the wide angle effect and the background who is perfect for a car like this.
A nice detail are the lines of the car are in extension to the roof.
A nice decay picture in my opinion.
 So I hope you like the pictures as I do.
In few weeks the will be a new update for my project.
Hope you enjoy.

Donnerstag, 25. Juli 2013


In June I was four weeks in Ellwangen. A small town in Baden Württemberg.
A small town with a lot of architecture and a nice flair.
And of course a really good ice cream parlor. 
Direct in the town center and you have to buy a Sgroppino.
Have you ever drunk a Sgroppino?
A wonderful drink if its hot outside. Really delicious.
It consists of lemon ice, sparkling wine and vodka.
If you visit the next time a ice cream parlor, then order a Sgroppino.
You don't will regret.
But lets go back to Ellwangen.
I will start with a picture took from the graveyard.
Here you see a church in front. On the left side the town church and the Basilika St. Vitus.
 And on the right side on the hill the castle of Ellwangen.
I love this picture, like a post card motive and in black white the right choice to catch the flair.
   But first to the castle. Here you see the entrance area. 
It's a nice castle but for me not really interesting. 
I searched for motives but the parts who are interesting are under construction.
So I walked around the castle, enjoy the view and took more pictures from surround the castle
as from the castle himself.

This picture I took from the castle. Wonderful view over Ellwangen.
Here you see the Basilika St. Vitus and the town center of Ellwangen. 
You can see, it's really a small town but the architecture is wonderful.
After the castle I drove in the city. Now I will show you some pictures from the Basilika.
Also a nice building, side by side to the town church. 

Now I will show you two panorama pictures from the Basilika.
The first picture is a panorama processed with more than thirty pictures.
I love the angle and the lines from the distortion.
In the town center of Ellwangen you find two churches, side by side.
On the left side the town church of Ellwangen, 
a protestant church who was built 1724 - 1729 in the baroque architectural style.
On the right side the Basilika St. Vitus, really a imposing church from the middle Ages. 
The Basilika was built in the 13th century in the late Romanesque architectural style.
Two different architecture styles side by side. 
This picture was also my contribution for the architecture topic of my 
black and white photo project on Google+
But this time in color. I will show you the monochrome version in another blogpost.

 And now just some pictures from the Ellwangen town center.
Nice facades and balconies are here.  

 Before you wonder what this is for a head.
Here you see the balcony.
 And now another picture from the graveyard, this time with the church on the hill 
in the background. If you follow my blog, you know the last picture from the wonderful church.
Wish you a nice day. 

Samstag, 20. Juli 2013

living behind the house

So I'm two weeks at home. 
The only thing I have to do, is going to the rehabilitation.
So I have time to show you some pictures.
On my desktop wait a lot of pictures for the blog.
In the last days I had no pleasure to sit a lot of time on my computer.
The weather is really good and it's a waste of time to sit in front of the machine.
I took a lot of photos and now I have the time to show you.
I enjoy now the weather on my balcony.
Now my body is not fit to make a lot of pictures
 but fit enough to show you the pictures I always took.
I will show you today some macro pictures from behind the house.
If you walk with open eyes through the garden, you can find a lot of live.
I will show you some pictures from different motives.
Some insects and some flowers.
Hope you enjoy.
So, ich bin jetzt erstmal zwei Wochen Krank geschrieben, vorerst.
Da aber niemand sagen kann das es so schnell aufwärts geht, gehe ich jetzt mal von 3 Wochen aus.
Schau mer mal. Jetzt heißt es erst einmal Reha. Hoffe das ich da recht schnell Erfolge vorweisen kann.
Da ich nun gehandicapt bin, habe ich mal wieder bissl mehr Zeit mich auf den Blog zu konzentrieren.
War in letzter Zeit sehr Internetfaul, was ja verständlich ist bei dem Wetter.
Habe noch sehr viel Bildmaterial im veröffentlichen Ordner und nun auch die Zeit. 
Dafür habe ich wohl weniger Zeit bzw Möglichkeit zu fotografieren da ich momentan einfach nicht 
mobil genug bin mit meinem Kadaver.
Nun sitze ich auf meinem Balkon und genieße das Wetter.
Zeigen möchte ich euch heute ein paar Bilder die in der letzten Zeit entstanden sind.
Es gibt mal wieder ein paar Makros zu sehen die irgendwo hinterm Haus entstanden sind.
Es zeigt mal wieder das wenn man mit offenen Augen durch die Welt geht, 
vor allem die kleinen Dinge einen immer wieder begeistern.
Hoffe euch gefallen die Bilder...

Mittwoch, 17. Juli 2013


What a fucking day?
Since Sunday I'm on a training and since Sunday I have big problems with my back.
Today it was the worst day and I can't participated the training.
So I went to the doctor and he sent me to a specialist for radiology.
It was the first time for me that I laid in a MRI.
It's an amazing feeling, like a part of Star Trek. Perfect for me as a science fiction fan.
But at the and the modern technique brings me the result.
Herniated disc,
and so the next weeks and months I have a strange medical program.
The perfect day for showing you some pictures from backsides from some animals.
Shit happens, everything will be alright, but sometimes it needs more time.

Was für ein scheiß Tag!
Seit Sonntag bin ich auf einem Lehrgang und seit Sonntag habe ich
 massive Probleme mit meinem Rücken.
Nur ein Nerv eringeklemmt dachte ich mir, wird schon wieder weg gehen.
Dachte ich. Heute war der schlimmste Tag, als mein rechtes Bein zwar anwesend war,
aber nicht funktioniert hatte, ja richtig Taub war, blieb mir nur noch der Weg zum Arzt.
Dieser überwies mich auch gleich noch zu einem Facharzt für Radiologie und 2 Stunden
später lag ich in der Röhre.
Für mich das erste mal in einem MRT. Wie im Raumschiff Enterprise, für mich als Science
Fiction Fan schon ne coole Sache.
Naja, und minuten später das Ergebnis der modernen Technik. Hatte es ja schon befürchtet,
Bandscheibenvorfall, gleich 2 mal.
Verdammt, passt mir gerade gar nicht,
aber was will man machen? Auf jeden Fall habe ich in den nächsten Wochen ein
Ärzte und Reha hickhack vor mir.
Hoffe mal man kommt um eine Operation drum rum und es geht schnell wieder seine
gewohnten Gänge, immerhin muss mein Kadaver noch paar Jahre halten.
Genau der richtige Tag für ein paar "Arschbilder".

Was solls, alles wird schon wieder gut werden, auch wenn das leider ab und zu mal länger dauern wird.

Weil es so schön aussieht nochmal. Irgendwie erinnert mich das an eine Zielscheibe.