1212 - small-town atmosphere

sony nex 7 with sigma 30 f2.8 ex dn | f8.0 | ISO100 | 1/6

it's so great to have such a highly compact and portable equipment with you every day. the nex7 together with a second lens and my gorilla pod fit into my daily shoulder bag without any problems.

because of that i'm able to react to almost every given scenery at almost all times. so even longer exposures of (small-) townscapes with moving elements do not cause any difficulties for me.

2411 - transition

setup: sony nex 7 with sigma 30 f2.8 ex dn | 30mm | f2.8 | ISO100 | 1/1000 | lightroom 4.2

after an evening like yesterday's it's always good to face up to the opposite side of the society. while my girls were insensitively shopping in the rhein-neckar-mall of mannheim-viernheim, i had the time to stroll around the blocks. there weren't many coloured dots to find in the middle of the almost brown and partly abandoned environment.

setup: sony nex 7 with sigma 30 f2.8 ex dn | 30mm | f8.0 | ISO100 | 1/200 | lightroom 4.2

the transitions there from the occupied areas to the abandoned and inhospitable ones are hard, immediate and obvious. a suburb of mannheim in the year 2012: plain straight.

cu, trshptr

1711 - dreisam

setup: sony nex 7 with sigma 30 f2.8 ex dn | 30mm | f2.8 | ISO100 | 1/400 | lightroom 4.2

don't know if you have ever had a premonition of what was to come next at some point in your life. today this was the case with me.

unfortunately i wasn't allowed to bring my camera in the concert hall in freiburg where the famous german song writer herbert groenemeyer was performing with his old favs from former times for almost three hours in the evening. already during our journey there i had a vague premonition that my (small) camera bag could make problems and that was how it came that i had to deposit my nex at the wardrobe. despite a bit of initial anger we had a great concert with a lot of songs that weren't played on concerts for a long time.

anyhow, i had already captured a few impressions of freiburg during the afternoon, so that i can compensate the absence of my equipment in the evening for the daily posting with a nice street shot: this guy was waiting, maybe for the bus, on a bridge across the dreisam, the river that crosses freiburg's centre. moreover dreisam is the german word for "in a threesome" and funnily they were three who were waiting side by side.

cu, trshptr

0510 - raw

0510 - raw

setup: sony nex 7 with walimex pro 8 f2.8 fisheye | 8mm | f2.8 | ISO1600 | 1/20 | cornerfix & lightroom 4.2

a very special place in berlin is friedrichshain. also if you are the craziest guy all over the world you will not attract too much attention on the street in friedrichshain. a great many of the mostly young people of friedrichshain are very extroverted and make the scene quarter feel a bit strange if not crazy.

moreover an uncountable number of more or less beautiful street arts adorn the streets of friedrichshain. these facts together with the darkness of the night create a bit of an atmosphere of an end time movie, especially in the case that you really enter the dark and moody backyards like for instance the art gallery raw berlin has one attached to its main building where the dark shapes are already waiting for you.

cu, trshptr

1908 - retro charme

1908 - retro charme

setup: sony nex 7 with sigma 30 f2.8 ex dn | 30mm | f5.6 | ISO100 | 1/400 | lightroom 4.1

now, on sunday evening, the heat wave is almost over. we had a wonderful weekend at our beloved families and extended the trip for another night. therefor we will have to get up at five o'clock in the morning to arrive before noon at our place.

while walking through the town crimmitschau - the village where my mother lives belongs to it - we have spotted a tuned and modified trabant 601. the trabant is a car that was produced by the former east german car manufacturer veb sachsenring in zwickau. it was by far the most common vehicle in east germany. more information about the trabant on wikipedia.

the crumbled wall, the renewed street and the antique car - this could have been a retro-style scene of a movie from the 80s but it actually is the real life in 2012 in the eastern states of germany.

cu, trshptr

1307 - outstretched tongue

1307 - outstretched tongue

setup: sony nex 7 with sigma 30 f2.8 ex dn | 30mm | f4.0 | ISO100 | 1/320 | lightroom 4.1

friday, the 13th. time for a recapitulation of my portugal trip. time to review the top 100 of images and also time to show some more of these pics. pictures of the tough reality at our beloved holiday destinations.

i have shot a similar image of a tramp in constance, germany, some weeks ago. poverty doesn't stop at borders and cares little about nationality.

cu, trshptr

0707 - depth

0707 - depth

setup: sony nex 7 with sel 50 f1.8 | 50mm | f2.0 | ISO100 | 1/4000 | lightroom 4.1

unfortunately vacations seem to end always in the high of the personal emotions. just when we felt comfortable with the whole surroundings in lisbon, we sadly had to depart to faro to catch our flight to memmingen.

summarising can be said that the south of portugal is also definitely worth a journey or a even longer trip in vacations. thereby both the southern region around the algarve and the north around porto have their special issues and pros and cons: as i had supposed the southern landscape is more rocky and touristic than the rest of portugal, on the other hand the north-south shore of the north is more suited for surfing.

the duel between the cities porto and lisbon ends up in a tie: both cities are located at the atlantic coast and at the mouth of a big river. both profit from the maritime influence of the seafaring, the fishing and a dozens of thousands of seagulls. porto convinces with its naturalness and unobtrusiveness, whereas lisbon scores with its variety and a great nightlife. i think i'm going to see over both of them during the next years surf trips again.

a special detail of lisbon's townscape are its streets: cobbled streets and steep descent make your life a living hell if you are old and it teems down so that the cobblestones become slippery. what appears for the visitors as an eye candy, discommodes the lives of the local citizens. good if you can move hand over hand along a dozens of bollards.

1206 - rebellion of the kids

setup: canon eos 400d with efs 18-55mm | 28mm | f4.0 | ISO400 | 1/160 | lightroom 4

it's not what you say but how you say it. the tone of a few rebellious kids we observed in santa maria navarrese was questionable. but i want to let them get away with their rebellion - growing up and all that goes with it need strength and the ability to assert oneself.

cu, trshptr 

0906 - mugging

setup: canon eos 400d with efs 18-55mm | 27mm | f4.0 | ISO200 | 1/1000 | lightroom 4

really admirable that this hampered old couple had shouldered burden and stress of a bus or an air trip - they seemed to be dutch - only for some days of sightseeing. they were walking around alghero within the context of a guided tour group. although i haven't seen any smiles playing on their lips they for sure enjoyed the experiences they had gained in this historic city.

really pesky that this beggar-woman bothered the two of them. i indeed appreciate poverty and starvation of the immigrants but i'm not willing to accept a mafia-like rip-off - we met the lady later in the bus: her supposed baby was a doll.

fortunately the tourists had summed up the situation - they gave the beggar the cold shoulder.

cu, trshptr