Kulturpalast Dresden

The “Kulturpalast” in Dresden is one of the most recognizable architectural icons from the East German modernistic era of the 1960s and 1970s in the heart of Dresden. It received a complete overhaul over the last decade and was re-opened in April 2017. It is now as beautiful, in fact even more beautiful, than ever before. That’s true for the outside façade that stayed true to its origin as well as the modern interior that kept most of the references to the original design as well.

Leica MP | Kodak Ektar 100 | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH.

Summer in The City

As I had mentioned here before it’s always a nice surprise to discover the photos you had taken quite some time ago when you bring back a film from development. Also, seasons seem to become somewhat meaningless, because at least as in my case, it can take up to six months or longer until I manage to finish 36 exposures on a roll of film.

Same with today’s picture. Apparently taken in high summer (of 2018), it’s quite refreshing to see it in the middle of (allegedly) winter, lest we forget how summer feels like.

Leica MP | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. | Kodak Ektar 100

Nature Paints

It’s quite fascinating, even when there doesn’t seem to be hardly any color left on a trist and foggy winter morning, nature still preserves little specks of color that catch our attention. Add a little bokeh and if you are lucky sometimes nature photography can look like a painting.

Leica SL | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | 1/640s | f/1.4 | ISO 100

Winter is Not What It Used to Be

I can hardly remember a time where we used to have a sustained snow cover over at least a couple of days. Even temperatures below zero degrees Celsius seem to become scarcer and scarcer. Not that I’m a huge fan of winter, let alone winter sports, but the sight of a snow covered cityscape or landscape can warm you heart. OK, I hear the irony in that.

When I was visiting friends between Christmas and New Year – or as we Germans tend to say “zwischen den Jahren” (as in “between the years”) – we, as a matter of tradition, went on a little hike around a sort of lake (which in reality is just a bit of a bulge of the river Isar near Mammingen).

It was pretty cold, but there was not a hint of snow. Now, I wouldn’t even expect the fake lake to be frozen over but some hint of winter would have been nice. In particular for taking photos and trying to capture a “winter scene”. But as of late that seems to be almost an impossible undertaking.

For the time being, the images below will have to do as “winter pictures”.

All pictures taken with a Leica SL and a Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH.

Leica SL | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | 1/4000s | f/1.4 | ISO 100
Leica SL | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | 1/1600s | f/1.4 | ISO 100
Leica SL | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | 1/2500s | f/1.4 | ISO 100

Herbstspaziergang (Autumn Walk)

Going on a hike on a public holiday when autumn is showing off its best side on a bright and sunny October day is already very rewarding. Bringing back home some images that make you relive the day is yet quite another.

All pictures taken with a Leica SL and a Leica Summilux-M f/1.4 50mm ASPH.

DO1000046_editL1000050_editDO1000036_editL1000040-Bearbeitet_edit

Wandertag

Leica SL | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. | ISO 50 | 1/250s | f/8

Sometimes I struggle to stick to a certain style which I suppose great photographers develop over time, so when you see their images you immediately know it’s their very own work. I on the other hand seem to adapt every single time my style (if I have any) to the image and motive I’m dealing with when editing it. You could call that somewhat random – which it probably is.

The images in this post may serve as a good example. They were all taken during a hike and are landscape pictures. The picture above I shot in the Bohemian mountains during a pretty chilly and windy hike. Although I took it in color with my Leica SL later in post I decided it would look better in black and white with pretty harsh contrast reflecting the somewhat adverse weather conditions. So I went for it.

The two pictures below I took with my iPhone XS in the midst of the vineyards on a warm and sunny autumnal afternoon. The new XS got a great built-in camera, and as many smart photographers before me said: “The best camera is the one that you have with you.” And mostly that’s your phone. But then of course, despite the fact that the camera in the new “XS” is the best smartphone camera there probably is to date, there are certain limitations which again would distort your photographic “style” if you had any to begin with.

iPhone XS | 6mm | ISO 16 | 1/400s | f/2.4
iPhone XS | 6mm | ISO 16 | 1/1200s | f/2.4

In the end there is probably merit to both approaches of either sticking to a certain style to be recognizable or to adapt to the situation and motive. My Instagram feed (or even this blog) is never going to look as monolithic as many feeds of accomplished photographers I tend to follow. But I guess that’s alright too :).