summer painter

summer painter

urk, the netherlands, summer 2014

i borrowed the title from one of bill callahan’s songs (click, hear) and i think it fits in at least two ways: first, in the song the painter also paints (names on) boats and secondly, we have visited a concert of bill callahan during our stay in the netherlands. it took place in a very nice open air theater in nijmegen that helped tremendously in creating the fantastic atmosphere during this concert.

while i’m at it, there are quite a lot of concert pictures to be found on my cncrt pctrs page. on the newer pictures there typically is also a flickr link available that takes you to the respective flickr gallery of this concert.

here’s one shot from the bill callahan concert in nijmegen and my first try to use the m.zuiko 40-150mm at concert photography. i was pleasantly surprised…

 

 

back from…

back from...

holland, of course!  everything in the quiz post hints to holland, don’t you think?

(a) the main orientation in the  image goes straight to the west (if you go to the west from berlin, you will certainly end up in holland before dropping into the ocean). (b) the structure in the picture clearly shows an uppercase H (you guessed it, H for Holland). (c) the dominant colour in the photograph is grey and that really works fine as an allegory for the weather this summer in holland. and last but not least (d) the cables show the classic rood-wit-blauw (red, white and blue) colours of the dutch flag.

and of course i’ve made all this up just now (except (d)).

thanks a bunch to all participants in the guessing game!  if you happen to visit berlin someday (and if you were interested of course) i’d happily throw a round of bitterballen in a quite dutch frietsalon just around the corner here in friedrichshain.

in the picture above you can see the delicious bitterballen as they are served in the rijksmuseum in amsterdam.

where am i?

where am i?

since i am on holiday at the moment i thought i could auto-post this little riddle. and no, i am not on vacation behind the shelves at the office. this picture should only serve as a hint at my current whereabouts. and here is one more: it’s neither russia nor france.

i’m looking forward to your guesses solutions in the comment section :)

downstairs

downstairs

another one from beelitz heilstätten.

i made this with the 26mm f1.4 toy lens by slr magic. this very toy lens was the topic of my first post here on .documenting.the.obvious about 550 posts ago. i took the lens with me because i hoped the swirly bokeh could come in handy in such an abandoned setting, and it did. otherwise i haven’t used it very much since that first blog post…

if you do like stairs then be sure to check out fellow blogger stefan rolleck’s ‘treppauf treppab’ series

give way

give way

i’d do it…

i’m not really sure what i like in this picture but i definitely like it. it’s probably the reduced palette with that exposed spot of red and all these nice varieties of green. it could of course be the content. the traffic sign looks a little bit lost and pointless in all the landscape (it wasn’t of course in reality). probably it’s a combination of both. that’s how it is supposed to work, right?

yrotciv

yrotciv

it’s a really unusual rainy summer in berlin. we do have great warm and sunny weather but we also have really impressive showers quite often. but then again – photo opportunities, yay!

this is the siegessäule (victory column) in berlin tiergarten. i’ve featured it from its top quite a while ago already here.