Bastogne

On the 26th of July 2017 during my summer holiday my daughter and i visited Bastogne. We went to the WOII Memorial and visited the town. During our visit of the town i made the above shots which give an impression of what i saw in Bastonge.

All shots taken with my Fujifilm X30 and edited in CameraRaw and PS.

High res versions can be found in this Flickr album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskZRN1SL

PZ

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Pflegeheim H.E.

We visited this ‘Pflegeheim’ on our Urbex roadtrip in Harz, Germany early May this year. After i finished the bracketing shots with the Sony i decided to take out my Fuji X30 and make some shots. There was enough light available to shoot handheld without going over iso 400. All these shots are edited using camera raw.

I really like the X30, though i do think the shots need post processing to make them more interesting the output of this small sensor amazes me. Good companion even on urban exploration trips.

The Pflegeheim itself was very interesting, We both work in healthcare so we were amazed to see the stuff left behind, a small museum for us! We had a great explore here and left with a big smile because we didn’t know for sure we could still explore this location, rumors of it being renovated were a few months old but could have been true.

High resolution available on my flicker account in this album:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskWcjPLf

PZ.

Open lucht museum, Arnhem.

Visited the Open Air Museum in Arnhem, the Netherlands with my daughter on the 22nd of April 2017. Very nice museum and earlier in the year it’s not that crowded.

https://www.openluchtmuseum.nl/

Shot this entire series with my Sony A7R and Sony Zeiss 24-70mm F4 Fe. Post processing done with Capture One Pro 10 to my liking.

View high resolution on Flickr here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/strangeartifact/albums/72157679738604954

grtz, PZ

Immerath and Garzweiler II

On the fifth of january i visited the small village of Immerath and the Garzweiler II opencast mine which is very close. With me was my friend Edwin who i met online and share a big love for photography, we try to go out once in a while for a nice photowalk. This time a village and i mine, what is the relation between these two? Well the mine eats villages! And the village Immerath is next in line.

Immerath is almost a ghost town these days. Walking here was different. I visited Doel in Belgium but that was very colorful and cosier. Immerath felt cold and sad even on this sunny day. We walked the streets, we entered some houses and we talked about the feeling this village gave us. The following photo’s show Immerath as it is now. Not the most spectacular photo’s but more a documentation of what i saw.

After Immerath we drove to see the Garzweiler II Opencast mine. It was a nice short ride which took us through where the village of Pesch once was.

The mine itself was impressive, the machines are far away but it’s easy to guess the size of them. I had to use lot’s of telezoom to get the machines in the frame. Below are some shots taken at the mine form the ‘Aussichtspunkt’. Just the new end of a road which is gone now. In the series above you can see Edwin standing over the mine taking some shots, i didn’t dare walk on that sky view with my fear of heights.

If you want more information just google Garzweiler II, enough to be found on the villages, the mine, the machines.

PZ

Berlin through a Fuji X20.

Some weeks ago i posted concert pictures form ‘The Cure’ playing at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin. I used my newest camera a Fuji X20 which i bought for the occasion.

Nice small camera which i also carried with me walking the streets of Berlin the 2 days we didn’t went away for urban exploration. We roamed the streets of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.

In this blog entry you will see a series shot with the X20 processed in Adobe’s CameraRaw. I am happy with the look of the photo’s, they have a nice color rendition and are sharp enough. Just do not go pixel peeping. That is a lost cause compared to the full frame Sony. But still, i like the X20 and will keep it!

PZ

Dickens.

Saturday December the 18th my daughter and i visited ”Dickens Festijn” in Deventer. This is a yearly returning event and a lot of spectators from the Netherlands but also surrounding countries like Belgium and Germany visit. Crowded, well yes. 150.000 people over the days you can visit. This meant we had to wait for an hour and a half before we could enter and photography was difficult, everybody wants the prime spot to watch!

Above a series converted to black and white. I used Adobe Camera raw for the processing of the two series. Two days before this event i acquired a Olympus M.Zuiko ED 60mm 2.8 Macro. I read in reviews this lens was also useful as a portrait lens so i only used this one. I immediately fell in love with this lens, wide open rendering and sharpness is on high level, a very good purchase to accompany my E-M10 MK2. Below a series processed in color.

You can view high resolution versions at my Flickr account:

Dickens Festijn Deventer 2016

Hope it was fun reading and watching!

PZ