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

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

Lost Trains at Gare Hombourg.

During my summer holiday i was in ”De Voerstreek” Located in Belgium’s province ‘Limbourg’. Very nice place to be, great hills and nature. I was on holiday with my daughter. Lucky for me she likes visiting places a lot and also like to pick up mu old Olympus E-Pl1 . So we went on some photography visits. Among thesevisits we saw these abandoned trains.

It has been a long time since i really made a settings error on my A7R. By accident i edited the AWB settings to add full yellows red and oranges as it could on the automatic chosen white balance. It is too bad that getting this fixed is very uneasy, but we always can choose for Black and White. This fits the subject just fine so here we go.

All shot with the Sony A7R using my 28mm F2.0, my 55mm F1.8 and the 16-35mm F4. All images processed with CaptureOne Pro 9.2.1 to my likings.

PZ

Krampnitz.

Krampnitz. First stop on our 2 weeks exploring holiday in Germany end May beginning June 2016. We had high hopes for this location which we didn’t visit 3 times before we were in Berlin. Reasons enough, security, the making of Hunger games und so weiter. But this time we went for it, seems to have calmed down a bit and reports on security were not that big anymore.

So we went in, straight to the building with the eagle…but….. As you can see in the pictures, closed. So we went around the building looking for an entrance we couldn’t find. We decided to get a few shots of details located on the outside of the building and then move on to buildings we could enter. But…..

….a white caddy, a guy pointing at us to approach him and that was Krampnitz.

Above the 4 shots that i dare to show out of the 9 i took. There will not be another attempt.

 

PZ

Toulouse

December the second of 2015 i went to a congress about healthcare for work. The congress was in Toulouse. Getting there seems easy, but not when Toulouse is covered in a very big fog…..so we had to evade to another airport, Bordeaux. A bus was waiting for us there to drive us to Toulouse….what a night. At 4.00 in the morning we arrived at our hotel, tired and a bit moody. But we had a congress to attend at 9 🙂

The congress was good, but Toulouse was just as good, the weather was great and i was happy i brought my E-M10 and 14 and 25mm lenses. Above a selection of shots taken during the 2 days stay in Toulouse.

Zeche Zollverein after an urbex fail.

Almost a year ago we wanted to go for some urban exploring to a well know prison in Germany. All went well, we found the place, met our friends of off we went.

All geared up and starting shooting away after 5 minutes we were not alone anymore. 6 German police officers joined our adventure…..to bad they didn’t appreciate us being there. So we had to leave….

We didn’t have a back up so decided to drive to Essen, Zeche Zollverein. Above are some photo’s i took that they. But the feeling we really had bad luck earlier that day never faded. I liked Duisburg better to be honest because you could get real close to the works, at Zolverein a lot of fences.

PZ