Christmas Lighting Bahnhofstrasse Zurich

The Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich (Switzerland) is one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world. Every year iconic lighting is installed for the Christmas period. Here are some pictures I took when it was raining, to capture the reflection of the lights on the wet streets. Again I was very grateful that my Nikon D750 and Tamron 35 1.8 lens are weatherproof…christmas lights bahnhofstrasse-2christmas lights bahnhofstrasse-4christmas lights bahnhofstrasse-6christmas lights bahnhofstrasse-8

Grindelwald in the rain and snow

In October I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in beautiful Grindelwald (CH). A village surrounded by famous mountains; the Eiger, the Jungfrau, and the Mönch. The first day was there was drizzling rain all day, the second day it snowed. Due to the clouds, I did not have much opportunity to see the mountains. However, due to the fact that my Nikon D750 and Tamron 35 1.8 lens are weatherproof, I did manage to take a number of pictures. I hope you enjoy them!

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Equipment used : Nikon D750 | Tamron 35 mm 1.8 VC | Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8


 

Big Heads Martin Schoeller Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam

I really enjoyed visiting the exposition Big Heads by German photographer Martin Schoeller in the Fotomuseum earlier this year. ‘Big Heads’ is a series of close-up portraits taken of (mostly) celebrities, taken with a wide angle lens from a short distance with a large format camera and a large aperture. The pictures only show the face of the subjects – even their necks are not visible.

Martin Schoeller explains this unusual perspective from the fact that, when he was an unknown photographer, he did not get much time and possibilities to influence the location or the clothing of his subjects. Cleverly, he decided to turn this weakness in a strength. Instead, the had to work fast and accept the location and clothing as a given.

Martin Schoeller explains the choice of celebrities as subjects due to this upbringing in post-war Germany where heroes and worshipping them, was not done due to the second world war. For this reason, he was surprised by the celebrity culture in the USA when he emigrated to this country.

Prior to establishing himself as an independent photographer, he worked as an assistant for Annie Leibovitch. He credits his technique to Bernd and Hilla Becher, who became famous for their work of identical industrial installations.

The Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam is located in Katendrecht, in the neighborhood of Hotel New York. the former terminal building of the HAL (Holland America Line). Here a number of emigrants left Europe for the US.

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All pictures were taken with a Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 (Mark I)


 

Walking from Amersfoort to Woudenberg

Another series of pictures I took during a walk in Holland. This time from Amersfoort to Woudenberg. I discovered my Olympus OMD EM10 (Mark I) in combination with my 17mm 1.8 Zuiko lens is becoming my favorite set-up for these occasions. Given the speed of my companions during these walks, I do not have time to switch lenses anyway…

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The Hague Central Station

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Amersfoort

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Amersfoort – ‘De Bollenburgh’ – Residence of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, who was born in this city and executed as a result of a conflict with Maurits van Oranje 

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‘Forever Autumn’ – One of the favorite songs of my youth

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Estate Den Treek

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Area 51?

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Part of the Dutch Defense Line – ‘De Grebbelinie’. Another highlight in the Dutch military history.


All pictures taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M10 (Mark I) camera in combination with a Zuiko 17 mm 1.8 lens. Recorded in Raw; post-processed in Adobe Lightroom.


Utrecht canals at night

Amsterdam rightfully has a reputation for its great canals, but Utrecht has great canals as well. As a matter of fact, parts of the Dutch B-movie Amsterdamned were filmed here.

A special feature of them are the so-called ‘werfkelders’. Werfkelders are basements with an entry on a pavement next to the canal (see for instance where the white stairs in the first picture are ending). Quite often they are home to cosy bars and restaurants.

A while ago I took some shots in the evening with my Olympus OMD-EM10 (Mark 1) and my Zuiko 17 mm 1.8 lens.

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All pictures were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 in combination with  a 17 mm 1.8 lens. Recorded in Raw; post-processed in Adobe Lightroom.


Ensemble Points Cardinaux in Thalwil

I am very grateful for the fact that the Reformed Church of Thalwil regularly organizes concerts. Last Sunday a concert was given by the Ensemble Points Cardinaux. The members of the Points Cardinaux ensemble think that German composer Georg Philip Telemann is underrated compared to his contemporaries J.S. Bach and G.F. Händel. For this reason, they decided to develop a special program ‘A Magdeburger in Paris’. A program which did not only feature work of Telemann but also of Francois Couperin and Jean-Martin Hotteterre.

It was a beautiful concert, the audience was so enthusiastic that the asked for (and got) and encore. Thank you Stephanie Haensler (violin), Denise Fischer Baumann (flute), Alex Jellici (viola da gamba) and Matthias Lanz (harpsichord) for giving the audience such a beautiful evening. Thank you Reformierte Kirche Thalwil for organizing this.Point Cardinaux TMP-1Point Cardinaux TMP-2Point Cardinaux TMP-3Point Cardinaux TMP-4Point Cardinaux TMP-5Point Cardinaux TMP-6Point Cardinaux TMP-7Point Cardinaux TMP-8Point Cardinaux TMP-9Point Cardinaux TMP-10Point Cardinaux TMP-11Point Cardinaux TMP-12Point Cardinaux TMP-13Point Cardinaux TMP-14Point Cardinaux TMP-15Point Cardinaux TMP-16Point Cardinaux TMP-17Point Cardinaux TMP-18


All pictures taken with a Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100


 

Art City Rotterdam

Had a wonderful afternoon in Rotterdam yesterday. I first walked around the so-called Cube houses at the Blaak. Then I walked to van Beek, my favorite art supplies shop. Here I attend a workshop with glazing techniques (see the result below).

Afterwards I took a stroll from the Wijnhaven to the City. Along the way I bumped into Fokko Muller – Street photographer and Olympus Visionary.

Later I came across a great performance by singer bass player Xenia. She was accompanied by Manfred on drums and Mohammed as MC. Afterwards they were kind enough to pose for some portraits.

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Cube Houses Blaak

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Wijnhaven

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Fokke Muller – Streetphotographer and Olympus Visionary

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Xenia, Manfred and Mohammed

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Manfred

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MC Mohammed

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Demonstration for an Independent Scotland in the Hague

Yesterday morning I woke up with to the sound of bagpipes. I quickly took my camera and started looking for the source of the noise, … I mean music.

When I got to the corner of the Malieveld in the Hague, I met a number of incredibly nice people who were planning to hold a demonstration that day for an independent Scotland. Unfortunately I could not march with them, but I had the opportunity to take a couple of nice pictures. I hope they had a great day and wish them every success in pursuing their course!

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Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens, Recorded in RAW, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.