Spring is in the air…..

so here’s a look back to winter in the Harz mountains….

Leica M9; Summilux 50; Summicron 35; VSCO;

The Summer of Love

This was taken in August last year when things were just a little easier….. The good times will return, promise!

Leica M9M; Summilux 50;

Lest We Forget….

We will remember them….

Leica M9; Summicron 35mm; VSCO

Lerouge 6×6 Pinhole Camera; Kodak Portra 400

Home learning…

I’m not quite sure he’s the most attentive pupil, but he’s doing his best….

Leica M9; Summicron 35; VSCO

Singapore Part 1

The decision to travel to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur at the begining of February was not easily made. There were 30 odd confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Singapore when we left for south-east Asia, looking back 6 weeks later and Germany has just hit the 60,000 mark with the whole planet in dire stress…..

Looking back I think we maybe should have stayed down there!

Stay safe folks and take care!

Leica M9; Leica M9M; Summicron 35; Summilux 50; VSCO

Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin – Part 2

Here’s the second part of the shoot…. reminds me of past times.

Leica M9M; Leica M9-P; Summilux 50; Summicron 35; Elmar 21; VSCO

Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin – Part 1

The current situation allows me to get around to all the things I’ve been wanting to do for ages…… so here’s the first post in the Corona crisis.

Here are a few shots taken at the Luftwaffen museum Berlin which was formerly RAF Gatow until German reunification. There are lots of different aircraft and a lot of military equipment on view from both sides of the iron curtain.

Leica M9M; Leica M9-P; Summilux 50; Summicron 35; Elmar 21; VSCO

Israel Part Three (Monochrome) – Jerusalem

I did have some qualms about taking pictures at the Western Wall, however I wasn’t there on the Shabbat and no one is recognisable so I don’t think anyone will be offended…..

Leica M9M; Summilux 50; Summieren 35; Elmar 21; VSCO

The end of Summer….

Apparently when the combine harvesters arrive, the summer comes to an end…..

Leica M9; Summicron 90mm; VSCO

The End of Summer

Fire Starter

Hot lady….

Leica M9; Summilux 50; VSCO

…and then it was all over….

But here’s something to chase away those post-Christmas blues…..

Leica M9; Summilux 50; VSCO

Emirates Girls….

After a rather difficult period I’m rekindling my love of photography. Returning to visit Dubai has undoubtedly helped, offering me a host of different motifs that I just couldn’t resist. Watch this space for more from this place and elsewhere….

Leica M9; Summilux 50; Lightroom; VSCO

Knickers to you…..

or a visit to the Hackischen Höfe (Berlin) with a rather surreal analogue film.

Be sure to scroll through all the pictures. Strange sights, strange film, I particularly like the camel with a camera…..

Leica M6; Summicron 35mm; ADOX Color Implosion



in the Winter….

Leica M9; Summilux 50; VSCO

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The rest of Autumn….

This was taken with the old Rolleiflex and a very particular high definition film from ADOX with 12 ISO.

Rolleiflex 3.5f; Planar 75mm f3.5; ADOX Film and Kodak Portra 400


And then there was Toulouse…

….the last trip of the year in fact.

Fujifilm X100; Fujinon 23mm f2; Lightroom and VSCO

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The Seaside…. Part Two

Lytham St. Annes – It would have been such a lovely place to live…..


The Seaside…. Part One

Back to Jenny Brown’s point to visit Muffer……

Salford Quays

It’s changed a little bit since my first visit in the 1980s…..

Leica M9; Summilux 50; Lightroom



Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho…..

it’s off to work we go, albeit in a rather spectacular neighbourhood….

Leica M9; Summilux 50; VSCO


The twenties film star….

in the late afternoon…..

Leica M9; Summilux 50mm;  VSCO

When September comes….

Leica M9; Summilux 50; Summicron 35; VSCO

A Walk in the forest….

with Ulrike!

Rolleiflex 3.5 F (Mark III / IV); Carl Zeiss Planar 3.5f; Fuji Pro 400H; Epson V500

Late Summer in Eastern Germany….

Leica M9; Summilux 50mm; Summicron 35; VSCO

Daniel’s Leaving…

he’s moving on to bigger and better things…..

Leica M2; Summicron 35; Kodak T-MAX 400

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Weißsee Austria

A week in Austria – lovely place!

Leica M9; Summilux 50; Summicron 35; VSCO

Metamorphosis – Teufelsberg (Berlin)

The Teufelsberg is an artificial hill in the middle of Berlin. It is made up of the rubble that was cleared out of the heavily bombed city after the war. It is the highest point in Berlin and lies in the former British sector. The British and the Americans built a listening post on the top so they could intercept messages far into the eastern sectors. After the wall came down the occupying powers withdrew and the numerous investment projects have failed leaving the former listening facility in the hands of artists and musicians. A true metamorphosis!

Leica M9; Summilux 50; Summicron 35; Lightroom & VSCO

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Week Twelve – The grass is always greener…..

Spring in Brandenburg….

Konica Hexar; Konica 35mm f2; Fujichrome Provia 400X

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Week Eleven – Sleepless in Seattle…

Just a short trip, hence the sleeplessness….

Leica M9; Summilux 50mm; Lightroom & NIK

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Week Ten – Singers….

I’ve amended my blog just a little to include not only the place I call home but also some of the more interesting locations that I’ve come across this blogging year. To kick this off I’ve found a place that couldn’t be more different from Brandenburg!

(Best viewed full size!)

Leica M9; Summicron 50mm; Lightroom

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Week Nine – A Right Royal Evening….

Neues Palais during the early evening sunset…..

Leica M9; Summicron 35mm; Lightroom

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Week Eight – Renewable….

There’ll come a time soon when I won’t find a landscape without one of these……

Leica M9; Summicron 35mm; Lightroom

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Week Seven – Winter Havel…

no snow but still pretty cold…

Fujifilm X-T1; Fujinon 10-24mm f4; Lightroom

Week 7 - Winter Havel

Week Six – Fantasia….

Nothing is as it seems….

Leica M9; Summilux 50; Summicron 35; Lightroom & NIK

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Week Five – The Forger….

Find the forger….

Leica M9; Summilux 50 / Summicron 35; Lightroom / NIK

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Week Three – A little ditty about…..

 Jack and Diane… Randy and Evi….

A Brandenburger winter at its best….

Konica Hexer AF; 35mm f2; Kodak T-Max 400

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Week 51 – Daniel…

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Week 50 – Maria…


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Week 49 – Zoltan…

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Week 44 – Safiya….

Week 44 - Safiya

Week 40 – Forever Young….

Summer in Ahrenshoop….

Week 40 - Forever Young

Week 37 – The Carrolls

…or happy families!

Leica M2

Elmar f=5cm 1:2.8

Kodak T-Max 400

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Week 33 – Renate…

…in Warsaw….

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujinon 35mm f1.4

Lightroom & NIK

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Week 29 – Ol’ Blue Eyes….

There’s plenty of Beverly Hills 90210 in the man yet…..

Fujifilm X-T1

Fujinon 56mm f1.2

Lightroom & VSCO

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Week 25 – The Sudanese Lady….

who gave me coffee….

This old camera and lens combination never ceases to amaze me….

Leica M2

Elmar f=5cm 1:2.8

Kodak BW400CN

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Week 10 – The Philosopher….

Meet a good friend of mine…..

Fuji X-Pro1

Fujinon 35mm f1.4

Aperture & NIK & VSCO (Ilford HP5+)

Week 10 - Matthias


Week 3 – Singapore Girls….

….or perhaps girls in Singapore would be more appropriate. Thanks for looking after us at the Singapore Air Show!

I spent a lot of time recently trying to figure out whether to buy the X-Pro 1 or the M6. As you can see I opted for the X-Pro 1 (with the excellent Fujinon 35mm f1.4 lens) which gives me a little more creative leeway by using the option of converting the digital files to my favourite film type with VSCO.

Fuji X-Pro 1
Fujinon 35mm f1.4
Aperture and NIK

VSCO (Kodak Portra 160)

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Week 2 – Hassan….

It’s always good to get home for a few days, especially when you get to meet up friends you’ve not seen for a long time.

Thanks for the lovely evening and of course the excellent food!

Fujifilm X-Pro 1

Funjinon 35mm f1.4

Aperture and NIK

Week 2 - The Visionary

Week 25 – Brick Lane

We went for a curry down Brick Lane, I think my Jalfrezi days might just be over……!

Fujifilm X100
Fujinon f2 23mm
Aperture and NIK
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Week 22 – Our Hols (Part 2)….

Okay here comes part two….

Sorry about the obligatory “Elk-Shot”, if you pardon the pun, but it just had to be done!

Does anybody know the significance of Friedolf’s bakery in the next to last shot?

Canon 5D
Canon 24-105 f4
Aperture and NIK
Fujifilm X100
Fujinon f2 23mm
Aperture and NIK

Istaby - Blekinge, Sweden

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Week 15 – The Garden….

… and back to digital and I think for the duration.

Just pottering around the garden looking for inspiration and trying to find my photography way.

Canon 5D
Canon 24-105 mm 1:4 IS or Canon 50 mm 1:1.4 or Canon 70-200mm 1:4
Canon Speedlite 430 EXII and Yongnuo 
Aperture and Nik

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Week 14 – Green Trees ….

There is much talk about the “Energy Turnaround” here, especially after Fukushima. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether it’s beneficial to the environment or not….

I’m trying to rekindle my love with my Canon 5D at the moment and that coupled with my incompetence with my last roll of film means that you’re getting digital images remastered as Kodak Portra 400 nc (Natural Colour) this week.

Canon 5D
Canon f4 24-105
ISO 320
Aperture and Nik

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Week 11 – Schleizer Dreieck (Revisited)

Continuing on the subject of cars …. Germany’s oldest natural (or temporary) race track.

The Schleizer Dreieck (Triangle) has featured in my blog before, back in May 2011 (Week-19 – The Schleizer Triangle), this time on film, from a slightly different perspective and a month earlier in the year.

Picture 1:
Fuji GA 645 PRO
Fujinon 1:4 f=60mm
Fuji Pro 400H
Epson Perfection V500
Pictures 2, 3 and 4
Zenza Bronica ETRS
Zenzanon f1:2.8 75mm
Fuji Pro 400H
Epson Perfection V500

Week 11 - Natural Circuit IWeek 11 - Natural Circuit II Week 11 - Natural Circuit III….. and finally I leave you with this, the last of its kind (for the next six months at least) ….. promise 😉

Week 11 - Natural Circuit IV

Week 10 – Je ne sais quoi

For someone who has thrown all new technology (camera-wise) to the wind these past six months, I was really able to appreciate these beauties. I hope you do too!

P.S. If anyone has any information about these cars do let me know please!

Zenza Bronica ETRS
Zenzanon f1:2.8 75mm
Kodak 400 T-MAX
Rodinal 1:50
Epson Perfection V500
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Week 9 – The Wrong Path ….

….which all depends on your point of view of course!

I’d like to credit whoever was responsible for these works of art, but I don’t unfortunately know who created them. But if you happen to be in the area they can be found here Graffiti

Zenza Bronica ETRS
Zenzanon f1:2.8 75mm
Kodak Portra 400
Epson Perfection V500
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Week 8 – Beware the Ides of March …..

no real change here folks…… yet!

(and as I will be taking next week’s entry this week don’t hold your breath, because we’ve had lots more snow!)

Zenza Bronica ETRS
Zenzanon f1:2.8 75mm
Fuji PRO 400H
Epson Perfection V500
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Week 7 – Promises, promises ….. some broken, some kept….

Last week was supposed to be the last of the gloomy winter posts, well forget it! Spring did appear for a couple of days and probably decided it was definitely too cold to come out. The promise kept was from Week 41 – Werderscher Damm last year, when I said I’d be back!

I won’t make any more promises about the weather, promise!

Pictures 1,2 and 4 
Zenza Bronica ETRS
Zenzanon f1:2.8 75mm
Kodak Portra 400
Epson Perfection V500
Picture 3:
Fuji GA 645 PRO 
Fujinon 1:4 f=60mm
Kodak Portra 400
Epson Perfection V500

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Week 7 - Promises, promises II

Week 2 – Ribbeck & Co.

These were taken in Ribbeck (Havelland) and surrounding area.

Zenza Bronica ETRS
Zenzanon 75mm 2.8
Kodak Portra 400
Epson Perfection V500
EPSON scanner image
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Week 1 – Bitterly Cold

I can honestly say that I know of no place on earth, where the wind blows straight through you as it does in that dirty miserable megalopolis that is Berlin in winter. I still love it though.

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I managed to meet-up with an old friend while he was visiting. We hadn’t seen each other since we last met while I was studying and he was serving in the same town in 1990. Time flies and neither of us have change one little bit! 😉

EPSON scanner image

I’m back for another 53 and I’d be very happy if you would accompany me for the duration!

Rollei 35 S
Rollei HFT Sonnar 2.8 / 40mm
Kodak Portra 400
Epson Perfection V500

Week 52 – The Pyramid

It’s not quite over yet…. but it will be soon.

Round three? To be honest I’m not really sure. If I do do it, then it will definitely be in a different manner.
What do you think? Should I stay or should I go?

Zenza Bronica ETRS
Zenzanon 75mm f 2.8
Kodak Portra 400
Epson Perfection V500

The Pyramid

Week 50 – Old Friends……

EPSON scanner image

Perhaps a little less of the old……

I get the niggling feeling people are getting a bit sick of me sticking a camera in their faces. Never mind I’ve not quite finished yet!

Taken with the Canon EOS 30v and Canon 50mm 1.4 combination on my favourite Fuji PRO 400H film.

Week 35 – The ILA and Türk Hava Kuvvetleri

The Berlin Air Show has come and gone, thanks to the Turkish Air Force for a great display…..

Week 34 – backstoltz

Bit of a “selfie” this week, only the second time ever!

It was taken during a late summer evening’s stroll to the local ice café.

Week 33 – Good Morning, Morning ….

This somehow reminds me of a song I used to listen to when I was a kid.

Mike Harding wrote
“I was a penniless student wandering round Manchester, staying up all night in all-night cafes making a cup of coffee last for ever and arguing about life and politics through the night. This song is about the morning after when the sun came shouting into the city and, faintly delirious and high on the pure wonder of being alive, I wandered round watching the town waking up. The song was written down in 1975 but was really written in those mad days of testosterone and Holts’ Bitter – 1960 -1963.”

Been there, seen it and done it, even if it was 30 years later…….

Bomber’s Moon of which Good Morning Morning was one of the tracks, was released in 1984


Week 32 – The Belvedere ….. again

I’m being very lenient with myself this week, not only am I using the British definition of a week (i.e. Sunday to Saturday, instead of the German Monday to Sunday), but I’m also posting something for the second time (see week 1) albeit from a very different angle.

Week 30 – Royal Enfield in the Royal City of Potsdam

My mate’s just got a new bike……

Week 26 – The Olympics are coming …..

…..which is nothing new for most of you, but as I managed to get back home for the Farnborough Air Show I was quite surprised about how little London seemed to be revelling in the prospect of one of the world’s largest shows. With exception of Tower Bridge and Regent Street there was very little to be seen.

For all you purists out there, I know it’s an HDR and I know colour key is definitely not very professional but I don’t care, I like it anyway!

P.S. I’m playing catch-up once again because of this year’s summer holiday. Week 27 will be posted in the next few days.

Week 19 – Karneval der Kulturen

I love the arty, cross-processed, analogue film type of pictures as well as the high contrasty black and whites. I don’t particularly like the HDR type of photography.

However after yesterday’s colourful party at the “carnival of the cultures” in Berlin, I felt that I had to try to capture the colour and the atmosphere, and that this could only be done with a highly saturated HDR.

So here’s to something just a little different!

Many thanks go to the pupils and teachers of the Goethe Gymnasium in Nauen for a great time!

Week 1 – Belvedere Palace

Well here we go again, another 53 weeks lie ahead of us.

If anything this next period will be more difficult than the first, if only because doing something again is often more difficult than setting out to do something the first time.

They say you should start as you mean to go on, so at the last minute on the Sunday afternoon (before the light faded), I walked up to the Belvedere Palace to shoot this.

I do hope you like it!