Friday, May 24, 2013

Tearing down the church

Several years ago, our family went to this downtown Methodist church with some friends. Today it's gone. It's been torn down  to make room for a shopping mall.

Buy - Rent

The construction site produces a fair share of dust in the air, creating interesting light for photographers.

Too late to look for the offering plate now!

The new cross


The window had been long since bricked up

Exposed: The pink wall of the youth room

Stairway to heaven

Save that parking meter!

Looking in vain for the parking meter
Next in line?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Das Frühlingsfest war da

The spring fair came and went - unlike spring, which hasn't yet shown its real face here. But we're hopeful.
One Saturday evening I was invited to join the fotocommunity group from Kirchheim/Teck at the Wasen. We were to meet at 5:30 and I had told some other people about the meeting and was hoping to see them there, too. But at 5:00 I looked out our door and saw that it was cold and drizzly. That's not a good pre-requisite for a fun photowalk, but I decided to go anyway. However, I put back my Sony A77 and the new Tokina 11-16mm lens I had hoped to try out there and just took along my Sony RX100 pocket camera. Since I had taken pictures at the fair the past couple of years, this would be a good test for that camera, I thought.
By the time I arrived at the fairgrounds at 5:30, the sun had come out and it was warm! This first shot was taken around 5:40!
The Sony did a good job capturing the swinging pendulum while looking right into the sun.

And the RX100 is fast enough to focus on someone walking right by me. The fact that it doesn't make a sound a that it looks inconspicuous helps when doing street photography.

The colors are bright and cheerful - as opposed to these subjects.

The fact that the camera is small and light makes it possible to shoot from the hip, enabling you to capture honest poses.

I'm still a sucker for the watercolor picture effect of this camera. This photograph was shot through the transparent plastic siding of the crepe tent.

DANG! The camera is able to capture fast-moving cars!

The gesture!

I consider this a very lucky capture: The guy's pose, the flames below and freaking people behind him!

This could be a film still from a science fiction film. The new recruits are landing on the space ship and are going to be instructed by this war-torn captain.

Trying to get a new angle on the bumper cars.

Old-fashioned carousel.

This shot was actually taken the following day when I went there again with my daughter and her friend. The sky was amazing.