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Posts Tagged: flensburg

Posts Tagged ‘flensburg’

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

The white tree of Flensburg


Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The Path of Light on Water

The Path of Light on Water

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Trois couleurs, driving by


I have a gazillion things that need to be done…

  • – some of them big and some of them small
  • – some of them a ton of grading that I think will be left for the XMAS break (I really really really wanted to NOT be working during an XMAS break for a change, but that was before Washington in February became a thing … so … – it was a nice idea, but it’s not going to happen this year. This year I will be grading ~700 pages of student papers and finishing an article and revamping the KSM webpage and and and…).
  • – some of them very time sensitive and some of them slightly less so
  • – some of them related to DC directly, some indirectly (IE not being in FL/Germany for 8 months), some not
  • – and it’s thanks to Toodledo that I don’t lose track of it all!

Today, so far, I’ve caught up on all the tiny wiggly bits that I did not get to last week and/or were scheduled for today. I’ve done all the work-work that needed to be done today (or that I am willing to dedicate time to today … I’ve worked so many weekends recently that I didn’t want to do what didn’t absolutely need to be done today … I’d rather have a full Monday and a slightly lazy Sunday). The non-work things that still need to be done today are photocalendar! and write1000+works!. So, better get to that then… .

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Campus Sunrise


Saturday, November 15th, 2014

The Harbor in Blue


Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Flensburg at night

Flensburg at night

View across the fjord – the municipal power plant is on the left, the local shipyard on the right.

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Restrictions – I

So, the thing is:

I am really glad we’re not limited to shooting photos onto film anymore. In fact I for myself and my photography really don’t get the whole “yay let’s go back to shooting the oldfashioned way, because it is so much harder and consequently artsier and superior and …”. I don’t. If that is how other people feel, then I am totally happy to let them feel that way and do it and I am not going to judge anyone for doing that* … but it does not hold any appeal for me. Not because I don’t understand about sometimes wanting things to be harder, as a challenge, but simply because I really don’t see sense in spending money on doing something with older, inferior equipment that I can also do with my newer, superior equipment – for free (well, now that I own it).

I do, in fact, have my old analog camera sitting in a box on the shelf, together with what remains of my (by now really old) stash of film rolls … I am told that one can do artsy things with them, but so far my motivation to actually do anything with them has been zero. It might lead to strange results, I know, but so far that has not enticed me enough to do anything about it. I might, some day, or I might not, but from where I am right now I can definitely say that, when it comes to photography, I have embraced the digital age – and am loooving it!

What I do understand is the need to sometimes put restrictions/obstructions on one’s artistic ‘space’, to challenge oneself by putting limits on the technological possibilities one has to work with. It is something I quite like doing, as well as seeing what restrictions other people place on themselves and what they then come up with (in the old analog days there were many natural limits – if you had put a b/w ISO 400 film into your camera, that was what you had to work with for the next 24 or 36 shots; if you only took one roll of film with you on holiday, you had 36 shots you could take, etc.).

Today, of course, these limitations are gone – you can alter the ISO as you see fit, a 64GB card will hold thousands of photographs, you can see photos (and delete photos you don’t like) the second after taking them … all of which is awesome and has definitely contributed to making me as fond of photographing things as I am right now (I used to like doing it in the ‘old days,’ too – I used up 12 rolls of film on our 1994 trip to the US, and still like some of the photos I took back then, but man, it was also totally a) expensive and b) restrictive and c) annoying).

 My craft has definitely benefited from being able to take 10 or 20 or even 100 different shots of the same object, varying angles/exposure/ISO/apperture … something that was FAR to expensive to really continuously practice back when having a 36 shot roll of film developed cost you more than 10DM. So whenever people get all nostalgic I, in a reflexive twitch, remember how much pocket money I invested into buying film and then having it developed and think “You people want to go back to this? Really? Well … have fun, but I’m going to keep lovin’ my sweet little thing of a digital camera”.

But, yes, restrictions: useful! Make you think! And work! And things hard! Are something I semi-regularly set myself.

For me, honing my craft is both about using all the possibilities my camera gives me, as well as sometimes putting restrictions on myself to really work with what I learned/keep a look out for specific things.

And putting restrictions on your craft is quite easy in the digital age, too.

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Restrictions – I:

  • – AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8 lense
  • – Apperture MUST be set at 1.8
  • – 512 MB flash card (which gives me a grand total of 14 shots)
  • – all 14 photos must be taken
  • – all 14 photos must be posted
  • – no altering the physical environment (that is generally a restriction I put on myself)
  • – no editing (other than batch downsizing and watermarking)


The other 13 photos are below the “Read the rest of this entry…” cut:
(taken on the walk to and from the grocery store)

(I am least happy with the pumpkin one, my favourite one is the one with the pine cones. What about you?)
(Any thoughts, questions, feelings, feedback, restrictions you want to give me/share?)


Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The Dappled Sky


Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Ostseebad, 6am

Ostseebad, 6am

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

The Water is Wide

the water is wide

Sunday, July 27th, 2014


Earlier this year I helped crowdfund the Michron, a time-lapse device for digital cameras. It took a while to get here, what with project completion and then shipping (the customs people needed to ponder its nature for weeks and weeks), but it finally arrived – and then sat on my photo shelf for another couple of weeks (and weeks).

Tonight I thought I’d finally try it out – and here is the result, a truly boring timelapse video of the Flensburg sunset (well, I guess you can see that the clouds were going in three different directions, depending on their height … so maybe only 99% boring). The Michron can do way more than I made it do right now … but as it is my first timelapse experiment, I thought I’d stick with “simple” for the time being. I’m looking forward to putting the Michron through its paces (I want to do sunrise to sunset on Campus from my office window [once the scaffolding is finally gone], I think)!


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Monday, July 21st, 2014

Flensburg summer


This is the view from the roof of our local power plant, to which I took my KSM students for an excursion today.

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Flensburg in the Rain


I don’t have any great news or photos to share – lots of routine work things are happening (which is fine, but does not necessarily make for exciting reading) and thus I am busy working, which means that I am also not editing photos. I am still stuck in January and on Lanzarote, and all I do is keep adding more photos and thus creating a greater backlog … Though not in the last two weeks, see: lots of work (hence no photos being taken).

I had a weekend seminar this weekend, which was pretty much that, and when I am not doing at-work-work things then I am reading and grading my way through MA and BA theses. I had, I must admit, accumulated a bit of a backlog there (conferences every other weekend for two months will do that to you), and I wanted to catch up (one more BA thesis and then I am within the alloted grading timeframe again).

So that is what I am up to … these here photos were taken earlier today, in the rain, while I was walking back from today’s lecture in our interdisciplinary lecture series (the venue is on the other side of the fjord from where I live).


Monday, June 9th, 2014

Morning in Flensburg

Morning in Flensburg

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Solitude in Solitüde

solitudeSolitüde is the name of one of Flensburg’s three beaches.