Fotoeins Fotografie

faces of home & place-story

Fotoeins Friday: Berlin fall, four

(Autumn in Berlin, 4 of 4.)

After the Soviet Union had closed and cut off all ground-based supply routes in 1948 to West Berlin, Tempelhof Airport (THF) became the focal point for providing a lifeline between West Germany and West Berlin during the Berlin Airlift from 1948 to 1949. Tempelhof continued operating as an airport until 2008.

The former airfield is now well-used by Berliners as a beloved green space in the “middle of the city.” A part of the vast flat grassy areas includes a large area for grilling; I had imagined bumper-to-bumper grills with little battery-operated fans blowing out wafts to tempt passers-by.

I made the photo above on 19 Oct 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and the following settings: 1/400-sec, f/4.5, ISO200, and 29mm focal length (46mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-ltm.

Fotoeins Friday: Berlin fall, three

(Autumn in Berlin, 3 of 4.)

It’s a beautiful clear Sunday afternoon with that distinctive sharp chill in the late-autumn air. I hop on the U6 metro north in anticipation of photographing a few small planes at Tegel (Otto-Lilienthal) airport. A look around the metro station shows me an ideal out of the way location. In the image above, I’m facing west towards runway 08R/26L, watching planes directly overhead on their final approach to TXL airport.

With the long-awaited opening of the BER Berlin-Brandenburg airport at the end of October 2020, operations ceased at Tegel airport with one last flight a few weeks later. The airport was officially decommissioned in May 2021.

I made the photo above on 7 Dec 2014 with a Canon EOS6D mark1 and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/8, ISO500, and 105mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lte.

My Fuji X70: Kodacolor film-simulation

Above/featured: After Girard: Vancouver-Strathcona, 14 Oct 2021.

The Fujifilm X70 mirrorless fixed-lens prime camera has been a real boon to my approach to photography for personal projects both domestically and internationally. To satisfy my curiosity, I’ve provided examples of X70 images made with two Fujifilm analog-film simulation (film-sim) recipes:

•   Ektachrome 100SW (saturated warm), simulating images with the Kodak colour transparency or slide films produced between 1996 to 2002;
•   Kodachrome 64, simulating images with the Kodak colour film produced between the mid-1970s and 2009.

In this post, I examine the Kodacolor film-simulation, a reproduction of which Fuji X Weekly’s Ritchie Roesch describes as “producing a classic Kodak analog aesthetic.” According to Roesch, the digital film-simulation is closest to Kodacolor VR analog color film from the early-1980s, whose ISO200 version is still available for purchase as “ColorPlus 200” (Kodacolor 200).

The following film-simulation recipe creates images similar to the look of “Kodacolor VR 200 (film) that’s been overexposed.” My X70 settings are:

  • ‘Classic Chrome’ built-in film-sim
  • Dynamic Range: DR400
  • Highlight: +1 (Medium-High)
  • Shadow: +1 (Medium-High)
  • Color: -2 (Low)
  • Sharpness: 0 (Medium)
  • Noise Reduction: -2 (Low)
  • White Balance: 6300K; -3 Red, -2 Blue
  • ISO: Auto, up to 6400 for “grainy” appearance (or fixed to 1000)

The recipe above is for the X-Trans II sensor; the corresponding recipe for an updated or more recent sensor is found here. All other recipes sorted by specific sensor are found here.

The following images were made at locations throughout metropolitan Vancouver. Minor adjustments to brightness level, rotation, and geometric distortion have been applied from straight-out-of-the-camera (SOOC) to posting.


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Fotoeins Friday: Berlin fall, two

(Autumn in Berlin, 2 of 4.)

I’m at Savignyplatz watching the skies in fading afternoon light. I’m fascinated by the changing silhouettes of passing trains against the fixed silhouettes of the surrounding railway infrastructure. The elevated tracks of the east-west Stadtbahn (city rail link) are prominent here as several S-Bahn rail lines go through the area. In this image, the right-hand track is for westbound trains, as an S5 train heads outbound to Spandau*.

* As of posting (2021), the S3 and S9 S-Bahn lines traverse the Stadtbahn with their western terminus station at Spandau.

I made the photo above on 13 Oct 2017 with a Canon EOS6D mark1 and the following settings: 1/320-sec, f/8, ISO4000, and 45mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lt4.

Fotoeins Friday: Berlin fall, one

(Autumn in Berlin, 1 of 4.)

I follow my friends, M and S, to the Tangoloft. Their time living in South America has allowed them to pursue their love of tango dancing. Having moved their family to Berlin, M and S are now able to “tango” more regularly; Berlin is host to one of the world’s largest tango communities outside Buenos Aires.

I tag along, but I can’t dance worth shit. But ideas flit through my mind; I’m fortunate I can sit back and capture what I see in various ways. The photograph above has an ethereal ghost-like quality I really like: here one moment, and gone the next. I can almost “feel” the eyes staring at me and into the camera.

In the summer of 2020, the Tangoloft location in Wedding/Gesundbrunnen closed because of the pandemic, and their inventory was sold off.

As follow-up to “colours of fall”, I made the photo above on 8 Oct 2017 with a Canon EOS6D mark1 and the following settings: 0.5-sec, f/4, ISO2000, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lsT.

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