At the edge of the light

Yesterday, at august 11 2014 I had the opportunity to meet my eMail  and blogger fried Wolfgang Lonien for the first time of my life "eye to eye". It was, because he visits his brother Willi in Cologne, and that is only 20 miles from where I life. So I spend a very interesting evening with the two brothers, while listening some jazz music and talking about hifi and photography. Wolfgang tought me to use the Supercontrol menue in my E-Pl 1 Olympus Camera, which makes the Camera quite useable in terms of "changing the settings quick without fiddling around".... so it is nearly a "normal" Camera like Leicas or Canons, which are well known for their good handling.......

Wolfgang lend me his beautifull 45 mm 1 : 1.8 Olympus lens during our short walk in the blue hour (it was around 8 p.m., somehow a little later) and I used the 45 mm quite wide open around f 1 : 2.8 to 1: 1.8.

What a great great lens in comparison to my kit zooms!

I prozessed some raw files, did sometimes a little bit with the white balance, exposure and a medium sharpening, did also some 100 % crops that I want to show you.

I led the camera decide which ISO it wants (setting was iso auto 1600). The camera uses at this evening ISO´s between 200 and 1250.

Thank you Willi for leading us around and showing us the graffitties in Köln Ehrenfeld!

The Cat at the construction area. It is looking to Wolfgang who shots it with his 25 mm Panaleica!

The crop is a slightly sharpened 100 % Pixel exact crop. The viewing angle equals a 360 mm full frame lens. Perhaps because this was a "moving target", it is not 100 % sharp.

A light by the construction site

Art: An umbrella in the tree         + 1.3 ev    ISO 200   1/ 125 s   f 2.2

100 % crop. Not sharp, because the camera focuses at he roof of the house in the background.

From a different point of view...

100 % crop   Just a 1 ev brighter than the pic before....... the picture seems to be modern art also because I used absolutely no noise reduction. Perfectly sharp! Nearly no chromatical aberations.

The resulting full frame lenghts would be 360 mm.

So the 45 mm can´t replace a 360 mm Full Frame Lens....but perhaps a 180 mm, if you are a an expert in Post-Processing!

A madonna in the edge of an house

100 % pixel precise Crop.... medium sharpened. The time has not much left of this madonna!

I miss my Plattenbau

Faces in the wall

Other spectators admiring the exceptional graffitties....

The camera doesen´t find the perfect white balance by itself. So I have to change it in the Olympus Raw developer. Here it is set to 7374 K. Nearly the perfect value.

Willi Lonien, who guided Wolfgang and me on our short walk! Thank you Willi!

Ehrenfeld, we have a problem!

We can´t decide: Is it a condom automat or an astronaut or even Peter Pan?

Tristesse in Cologne....and a lighthouse....

I stopped the lens down fom f 1: 2.0 to f 1 : 2.8  and the Camera got crazy: Switches from ISO 200 to 640 instead of perhaps 400.......and: more awful: from 1/ 320 s to 1/ 100 s....

So i had to go to the limit of the Olympus Raw developer: Minus two stops!


Cafe Goldmund in Köln Ehrenfeld. Some thousands of books inside. Simply Cult!

The Lonien Brothers. Willi with his had on and Wolfgang, well known to photo-enthusiasts, because of having such a nice Blog!

Photo is taken full open (f  1: 1.8) with ISO 1000

Thank you guys, for the nice evening and the beer!

The last picture of the evening in a 4 / 3 center crop.
The 45 mm Olympus equals in that case a "full frame" lens of 120 mm.

I think it is very  usable!

The background is showing us the magical last sunbeams of that day......


Dark rings under the eyes.....like Samuel Sevian...have to kick him in the ass to go to bed!

On Oktober 1,  seven-years-old Julian asked me: "Where is the Schach Spiegel? I want to watch the moves of a Bundesliga Game!!" So I gave him the book, which he has won at one of these northrhine-westfalia-tournaments (All of the Bundesliga games played in 1991/1992 -without any comment!).

For me it is as interesting as the telefone-book of Shang Hai, and I told him to better do some tactics with the chessimo app on the iPad. But he insisted!

It was 8.46 in the evening an he gets more and more tired and receives those dark rings around his eyes. The type of rings you can see on some pics of Samuel Sevian, a 12 year old chess addict with an elo rating of 2396. Samuel is now U 12 world champion and famous all over the world because of a youtube video which was taken at age 10 in which he beats Greg Shahade, an intenational master in a Blitz game and in which you can get a small glimpse of how much fun it must be to win at chess, if you beat a real master and noone counted on you before.......

So at this day at 9.15 pm it has had to be enough with chess...a small unimportand thing called school (even it is a Montessori-School) is there also in Julians life!

Chess is energy! Kingcrusher at Oktober,5 -7.10 pm   Julian loves it to play against himself. But sometimes he loses a game and then he cries (this is reported also about Fabiano Caruana as a fact!)    ;-)

Summer of chess (August / September 2013)

I asked Bruce Pandolfini in the early summer what to do now with the chess skills of Julian. He was so kind to write a nice answer to me, althought we never met each other.

His advises seemed to be easy to follow: Do some tactics in the summer and try to keep it fun. These words in my mind we have had a very nice trainings camp in the last three weeks of August. Nearly every day somebody of Julians chess club passes by to play some chess on our terrace......

That very day (September, 4) I have taken the pictures you see was extremely relaxed. Julians coach Ronny Marzec who passes by (and is payed for only 90 minutes every two weeks) stays at this day for 7 (in one simple word: seven !) hours!!!!! We have eaten some tibetan food and with Christian Banasch, Ronny Marzec, 4-years old Cornelia and me it was simple fun fun fun (tactics, Blitz, Bullet and double we played....)........

All pictures are taken with the Olympus E-PL 1 and the 14-42 mm 1:3.5 - 5.6 at 14 to 16 mm and with aperture fully open



It was the 1. of November in 2012, when my son has got a kind of chess-illnes. He became totally, I mean complete totaly crazy about chess from that very day.

Julian Lohmar at a team tournament (U18) in Lohmar, near Bonn, taken at May, 4  2013 

And that is the story:

Knowing to move the chessman since he was about 48 months old (christmas 2009), he seems not to be very interestet or specially talented  in the Bobby Fischer Game for about two and a half years. He just plays arount with the macbook pro from time to time after he was five years old and switched the apple chess programm all the time to level zero. I was shure, that he would learn nothing with that method. Playing with me: no interest, because I did not let him win (I am afraid I was not a gread educator I  ;-)  )

With his first schoolday in the end of August, that changes: Pappa, lets work out the Bobby Fischer Book (Bobby Fischer teaches chess), please, please, please...., so I asked myself, what happened ?

At the beginning of November 2012. He was around the chessman, and watching youtube chess videos and playing with me and playing on the computer etc. for about 9 hours.... (E. g. After I have slept two and a half hours in the afternoon I find Julian hanging arount with the chessman and playing still with himself (didn´t really count the hours after that)

At that day he asked me for the first time: Is it possible to learn chess as a profession? Are there any professional chess players?

I answerered, that there are some Grand masters who can live from chess and they earn about 1000 bugs a month or so. The top 100 players more.....

So he speaks the original Bobby Fischer words (he couldn´t know them before): "Papa, ich möchte nur noch Schach spielen"  (Papa, everything I want to do is playing chess).

From the 2. of November 2012 I was not able to beat him in chess!!!

I told him: ok, live your dreams, all I can do is to try to help you....

We found a chess club some 10 kilometers from us. They told us, that there is a santa claus turnament. It was open for all kids, even those, who are not in a club.

So I was afraid, that his first contact was not the normal training, but a turnament. Could be frustraiting.
I remember the words of a small Boy from the Godesberg chess club. I sat Julian on his chair, said "Hallo, this is Julian, he is still not in a club, he is 6 years old and wants to play chess"

His opponent answered: "I am 11 years old and I am playing for Bad Godesberg (which is a Bundesliga Club!), there he has no chance to win this round of the match."
2 min and 37 sekonds later (it was Blitz) the same Boy was Queen and  a rook behind Julian (and tears stood in his eyes) and he resigns.

Of course Julian has won the turnament in his class of age (U 8).

At that time I didn´t even know what a chess club is. Never seen any of them from inside.

The youth trainer from Bad Godesberg told me, that there is a much nearer club for us (I did not even know his existence). So we went there a week later (and it was also not normal training but a tournament there - guess who wins the U 10 class?).

Since these days Julian is a succer for rapid and blitz chess youth tournaments and in March / April he reaches a ratio of unbelievable 22 out of 22 in 3 Tournaments (and the beginning of a fourth which will end in July)

In March, 28 he beat the worlds Nr. 38 in the U 7 range (who was indeed extremely tired) at one of that little meetings......The father of that boy is an extremely handsome man, we share the same "problems" with our wonderboys so they will visit us next week (they ae from Münster, we are from Bonn).

So within just 5 months or so I became a kind of a chess papa, whose rule is just to be a perfect servant and Internet researcher for Julian and a good chauffeur, for I have not the slightest idea how to move the chessman in a way the best 7 or 8 year old childs do it. So i can´t critisize my son for any of his moves or decisions (for he is looking like a 20 year old man when he plays, not a like a child). There are so many asshole chessparents at the turnaments. Discussing moves with crying children, critisize the childs for not winning the game. Is it them who play or is it the kids who play. So I leave Julian do his own thing.

I can only be amazed how a child can develope himself from one day to another (or was it some extra terrestrial who turned at November 1. 2012 a switch in Julians head)?


40 - 150 mm 1:4.0 - 1:5.6 ... I love it...

Yesterday my children, Julian and Cornelia, two of their friends and me have been visiting the corn labyrith in Vinxel, near Bonn. I shot some 61 pics. Ten of them were worth to be worked out a little bit with the OLYMPUS Viewer 2 software. As usual I shot with the Olympus E-PL 1 and one of my only two lenses: the 40 - 150 mm M- Zuiko, that can take increadibly sharp pics, if the autofocus exactly does what I want...


Julian, now in school since 5 weeks...new friends and old Kindergarten friends, who he wanted to see that weekend...

These straw bales are for my friend Wolfgang Lonien from Frankfurt. I know his taste! He enjoyed also a quite simple pic of a shoe, I took earlier this year...Never ever saw something so golden like these bales in my 47-year old life! But the Camera monitor can´t do the exactly colours! For your and his pleasure I developed this pic as a normal sRGB (the only one in that row of ten pics). But my iMac can´t do the colours also in a perfect matter... just a glimpse of never seen before shining pure gold corn! I want to say: Kruegerrand is nothing in comparison! Not kidding!

Different shades of brown... this pic shows, how far the 40 - 150 mm can go in terms of sharpnes...in the certain moments when the camera loves you...I am shure, you can´t go so far with canon set lenses...

Cornelia Marie in the shadow. Some white balance correction by the software (I put the white balance to 7500 Kelvin).

During (or a short time after) sunset. The original file was even more red. Beautiful Olympus colours, slightly corrected... I´ m still in love with the E-PL 1!

All of them: Four rascal!

A nice Portrait of Cornelia just 16 minutes later (and against the bright, glowing sky)

This was much to dark (more than 2 steps), but I want to show it nonetheless

The last of the better shots today. It was 7:06 pm in germany and time to go home for supper...

Thank you for viewing!


The 5 seasons

Am 24.05.2012 hörte ich im Autoradio in WDR 3 die CD Rezension einer unglaublich schmissigen Vier Jahreszeiten Interpretation: Ich war total von den Socken, wie frisch und eigenständig, bedingungslos extrovertiert und dynamisch sensationell das klingen kann und war sofort Feuer und Flamme.
Heute habe ich die Besprechung auf der Internetseite vom WDR wiedergefunden. Ich finde die Musik auch zum Vorspielen für Kinder toll: Warum die Kleinen mit zweitklassigen Interpretationen langweilen... Also besser gleich Karajans 1962 er Einspielung der Beethoven Symphonien kaufen und natürlich die Vier Jahreszeiten Einspielung von Nemanja Radulovic und Double Sens, einem französich-serbischen aus Freunden von Radulovic zusammengestellten Ensemble! Es gibt hierzu sogar ein nettes youtube "making of" It really rocks!


Eine bemerkenswerte Familie

Am Samstag bin ich mit meinem Sohn und dessen schwarzen Freund nach Wesseling ins Hallenbad...

Im Nichtschwimmer-Becken ist nicht viel los, bis auf 8 schwarze Kinder, die sich dort vergnügen. Alle Kinder schienen gute Manieren zu haben, keine Aggressivität, nur fröhliches, ausgelassenes Spiel. Nein, da waren ja noch zwei... Also 10 schwarze Kinder, so um die sieben, acht, neun, zehn elf Jahre.

Nein, noch zwei aus dem Schwimmer Becken. Also 12 schwarze Kinder, die irgendwie zusammengehörten. Nur einer war etwas älter, so 17 oder 18 Jahre alt. Mich hat das gute Sozialverhalten der Kleinen mächtig beeindruckt! Wo sind die Eltern der Kinder gewesen????

Julian, mein Sohn und dessen Freund spielten sofort mit den kleineren aus der Gruppe und eroberten eine Badeinsel (Schlauchboot) von etwa 2 Metern Durchmesser (und ließen die Insel auch wieder zurückerobern). Ich musste mich kein einziges mal einmischen (normalerweise flippe ich fast aus, weil mein Sohn oft einfach zu heftig loslegt).

Irgendwann wurde meine Neugier einfach zu gross und ich fasste mir ein Herz, kurz bevor die Badezeit zu Ende war. Ich fragte den 17 -jährigen: "Was seid Ihr eigentlich für Leute? Aus wievielen Familien setzt ihr euch denn zusammen?"
Er antwortete: Wir sind alle eine Familie und wir sind noch viel mehr. Wir sind insgesamt 34!
Ich fragte dann: Aber sicherlich habt ihr dann mehr als eine Mutter?
Er: Nein wir haben alle die gleiche Mama. Unsere Mutter hat uns alle nacheinander adoptiert!
Ich: Seid ihr eigentlich berühmt? Ich finde euch cool!!! (naja die Kelley Family hat mal ganz in der Nähe gewohnt...)
Er: Naja ein bisschen vielleicht. RTL hat uns mal einen Preis verliehen. Wir sind die grösste Familie Deutschlands. Waren öfter im Fernsehen und so... und meine Mama hat ein Buch geschrieben!
Ich: Wie heißt das Buch? Ich will es unbedingt lesen!
Er: Jedes Kind ist ein Geschenk von Elisabeth Stenmans!
Ich: Manche Kinder von euch sehen so aus, als ob sie die gleiche biologische Mutter hätten, andere, als seien sie aus anderen Familien...
Er: Ja, nn und nn und nn sind Geschwister und nn und nn (Er zeigte mir daraufhin die blutsverwandten Kinder) wir alle schwimmen immer Samstags nachmittags hier, kommen aus Wesseling und gehen von zu Hause aus zu Fuss...

Ein lustiger, wilder, wirklich lieber Haufen!

Eine äußerst bemerkenswerte Adoptivmutter, von der ich vermutlich einiges lernen könnte:

hier ab 4:55, 18:10 und 23:45   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci__KYW3EJU