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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 12 October 2014

Soap Bubbles at Alexanderplatz (TV tower and St. Mary's in reflection)

Soap Bubbles at Alexanderplatz (TV tower and St. Mary’s in reflection)

Every autumn American photo educator and photographer Scott Kelby calls for his worldwide photowalk with several hundred locations and tens of thousands participants. The Berlin group of this event met yesterday afternoon for a stroll through historic (East) Berlin.

The weather was far from optimal for outdoor shooting of architecture and cityscape due to haze and deep clouds (around 250 meters since you could not even see the top of the TV tower). On the other hand I had shot these motifs so many times. Thus I concentrated on a special assignment: (Read on …)

Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 28 September 2014

Rescued Vine

Rescued Vine

This summer I started to care for a vine in my backyard, which was in a bad state. Unfortunately a little late for cutting it into shape. Nevertheless I removed all the dead branches and fruitless young shoots.

Now, since fall has started, the time of harvesting comes closer. I am quite proud that I managed to grow so many grapes – okay the berries are somehow small but that may be caused by the type of wine. On the other hand everything is absolutely organic. Next year I will try to optimize the result of the harvest by starting to care for it in late winter.

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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 10 September 2014

A German Version of this article can be found here.

Fstoppers in Berlin

Fstoppers in Berlin

Lee Morris and Patrick Hall, the masterminds behind Fstoppers, one of the world’s leading on-line platforms on photography came to Berlin. On their way to this year’s Photokina in Cologne they are on a road-trip throughout Europe and stopped over here in the German Capital.

Their travel party was completed by their friend Igor Alvarez a really cool guy, who has no background in photography, just jumped into this field of action and already showed us some amazing shots. Learning by doing seems to work.

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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 18 July 2014

Summer in Germany

Summer in Germany

This year I had not planned any big vacation trip to some awesome target. No. I just wanted to stay home and keep things quiet. Thus I decided to spend a few days in the South-West of Germany – a region I haven’t really been at before. I met with Dietrich, a good old friend of mine, who was working in Stuttgart for a short period.

We did a lot of bike-riding – man, Stuttgart is a really hilly city and it cost me a lot of sweat to reach some of our targets. But then we also did some nice roundtrips to the Black Forest and the Swabian Jura by car. One hightlight was a multi-day trip around lake Bodensee with short visits to the Swiss Alps. Finally it was a great holiday trip with lots of new impressions, funny conversations between old friends, visits to beer gardens to watch the football championships and ofcourse with a lot of shooting photographs.

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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 13 April 2014

My Favorite Oak Tree

My Favorite Oak Tree

Every Doctor says: You need to move to keep your systems intact. Umm. Therefore this morning I have woken up my bicycle from winter sleep and planned my first test ride for this open air season.

The weather was perfect for cycling, but not really for photography (and lightwise it was the wrong time anyway). But to take my camera with me turned out to be quite a clever decision. Every now and then I could stop, pretending to take a photo :-). Since spring has just started in our area, I decided to take some pics of fresh leaves  and other greenstuff. So I have lots of green and surprisingly even some shiny yellow.

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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 25 March 2014

German version of Lighting 101

German version of Lighting 101

Today I got a short message from David Hobby,  a.k.a. The Strobist, that he has made my German translation of his famous e-book “Lighting 101″ available via his website.

During the last few weeks I did the translation, editing and layout with my editorial service GermanoMedia. This book is the renowned beginners guide for photo enthusiasts who want to learn lighting techniques, that drastically improve the quality of their speedlight photography.

 

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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 20 March 2014

Berlin Photowalk during Blue Hour

Berlin Photowalk during Blue Hour

Whenever one of our Friends from Nikonpoint photography forum is in town and suggests to meet for a photowalk some forum members from Berlin are ready to meet and to do some cool shoot.

Tonight FM2-User from the city of Mainz was in Berlin and we suggested to make use of the Blue Hour in Berlins Government district and to walk along the river Spree. It was quite a short distance, maybe 1500 metres and our bunch of four were shooting for about only 75 mins. But this was absolutely okay because the evening sky and the illuminated Buildings were excellent subjects.

 

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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 20 February 2014

Exclusive office space in Berlin City (near Gendarmenmarkt)

Exclusive office space in Berlin City (near Gendarmenmarkt)

Today I had an appointment with a property manager of a historic building in Berlin’s center. He gave me the assignment to shoot refurbished offices at famous Borchardt House near Gendarmenmarkt.  (You may know that my commercial photostudio specializes in real estate photography.) This was quite a challenge because those 8,000 sqft where completely empty.

But when the manager took me on a tour for a first look I immediately knew what to do. There were so many visual highlights in those offices I could concentrate on:

 

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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 14 January 2014

Red peppers filled with cheese and herbs ready to be tossed on the grill

Red peppers filled with cheese and herbs ready to be tossed on the grill

This week I had the chance to attend a BBQ seminar on behalf of BBQexperte at one of the Grill Academies powered by Weber. At a rural district of the City of Leipzig we met at Genussakademie 7Sinn in a historic farm complex, where chef Jens Becher celebrated a great variety of BBQ dishes.

Besides all theory we also had the chance to prove ourselfes als Junior Grill Masters. Okay, I haven’t done so much in terms of food preparation and grilling because I wanted to document this event with my camera.

But finally I had a blast, capped with a selfmade 8-course dinner.

 

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Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 26 November 2013

Dresden Altstadt with Frauenkirche

Dresden Altstadt with Frauenkirche

Visiting a photogenic city and having plenty of time – what else would make a perfect photo night? Perfect weather. Well the first two things I had last weekend. But the weather was rather a challenge than being suitable for citynight photography: drizzling, foggy, low clouds and gusty winds.

My good old friend and photographer Volker lives in Dresden and was the perfect guide for our nightly photowalk. Ofcourse we started with one of the most famous vantage points: Canaletto’s View. (Canaletto was a painter who portrayed Dresden at around 1750.)

 

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