In April i bought a Sony A7II and got the brand new ZEISS Batis 18mm 2.8 for testing. I did a video test for the Website Netucated.com, that you can find here. Moreover i did a written test for kwerfeldein.de which can be found here. Both tests are in German. I just wanted to quickly show you a few photos i took with the lens.DSC00200DSC00172DSC00084DSC00204DSC00199DSC00207-EditDSC00037-EditAnd this is what the lens looks on a Sony A7II. Pretty big, huh?IMG_6691

This year I escaped most of german's winter while being in New Zealand. When I got back, snow was bascially completely gone. In March I met up with Florian Wenzel, an amazing photographer living close by and we explored some areas in the Black Forest. While driving up higher and higher into the mountains, we were quite surprised about how much snow we still found. Walking through the forest was pretty exhausting sometimes because we didn't wanna stick to the paths but it was worth it. We ended our trip on a place called "Hornisgrinde". I've been there a few times and it's a nice plateau on the top of a mountain with a beautiful view. This time it's been a proper ice-desert.

All those photos are taken on the Fuji X100s

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All of those photos are shot on a Sony a7rII and ZEISS Loxia 21mm, 35mm & 50mm

Driving from Hamilton to Kawhia

As a born and bred Waikato kid, my beach of preference has always been Raglan. The laid-back atmosphere of the town and the wild, usually empty beaches provide an escape from the stresses of everyday life, and is only 35 minutes drive from Hamilton. But since we went to Raglan several times on our last trip (see here), I thought we could try a different West coast beach, and so we ended up at Kawhia. The road to Kawhia is a stunning combination of native forest and rolling hills with the coast on the horizon, and we stopped many times to admire the view.

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Kawhia Ocean Beach

Like Raglan, the ocean beach at Kawhia has sooty black sand, caused by molten lava from the nearby volcanoes hitting the water and shattering into billions of fragments. It’s magnetic, so be careful of your cameras and phones! The rough black sand gives the beach a natural, untamed look; it’s a whole different experience to those pristine white powder beaches that are overcrowded with tourists baking in the sun.

The beach is also thermal, meaning that if you dig a hole in certain places, hot water bubbles up through the sand. We saw plenty of people digging their own hot tubs on the beach, but in the 30 degree heat we were more interested in cooling off in the waves instead.

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Dinner in Kawhia

After a few hours exploring, we were getting hungry. For some reason, all of the places in Kawhia that sell fish and chips seemed to be closed. A friendly resident saw us wandering up and down and asked if we were looking for somewhere to eat. He pointed us to the Kawhia Hotel that does takeaway fish and chips that are “the best in town”. We ate them next to the wharf with the seagulls circling hungrily, a delicious end to a perfect day trip.

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One of the most interesting places, i've been so far. A pretty big forest area with many, many, many very high trees. Kind of different then the ones we have in Germany and also pretty different than the typical New Zealand forest. This place is pretty close to a town called Rotorua, a thermal area on the north island.

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I know which question is on your mind now: "Is it really worth it?" But definitely: Yes. The Hobbit movie set was way better than i expected. It actually simply looks like in the Lord of the Ring- and Hobbit-Movies. It's not made of plastic or anything. You walk through a real little village where everything is made of wood and the details are worked out really pretty. I couldn't believe how much effort they put into this whole set. Nothing looks fake at all. You can even have a free drink at the "Green Dragon" Hobbit-Inn and sit next to the lake where Bilbo and Gandalf were watching the sunset. You can walk around the field where Bilbo had his birthday party and look up to the Baggins' hole. But better take a look at the pictures yourself 😉

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“60secondframes” is a series of very similar pictures, shot in a short period of time, usually around 60 seconds.

A very spontaneous photo-series. We drove in a car and i suddenly stopped on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere without saying a word. Cornelia gave a pretty scared look until i told her "the sunset is great, let's shoot some photos".

 

 

Daniel and I traveled South France today to shoot a wedding on Saturday. We're living in a small village called "Bonas" between Toulouse and Bordeaux. This place is amazing. A house in the middle of nowhere and the light over here is most amazing! I already captured some "personal" shots off the Job and want to share them with you. Mostly details from the flight and the place we live. They are all processed pretty quick & dirty. Sorry for that!

I don’t know how temperatures are at your place but here in Germany we have a really strange summer. It was pretty cold until June, then we had tons of rain and a flood over the half country, followed by some way too hot days and now we’re in a little summer-like phase with sun and nice temperatures. As I couldn’t really shoot many outdoor things till now, I try to catch the opportunities whenever the sun comes out to shoot or at least meet up with some friends and spend my time away from the computer, where I usually sit to edit photos and do the paperwork until 10 or 11pm. But anyways. This is a way better job than anything I did so far in my life…                  

 

I'd say, this is kind of a lifestyle shooting, isn't it? Maybe a mixture between Lifestyle, Nature and People. I spent some hours in the nature with two good friend a few days ago and we walked through this awesome forest. No other people around. It was a great experience to have this quiet time in the nature so i snapped a few frames.

The shots were all taken with my new Walimex 35mm 1.4. I love this lens.

 

 

Only a few frame today. Met this model on a website for photographers and models.

Thank you so much to Cornelia for the awesome support here (again).

Ⓒ 2022, Christopher Kreymborg
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