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In remembrance of the victims of Orlando

In the night from the 11th to the 12th June 2016 a guy with an assault rifle killed 49 people and injured 53 more in the club “Pulse” in Orlando. I remember those who died for what they are and whish their relatives and friends the strength to cope with the loss.

My last day in Augsburg

I’ve spend some stressful days and this afternoon I finally go to Berlin. Today I will visit my empty appartement for the last time to hand it over to the landlord.

Even though I’m not born in Augsburg I lived here for about 40 years and the city had certainly become my homeland. On the other hand I am also happy to open a new chapter in my life.

Berlin is calling

When reading my posts you may have noticed that I have been travelling to Berlin quite regularly for many years. Therefore I have an every day bicycle there and I also purchased my netbook mainly because of the travels to Berlin.

Now I have the opportunity to live in Berlin permanently and will leave Augsburg soon. Even though I was not born in Augsburg I grew up here since my early childhood and can see this city definitely as my “homeland”. I experienced the late 1970ies including the U.S. army in Augsburg and the back then “new” triangle at Königsplatz as it existed between 1977 and 2013. I learned to know the Leonhardsberg as “Magesberg” (since there was a textile shop  named “Mages”) and I remember many other details from the last 40 years. On the other hand Berlin became a kind of second home over the years with many good friendships and I also know some areas there quite well now.

David Bowie is dead

On 10 January 2016 David Bowie died as a result of cancer :-(.

As I first heard of this I believed this is just a rumour since he was just at the age of 69 and two days before his new album “Blackstar” was published. I grew up with the music of David Bowie since the early 1980ies and just can say that the world lost a great artist!

Update: With “Lazarus” David Bowie said good bye himself.

Pictures with the classic

Canon 50mm f/1.4 USMRecently I had the opportunity to purchase a used Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM which is still in perfect condition. I also got a matching lens hood (ES-71 II).

The special feature of this lens is the wide open aperture of 1:1.4 which allows pictures with a quite short depth of field and at low light and the auto focus mechanism using an ultrasonic motor (USM) which allows continuous manual override even then auto focus is turned on.

Another special feature is the fact that this lens was already introduced in 1993 (also see the Canon Camera Museum)  and is still being produced since then until today – which means it is now on the market for more than 20 years and can therefore considered to be a classic.

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Pigeons on the roof

For a while I already noticed that a couple of pigeons has been examining the Glaspalast and was obviously quite attracted by the roof rails as a nesting site. As background information for this: Pigeons form life long monogamous couples and get about 10 years old.

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