one last day, one last walk out in nature, one last day blessed with sun to photograph this year. A day to gather your thoughts and project your ideas further into a new year.
fog envelops all around and even sounds and life are dimmed by the banks of the Oder in winter. Once capricious meanders reshaped the end section of the Oder between Schwedt and Szczecin after every flood. One day the ingenuity of mankind put an end to this seasonal work of nature. For short lived and hard to come by pastures.
when the wind blows over the plains of the Uckermark from the south in winter you feel the whole river Oder chilling you to the bone. Other than that, a beautiful isle of nature in the middle of the never ending fields.
the low lying sun and the humidity of the nearby Oder river create unusual light conditions at an around the winter equinox at Felchowsee, deep in the Uckermarkt north east of Berlin.
leaving aside superlatives, Freyburg offers an out-of-the-crowd visit to a septentrional wine region with surprising views and very enjoyable wines. Free horses and flower gardens settled in disused old East-Germany-Era army training grounds. Following the river Unstrut to the south you find Naumburg (Saale), old light railways and a surprisingly large cathedral.
this lens is a qualitative leap from the XF18mmF2 but at the cost of weight and size. The lens is specially sharper in the edges and the shorter 2mm focal distance opens up new compositional possibilities. I like to take it in photographic sorties inspired after something that I visualised before. I mount the lens and come back to the spot for experimenting: Like at the Maximiliansforum or at the banks of the Isar
Not being so large or heavy that impedes casual use, I would still prefer the smaller and lighter pancake XF18mmF2 for a hike or a ride. This lens is indeed a joy on a purposeful walk in the city or in the mountains like at Oberammergau, yet nothing stops me from taking it for a demanding winter hike at the Bayrischer Wald
in mid november one hour before sunset taking a walk by the alter noerdliche Friedhof in Munich