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Schloß Landsberg Kettwich

Another beautiful summerday and another great photo shoot with Markus.

Detail.. I took a half full battery, and an empty one with me. A part of the photos are made with my mobile phone.  I leave it to you to guess.

Schloß Landsberg 

Around around around


Around around around


Die Flora – Köln

In the middle of Cologne, a beautiful park is resided, die Flora.  A botanic garden and park.  After our visit in the japanese garden in Leverkusen, we went to Cologne.

And did not regret it, enjoy the photos.

Very much flowers,

and many flower seemed to have its own visitors


And … the rest


botanischer Garten Neuss January 2018

A new year (2018) and the same location as every year.

One of my favorite spots, here, the tiny, wonderful, Botanic garden.

January yet.  They say it is winter.

Nature, however, shows that spring is not far away anymore

And a bit of sphere, with the ‚hurted‘ (because dropped and damaged) crystal bowl

A Winter Fotoshoot. Südpark 2017

Winter. Temperatures close above zero. A waterly sunshine. A stroll through the Südpark (Düsseldorf).  Enjoy the photos!

Water..  means.. ducks!


And more birdies!

The crystal ball showed its best side

A flaw of spring, for who wants it, but in fact it are winter flowers

And the rest.

A wonderfu winter Fotowalk with Hilde, WIlli and Sonja

A day in Essen with Ina


This photo site will be updated with a few more pictures, soon.

This Saturday I visited Essen with two ‚long term‘  friends, who I had not seen in ages.  Richard went to the ‚Spiel‘  fair, and Ina and me went to photograph together.

First  in the city, later, when the weather went dry, in the Gruga Park.

I learned a few things and I also am now the prooud owner of a few ‚miniature figures‘, with what my photography might get a new dimension.
So, ladies and gentlemen, we proudly present the FriBi!
The bus is here waiting for the train, and you will find out in the future who are in it. 🙂



But, not in this photo blog.  Here you find the pictures of the trip of  Ina and me. Two Queen fans who as well share the photography as passion.  Enjoy!

  • Shopping and city center (Limbecker Platz)
  • Breakdance group in the mall
  • Gruga Park  Autum Flowers
  • Gruga Park – Water experiments
    Here we experimented with different settings to get a nice  effect. If it succeeded for me?
  • Gruga Park – Crystal Bowl
  • Street
  • When photographers photograp each other
  • and, last but not least .. the rest 🙂

And this should in fact be at the top. I lit a candle, for who, who needs it the most.


Crystal bowl photography Nordpark

July 9th 2016.


A photo shoot with the crystal bowl. Click at the picture above to see my pictures of the photo shoot at facebook

Here below an impression of my photos with the bowl.  It still is a pretty difficult discipline to photograph!

About 20 photographers, many crystal balls.
Behind the scene!

More impressions from he Nordpark

Klick for more crystal bowl photography at the tripod below

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Photographers and Peacocks

About Photographers and Peacocks

As you might know we have every now and then a trip with our Photographer group, and then we make photo’s together,.

This time we went to Schloss Rheydt, a nice park with as the main attraction  the peacocks in the gardens

They are  very tame and good looking.
Can you imagine what happens in our photo group, when 20 photographers have gathered and did picture peacocks?

Exactly.   I won’t bother you with all of them, but I have made a collection  of mine as well, you can find them here

I have been using my crystal bowl again as well, there are some pictures of it in this album

Click att the arrow button to scroll through the album

Author: Hans FriedhoffAperture: 8Camera: Canon EOS 1100DIso: 200Copyright: Hafri PhotographyOrientation: 1
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In the album below you find some pictures of the buildings and architecture in Schloß Rheydt.
There was a kind of discussion going on about the ‚glass‘ wall, that is added to the building. A matter of taste, if you like it or not.
And a matter of taste if you edit it away from your photography.  I personally do not edit my photo’s very much.  This glass ‚elevator‘  is now part of the building, so it belongs at the picture, because my picture is taken in 2016 and not 100 years ago. But again… it is a thing that can we discussed, look and judge for yourself

Burg Linn, Krefeld, with the crystal bowl

A photo shoot at a ruin/castle is something special. I do not have much experience with it, yet, until last Saturday.

A crystal bowl photo shoot at  Burg Linn, what became much more then just picturing glass 🙂 Enjoy.
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The pittoresque area around ‚Burg Linn‘

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Many (apple) Trees and other nature in the park around the ‚Burg‘

And where it all is about. The crystal bowl
(with many more crystal bowls from the past)

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Photography with the crystall ball – a kind of magic

It starts already with the word.

Spherical  Photography. That sounds mysterious, and so much more pretty then the german word Kugel Fotografie
But it is the same 🙂

The technique, basically, is to photograph trhough a (crystal) ball.

Now that seems easy, maybe, but it is not easy at all.
First of all you need the right material. A superb quality ball/Kugel, without scratches or other air bubbles in it.
Since the ball is round you need to take care that it does not run away from you. I did put my crystal ball at the edge of a bridge, but even with the rubber ring below it, I did not trust it to stay there for a longer time.
You focus (sharpen) at the bowl, what means that the background is blurred.
Since your subject is pictured in the ball, not all places are good. In a field with high grass you cannot even spot the ball anymore 🙂

Since the ball is portraiting the subject upside down, you need to fix that in a photo editing program. Ever program is able to do so.
The basic is,  cut out the (original) circle, and safe it as a new image
then flip it and past it back into the original picture.

The photo’s in this album here, start from scratch, just trying out and posting them.
I will add more, of course, later, and  maybe some new hints and tricks and experiences.


– Do not buy a too small ball. 8 cm or 10 cm is perfect, taller are becoming heavy, a 10 cm ball already weight 1,5 Kilo’s.
– Careful with sunlight. The ball functions like a magnifying glass and makes a very strong ‚burning point‘. I was able to put a wooden bank on fire in 3 seconds.
-Carry the ball covered.  I use a woolen sock for it
– Take ’subjects‘ with you to put the bowl upon. Like a tripod, but you can use candles, bottles and more.
– Get a rubber ring, so that your ball is stable and not rolling away

– spherical photography asks another way to photgraph. You must change your point of view.  Get on your knees, roll upside down (or use a tripod), be creative and take time to look throught the ball until you found the proper place to photograph.

Alternatively you can photograph (water)drops, through (wine) glasses and such more

I  shoot most of the pictures with my SLR camera, but a few are made with a compact camera (canon powershot 120),  what make pretty good results as well! Mobile phones can be used as well, take care of the distance, and focus at the sharpness in the crystal ball

Recent photography


July – Spheric at the ‚hausstrecke

Sphere at the photowalk in Kaiserswerth

May – Spheric photography at the Erft.
The Erft is a small river, but for our city and surroundings a pretty important symbol.  At my walk at the Obererft, I took my crystal ball with me.  Sun, water, light, shadow…  Plenty of challenges

April   –  Spheric Photography in my own town.
The sunlight gets stronger, it is becoming different to make clear spherical photos at the middle of the day.

January Spheric Photography at the Classic Remise, Düsseldorf

February Crystal Ball Photography in Südpark, Düsseldorf

History and progression of my photography


A photo walk with our photographing group did open a few new possibilities for photographing with the crystal bowl. The challenge to use natural points to fix the bowl upon, and the prove that the bal can get damaged easily.

A few pictures are added, it is definitely nice to photograph with more then one ball, from different points of view.  And it might be fun as well to see ‚the making of‘, how photographers  act to get the perfect shot.

Lesson learned. We are far away from perfect shots still!

Here a view of the first ‚year‘ of photography with the crystal ball. There always is a point to start, in everything

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