The Cube – a Birmingham icon

The beauty of shooting film is to slow down. Everything is decelerated and expectations to get the perfect shot will be much smaller. This shot of the iconic The Cube building in Birmingham, UK was taken in March and I only stumbled across it while sorting some film scans recently. It’s always nice to find a shot worth posting that reminds you of nice memories.
Here is the Instagram post of the picture:

Shot with a Leica IId with a 1937 uncoated Leitz Summar 50mm collapsible lens at f12 on Ilford XP2 film.

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Vintage cameras: BEWI Spezial Modell for “Leica” cameras

I recently acquired this little piece of equipment. A BEWI Spezial extinction meter from the 1930’s to be used with Leica 35mm cameras and produced by Bertram Munich .

BEWI Spezial Leica Extinction meter

BEWI Spezial Extinction meter by Bertram München for Leica Schlitzverschlusskamera

How the BEWI Spezial works:

You look through it like a little telescope and depending on the light conditions numbers around a viewfinder are visible. The highest number still visible is then used to get the reading by changing the tables on the outside of the light meter. A slight difficulty is the missing ISO as that DIN was introduced later. So in case you were wondering what the degrees numbers on film boxes mean – they are Schreinergrade. Not the easiest way of determining your manual settings, but a very authentic experience that helps you appreciate modern electronic light meters and inbuilt measuring mechanism.

For more information in German check BEWI – Leica at Lippisches Kamera Museum

Barber Institute photo published in Birmingham Mail newspaper

Following my first instameet photowalk last weekend, two of my pictures were featured in the online edition of the Birmingham Mail Newspaper and followed up by one in the print edition.

Having recently set up my instagram account hauzars_lichtbildbude it was a nice experience to see around 70 fellow photographers show up at the Birmingham University to explore the architectural highlights. The featured photos and some of my other pictures taken can be seen here in this gallery.

Visit the Birmingham Mail – 25 images that show the University of Birmingham is picture perfect (11.August 2015)

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Cotswold Lavender – a bit of Southern France in Britain

Cotswold lavender field shot with OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OMD EM1

Cotswold lavender field

Mont Ventoux on the horizon, bees humming, the sun is shining and the air is engulfed with the smell of lavender – southern France.

Wait, no mountains in the background, but lovely lavender fields and great photo opportunities. Snowshill lavender farm near Broadway in Worcestershire. If you want a break from city life and experience a lovely getaway around the West Midlands this is the place to go right now until the harvest in early August. Entrance fee of £2.50 per person is well worth it if you find a day of nice weather. The whole area is saturated with the lovely and calming smell of lavender and the exemplary rows of lavender at the entrance show the many varieties available.

The main attraction are sloping rows of heavy purple flowerbeds that slope up a field that is bordering grassland which houses sheep. Also you will hear the song of skylarks, see the odd pheasant fly by and have a chance to see whitethroat (Sylvia communis) and yellowhammers.

Visit the Snowshill lavender website and learn more about this gem in the midlands.

The shot presented was recently popular on 500px – Lavender fields 1 by Christian Hauzar and was shot with the following settings:

Cotswold Lavender fields portfolio

Colombian Black Spider Monkey – Zoo Photography

Many people out there dislike zoos. Animals are trapped in small cages, exposed to loud masses of people and doomed for a life in prison. Who wouldn’t understand that position? I personally like a good zoo with a plan for keeping endangered animals alive and in a best case breeding to restock natural populations. Not to forget the educational effect a zoo has. Looking at an elephant or a giraffe in a book or the internet is one thing, but who does not remember the jaw dropping moment of seeing his first Loxodonta africana in real life. Size matters.

Ateles fusciceps ssp. rufiventris as the latin name goes, is a critically endangered. This subspecies to the black-headed spider monkey has experiences an 80% population decline in the last 45 years, suffering from deforestation and hunting. It is native to north-western Colombia and eastern Panama.

During a recent visit to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park I spotted this Black Colombian Spider Monkey on 500px sitting in his enclosure, looking rather disillusioned. An looking how his kind fares in the wild, we can feel with him.

Colombian Black Spider Monkey (Ateles fusciceps rufiventris) in his enclosure at Birmingham Zoo

Colombian Black Spider Monkey (Ateles fusciceps rufiventris)

When doing zoo photography, I like to show the zoo environment more than hiding it.

Togo Betammariba Girl Portrait chosen for African Tuesday Top 5

Thanks to the guys from African Tuesday on Google+ who have picked another one of my submissions as their Top 5 favorite pic of the week (June 2nd).

The picture was taken somewhere in north Togo and portraits one of the Batammariba girls that was following around the house that we were allowed to view. The mud tower houses are called Takienta and are symbolic for this region in Togo and neighboring Benin.

Here is the Togo Betammariba girl pic chosen by Africantuesday:

Betammariba Girl in North Togo

Betammariba Girl in North Togo

This is the Takienta of the Betammariba where it was taken:

Betammariba Takienta in North Togo

Betammariba Takienta in North Togo

And some more information about Koutammakou, the Land of the Betammariba on the UNESCO World Heritage Site

Photo published in Viajes National Geographic June 2015 issue

Some exciting news: National Geographic has published one of my photos in Viajes National Geographic – the Spanish travel edition of NG. It has printed a picture of a critically endangered Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, which can be found on page 98 of the current Viajes National Geographic June 2015 issue #183.

The original photo can also be found on 500px – La Veuve by Christian Hauzar.

Female Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher (Tersiphone corvina) perched on branch

Female Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher (Tersiphone corvina) perched on branch

Details of the shot:
Camera Olympus E-5
Zuiko 50-200 mm lens with x2 teleconverter
Shutter Speed 1/125 s
Aperture f/7
ISO/Film 800

White Stork video – Büttelborn Germany

White storks (Ciconia ciconia) were a common sight in Germany a few generations ago. In the last decades the white stork has made a come back in Germany. Now you can find over 4,500 breeding pairs in the country. More common in the north there are some hotspots in the Rhine river area. The video below was shot near Darmstadt where white storks can find a great feeding ground on urban fields.
For more information about white storks see wikipedia


Seychelles Warbler Photo featured in news article

Sometimes photos make their way into the media without me knowing about it.

After my visit to the Seychelles I made one of the lesser quality photos of an endangered Seychelles Warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis) available on Wikipedia commons as I had noticed that this was missing on the German site. Hajira Amla from the Seychelles News Agency  has now used the picture in her December article – Seychelles among five small island nations declared world leaders in conserving threatened species

Seychelles-Warbler - Acrocephalus sechellensis

Seychelles-Warbler – Acrocephalus sechellensis

Always happy to contribute in educating and saving endangered species.

Bwindi Mountain Gorilla photo receives 500px Editors Choice

Three years after visiting the Nkuringo mountain gorilla group in Bwindi Impenetrable forest in Uganda, one of the pictures was selected by 500px editors for their Editor’s Choice collection. Located in the animals section, this picture of Karibu – a male Bwindi Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) blackback – is surrounded by works of the best photographers around.

500px editors choice - Bwindi Mountain Gorilla

500px editors choice – Mountain Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

Find the picture here on 500px: Eye Contact – Mountain Gorilla on 500px

Details of the handheld shot without flash:

So far the picture has now been viewed 9623 times with 700 likes and 421 faves although receiving almost no notice when originally posted.

If you want to know more about the Nkuringo group in Bwindi visit the Bwindi National Park website.