Christmas is near

The year is slowly coming to an end. 2013 has been a very busy year for me. Work has been stressful, my privat life has been busy with my parents in law moving into a new apartment.

Furthermore I have been impelling my photographic career especially trying harder to get better photographs. Not to forget working on my personal blog and creating a new design and layout of this.

Some several weeks ago I had a great street shooting session with the famous street shooter Thomas Leuthard. What an experience that was and one where I learned so many things. A big thanks to Thomas for that. My wife and I had some great days in Paris. You can read all about that herehere and here. Just a day later my wife and I headed to Dubai. What a contrast to Paris that was. Just follow the links here and here to read all about that holiday.

After that it went back to work at my day to day job to pay the bills and of course the gear I use.

From September on my good friend from Los Angeles was here to work in Germany for three months. We both had the chance to go and shoot a couple of times together. The last shoot out was just last Tuesday. As he is from the warm coast of LA he does not know cold weather nor the event we went to go and shoot.

As the title says it´s christmas time so I decided to take him to the Esslinger Weihnachtsmarkt with the very special medieval christmas market. And what an experience that was for both of us.

It started of with entering the market. A quick portrait shot using the internal flash.

Ericson

First comes first and as we both had a work day behind us something to eat was just the thing we needed. And what better than a sausage in a roll or in our case a steak in a roll. Man that was good. Something warm in our stomach we headed of to shoot.

Want a sausage

 

The medieval part of this christmas market is always worth a visit as the people and the  booths are something very different to the normal ones.

Christmas pyramid Medieval guy Light Chestnuts in a pan More light Natural light Heating the fire

 

Of course my dear friend Ericson was clicking the camera nicely. His X-Pro1 and the 18mm f/2 lens which was mounted was running hot. He sure did enjoy this very different experience.

Ericson and his X-Pro1

 

Posing for us Busy cooking Want some pepper Waiting for the next customer

 

Ericson mounted his XF35 and I tried his XF18 on my X-E1. I should not have done that. All though I have the very, very good XF 18-55 zoom I just loved this little lens.

After about 1 1/2 hour of shooting we where both cold down to the bones. What better than a good cup of glogg for the both of us. We went into a small cabin and warmed ourselves.

Cup of glogg

 

The rest of the shots where taken with this little XF18 f/2 lens. Damn I want it.

Molten metal Ericson melting the metal

Making something special

 

After a good three hours we both where cold, cold, cold and decided to call it a day. We went back to the public transport to take us home.

A big thanks to my friend Ericson for joining me on this cool photo session.

Oh and for the technical people reading this. All the shots shown on this post where taken with the Fuji X-E1, the XF35 1.4 and the XF18 2.0

I do hope you enjoyed reading this and looking at the shots I took. Feel free to drop a line in the comments field.

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