Dark rings under the eyes.....like Samuel Sevian...have to kick him in the ass to go to bed!

On Oktober 1,  seven-years-old Julian asked me: "Where is the Schach Spiegel? I want to watch the moves of a Bundesliga Game!!" So I gave him the book, which he has won at one of these northrhine-westfalia-tournaments (All of the Bundesliga games played in 1991/1992 -without any comment!).

For me it is as interesting as the telefone-book of Shang Hai, and I told him to better do some tactics with the chessimo app on the iPad. But he insisted!

It was 8.46 in the evening an he gets more and more tired and receives those dark rings around his eyes. The type of rings you can see on some pics of Samuel Sevian, a 12 year old chess addict with an elo rating of 2396. Samuel is now U 12 world champion and famous all over the world because of a youtube video which was taken at age 10 in which he beats Greg Shahade, an intenational master in a Blitz game and in which you can get a small glimpse of how much fun it must be to win at chess, if you beat a real master and noone counted on you before.......

So at this day at 9.15 pm it has had to be enough with chess...a small unimportand thing called school (even it is a Montessori-School) is there also in Julians life!

Chess is energy! Kingcrusher at Oktober,5 -7.10 pm   Julian loves it to play against himself. But sometimes he loses a game and then he cries (this is reported also about Fabiano Caruana as a fact!)    ;-)

Summer of chess (August / September 2013)

I asked Bruce Pandolfini in the early summer what to do now with the chess skills of Julian. He was so kind to write a nice answer to me, althought we never met each other.

His advises seemed to be easy to follow: Do some tactics in the summer and try to keep it fun. These words in my mind we have had a very nice trainings camp in the last three weeks of August. Nearly every day somebody of Julians chess club passes by to play some chess on our terrace......

That very day (September, 4) I have taken the pictures you see was extremely relaxed. Julians coach Ronny Marzec who passes by (and is payed for only 90 minutes every two weeks) stays at this day for 7 (in one simple word: seven !) hours!!!!! We have eaten some tibetan food and with Christian Banasch, Ronny Marzec, 4-years old Cornelia and me it was simple fun fun fun (tactics, Blitz, Bullet and double we played....)........

All pictures are taken with the Olympus E-PL 1 and the 14-42 mm 1:3.5 - 5.6 at 14 to 16 mm and with aperture fully open



It was the 1. of November in 2012, when my son has got a kind of chess-illnes. He became totally, I mean complete totaly crazy about chess from that very day.

Julian Lohmar at a team tournament (U18) in Lohmar, near Bonn, taken at May, 4  2013 

And that is the story:

Knowing to move the chessman since he was about 48 months old (christmas 2009), he seems not to be very interestet or specially talented  in the Bobby Fischer Game for about two and a half years. He just plays arount with the macbook pro from time to time after he was five years old and switched the apple chess programm all the time to level zero. I was shure, that he would learn nothing with that method. Playing with me: no interest, because I did not let him win (I am afraid I was not a gread educator I  ;-)  )

With his first schoolday in the end of August, that changes: Pappa, lets work out the Bobby Fischer Book (Bobby Fischer teaches chess), please, please, please...., so I asked myself, what happened ?

At the beginning of November 2012. He was around the chessman, and watching youtube chess videos and playing with me and playing on the computer etc. for about 9 hours.... (E. g. After I have slept two and a half hours in the afternoon I find Julian hanging arount with the chessman and playing still with himself (didn´t really count the hours after that)

At that day he asked me for the first time: Is it possible to learn chess as a profession? Are there any professional chess players?

I answerered, that there are some Grand masters who can live from chess and they earn about 1000 bugs a month or so. The top 100 players more.....

So he speaks the original Bobby Fischer words (he couldn´t know them before): "Papa, ich möchte nur noch Schach spielen"  (Papa, everything I want to do is playing chess).

From the 2. of November 2012 I was not able to beat him in chess!!!

I told him: ok, live your dreams, all I can do is to try to help you....

We found a chess club some 10 kilometers from us. They told us, that there is a santa claus turnament. It was open for all kids, even those, who are not in a club.

So I was afraid, that his first contact was not the normal training, but a turnament. Could be frustraiting.
I remember the words of a small Boy from the Godesberg chess club. I sat Julian on his chair, said "Hallo, this is Julian, he is still not in a club, he is 6 years old and wants to play chess"

His opponent answered: "I am 11 years old and I am playing for Bad Godesberg (which is a Bundesliga Club!), there he has no chance to win this round of the match."
2 min and 37 sekonds later (it was Blitz) the same Boy was Queen and  a rook behind Julian (and tears stood in his eyes) and he resigns.

Of course Julian has won the turnament in his class of age (U 8).

At that time I didn´t even know what a chess club is. Never seen any of them from inside.

The youth trainer from Bad Godesberg told me, that there is a much nearer club for us (I did not even know his existence). So we went there a week later (and it was also not normal training but a tournament there - guess who wins the U 10 class?).

Since these days Julian is a succer for rapid and blitz chess youth tournaments and in March / April he reaches a ratio of unbelievable 22 out of 22 in 3 Tournaments (and the beginning of a fourth which will end in July)

In March, 28 he beat the worlds Nr. 38 in the U 7 range (who was indeed extremely tired) at one of that little meetings......The father of that boy is an extremely handsome man, we share the same "problems" with our wonderboys so they will visit us next week (they ae from Münster, we are from Bonn).

So within just 5 months or so I became a kind of a chess papa, whose rule is just to be a perfect servant and Internet researcher for Julian and a good chauffeur, for I have not the slightest idea how to move the chessman in a way the best 7 or 8 year old childs do it. So i can´t critisize my son for any of his moves or decisions (for he is looking like a 20 year old man when he plays, not a like a child). There are so many asshole chessparents at the turnaments. Discussing moves with crying children, critisize the childs for not winning the game. Is it them who play or is it the kids who play. So I leave Julian do his own thing.

I can only be amazed how a child can develope himself from one day to another (or was it some extra terrestrial who turned at November 1. 2012 a switch in Julians head)?


40 - 150 mm 1:4.0 - 1:5.6 ... I love it...

Yesterday my children, Julian and Cornelia, two of their friends and me have been visiting the corn labyrith in Vinxel, near Bonn. I shot some 61 pics. Ten of them were worth to be worked out a little bit with the OLYMPUS Viewer 2 software. As usual I shot with the Olympus E-PL 1 and one of my only two lenses: the 40 - 150 mm M- Zuiko, that can take increadibly sharp pics, if the autofocus exactly does what I want...


Julian, now in school since 5 weeks...new friends and old Kindergarten friends, who he wanted to see that weekend...

These straw bales are for my friend Wolfgang Lonien from Frankfurt. I know his taste! He enjoyed also a quite simple pic of a shoe, I took earlier this year...Never ever saw something so golden like these bales in my 47-year old life! But the Camera monitor can´t do the exactly colours! For your and his pleasure I developed this pic as a normal sRGB (the only one in that row of ten pics). But my iMac can´t do the colours also in a perfect matter... just a glimpse of never seen before shining pure gold corn! I want to say: Kruegerrand is nothing in comparison! Not kidding!

Different shades of brown... this pic shows, how far the 40 - 150 mm can go in terms of sharpnes...in the certain moments when the camera loves you...I am shure, you can´t go so far with canon set lenses...

Cornelia Marie in the shadow. Some white balance correction by the software (I put the white balance to 7500 Kelvin).

During (or a short time after) sunset. The original file was even more red. Beautiful Olympus colours, slightly corrected... I´ m still in love with the E-PL 1!

All of them: Four rascal!

A nice Portrait of Cornelia just 16 minutes later (and against the bright, glowing sky)

This was much to dark (more than 2 steps), but I want to show it nonetheless

The last of the better shots today. It was 7:06 pm in germany and time to go home for supper...

Thank you for viewing!


The 5 seasons

Am 24.05.2012 hörte ich im Autoradio in WDR 3 die CD Rezension einer unglaublich schmissigen Vier Jahreszeiten Interpretation: Ich war total von den Socken, wie frisch und eigenständig, bedingungslos extrovertiert und dynamisch sensationell das klingen kann und war sofort Feuer und Flamme.
Heute habe ich die Besprechung auf der Internetseite vom WDR wiedergefunden. Ich finde die Musik auch zum Vorspielen für Kinder toll: Warum die Kleinen mit zweitklassigen Interpretationen langweilen... Also besser gleich Karajans 1962 er Einspielung der Beethoven Symphonien kaufen und natürlich die Vier Jahreszeiten Einspielung von Nemanja Radulovic und Double Sens, einem französich-serbischen aus Freunden von Radulovic zusammengestellten Ensemble! Es gibt hierzu sogar ein nettes youtube "making of" It really rocks!


Eine bemerkenswerte Familie

Am Samstag bin ich mit meinem Sohn und dessen schwarzen Freund nach Wesseling ins Hallenbad...

Im Nichtschwimmer-Becken ist nicht viel los, bis auf 8 schwarze Kinder, die sich dort vergnügen. Alle Kinder schienen gute Manieren zu haben, keine Aggressivität, nur fröhliches, ausgelassenes Spiel. Nein, da waren ja noch zwei... Also 10 schwarze Kinder, so um die sieben, acht, neun, zehn elf Jahre.

Nein, noch zwei aus dem Schwimmer Becken. Also 12 schwarze Kinder, die irgendwie zusammengehörten. Nur einer war etwas älter, so 17 oder 18 Jahre alt. Mich hat das gute Sozialverhalten der Kleinen mächtig beeindruckt! Wo sind die Eltern der Kinder gewesen????

Julian, mein Sohn und dessen Freund spielten sofort mit den kleineren aus der Gruppe und eroberten eine Badeinsel (Schlauchboot) von etwa 2 Metern Durchmesser (und ließen die Insel auch wieder zurückerobern). Ich musste mich kein einziges mal einmischen (normalerweise flippe ich fast aus, weil mein Sohn oft einfach zu heftig loslegt).

Irgendwann wurde meine Neugier einfach zu gross und ich fasste mir ein Herz, kurz bevor die Badezeit zu Ende war. Ich fragte den 17 -jährigen: "Was seid Ihr eigentlich für Leute? Aus wievielen Familien setzt ihr euch denn zusammen?"
Er antwortete: Wir sind alle eine Familie und wir sind noch viel mehr. Wir sind insgesamt 34!
Ich fragte dann: Aber sicherlich habt ihr dann mehr als eine Mutter?
Er: Nein wir haben alle die gleiche Mama. Unsere Mutter hat uns alle nacheinander adoptiert!
Ich: Seid ihr eigentlich berühmt? Ich finde euch cool!!! (naja die Kelley Family hat mal ganz in der Nähe gewohnt...)
Er: Naja ein bisschen vielleicht. RTL hat uns mal einen Preis verliehen. Wir sind die grösste Familie Deutschlands. Waren öfter im Fernsehen und so... und meine Mama hat ein Buch geschrieben!
Ich: Wie heißt das Buch? Ich will es unbedingt lesen!
Er: Jedes Kind ist ein Geschenk von Elisabeth Stenmans!
Ich: Manche Kinder von euch sehen so aus, als ob sie die gleiche biologische Mutter hätten, andere, als seien sie aus anderen Familien...
Er: Ja, nn und nn und nn sind Geschwister und nn und nn (Er zeigte mir daraufhin die blutsverwandten Kinder) wir alle schwimmen immer Samstags nachmittags hier, kommen aus Wesseling und gehen von zu Hause aus zu Fuss...

Ein lustiger, wilder, wirklich lieber Haufen!

Eine äußerst bemerkenswerte Adoptivmutter, von der ich vermutlich einiges lernen könnte:

hier ab 4:55, 18:10 und 23:45   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci__KYW3EJU




keep it real - a vernissage in cologne 2012-09-06

september 1, 2012 - oktober 31, 2012    beleuchtungshaus schiffgen, neumarkt 49, 50667 köln 

Peter Miranski a well known Photographer and Photodesigner from Cologne, a close friend of mine since about 25 years,  shows 17 of his new works. He shot some very young models and told them to be "just theirselfs". One girl, one light(!) one Camera (it was a Canon EOS 5 D Mk II). Everything simple and kind of basic.

He shot about 1.000 pictures of each girl and spend most of the time to select the right shoots. He told me that this was the malediction of the digital work and some 100 meters from his exhibition there was an exhibition with large format analog pics. The famous photographer of that exhibition could afford of course just one or two shots with every girl. So he needs the "perfect moment" for the shot, to not loose too much money...

I am proud, that I can say, that I taught Peter "Photographie", want to say, I told him how to take pictures with the Canon T 70 of his daddy (as an example, what effect a larger apperture will have in the photo etc.!) in 1987 or 1988, because I have had my Canon AE-1 some years before him (and before we met each other for the first time of our live at the high-end hifi-exhibition in Frankfurt 1987 or 1988. We met each other some days after our first meeting in Frankfurt at our HiFi Guru Torsten Roscher in Wuppertal - Peter was not the only one who loves this real Guru - I met people in Frankfurt, who drives 1000 kilometer just to listen to the turntables, tube gear and speakers of that increadible magic jesus-look-alike man).

Now Peter is in terms of photographie of course lightyears away from me, but I still love both: music and photographie as a hobby. And Peter loves his nice black records (Miles Davis etc.) also...

Peter, I am proud of you! Excellent work!

keep it real - an exhibition in cologne (Peter Miranski -the left guy- and me. The girl who took the pic did not listen to me, I told her that she had to focus first to some edges (Peters glases or my shirt-stripes) - silly cow! ;-))

keep it real

september 1, 2012 - oktober 31, 2012    beleuchtungshaus schiffgen, neumarkt 49, 50667 köln