Fathers Day

Bike riding father pulling a trailer with a child
1/500 sec – f/5.6 – ISO 100 – 18.3mm

Today is Ascension Day, in Germany traditionally the Fathers Day and also a national holiday. Traditionally, it is also called gentlemen’s day (Herrentag). It is a tradition for groups of males (young and old) to do a biking or hiking tour with one or more small carts pulled by manpower.

In the carts (locally called Bollerwagen) are wine or beer bottles and food. Many men also use this holiday as an opportunity to get drunk. Fortunately, the vast majority use the Fathers Day to simply go out and have fun with their friends and families, enjoying a warm early summer day. And while Big Boy will go on a Bollerwagen-tour with his friends (he had his final school exam last Tuesday and we are eagerly awaiting the results), The Significant Other any myself will head into a nearby town for a barbecue with good friends.

I took this street photograph with my Ricoh GR II, image specs 1/500 sec @ f/5.6 and ISO 100. The small Ricoh (that easily fits in the front pocket) is my choice when I go out without intention to photograph but still want to have a capable fixed lens camera with great IQ in case an opportunity to shoot opens up, like on this scene in Nuremberg’s Way of Human Rights, that was too good to pass up.

Wish you all a great and sunny Thursday!


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  1. Hmmm. Carts…behind bikes….filled with wine and beer. I never tried this. My cart was always filled with 70 pounds of children. I loved cycling with the kids when they were young. Still cycle, but the cart is long gone. Thanks for sharing Marcus. Allan

  2. What an interesting take on fathers day, and a nice idea. If it caught on here sadly it would be used by non fathers to get very drunk. Lovely picture.

  3. Interesting! I heard from a German friend that Ascension Day is a holiday, which I thought was strange, but now I understand it’ has more meanings. I can picture groups of men going off into the hills with a cart full of food and drink – there will always be people who use holidays as drinking-to-excess excuses, but it sounds really nice in spite of that. Have fun at the BBQ!

  4. A moment of silent interaction between Dad and child, oh how times have changed. The combination of sharpness and detail tells me that the Ricoh is an amazing “little” camera. I waited patiently for the release of the Ricoh III; yet, have read some disappointing reviews. So thought maybe the II would be a better investment. Do you have any thoughts?

    1. Thanks, Brenda, for your kind words. I did read the reviews for the GR III, and decided there is absolutely no reason to upgrade as a GR II user. That they killed the onboard flash is a killer. Get a GR II, maybe used. It’s an awesome camera, IQ is amazing. If mine dies one day I will get a GR II replacement.

      1. Thank you for taking the time to respond. I have a “vintage” Ricoh GX100…since it has an extended processing time after pressing the shutter it isn’t the best choice for the spontaneous quality of street photography.

    1. Thanks, Marion, we had a beautiful day. Big Boy is looking towards an apprenticeship, but that’s still in discussion. First we’re waiting the “all clear” signal that he has passed, should come tomorrow 😉

  5. I love your reference to going ‘without intention to photograph’. 🙂 Truth, is it not, that those fantastic shots will catch us unaware and filled with regret if we don’t have any means other than our own memories to record them! Although, I’ve become more of the mindset that there’s nothing wrong with that if it comes right down to it – and perhaps, that’s as it should be so we can better enjoy the moments as they unfold to us.

    Love this shot. Great post!

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