Kristalspiegelsaal

I cherish little relics of the past that live on today. The Kristallspiegelsaal, or crystal mirror hall, belongs to a hotel and restaurant in the town of Altenahr, Germany. In this small town in the Ahr Valley, tradition lives on. I wasn’t able to find out when the this opened, but it looks like early 1970’s to me. I think about all of the fun times that have been had here, the drunken dramas, the meals eaten together with friends and family. I also wonder how much longer a place like this will survive.

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Moonrise

After more than a year-long break, I will be posting regularly again! I have a backlog of photography and some new ideas for this space, so stay tuned

The full moon shines bright in this picture, though looking smaller than it appears through the eye. The city sky and the clouds show amplify the hazy brightness. The leafless trees are also illuminated, but unnervingly and unnaturally from the wrong side. ¬†They were illuminated by street lights, which was amplified by the long exposure. It was challenging to get an exposure that didn’t overexpose the moon too much, yet showed the details of the trees. After trying many different exposures, without bracketing and editing, I decided that this was the best look – the moon still overexposed but in a way that shows its brightness in the sky.

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