A Little Candle

Photography is all about light. While harder to capture images at night, there are so many different ways that you can manipulate the light to make an awesome image. This photo was taken at an event celebrating light and a park in Mannheim was illuminated in many different ways. It was a nice evening, and I love the ways this picture captures the atmosphere of the night.

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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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Graz Infinity

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I found the infinity symbol in light on the Kunsthaus Graz intriguing. What captures my eye and intrigues me gets photographed. So I set up my tripod on the bridge to shoot this picture. I like this picture for a few reasons. I like the lighting – the blue-purple sky combined with the artificial lights on the building and street. But I also like that it isn’t necessarily the postcard type of picture. There is “too much” street in the picture. The tram wires run across the picture. But to me, it is real. And that is what I aimed to capture. A nice scene, but a real scene.

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