Standing out

As part of the continuing evolution of this blog, I’m likely going to share more and more about my explorations and of the gear I use (or have used) in those explorations. That could include a wide range of stuff from cameras, travel related gear, accessories and more, snd will likely cover things I like… and don’t like. Also, starting tomorrow, I think I’ll spend a few weeks posting photo from many of the places I have explored around the floor, all of which will be dedicated to those out there who may not have had the good fortune to getting too far afield from their own part of the world. I’m doing that to both share the beauty I have seen with those of you out there who enjoy seeing what’s out there (but have not yet had the chance to explore), and as a reminder to myself to not take for granted what I’ve been able to see through the years. And since I promised one very close friend in particular that tomorrow’s shot will be from Paris, France, that is what it will be! In the meantime, here’s one from the undergrounds of Berlin, Germany.

Tunnel Vision

Quasi una fantasia

One of my favorite pieces of music of all time is Beethoven’s  Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27, No. 2, known also as “Moonlight” or “Moonlight Sonata”.  I can listen to it over and over, as I did while processing today’s piece of URBEX (Urban Exploration) goodness.  It seemed the perfect piece of music, given the subject I shot, and it’s worth listening to as you take a moment or two to let your eyes wander around the frame.  As you dim the lights where you are, let the music speak to your soul for a moment.  What do see?  What do you feel?  Where does the music and the photograph take you?

Orange Crush

I’ve mentioned before that I used to play a lot of computer games, particularly of the First Person Shooter variety, like the Doom, Quake, Duke Nukem, Half Life, etc.  I remember being amazed by the graphics the artists where able to create in the gaming environment, making it quite easy for me, the player, to suspend disbelief while playing through the various levels.  I knew it was a game, and I knew they were computer generated graphics, but it felt pretty real while I was playing.  That’s the way I look at HDR.  Sure, it’s not “real”, but to me it “feels” as real as when I was there, if not more so.


The Balloon Man of Berlin’s Underground

Ran out this morning, on Father’s Day, to grab a few brackets before heading to church with my family.  I found this cool graffiti in one of the underground metro stations here in Berlin.  Loved the colors and symmetry and thought you might enjoy it as well.  By the way, Happy Father’s day to all the dads out there!

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