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DC Impressions   Leave a comment

A quick business trip to Washington DC provided only a few occasions for snapshots while walking past the Capitol:

 

 

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Capitol Tourists

 

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Green Light District   1 comment

If you’re driving in Manhattan, it feels like there are never enough of these….

Green traffic light in Manhattan

 

Iphone, Hipstamatic

Posted April 10, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, Uncategorized, US

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Spring Reflection in New York   4 comments

Finally a sunny day – and green buildings add to the feeling that Spring has finally arrived:

Spring Reflection in NY

 

Canon Powershot G12
HDR, ColorEfexPro

Posted April 6, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, US

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Freak Snow Storm   1 comment

I left my house under blue sky on Monday. An hour later I was driving through a heavy snow storm. Will winter never stop in Connecticut?!?

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Buffalo Blues   Leave a comment

Surely these pictures don’t reflect the scenic parts of Buffalo, but it’s all I saw on a recent business trip, and they reflect the gloomy mood I was in because of the bad weather and travel delays.

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Shot with  iPhone, Hipstamatic

Orion watching over Big Sky   4 comments

The sky was dominated by Orion (the constellation, not the winter storm) during my last night at Big Sky, Montana.

Night Sky over Lone Mountain

Canon 7D, EF 24-70mm  f/2.8L
ISO 125
f/2.8
20 sec

Sunrise over Lone Mountain, Big Sky   Leave a comment

One last picture from an amazing trip to Montana:

Lone Mountain, Big Sky

Canon 7D
ISO 1250
f/8
1.0 sec
B&W conversion with Silver Efex Pro

Winter Creatures in Montana   2 comments

This moose didn’t seem to be too concerned about me taking pictures. The other creatures actually enjoyed it (giving me some practice with action shots).

Moose eating

Snowboard jump

ski jump

 

Big Snow in Big Sky   1 comment

It was SO cold that the lifts couldn’t run because the back-up power runs on diesel, and the diesel fuel was too viscous to run through the engine. Had to wait until 11am when it was only -15 degrees!
Needless to say, I rarely removed my gloves to take pictures, but here are a few, shot with the iPhone app Hipstamatic.

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Posted February 6, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Landscapes, Travel, US

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Winter in Yellowstone   9 comments

Arrived in Montana and took a drive through parts of Yellowstone before arriving at Big Sky today. -15F (-26C)!

Family of Elk

This gang of elk didn’t mind the cold.

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Sleigh Ride in Stowe   2 comments

It was snowing heavily, but that didn’t deter these folks from enjoying a romantic sleigh ride through the forests of Stowe, VT.

Sleigh ride through heavy snow in Vermont

Canon Powershot G12
ISO 800
-2ev
f/8
1/100 sec
optimized with Nik Color Efex

Posted January 26, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, US

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The Tiny Streets of Bruges   7 comments

Bruges is full of small streets, unexpected views, and gorgeous canal scenes. It’s definitely my favorite small city in Europe. Plus, the chocolate and fries are to die for.

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Victorian Villa   3 comments

I drive by this house every day in our neighborhood – and I finally decided to take a shot of it while still decorated for the holidays.

Victorian Villa

Canon 7D, EF 24-70mm
HDR: f/2.8, ISO 640

Posted January 12, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, US

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Sleeping in Paris   5 comments

I caught these folks napping in the same park in Paris – I guess the afternoon sunshine made everyone a bit sleepy. Wish it were that warm here, now…

Sleepy man

Sleepy tourists

Frosty Days   6 comments

The winter storm is providing some (but not many) photo opportunities, as I don’t venture far from home. Here are two shots from the neighborhood.

Clinton harbor in winter

Clinton Beach bench in winter.

 

 

Posted January 5, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Panorama, US

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Paris Nightlife   1 comment

I am always enchanted by the many cafes in Paris, especially the neon signs at night. I’m going through my past photos, as the winter storm has kept me from taking new pictures.

Paris Bistro

Canon Powershot G12
ISO 400
f/4.5
1.3 sec

Ghostly Cemetery   Leave a comment

A long exposure in the cemetery Pere Lachaise in Paris produced a nice effect that was well-suited for this melancholy place.

Pere Lachaise

Canon Powershot G12
ISO 200
f/8
1 sec

Badlands Drive   9 comments

From a trip across the country, after a storm in Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Posted December 21, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Travel, US

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Night at the Local Fun Fair   1 comment

The local fire department throws a fundraiser each year – this time I brought my camera. Lots of photo opportunities:

All were shot with Canon 7D and tripod, various exposures.

Posted December 15, 2013 by Lutz Braum in US

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Windmills 250 Years Apart   1 comment

You come across all kinds of windmills in Belgium – old ones from the mid 1700s to new ones towering over the freeway.

Modern Windmill

Bruges Windmill

Georgia Country Roads   Leave a comment

Just a few sights I captured while driving through the Georgia countryside:

Water Tower in GA

Rail Road Car Graffiti

Canon Powershot G12

Posted December 4, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Things, Travel, US

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Fall Sunrise Panoramas   5 comments

Frost is starting to appear in the morning, making for some gorgeous sunrises over the field behind our house. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Posted November 28, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Panorama, US

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First Snow   3 comments

On our way to Vermont:

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Posted November 27, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Travel, US

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Morning in St. Charles   4 comments

On a recent business trip to St. Louis I took advantage of sunrise to take some pictures on historic St. Charles’ Main Street. Click on any picture to see them in slideshow format.

Posted November 24, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Travel, US

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Vintage Truck in Montana   3 comments

Found this gem near Virginia City, an old mining town in Montana:

Abandoned Car Wreck in Montana

Canon 7D, 10-22mm EF-S
ISO 160
f/11
1/125 sec

Dead Calm   3 comments

Long Island Sound at sunset, as viewed from our local beach. And if you haven’t seen ‘Dead Calm’ – I highly recommend this little claustrophobic thriller about a couple on a boat taking on a shipwrecked stranger.

Calm Sea on Long Island Sound

Canon EOS 7D, 10-22mm lens
ISO 100
f/11
1/50 sec

Posted November 21, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, US

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Take-off   1 comment

These birds were heading to the sunset – wish I could have flown along:

Birds taking off on beach

Canon PowerShot G12
ISO 100
f/3.2
1/2000 sec
processed with Nik Color Efex

Posted November 16, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Panorama, US

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Sunset Walk   2 comments

Took the dog out for a walk around sunset and came home with some great photo material:

broken fence

Lone Tree

Sunset over the marsh

Canon 7D, 12-22mm

Virginia City, Montana   7 comments

My son and I visited this old mining town recently. Founded in 1863, it was the capital of the Territory of Montana for 10 years. During that time, miners extracted over $90M ($40B in today’s dollars) of gold in the area, and the city housed about 10,000 people. Now its population is down to 132.

Mushroom Pavillion   7 comments

This mushroom looked to me like  a sun umbrella for tiny creatures.

Forest mushroom

Canon 7D, EF 70-200mm
ISO 125
f/8
1/400 sec

Vintage Montana Combine Harvester   2 comments

Found this ‘little’ abandoned machine in a field by the side of the road near Bozeman, Montana. Click on any picture to see them in large slideshow format.

Posted November 2, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Things, US

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First Rays of Sunshine   5 comments

Even in Black&White I love the sunrise behind our house, the rays gradually invading the bedroom.

Blackandwhite sunrise

Canon 7D, 10-22mm
ISO 100
f/10
1/200 sec

Montana Fall Vistas   3 comments

I spent a day last weekend in Montana with my son and we spent the entire day taking pictures. Here’s the first batch, of the scenery while driving from Bozeman to Virginia City.

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Canon 7D, 12-20mm lens, adjusted with Nik HDR Efex Pro

Posted October 26, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Panorama, Travel, US

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Postcard from Clinton Beach   7 comments


Late summer is the best time to visit our little corner of the earth:

Clinton Beach at Sunset

Canon 7D, EF-S 10-22mm
ISO 100
f/9
HDR, processed in Nik Color Efex

Posted October 18, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Panorama, US

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Soccer Mania   Leave a comment

I love going to the Sounders games in Seattle:  40,000+ fans, standing room only, flags flying, choruses echoing through the stadium, fireworks, and some pretty good soccer, too.

Panorama of Seattle Sounders Stadium

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Posted October 12, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, People, US

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World Wide Photo Walk – Guilford, CT   4 comments

On Saturday I participated in Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk by joining one of thousands of group, this one located in Guilford, CT. We spent a couple hours on the shore taking pictures and exchanging photo tips, and enjoyed ourselves despite the overcast weather. Which means it’s a good time for black&white pictures. Click on any picture to see them as a full-screen slide show.

Father & Son Moment on Metro North   1 comment

The dad seemed to enjoy the video more than his young son. Still, they were glued to the iphone for quite a while, oblivious to the rest of the world.

Father and son on train

iphone Hipstamatic
lens: John S.
film: Ina’s 1969

Posted October 5, 2013 by Lutz Braum in People, US

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Winchester Rifle Factory – Interior   11 comments

This is the second batch of photos I took at the abandoned Winchester Rifle factory in New Haven. A sunny day provided excellent lighting inside. Click on any picture to see them in slide show format.

Here is the previous post about the factory’s exterior.

Winchester Rifle Factory – Exterior   5 comments

I spent some time taking pictures at the old and abandoned Winchester Rifle factory in New Haven. Here’s the first batch – the outside. Click on any image to start a slide show.

Abandoned Factory Studio   10 comments

I took pictures in an old factory today, using it as a giant studio. Got to practice with lighting quite a bit. That’s why I look so pleased.

Man sitting in abandoned factory

Canon 7D, EFS 10-22mm
ISO 320
f/5.6
1/8 sec

And one in Sepia. Which one do you prefer?Factory Studio B&W

Posted September 14, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, People, US

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Enjoying the Menu   1 comment

This lady clearly enjoyed checking the menu items at a local bookstore cafe.

woman checking the menu

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edited with Snapseed

Posted September 13, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, People, US

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Late Night Snack   1 comment

Found this Dunkin Donuts totally deserted at night, but still open. Seemed like a good location for a horror movie scene.

Dunkin Donuts at night

Canon 7D, EF 24-70mm
ISO 800
f/2.8
HDR

Posted September 6, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, US

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Packed House at the US Open   Leave a comment

Despite rain delays, the stands were packed for the Federer match. Even people on the other court tried to get a peek of the match:

Ashe spectators watching Armstrong action

The stands were full to the very top:

Packed Bleachers at Armstrong Stadium

Standing room only:

Sunset over Armstrong Stadium

Rainy day at the US Open   1 comment

Spectators taking cover during a downpour at the US Open.

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Posted September 2, 2013 by Lutz Braum in New York, People, US

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Hidden Robin   Leave a comment

This little Robin had built her nest in a bush on the side of her house, guarding two blue eggs. Then one day there was only one egg, and the Robin never returned.

Robin in her nest

Robin in a nest

Canon EOS 7D, 70-200mm f/2.8
ISO 100
f/2.8
1/200 sec

Posted August 31, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals, US

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Madonna and Margarita   4 comments

This scene reminded me of a Vermeer, who was an expert at taking a mundane subject (girl filling a jug, woman doing needlepoint) and making it look absolutely stunning. Caught in a local Mexican restaurant (which explains the skull in the background).

Woman checking email

iphone Hipstamatic
lens: Doris
film: Sussex
flash: off

Posted August 22, 2013 by Lutz Braum in People, US

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No Lifeguard on Duty   1 comment

Our local beach at the end of the day, after everyone has left. I love it when we have it all to ourselves!

Clinton Beach

iphone Hipstamatic
film:Sussex
lens: Doris

Spartan Warriors   2 comments

My son and his buddy after finishing the Spartan Sprint in Washougal, WA. One hour and forty minutes of running, jumping, and crawling through mud! I did this race with them as a last hurrah before they go to college in a few weeks.

Spartan Race survivors

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B&W conversion with Nik Silver Efex

Posted August 16, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, People, US

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Checking Email in the Wrong Place   1 comment

The sign is clearly telling her where to go…

And can you call it ‘Street Photography’ when you shoot indoors?

Woman checking email

Canon Powershot G12
ISO 200
f/4.5
1/6 sec

A Good Spot for Solitude   6 comments

“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

This bench overlooks our local beach and is my favorite spot to spend time alone.

Bench

Canon EOS 7D, 10-22mm lens
ISO 100
f/11
1/15 sec
Nik Color Efex vintage film filter

Posted August 11, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Panorama, US

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