Archive for the ‘America’ Category

Ghost Town in Montana   1 comment

I’m off to Montana, and thus took a look again at pictures that I took 2 years ago in Elkhorn, Montana, an abandoned mining town. I finally have the software (Nik Color Efex) to turn somewhat bland snapshots into much more interesting photographs.

Elkhorn Mining Town Car

Elkhorn Montana Interior

Elkhorn Montana Chimney

Elkhorn Montana Building Interior

Elkhorn Mining Town Heater


Elkhorn Mining Town Car

Vermont Colors – Day 4: Black and White   3 comments

After the overdose of vibrant colors my eyes were subjected to during the first few days in Vermont, I decided to take a break from the colors. Instead,  I focused on textures and contrasts to come up with some black & white photographs:

Mushroom in Vermont

Forest Mushroom

Birch Bark in Vermont

Birch Bark

Pond Reflections in Vermont

Pond Reflections

Burning Man Sculpture   Leave a comment

Burning Man 2012 is coming up at the end of the month. Here’s a photo I took there in 2006.

burning man 2007 sculpture of two trucks welded together

Posted August 8, 2012 by Lutz Braum in America, Landscapes, Things, US

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Times Square Memories   3 comments

I found these moments of vacation snapshots more interesting than the actual splendor (or squalor, depending on your point of view) of Times Square.

Photo of tourists taking each other's photo in Times Square, New York

Photo of tourists taking each other's photo in Times Square, New York

Photo of tourists taking each other's photo in Times Square, New York

Photo of tourists taking each other's photo in Times Square, New York

Photo of tourists taking each other's photo in Times Square, New York

Photo of tourists taking each other's photo in Times Square, New York

father taking snapshot of son in Times Square

All photos taken with Canon Powershot G12, modified with SilverEfex 2.

Storm Brewing   2 comments

Late afternoon thunderstorm gathering over Clinton Harbor, CT.

Canon EOS 7D, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
ISO 160
1/25 sec


Posted July 8, 2012 by Lutz Braum in America, Landscapes, US

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Inspiration for the Wright brothers   Leave a comment

Watching these graceful herons at our beach sure awakened in me the desire to fly.  I’m glad that the Wright brothers did something about it.

Posted July 1, 2012 by Lutz Braum in America, Animals

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Big Open Spaces   Leave a comment

Panorama shots taken on a drive across the USA. These are from Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.

All shots taken with Canon EOS 7D.

Rain Forest Queen   2 comments

While walking through the endless emerald tinted rain forest of Costa Rica, something as bright and colorful as this is definitely royalty.


Shot with Canon EOS 7D, enhanced with Snapseed iPhone app

Posted May 27, 2012 by Lutz Braum in America, Landscapes, Travel

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Close Encounter of the Monkey Kind   1 comment

These monkeys had no fear – they prowled across the hotel property with impunity.

And this howler monkey didn’t care whether he was flashing us or not:

And this spider monkey thought he could fly:

 All photos taken in Costa Rica in April 2012, with Canon EOS 7D, 200mm lens.

Elusive birds of Costa Rica   1 comment

While there’s a constant racket of bird chirps, screeches, and whistles in the background, the birds in Costa Rica’s are actually very hard to find because they hide in dense foliage of the rainforest canopy. I was lucky to get these shots during  a week-long visit. Here is a Toucan, the national symbol of Costa Rica:

This was shot at 400mm, and then cropped by 2x. With the naked eye, the Toucan was just a dark blob in the foliage. Here’s another screecher (no idea what this one is called):

And here’s a hummingbird, the hardest one to catch on film because they dart so quickly from flower to flower:

All photos taken with Canon EOS 7D, 200mm or 400mm, ISO 1000 to ensure fast enough shutter speed.

Jurassic Park? No, Costa Rica!   1 comment

Saw quite a few lizards and iguanas in Antonio Manuel National Park yesterday morning.  This one is a Ctenosaur – it was about 2 feet long and resting on a tree overlooking the beach:

And this one is a Plumed Basilisk, also known as the Jesus Christ Lizard, for his ability to run across water for up to 20 meters:

And these little ones (20 cm)  ran so fast and their heads darted in all directions so frequently that they reminded me of the velociraptors in Jurassic Park:

All photos taken with Canon EOS 7D, 400mm, ISO 500, f/5.6, 1/160 sec

Monument Valley Dust Storm   Leave a comment

Shot during a dust storm tearing through Monument Valley in Spring 2010.

Canon EOS 7D
ISO 100
1/80 second

Sunrise in Antelope Canyon   6 comments

I shot this while on spring break vacation (2010) with my son in Arizona/Utah. This was in the Lower Antelope Canyon, around 11:30 in the morning, when a few openings in the canyon allow light to reach all the way to the floor of the canyon.

Canon EOS 7D, 15-85mm
ISO 125
13.0 seconds

Posted December 4, 2010 by Lutz Braum in America, Landscapes, Travel, US

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