Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Tag

Summer Cottage in Evening Light   Leave a comment

This cottage is on the beach in Clinton and a party was just getting started after the sun had set.

Cottage at night

Where in the World am I?   3 comments



iphone, slight edits in Snapseed.

Posted August 4, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Travel, US

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Optical Illusion   1 comment

Apparently this street art installation has been in place in New Haven since 2010, but I just noticed it last week for the first time. The artist is Felice Varini and this is his first installation in the US. While it looks like someone just overlaid a geometric design onto this photograph of this alley, this is actually painted on the walls of the alley and the parking garage behind it.




Bridge over Relatively Calm Waters   Leave a comment

Shot this bridge at sunset in New London, CT:

Bridge in New London


Canon 7D, EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
ISO 100
1/40 sec
Converted to B&W with Silver Efex Pro

The Guns of Fort Trumbull   Leave a comment

These cannons were put in place in the mid-1850s to protect the harbor of New London, CT, at the time the 3rd largest whaling harbor in the world.

Cannons at Fort Trumbull


Canon 7D, Ef 24-70mm f/2.8L
ISO 100
1/60 sec
Converted to B&W with Silver Efex Pro

Factory Windows   3 comments

I attended a photo shoot in an old factory – here are two shots I liked, featuring the windows.

Looking out of factory windows


Silhoutte in front of window

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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CT Tobacco Farm   4 comments

I had no idea that tobacco was grown this far north. Shot these tobacco barns this fall, but only now got around to editing the pictures.

Tobacco Barn Side

Tobacco Barn Front

Canon 7D, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
ISO 500
HDR picture modified with Silver Efex Pro

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.


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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Beautiful Curves   2 comments

Yes, there’s even beauty in freeway overpasses:

Freeway overpass CT

Freeway overpass NY


iphone, Hipstamatic
film: BlacKeys
lens: Lucifer VI

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

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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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.

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

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

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Goodbye Cashman’s   2 comments

Unfortunately this local hardware store in our town can’t compete with the big box stores and big chains. So sad.

Hardware store closing

This is the front of the store:

Clinton Hardware Store

Bruges at Night   5 comments

Bruges is even more scenic at night (especially after a rain shower, as all the tourists have retreated to their hotels):

Amsterdam in Black and White   3 comments

Even in black and white, the city of Amsterdam is beautiful. Especially at night. Click on any one picture to see them in slideshow format.

The Eye   2 comments

This film museum in Amsterdam opened in 2012, and is across the river from the Central Station. Great architecture!

Canon 7D
Google Location

Amsterdam at Night   7 comments

I had the pleasure of having a professional photographer named Tom show me around Amsterdam at night, and teach me about night photography. I arranged it through Photo tours of Amsterdam, and was extremely happy with the tour, which lasted from 10:15pm (when it was still light out) until 1:45am. I can highly recommend it. Here are some samples from that night’s work. Click on any one picture to see them in slideshow format.

Postcard from Bruges   2 comments

After a day of overcast skies, the sun finally managed to get through in the late afternoon, for a beautiful view of one of the many canals in this beautiful city.

Bruges Canal in Sunlight

Canon 7D
ISO 100
1/160 sec

Google Maps Location

Indoor Clouds, part 2   2 comments

A quick trip to Boston only provided one photo opportunity, of puffy clouds reflecting in the John Hancock Building. This is part 2 of a series, the first entry coming from Oregon and posted earlier here.

Clouds reflecting in skyscraper

iphone, Hipstamatic
lens: Lucifer IV
film: Black Keys B+W

Summer time is Here!   3 comments

When the Clam Castle in Madison, CT is open, it must be summer time:

Clam Castle in Clinton, CT

Canon 7D
ISO 200
1/1600 sec
Location (Google Maps)

New York Vertigo   4 comments

You don’t have to stand on top of a building to feel dizzy in New York  — just looking at the angular and glass-clad office towers along 6th Avenue is enough:

6th Avenue Office Towers in New York

Canon Powershot G12
ISO 200
1/320 sec

At the Right Angle   1 comment

Small detail of a wooden patio fence:

Patio Fence Detail

Canon EOS 7D, EF 70-200mm
ISO 100
1/250 sec

Mystic Seaport Interiors   5 comments

Mystic Seaport in Connecticut presented great opportunities to practice indoor photography using HDR to capture all details:

View through window


camera: Canon 7D
location in google maps:

Sleeping Beauty’s Window   1 comment

Found this on the Seaside Sanatorium grounds in Waterford, CT:

Window overgrown with plants

Canon EOS 7D, 70-200mm
ISO 100
1/50 sec

Posted May 9, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, Travel, US

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Hidden Places: Abandoned and Haunted Sanatorium   17 comments

Well, it’s creepy enough to be haunted, although I only saw signs of teenage transgressions (i.e. graffiti) when I visited the Seaside Sanatorium in Waterford, CT. It was built in the 1930s as a convalescent home for young children suffering from Tuberculosis, and shut down in the 1990s.

Abandoned Room

Abandoned Room

Here are a few more shots, in addition to the previous post. Click on any image to see them in slide show format.

“You Will Die”   9 comments

That’s the eerie graffiti I found in an old abandoned sanatorium on the Connecticut seaside. Which one do you like better: color or black&white?

Old Sanatorium Room in black and white

Old Sanatorium Room in color

Canon EOS 7D, 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5
ISO 100
1/4 sec

DC Impressions   Leave a comment

Covered a lot of territory in DC over the weekend, here are some miscellaneous impressions:

iphone & Hipstamatic app

Burned-out Factory   9 comments

I discovered an abandoned factory building in Bridgeport, CT, that offered some good opportunities for HDR photography and playing around with various filters.

Bridgeport, CT Factory

Here are a few more shots – click on any one of them to see them in slideshow format.

DC Monuments – Take Two   Leave a comment

I enjoyed the challenge of taking pictures of the memorials on Washington, DC’s Mall that are different from the millions of pictures taken there every day.

Washington Monument, from Lincoln Memorial

Washington Monument, from Lincoln Memorial

Click on any picture to start the slide show.

Last Rays of Sunshine on City Hall   5 comments

A lovely sunset lit up the newly restored cupola of Clinton City Hall last night. It finally feels like spring!!!

Clinton City Hall

Canon Powershot G12
ISO 200
1/30 sec

Posted March 30, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, US

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Vintage Architecture in Butte, MT   7 comments

A quick drive-through of Butte, MT nevertheless yielded some good photo opportunities. This is the historic downtown district, dating back to the late 1800’s when Butte supplied most of the copper produced in the US:

Neon sign in Butte, MT

Hotel Finlen, Butte Montana

Fireproof Hotel in Butte, MT
Butte Beer Advertising

M&M Cigar Store in Butte, MT

Butte, MT Downtown

Scenic Montana   6 comments

 These were taken along the Pintler Veterans Memorial Scenic Highway in Montana, connecting Anaconda and Phillipsburg:

Silver Lake

Old Shed

Butte Anaconda Vintage Train

Abandoned Shed

Canon Powershot G12

Don Quijote’s Nightmare   4 comments

These windmills look pretty indestructible to me, and are about 20 times bigger than an old-fashioned windmill.

I’ve started using Nik Color Efex to enhance some of my photos. This is a good example what that software can do for a mediocre picture (original below):

Windmills over Washington

Windmills original

Canon EOS 7D, EF-S 15-85mm
ISO 100
1/800 sec

Atlas Didn’t Shrug   Leave a comment

…otherwise he would have dropped his universe right on top of me (I know, bad pun. And I haven’t even read the book).  This is a sculpture in front of Rockefeller Center in New York City.


Canon EOS 7D, 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5
ISO 400
.3 sec

Georgia Country Roads   2 comments

On a drive through rural Georgia, I felt transported back to the 1950s.

Small town view in Georgia


I loved this old vault in a Wells Fargo Branch in Americus:Bank Lobby with Vault



I only captured the service station part of this establishment. I’ll leave the grocery store to your imagination:

Old Gas Station

All shots taken with Canon PowerShot G12

Posted October 27, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, Black&White, Travel, US

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Bridges of Brooklyn   5 comments

On a recent walk through Brooklyn’s DUMBO district (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), I found lots of interesting views of both the Brooklyn Bridge as well as the Williamsburg Bridge. The district is New York’s 90th historic district.

Empire State Building seen through the Williamsburg Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge Detail

Brooklyn Bridge as seen from Jay Street

Brooklyn Bridge, Detail of Tower

Tower of Williamsburg Bridge

Williams Bridge view, from Brooklyn Bridge

Tower, Brooklyn Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge Tower with Manhattan Skyline

All photos taken with Canon EOS 7D, 24-70mm EF

Jane’s Carousel   2 comments

This is Jane’s Carousel, an antique carousel (built in 1922) lovingly restored by Jane Walentas in her studio in Brooklyn. It now sits in a dedicated structure at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, is open year-round, and enjoyed by kids of all ages.

Jane's carousel underneath the Brooklyn Bridge

Up close photo of Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn, NY

Detail of Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn, NY

Canon EOS 7D, 24-70mm
ISO 100
1/30 sec

Posted September 5, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, New York, Travel

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New York’s most beautiful building   Leave a comment

The Flatiron Building will always be my favorite building in New York:

Here are a few other views:

Posted July 15, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, New York, Travel

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Fire Escapes   Leave a comment

These escapes seem pretty useless when there’s no escape from the 105 degree heat in NY.

Canon Powershot G12
ISO 100
1/60 sec

Posted July 7, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, New York

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Our buildings are real…   Leave a comment

and they’re spectacular (probably not the best ad to endear itself to New Yorkers…)

Shot with iPhone, in NY.

Posted July 3, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, New York, Travel

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New York Vertigo   2 comments

Looking up in New York never gets tiring, even though most New Yorkers don’t. That’s how you can tell who is a tourist and who is not. I still look up all the time.

All photos shot with Canon Powershot G12

Posted June 16, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, New York

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The Billion Dollar View   Leave a comment

Well, maybe not everyone at Goldman Sachs is a billionaire, but everyone there can enjoy this view from the 43rd floor of their Manhattan offices.

Canon PowerShot G12
ISO 100
1/250 sec


Checkmate in Bryant Park   Leave a comment

As the evenings get warmer, Bryant Park, located behind the NY Public Library, becomes a gathering place for lovers, strollers, and chess players.

A fountain offers calming background sounds:

As the lawn slowly fills with people and people watchers:

All shots taken with Canon Powershot G12 and mini-tripod, multiple exposures

Gotham City Skyline   21 comments

Taken from the roof terrace of my building on 52nd Street and 10th Avenue.

Canon PowerShot G12
ISO 200

New England Antiques   Leave a comment

A late afternoon drive around our town revealed you don’t have to go to an antique store to find antiques.


I’m sure this snow plow hasn’t seen any action for years.


And the antique store has turned into an antique….

All shot with Canon Powershot G10 and tripod, multiple exposures combined using HDR Efex Pro

Posted May 13, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes

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Where cars go to party in New York City   2 comments

I took these shots while walking through my neighborhood in the evening, struck by the fact that these sights are pretty rare in Manhattan.

Shot with Canon Powershot G12
ISO 400
multiple exposures


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