Archive for the ‘Things’ Category

UFO   2 comments

Spotted on the way to Chicago:

Posted October 13, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Things, Travel

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Easy Walking. Really?   Leave a comment

I don’t think so. Looks like the comfort of women’s shoes hasn’t changed in over a century. Captured in a store window in Virginia City, MT:

high heel boot for women

Posted September 12, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Things, Travel, US

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Clean Hands Here   1 comment

Sure looks sanitary to me…


Posted August 16, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Things

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Meter Mania   Leave a comment

Found on new construction in New Haven. I loved the symmetry of the meters and their shadows.

meters in New Haven

Canon 5D Mark II
ISO 125
1/500 sec

Posted July 23, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, Things

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Sunset viewing   Leave a comment

Viewing the sunset from this bench is pure happiness:

bench in sunset light

iPhone, edited with Color Efex

Posted July 22, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Connecticut, Things

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Shell Skeleton   3 comments

To me, the whorl of these shell interiors looked like the tip of a Neolithic whaling harpoon or the spike of a magical railroad. What does it remind you of?

Posted July 9, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Things

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Shell Still Life   Leave a comment

Beach finds, cleaned up and given the glamor shot treatment:

Posted June 6, 2017 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Nature, Things

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Abandoned Amusement Park   Leave a comment

Captured at South of the Border truck stop. Sad that these rides were decommissioned, I’m sure at some point kids LOVED to stop here to enjoy the rides while parents got a break from the incessant ‘are we there yet?’ from the backseat. Click on any pic to see them in their full glory (i.e. slideshow format).

Bike break at sunset   Leave a comment

Someone had biked to our beach and parked their bike while enjoying the sunset.

bike at beach


Canon 5D Mark II, EF 16-35mm f/4
ISO 2500
1/400 sec

Posted December 21, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Connecticut, Things

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Drinking in the dark   2 comments

…is when I captured my wine glass, reflecting the moon light.


Posted November 5, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Things

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Lift off   Leave a comment

Caught near Reagan Airport in Washington, DC.  Spring is here, while its still freezing in CT. What’s up with that?!?

iPhone, edited with Lightroom Mobile

Posted April 5, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Things, US

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Saturday Morning Breakfast   Leave a comment

Here’s a shot of my breakfast at one of my favorite places, G Cafe in Branford. The goat cheese and spinach omelet with toasted fitness bread is very yummy.
Shot with my new ultra-wide lens, which is turning out to be a fun piece of equipment.

omelette and toast

Canon 5D Mark II, EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
ISO 500
1/50 sec

Posted March 19, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Connecticut, Things

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Have Airstream, will travel   7 comments

Found this old battered and slightly crumpled Airstream trailer on a vacant lot in Vermont. What places this thing must have seen!

iPhone, Hipstamatic

Posted November 29, 2015 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Things, US

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Summer Fireworks   1 comment

Clinton had its first ever summer fireworks, and it was a BIG one. Here are some of my favorite shots. Click on any picture to see them all in slideshow format.

Canon 7D, EF 24-70mm
ISO 320
5 sec

Posted August 30, 2015 by Lutz Braum in Things

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Audi R8   1 comment

Spotted in Manhattan.

Posted June 4, 2015 by Lutz Braum in New York, Things

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Mayflower II, Like a Fish Out of Water   Leave a comment

The Mayflower replica, usually moored in Plymouth, MA, is currently at the Mystic Seaport shipyard, the only shipyard on the Eastern Seaboard qualified to restore antique ships like this one. It’ll be there for the next 6 winters, with the goal to have the restoration completed in time for the 400th anniversary of Plymouth in 2020.

Mayflower 1


Mayflower 2


Canon 7D, 28-70mm EFL
ISO 500
1/800 sec

Posted December 30, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, Things, US

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Merry Christmas!   4 comments




Photographed with a piece of black cardboard pasted over the lens and a star cut-out in the center.

Posted December 25, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Things

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Beautiful Debris   3 comments

Shot these pictures at the edge of town. What exactly was torn down I don’t know, but the big mountains of debris attracted my attention.




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Posted May 24, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Panorama, Things, US

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Tractor for Sale   2 comments

You never know what the Clinton Antique Center has to offer. Today, it has 2 vintage farm tractors for sale. Here’s one of them:

Vintage tractor


Canon 7D, EFS 10-22mm
ISO 100
1/60 sec
Nik Efex Pro HDR


Posted April 20, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Things

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Between the Sheets   2 comments

With nothing to shoot outdoors because it’s below freezing, I played with the shadows of the comforter:

Sheets 2

Sheets 3

Sheets 1

Canon Powershot G12

Posted March 22, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Things

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Something Obnoxious   1 comment

Not sure what the artist meant, by I liked the juxtaposition of the pipes and the graffiti.

Obnoxious Graffiti

Study of Seedpod   4 comments

Found these outside our house before the snow smothered all plants.

Seedpod 1

Seedpod 2

Canon 7D, 100mm f/2.8 macro
ISO 100
2 sec

Posted February 1, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Things

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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

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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Vintage Car for Sale   2 comments

This one was standing outside of our local antique store – I wasn’t sure if it was for sale or whether its owner was shopping there.

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Canon 7D, EFS10-22mm
ISO 1oo
1/320 sec

Posted November 30, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Things

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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
1/125 sec

Mushroom Pavillion   10 comments

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

Forest mushroom

Canon 7D, EF 70-200mm
ISO 125
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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Happy Breakfast   2 comments

I didn’t plan that, but it looked so delicious I just had to share it. I guess when you make the same breakfast every day, sooner or later a smiley face or a madonna is going to appear in my eggs….

Smiley face made of frying eggs

Canon 7D, 24-70mm
ISO 1600
1/20 sec

Posted September 18, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Macro, Things

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Brewery Detail   1 comment

Captured at BAR, in New Haven, CT.

IMG_4907iphone Hipstamatic
lens: Lucifer IV
film: BlacKeys B+W

Posted September 9, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Things

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Antique Finds   1 comment

Here are just a few of the great finds at the Clinton Antique Center in Clinton, CT:

Canon 7D, 100mm macro lens
Google Maps Location

Posted July 28, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Things

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This Bike Climbed Mt. Washington   Leave a comment

That’s what the bumper sticker says on the fuel tank. And it looks like this Harley Davidson has seen quite a bit of road in its lifetime. Photographed in Branford, CT.

Harley Davidson


AT-AT Walkers Attack Holland!   2 comments

Actually, these were locks that control the flow in one of the many canals in the Netherlands. But from afar, I was reminded of the AT-AT Walkers from Star Wars (original below):

Locks in Holland


at-at walker

Velomobile   2 comments

This guy won’t get wet when it rains in Amsterdam, but how he squeezes in there is a mystery to me. You can find out more at

Velomobile closeup

He didn’t seem to command much attention among the other bike riders:Velomobile large

Canon 7D
ISO 125
1/80 sec

Flower Fireworks   2 comments

Rainy day, so I spent it practicing indoor photography:

Dandelion in front of black background

Canon EOS 7D, 100mm macro lens
ISO 100
1/10 sec

I shot a small piece of moss up close, and changed focus while the shutter was open, to get this effect:

Moss, blurred

Canon EOS 7D, 100mm macro lens
ISO 100
1/30 sec

Posted May 25, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Macro, Things

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Antiques Fo(u)rever   Leave a comment

It’s always 4 o’clock at the Clinton Antique Center:

Antique Store Sign

iphone Hipstamatic
Film: Ina 1935
Lens: John S.

Posted May 18, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, Things

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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

Vintage Steam Train Details   21 comments

A visit to the Essex Steam Train depot yielded some interesting photo opportunities.

Little Red Pipe Faucet

Bolt, cross-processed

Here are a few more. Click on any picture to see them in slideshow format:

Tiny Beach Treasures   Leave a comment

Tiny shells (1 cm long) on our local beach, shot with my macro lens:

Shells on Beach

Shell close-up

Canon EOS 7D, 100mm 1/2.8 macro lens
ISO 100
1/400 sec

Posted April 7, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Macro, Things

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Rock Stars   Leave a comment

I wanted to give these boulders the glamour treatment, using HDR and some filters. I shot these on an overcast day on Hammonasset Beach in Connecticut. (Maybe I should call them ‘Boulder Stars’…)

Hammonasset Boulder 1

Hammonasset Boulder 2

Canon Powershot G12, multiple exposures processed with Nik HDR Efex Pro and Color Efex Pro.

Posted March 9, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Things, US

Shells, Shells, Shells   1 comment

Hammonasset Beach in Connecticut is covered in these shells. Finding a spot where they take up the entire viewfinder wasn’t difficult. Deciding whether I like the color or b&w version better was tough.

Hammonasset Beach Shells

Hammonasset Beach Shells in Color

Canon PowerShot G12
ISO 100
1/100 sec

Montana Junk Yard   4 comments

On the way from Bozeman to Missoula, near Phillipsburg, I  came across a junk yard full of cars and old mining machinery.

Antique Chrysler wreck

Antique Chevrolet

Antique Truck Wreck

Antique Truck Detail

Canon PowerShot G12

Posted February 21, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Things, US

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Winter Beachcombing   1 comment

With very little to see in winter, my attention turns to the really small things on the beach:

Beach Shell 3

Beach Shell 1

Beach Shell 2

iphone Hipstamatic
lens: Americana
film: Pistil

Posted January 24, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Macro, Things, US

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Evening Light   Leave a comment

Caught this next to St. John’s Cathedral in New York.

Light post in New York

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

Posted January 20, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, New York, Things

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Antique Toys (and celebrating a milestone)   4 comments

Today my blog crossed the threshold of 10,000 all-time views. Thanks to everyone for your comments, visits, and encouragement over the last 2 years!

Now on with the regular post: A visit to the local antique store is always a source for great macro photography, even when I just have my iphone with me. Here’s what I found when strolled through there last week:

Toy Train

Cast Iron Police Car

Penny Bank

Mother Goose

All Shots taken with iPhone Hipstamatic

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

My Favorite Bookshelf   Leave a comment

My favorite bookshelf is the one in my house — like good friends, these surround me and remind me of good times. And right next to it is my reading chair, making for a lovely spot to spend a rainy day. What’s your favorite reading spot? On to the next book….


iphone, edited with Snapseed app

Posted December 14, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, Things

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Winter Beach Walk   2 comments

Even in the cold, wet weather, the local beach provides some good photo opportunities – you just have to get close to your subject.

Dew drop up close

Shell in beach sand

Shell buried in sand

All shot with iPhone, edited with Snapseed

Posted December 10, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Landscapes, Things, US

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Calling Batman   1 comment

Well, he certainly didn’t answer the call last week when I walked through Manhattan:

Searchlights in Manhattan

And while the Batmobile is cool, this ride is waaaay cooler!Vespa Scooter in Manhattan

Canon EOS 7D
ISO 200
30 sec

Posted December 8, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, New York, Things, US

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Christmas Season in Manhattan   3 comments

I love the festive mood that all of New York gets into before the holidays. It’s especially nice on a crisp, cold fall night. Here are a few of my favorite spots in mid-town. Happy Holidays!

Christmas Ornaments on 6th Ave

Cartier store in New York

Holiday Decorations in New York

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