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Fotoeins Friday: animal kingdom (Frankfurt am Main)

Oberstdorf, Oberbayern, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Allgaeu Alps, Alps, Germany, fotoeins.com

Sunday night auf Deutsch in Oberstdorf

Why multiple languages rock my world


With fewer than ten-thousand inhabitants, Oberstdorf in southern Bavaria is as its German name suggests: an “upper village” tucked in the Allgäu Alps near the German-Austrian border. Yet, the town feels busy and full with skiiers, snowboarders, and winter hikers.

It’s Sunday night and I’m on the hunt for “schnitzel and spätzle.” With my eye already on a place, I arrive at 630pm to a full house. I don’t have a reservation (which is dumb in a small town), but a table of four is available (which is fortunate). The server offers me the table, with the condition I’ll be sharing the table if two people want places. “Alles klar,” I reply.

I order a standard half-litre Weizen beer, along with the required schnitzel-and-spätzle platter. An elderly couple is offered two places at my table; they take one glance in my direction, and they’re gone. The server wears a puzzled look, and I can only shrug. A second couple arrives ten minutes later, and as they approach my table with curiosity, I tell them “die Plätze sind noch frei” (the places are available). They express their thanks, and take their seats across from me. Those last five German words set a positive tone for the rest of the evening.

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Granville Square, 200 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, New Year's Day 2016, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: The way out, the way in

The way out of 2015 was a way in to 2016.
The year out (of 2016) is a year in (to 2017).

I made the photo in foggy dawn minutes before scheduled sunrise on 1 January 2016. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9g0.

Letenské sady, Letná Park, Vltava, Moldau, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: “Touha”, Praha Letná

“Touha”.

A longing or deep desire.

“Sehnsucht.”

The picture above is a west-facing view of the Vltava (Moldau) river as it winds through the Czech Republic’s capital city of Prague whose historic centre on both sides of the river is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I am here in Praha, with as much love I can spare for the city.

I made the photo above on 5 December 2008 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/6-sec, f/5.6, ISO200, and 55mm focal length (88mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-92x.

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Fotoeins Friday: The Quad in Summer (SFU)

Simon Fraser University (SFU) is located at the summit of Burnaby Mountain at an altitude of 370 metres (1210 feet). With five years spent on the “hill”, I’ve seen how the ceiling for low-cloud (stratus) can often be below the summit during late-autumn and winter. This means the university campus is buried in thick opaque grey which can be very depressing. But when clouds break as shown above on a clear summer morning, I’m reminded why this view of the Academic Quadrangle and the adjacent reflecting pool is an enduring and iconic image, one that’s representative and memorable of earning my B.Sc. degree at SFU.

I made the photo on 1 July 2013 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/640s, f/8, ISO200, 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-8Rl.

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