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My Berlin: the buried Bibliothek at Bebelplatz

On a clear cool late-autumn morning, a young child is looking through an opening in the cobblestone plaza. She looks up to the man standing next to her.

Daddy, why is there a glass window? What happened here?

The thing to keep in mind is that this square in Berlin is called Bebelplatz (BAY-buhl-platz), and not Babbleplatz. It’s easy to make the mistake. After all, a great repository of books was once created inside the building seen above, in what was once home of the Königliche Bibliothek or Royal Library.

But then came along a large racist blather.

Accompanied by a big ugly fire.

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Berlin Bar and Bistro, San Miguel de Allende, Estado Libre y Soberano de Guanajuato, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, eleven

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

4 March 2012.

It’s hard to escape Berlin, even on the other side of the planet 9700 km away in México. Berlin Bar & Bistro is at Umarán 19 in the centre of San Miguel de Allende (SMA). Our brief 2-night stay in this beautiful México town ends with beers and cheers. And yeah, the daily specials on the chalk board are tempting: banana peppers stuffed with goat cheese and tomato sauce; mixed skewers with skirt steak, chicken, sweet pepper, and onion; chicken stuffed with spinach and goat cheese, with mushroom sauce and rice. Prices listed are in Mexican pesos with conversion at that time about 12 MXN to 1 USD.

I made the image above on 4 Mar 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and the following settings: 1/25-sec, f/2.8, ISO800, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). My thanks to EN and ND for making my visit possible. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lHO.

Low light levels, mid-grade attempts (LAPC)

Above/featured: Comet Neowise (C2020/F3), from Burnaby Mountain, BC – 16 Jul 2020 (UTC); more details below.

One of my first lessons in photography was: covet as much natural light as possible. I’m the first to admit I’ll chase that light very hard, especially during winter conditions when days are often grey, dull, and short. Sometimes, sacrifices have to be made to get “that light.”

But diminishing light offers different challenges and opportunities to the variety of ways a person might think about a scene or situation before them. Getting the desired effect might require opening the aperture wide, upping the ISO level, lengthening exposure time, or adding light with an artificial flash. If a person’s journey goes down a “dark” path, what might a combination of internal ability and intuition mixed with external planning and happenstance create?

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The Embarcadero, F Market and Wharves, F streetcar, streetcar, PCC 1058, San Francisco, CA, USA, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, SanFran

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

27 Dec 2011.

The F Market & Wharves streetcar line appears as a means of public transport on The Embarcadero near San Francisco’s waterfront. In this image, San Francisco Municipal Railway streetcar PCC number 1058, called the “Chicago”, is seen travelling westbound towards Fisherman’s Wharf with the lights of the Bay Bridge in the background. This streetcar was built originally in 1948 for service in Philadelphia.

I made the photo above on 27 Dec 2011 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and these settings: 1/250-sec, f/1.4, ISO400, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lvl.

Shantung Street, Portland Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, fotoeins.com

Artificial light

Above/featured: Shantung St. at Portland St., in Mong Kok, Kowloon: Hong Kong – 12 Jun 2012 (450D).

Like many, my preference in photography is for as much natural light as possible. However, there are always exceptions, and a big one is the introduction and/or necessity of artificial light within a scene or picture. Over the course of my photographic journey, I’ve come across some wonderful examples of artificial lighting. I hope you enjoy the examples I’ve provided below, including (my love of) neon signage.

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