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Posts from the ‘Urban Photography’ category

Cityscapes (LAPC)

Featured: East on King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong – 8 June 2012 (450D).

  • Definition: visual appearance of a city or urban area; a city landscape; a picture of a city.
  • Chinese: 城市景色
  • German: das Stadtbild
  • Spanish: el paisaje urbano

Over a ten-year timescale, glimpses of the following ten cities from around the world provide some perspective about the way I consider urban settings. Fact is compared to all-natural settings, I’m most comfortable inside the city: the larger the place, the better I can remain anonymous and observe. For the present purpose, I stayed away from the tried-and-true wide-angle shot, and went tighter with medium- or long-zoom glass.

  1. Bratislava, Slovakia
  2. Cambridge, England
  3. Copenhagen, Denmark
  4. Heidelberg, Germany
  5. Hong Kong, (SAR) China
  6. Lyon, France
  7. Seattle, USA
  8. Sydney, Australia
  9. Toronto, Canada
  10. Vienna, Austria

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Northbridge, Vincent, Perth, WA, Australia,

Fotoeins Friday: ‘VHT Perth’ in Northbridge/Vincent

At first glance, this is not fancy, and perhaps, it’s also out of the way. But if you put me onto a train or bus to get me where I need to be, I’m good as good, right as rain.

With a high recommendation to this part of greater Perth, I’m in the Northbridge area, though technically, it’s the city of Vincent. On William Street there are plenty of places to sip and nosh: first, I’m jonesin’ for some proper Vietnamese food (extra cilantro, please), followed by a seat outside at a café with a coffee under warm late-winter sun.

I’ll achieve little over the next three hours. But my belly is full, I’ve got my sunnies on, and I’m basking under west Australian light.

During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 12 September 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/640-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on as

Bugs Bunny, Warner Bros. Cartoons

That Left Turn in Albuquerque

Something is burrowing through the desert when a creature pops up through a hole in the dirt. A grey rabbit stands, brushing himself off and looking at his surroundings. Realizing he’s not where he should be, he checks his map and says aloud with mild irritation: I knew I should’ve taken that left turn at Albuquerque.

That Bugs Bunny statement is a long-recurring theme and gag in a number of Warner Brothers cartoons. But seriously, that is one very specific geographical reference. What does Bugs mean by “that left turn?” Is it a real thing?

After the 1937 realignment of highway US route-66, Central Avenue became the east-west “Mother Road” through the city of Albuquerque. Driving west on Central Avenue towards the city’s Old Town district, the road bends slightly right and northwest to run parallel with the Rio Grande river. The road eventually comes up to a junction, and drivers are faced with choices at the intersection of what are now Central Avenue and Rio Grande Boulevard.

•   Turn right, and drivers are headed away from US-66 and north towards Santa Fe.
•   Stay left, and drivers continue west on US-66 towards Arizona and the highway’s west terminus in Los Angeles, California.

John Deeth wrote about this in August 2011 and thanks to the interwebs, that’s how we came to visit and photograph this ordinary looking intersection in Albuquerque during our journey through the American Southwest.

And in the picture below? We stayed left.

Central Ave, US 66, US Route 66, Rio Grande Blvd, Old Town, Albuquerque, NM, USA,

Westbound on Central Avenue (US-66) at Rio Grande Boulevard: Albuquerque, NM – 7 Oct 2018.

I made the street picture above on 7 October 2018. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

Sigismund Gate, Žigmundova brána, Bratislava Castle, Bratislavský hrad, Most SNP, UFO Bridge, Petržalka, Danube, Bratislava, Slovakia,

Fotoeins Friday: from hrad to panelak (Bratislava)

This post is the fourth and final spotlight on Bratislava for the month of October.

The lookouts across the Danube near Sigismund Gate at Bratislava Castle (Žigmundova brána, Bratislavsky hrad) provide south-facing views of the river and the UFO Bridge (Most SNP), and in the distance beyond are prefabricated Soviet-era “panelák” housing estates in the southern district of Petržalka.

I made the photo on 17 May 2018 with a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime and the following settings: 1/250-sec, f/10, ISO1000, and 18.5mm focal length (28mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

Zámocké schody, Beblavého, Zeitlos, Bratislavsky hrad, Bratislava Castle, Bratislava, Slovakia,

Fotoeins Friday: Timeless (Bratislava)

This post is the third of four on Bratislava for the month of October.

From the riverbank, a relaxed stroll up the steps towards the castle lands me at the corner of Zámocké schody and Beblavého, and it’s all cobblestones. I’d like nothing more than to plop somewhere with a tall beer as I look longingly at restaurant placards tempting me with duck or venison. But I can’t, as I have to be back in Vienna this evening. But I leave with a hopeful nod, that these streets, these places seem eternal and timeless (Zeitlos).

I made the photo on 17 May 2018 with a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime and the following settings: 1/250-sec, f/11, ISO1000, and 18.5mm focal length (28mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

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