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Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, Alaska Airlines, AS2314, SEA-YVR, SEA, YVR, Lake Washington, Medina, Bellevue, highway 520, Seattle, Washington, USA, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Above the world’s longest floating bridge (Seattle)

16 March 2017.

After a few weeks in Germany, I’m returning to Vancouver via Seattle. The short aerial hop with Alaska Airlines has just departed Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the plane has made the turn towards the Canadian-American border. Pressing first my nose and then my camera against the plexiglass, familiar sights greet me on the northbound flight.

Opened to traffic in 2016, the new Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (or “520 bridge”) over Lake Washington is a floating pontoon bridge for Washington State highway 520 connecting Seattle Montlake in the west with Medina and Bellevue to the east. At a length of 2350 metres (7710 feet), the span is the longest floating bridge in the world. In the aerial view shown above, the scene faces east along the bridge to Medina and towards the illuminated office towers in downtown Bellevue (upper right). At bottom left and right are the Seattle neighbourhoods of Laurelhurst and Madison Park, respectively.


I made the photo on 16 March 2017 with a Canon 6D, 24-105 L zoom, and the following settings: 1/320-sec, f/16, ISO1000, and 55mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9Ux.

Halle an der Saale, Halle, Saale river, Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Saxony-Anhalt, Cultural Heart of Germany, Germany, fotoeins.com

11 in Halle: a visual handle of the Händelstadt

Featured: This view includes the “five towers” with four spires from St. Mary’s Church at left-centre and the Red Tower at right-centre.

You’re visiting Halle, because (I said so and) you’ll learn and discover

  • why salt also known as “white gold” was critical to the city’s development;
  • how Martin Luther and the Reformation left their mark in the city;
  • composer Händel’s birth house, his upbringing, and how he learned the organ;
  • the oldest German chocolate factory continues producing “Halloren Kugeln”; and
  • how the Museum of Prehistory houses the world’s oldest depiction of the night sky.

( Click here for more )

Singapore Chinatown, Singapore, Chinatown, Pagoda Street, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Pagoda Street, Singapore Chinatown

4 July 2012.

I’m interested in finding out what Singapore’s Chinatown is like. Riding the MTR, I exit the transport system at “Chinatown” station, and I walk down a flight of stairs to street level. I’m always curious to see (1) what people think how Chinatown should appear, (2) what the resident Chinese feel about the incarnation, and (3) how a gentrified form of Chinatown appears similarly around the world. Apart from electronics stores and dollar stores with cheap souvenirs, there’s a lot more to Chinatown farther afoot. There is a Chinatown heritage centre down this street, and historical heritage buildings are scattered around the area.


During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 4 July 2012 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/160-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 32mm focal length (51mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9VG.

Canada Day 150: the 5th annual marathon (2017)

Featured: Of the 150 people to become new Canadian citizens, 3 of the youngest Canadians cut into the cake for the cameras on Canada’s 150th birthday at the Citizenship Ceremony held inside the Vancouver Convention Centre.

For the 5th consecutive year, I’m out and about on the Canadian national holiday. 2017 is a special year with the sesquicentennial or 150 years as a nation. Over a “marathon” lasting 16 hours from about 5am to 9pm, I’m going from one part of Vancouver to another of the metropolitan area to photograph people and locations dressed up or covered in red; many events are happening on the city’s waterfront at Canada Place.

Here are 17 photographs for Canada Day, 1 July 2017.


Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

1. A quiet dawn at Canada Place, 525am

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

2. First light over Mount Seymour onto Burrard Inlet (Salish Sea)

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

3. It’s a shiny morning …

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

4. From Burrard Dry Dock Pier, cruise ships at Canada Place: left-to-right Golden Princess, Star Princess, and Nieuw Amsterdam.

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

5. To the top of Grouse Mountain: “The Cut” (centre) and the wind turbine Eye of the Wind (right) lit by the morning sun.

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

6. Docked at Burrard Dry Dock Pier is HMCS Regina, Halifax-class frigate for the Royal Canadian Navy; see also here.

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

7. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice, congratulates the 150 new Canadian citizens at the Citizenship Ceremony.

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

8. 150 new Canadian citizens receive their certificates of citizenship.

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

9. At the podium is Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, who welcomes the new citizens to Canada.

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

10. Crowds at Canada Place: “Everything is better in Canada.”

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

11. “True north, strong and free.”

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

12. It’s about the hat, isn’t it …

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

13. Flag bearer, Granville Street at West Hastings Street.

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

14. Bilingual balloons, Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

15. RCMP officers in their reds, at YVR.

Canada Day, Canada150, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

16. Trottier Observatory, symbolic of past favourites: Simon Fraser University, where I received my B.Sc. in physics.

Canada Day, Canada150, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

17. From Burnaby Mountain at 851pm: last light of the day hits Eye of the Wind, the wind turbine on Grouse Mountain (centre).


Click on the arrow-window icon at the upper-left corner of the map below to display locations corresponding to the photographs.


Oh Canada …

•   4th edition – Canada Day 2016
•   3rd edition – Canada Day 2015
•   2nd edition – Canada Day 2014
•   1st edition – Canada Day 2013
•   The National Anthem with the Heritage Horns, 12pm daily in Vancouver
•   The National Flag, official since 1965
•   Canadian symbols, including the national anthem

I made all of the photos on 1 July 2017. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-a6a.

Ben Thanh Market, Lê Lợi, Bến Thành, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Night noms at Ben Thanh (Saigon)

27 June 2012.

Bến Thành Market, Lê Lợi, Bến Thành, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

After strolling the streets of Central Saigon at night, one of your experiences should include eating out. That doesn’t mean eating in the cool confines of an air-conditioned restaurant. “Eating out” means you’re on the streets, sitting on plastic stools, and surrounded by residents happily scarfing down their meal. Check out the grilled meats and seafood of all kinds, shapes, and sizes: point and choose, sit and wait, sip on a cold beer or a refreshing fruit smoothie, and enjoy the food as it’s prepared and when it’s served.

The weather might be too hot, too humid, and you might be this close to wilting and melting into a puddle. But trust me; you should be patient and persevere.

Get low and comfortable at the plastic table: watch, listen, wait, smell, taste, and learn.

During my year-long RTW, I made the photo on 27 June 2012 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/4-sec, f/8, ISO400, 25mm focal length (40mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9UT.

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