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Academic Quadrangle, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

All lined up and everywhere to go

Featured: Simon Fraser University: Burnaby, BC – Canada Day, 1 July 2013 (HL).

Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser said ‘straight lines are godless and immoral‘. I’m all about straight lines as one extreme or limit to curved lines. As these examples show, I like knowing how lines lead the eye, and following where lines want me to go.


Berlin

Canberra

Commonwealth Place, Lake Burley Griffin, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT, Australia, fotoeins.com

Commonwealth Place: Canberra, Australia – 4 September 2012 (HL).

Dessau

Frankfurt

Heidelberg

Köln

Leipzig

München

Praha

Seattle

Vancouver

Weimar


I made the photos above between 2012 and 2017 inclusive. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bNO.

Sonnenblumen, Bienen, sunflowers, bees, Park Weinberg, Kassel, Hesse, Hessen, Germany, fotoeins.com

Awake the Giant

Before visiting the Grimmwelt museum in Kassel, Germany, I spent some time in the neighbouring park on Weinberg hill. Among many flowers, various bees and insects were in orbit-, launch-, and landing manoeuvres. I watched a bee land, and there was a composition of yellow sunflowers with dark centres surrounded by green leaves and trees against a backlit clear blue sky.

A larger bumblebee landed on the same flower, and I expected a “bumblin’ tumblin’ battle royale.” But it went quick, as the bumblebee first nudged then pushed its smaller cousin off the yard. Presumably satisfied with its sip, the bumblebee flew off shortly thereafter. I waited a few more minutes, but neither bee returned.

Gathering pollen is tough work for a tough crowd. The real truth is the world needs bees to remain healthy, thrive, and flourish.

Sonnenblumen, Bienen, sunflowers, bees, Park Weinberg, Kassel, Hesse, Hessen, Germany, fotoeins.com
Sonnenblumen, Bienen, sunflowers, bees, Park Weinberg, Kassel, Hesse, Hessen, Germany, fotoeins.com

“Move aside, and let the bee go through …”

Sonnenblumen, Bienen, sunflowers, bees, Park Weinberg, Kassel, Hesse, Hessen, Germany, fotoeins.com
Sonnenblumen, Bienen, sunflowers, bees, Park Weinberg, Kassel, Hesse, Hessen, Germany, fotoeins.com

Sonnenblumen und Bienen

As I’m product of the 1980s, the post title is a nod to Lawrence Gowan’s “Awake the Giant” (1987). I made the photos above on 1 October 2017. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bIt.

Zoo station, Zoologischer Garten, Hardenbergplatz, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

Smile, Berlin!

Visitors and residents come out of Berlin’s Zoo Station (Zoologischer Garten) and into late-autumn afternoon sunshine. Some smile automatically while on the phone with their family or their partners. Some laugh at something funny the other person has said. I think the smiley faces are all about a reflection of that big bright shining globe in the sky.


Zoo station, Zoologischer Garten, Hardenbergplatz, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com Zoo station, Zoologischer Garten, Hardenbergplatz, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com Zoo station, Zoologischer Garten, Hardenbergplatz, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com Zoo station, Zoologischer Garten, Hardenbergplatz, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com
Zoo station, Zoologischer Garten, Hardenbergplatz, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

See you soon!

I made the pictures above with a Canon EOS 6D mark 1 at Berlin’s Hardenbergplatz on 9 December 2014. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bIP.

Pacific Ocean, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa Village, Kona side, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, fotoeins.com

Rise and Set: First and Last Light

Above/featured: Facing west into the Pacific from Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii, USA – 19 May 2008.

For the last ten years, it’s been an interesting exercise to photograph a variety of sunrises and sunsets at a number of locations around the world. One of my favourite locations was Cerro Tololo and Cerro Pachón in north-central Chile, a place I visited and subsequently worked as astronomer between 1995 and 2011.

But my favourite “sun time” is summer sunrise. Early morning in July has a very special feel; the air is different, it’s still, it’s warm. Birds chirp idly, while the few humans out and about chatter quietly. All like me have eschewed sleep to witness daybreak and sunrise before 6am.

This post is a contribution to WPC’s Rise/Set. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bFO with the seven photos appearing here made between 2008 and 2014.


First Light


Final Light

Sunset, Cerro Pachon, Cerro Tololo, Region de Coquimbo, Chile

U Kasaren, Hradcany, Prag, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

My Prague: a favourite place to return

Above/featured: U Kasáren from Loretánská, Hradčany – 30 July 2016 (HL).

On a personal level, the impact of this city can’t be gauged, measured, or quantified. What I know is I’ve roamed this place over countless little cobblestones. The sum of all strides led me to jumping continents and traversing nations with steps as large as my imagination could entertain and overcome.

And so, after the twelfth, fifteenth, or twentieth visit (I’ve lost count), I look at these images and ask why I surrender to the pull, why I return, and why the Czech capital city feels familiar. It’s about the old and the new, a colourful combination replacing what I’ve lost and amplifying what I’ve gained.

Prague is one of my favourite places to return.

summer sunrise, sunrise, summer, Karluv most, Charles Bridge, Prag, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Daybreak and a halo for St. John of Nepomuk, Charles Bridge (Karlův most) – 28 July 2013 (HL).

National Monument, Vítkov, Zizkov, Prag, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Over the city to the west from the National Monument on Vítkov (Národní památník na Vítkově), Žižkov – 2 August 2013 (HL).

Muzeum, stanice metra, metro station, DPP, Prag, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Metro line C commuters at Muzeum station, Vinohrady – 8 November 2016 (HL)

Ginger and Fred, Fred and Ginger, Dancing House, Tančící dům, Prag, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Dancing House (Tančící dům) with streaking northbound streetcar, Nové Město – 6 November 2016 (HL)

I wrote a “love letter” to Prague, which as many have discovered also includes “the night watch.”

I made all of the above images in 2013 and 2016. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bCs.

Marienplatz, MVG München, U-Bahn, München, Munich, Germany, fotoeins.com

From the World Outside & Into Munich’s Metro

Above/featured: U-Bahnhof Marienplatz.

After dozens of visits since 2002 to Germany’s Munich, I’ve become familiar with the city’s transport network. For the city’s residents, the day-to-day work commute from the upside and into below can merge into a monotonous grind. The following images within five U-Bahn or metro sitations might challenge that notion with ghost-like and otherworldly appearances.


Georg-Brauchle-Ring

Georg-Brauchle-Ring, MVG München, U-Bahn, München, Munich, Germany, fotoeins.com

7am morning commute (IG)


Hauptbahnhof

Hauptbahnhof, MVG München, U-Bahn, München, Munich, Germany, fotoeins.com

Bahnland Bayern (IG)


Lehel

Lehel, MVG München, U-Bahn, München, Munich, Germany, fotoeins.com

One foot in front of the other … (IG)


Marienplatz

Marienplatz, MVG München, U-Bahn, München, Munich, Germany, fotoeins.com

U6, nach/to Klinikum Grosshadern (IG1, IG2)


Westfriedhof

Westfriedhof, MVG München, U-Bahn, München, Munich, Germany, fotoeins.com

Comings and goings (IG)


I made all pictures above between 22 and 24 February 2017 inclusive. Alle Fotoaufnahmen sind mit Wasserzeichen versehen worden. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-buj.

Face in the Crowd, A-maze-ing Laughter, Yue Minjun, Morton Park, West End, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Face(s) in the Crowd: 11 World Cities

Above/featured: “A-Maze-ing Laughter” by Yue Minjun: Vancouver, Canada – 27 September 2014 (HL).

I’m completely in my element within the urban setting. Under a cloak of anonymity, the diversity of people from one city to the next is a real standout. When something or someone comes across my field of view, it’s with constant gaze and steady hands to sight, compose, and make the exposure. Opportunity and fortune converge with some favours when I find face(s) in crowds and observe the “oscillation between conformity and individualism”*.

Here are 11 examples:

  1. Berlin, Germany
  2. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  3. Cape Town, South Africa
  4. Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  5. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  6. Hong Kong
  7. México City, México
  8. Munich, Germany
  9. Prague, Czech Republic
  10. Seattle, USA
  11. Sydney, Australia

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Morning fog, autumn fog, Seattle P-I globe, West Thomas St Overpass, Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle, WA, USA, fotoeins.com

Seattle: the Sound and the Silence

“Fog”, definition: “a thick cloud of tiny water droplets suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth’s surface that obscures or restricts visibility (to a greater extent than mist; strictly, reducing visibility to below 1 kilometre).”

Fog isn’t atypical for autumn or winter in the city of Seattle or in the Puget Sound region. While less effective than snow, the damping by fog on light and sound can still provide a modest visual and auditory sensation of silence. That is, until headlights and foghorns pierce the temporary cloak and illusion.


Morning fog, autumn fog, Seattle P-I globe, West Thomas St Overpass, Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle, WA, USA, fotoeins.com

740am, West Thomas Street Overpass (20171211).

Morning fog, autumn fog, Seattle P-I globe, West Thomas St Overpass, Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle, WA, USA, fotoeins.com

751am, West Thomas Street Overpass (20171211).

Morning fog, autumn fog, Seattle P-I globe, West Thomas St Overpass, Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle, WA, USA, fotoeins.com

830am northwest, into Sound fog (20171211).

Morning fog, autumn fog, Seattle P-I globe, West Thomas St Overpass, Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle, WA, USA, fotoeins.com

840am southeast, as the sun burns through (20171211).


I made the photos above on 6 January 2015 on board the WSDOT Ferry MV Kaleetan from Bremerton to Seattle, and on 11 December 2017 near Myrtle Edwards Park. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-aYc.

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