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2013 was an unexpected year for my photography.  It started out in good form with a productive beginning on my Picture of the Week Project, 2013 edition.  May saw a very nice upgrade in gear with the expectation of a very fruitful trip to mountainous Europe in June. 

The trip was more hurried than anticipated with equally unexpected conditions at many stops.  Afterwards, a career transition from Marketing Research Executive to U - Pick Pumpkin Farm and Orchard owner and adjunct university faculty left me in a scramble to find a balance that included ample camera time.

But with all that said, 2013 was a year of enlightenment for my work.  Often in the past I would be hiking down some scenic trail with a spectacular vista to one side or the other and instead of putting the widest lens on my camera, I found myself with a short telephoto mounted, staring at a fern or mushroom on the ground below me.  Retrospectively that tendency puzzled me.

Similarly when viewing the works of others, high …

Venice...

It has been forever since I have posted any new images here.  The past three months have been incredibly busy.  I have a backlog to process and anything new I have shot goes into that backlog.

What I have decided to post today goes back the Europe trip in June and specifically our day spent in Venice.  "Only a single day?" You ask?  Yeah only a day.  Sometimes when we travel we try to string to many destinations in a row and that leaves us with what amounts to little more than a drive by or pass through for places that deserve better.  Venice is once such place.

With the stop only being the better part of one day, there was not really time to settle in and do a good job capturing the essence of the grand old city of the Adriatic.  One day I hope we can fix this slight and spend a little longer. 

Venice, amongst other things, is famous for its canals and Gondolas.  Here's a couple images that hopefully give you a bit of the flavor...










Switchbacks and Snowdrifts

One of the major disappointments from our trip through the Alps was the weather.  As scenic as specific areas were we could get no respite from the haze.  I have dealt with fog and low lying cloud covers before and at times they can make for some really intriguing compositions.  Click HERE or HERE or HERE for examples.

Haze not so much.  Haze can be useful for shots where there is a planned recession in the layering of peak lines or mesas, but that was not happening with the scenery available.  So in the end, I didn't shoot as much as I had planned that I might. 

After I got home and started processing what I did shoot, I started realizing I could mitigate some of the effects of the haze with Lightroom.  The final images would not be what would be captured on clear days, but it did make me wish I had shot more. 

On the day we first crossed over the spline of the Alps in Western Austria we took the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse.  The road is traversed slowly and for a fee as it pas…

Dachau - The Blue Ribbon of the Obchodni Academy

Today's post includes another couple of images from the Dachau Concentration camp outside Munich.

The imprisoned workers who lived and worked in the camp lived in a series of barracks that lined a central road through the camp.  There 34 barrack buildings in total, 17 on each side of the road.  To bring a little humanity to the camp, the mail road was planted with poplar trees on both sides of the road and grew to a fair height before the camp was liberated.  The poplars remain to this day as a living link to the prisoners who were held there.



After the war all the barracks were torn down, only the foundations remain.  The foundations are filled with pebbles, and a maker to show which barrack was which.  Two of the barracks have been rebuilt and serve as part of the museum, showing how living conditions existed when the camp was first opened and deteriorated through the course of the camp's existence.

As we walked down the main camp road, in between the poplars, at one of the Bar…

Dachau: Tragedy and Remembrance

Outside Munich is the quiet little town of Dachau. Before the WWII it was known as an artist's community.  Then in 1933 the Nazi's built one of their first concentration camps just outside of town and Dachau has come to be associated with something more tragic and sinister ever since.

Dachau was a concentration camp as opposed to an extermination camp like Auswitz, meaning that the camp was originally meant as a point to concentrate political and social enemies of the reich, separating them from, society, imprisoning them and forcing them into menial labor.  As the war started, progressed and went badly for the Germans, the diversion of resources to the war effort meant a drastic decline in conditions within the camp.  The differentiation between concentration and extermination camps ceased to exist. 

After we got off the S Bahn that took us from Munich to the town of Dachau, we sat and waited for the public bus that would take us to the camp. As we sat we noticed that all th…

Favorite Friday - Indiana Photographic Society Show

For today's Favorite Friday images I decide to post the images that I recently displayed at the Indiana Photographic Societies annual show at the Garfield Park Arts Center.

These images all abstracts that challenge the observer to ponder what the larger image was...

As such I will simply leave you with the title of each...

Steam



























Diesel



















Fire


























Water





























Click on these Images to see them in Larger form or to Purchase Prints of them.

9 by 12 is the largest suggested print size for Fire and Water.  Steam and Diesel render well at all available print sizes.

Abstract Leftovers...

Today's post contains a couple of abstract images from the visit to the BMW Welt and Museum. 

The first image is of from the BMW Welt which is essentially a large marketing platform for the brand.  Built in the late '90's, it contains displays of current cars, futuristic prototypes of cars soon to be on the horizon and brand stores for both BMW and Mini.  The building is a bold abstract statement in and of itself, who's most striking exterior feature is a large double helix column that as a third planar point, supports the roof independently of the rest of the building.

Inside the building is a whole lot of space and a whole lot of geometrically shaped fabric panels and composite sheets that transform what might otherwise be a very large warehouse space.

The Image is that of the side of a spiraling walkway that leads to the second floor.  I like the tonal changes the curved composite sheets captured from the available lighting as contrasted with the odd geometrical shape…

Waiting for the Wheat to Ripen

All spring I have had the idea of an image in my head.  An image of very simple composition, that is the younger sibling of an image I took earlier this winter. 

The winter image was taken after one of our many snowfalls this winter.  It is an image of two contrasting texture patterns juxtaposed at the bottom horizontal third.  The top texture is of a barren woods splattered with a thick wet snow.  The bottom texture is of a hayfield covered by about 4 inches of snow with the golden stalks of un-mown alfalfa sticking up through the snow.  It is one of my favorite images I have ever taken. 



I decided it should have a mate, an image of similar composition but of completely different season - juxtaposing images of images that juxtapose.  The second Image would be of a golden ripe field of wheat, with a line of trees in the background and blue skies above the trees.

SO I have spent this spring scouting for such a field.  Only about a tenth of the land where I live is planted in wheat in…

The First Chamois

Today's images come from the recent trip to Europe.It was not our usual type of vacation and as a result I probably came back fewer images that excite me for their artistic quality than the trips Jenny and I usually take.For this trip we had company.Our two oldest nephews graduated High School and this was their present.We had promised the trip two years ago and the parents had set grade expectations on the trip which were met easily by both boys.So on this trip instead of getting into myself and becoming a photographic savant, I was tour guide and bus driver most the trip.Most my images are pretty pedestrianlytouristy as a result.
But that is not to say I like the images any less.For what they lack in photographic quality, they make up for with memories that will last a lifetime.The best part of this trip was seeing the amazement in someone else's eyes of things you have in some shape or manner, become accustomed to.
A perfect example is "The Hike".We had meant to do …

Favorite Friday - Zion National Park

Turns out I didn't start taking pictures this past Tuesday.  In fact I have been capturing images for a long time and with some level of adeptness since a course I took back in high school. 

I have been thinking of a way to weave in these images from the past into the blog narrative of today.  Hence the idea of Favorite Friday is born.

In October of 2011we took my parents in law on vacation with us on the Canyon tour of Utah and Arizona.  Along the way we stopped at Kollob, Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyons.  We spent a couple days in Zion, including on one day a hike to the Emerald Pools. 

The Emerald pools are small ponds up the side of the canyon walls that are filled with water tinged by a greenish algae that gives them their names.  As the trail leads you too the pools, you pass by the other outlets for the source that creates the pools, namely water emanating from deep within the rock.
The pools themselves were somewhat over run with other people which somewhat diminished their se…

BMW Museum - 328 Superleggera

I am a big racing fan, IndyCar is my main obsession, followed by doses of Sportscars and F1.  Despite this interest in motorsports as competition, I am not really a "Car Guy".  I tend to geek Architecture and Structural Engineering feats a bit more.  Some evidence can be found in yesterday's post of the BMW headquarters in Munich.

Today, we go inside at the BMW Museum and take a look at one of the cars on display.  The car is a 328 Superleggera.  I did not note the year exactly but some Wikipedia research post hoc suggests it is likely late 30's to 1940 in manufacture.

On the whole, this is a very beautiful car.  But as I shoot a subject, I rarely take images of the Gestalt that is an object.  I tend to break the subject apart into details.  Part of this is to focus on the elements of craftsmanship or design that went into the creation of the larger object and part of it is to let the observer ponder what the rest of the object is and allow their own imagination to for…

BMW Headquarters Abstract

I have been toying with the idea of starting a Photo Blog to more easily share images I have taken and it seems that there is no time like the present.

I thought about doing something fancy or complicated for a first post, but figured that sort of effort might be better timed if a dry spell should present itself down the road.  SO lets get to it.

Today's image comes from a stack of images I recently took while in Europe.  Our travels took us to the BMW Headquarters in Munich.  The headquarters and attached museum were built leading up to the 1972 Olympics and are across the street from the Olympic Park which is still utilized today for various activities.

This image is of the headquarters building which may be of interest to both Architecture fans as well as structural engineers.  The building is composed of 4 large tubes of office floors and space.  All four are attached to a central column that supports the weight of the building.  The side of each tube opposite the side that is at…