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2018-01-13   RAINFOREST IN SAN FRANCISCO

By | 2018-01-13T23:36:03+00:00 January 13th, 2018|USA|

In the California Institute of Science, they have rebuilt a rain forest in a big glass dome. You get the humility, the temperature, the vegetation and even the butterflies. There are four levels to explore, a great attraction and an educational tour also. I was there with my friend and colleague Herbert, which was a medium for the butterflies, which took place on his back and head.  🙂

Post processed with: Luminar, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7S
  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 500

2018-01-11   BREAKFAST IN AMERICA

By | 2018-01-10T20:29:33+00:00 January 11th, 2018|USA|

The photo reminds me of that great song “Breakfast in America” from Supertramp. I shot this in a deli in San Francisco. Bar, tables, chairs and the menu – a typical breakfast bar. The waitress comes with iced water which gets poured into a glass with ice cubes. 80% of all dishes are made with eggs. 🙂  And a digital jukebox on some tables.

Post processed with: Aurora, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7S
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Shutter speed: 1/10s
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 320

2017-12-26   THE WILD LANDSCAPE OF PINNACLE NATIONAL PARK

By | 2017-12-30T20:12:23+00:00 December 26th, 2017|USA|

After a two-hour walk uphill under 40° C (100 F), we arrived at the peak of the Pinnacle National Park. The path was full of stones and debris, I had new Timberland shoes on, which were wholly grey and dusty after a short time. But I can recommend the high quality of these boots, after cleaning they looked like new, despite these conditions.
At the peak, I took that pano-shot with four pictures. I tried to hold the camera steady and recalculated the overlapping areas. In post-processing, I merged the photos to a pano in photoshop, worked very well. The landscape appears rough and wild and reminds me of Western movies with Clint Eastwood.  🙂

Post processed with: HDR Efex Pro, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 100

2017-12-21   ENTRANCE OF THE ST. FRANCIS

By | 2017-12-19T21:41:06+00:00 December 21st, 2017|USA|

I had an invitation on the 30th floor of the St. Francis in San Francisco. Some colleagues and I were on the way to the hotel. After entering the lobby, I took some shots. I like those big hotels with the massive pillars and the big, soft carpets. On the 30th floor, there was a bigger room, where you got a great view of the city. The windows reached from the floor to the roof.

Post processed with: Aurora, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7S
  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Shutter speed: 1/20s
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 500

2017-12-01  MUSEUM HALL IN SAN FRANCISCO

By | 2017-11-29T20:47:13+00:00 December 1st, 2017|USA|

On the photo is another realm in the California Institute of Science. After exploring a rainforest-tower, a science roof, and a fascinating aquarium, we landed in that natural history hall. I was happy to have my wide-angle lens with me, the Rokinon 14mm 2.8 AF. You never should miss one. Otherwise, you would not be able to catch such scenes. It represents the hall as it looked from my point of view. That’s one of the reasons, why I shoot photos, showing magnificent surroundings. 😎

Post processed with: Luminar, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7S
  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Shutter speed: 1/50s
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 1000

2017-10-16  POLICE ROADBLOCK IN SAN FRANCISCO

By | 2017-10-15T21:51:09+00:00 October 16th, 2017|USA|

Driving with the Hippie Volkswagen-Bus to the coastline of San Francisco stopped immediately at that roadblock. The police were very strict, so we had to look after a parking lot and go all the way down to the coastline. But we were in walking mood anyway, so we added that distance to our planned coast walk at the sea.  🙂

Post processed with: Luminar, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Shutter speed: 1/1250s
  • Focal length: 70mm
  • ISO: 640

2017-09-18  LOUD TIME SQUARE

By | 2017-09-04T21:48:44+00:00 September 18th, 2017|USA|

The hot spot of New York, the neon signs bring you the newest trends of the world, masses of people in the district, a very special flare in the night, thousands of different faces and cultures every minute, big black SUVs on the streets, many shops and groceries open 24 hours, buskers and musicians on the street, red line buses gathering tourists, here and there a cop.  🙂

Post processed with: Luminar, Photoshop 

  • Camera: SLT-A35
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • ISO: 500

2017-09-17  MAN WITH SUN GLASSES

By | 2017-09-04T20:44:40+00:00 September 17th, 2017|USA|

Often I am a bit precarious with photographing people, because I am not sure if they like it. This man was ready to pose for few seconds, which I used to take a fast shot. This happened at Haight Ashbury in San Francisco during a street fest. Though he wore sun glasses, I could make eye contact where he signaled I would be allowed to take photos.

Post processed with: Photoshop 

  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s
  • Focal length: 58mm
  • ISO: 320

2017-09-12  JAPANESE GARDEN IN SAN FRANCISCO

By | 2017-09-13T03:28:59+00:00 September 12th, 2017|USA|

I visit nearly every Japanese Garden I can reach. I love the plants, the atmosphere, the little bridges, the tea houses, the Koi carps and the tidiness. I was lucky, that San Francisco has one of the greatest Japanese gardens I have ever seen. You find every Japanese artifact you can imagine, the whole facility very neat. Though you have to pay a little entry fee, you can combine it with the California Institute of Science or the De Young Museum.

Post processed with: Aurora, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s
  • Focal length: 30mm
  • ISO: 200

2017-09-07  GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE IN THE FOG

By | 2017-09-02T18:14:41+00:00 September 7th, 2017|USA|

Our last day in San Francisco brought us to an observation deck at the hills in the south-west of SF. Since all photo equipment was packed already for the flight, I had only my Leica D-Lux 5 left. I thought, better than the phone and took my last shots of the Golden Gate Bridge with fog coming off the sea.

Post processed with: Photoshop

  • Camera: D-LUX 5
  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s
  • Focal length: 7.5mm
  • ISO: 100

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