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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

2017-08-29  STONES IN THE PINNACLE NATIONAL PARK

By | 2017-08-28T20:20:18+00:00 August 29th, 2017|USA|

The hot walk in the Pinnacle National Park reminded me of older episodes of the Star Trek series, with William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk. The landscape in the park looked similar as some planets where the crew of the Enterprise got beamed. The stones looked surreal, as the card box stones which made the movie sets. A walking adventure at 40 C / 105 F on dusty, stony paths in that “Star Trek adventure land.” 🙂

Post processed with: Color Efex Pro, Analog Efex Pro, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 100

2017-08-25  AQUARIUM

By | 2017-08-25T20:40:55+00:00 August 25th, 2017|USA|

More and more cities have it, the Aquarium. Often I think there is a competition which one is the most spectacular, that’s marketing. 🙂 This one in San Francisco is top, modern, fresh interiors and impressive aquariums in different variations like tunnels and big walls, some so big that I saw divers inside repairing the venting and feeding sharks. Photos handheld only with higher ISOs, it’s pretty dark in most places inside. You get a full ocean discovery tour and extensive description and documentation of under sea flora and fauna. Also a great place for kids, there were some school classes with dozens of pupils running and shouting.  🙂

Post processed with: Luminar, Photoshop 

  • Camera: ILCE-7S
  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600s
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 10000

2017-08-19  SUMMER OF LOVE WAS HERE AGAIN

By | 2017-08-19T10:45:36+00:00 August 19th, 2017|USA|

Where else, if not in San Francisco? Haight street is the synonym for the Hippie-times, and this was the stage for the Summer of Love 50th Anniversary. Hundreds of market stalls and kiosks lined the street where you got (bio)food, colored clothes and hats, weed utensils and hippie souvenirs. Musicians were playing on the streets and balconies, a high street fest. It must have been great times back then. 🙂

 

Post processed with: Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s
  • Focal length: 53mm
  • ISO: 320

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