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Monochrome Monday 6-19

Which camera is the best? This is an often asked question. I usually answer this question with: the one you have with you.

One morning, I was on my way to visit a  customer when I came along this alley. I really liked how the two buildings are narrowing the alley and lead the view to the tiny buildings at the end.

The only camera I had with me, was my smartphone. So, my smartphone was the best camera for this job 🙂

Take care!

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Comparing towers

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I took this image on a rainy day during my second trip to Paris.

Here we have a modern tower representing the modern capital of France: office buildings made of concrete, glass and steel.

In the background you can see the Eiffel tower, built from 1887-1889 for the World Exhibition as a memorial landmark for the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.

At that time, it was the highest building on earth. 324m of pure iron. Really a world wonder. Until, in 1930 the Chrysler Building in New York took over the label “highest building of the world”.

More of my images can be seen at my own blog.

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Monochrome Madness 4-36

Dec. 25, 2017 – Noon at Christmas Day

We have another theme for Monochrome Madness, this week. It’s “holiday”

End of December every year we have a couple of holidays during the Advent and Christmas season and finally New Year. Many shopping has to be done. So, you’re faced with over-crowded urban centers, traffic jams, full streets and parking grounds, crowded shops and malls.All the people have common goals: buying gifts for Christmas, food for the banquets or feasts, visiting the Christmas markets. Ordering the stuff online does not work any better, because the delivery services are overloaded, too. But, finally the holiday arrives and all the shops are closed. Empty streets and free parking grounds again. Silence, calmness and hold-ups. A breathing time for the shop assistants.

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.

I’d also encourage you to participate. The conditions are  published in each of her Monochrome Madness posts.

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Street signs of Iceland

600_9203_wEach country has its own distinct street signs. While most street signs are standardized nowadays, some signs are still local. Here I collected some of the street signs of Iceland and put them in the gallery below. I guess, you will understand most of them at once.

The most funny one, in my opinion, is the zebra crossing for divers. Other noticeable ones are the warning of free running sheep or the warning of attacks by breeding birds next to the street. They even attack passing cars. Very Amazing!

Very interesting is the huge blue map, meant to help you finding the small hamlets and villages somewhere in the nowhere.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected

Here we are again, at the weekly photo challenge organized by “The Daily Post

Nowadays connected often means having a connection to the internet or being on-line.

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This photo was taken during a model photo-shooting 3 weeks ago in an urban environment.

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(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)

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Monochrome Madness 2-05

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Discussing is part of our life. We try to discuss everything. We want to hear other people’s opinion or we want to persuade someone else.

This couple seems to discuss, which way to go or if they should walk uphill instead of taking the tram. So many options.

When it comes to take a photo, you also have so many options. Decide, on the ISO, aperture, shutter time, view angel and many more things. In post processing you also have many options. Stay with the color version your camera has recorded or change some things, like i.e. convert ist to a monochrome scene.

This is my photo for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness this week.

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Did I already mentioned the Parisian street musicians

No? Here they are:

You can find musicians not only in the subway (called metropolitain or metro) stations or the metro trains, but also in the streets or places where many pedestrians come to. So you can find them at tourist attractiions i.e. at the Basilica Sacre Coeur,  in front of the former kings palace Louvre (now a big and famous art museum) or at the Eiffeltower. And, certainly, in some restaurants musicians were playing piano.

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