Business Travel Reality – A Day in a Picture

Blue Motion
Blue Motion | 2017

Sometimes one photograph is enough to tell the story of a whole day. Yesterday I arrived in Portland after another long flight. Went directly to the office, worked till late and went directly to the hotel. Jet lag hit me full in the face, I slept three hours from 11pm to 2am. That was all I managed. Was in the office by 6:30 am, worked until 8:30 pm. Back to the hotel pretty much destroyed, 14 hours work day on 3 hours sleep. Business travel reality. Feeling drained (pardon the pun).

Inspired by fellow blogger Uwe Richter’s recent post about light painting (you need to check out his awesome blog) I saw this gaudily lit faucet in my hotel and decided it is worth a try turning the reflections into a kind of abstract photo by using a slow shutter speed (2.8 sec) and just handholding/slightly moving the camera while pressing the shutter. This was actually my only attempt and it came out just fine (I realize you might have a different opinion but in the end, my shots only need to satisfy myself to put a smile on my face and make me feel better/good).

Photographically speaking, one shot that makes me feel good can save a whole day.

Taken with my Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 Pro Zoom at 2.8 sec and f/2.8 at 12mm focal lenght (equals 24mm in full frame).

Have  a great rest of the week!


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  1. I can’t imagine functioning on no sleep. I don’t enjoy it when I experience it! I liked the creative aspect of this shot. I may need to try some of these. 🙂 -Amy

    1. Thanks 🙂 !! I had years of practice of surviving those days with almost no sleep. But my body always strikes back. Last night I fell asleep as soon as I hit the bed around 9pm. When the alarm woke me at 6am the TV was still running …lol….

  2. It was fun creating art with the camera, even if I did it by accident. I also went to the site and struggled a bit with the German but got most of it. I’m sure to try this again.

  3. I hinestly am jealous every time I am reading you are in the States. But I am absolutely not jealous learning about your working hours. I guess I forgot that there are always two sides to every story. I hope in your working schedule is time left for new Portland pictures. I really do enjoy your photos of a city I have not visited yet … 😊

    1. Thanks for your kind words! As long as the two sides balance in the long run it’s ok. Time away from the family is the hardest part. But to make you more jealous 😉 on Sunday the weather is supposed to be nice and I’m planning to go skiing on Mount Hood 🙂

      1. It worked! I am jealous. But also curious about your pictures! 😜 Have a nice time. Oregon is a good place to be.

  4. I hope you got a full nights sleep.
    Dedication to photography should have been the subtitle of your photo. Most of us, myself included would have tried to crash rather than get out the camera.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. I went to his site…. But, my German is terrible… despite the fact that I worked for a German company for 10 years and have travelled extensively in Germany!

  6. The photo has its own beauty, people see things in different ways. I love the reflections of light in churches, but not everyone feels the same. But it makes me feel good when I capture it, and if your photo made you feel good, as you say…it saved your day…. ha ha after only three hours sleep, thats how I would have seen it anyway with out the help of a camera….have a good day Marcus 🙂

      1. Marcus if your in my time zone its 07.06 in the morning, and at this time of year its light, think your thinking of someone else, Lynne 🙂

    1. 🙂 Yes, only reflections, there are lots of fancy LEDs in the room. This night should be ok, its always the first night killing me. The 12-14h work day stays though 🙁

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