Day 2 of our week in the Big Apple was full of memories for me. We took the subway downtown to the World Trade Center. As a seventeen year old exchange student in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, my host family took me to my very first visit of New York City, back in 1984. My host-dad was a sheet metal worker, and I vividly remembering him taking me up to the observation deck of the Twin Towers and telling me full of pride how he helped build the towers. I’ve returned to NYC many times, and each time I see the skyline I miss the elegant silhouette of the Twin Towers. During my last visit in 2012, the new One World Trade Center was almost finished, the memorial fountains in the footprints of the old towers where already there, the 9/11 museum not yet open. To see how it looks today continue after the jump… (more…)
I was in Chicago last week, but really I wasn’t. In fact, the only piece of it I saw aside from O’Hare airport, a hotel and a meeting room in the northwestern suburbs was a great view of the skyline from the plane as it crossed the Lake Michigan shoreline south of the city while on direct approach to the airport (the photo I took from the plane is the first you see after the jump). This is really a pity, as the “Windy City” is a great place to visit and photograph. So while sitting in my hotel in super rainy Portland I searched for some images I took during an earlier visit pretty much 9 years ago to the day. The camera I used back then was a Panasonic DMC TZ5. So if you like to see some Chicago impressions, continue after the jump… (more…)
Just got back in from our marvelous Berlin weekend. My bag is already repacked for another quick trip to Portland. My alarm will go off at 3:30 am, then I’ll drive to Munich for a 7am flight to Amsterdam and then on to PDX.
The photo above was my personal favorite from the weekend, a shot I took in staircase of the Otto Bock Science Center in Berlin. Taken with the PEN F and the mZuiko 14-150mm F4-5.6 travel zoom. Image specs are 1/60 sec @ f/4.5 and ISO 320, focal length was 22mm.
Will sort through the rest of my Berlin photos on the plane tomorrow and post from the US.
Habe a good week!
A quick one to send you into a blessed Sunday. Berlin is full of amazing architecture. Now it has a new highlight. This is the “Upper West” Tower at the Breitscheidplatz with 113m height and 33 floors. It is occupied (among other tenants) by Motel One, and it has a Skybar on the top floor. The building opened in 2017. So no need to go to Dubai to see fancy architecture.
Image specs are 1/8 sec @ f/5 and ISO 1600, handheld. Camera was the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4.0-5.6.
My entry for this weeks Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Looking Up at Things is a photo I took during a business trip to China back in 2013 inside the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Shanghai. The Hyatt is inside the Jin Mao Tower, one of my absolutely favorite skyscrapers on this planet. The architecture of this one of its kind. The barrel like atrium starts at the 56th floor and extends upwards to the 87th floor. Lined with 28 annular corridors and staircases arrayed in a spiral, it is 27 m in diameter with a clear height of approximately 115 m.
Jin Mao Tower itself has 93 floors and a height of 420.5 metres (1,380 feet). At the time of opening the Grand Hyatt was the highest hotel in the world.
I’m safely back home in Nuremberg and looking forward to a couple of free days. I brought back some street photos of Portland and some spectacular aerial views of Mount Hood, the Sierra Nevada and Los Angeles I took on my travel day back to Nuremberg. Need to process the images and will post soon 😉
Have a great weekend!
Fore some facts about the “Elphi” as it is nicknamed by the Hamburgians and some more images from a visit in the Summer of 2016 continue reading after the jump…..