Tour of Notre Dame (1) – Interior

Interior of Notre Dame de Paris

Back home from my short business trip to Chicago, in time for a long Easter weekend. Having access again to my full photo library. Still under the impression of the catastrophic fire from last Monday, I revisited the images from my two visits to Notre Dame de Paris in 2009 and 2012. And I decided to share a few of them and take you on a 3 part tour through this magnificent building, that has been so badly damaged. Today I will show you the inside the cathedral, part two will take you up one of the main towers and then I will finish up with a walk around the outside of one of the most iconic buildings of the world. My photographic Easter celebration.

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Pink Mountain

Mount Hood's summit glowing red after the sunset
1/160 sec – f/5 – ISO 200 – 57 mm

After arriving safely in Portland just after lunch, I went directly to the office for a half day shift. The good thing is, the USA already is on daylight savings time, adding an hour of light in the evening. That way I made it out of the office and up to the Pittock Mansion viewpoint just prior to sunset around 7pm for a quick sundowner shooting session with a pink mountain, prior to succumbing to 24 hour travel- and work day.

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Travel Day (17)

Man sitting behind illuminated globes in a travel book shop
Travel Dreams | Nuremberg | 2019

I’m back in the air this morning, this travel day taking me once more from Nuremberg via Amsterdam to Portland, Oregon. The direct routing from Europe to the Pacific Northwest avoids weather induced travel delays while connecting through an eastern or central US airport. Fingers crosses, of course, but I’m leaving the sunny streets of Nuremberg for the, according to my iPhone weather app, equally sunny but even warmer Rose City. Not that I will get much out of it, as I’m staying only four and a half days and it will be all work (plus maybe a dinner or two).

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Behind the glass

Banker sitting in a bank working
1/30 sec – f/4 – ISO 1600 – 100mm

While roaming the streets of a city shooting street life, it is worth also looking at what’s happening behind the glass of shops and businesses. Especially when you are new to street photography, this unobtrusive way of taking pictures of strangers might be a good way to slowly extend your comfort zone, as your subjects tend not to notice you.

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Art n’ Motion

Silhouette of a girl visiting an art museum
1/4 sec – f/4 – ISO 200 – 50mm

When it’s soggy outside, shoot in a gallery or a museum. I gave this advice numerous times on this blog in quite a few posts. When spending a weekend in Portland last month, I once more escaped from torrential rain outside (the Oregonians call it the “Oregon Liquid Sunshine” for a reason) into the Portland Art Museum with the intention to capture some Art n’ Motion.

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Love you to death

Skeleton clad with Valentine hearts - love you to death
Love you to death | Portland | 2019

After transitioning the “Streets of Nuremberg” to the new blog layout it’s finally back to street photography with an image I shot last week in Portland. “Love you to death” was also my entry for last weekends 52frames challenge dubbed “Uncommon”.  I decided that this skeleton, obviously still decorated on the occasion of the recent Valentines Day, qualifies.

This photograph also demonstrates that street photography is by no means limited to shooting people. This genre depicts an unadulterated image of reality as life happens in the streets around us,  expressed in the conscious selection of the detail of reality and the design with photographic means. Continue reading “Love you to death”

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