Here’s a screen shot of this building taken from Apple Maps:
I’m curious about the printing process: it’s very fast, low resolution monochrome, and on thin paper. It would be fun to have a printer like that to make wrapping paper.
My Flickr contact Werner Schwehm took this great wide angle architectural shot in Frankfurt, Germany with a Canon 5D III and a 12-24mm lens at 12mm (very wide angle).
The wide angle gives the image more drama than it would have had otherwise and for those who don’t know, the Canon 5D, being a full-frame camera means that 12mm is actually 12mm instead of 12mm x 1.6 (a cropped APS-C sensor) which would be 19.2mm, still wide but not as wide and dramatic. I miss having a full frame camera and a wide angle lens.
Most point and shoot cameras have smaller sensors which means achieving angles wider than 24mm is near impossible without the addition of some kind of accessory in front of the lens, sort of defeating the portability of the camera.
Even 24mm adds more drama than the 28mm of my Ricoh GR and tempts me to revisit the Sony RX100 series which has a nice zoom lens on it that goes from 24mm at f/1.8 to 70mm at f/2.8. I hate the ergonomics of the Sony (flush mounted controls, terrible menu system) but it’s a fine camera with many excellent features.
For architecture, wide angle, while it adds distortion, also adds drama and I like that.
On the Appalachian Trail, Gaylordsville, Connecticut.
A few weeks ago we had a day of high winds in western Connecticut and because this area is pretty rocky and trees aren’t deeply rooted, wind can uproot and knock over even very large and old trees.
The section of Appalachian trail between the New York/Connecticut border and Bull’s Bridge is called “Ten Mile Hill” and it’s a very nice four mile hike. The recent wind took down over 20 large trees on this section and we had a big crew of “sawyers” and “swampers” to clean it up. It was a lot of work and I was pretty sore when I got home (nothing beer and ibuprofen won’t fix).
Toward the end of the day I took a few shots of a nice reflection on a small swamp. I was so tired my hands were shaking and I was pretty sure none of the shots would turn out but thankfully a few did.
Mattatuck Trail, Warren, Connecticut.
I took a hike along this new section of the Mattatuck trail that’s right in our little town. It crosses this swamp and I had to bushwhack in deep snow closer to this viewpoint through what looked to be a tick-infested jungle of branches to get this shot.
Around here Lyme disease is a real worry so going off trail in a place like this is a risk. I thought this shot might be worth the risk but having had Lyme disease I can tell you, it wasn’t. I like the shot but Lyme disease is no fun at all and if I had it to do over again, I’d have skipped this off-trail bushwhack.
South Egrermont, Massachusetts.
We snowshoed from Jug End east on the Appalachian Trail toward Sheffield. This large oak tree (sometimes called a “wolf tree” as it prevents other trees from growing up near it) is a thing of beauty, with some of its branches actually growing underground. There are a number of magnificent trees on this section of trail although this was the only one we had the energy to get to as the snow wasn’t great and the trail was unbroken.
We couldn’t get closer to this tree because of an electric fence. Too bad, closer framing would have been better.
My Flickr contact Werner Schwehm took this great image of a man wearing a checkered shirt walking beneath a building with a checkered facade and on a walkway with checkered tiles.
My Flickr contact Eugene Beckes took this magnificent image of a magpie landing on a branch. Perfect timing.
Flickr member Peter Stewart posted this fantastic image of a wall of apartments in Queenstown, Singapore.
Check out Peter’s Flickr album: Stacked II – Architecture of Singapore. Brilliant work.
The image is great in many ways, one of which is that it is taken at dusk which gives it the same kind of feel as many of the aerial shots of Berlin in the the first few Bourne movies. There’s something about city shots at dusk that creates an ominous mood, something is about to happen…
Flickr member UkrainianSensation posted this great image from the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco taken with his Ricoh GR.