Monday, October 31, 2011

Ducks

Duck portrait

Duck portrait

Duckling

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Foggy afternoon and a new camera

Yesterday was an interesting photographical day. Firstly we bought a new camera, a new and shiny Nikon D7000 with a Nikkor 16-85mm lens. After long time of hard decision if we upgrade further our Sony or we switch to one of the big names in the market, we decided that this D7000 is what we need. Now lets hope that we can use it as its maximum. In the afternoon, after the battery was charged, we went out for a short walk. It was an incredible foggy day, were you can hardly see something at 200m in front of you. So here is the Svanemollen marina fading out in fog, with a sepia processing. Hope you will like it.

Foggy afternoon

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bucharest - Palace of the Parliament

Palace of the Parliament from Bulevardul Unirii
Palace of the Parliament seen from Bulevardul Unirii

Palace of the Parliament, well known in Bucharest as "People's House", is now the home of the Romanian Parliament. It was designed by Anca Petrescu as chief architect for a group of 700 architects and was almost completed during the Ceausescu regime. Its original purpose was to host the political and administrative power. Palace of Parliament was named House of the Republic (Casa Republicii) by the Ceausescu, but Romanians call it the People's House (Casa Poporului).

Palace of the Parliament from Cismigiu Park
Palace of the Parliament seen from Cismigiu Park

The erection of The Palace started on 25 June 1984, for its construction being demolished the Bucharest's historic district, including many churches and residences. Ceausescu intended to make this Palace his own residence and to move all four state institutions (The Presidency of the Republic, The Great National Assembly, Council of Ministers and Supreme Court) under the same roof. The Palace has a rectangular shape and measures 270mx240mx86m and 92m underground.

Palace of the Parliament from Bulevardul Libertatii
Palace of the Parliament seen from Bulevardul Libertatii

With a floorspace of 340.000 m2, the building counts 12 floors, 1100 rooms and 2 underground parking garages. It, also, has four underground levels and another four in different stages of completion. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Palace is the most expensive, the heaviest and the largest civilian building in the world.

Palace of the Parliament from Bulevardul Unirii
Palace of the Parliament seen from Bulevardul Unirii

Friday, October 28, 2011

Silhouettes and Light

Silhouettes and Light

Silhouettes and Light (2)
Silhouettes and Light at Kastellet, Copenhagen

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bucharest - Fundatia Universitara Carol I


This building has been raised by the initiative of the king Carol I, who wanted to provide a modern library for the students. The works began in 1891 and the library was opened in 1895. The building was initially smaller and the façade from the image was built later (1911 - 1914) by the French architect Paul Gottereau.

Bucharest - Fundatia Universitara Carol I

During the world wars, the edifice was an important place of the Romanian cultural life. However starting with the World War II, the black period of the building began. Firstly, it was affected by the american bombardment, then the communists change its name to ”Biblioteca Central Universitara C.I.Parhon”, removing the name of the Carol I. Later, during the 1989 Revolution, the tanks were shooting the building, partially destroying it. It was renovated based on the initial plans. A statue of Carol I is placed in front of the building.

Bucharest - Fundatia Universitara Carol I

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Copenhagen faces, a picture and a story - Yesterday

Yesterday

This gentleman with an interesting look, reminds us of the famous band from Liverpool, Beatles. I would bet that he used to listen and enjoy the songs of the British band. As a dedication to him, some lyrics from the well known song called "Yesterday":

Yesterday,
All my troubles seemed so far away,
Now it looks as though they're here to stay,
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly,
I'm not half the man I used to be,
There's a shadow hanging over me,
Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

Why she
Had to go I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said,
Something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday,
Love was such an easy game to play,
Now I need a place to hide away,
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Why she
Had to go I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said,
Something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday,
Love was such an easy game to play,
Now I need a place to hide away,
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Copenhagen faces, a picture and a story - Absorbed in reading

Absorbed in reading

This man was enjoying a sunny summer afternoon in Islands Brygge. Sitting in the sun and reading, enjoying the beautiful weather that is so rare in Copenhagen. He looks calm and completely absorbed in his lecture. It must be an interesting book.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sepia sunsets in New York

Sepia sunset

This time we chose a different way of processing the sunset images: sepia. One would say that sunsets or sunrises are full of colors and turning them into B&W or sepia would kill that very large tonal range. In these examples, we can see that sepia is still very rich in tones offering as well a warm temperature, specific to sunset. We used Topaz B&W, for this processing, a wonderful Photoshop plugin developed by Topaz Labs, that we definitely recommend for any B&W or sepia work.

Sepia sunset

Thursday, October 13, 2011

New York - the other side

In front of the hotel

This is another side of my recent experience in New York. The Big Apple can be rotten in some places. The images from this post are taken on 39th street, were the hotel was located. Will not mention its name, will just say that it was located between a male strip club and a Mexican restaurant and that it managed to surprise me big time: a morning without water. The rest of the features will shade in front of the smile on the face of the guy at the reception, when telling me: we are sorry, there is no pressure in the pipe, so you have to stink the whole day. Or the girl who was so kind to provide me the phone number of their internet provider to sort out the wireless problem.

39th street flavours

Half a block to the East, this wonderful dumpster was welcoming the tourists in the area. I surprised the thrash trying to escape in the middle of the night. The garbage has its own soul in New York. And it is a lot.
What are your experiences visiting New York?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New York - Times Square

Times Square

Times Square is always crowded. Thousand of people every day, tourists taking a picture and enjoying the light show, locals rushing at work and various kinds of guys trying to sell, advertise or scum someone. Its a place that never sleeps. I wonder how much electricity a place like this can waste every day. Those huge billboards showing everything from the NYSE evolution to the last generation of bras, are always on, 24 hours per day, probably using the energy required by a small city. Is it really necessary? What is your opinion?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New York - Westin Hotel

Westin Hotel

This is Westin Hotel, located on 8th Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd Streets. A large hotel with 45 levels and about 800 rooms was part of the redesign on Times Square. Some are saying its an extremely ugly building, but New York is not exactly a beautiful Renaissance city, so this building is quite in line with the other glass mastodons.
What is your opinion, do you like it or not?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Statues at Langelinie, Copenhagen

The GM Little Mermaid (Den Genmodificerede lille havfrue)
"The Genetically Modified Little Mermaid" / "Den Genmodificerede lille havfrue"

Beside "Little Mermaid", the most famous and popular attraction in the city of Copenhagen, there are many others beautiful sculptures not very well known by the tourists. In our today's post we will show you three photos with less famous statues.

"The Genetically Modified Little Mermaid"/Den Genmodificerede lille havfrue" was made in bronz by the sculptor Bjorn Norgaard as a part of a larger group of sculptures, "The Genetically Modified Paradise"/"Det genmodificerede Paradis". This group was specially created for the Danish pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany. As location, it can be easily found on the Pakhuskaj, a parallel street with Langelinie Allé.

Another beautiful sculpture in the area of Langelinie is the "Polar bear with cubs" as a landmark of Greenland. It was made in bronz by the Danish sculptor Holger Wederkinch and was awarded with gold medal in 1929 in Paris. The polar bear has some bullet holes at the head, made by a German soldier under the Occupation of Denmark.

Polar Bear statue, Langelinie
"Polar bear with Cubs" / "Isbjørn med unger", Langelinie

Next to the "Polar bear with Cubs", between the real "little mermaid" statue and "GM little mermaid" is another sculpture of a modern and "not so little" mermaid. We don't know the name of this statue nor of its creator, so we will only show you the photo and let you to admire the statue.

Little Mermaid statue, Langelinie - Copenhagen
Another "Little Mermaid" in Copenhagen

Sunday, October 9, 2011

New York - Sunset over New Jersey

Sunset over New Jersey

This is another one from my evening walk on the Manhattan shore of Hudson river. Wonderful colors of the sunset are painting the after rain clouds. The lamp is not up yet, but the sun still can produce some rays.

New York - Dusk with skyscrapers

Dusk with skyscrapers

I wanted to enjoy the blue hour on Brooklyn Bridge, a place that I know from the past gives wonderful colors and light. However, due to some people protesting against American banking system, I had to change my mind, having another walk in Battery Park. I got this nice view of skyscrapers in a dusk light and an after rain mood of the people and things around. We hope you will like it.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

New York - One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

No one can walk down Lower Manhattan without having a look at what will gonna be the new symbol of New York City. Initially called Freedom Tower, the skyscraper will reach, on top of its antenna, a symbolic height of 1,776 feet (541.3 m), referring to the American independence year. It will be the tallest building in US, almost 100m taller than Empire State Building.

New York - Seagull in a misty after rain weather

Seagull in a misty after rain weather

This is another one from the Battery park. The focus here is the lovely seagull, dizzy after a heavy rain shower. The green old lady is far away as I had to travel light, with only 18-55 mm lens on the camera. Better than nothing though.

Friday, October 7, 2011

New York - Statue of Liberty seen from Battery Park

Statue of Liberty seen from Battery Park

Just came back from a short business trip in New York. This time with a decent camera as back in 2004 when I spent 6 weeks in the american metropolis I was using a 3MP point and shot camera. Sunday afternoon, I was walking downtown, and after a rain shower, I had the inspiration to head to Battery park. Lovely sky preparing for sunset. Statue of Liberty standing straight into the middle of the water. And I got one of the best images from this trip.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Turning Torso, Malmö

Turning Torso
Turning Torso, Malmö - Sweden

Turning Torso, the tallest building in Scandinavian region, is located in Malmö, on the Swedish side of the Öresund strait. It was designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and opened on 27 August 2005. It is 190 metres heigh with 54 floors, achieving a twist angle of 90 degrees from its top to the bottom. A similar tower, called Infinity Tower, is under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Helsinki coastline

Helsinki coastline (1)

Helsinki coastline (2)
Sunset over Helsinki coastline