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Beginnings

A few days ago I posted my article Rocket Science with some pictures of a New Year’s celebration. Now I want to share my beginning of 2014.

This year I celebrated the end of the year in the German city of Karlsruhe, more precisely the “Schlossplatz“. The Palace (“Schloss”) was the first building to be erected in this city in 1715 and the city has since grown around it. So there you have even more beginnings.

New Year's in Karlsruhe

People gathered all around the huge place in front of the palace, celebrating and getting ready to blast their rockets into the sky.

And then … 3 … 2 … 1 … it started.

New Year's in Karlsruhe

The sky was immediatly full of colorful explosion, as was the ground immediately filled with smoke – you could barely see the castle behind the thick wall of smoke.

New Year's in Karlsruhe

The historic decorations of the Karlsruhe Palace such as the statues were an interesting view against the sky, which was illuminated in all kinds of colors.

New Year's in Karlsruhe

The smoke, darkness and sudden flashes of light made it incredibly hard to get my camera to focus. Some really cool pictures ended up pretty out of focus.

As most of the time, I was working without a tripod. I might take better photos with one, but I can’t get around the idea of carrying all this clumsy equipment. One reason why I decided against a DSLR was being able to put my camera into a pocket, so now I wouldn’t wanna carry too much extra equipment.

New Year's in Karlsruhe

In other moments the place around the palace looked more like a battlefield. And sometimes it felt like one, rockets and other fireworks exploding all around you. For the occasional drunk idiot throwing fireworks into crowds seems to be an appropriate way to welcome the new year ;).

New Year's in Karlsruhe

Altogether, it was a really nice New Year’s celebration. If I wouldn’t move away (there is another beginning) I would probably spend next year on top of a hill, the Turmberg. From there, you have a spectacular view of all the city, that would for sure have been interesting.

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One day on my way home I stumbled upon a very rare kind of tree. Please take a moment and think about what you are seeing here. Is it really a tree? Could well be, but then it would barely be an interesting photo. So of course it’s not a tree. Any further ideas?

Urban Tree
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Isn’t It A Beautiful Morning?

Winter’s coming, it’s getting dark early, the sun rises late, the temperatures are dropping. Doesn’t make it too easy to get out of bed in the morning. But what can you do?

At least, this time of the year – especially early in the morning – is quite pretty. Today I captured these photos close to my home.

A Morning in Fall

The sun was low, shining its dark-red light on the street. Walking a little further the sun got behind a tree, illuminating the scene quite nicely.

A Morning in Fall

As usual I had some trouble getting everything done the way I wanted with my old phone, but I think it turned out okay.

A Morning in Fall

What do you think? Reminds you of fall/autumn in your own city?

A Morning in Fall

Holi Macaroni

Last weekend I went to a Holi event in my town. Holi is a Hindu religious festival and therefore celebrated mainly in India and Nepal. However, in the last years it has been widely commercialized and turned into a huge party in many cities around the globe. So I went there with mixed feelings…

Holi Festival Of Colours Karlsruhe

I had first seen a Holi Festival in the movie Outsourced quite some years ago, but heard about it from some Indian friends in the USA a couple of years ago. A main idea of the Holi celebration is throwing colored powder at each other and thereby erasing for a moment social barriers such as age, gender, status, and caste. The video of a Sony commercial illustrates nicely how colorful this event is (and no, Sony doesn’t sponsor me, the video is just interesting from a photographers point of view).

So, here are some photos from the event:

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Upside Down

On a bike trip a while ago I came across a little lake. It was fascinating, the water was perfectly calm. The lake was surrounded by trees which effectively shielded it from any wind. You could not see any movement on the surface.

What fascinated me from a photographic point of view was the reflection on the water. It was like I was looking right into a mirror. Even more, the image in the water seemed much clearer than the bright sky on this summer day.

A Calm Lake

What I did afterwards was turning the image upside down, leaving the viewer (hopefully at least for a moment) puzzled what’s the reflection and what’s not.

feel free to marry

I’ve come across some crazy stuff, but never a Self Wedding Chapel. I can’t really say how it works, but I guess you just go there and get started.

Self Wedding Chapel Karlsruhe

The place is tiny and inside a complex of former slaughterhouses. The place to get married, huh?

Self Wedding Chapel Karlsruhe

Self Wedding Chapel Karlsruhe

So far, this chapel remains a mystery to me, as it seems to be the only place worldwide that can’t be googled for more information. Who put it there? Who got married there?

Sweat’n’Birds

I love to work out early in the morning. It is not only the best time to train your body, it also means an empty gym and most importantly, it’s the only time of the day when I have actually time to go. Waking up at 6 in the morning, working out for one hour and then going to work (of course after a shower) is just a great way to start your day.

When I walk to my gym on this time of the day, the city all around me is just starting to wake up. If it’s snowing you are literally the first person to put your footprints into the snow.

Last fall I took this photo on my way home. The sun was just rising, the streets however still empty. It’s just your sweaty smell and the chirping of the birds. Perfect way to start your day.

Morning Workout