The “Kulturpalast” in Dresden is one of the most recognizable architectural icons from the East German modernistic era of the 1960s and 1970s in the heart of Dresden. It received a complete overhaul over the last decade and was re-opened in April 2017. It is now as beautiful, in fact even more beautiful, than ever before. That’s true for the outside façade that stayed true to its origin as well as the modern interior that kept most of the references to the original design as well.
Another shot from my little “touristic” stroll through the Dresden Zwinger.
I’m not an expert in long-time exposures by a long shot, but the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a total lunar eclipse plus Mars being the closest to Earth, a combination apparently happening again in 105 000 years, I couldn’t resist tempting my fate. The conditions weren’t ideal, because it was a bit hazy shortly after moon rise, but later on when the moon would enter the Earth’s umbra, visibility became a lot better.
What I learnt later when editing the photos was that any exposure above 10 seconds would make the moon blurry, because, of course, the moon moves quite fast, so 10 seconds can already be too long.
The shot I selected was taken at 8 seconds, aperture of f/4 and ISO 50.
Admittedly, the Lux-50 is probably not the best lens to take shots of a small an object as the moon, so my expectations were quite low. That said, I think capturing the wider viewpoint, basically the way any observer would see it with the naked eye, has its own fascination.
This image was taken at 2220 CEST at the time of the maximum eclipse. Below the moon and a bit to the right you can see Mars as close as 57.6 million kilometers. The average distance is 228 million kilometers.
(Make sure you click on the image below to see the full res version.)
It’s a great tradition that Dresden is opening up its museums once a year for a “Night at the Museum” or in German “Museumsnacht”. For a very attractive price you get to roam through most of Dresden’s famous art galleries and all other renowned museums which Dresden is known for. On top most museums have arranged for some very special performances or special exhibitions that are normally not open to the public.
Went a bit overboard with the post processing with this image. But sort of liked the punch in this case. Incredible also how well the Leica SL is rendering in Black & White conversions.
I hadn’t been posting new pictures for quite some time which is a shame. I think it’s a function of too much work-related distraction and just not taking my small Leica with me all the time. As one wise man once said, the best camera is always the one you have with you, and that’s usually a smartphone, not a “real” camera. Hence, I will try and get better in just bringing my Leica wherever I go.
The photo above is an example of one of those random pictures you can take as long as you have your camera with you. It’s really nothing special. I was on my way home from lunch. I just walked over the other side of the road to take it. No travel required or any other extra effort.
Reading Christmas short stories, drinking Glühwein (hot vine) and having good company – is there any better combination? All of this and more was to be had last night at an “Adventslesung” (loosely translated a “Christmas book reading”) in Dresden. Three young authors from Dresden – Frank Goldammer, Willi Hetze and Francis Mohr – were reading from their own short stories most of which had a Christmas theme or were at least set in Winter.
Most of the stories were really tongue in cheek albeit gave you something to chew on and think about as well. So it wasn’t necessarily light literature, and I thought that really fitted Christmas which is or at least should be a time of reflection and contemplation as well.
All three authors publish their books at “Dresdner Buchverlag“.
The Dresdeners among us know the guy on the left by heart. He is standing in the middle of the busiest pedestrian street in Dresden every day and is promoting his “movement” or “party” or simply his views of life. He seems to be a very smart person, very kind and – I believe – just loves to talk to people. He is not bothering anyone, but whoever he catches he can talk to forever. So beware, you have been warned :).