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Catching Up with Copenhagen Pt. 2

Our second full day in Copenhagen… we experienced a misty summer day, lots of bikes an outdoor urinal, Tivoli. But my favorite photo was of a broken safety glass window.

Broken Window, Copenhagen
Broken Window, Copenhagen

I actually converted this image to grayscale and made some big prints I’m pretty proud of.

When traveling (even with family) I’m still on the lookout for stock-worthy subjects. As such, I’m often stopping to photograph some strange subjects. In this case there was an outdoor urinal: no doors, no privacy. Fortunately nobody was peeing at the time!

Outdoor Urinal, Copenhagen
Outdoor Urinal, Copenhagen

I’m going to go rogue here and rant about two things. One, what’s up with these graffiti idiots? Graffiti is usually a scar on architecture and the built environment. But did somebody write their own name on this urinal? Or somebody else’s (guess that would make more sense!) I hope they washed their hands afterwords (eeewww!)

Rant 2/2 in general Europe is running circles around the US in terms of quality of life. But one human need is very poorly met everywhere I’ve been in Europe: toilets. It’s easy to find a public toilet in the US. Often they are free, and reasonably well maintained here. While Denmark and most of Europe have done a great job addressing the human condition with universal health care, welfare and the like, it’s nice to think at least we in the US are better about something 😉

So, the other thing that stands out in Copenhagen is cycling. Bikes are everywhere. Chained to fences without gaps seemingly for miles.

Bicycle Shop, Copenhagen (c) Michael Halberstadt
Bicycle Shop, Copenhagen (c) Michael Halberstadt


(all images and text (c) Michael Halberstadt)

Somehow I forgot to mention

I went to Seattle. It only rained once. I took a lot of photos.

Artists at Play Playground, Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington (Michael Halberstadt)
Artists at Play Playground, Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington (Michael Halberstadt)

There really is some cool stuff to see there. There’s Georgetown, a sideshow of a neighborhood near Boeing Field. There’s the University District and W State campus. And Fremont with its Lenin statue and Sunday Market (and Google, Adobe and “Silicon Canal” beneath the Aurora Bridge.)

Seattle (Michael Halberstadt)
Google Seattle (Silicon Canal) (Michael Halberstadt)

My Seattle family lives in Renton, and besides the fantastic pastries we took home from Renton Technical College, we also visited the grave of Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi Hendrix Memorial, Renton, WA (Michael Halberstadt)
Jimi Hendrix Memorial, Renton, WA (Michael Halberstadt)

I think they only tell outsiders that it rains all the time to keep them out.

(addendum 08.04.2017)

One of the images in this post was chosen by Lonely Planet Travel Guides for their Pocket Seattle cover.



Alameda Naval Air Station

My lovely town of Alameda might now be known for quaint Victorians, antique fairs and an unusually slow pace compared to its urban surroundings. But it was once home to a huge military infrastructure. After a series of run ins with a security guard I have decided to make documenting Alameda’s Naval Air Station – or at least it’s remnants – a priority.

Here are a few recent photos, with more to come as time permits.


Izmir at Night

Preface: The whole family (my wife, daughter and I) have just returned from a three week journey from the far West of Europe to the far East and dipping our toes in the sands of the far Western corner of Asia.  We started in Lisbon, Portugal made our way to Athens with a brief stopover in Geneva Switzerland along the way. Then we took an overnight ship from Piraeus (Athens’ port city) to Chios City in the North Aegean region.  After a few days of a beach vacation in Chios we took the short ferry ride to Çeşme, a resort town in Turkey. After a few days we moved on to Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city after Istanbul and Ankara.

As my day job is photography, or at least that’s what I pretend it to be, it makes for a strange group of photos. Sometimes it’s hard to separate the family snapshots from the stock photos and personal projects. As I sell photos for stock, effectively I’m helping somebody else tell their story with my photos. I do a rotten job of telling the typical vacation story that most folks do. There are fun photos of my wife and daughter mixed in with pretty scenics, strategically photographed odd subjects I think might sell, and fun photos I enjoy taking because I love my craft of photography, like night photos and long daylight exposures. So I’d like to apologize in advance to you, whoever you may be. I expect a few visits from friends and family, an occasional referral from Google, Bing, or some other search engine, and  (who knows!)

I’m breaking up these posts into bite sized snippets. Hopefully that way I’ll be able to post most of the photos and descriptions  promptly. Editing and keywording thousands of photos is a daunting task. In the past I’ve never really managed to finish in time to share. We’ll see, but here, in no particular order, is my first installment.

Now on to this story: I’d been lugging around a tripod the whole trip, I might as well use it. So here are few photos taken in Izmir at night. This trip was a family trip after all, and I tried my best to behave. But there were a few times where I had a hard time not stopping to take a few longish exposures. Here are a few.