December Days: gully cover

December Daily - Day 11 | momentstolivefor.com

Yet another blog. My friends telling me, I’m crazy starting another blog yet again. But I didn’t found another good solution to present my photos of gully covers.

I like gully covers because almost every bigger city has its own with the emblem of the city. Additionally they are round, my favorite geometric shape, and give a very interesting, geometric motif with their surroundings. Therefore I started taking photos of them while traveling.

To give them a place and let them not just sit on my hard drive and collect dust, I started a new tumblr blog called “gullydeckel” (the German word for gully cover). I will post every week one photo. Maybe you like to look at them too, then hop over to my new blog. I think, they are beautiful.

gullycover | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: pattern II


photo walk: pattern | momentstolivefor.com

In 2015 I want to do one photo walk a month to get better in using my DSLR camera in manual mode and broaden my mind. Last Sunday I just started to walk without a concrete theme in mind. I passed several motives, but it wasn’t till I saw this beautiful green wall, when I knew my theme: pattern. I did this theme already in 2012, but it was one of my first and that shows. Therefore it was time to give it another chance.

The weather was beautiful although icy cold, but the blue sky and warm sunshine made the patterns look even more wonderful and sunny. I loved especially the colorful window inside the old Zionskirche at Prenzlauer Berg and the old, broken walls.


photo walk: pattern | momentstolivefor.com


photo walk: pattern | momentstolivefor.com


photo walk: pattern | momentstolivefor.com


photo walk: pattern | momentstolivefor.com


photo walk: pattern | momentstolivefor.com


photo walk: pattern | momentstolivefor.com


photo walk: pattern | momentstolivefor.com


photo walk: pattern | momentstolivefor.com


photo walk: pattern | momentstolivefor.com


photo walk: pattern | momentstolivefor.com


photo walk: pattern | momentstolivefor.com

Here you can find more photo walks.

round & round: haven of Rostock

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

Round & round is a little photo project I’m doing once in a while. When I find an interesting place, I choose a fixed point to stand and try to find as many interesting motives around me as possible. The only moves I make are up and down and a turn of 360°. I don’t take one step in any direction. That’s the challenge. But everytime I find little details, that I would have otherwise missed. It pushes me to look closely at all that is around me. It doesn’t take long. Five to ten minutes are enough for this little exercise, but you lern so much. This one here is a round & round shoot I took at the haven of Rostock near to the historic center, where I took the photo walk architecture.

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: haven of Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

round & round: Sony Center, Berlin

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

Next to the Potsdamer Platz is the Sony Center. An amazing piece of modern architecture, in metal and glass. Perfect for a black & white photo session. The Sony Center is filled with restaurants, the TV & movie museum and an international cinema. At the time I took the photos, the new Transformers movie was promoted, if you’re wondering about the big statues on the pictures…

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

Interested in more ‘round & round‘ photo sessions or pictures from Berlin?

 

 

photo walk: sunlight

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

The golden hour – the time for photographers to be on their way taking the best photos in this beautiful, magical light. One hour after sunrise or one before sunset. It’s real magic. When I noticed, that it was one of those evenings, I packed my boyfriend and my camera immediately and took them for a relaxed walk. And what a beautiful light it was. Perfect for a photo walk. Just magic.

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photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com
photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

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photo walk: leaves

photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

Somehow it was a typical April weekend, only in May. One minute it rained, the other the sun came out. Always changing. We had luck and got a whole hour of sunshine to walk the streets of Berlin. First I couldn’t decide, which theme to choose, but as soon as I saw the light green shine from everywhere around, it was clear. This photo walk had to be about leaves. Green, juicy, shiny leaves. Aren’t they beautiful and full of life?

photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com
photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com
photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

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what I’ve learned: a 365 challenge

in a blue mood | one year of cups | momentstolivefor.com

What a journey. One year, one cup a day. Almost. In some months I took only every other day a photo of a cup and never got every day of a month. But I made it to the end of 2013 with every month filled with at least 16 cup photos. I made it through the entire year with this challenge and that makes me so proud.

It’s so fun looking at all these pictures of different cups at different times of day and different places. But I still know exactly, when I took which photo, and that is so exciting. It’s a documentation of my life in cups. I can’t wait to see these pictures printed in a photobook.

cup of tea at grandmothers home | one year of cups | momentstolivefor.com

All photos were taken with my iPhone 4s and edited with my favorite apps VSCOcam, Afterlight, Lo-Mob, Picfx and Snapseed. Although I have countless more apps on my iPhone, these are the ones I use regularly. I treasure the filters of VSCOcam, Lo-Mob, Picfx and Afterlight. Especially the moody ones with warm light are my favorites (for example F2 on VSCOcam). Snapseed and VSCOcam I used to change the exposure, temperature and contrast and cut the photos. Afterlight is perfect, when you want to downscale your picture before the upload. This way they are much smaller in size, load faster and don’t have the original size, so it’s somehow safe from copycats.

Using my iPhone and not my big camera made it easy to take photos and edit them on the go. I had my camera with me everywhere and everytime, ready to capture the photo of the day. And in the same move post them to Tumblr through their easy app. Because I uploaded some pictures at the same day, I could have used the calendar settings to post them on an earlier date, on the day of the photo. But I found this option too late. But maybe you can lern from this.

working space shared with a cup of coffee and a cat | one year of cups | momentstolivefor.com

If you consider a 365 challenge: just do it. You will lern so much. And even if you struggle because you left out some days, don’t let yourself discourage you. This happens. Everyone has some days, when the motivation is low or there is too much going on and you just forget your project. And this can naturally go on for some days, but after that you will have time again and then just go on with your project, your challenge. Just pretend as nothing has happened and if you did the last project thing a day ago. Don’t let a pause discourage you. It’s such an amazing feeling reaching the end of the year and knowing: I did it! I made it through 365 days. That you didn’t get every day doesn’t matter.

writing and a cup of coffee | one year of cups | momentstolivefor.com

And most important: Don’t overextend yourself. It will do nothing good, if you for example try to craft every day an entire project, if you have to give up after a few days or weeks, because you just don’t have the time. Make little steps like ‘crafting everyday’ a goal, not an entire project. Just a step further, and if it’s just a small one, like folding three corners of an origami star or just one origami figure or preparing the background of a picture. Every step, and if it’s this small, counts as crafting.

Hopefully you are inspired and motivated to make your own 365 challenge. I loved mine and will always be happy, when I’ll look at these photos and think about what I’ve accomplished.

PS: Here you can read, what I’ve wrote in between this challenging year Two photo challenges, one year of cups: the first month and half time at my 365 photo challenge.