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St. Florian – Sophienkirche

St Florian is the Roman Catholic parish church, Sophienkirche is the Lutheran church. While they have separate worship spaces they share the same complex – the Munich-Riem Church Centre. Some commentators dislike this building because of its simplicity and minimalist look, but I like it for precisely those reasons. The church complex was built to serve the needs of parishioners in the neighbourhood of Riem on the edge of Munich. The area was was the site of Munich’s old airport and following its closure in 1992 there was a multi-year redevelopment of the site with the church centre opening in 2005.

Fujifilm Superia Xtra 400

Disappointing. I expected more from this film. Partly because it is from Fujifilm. Partly because the results from the last colour 400 film I tried – Kodak Ultramax – were unexpectedly good. While images from this film taken in good light look well, once shadows appear so does the grain to a much greater extent than with the Kodak film. While it is small and relatively uniform this only makes it worse since it contributes to a kind of smudged appearance at times. Harder, more random grain would be better. So, a decent film on a bright day but a distant second to the Ultramax when shooting in the shade.

Here are a few archtectural shots taken mostly in the full light of the day.

Granularity – Key Bridge Marriott

Key Bridge Marriott, Rosslyn VA / Konica C35, Agfa Vista 400

This is the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel seen from Rosslyn Gateway Park. This was one of the first Marriott hotels, originally built in 1959 and I believe it is the oldest Marriott still in operation. Last year the Arlington County Board approved a makeover for the hotel and construction of new residential developments on the site so soon this view will be gone, replaced by more nondescript high rises jammed together in too small a space.

Winter in Prague Part 1

Flights from Tbilisi to Prague tend to arrive at odd hours of the day, either very early or very late. Perhaps things are better now but when I visited back in 2011 my flight landed around five in the morning. I arrived at my hotel before six before my room was ready so I dropped off my carry on, pulled out my camera and went for a walk. It was 29th January. At the airport it was -14° C, in the city it was a balmy -11° C. Brass monkey weather. I had just arrived from Tbilisi where it was a tropical 6° C. Still, on this, my fifth trip to the city, I finally got some pictures that didn’t consist mostly of tourists.

First stop was Charles Bridge. Normally the bridge is crowded with tourists, jazz musicians and sellers of souvenirs. On this morning it was empty other than one or two people who crossed in the twenty minutes or so I was there. The sun was just starting to warm the sky behind the old town and the colours were muted, almost washed out, in the soft light. Despite not being able to feel my fingers it was beautiful. Below is my favourite shot from that morning, an image that has served as my background picture on every computer I have owned since. I’ve also processed this a dozen different ways over the years depending on my mood. This is the current iteration.

Here are a few more taken on the bridge around the same time.