“Schneekugeln” – Live Nativity…

This morning we went to an auction and I never fail to find many interesting things to photograph. This is a “Nativity Scene Globe” with a very interesting bacterial growth inside. The blurry parts of the picture are actually inside, floating in the water. They are three dimensional and they wave back and forth. Strange things, one sees. Strange omens, one observes…


Update, my fellow photographer, Karl Baumann told me the way they call these globes in Germany and even if I don’t know what kind of slang it is over there, I like the way it is spelled… I just renamed this picture in his honor… 🙂

Nativity globe…

Fallen Silo, Two

Here is one of a series of pictures I took documenting the demolition of three grain silos at the port of Salem NJ (you can see the silos as they original were in a nice picture I took of a sunrise, here: “Dawn colors over Salem NJ”

The twisted metal of the fallen silos gave me an opportunity to play with the composition and select portions of my original picture to show what I like and saw in my mind. It is certainly a personal preference but, many times, I shoot wide angles and then select portions I like rather than crop and compose with my viewfinder (click on the picture below for the original version). Of course, I do compose with my camera all the time, although I think wide angles are rich.

I have a whole series of these pictures (I took about a hundred of them from different angles) The picture below is just one of the original photographs.


Here is another version I cropped from the same original and rendered in B&W.

Fallen silo, Two

Limestone tower, One

Here is a tower that use to be used for the processing of limestone. The place is Salem, NJ. I understand the towers may be demolished soon so I wanted to document them before they are gone. The textures to be found around the site are simply amazing.
Since I know some of you will wonder how it would look like in B&W, below is such a version. Just click on the thumbnail.

Limestone tower