Travel Diary Issue 1: Darmstadt on a Dull Day
Welcome to the first of a new series on the blog. This will be similar to my Street Photo Diary series, only for travel. I’m going to be travelling a good bit over the next little while, and so I thought I would keep a running diary of sorts of my photographic adventures along he way. At the moment I’m in the German city of Darmstadt, which is just outside of Frankfurt.
The city of Darmstadt is known for its university and industrial links, and is referred to as a city of sciences. It has the European Space Agency Space Operations Centre here, which was in charge of the rosetta probe among other things. The city itself is very nice, and a picturesque mix of old and new architecture, with some oddball buildings thrown in for good measure. It seems to me to look like a mixture of traditional German, with some Nordic looking architecture and a few more classical buildings too, with some looking like something out of Vienna or Paris. There’s also some very modern industrial parts of the city too.
I wanted to travel light on this trip, so I ended up just bring my Fuji X-Pro 2 and 18-55mm lens. I wish I actually had the 18-135 for a bit more flexibility. I’m feeling the lack of a longer telephoto. I kind of wish I’d brought my D800 and 28-300, but anyway, there’s nothing I can do about that now! At least I’m not lugging a heavy DSLR around.
I’m here for a few days, but so far I’ve only done a little photography. I did shoot a bit on my first day which was actually a lovely sunny and unseasonably warm day, but the second day was dull and overcast. However, undeterred I still managed to get some shooting in. I was experimenting a bit with the images, trying to go for a cold industrial look, which is perhaps a bit unfair and a little stereotyped, but it suited the conditions.
I’ve just been processing a few of the images I shot on my laptop, and I’m really just playing around with some different styles at this point in time. When I get back to my main computer, I will probably end up going with a different look. For these, I’m mostly using a combination of two of my Lightroom presets as a base style. They are “QuickLux 2” and “Steely Blue”. I’ll be posting some more over the next few days, and I’ll try and keep an ongoing gallery on Flickr too.
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