Monday, January 16, 2017

Photos from the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site (Atlanta)

These photos I took at the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site during a trip to Atlanta in 2011. At the same time, I also shot a 1-minute video of the location for my Moving Postcard web series.

To read more about the MLK National Historic Site and watch the 1-minute video, please check out the post on my Moving Postcard website: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site (Atlanta) – In Another Minute (Week 82).

Crypt and tombstone of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King
If you'd like to see even more photos from this rooftop and places around Berlin, head on over to the 2011 In Another Minute Flickr album.

To see the pictures larger, just click on any of them... and then scroll through them all.

The Eternal Flame a the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia

"We as a people will get to the Promised Land" - Quote from MLK's final speech, included in a mural at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia.

Juanita Abernathy paver in the Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ebenezer Baptist Church (MLK's church) is part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia

Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream" World Peace Rose Garden at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia

Pink rose in the Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream" World Peace Rose Garden

How a 2nd grader sees Dr. King - Plaque in the Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream" World Peace Rose Garden at the MLK National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Alaska Route 1 - In Another Minute (350)

Alaska Route 1 (AK-1) is a state highway that runs from Homer at the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, through Anchorage and all the way up to Tok (near the Canadian border). Alaska Route 1 must be one of the most scenic and stunning... Look at those mountains rising up right in front of you! Check out the color of that river water! There's a whole moose family! Wow, Kachemak Bay!

Alaska Route 1 - In Another Minute (350) [4K]

In this 1-minute video, I'm showing you glimpses of the changing landscape on the drive south from Anchorage to Homer, covering the entire Kenai Peninsula. The drive took place in late June.

A little road trip trivia: I was in Alaska this summer to film Tessa Drais in Homer for my documentary All's Well and Fair. She has been part of the project, which I film every 10 years, since she was 7 years old and living in Florida - she is now 27. Scott was along on the trip for some Alaska fly-fishing.

We were told the 220-mile drive from Anchorage to Homer would take about 4 hours - but that we should plan on 6 to 8 hours because we would want to stop so many times to gaze at the stunning nature; from Turnagain Arm just outside of Anchorage, to all the rivers (like the Kenai, the Kasilof and Cooper Creek...) and one amazing green mountain vista after the other. Of course, it did take us way longer than 4 hours to get to Homer. Once there, we heard rumors that locals can make that drive back up to Anchorage in just two hours... possibly taking some backroads. Hm... I don't know about that. Seems like Alaska Route 1 is the only way to get from Homer to Anchorage and back in a car... officially anyway...

I've already published 1-minute videos of Homer and Kenai Peninsula - and plan on publishing an extended video of Homer next week.

The song in this video is "Heading West" by Jason Shaw of Audionautix. He has made this and many wonderful songs available via a Creative Commons license. Thank you again and again, Jason!

Turnagain Arm seen from Alaska Route 1 - just outside of Anchorage, Alaska

I’ll be posting photos from the Alaska Route 1 drive throughout this week to the In Another Minute Flickr album, on Google+ and Facebook… and there will be a dedicated photo post on this blog.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Berlin Rooftop Photos

A few photos taken atop the Neukoelln Arcaden parking garage, which offers these great views of Berlin rooftops and famous sights like the Fernsehturm and the Rotes Rathaus.  To read more about this location and watch my 1-minute video from this location, please check out the post on my Moving Postcard website: Berlin Rooftops – In A Berlin Minute (Week 346) 

Berlin rooftop shadows on a Berlin rooftop

If you'd like to see even more photos from this rooftop and places around Berlin, head on over to my In A Berlin Minute Flickr Collection.

To see the pictures larger, just click on any of them... and then scroll through them all.

My friends Miriam and Julia on the Neukoelln Arcaden parking garage.

The tallest structure and the tallest building of Berlin tower over everything: Fernsehturm (TV Tower) and Park Inn Hotel

The Berlin Fernsehturm (TV Tower) gloriously lit up during golden hour

Even in the video footage, the smoke just hung in the air as if not moving at all - so did the full moon.

The sun setting behind Berlin rooftops


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Colorado Instagram 2016 - In A Colorado Minute (Week 349)

The "Colorado Instagram 2016" video features a collection of my favorite Colorado images I published throughout 2016 on the Instagram app (and website).

Colorado Instagram 2016 - In A Colorado Minute (Week 349)

For those who don't know: Instagram is a photography app for smart phones that is based on the idea of  taking and sharing a quick (traditionally square) photo enhanced with filters. If you want to follow my pictures, you can find me under the username LuciWest. Let me know that you found me through this video, and I'll be sure to follow you back.

If you don't use Instagram, you can look at all my pictures at Or you can see them sorted in albums by year in my Instagram Collection on Flickr. starting with my first Instagram photo on June 24th, 2011.

It's become a bit of a tradition that I put together and share such a retrospective video of my Instagram photography at the end of the year. This year, I noticed that I use a lot less filters than in the early years. This is also because I pretty much stopped using Hipstamatic. Not using filters seems to be a general trend though.

Another big change I've decided on is to stop sharing pictures immediately (even though that was the original point of Instagram). Instead, I try to be in the moment as much as possible... taking pictures, sure... but not "leaving the moment" by sorting, selecting, writing and sharing. Instead, I do that later at home when the fun outing is over. Also, I hardly ever take pictures with my phone anymore - and never with the app. Instead, I take pictures with my point'n'shoot or DSLR - since these cameras now connect to my phone via wifi. I used to think that was cheating. But you know what? The times they are a-changing.

For a hot minute, I dabbled in using Instagram Stories - the function that let's you create a collection of photos as you take them (with writing and drawings on them) and that will only stay up for 24 hours... basically Snapchat. But just like using Snapchat for a previous hot minute, I found the whole endeavor going exactly in the opposite direction of what I want to do with my time while I'm not sitting at my desk. Then there was the video function to compete with Vine and then the live video...

I'm curious to hear if and how you are using Instagram... are you still using the in-app camera? Are you still using filters? Are you hooked on Instagram Stories? Do you ever use the live video?

A few more words about the photos in the Colorado Instagram 2016 video: They were taken around various Fort Collins Natural Areas, Horsetooth Reservoir, Cache la Poudre River, Cherokee Road, Royal Gorge and Red Feather Lakes. The memories they bring up for me are of times spent with Scott and Whiskey and many visitors, like Anne, Miriam, John, Brian, Finn, Darla, Jessica and Erica. What a fantastic year 2016 was (besides that stupid election).

Happy, creative, productive, healthy 2017 to you all. And please, be kind and be brave.
xx Luci

The song in this video is “Second Nature” by Jason Shaw of Audionautix. He made this song available via the CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you so much, Jason, for your lovely music!

Tree catching the sun at Dowdy Lake (Red Feather Lakes) in Colorado

I’ll be posting a few of the photos throughout this week to the In A Colorado Minute 2016 Flickr album, on Google+ and Facebook

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Get a Moving Postcard wall calendar as a Thank you for supporting my videos!

To celebrate creativity, exploring and sharing in 2017, I am offering a 13-month wall calendar featuring photos from my Moving Postcard web series. 

The Moving Postcard calendar page for January 2017 features flying terns from the video shoot of Anastasia State Park, Florida (Week 342)

This very limited-run calendar is not for sale! Instead, I would like to gift it to the first 5 people who pledge their support for my work through Patreon - and to the kind people who are already Patreon supporters. Deadline: January 7th, 2017.

All you have to do is pledge your support on my Patreon page: (for as low as $1 a month). You can cancel anytime. By being a patron you will get other early and even exclusive content and gifts...

If you're already supporting my work through Patreon, just send me a message that you'd like a calendar. If you're one of the first 5 people to respond, I'll send one your way.

Details about the calendar: 
  • 13 months (January 2017 - January 2018)
  • Printed on ultra premium stationery cardstock
  • Matte finish delivers a fresh, contemporary look
  • Size of calendar: 18in x 12in (when hanging open)
  • Includes images from Colorado, Berlin, New York City, Mexico, Cuba... 
  • Printed by Snapfish
  • Value of just printing and shipping: $40
  • So far the response has been that the calendars look great. :-) 

Details about Patreon (in their own words): 
  • Patreon is the best way for creators to earn ongoing revenue directly from their fans.
  • For patrons, Patreon is a way to join your favorite creator's community and pay them for making the stuff you love. Instead of literally throwing money at your screen, you can now pay a few bucks per month. This means the creator gets paid regularly, and you become a bonafide, real-life patron of the arts. That’s right--Imagine you, in a long frilly white wig, painted on a 10-foot canvas on the wall of a Victorian mansion. And imagine your favorite creators making a living doing what they do best… because of you.
  • For creators, Patreon is a way to get paid for creating the things you’re already creating. Fans pay a few bucks per month, and then you get paid every month. 

Details about Moving Postcard:  
  • A Moving Postcard is a short video showing a place or an event. These are either 1-minute videos or longer versions of those videos - all shot and edited by me, Luci Westphal, a German New Yorker currently mostly exploring Colorado and the Wild West. 
  • I've been releasing such a 1-minute video every single week (usually on Thursdays) since May 7, 2010 - that's 348 weeks. Resulting in over 350 videos so far. 
  • The videos have always been free to watch - and you can find them on, Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Patreon.
  • In addition, I've become quite active in publishing photos from each video shoot online. You can see all of the published photos on Flickr - again for free, of course. 

Details about why this give-away... and why now: 
  • As stated above, I want these calendars to be a celebration of creativity, exploration and sharing -  and as a showing of gratitude; the four activities most important to me. (I also like eating, drinking, dancing, reading and loving - just FYI.)
  • Getting support via Patreon means a lot to me - it helps me cover some of the costs associated with making the video series and photographs. But if it were just about money, I wouldn't give away a $40-calendar for the potential donation of just $1 just one time (since you could cancel in February). Being able to have tangible proof that people believe what I create is worth creating means a lot more to me. That's why I want to make sure more people know about my work and this opportunity to show support for it. And it's fun to create extra content for and communicate with the community of patrons!
  • A calendar in your home, classroom, store or wherever you might hang it, would get my work out to more people. I hope it would inspire others not only to watch my videos, read my accompanying posts or look at my photography - but that it would also inspire them to explore, capture, create and share. 
  • Why now? We're only $26 away from my next goal on Patreon. Reaching that goal would cover my monthly software subscription expenses. And once we reach that goal, I have pledged to finally put together monthly behind-the-scenes videos. 
  • Why also now? There's a two-edged sword here. I'm deep in post-production on my documentary "All's Well and Fair" - and also developing another documentary I want to shoot later this year. It's a challenge to devote time to all projects equally. Stop making Moving Postcard videos is tempting... So on one hand, supporting me on Patreon lets me know that you want me to keep making the Moving Postcard videos. On the other hand, your financial support also pays for post-production and development of my long-form documentaries since I'm using the same equipment and software for all my projects. 
Did you read all this? Wow! Now, I hope this didn't cost you so much time that you weren't one of the first 5 people to let me know (via your new pledge or your message if you're already a patron) that you want a calendar. So please go ahead and do it...

And if you're too late to get a calendar, please know that your support means the world to me... and that you'll keep getting rewards one way or another...