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Apartment staircase in Munich, Germany, post processed.

Apartment staircase in Munich, Germany, post processed.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This was an impulse shot of the stairwell of the apartment I was living in while visiting Munich.
Time
I took this in the middle of the day, so that there would be sunlight shining down through the skylight that is directly over the stairwell.
Lighting
I didn't use any additional lighting in this shot. I liked the spotlight effect of the sunlight from above, and the dark shadows beneath the lower levels of the spiral.
Equipment
This was shot on an Olympus OM-D EM5 mk 1 with the Olympus M. Zuiko 12-50mm lens. I didn't use a tripod or flash.
Inspiration
I lived in this apartment building for three months while visiting Munich, and I always admired this curving stairwell. This was taken toward the end of my trip, simply to capture the aesthetics and repeating patterns. I look at this photo and remember returning, cold and wet, from mornings spent taking photos at the nearby Nymphenburg palace grounds, trudging up these stairs back to the warm apartment.
Editing
I decided to try this shot in monochrome, since the spiral pattern and simple lines would work well in black and white. I liked that the black and white takes this shot away from being just a boring staircase, and makes it something mysterious.
In my camera bag
In Munich, I always had an Olympus OM-D EM5 glued to my shoulder, sometimes with the Zuiko 12-50mm, sometimes the 40-150, or most likely with my favorite 60mm macro lens. Since then, I've used a Fujifilm X-Pro2, but I really loved that compact Olympus setup. It went everywhere with me, in the rain, snow, or sunshine.
Feedback
Keep an eye out for patterns, textures, an interesting feature--especially in unexpected or ordinary places. Something you've seen a dozen times may still hold surprises, if you pay attention. Don't give up after the first shot either. Use a few different perspectives.

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