The London Docklands, once the largest port in the world, are now a vibrant financial center. The skyscrapers of Canary Wharf can be seen from all over the city but the direct view over the Thames you can enjoy from Greenwich. For a long time I wanted to try to make an HDR panorama. Overall, the finished work is composed of 28 individual images, 4 segments each with 7 exposures.
No, don’t worry, I’m not going to leave this city anytime soon. But the combination of backlights, the ICC and the Radio Tower always reminds me of trips I’ve taken outside of Berlin. Whether by car along the highway or via coach from the central bus station around the corner – often the trip started here on the western end of Berlin.
It’s an incredible feeling to see the Dresden Frauenkirche virtually glowing at night. The church that for such long time served as a reminder on the destruction of Dresden in the Second World War. The Frauenkirche was completely destroyed and the dark stones that you see in the wall were taken from its ruins.
The Bode Museum on the Museum Island in Berlin is in my opinion one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Whenever I’m there it fascinates me, especially at night when the lights of the windows shine bright in the darkness. The round front makes it unique and well worth seeing again and again. Even though the Museum Island in Berlin was heavily affected by the war, the Bode Museum withstood it relatively good.
The Commerzbank Tower, built in 1997, was for a few years the highest skyscraper in all Europe and until 2012 the highest of the European Union. With its 257m height (300m including the antenna) and with the strong yellow illumination, the tower is not to oversee all day and night. As I was lucky enough to stand on the Main Tower right next to the office of the Commerzbank, I could capture the tower together with the old town of Frankfurt – even though the old town down there seems so tiny little.
The Old Town Hall is for me the most remarkable building in Bamberg. It was built in the 15th century in the middle of the Regnitz River and for a long time marked the border between the clerical, bishop-led Bamberg and the civil town center. Not affected by the war it was solely the river that damaged the town hall several times.
The Melanchthonhaus in Lutherstadt Wittenberg is one of numerous world heritage sites in the region. Philipp Melanchthon lived and worked in this townhouse in the 16th century. You can see Melanchthon as a reformer of the education system in the same way as you see Martin Luther as a reformer of the church.
When in June 2011 I finally bought the Canon 500D, I obviously immediately went to Lake Tegel, 5 minutes from my home. It was pretty late already around 10pm but there was still the last light on the horizon. It was more a tryout of the new camera than a planned shooting but nevertheless: If the light is right, there is not much to do wrong. In all years that passed since then, I rarely saw a sky quite like that again at Lake Tegel.
Bratislava is famous for its castle and the fact that you can see it from almost everywhere in the city. This photo was taken at the Hurban Square (Hurbanovo námestie) which kind of worked as a hub for us during our stay. As the weather wasn’t our best friend, the solution could only be “Blue-Hour-Photography”.
It was around the time when Jesus Christ was born when the Romans first settled in the area around what is called today Bratislava. There they built a military camp of strategic importance to secure the trade routes. But why do you find statues of speared roman soldiers on the gates to the Bratislava Castle?