St Sebastian in Gesundbrunnen | Berlin, Germany

St Sebastian Church in the Berlin district Gesundbrunnen
St Sebastian (Sebastianskirche) captured in a long exposure

St Sebastian (also called Sebastianskirche) in the Berlin district Gesundbrunnen was constructed at the end of 19th century. It has been more or less random that we passed it, but the church was a perfect objective to try out my newest toy.

Especially while travelling, I often have a lot of time during the day to shoot. However, the light during midday is often dull and so I decided to get a grey filter to spice things up a bit. With the ND1000 from Haida, I can increase the exposure time by a factor of 1000. Instead of 1/30s the exposure time with the filter would be 34 seconds.

The increased exposure time allows for the effect you can notice on the sky. While St Sebastian is a calm centre in the photo, the clouds add a dynamic layer. It’s the same technique I used later in my long exposure of Potsdamer Platz.


Technical Details

Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 10mm
ISO: 100
Exposures: 3 (-2, 0, +2) + 1 for the sky
Aperture: 9.5
Exposure time (middle): 1/60s
Exposure time (sky): 16s
Tripod: Manfrotto 190CXPRO4

Location: St Sebastian is located on Gartenplatz in Berlin-Gesundbrunnen, close to the metro station Nordbahnhof

Software: Lightroom 4.3, Photoshop CS6, Photomatix Pro

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus is the mind-blind photographer, using cameras to create visions and memories that otherwise would be lost to him.

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