Doing Cityscape photography during Christmas Days is both a blessing and a curse. The good: You find a lot of beautiful Christmas decorations that give a lovely and unique touch to the images. The bad: Big town squares are often inaccessible due to temporary Christmas markets. Both had been the case at the Old City Hall in Leipzig.
On the 29th of December, Leipzig’s Christmas market was already closed. Trucks were driving all around me, taking away the market booths. But I had only one morning in the city centre, so how to make the best of it?
Well, time to get creative. I enjoy a challenge, and there is no way that I go home without capturing one of the most iconic buildings in Leipzig. I circled it twice, looking for compositions. To capture the Old Town Hall’s unique architecture without all the busyness from the market’s closing.
In front of the metro station “Markt,” I found what I was looking for. Setting up the camera low enough and at the right angle. Wait for the truck to pass. Let the pedestrian disappear. Click the shutter. Wait. Curse at the truck that drove through my exposure. Click the shutter again. Here we go! My photo of the Old Town Hall in the centre of Leipzig.
By the way, I noticed that the metro station’s entrance was quite beautiful as well. And it had “Untergrundmesshalle” written on it. Turns out, here used the be the world’s first underground trade fair!