These photos are real and were taken on this planet if you were thinking otherwise! This tube light painting was something very new to me. Before PhotoPills on Menorca, I probably wouldn’t have had any idea as to how it would work and how much fun it would make!
It is not surprising that Vienna is best known for its Opera. The neoclassicist blast from the ensemble, with all the aura of history and prosperity, give this Hall a unique character. The Vienna State Opera in our present day not only displays performances of opera pieces but also ballet spectacles. Once a year, the Opera is transformed into a ballroom on the last Thursday of Fasching.
While in this spot during the day, we discovered that you can capture Puerta de Alcalá in more detail from the small island in-between a pedestrian crossing. In the evening of that same day, I assembled my tripod in the best position, attempting to capture Madrid’s night life during the busy atmosphere. This definitive photograph took almost a half hour to capture.
The Gran Via in Madrid can be likened to the Spanish Broadway. The Gran Via and The Metropolis Building is presumably the most photographed location in the capital of Spain. In my photograph, I tried to capture the pace and glamour-appearance of the street. The night lights only emphasised the unique character of the architecture of The Metropolis Building.
First, I photographed the background – I captured the sun just before it went down and at the same time when the clouds were amazingly illuminated from the below. Then, half an hour later, I photographed the foreground, by shooting 7 – 8 images. At the end I used the Time Blend effect to combine images of the Storkower Straße in Berlin, taken at a different time, into a single picture.
In ancient times on the place of the White Tower there has been a Byzantine fortification. In the 15th century, when the city fell under Ottoman Rule, the construction has been used as a prison and also as a place for mass executions, which explains why its name was ‘The Red Tower’ then. As soon as the Greeks were free from the Ottoman Rule in the beginning of the 20th century, they whitened the construction and gave it the name “The White Tower”, as a symbolic purification from the burden of the past.
If you amble along the Kurfürstendamm or the Tauentzienstraße you can occasionally get a feel for how Berlin must have looked in its Golden 20s. Be it the ladies at the sides of the street, marvelling at handbags that can cost much more than 1,000 euros. Be it the gourmet who goes to the KaDeWe, the glamorous “Department Store of the West” to purchase an exclusive wine for his collection.
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.