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Festival of Lights, Potsdamer Platz, Hauptstadt, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins, myRTW

Fotoeins Friday: optical scatter, Berlin Potsdamer Platz

21 October 2012.

Berlin’s Festival of Lights takes place every year in early- to mid-October at various sites and plazas in the German capital city. At Potsdamer Platz train station (“Bahnhof”), the light show begins with beams “marked” by carbon-dioxide “smoke” with the surrounding buildings as “screens”. We see “light scatter” as carbon-dioxide molecules are much smaller in size (about 200 picometres or 2 Angstroms) compared to the wavelength of the visual light (about 0.5 micron or 5000 Angstroms) being scattered. At right angles, the intensity of scattered light is one half of the intensity of light in the forward direction. This is an example of Rayleigh scattering which is also responsible for why clear skies by day are blue. Light intensity also falls off with the inverse source of the distance from the source, and in just a few metres, light intensity diminishes to near zero. Only the word “Bahnhof” which indicates the entrance into Potsdamer Platz station stands alone.

Bonus: you get a pretty picture and a quick lesson in physics.


During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 21 October 2012 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and these settings: 1/5-sec, f/4.5, ISO800, 33mm focal length (53mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-agv.

Festival of Lights, Brandenburger Tor, Pariser Platz, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: German Reunification, Landmark & Symbol

Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) is an important landmark to both Berlin and Germany. The gate symbolizes yesterday’s divisions and present-day reunification. On 9 November 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, and a year later on 3 October 1990, West and East Germany reunited to become a single Germany. The Day of German Unity is celebrated every year in Germany on 3 October.

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, and 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Germany.

More, in English and German

•   Brandenburg Gate | Brandenburger Tor
•   Day of German Unity | Tag der deutschen Einheit

I made the image above during the annual Festival of Lights on 20 October 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-5CR.

Festival of Lights, Berlin, Germany

Berlin Festival of Lights: Highlights (2012)

Since 2004, the Festival of Lights have lit up various buildings and attractions throughout Berlin. The 2012 version saw 12 consecutive October evenings of another grand lighting display in the German capital city.

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My Berlin: autumn colours in the German capital

Above/featured: A swath of “Mitte” colour in the fog – 2012.

Berlin doesn’t have the easy natural landmarks of mountains or open waters immediately adjacent to the city. But there’s plenty more urbanity in Berlin which includes countless green spaces inhabited by deciduous trees whose leaves reveal their colours as temperatures drop with the change in season. The colour change by day gives way to night-time illuminations of colour and pattern onto buildings and landmarks during October’s annual Festival of Lights. I found myself absorbing and remembering the colours to tie me through the subsequent cold dark grey doldrums.

I made all photos on visits to the German capital in 2006, 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2017. Modified for 2018, this post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-LK.

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