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Hanns-Braun-Brücke, Olympiapark, Olympiaturm, Muenchen, Munich, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany,

My Munich: Memorials to the 1972 Olympics Massacre

Above/featured: Munich’s Olympic Park: Olympic Tower and the tent roof structure.

In my hockey-mad nation of birth, September 1972 is defined by the epic hockey Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union; the games and individual stories are stuff of legends. But high on my mind since childhood have been the tragic events that same month in Munich: the worst terrorist act in modern Olympics history.

The 20th Summer Olympics were under way in Munich, Germany, and “The Carefree Games” as they were called were the first summer games held in Germany since Berlin in 1936. Both Munich and Germany wanted to show a different peaceful and prosperous side to the world with the generation born after the Second World War.

However, the 1972 Games will also carry the stain of the “Munich Massacre” on 5-6 September. By crisis’ end, the 17 dead included eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team, one German police officer, and five Palestinian kidnappers. Many questions remained about pre-Game preparations and warnings about a possible attack, security measures, crisis management, and the failed attempt to liberate the hostages. Complete details of events remain murky even after 40 years. The disaster would damage the reputations of city, state, and country as well as international relations for years to come.

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Eisbachwelle, winter surfing, river surfing, Munich, Muenchen, Germany,

Fotoeins Friday: ‘DISOBEY’, Munich Eisbachwelle

On a brisk overcast winter afternoon in Munich, I watched surfers tackle the one-metre wave at the Eisbachwelle. I saw one woman among the surfers during the two hours I spent clicking away. I realized after returning to Vancouver and inspecting the pictures that her surfboard had at its front end the word “DISOBEY.”

I made the above photo on 23 February 2017 with the Canon 6D, 70-300 glass, and the following settings: 1/200-sec, f/16, ISO2500, and 100mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on as

Eisbachwelle, urban surfing, Englischer Garten, Munich, Muenchen, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany,

Fotoeins Friday: winter surfing at Munich’s Eisbach

Only the experienced surfers are advised and encourage to tackle this 1-metre (3-foot) high standing wave in the middle of Munich. On a side branch of the Isar river, the Eisbachwelle (literally, “cold brook wave”) is a sensational spot to watch surfers line up to ride the wave, as well as to watch curious onlookers from both resident and visitor alike. With the river’s headwaters in the Alps, the water has a green tinge because of the chalky white deposits.

I made the photo above on 23 February 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 zoom, and the following settings: 1/5-sec, f/22, ISO100, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as


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Hackerbrücke, München Hauptbahnhof, train station, morning, München, Munich, Germany,

Fotoeins Friday: making tracks, Hackerbrücke to Hbf (Munich)

From Munich’s Hackerbrücke station looking into the early morning sun, this east-facing view towards the city’s main train station (Hauptbahnhof) reveals a network of overhead power wires and a lattice of intersecting track. The twin towers of the Frauenkirche are a landmark and provide a central anchor for the scene. The Hauptbahnhof is not only symbolic where the city’s past and present clash, but the station is where visitors and residents converge on their way in and out of the city.

I made the above photo on 23 February 2017 with the Canon 6D, 70-300 glass, and the following settings: 1/500-sec, f/10, ISO400, and 190-mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on as

Neues Rathaus, Marienplatz, Frauenkirche, Peterskirche, München, Munich, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany,

Fotoeins Friday: From Peterskirche to Marienplatz in Munich

Munich provides good urban views with the correct “sun angle”. On a brisk late-autumn morning, I’ve handed over the price of admission and climbed the stairs towards the top of the Peterskiche (Church of St. Peter). In the picture above facing north, the twin rounded towers of the Frauenkirche and the Neues Rathaus (New City Hall) appear at left and right, respectively. At centre in the background is the Olympiaturm (Olympic Tower) in Olympic Park.

I made the picture above on 16 November 2015 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/250-sec, f/16, ISO400, and 24-mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

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