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Berlin on Christmas Eve, Christmas in July (14 of 14)

This post marks the 14th and final installment in my “Christmas in July” photo-post series.

Berlin, Germany – 11pm, 24 December 2010.

Judging from my Flickr set, it’s easy to see why I enjoy visiting Berlin. I’ve always had this idea of coming back and photographing a number of sites around Berlin during the winter holiday season. The city slows down, becomes a little quieter, and sits back as if to take a breather. These were precisely the reasons why I wanted to come back. The huge bonus was the snow, both on the ground and in the air. With steady snowfall and gusty winds, the scattered light created a diffuse glow, which hovered above the city and permeated throughout all of the photos made on this night.

Unter den Linden, or “under the linden/lime trees” is a wide tree-lined boulevard, which runs east-west through the Mitte, from Brandenburg Gate and the edge of the Tiergarten in the west, to Museum Island in the east. The record goes back as 1647 when the first set of trees were planted.

On a quiet late evening with little vehicular and pedestrian traffic, surrounded by falling snow and lights on in full force, photographic opportunity would not be denied.

Unter den Linden, Berlin
Unter den Linden, Berlin
All lit up on Unter den Linden, Berlin Mitte.

While Brandenburg Gate is visited and photographed by many, it’s hard to beat a relatively straight-forward photo like the one below, made just 12 minutes before midnight and the advent of Christmas Day. The diffuse diagonal patches are streaks of blowing snow against the darker background night-sky.

Pariser Platz, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Pariser Platz, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin.

As I wrote above, this is the final installment in the “Christmas in July” photo-post series. I hope you’ve enjoyed following and reading this series, as much as I enjoyed making these photographs and writing about them.

I made the three photos above in Berlin on Christmas Eve 2010. This article was posted originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (

Christmas in July (5 of 14), F-HD

On board Regional Bahn RB15357 – 20 December 2010.

Just days before Christmas, I took a regional train from Frankfurt am Main to Heidelberg. This regional route is slower but scenic, as the train makes stops at many points along the way through what is called the Bergstrasse.

The sign below in Bickenbach for platform 3 indicates the direction (Richtung) and the next major destinations (Mannheim, Heidelberg) for trains that stop at this platform.

DeutscheBahn RB train snow Bickenbach Germany

In the photograph below, the signage indicates the town where the train has stopped. Lurking behind the white winter snowy fog is the western edge of the Odenwald forest.

DeutscheBahn RB train snow Zwingenberg Germany

Train RB15357 heads south from Frankfurt(Main) Hauptbahnhof, with stops at:

  • Langen(Hess)
  • Darmstadt Hbf
  • Darmstadt Süd
  • Darmstadt-Eberstadt
  • Bickenbach(Bergstr)
  • Hähnlein-Alsbach
  • Zwingenberg(Bergstr)
  • Bensheim-Auerbach
  • Bensheim
  • Heppenheim(Bergstr)
  • Laudenbach(Bergstr)
  • Hemsbach
  • Weinheim(Bergstr)
  • Lützelsachsen
  • Heddesheim/Hirschberg
  • Ladenburg
  • Mannheim-Friedrichsfeld
  • Heidelberg-Pfaffengrund/Wieblingen
  • and, finally, Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof.

This post is published originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (

Christmas in July (3 of 14), Frankfurt

Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse, Frankfurt am Main, Germany – 19 December 2010.

Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse, Fressgass, Frankfurt am Main
Happy holidays, Your Fressgass – yes well, it rhymes better auf Deutsch.

Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse, Fressgass, Frankfurt am MainGrosse Bockenheimer Strasse, Fressgass, Frankfurt am Main
I don’t think there’ll be any “al fresco” dining tonight.

Hier gibt’s die Beschreibung des Fressgasses.

I made the photos above in Frankfurt am Main on 19 December 2010. This post is published originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (

15000th photo with the 450D in Berlin

Brandenburger Tor S-Bahn U-Bahn Berlin

  • 2317h CET, Christmas Eve 2010
  • Brandenburg Gate; S/U Brandenburger Tor (formerly, S-Bahn Unter den Linden) : Berlin, Germany
  • EOS 450D camera + EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens : 1/13s, f/4, ISO800, no tripod

This was a part of a set of photos I took up on the steps from the Brandenburger Tor S-Bahn/U-Bahn station at Pariser Platz. In all of the shenanigans, I realized I had just made photograph number 15000 with my camera.

Initially posted on Posterous, the post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress on as

Christmas markets, Prague Old Town Square (part 2)

It’s Christmas Day (2010).

The skies are grey, streets and buildings are covered in a layer of white, and all is relatively quiet on the European continent, despite the travel snarls and traffic disruptions in the air and on the ground.

On this Christmas Day, my series on Christmas markets in Europe continues with a second set of photographs at the market at Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) in Prague.

Merry Christmas / Frohe Weihnachten / Veselé vánoce!

Christmas market, Old Town Square, Prague

Kostel Svatý Mikuláš (St. Nicholas Church), Old Town Square, Prague

Christmas market, Old Town Square, Prague

Christmas market, Old Town Square, Prague

Christmas market, Old Town Square, Prague

Icicles, Christmas market, Old Town Square, Prague

Christmas market, Old Town Square, Prague

Christmas market, Old Town Square, Prague

The first set of photographs made at Old Town Square is at here. A set of photographs made at Wenceslas Square can be found here.

The photos above were made on 4 December 2010 with the Canon EOS450D camera, EF 50mm/1.4 lens, and no tripod. Published initially on 25 Dec 2010 to Posterous, this post has moved and now appears on Fotoeins Fotopress (

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