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Grillplatz, Tempelhofer Feld, Flughafen Tempelhof, THF, Tempelhof, Berlin, Hauptstadt, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Berlin fall, four

(Autumn in Berlin, 4 of 4.)

After the Soviet Union had closed and cut off all ground-based supply routes in 1948 to West Berlin, Tempelhof Airport (THF) became the focal point for providing a lifeline between West Germany and West Berlin during the Berlin Airlift from 1948 to 1949. Tempelhof continued operating as an airport until 2008.

The former airfield is now well-used by Berliners as a beloved green space in the “middle of the city.” A part of the vast flat grassy areas includes a large area for grilling; I had imagined bumper-to-bumper grills with little battery-operated fans blowing out wafts to tempt passers-by.

I made the photo above on 19 Oct 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and the following settings: 1/400-sec, f/4.5, ISO200, and 29mm focal length (46mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-ltm.

Tempelhofer Freiheit, Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Multimodal motion, Berlin Tempelhof

People in Berlin decided in a 2014 referendum against development and opted to retain the Tempelhof Airport as a park. On a good day in any season, there are bicycles, joggers, skateboarders, kite-flyers, people with model planes and drones. In warmer weather, couples are having picnics on the grass and groups are busy at various grill stations. The former airport was utilized as a giant green space called “Tempelhofer Feld” after the airport’s closure in 2008.


With public transport, it’s easy to reach the old Tempelhof airport:
U-Bahn – U6 to Paradestrasse, U8 to Leinestrasse;
S-Bahn – S41, S42, S45, S46 to Tempelhof Berlin.

A portion of the park was set aside in September 2015 for an emergency camp for refugees with plans for a controversial expansion, but the camp might eventually be closed.

I made the above photograph on 19 October 2012 with the Canon EOS450D, 18-55 IS II kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/80s, f/5.6, ISO200, 47mm focal length (75mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7A0.

Brandenburger Tor, Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

Germany’s urban G-E-M-S: Berlin

A travel writer once asked me: how would I describe Germany? Start with geography: lush forests, lakes and rivers, jagged Alps to the south, and open seas to the north. But that’s only the surface, where deep underneath there’s rich artistic and cultural heritage; and critical lessons from times of unimaginable ignorance, cruelty, and tragedy.

Her cities also form a large part of the German picture, and I’m very fond of her five largest cities. For every city, I have a selection of G-E-M-S: one Green space (G, Grünanlage); a place to Eat (E, Essen gehen); Museum (M); and something Special (S, Sondertipp). I’ve already written about Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, and Frankfurt am Main.

The German capital city of Berlin marks the final part of my series.

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Tempelhofer Freiheit, Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

50000th shot, at Berlin Tempelhof

It’s an achievement: fifty thousand exposures with a single digital-SLR camera. The four-year-old Canon 450D camera has taken a beating, but the camera continues to chug away with reliability.

Tempelhofer Park is an open space on the grounds of the former Tempelhof Airport (THF) in Berlin, Germany. It’s a big thrill to be able to walk on what used to be a runway; I can almost hear the roar of plane engines and sense the vibrations of aircraft rolling along the rough pavement.

My 50000th exposure with the 450D captures some of the ways Berliners are using the recently converted space.

Previous marks:

•   15000th photo with the 450D in Berlin, Germany
•   25000th photo with the 450D in Vancouver, Canada

I made the photo above on 19 October 2012 with the Canon EOS450D, 18-55 IS kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/80s, f/5.6, ISO200, 47mm focal length (75mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-2wO.

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