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Siegessäule, Grosser Stern, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Berlin traffic around the Great Star

“Win-win location situation”

I wonder sometimes if commuters in cars and buses around the traffic circle at Grosser Stern (Great Star) know about the historical significance of the Siegessäule (Victory Column) or that the former location for the column was once at the plaza in front of the Reichstag parliament building nearby. But no matter: it’s worth hanging around on a cold evening for the stream of traffic lights around the circle. Up on the column’s observation platform, there’s a grand view of the German capital city.

I made the photo above in Berlin, Germany, on 8 December 2014 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 0.3-sec, f/4, ISO1250, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6rE. Access to public transport was kindly provided by Berlin Tourism and the city’s BVG transport authority.

Tiergarten, Siegesäule, Carillon, Platz der Republik, Reichstag, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Berlin panorama, from Reichstag to Siegessäule

Previously, I showed an autumn panorama of Berlin from the observation deck of the Victory Column (Siegessäule). The photo above shows the “reverse” panorama, facing west across the same colour patchwork of fall leaves in Tiergarten park. The foreground shows the abutments on the Reichstag building, and the vertical structure at the right is the Carillon. At the centre is a pillar with a golden figure on top: this is the Victory Column, from where I made the previous photo.

I made the image above on 14 October 2008 with the Canon EOS450D, 18-55mm kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/100-sec, f/5.6, ISO200, 44mm focal length (70mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-5Zo.

Stadtpanorama, city panorama, Siegessäule, Victory Column, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Berlin panorama from Hauptbahnhof to Fernsehturm

The observation deck at the top of the Victory Column (Siegessäule) in Berlin’s Tiergarten park provides a sweeping view of the German capital city. The photo above shows an east-facing view, from the Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station) in the north (left), to the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) and Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) in the south (right). With leaves remaining present on the trees, the warm colours of fall are further emphasized by the late-afternoon light of the golden hour.

Built between 1865 and 1873, the Victory Column is 70 metres (230 feet) tall with a total of 285 steps to the top.

I made the image above on 30 November 2006. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-5R1.

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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A shout out, to love story number 3

Under unusually clear skies on the final day of a birthday vacation in Germany, I spend the afternoon wandering through familiar sites in the city I’ve come to love, but I’m trying to view the sights a little differently. I had in 2006 obtained a point-and-shoot picture of the Siegesäule (Victory Column) in late-afternoon light; I want to create another photograph. Fortunately, circumstances are converging nicely on this late-winter afternoon.

The statue in the foreground is called “Der Rufer” (The Caller or The Crier). Created by Gerhard Marcks in 1966, a cast of the bronze statue was purchased and erected here in the former West Berlin in May 1989. The statue was placed deliberately to face and “call” out in the direction of East Berlin. At the sculpture’s base is a quote by Italian poet Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374), a plaintive cry to fellow citizens on the other side of the Wall:

“Ich gehe durch die Welt, und rufe ‘Friede Friede Friede'”
“I wander through the world, and cry ‘Peace, Peace, Peace.'”

With the fall of the Wall in 1989 and subsequent German reunification in 1990, authorized and enforced divisions between east and west are no more. Those that remain are in the mind, but they can often be the most difficult to dismantle, as time has continually shown.

Der Rufer, The Crier, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany

In Tiergarten, from the “Der Rufer” statue west to the Siegessäule (HL)

Originally called Charlottenburger Chausee, the east-west boulevard through Berlin’s Tiergarten park was renamed Strasse des 17. Juni, or “June 17th Street” in acknowledgement of the East Berlin uprising on 17 June 1953.

I made the photo shown above on 19 March 2011. There’s another identical statue of “The Crier” in Perth, about which I wrote here. This post is published originally on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.

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