The BMW four-cylinder

Day 97 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I continued my Photo Challenge with architectural photography. As motives, I took the BMW four-cylinder, also called the BMW tower.

It is the main administration building and landmark of the car manufacturer BMW in Munich. The building is 101 m high and has a diameter of 52.30 meters.

The BMW Tower is one of the most remarkable examples of modern architecture in Munich. It consists of four vertical cylinders arranged next to each other in the shape of a cross, each cylinder being divided horizontally again by retracting the façade above the centre. I was lucky because there were plenty of fast-moving clouds which added this unique atmosphere to the building.

To blur the clouds, I employed a polariser and a 10 Stop ND Filter.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Day 95 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Day three of my photo trip to Berlin.

Today I visited the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

After the news about increased crimes in connection with anti-Semitism in Germany is growing, it was a particular concern of mine to present this Memorial in a unique photo to draw attention to the terrible events in Germany’s past.

Although most protagonists from that time have already died, the past teaches us that History repeats itself, again and again.

That is why it is essential to remember them and to take countermeasures early on.

Because one thing is unforgivable: Making the same mistakes twice!

The Berlin TV Tower

Day 94 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

My second day in Berlin. Also today I went on the tourist tour to photograph landmarks of the city during the day.

Here I concentrated on the „Alex“, the television tower of Berlin. Actually, I thought about a black and white shot, but I liked the result in colour after development so much that I left it in colour.

I would like to thank the dove, who added that specific something to the picture. I had taken about 50 photos from all directions, but without the dove, the image seemed empty and boring. About 20 pigeons were sitting on the concrete construction underneath the tower, but only one felt called to put itself more in the scene.

As an outlook for you, the next photo of Alex I will take in the night hours.

So stay, tuned-in!

PS: For more information about the tower, follow this link: https://tv-turm.de/en/history-and-journey-through-time/

Brandenburg Gate

Day 93 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Corona Virus makes it possible. Although in the middle of the day at primary tourist time, a deserted Brandenburg Gate!

I had to use this constellation to create a picture of one of the main attractions of Berlin.

For the photo, I used a polarizer and 10 Stop ND filter. This made the fast-moving clouds very soft and blurred.

I hope you like the photo!

Domed Ceiling

Day 92 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I visited Berlin, the capital of Germany. The arrival was by train, which took 5 hours. Immediately after I checked into the hotel, I started looking for motives.

The first photo motif I found in the „Galeria Kaufhof“ at Alexanderplatz. This has a ceiling construction in the form of a dome.

Because of the intense sunlight and the position of the dome, it was not easy to find the right angle for symmetric photo composition.

But as so often, persistence always pays off.

And so I was able to capture this image.

Have fun watching it!

Underground Station Duelferstrasse II

Day 76 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

The motive of today’s photo was the subway station „Dülferstrasse“.

I visited the station a second time. For this photo, I concentrated on the western part of the platform, which has an underground mezzanine in the form of an accessible gallery. Daylight enters the building through two light openings in the ceiling and a vertical opening above the platform.

I used a panorama head again and made a two-line panorama photo because even with a 14-24mm lens, it was not possible to capture the hall ceiling and the raised mezzanine in the right perspective.

For the first time, I used DXOs newest software, the Perspective Efex Pro to straightened the lines.

I have to commit; it did an impressive job!

Staircases of Munich

Day 71 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today’s picture was taken in the middle of Munich and portrays the beauty of the staircases here in Munich.

It will probably be one of my next projects when I finish the underground stations in Munich.

I took the picture freehand with a 14-24mm lens. It was not easy to find the right shooting angle. The staircase is frequented by many people since there is a cafe on the top floor of the building.

Most people do not take the beauty of this staircase at all. They use the elevators to visit the cafe, and on the way down they just want to get back to the hustle and bustle of Munich.

Of course, I hope that you can see this beauty!

Underground Station Candidplatz

Day 70 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Because of the continuing bad weather, I decided to take another Subway photo.

This time, I visited the subway station „Candidpaltz“.

The station was opened on November 8, 1997. The square above is named after the painter, and sculptor Pieter de Witte called Peter Candid, who worked in Munich and the surrounding area in the 16th century.

The platform area is painted in rainbow colours that merge into one another and dissolve the dominant constructive longitudinal lines.

The extension concept, as well as the design of the colour scheme, were drawn up by Paul Kramer and Sabine Koschier (U-Bahn department), the implementation planning by Egon Konrad, Munich.

Unfortunately, the station is already ageing and the sidewalls show traces of decay. Instead of removing them in Photoshop, I decided to include the passing trains in the picture composition, which hide the signs of age.

Have fun looking at them!

Underground Station Duelferstrasse

Day 69 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

After a 4 hours mountain tour with 13 km distance, I grabbed my camera equipment again to take another picture in the area of the Munich subway.

The motive of today’s photo was the subway station „Dülferstrasse“.

The station was built between March 1987 and October 1993 and designed by Jürgen Rauch and the architectural office Lanz. It stands out from the other stations due to its colourful design by Ricarda Dietz and the Lanz office.

The spatial structure is also unusual: the entrances were initially concentrated on the western part of the building, which has an underground mezzanine in the form of an accessible gallery. Daylight enters the building through two light openings in the ceiling and a vertical opening above the platform.

In the east, the space above the platform becomes a large hall with a vaulted ceiling and high central columns. The colourful glass panelling by Dietz creates a cheerful atmosphere here.

For this photo, I used a panorama head and made a two-line panorama photo, because even with a 14-24mm lens, it was not possible to capture the hall ceiling and the gallery in the right perspective.

It should be noted that this was really fun. Some of the passing passengers must have been very surprised by what I was doing with all the equipment.

Let me know if you like the picture!