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Berlin - The Reichstag Glass Dome in Sunset Light | by Yen Baet
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Berlin - The Reichstag Glass Dome in Sunset Light

Reichstag Cupola - Berlin, Germany.


The Reichstag dome is the large glass dome at the top of the Reichstag building which offers a 360-degree view of Berlin cityscape. It was reconstructed by Architect Sir Norman Forster after winning a commission in 1993 to rebuild and design it. It was built to symbolize the reunification of Germany and symbolizes Berlin's attempt to move away from a past of Nazism and Communism and instead towards a future with a heavier emphasis on a united, democratic Germany.


The Reichstag dome was designed to be environmentally friendly. Energy efficient features include the use of natural light that shines through the mirrored cone which effectively decreases carbon emissions. A large sun shield tracks the movement of the sun electronically and blocks direct sunlight.


Although once a subject of great controversy, the Reichstag dome's distinctive appearance has made it a prominent landmark in Berlin.


I wanted to take photos inside the dome but was disapointed to find that there's maintenance cleaning going on inside the dome for the whole week. Visitors, however, were still allowed access to the terrace and view the dome from the outside. The sunset was colorful that day and I would have loved to stay until blue hour but I decided I didn't want to be stuck up there with limited subject and mobility.


Camera | Lens: Nikon D700; Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8; ND filter 0.9; + polarizer

Exposure: 25 sec; Aperture: f/13: ISO: 100: Focal Length: 24mm; EV: +1

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Taken on March 9, 2010