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Festival of Lights, Berlin, Germany | by Xindaan
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Festival of Lights, Berlin, Germany

Right now, the Festival of Lights is taking place in Berlin, as it has for the past several years.

 

Last year, I already went to a few places, like the Neptune Fountain, the Berlin Cathedral, Under the Linden Street and the Brandenburg Gate (ordered in ascending order according to Flickr Interestingness).

 

This year, I plan to take some shots again. Starting with a panoramic example of the Gendarmenmarkt (this is what it looks like without the Festival of Lights), I also tried some more conceptual shots, to see how they look like on the big screen, to refine them over the course of the festival.

 

This one is pretty straight forward, though. Thanks to rain, there was wet ground, leading to additional reflections. For taking this picture, I used my Tokina 11-16 at 11mm, f5.6, 4s, ISO200. Strict horizontal alignment to avoid converging lines (using them on purpose is part of my conceptual shots), then cropping the bottom part away. Once again, I am itching for a tilt-shift lens...

 

In any case, due to my daily excursions, I'm in the "city lights" mood, postponing pictures of Cranes, Swamps and overcast moods a bit. :)

 

For panoramic shots, it really makes sense to use large black magic.

 

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Taken on October 17, 2009