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German Wall

I hope everyone had a great holiday!  I know I sure enjoyed the long weekend.  I love going through my old photos from Germany.  I always find new stuff I missed.  Not hard to do when you have 8,000 photos from the trip I guess.  This is just a simple abstract HDR from the small town of Fussen Germany.  Enjoy!



The U-505 exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is truly remarkable.  This U boat is one of five remaining from WWII worldwide with U-505 being the only one ever captured (and in one piece) during WWII.  We took a tour of this boat to get a perspective of what it was like to live on it.  The space was sparse.  It was hot and humid, I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it was like during war time.  And did I mention it was really really cramp in there?  Even though we were able to get a taste of what it was like on the U-505 during its time at sea, it was just a small bite.  I couldn’t imagine being down 200 meters under the sea surface with the body heat of a 100 other men while having a destroyer dropping depth charges on you.  It is a scary scary thought.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!


Cinderella Castle (Neuschwanstein)

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a good weekend.

Because I did not get a chance to post on the blog a couple days last week, I decided to do one last day of Germany.  I believe this will be my last image from this amazing trip, that is until I go digging through my photos again a few months down the road.

Today’s image is a view of Neuschwanstein Castle in Southern Bavaria.  The image was captured on a lookout seen on a previous image of mine (Marienbrücke). Yes, the bridge was really that high up from the bottom of the Pöllat Gorge.  I have two images because I wasn’t sure what processing I liked more.  What do you think?

Flowering Brass

Sorry I haven’t posted in a couple days due to illness and a job interview.

Friday’s image is from the Cathedral of Our Dear Lady or in German, “Dom zu unserer lieben Frau”. This cathedral has a lot of fascinating history.  Such as the current Pope Benedict XVI was the cardinal here before leaving for the Vatican.  Where this photo is taken you can feel the Devil’s Breath, that’s a long and interesting story you’ll have to look up.  It deals with the Devil’s Footprint in the entranceway of the cathedral.

In the back of the cathedral there are these neat brass details on some gates.  My good friend Forest Taber, from Taber Photography, gave me his 50mm lens and told me to capture a shot on these details.  I had never played around with a 50mm before so he helped me out a lot with it.  I had a lot of fun with it and will have to practice more with my own 50mm soon when it stops being so crappy outside in Iowa.

Have a wonderful day!

Greener on the Other Side

There are many Holocaust memorials throughout Germany, each one remembering something different from this horrific event.  This particular one memorializes all of the European Jews that were murdered during the genocide.  There are 2,711 concrete pillars, varying in height, arranged in a grid pattern to produce a confusing atmosphere within.

With my processing I tried to represent a monotonous grey emotion that viewed the life at the end of the long treacherous road.



Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Today I continue from the Germany photos that I found hiding deep in my photography folders.  This photo shows some more graffiti, but this graffiti is from one of the last standing sections of the Berlin wall.  A lot of the gift shops in Berlin sell broken up pieces from the wall.  They are small pieces less than a square inch in size.  The funny part of this is many people have done calculations of what the total square footage of the Berlin Wall would have been.  Then they have estimated about how much square footage of it has been sold in these gift shops.  The calculations concluded that between 125% and 200% of the original area mass of the Berlin Wall have been sold over the years.  So the more than likely when you go buy a piece of the wall from a gift shop, it is a fake.

Cinderella’s Bridge

Welcome to my first blog and my first post!

Neuschwanstein Castle  in Southern Bavaria (Germany) sits on top of a mountain in the middle of a landscape packed with beauty.  No wonder King Ludwig II decided to build his castle is this area.  We stood at the bottom of the Pöllat Gorge where a waterfall led our eyes up to the Marienbrücke.  This lookout point was built even before Ludwig’s castle, which is directly behind the camera about 100 above us.  The castle is also known as Cinderella Castle because it is the castle that gave Walt Disney inspiration for his own castle in Disney World, Cinderella Castle.

Tomorrow I will post the view from the top on the Marienbrücke and the stunning view of Neuschwanstein Castle.