Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, such a wonderful and beautiful monument...

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The Berliner Dom

The Berliner Dom

Two photos from Berlin, of their lovely and impressive cathedral...

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Hanging with the tourists at Checkpoint Charlie

Hanging with the tourists at Checkpoint Charlie

Have you ever been to Berlin?  It's a lovely city, though I have only been there for about 6 hours, as I describe in today's post.  But what a great 6 hours it was!  One of the highlights was hanging out here at Checkpoint Charlie - so much history, and so interesting!  Have a look!

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Berlin Hauptbahnhof

This is Berlin's Central Train Station...and it's a doozy!

I love train stations and trains, especially in Europe.  But if you have been here before, you have already heard me ramble on about that addiction of mine...and you'll hear a little more today!  :-)

I was in Germany last year for less than a week, and was technically in Leipzig which is about 1.5 hours on the train from Berlin.  Luckily, I found myself with about half a day free so I grabbed the first train to Berlin that I could get, and off I went!

You can imagine my excitement when I arrived into this monstrous train station.  I was in heaven!  My only challenge was that I wanted to shoot here so bad, but I was also dying to shoot and visit Berlin, because there is a lot to see there, and it was my first time there.  Problems, problems.  :-)

So, I ran around here like a madman for a little while, and then decided I better get into town or I would never see the city.  And I am glad I did, though I have to admit when I came back to the train station at the end of the day, I grabbed a few more shots just in case.  Haha, there is always a just in case, isn't there?

This train station is something like 4 levels, with architectural lines going this way and that.  It's a masterpiece, and a great place for those that like to photograph architecture (like me!).  

It's pretty incredible to see, and as you can imagine it is very busy too.  But that is ok with me - I just waited on scenes to clear as much as possible before firing my shots.  I just prefer a clear scene, but the only way to get that in train stations is late at night, or early on a weekend morning.  I had neither.

So I waited and shot, waited and shot, and never really got a totally clear scene, but I sure loved taking and processing the photos, and here they are for you all to see.  Enjoy!

Old National Gallery, Berlin

This is the front of the Old National Gallery in Berlin.  I have no idea if it’s a great museum or not, as I didn’t have the time to go inside.  My Berlin trip was a very quick one - about 5 hours in total - so mostly what I did was run around to a few select spots to get shots, and of course stop and take shots of interesting things along the way.  This is one of those interesting things I came across.

I am a big fan of architecture so this place caught my eye.  Plus, I just dig shooting scenes like this because of the combination of cool and warm tones, the details in the stonework, and the moodiness of the sky.  Of course, maybe I helped the moodiness a little, but it’s my photo so why not?  :-)

Berlin Cathedral

As I mentioned in a recent post, I just returned from a quick trip to Germany - and I mean quick.  I was gone for 5 nights, only 4 in a hotel due to losing an evening flying over.  From Texas to Germany is a pretty long way, made longer by the fact that I had 2 connections to make.  Suffice it to say, I arrived tired (I can’t sleep on planes).

But despite my exhaustion, I still found a way to get a few shots in.  I had a little free time one day and zipped over to Berlin, which is a fabulous city and one that I have always wanted to visit.

As is my custom, I made a list of spots I wanted to see and shoot before I left.  Near the top was the Berliner Dom, which is their marvelous cathedral, and which you see pictured here.

The day had been really sunny and so I expected all my photos to be rather boring.  Although I want to take great shots under great conditions, you don’t always get what you want, and I am ok with that.  That’s part of the deal with travel.

But the day turned cloudy and rainy, which may sound like a real drag to some of you, but for me it means that the sky became interesting.  So, by the time I made it here to Berliner Dom, the sky was all set up and I was much happier getting these clouds behind it than I would be with a boring old sunny sky.

Sometimes it works out in your favor!