Photo Friday: An HDR Peek into Berlin, Germany

One of the reasons that I fell in love with Berlin so hard is that, when you wander, you can find views and surprises that will take your breath away. As we meandered around the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg area and the East Side Gallery, we found ourselves peeking at some really awesome scenery.

The first is Shaun’s favorite bridge in Berlin, Oberbaumbrücke, that connected the two previously separated neighborhoods that found themselves in East and West Berlin, respectively. I found this little gem on wikipedia:

Since 1999, the traditional rivalry between the traditionally left-leaning boroughs Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain is played out in the annual “water battle”, where residents from both areas, organized in groups with satirical names such as “AnarchoCynical Offensive Berlin – Friedrichshain Faction” or “Kreuzberg Landwehr” pelt each other with rotten vegetables, jello, eggs, flour and water and try to symbolically “reconquer” the “renegade” other borough (Friedrichshain being mockingly referred to as “East Kreuzberg” and Kreuzberg as “Lower Friedrichshain”) by driving their participants from the bridge. Due to their higher turnout and the superior “armament” (including home-built water cannons), the Friedrichshain detachments have won the water battle on a regular basis. –Wiki

Now we kinda want to see it in action. I guess we will have to be back!

The second picture was found across the Spree riverbank near the YAAM (close the the East Side Gallery). The lines, the texture, and the graffiti really caught my eye. I couldn’t help but capture it.

Berlin brought back my photography inspiration. I had felt so empty about trying to capture moments and places for quite a while. It was nice to feel like a kid at Disneyland all over again, aiming my lens all over, grabbing as many Berlin pictures I could.

Berlin pictures

Berlin pictures

24 Responses to “Photo Friday: An HDR Peek into Berlin, Germany”

  1. Kenin Bassart March 22, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    Love IT!! You are quickly making Berlin move up on my list of places to visit.

    • Erica April 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

      GET ON IT. You guys would especially love it. Seriously.

  2. Jennifer March 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    Great photos! I also loved that bridge. We drove past it on our Trabi safari and sadly I didn’t get a photo.

    • Erica April 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

      You saw quite a bit on that safari! What DIDN’T you see? <3

  3. Samuel Jeffery March 22, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Gorgeous shot! I love the vignetting and detail in the clouds in the first photo :)

    • Erica April 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

      I admit. I’m a sucker for clouds.

  4. Turtle March 23, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    I love the HDR effect – not too over the top but it really brings out the colours (in what looks like an otherwise pretty dull day!)

    • Erica April 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

      I am already weary about doing HDR because there is so much out there that is overprocessed and gross. I like to use it to enhance, not take over.

  5. Hogga March 25, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    it’s so beautiful!

    • Erica April 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

      Thanks lady! It took a lot to go out in the snow for these.

  6. Maria March 25, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    First photo, no second.
    Nope it’s the first.
    Damn I can’t decided.
    Both are gorgeous!

    • Erica April 10, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

      DAMN YOU. PICK LADY. I kid.

  7. Laurence March 26, 2013 at 5:42 am #

    Gorgeous, love the clouds and colours you’ve brought out in these shots. Great work :)

    • Erica April 10, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

      Thanks Loz! You’re the pro with this though!

  8. Sofie March 26, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Really like the second photo. The first is a bit ‘too much’ for me. I’m not such a fan on the effect. But taste is personal, of course:)

    • Erica April 10, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

      😛 I TOTALLY understand. I’m picky as all hell with HDR.

  9. Iain Mallory March 26, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Ah beautiful Berlin, great job with the HDR got the level spot on!

    • Erica April 10, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

      Thanks Iain! Always nice to see you poking around here. 😛

  10. Jade Johnston - OurOyster.com March 27, 2013 at 1:47 am #

    Great photos! I really want to start shooting in HDR as well

    • Erica April 10, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

      It takes a bit of getting used to but I don’t do it very often. I like to make sure what I’m shooting is enhanced by it. 😛

  11. Ali April 4, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Love it, you take such amazing photos!

    • Erica April 10, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

      Thank you lady. *blush*

  12. Emma Spires April 15, 2013 at 4:12 am #

    Those photos are something else! The colours of the bridge in contrast to the dark clouds in the first photo is insane. Gotta love HDR!

    • Erica April 16, 2013 at 8:52 am #

      Thank you Emma! I’m still have mixed feelings on HDR but occasionally it really does the trick.

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