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...to light up your Sunday :)

Happy Sliders Sunday, Everyone, and have a good and safe week ahead, take care!

Explored January 10, 2021

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#sliderssunday
#yourbestshot2020

This is my personal "Best Shot of 2020". Taken during a visit at the Olympiastadion Berlin in September which also had been my only real photowalk in 2020. While the image in the first comment might be a little more compelling, because it shows the historical Olympic cauldron of the Olympic Summer Games of 1936 and also the interesting-looking open part of the roof of the Olympic stadium, this image includes the two things that made an already wonderful day special – and one of them also is a symbol for the changes the Corona pandemic has brought to our lives. The image of the Olympic cauldron was taken from the exact opposite position of this photo; while we were at the Olympic cauldron (here you can't see it, but you can see the marathon gate below the tall, slim bell tower), I noticed that all of a sudden a larger group of teenagers and children appeared at the opposite entrance of the stadium. I wondered what was going on, because I couldn't imagine that in those pandemic times there would be any school field trips. And soon it became clear what this was all about, because once the children had taken their places, they started to warm up by singing scales: This was a choir practice :) Of course I tried to find out which choir it was that got the marvellous opportunity to practice in the empty stadium, with enough, safe distance to each other, so I searched for "choir practice at the Olympiastadion" later and learned that this was the youth and children's choir of the Deutsche Oper Berlin (STRG/CTRL+ www.berlin-buehnen.de/en/theatres/deutsche-oper-berlin/). Here you can read more about this unusual collaboration if you like: STRG/CTRL+ olympiastadion.berlin/en/news/children-choir/.

And so the rest of our photowalk was accompanied by beautiful singing which tremendously added to the elated, relaxed, literally free mood of that day :) What a wonderful, unexpected gift which was made even better by that wonderful sunset we saw when we went back into the stadium for a few last shots: This was my personal "Wow moment" of 2020 :)

Dear Flickr, friends, I wish you a Happy and Healthy 2021! Let's hope that, step by step, the "new normal" will eventually be replaced by our old normal, at least a little bit :)

Für mich mein schönstes Foto des Jahres 2020. Aufgenommen im September im Berliner Olympastadion, das herrlich leer gewesen war an jenem Tag, sodass wir unbeschwert nach Fotomotiven suchen konnten. Das Foto im ersten Kommentar, das die Original-Feuerschale der Sommerspiele von 1936 und den interessanten offenen Teil der Dachkonstruktion zeigt, ist vielleicht das spannendere Bild, aber es zeigt nicht die zwei Dinge, die diesen ohnehin schon tollen Spätsommer-Tag zu etwas ganz Besonderem gemacht haben: Als wir bei der Feuerschale waren, die sich exakt gegenüber von dem Stadion-Eingang befindet, von dem ich später dieses Foto gemacht habe, sah ich auf einmal eine ziemlich große Grupper Kinder und Jugendlicher ins Stadion kommen, was mich doch wunderte, weil ich mir kaum vorstellen konnte, dass in Pandemie-Zeiten größere Schulausflüge möglich sein würden. Des Rätsels Lösung: Sobald die Kinder alle ihre Plätze eingenommen hatten, fingen sie auch schon an, sich einzusingen. Und nicht etwa mit Fußballgesängen ;) Es fand eine Chorprobe im Olympiastadion statt, dem zu normalen Zeiten wohl unwahrscheinlichsten Ort zumindest für klassische Chorgesänge, zu Corona-Zeiten aber wie dafür gemacht: mit recht guter Akustik und genügend freier Fläche, um mit Abstand und dennoch gemeinsam singen zu können. Ich habe dann später recherchiert, welcher Chor das wohl gewesen sein könnte; es handelte sich um den Kinder- und Jugendchor der Deutschen Oper Berlin: STRG/CTRL+ olympiastadion.berlin/de/neuigkeiten/kinderchor/.

Was für eine tolle, fast schon surreale Atmosphäre das war, der dann zum Schluss auch noch der herrliche Sonnenuntergang mit diesem typisch goldenen Septemberlicht die Krone aufsetzte :) Mein persönlicher "Wow-Moment" des daran gewiss nicht reichen Jahres 2020 :)

Ich wünsche Euch allen ein gesundes und, trotz aller Ein- und Beschränkungen, die uns wohl noch eine ganze Weile begleiten werden, schönes Jahr 2021!

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You need a haircut ;)

#MacroMonday
#Redux
#Brush
#High Key (sort of)

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I've missed so many themes in 2020, so there was plenty to choose from – but the "Brush" theme from March actually wasn't on top of my list of what to do for Redux at all; in fact when I flipped through my "MM 2020" folder I even noticed that I'd skipped the theme already back in March: So how should I be able to come up with a nice photo just now?

Well, first of all there is this new brush that I've just bought and which is still in it's "virgin" state, because I thought I'd take a macro of it before I start using it in undoubtely futile attempts at taming my by now totally come apart haircut. So far, so boring. And I really thought that the first few test shots were kind of boring, until... well, until I looked at them on the monitor and noticed this perfectly sharp reflection of the bristles in the round tip of one single bristle (which is only 3 mm / 0,11 inches long). Something I hadn't even noticed while taking the photo.

Unfortunately, this first chance hit wasn't such a well composed image, because the in focus bristles are not where one would like to see them (rule of thirds), so I tried to reproduce the reflection. Have you ever used a magnifying glass to check your camera screen? This is what I did. And while I managed to get sharper, better composed images, I wasn't able to reproduce that clear and sharp reflection; I got reflections, but they never looked as nice and bright as the one(s) I got in my first attempt. So I decided to go with what I already had, clumsy composition or not. I thought about cropping the image, but that would have taken away the nice bokeh and golden sheen (light reflected by a piece of golden tinfoil) from the upper part of my image. What I also like are those "eyes" on the bristle tips, although they seem to say "Forget it, you'll never get your hair right!" ;)

HMM, Everyone! I wish you a Happy, Healthy New Year. Let's hope 2021 will be a better year than 2020. Stay safe and take care!

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Frohe Weihnachten! * Joyeux Noël! * Prettig kerstfeest! * Buon Natale! * Crăciun fericit! * Feliz Natal! * Wesołych Świąt * ¡Feliz Navidad! * God jul! * Hyvää joulua!

This vintage pram stands outside of a tiny, tiny pastry shop around my corner. It's so tiny that there are only a few tables in the room next to the salesroom; in the summertime, the public room is turned into an ice cream parlour, while the tables and chairs are moved onto the small street corner in front of the pastry shop. But one thing never changes throughout the seasons: Each Sunday afternoon, a long queue forms up outside of the shop. Frau Behrens Torten (Mrs. Behren's Cakes) is even opened now, during the second lockdown, because cakes are obvioulsly considered to be proper staple food and therefore stores selling cakes are exempted from the lockdown. I'd really like to invite you all to a piece of one of the delicious Frau Behren's cakes (my favourites are French lemon tart and mango yoghurt mousse cake, but there's something for everyone, they also have vegan cakes) :) Since I can't do that (unless we'll meet in Berlin one day), there's only one thing left to say: I wish you Happy Holidays, dear Flickr friends! Make the best of this unusual Christmas, and let's hope for a better 2021. I want to thank you for another wonderful year on Flickr, for your friendship and your inspiration (which was even more important in this scary, sad, strange year). Here's a virtual hug for you :) Stay safe and healthy, and take care!!!

Dieser betagte Kinderwagen steht vor einer winzigen Konditorei, Frau Beherens Torten, bei mir um die Ecke. Der Laden ist so winzig, dass es im Gastraum nur wenige, kleine Tische gibt, die im Sommer einer Eisdiele weichen und dann (in größerer Zahl) vor dem Geschäft aufgestellt werden. Eines bleibt aber durch alle Jahreszeiten hindurch gleich: Jeden Sonntag-Nachmittag bildet sich eine lange Schlange vor dem Geschäft und wenn man zu spät kommt, kann es gut sein, dass der Lieblingskuchen (in meinem Falle Französische Zitronentarte und Mango-[oder Maracuja-]Joghurt-Torte) bereits weg ist ;) Da Kuchen und Torten offenbar als richtige Lebensmittel angesehen werden, hat der Laden auch jetzt, während des zweiten Lockdowns, geöffnet. Gerne würde ich Euch zu einem Stück Torte oder Kuchen von Frau Behrens einladen (es ist für jeden etwas dabei, es gibt im Sortiment auch vegane Leckereien), aber da das nicht geht – es sei denn, wir treffen uns mal in Berlin – bleibt mir nur noch eines, nämlich Euch ein trotz allem frohes Weihnachtsfest zu wünschen. Macht das Beste daraus, vor allem aber passt weiter gut auf Euch auf und bleibt gesund – auf das 2021 ein besseres Jahr werden möge :)

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Explored December 17, 2020

Before autumn finally gives way to winter, here's another image from a photowalk with Flickr friends back in November 2018. This a a view westwards from the rooftop terrace of the Reichstag building. While the Reichstag building's rooftop terrace is by no means the highest viewpoint in Berlin, you still have a pretty good view over the city in all four directions. And on that particular(ly cold) day we enjoyed a lovely golden hour up there that ended in a really spectacular sunset later.

Some of the builings you can see here are amongst Berlin's landmarks: there's the Victory Column with the gilded statue of Victoria on top – which was featured in the video for U2's song "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" from their 1993 album Zooropa, and also in Wim Wender's movie Wings of Desire (1987). The tower on the right behind the Victory column which looks like the Eiffel tower's little brother is the Berlin Radio Tower which was inaugurated in 1926. On the left behind the Victory Column you can see the Teufelsberg ("Devil's mountain"), a rubble mountain which also covers the unfinished Nazi military-technical college (Wehrtechnische Fakultät); on top of the Teufelsberg you can see the remains of a former US listening station (the buildings with those spherical roofs). And the tower at the far right is the Tiergarten Carillon, the closest building to the Reichtags building in that direction. The 42 meter high Carillon is a large, manually played "Glockenspiel" consisting of 68 bells; it's located in Berlin's largest park, the Tiergarten (all those colourful tree tops you can see).

At first I thought I'd crop the image to get rid of the decorative roof element which you can see on the left. But then I thought that it's actually another layer in this multi-layered city image and also a nice anchor or entry point. Regarding the sky I should admit that I needed "a little help from my friends" aka photo editing software (Luminar AI to be precise): While the colours which you see are pretty much true to the golden hour colours we'd had on that afternoon – a warm, golden glow on the horizon that started to rise into the bright blue November sky – there was a fairly large area blown-out from the low afternoon sun which, for me, would have ruined the image. Other than that I've edited the image in Color Efex Pro starting from the preset "Warm Sunset".

Happy Hump Day, dear Flickr friends, wash hands, wear a mask, and stay safe and healthy!

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