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Monochrome Monday 7-03

Not a night at the opera, but the opera at night ūüôā

In fall 2015 I was in Dresden with a couple of friends. Besides other iconic buildings, the Semper Oper was also on our bucket list. In this case, I had a monochromatic image in my mind when setting up my gear for this image. I wanted to have a black sky to make the wonderful building pop out. Usually, I take my images of illuminated buildings a bit earlier during blue-hour.

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Throwback Thursday: picking raisins

Here we have a German saying: someone is simply picking the raisins. Such a guy is called a raisin-picker. What does this mean?

Raisins are dried grapes and often used as an ingredient for baking cakes, torte or bread or while cooking food. Despite, they don’t have much liquid left after the drying process, they taste great. They are soft and sweet. Most people like them. But, because of the way they are produced, they are quite expensive and thus a valuable¬†ingredient.

So, when we say, someone is picking the raisins, he or she is taking a lot of something good and does not leave enough for the others. In this context the ‘good’ not necessarily needs to be food. It could also be public holidays inside the vacation time. Or, when it comes to pay for a round, one always pay only the cheap drinks and leaves the expensive drinks to be paid by the others. Or doing the easy work while leaving the hard work to be done by the others. I guess, you got the idea.

Do you have a similar saying? Leave me a note in the comments.

This little guy is picking a raisin out from a Dresdner Christstollen (or shorter Dresdener¬†Stollen), a typical German sweet, spiced bread. It’s made with a lot of butter, sugar, raisins, candied orange peel, candied citron peel, nuts, almonds, mild, rum and a lot more. Although, it’s known and made in many more parts of Germany, the Stollen from Dresden is best know.

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Monochrome Madness 5-15 / 221

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole.

“Monochrome Madness” is now in its fifth year of existence. Look at Leanne’s site on Wednesday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.

I’d also encourage you to participate.¬†The conditions are ¬†published in each of her Monochrome Madness posts.

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Backlit fountain

Monochromia

I came across this wonderful backlit fountain, when I was in Dresden in October 2015. The low standing sun enlightened the water in such a wonderful way, so that I couldn’t resist to take some photos.

Full-Frame (35mm, FX), focal length 14mm

More of my images can be seen at my own blog.

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Monochrome Madness 4-35

 

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.

I’d also encourage you to participate.¬†The conditions are ¬†published in each of her Monochrome Madness posts.

Take care!

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Monochrome Madness 4-33

“Up in the air” is the theme for Monochrome Madness, this week.

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.

I’d also encourage you to participate.¬†The conditions are ¬†published in each of her Monochrome Madness posts.

Take care!

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Throwback Thursday: Dresden Frauenkirche

FX, 22mm, f16, 6s, ISO 100

Once Dresden was the capital of the Saxon kingdom. The last king had to resign in fall 1918.

At the end of¬†WWII huge parts of Dresden were destroyed by the allied¬†air-force bombs, but¬†after the war they were¬†rebuild and reconstructed. The last reconstructed building was the Frauenkirche from 1994 ‚Äď 2005. The reconstruction costed about 180 million Euro. Donators collected¬†115 million Euro, while the city government and the state government covered the remaining 65 million Euro.

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Monochrome Madness 3-19

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This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site, to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers.

This is from my trip to Dresden last fall: a backlit fountain in the quarter Innere Neustadt (inner Newtown). The building in the back is the palais, now the museum of ethnology.

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I’m back …

610_4870-ec_wfrom Dresden and the Saxon Switzerland.

First we stayed in Dresden for 3 days, than we followed the river Elbe upwards and made Rathen our base camp for some hiking and photographing tours.

While the weather in Dresden was perfect, but it was quite cold (between 0¬įC and +10¬įC). ¬†Thus, we saw a lot of the old town, like Zwinger, Semper Oper (Opera House), Frauenkirche, Residence Chateau and so on. Everything is reachable by foot, although the city is way bigger. But these historic parts are all on a few square kilometers along the river Elbe.

Once Dresden was the capital of the Saxon kingdom. The last king had to resign in fall 1918.

At the end of WWII all these buildings were destroyed by the allied air-force bombs, but after the war they were rebuild and reconstructed. The last reconstructed building was the Frauenkirche from 1994 Р2005. The reconstruction costed about 180 million Euro. Donators collected 115 million Euro, while the city government and the state government covered the remaining 65 million Euro.

In Rathen, instead, we didn’t have had such a good luck with the weather. It was raining constantly with only few dry moments. The clouds also were on a very low level. Thus we¬†were¬†nearly unable to see the most impressive mountainous parts, this region is famous for. ūüė¶ And, the worst part of this: our goal was to see and photograph these famous mountainous region. Sad, sad thing.

610_5438-e2_wFortunately, we were able to use one of the rare moments ,when the rain only was drizzling, and started our hike uphill to the Bastei. Over a short distance, you have to cope about 200m height from the village to the (former castle) above the river Elbe. A very, very impressive sight, even with the bad sight as a result of fog, drizzling rain and the low clouds. About 3 hours later, we arrived back in the village at our starting point. Glad, that we made the trip, because of the fantastic sights.¬†Despite we were outside for about 3 hours on our roundtrip uphill to the Bastei and back by the Schwedenl√∂cher, we weren’t wet. Reality was better than the weather forecast. And, I know, I have to return (with better weather!).

Nevertheless, I have some photos for you in the gallery below.

Enjoy!

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