Different images

Brandenburger Tor, Berlin
Brandenburger Tor, Berlin

When going to a new place, it’s good to prepare oneself. Have a look what pictures you want to take, maybe find a nice angle with google maps, but also have a look at what images have already been made. It’s nice to find your own approach to a famous place. However, sometimes I also just want to take the classic image of a city landmark. When I decided to go to Berlin, one of the first images that came in mind was a picture of Brandenburger Tor at dusk. I assumed it would be nicely lit, so that would make a nice image. Done many times before, but still a nice image.

However, it was not that easy to make. First there were too many people walking through the gate or standing in front of it taking pictures. A bit later it was a bit darker and with a shutter speed of several seconds people walking aren’t visible anymore and nobody was standing in front of my camera anymore. Just as I was setting my camera to the right settings, some projector was switched on behind me, projecting lots of flags and a slogan on the gate. Now I could make a picture that wasn’t made often before, but I would really preferred to take the image without the projection…

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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