Reunification Day

Today is German reunification day, which means I wouldn’t be doing my duty if I didn’t post a picture that had something to do with this historic day.

It was a beautiful fall day in Berlin today, warm with bright sunshine and because so many of the locals had disappeared from town for the long weekend the crowds around the 17th of June, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag were the minimum one could expect of such a great day.

It was just one of those extraordinary days when you think to yourself, it’s great to be alive.

 

Today’s picture is a stitched pan that has had a couple of basic Photoshop filters applied to it so that it references landscape paintings from the romantic period. The guy on the left side is repeated firstly because he was in two shots of the pan, but more importantly because he is a metaphor for reunification. His being there twice is no accident. I saw him walking and normally I would wait for him to move out of the second shot frame, but in this instance, him being there twice made a neat package. I’ve removed him in another version, which alters the picture’s center of attention, and I prefer this one.

 

There are seven pictures used in this stitch. The focal length was 70mm

70-200mm, f4.5, 1/250sec, ISO100

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