Urban: East Side Gallery | Berlin



I fell in love with Berlin.  While Prague was nice, Berlin had a certain vibe and charm to it that just hit home with me.  Reminds me a lot of my beloved Montreal… multicultural, trendy (well, the place we stayed at was kinda hip), fun night life, nice people…and you can drink on the street.

Now that I got that out of the way… here is the first of my favorite Berlin photos.  I did something similar for Prague were I posted my top three here, then a full gallery.  But know that there are always little tidbits also posted up on my Facebook.

This was taken at the East Side Gallery.  I’m not a fan of museums, but this gallery is actually a 1km long stretch of the Berlin wall (well, just over 1km) with over 100 paintings by artists from all over the place (we found one from Quebec! Yay!).  It’s a very nice stroll along the wall, looking at the various paintings, seeing their meaning (or trying to understand wtf they mean).

Many people come to see the “Fraternal Kiss” (sometimes referred to as “My God, Help Me To Survive This Deadly Love”).  It’s the painting based on the iconic photograph of Brezhnev and Honecker kissing.  Right near that painting is this little guy.  He caught my eye as he has a sense of wonder in his eyes, and he almost feels like he is begging the passersby for a glass of water, but seeing as he is trapped in the painting, no one hears him.  Yes, I see these stories in my heads sometimes.

So I essentially waited for the right amount of people, with the right distance between them, to snap the image that represented my vision of the scene.  Add a little bit of an angle to get a gorgeous light flare (that reminds me of how beautiful the day was), and there ya have it!

For those interested in the technical, I closed my aperture down to f/22 and had an ISO of 100, all so I could get the slowest shutter speed possible, which ended up being 1/15.  Great shutter speed as it blurs the people just enough and as I was shooting with a wide angle lens, don’t get too much camera shake. 🙂

Hope you liked it!  I should have a few more coming in the next few days.