It was obvious that a trip to the Brandenburg Gate was in order while in Berlin…it’s one of those places that you must go to as a tourist in a city, like the Empire State in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or the Houses of Parliament in London. Speaking of London, we have our own famous Quadriga above Wellington Arch. I haven’t actually taken photos of that to date, so I am going to rectify that shortly.

For now we will have to make do with the one shown here, which sits atop the Brandenburg Gate. At one stage it sat somewhere in Paris after Napoleon nabbed it during his occupation of Berlin. You can’t trust that light-fingered Napoleon…I bet he stole the TV set out of every hotel he stayed in too.

I didn’t bother attempting to get a full image of the arch; those who follow my daily photoblog will know that I am not too keen on having lots of people in my shots, and there was no way I was going to be able to get rid of them with only a 10 stop filter to hand and no night sky to help. I instead opted for this minimal approach and composed to feature just the Quadriga alone. I had anticipated processing as a black and white image with a darkened statue feature with a plain white background, however I really liked the clouds that came out of the scene during tonemapping and decided that would suffice as an interesting and dramatic background.

I hope you agree.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 68mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200s