Special collection: Panoramic photos
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On a regular basis here in Chicago I like to take what I call "panoramic" photos with my Treo 600 cellphone camera; that is, to take five or six photos of a very long or tall subject, then patch them together in Photoshop afterwards. My trip to Germany was a perfect place to do such experiments as well, but unfortunately I forgot all about the opportunity until halfway through my trip; nonetheless, I got off a few that I think are pretty cool, especially in their larger forms. They're scattered throughout this website, but I thought I'd put them together in a collection as well, for those like me who are fascinated with "pano"s. The accompanying caption is a repeat of what I originally said about them on their particular day's page.
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From 6 October
My first of the trip - a shot of the RAI suburban train station, and a profound example of just how seriously bikes are taken in Amsterdam.
From 7 October
This is the Cochem Bahnhof ("train station;" since it's the only one in town, it doesn't get the "Haupt" ("main") prefix to its name that the larger station in Frankfurt gets). This is not really any bigger or smaller than the other 150 or so train stations in the region; it's marked, though, as being the only major stop along the Mosel for all the faster, newer trains, which is why Cochem is a much more well-known city there than most of its neighbors. This was shot while waiting for my morning train back to Frankfurt.
From 8 October
The morning of the 8th found me visiting the new campus of Frankfurt University, housed in a gigantic single building that has its own interesting history: originally designed in the Bauhaus era, it became a favorite of Hitler's and a main Nazi headquarters for western Germany; then Eisenhower liked it so much that he ordered it not to be bombed, so that he could use it for the Occupying Army headquarters. Spend five seconds in the lobby and you suddenly understand why Hitler liked it so much; jeez, you can practically hear the Wagner opera when you're standing there. This photo gives you a little idea, but it's hard to express the cold grandeur you experience in the building through words and images alone.
From 9 October
This, I believe, is Alte Bruecke, or "Old Bridge" (proper noun, not a description), one of seven vehicular and pedestrian bridges crossing the river Main in the central city. We are looking north, into where the vast majority of the Frankfurt city limits lay. There's a fascinating thing that's worth noting about Frankfurt, which you can see here in the second and third slices of the panorma: it is one of the only cities in Europe with a modern skyscraper landscape. It's because not only is Germany's national banking system headquartered here, but also the central system for the entire EU's banking system. As a result, there is an immense amount of money that flows in and out of Frankfurt each day, and a certain kind of money as well - fast, new, smart money, made from telecommunications and dot-coms and tech-based stock markets - which tends to then produce these kinds of modern skyscrapers. (Almost all the cities in Europe where you find modern skyscrapers, in fact, are banking centers.) The mixture of ultramodern with classic European is a favorite topic of conversation and angst amongst Frankfurters, who don't quite know how to feel about it all; it is, of course, a constant source of put-down by other Germans, who routinely refer to the city as "Bankfurt" and "Krankfurt" when Frankfurters aren't looking.
From 11 October
My last panoramic shot of the tour - a full 360-degree view of the city of Frankfurt, as seen from the historic and also very modern Hauptwacheplatz. Ah, Frankfurt - I miss you already.
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