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A former marshalling yard in Berlin [many pictures]

Discussion in 'Wanderlust and Travel' started by DanielD, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. Hello, I stumbled over pictures I've taken in a former marshalling yard in Berlin earlier this year. It's astonishing how much such a place can change in relatively short time.

    This is what the marshalling yard looked in the 30's. The picture was taken from a water tower you'll see later:
    NIKON D300    ---    38mm    f/5.6    1/125s    ISO 450

    This is the water tower. The marshalling yard was used until sometime in the 50's. Doesn't look like a marshalling yard anymore...

    The area is a nature preserve now with tons of photo opportunies. All the rails, turnouts, ramps and other stuff is still there and gives a very interesting scenery:

    (ok, this looks more like a recent addition :smile:) 
    NIKON D300    ---    55mm    f/2.8    1/1000s    ISO 200

    NIKON D300    ---    17mm    f/8.0    1/125s    ISO 220

    NIKON D300    ---    26mm    f/8.0    1/125s    ISO 320

    NIKON D300    ---    17mm    f/8.0    1/125s    ISO 450

    This looks as if it has a face :smile:
    NIKON D300    ---    38mm    f/6.3    1/125s    ISO 360



    I found it impressive how a tree can lift such heavy rails:


    I was pleasantly surprised to run into a big steam engine. I didn't had a clue there was one standing in that area!



    Into the woods:

    Some of these pictures were made of several exposures to increase dynamic range. I used the tool "enfuse" the first time for this purpose as a test. Works fast and gives realistic results. However it doesn't preserve highlights as much as it could given the bracketed exposures, at least in detault configuration. I need to do some further testing to figure out.

    Thanks for looking.
  2. daniel
    a great thread
    it IS amazing how this area changed in the last 70+ years
    nice to have that old image for comparison

    nicely shot
    i like them

    thanks for sharing
  3. Those are amazing!!! I find that now that I'm getting more into photography, its opening up my childhood fascination with trains again! Great photos and like you said, the rails and such running through modern day trees and buildings looks unique!

    really enjoyed looking at those, thanks for sharing!

    -Allen G.
  4. Matthias


    Apr 13, 2007
    Central Texas

    what a wonderful series. I especially like the rails in the forest. This must be an awesome place to spend the day and take pictures. The steam engine is a great bonus.
  5. Thanks, glad you like them. I think I'll go there a second time (at least) when there's better (more diffused) light. I bet there are some more photo ops waiting for me. :smile:
  6. licaga


    Jan 7, 2008
    Peter Vooijs
    thanks for sharing this great series.

  7. Very nice series of pictures...
    and the history of then and now...
    with trees grown quite large in the tracks...
    and as you pointed out the tracks actually being lifted up!
    thanks for posting this series.
  8. Great images, and an amazing place, thanks for the tour. I am surprised that so much steel was left unsalvaged, but that is a plus for you, makes it very interesting.
  9. Thanks for the kind comments!

    Yes, I had that thought too! Now that most of it is a nature preserve and the area being fenced in (between active railway tracks) I hope it is mostly save now.
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