Teufelberg Field Station

Teufelsberg is an artificial hill in Berlin, Germany, located in the Grunewald area of former West Berlin. It rises approximately 80 meters above the surrounding Teltow plateau and 120.1 meters above sea level. It was named after the Teufelssee (Devil’s Lake) in its southern vicinity. The hill is made of war debris and rubble, and covers an unfinished Nazi military-technical college (Wehrtechnische Fakultät). During the Cold War, there was a US listening post on the hill, Field Station Berlin. After the Cold War the field station was abandoned and many of the inhabitants of Berlin expressed themselves by painting on the structures. Today, the place is a cold post-war hovel and a very special place with a lot of street art.

First of all, the view is fantastic from Teufelberg. As it is the tallest point in the area, you get a 360 degree witch alone is worth the trip.

Then you get to see the structures and it’s history

And finally, all the amazing pieces of art

War memorials in Berlin

During, and after, the Second World War, many acts of war were carried out in Berlin. The city, and the country for that matter, have moved on, but they will never forget what once happened. In Berlin, there are many reminders of just that. There are a number of other sights in Berlin, but here is a small selection of the ones I think were worth visiting.

The Berlin wall

The Berlin Wall was a wall built by the East German authorities in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) to separate West Berlin from East Berlin and the rest of the GDR. The wall was 45.1 kilometers long and was erected on August 13, 1961. The main purpose of building the wall was to prevent a growing number of refugees from the GDR from crossing the border. The wall was a physical barrier made of concrete, barbed wire, and electric fences that spanned 155 km in total. The wall was demolished on November 9, 1989, during the democratic revolution against the dictatorship in the GDR. Today, there are few traces left of the wall, but it can be seen in some places, such as at this memorial.

The Berlin Wall

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie was the most well-known crossing point of the Berlin Wall between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War. It was named by the Western Allies and became a symbol of the separation between East and West. The checkpoint was located at the intersection of Friedrichstraße and Zimmerstraße and was used by diplomats, military personnel, and foreigners to cross between the two sides. The checkpoint was also a site of tension during the Berlin Crisis of 1961 when Soviet and American tanks faced each other at this location. Today, there is a museum at the site that provides information about the history of Checkpoint Charlie and its significance during the Cold War.

Berlin holocaust memorial

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a memorial in Berlin that commemorates the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The memorial is located near the Brandenburg Gate and is one of the city’s most impressive sights. It consists of an undulating field of 2,711 concrete steles that can be passed through from all sides. While walking between the columns of different heights and the labyrinthine corridors, visitors may experience a brief moment of disorientation, which should open up space for discussion. Beneath the memorial is the Information Centre, which documents the crimes of the Nazi era in themed rooms. The field of steles and the place of information complement each other and together form the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

Gleis 17

Gleis 17 is a memorial located at the Grunewald train station in Berlin. It commemorates the thousands of Jews who were deported from this platform by trains of the Deutsche Reichsbahn to concentration and labor camps during World War II. From autumn 1941 to spring 1942, approximately 10,000 German Jews were deported from this platform to concentration and labor camps, including Auschwitz-Birkenau and Theresienstadt. Of the more than 50,000 Jews in Berlin, over 30,000 were deported from the Moabit freight yard and nearly 10,000 from the Anhalter Bahnhof. The memorial was designed by architects Nicolaus Hirsch, Wolfgang Lorch and Andrea Wandel and consists of 186 steel-cast plates embedded in the railway gravel. These plates list all the deportation trains from Berlin in chronological order with their destinations and the number of Jews deported. The vegetation between the rails is a symbol that no train will ever leave this platform again.

For me, this memorial was the one that made the biggest impression. It is so simple, yet so strong.

City walk in Berlin

I was given the opportunity to visit Berlin and of course I joined. For me, Berlin is a city with a lot of history but in this post I will focus on Berlin itself. There will be stand alone posting of the war history from the city.

My hotel was close by Alexanderplatz, one of the squares on Berlin. From here it is easy to get to most of Berlins areas as it has a station that covers underground, busses, trams and railways.

With Alexanderplatz as starting point, I went in loops at about 7-8 kilometers. Perfect lengths to cover most of the city center areas.

North east is Prenzlauer Berg. Walking the main street from Alexanderplatz is a quick way to get there. If you want to go even faster it is possible to take one of the many busses, trams or even the underground. Once you enter the area, you should search for one of the smaller side roads and less trafficated streets will appear.

My goal for the walk was Mauerpark. It is an interesting place where Berliners went out and planted flowers and trees when the wall was torn down. I had envisioned a more sprawling park, but it was very systematic.

On my way back I went past Zionskirckplatz. The church standing there is quite a building

The next day I went on a bigger trip south and west. There is a good deal of war history here, which I will come back to in a later post. Nevertheless, there is much else to look at here. What might be worth mentioning is Brandenbruker Tor, the Reichstag and the river that runs through Berlin.

One of the biggest advantages of living near Alexanderplatz is that Berlin’s TV Tower is located here. If you’re a bit lost, it is very easy to aim at the tower to get back. You can see it from most parts of the city.

The Berlin TV tower is seen from most parts of the city

Leading lines

Leading lines is a compositional tool to recreate the depth in the image even though it is presented on a two dimensional surface. In this weeks video I’m presenting this topic and also give you some examples on how it works.

Infrared city

I went to Trondheim to see if I could find something to capture with my Infrared camera. Bright sunny days with some scattered clouds will create dramatic scenes.

The IR camera get at different kind of black and white look. I find it quite unique. Compared to a regular black and white image it has more contrast and some elements reflect IR light different than regular light.

The histogram

Most cameras have a feature called Histogram. The histogram represents the light intensity available in the scene and will give an indicator if some elements is too bright or dark. Watch this weeks video to get familiar with the topic

Rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is one of the first subjects you will meet when you search for photography tips and ways to improve. In this weeks episode I’m presenting the rule of thirds.


The aperture is one of three parts in the exposure value equation. In this week’s video I present it a bit more.

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