I have recently realized that the number of photos on TrekEarth gallery which I uploaded from Germany does not correspond to the number of years which I spent in that country. That is why I have recently shared a photo from Berlin and that is why I keep looking for photos from other German regions which I did not label on my TE map yet.
One of the German counties really underrepresented on TE is Bremen. Similarly to Berlin or Hamburg it makes a rather small dot on the map. I am glad that I had a pleasure to visit this beautiful town. I would love to send my current camera and lenses back to the time I have visited Bremen This photo was taken with a simple Kodak compact camera. It presents a fragment of the Market Square (Rathausplatz) in Bremen. In the right corner you can spot a huge statue of Roland. Rathausplatz offers spectacular views but while I took this photo the most impressive sight was behind my back.
Bremen Roland is a statue of Roland, erected in 1404. It stands in the market square (Rathausplatz) of Bremen, Germany, facing the cathedral, and shows Roland, paladin of the first Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne and hero of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass. The standing figure is 5.47 m tall, and stands on a 60 cm rostrum. A supporting column, crowned by a baldachin, brings the combined height to 10.21 m. The statue was carved in limestone from Elm, and was commissioned by the city fathers to replace a wooden one burnt in 1366 by Prince-Archbishop Albert II. It confronts the church as a representation of city rights opposed to the territorial claims of the prince-archbishop. In July 2004, along with the town hall, the statue was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
According to legend, Bremen will remain free and independent for as long as Roland stands watch over the city. For this reason, it is alleged that a second Roland statue is kept hidden in the town hall's underground vaults, which can be quickly installed as a substitute, should the original fall.
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brianmcc (5536) 2013-01-04 12:19
the sharpness and detail in this image is superb, they are especially noticable in the buildings that are so nicely illuminated by the sun. the colours are very attractive and are contrasted wonderfully well against the brilliant blue sky.
have a lovely weekend,
bukitgolfb301 (30401) 2013-01-04 14:05
Hi Mariusz !
Ya your note is always useful to expand my knowledge.
Bremen's marching band is from here? So tasteful and wonderful houses seem to be rich of deep history and significant tradition. Outstanding sharpness and clearness are as usual as your trademark. Thank you for your sharing and have a good Sat.
Takero from Tokyo
tedesse (22493) 2013-01-04 14:44
Witaj w Nowym Roku!
Piekny kadr i jego kompozycja z posagiem Rolanda, na tle pieknych kamieniczek na Rynku w Bremen.
Doskonala ostrosc, wspaniale kolory i swiatlo.
emka (59010) 2013-01-04 14:52
Witaj, nie nadazam z komentowaniem Twoich zdjec :). Mnie tez szkoda, ze nie mialam aparatu, tego obecnego lub jakiegokolwiek w roznych miejscach. Niektore miejscach odwiedzam jeszcze raz, ale do wiekszosci juz nie pojade. Bylam w Bremie, to rzeczwiscie ciekawe miasto, ale to bylo ponad 30 lat temu. Zadnych zdjec. Moze i zwykly Kodak, ale zdjecie bardzo dobre, dobre kolory, ostrosc, ... Skany ze starych slajdow robionych Smina do niczego sie nie nsdaja.
Sonata11 (28758) 2013-01-04 20:37
piekne kamieniczki w Bremen. Widac ze zycie tetnie w tym miescie. Ladnie wykonane, super kolorystyka, swiatlo. Podoba mi sie.
Serdecznie pozdrawiam i zyzce milego WE,
cargus (6556) 2013-01-04 21:37
Interesting architectural scene well rendered, sharpness, exposure and natural colors are excellent!...well done.!!
timecapturer (31278) 2013-01-05 3:07
immaculate shot from this picturesque and historic city. Love the light and the huge fg shadow that adds atmosphere and depth to the image. Gorgeous architecture beautifully captured. Quality work!
Enjoy the weekend - regards Brian.
npecanhuk (54221) 2013-01-05 5:49
Attractive architecture picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
A very happy and prosperous 2013 !!!
chawax (15082) 2013-01-05 6:09
I wish a happy new year to you and your little family !
I am surprised such beautiful architecture still remains in Bremen because I thought the city was destroyed by bombs during World War II. I was born in a city that was completely destroyed by bombs (Lorient) and the city has no more such pieces of architecture ! It is a very elegant architecture and the nice light enhances it.
Have a nice week end,
holmertz (27216) 2013-01-05 7:17
Your simple Kodak camera was good enough for this fine photo. The colours and sharpness, as far as I can see, are jjust as good as with something much more expensive. This is an impressive place with very interesting buidlings, not least the magnificent roofs. Bremen was the first place I ever visited in Germany, a few hours between trains back in 1966. I have just two or three B&W pictures, possibly from this place. Maybe I will scan them some day.
Noel_Byrne (8073) 2013-01-05 7:47
A beautiful array of buildings, they all work together so nicely. Not only the architecture, but the colours also are extremely nice, with the red roof and blue sky making a fantastic contrast. Thanks for the note too, interesting to know who that rather huge statue is. I like how it is integrated into the building.
All the best
Fis2 (73646) 2013-01-05 14:07
Takie kamienice zawsze robia na mnie wrazenie.
Super kadr, kolorystyka i ostrosc.
Cien dodaje smaku.
jhm (123140) 2013-01-06 0:47
Bremen again building after WAR II almost the same architecture than hundred year ago.
This creates depth and perspective with lovely dark silhouettes of the people in foreground.
Excellent captured and good composed. TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
raszid62 (18482) 2013-01-06 1:17
Piękne hanzeatyckie miasto i cudowne kamienniczki przy placu. Na rynku tłum ludzi, gdzieś pod podcieniami zapewne miłe kawiarenki. Mialeś mocne swiatło, ale doskonale sobie z nim poradziłeś. Doskonała jakość obrazu.
ikeharel (38090) 2013-01-06 2:04
Well positioned the statue on far right on picture space, Mariusz, that allow to enjoy the beautiful and typical archi.-style on town.
Parted by shaowed area, enhanced the outlines of the different-colors houses.
Excelent managed clarity and light, as usual.
Enjoy a nice sunday,
danos (74518) 2013-01-06 12:22
excellent the architectural style of the buildings with the fallen light to brings out thteir details of them.
I like the clarity and the sharpness of the image with the quality to be even better from a postcard.
Have a good week,danos
abmdsudi (27118) 2013-01-07 3:12
A awesome city scene and full of life and energy. The contrast, lighting and stunning colors add to quality of this shot, in particular I like the architecture and vibrancy of colors which seem to blend harmoniously. Good straight on pov and framing with lots of finer detail, texture and sharpness. Perfect light management and clarity. Beautiful photo works indeed, Congrats.
marabu61 (4182) 2013-01-07 5:58
Bremen seems to be a very charming town with typical Hansa style architecture. Good how the crowds of people disapear in the shadow, thus giving center stage to the beautiful houses in this square.
have a good day
Graal (89434) 2013-01-07 7:03
bardzo ladna ta pocztowka. Stare kamieniczki hanzeatyckiej Bremy swietnie wygladaja tutaj. Dobry kadr, ostrosc i kolory. Interesujaca notka rowniez. Podobnie wyglada Dlugi Targ w Gdansku.
adramad (27872) 2013-01-07 8:17
Very interesting to note that introduces us to recreate this fantastic composition, ideal for facades that line very well lit, the sculpture of Roland surprised by its size.
Very good picture quality, I am in favor of rescuing old photos and occupy a place in the gallery, it is logical to note the evolution of technology in the cameras, but everything will not be pursuing perfection ... for my taste for the frame, and the beauty of the places, are also important.
Have a nice day.
macjake (39998) 2013-01-07 14:40
compact camera or not, its still a pretty darn good photo.
I like these photos where the the bg and fg have such strong contrasts, the shadow and light combination work smartly here, especially with the white trimmed windows.
Glad to see you're filling out your map :)
delpeoples (45717) 2013-01-07 20:56
What beautiful architecture and it seems very similar to the architecture which we have seen in yours and Craig's photos of Poland and Czech Republic. I love the deep saturation and the slight "shooting to the left". Either that or you have used a great Circular Polarising Filter. Anyway, a superb shot, and very dynamic with the inclusion of the people.
josepmarin (55209) 2013-01-08 2:03
I like this wonderful architecture, which you have caught effectively under the sunlight, in a strong contrast with the semidarkness in the square, where people provide a great vitality to the composition.
The management of the exposure is perfect, and the aesthetic result of the photo is magnificent.
A beautiful work, my friend.
jlbrthnn (79787) 2013-01-08 10:10
The shadow of the strong foreground highlights facades and colors. An interesting photo of very good quality. Bravo.
Have a nice evening
ciakgiak (30337) 2013-01-08 14:27
the quality of your images is always absolutely great, perfect.
This is a splendid postcard, full of light and colors!!!
Congrats and TFS
s_lush (15638) 2013-01-08 22:22
In your hands even a simple camera gives an impressive results. Excellent presentation of this picturesque historic place, good composition and framing (only one chimney is slightly decapitated), favorable angle of sunlight, beautiful colors, amazing architectural, sculptural and daily-life features, well-reproduced atmosphere of the city and perfect quality of the image!
maria-v1981 (10409) 2013-01-11 11:04
Lovely shot of this area. Beautiful well lighted buildings and you have captured them precisely at the right time. The red roofs is a wonderful bg, the light is magnificent and the architectures details amazing.
Angshu (51432) 2013-01-14 3:43
I like the simplicty of the title "Postcard from Bremen"...that's it! It seems you have a challenge with time as we don not see the finely ingenuous titles of your pictures anymore.
Anyway, the picture is a fine postcard & more than it actually...so the title is well justified! The statue of Bremen Roland is a principle attraction & a sureshot attention grabber, despite all those fine buildings vying for attention
andywo (4693) 2013-01-15 6:44
Piekne sa te Bremenskie kamieniczki, architektura przypomina mi nieco Gdansk. Brema przeciez rowniez byla czlonkiem Hanzy.
mesutilgim (68620) 2013-01-15 13:31
Nice capture of this famous place in Bremen.
I visited this beautiful Hansatadt several times between 1979-1986, due to my business relations and every time I notticed a beautiful part of this city. I hope that you'll be able to show here some captures from the famous Schnoor or Soegstrasse with it's bronze pigs as well !
TFS and best regards
fabbs99 (6322) 2013-01-15 18:30
Thats really special.Excellent shot with great clarity and sharpness.Superb shot with perfect framing and presentation.Very well done.
jurek1951 (35765) 2013-01-19 23:37
podobne kamieniczki jak w Gdansku,ladnie pokazane,piekna scena z zycia codziennego,pozdrawiam