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I didn’t want to disappoint Craig who encouraged me to prepare a blue hour photo for my 1000th upload on TrekEarth. The latest opportunity for blue hour photography which I had was in Dresden. It is a great place for blue hour, however, ironically, I had a new camera there, which is always bad. It is like wearing a new pair of shoes for a hike. I remember using a new camera for blue hour photos in Paris. All of them came up not sharp because I didn’t know that long time exposure causes a lot of noise in that type of camera. This time I made another mistake. For day photography I decided to start using Auto-ISO setting. I always avoided high ISO because of course the lowest ISO setting the higher quality of the image. However, at certain point I realized that higher ISO translates into higher dynamic range as well. So having a better sensor now I decided to let it go: I thought, so what if the ISO gets sometimes a bit higher, as long as the dynamic range gets better. For the blue hour though the high ISO is a disaster! Of course, in darkness the camera tries to increase the ISO to the limits and the quality drops a lot. I realized that towards the end of my only blue hour evening in Dresden. It was too late, my blue hour photos were of poor quality. This photo, the last one, I saved by multiple exposures.

Views from across the river towards Dresden old town are quite important. As you may know, Dresden was badly damaged in WWII. Almost the whole old town was bombed. It is really hard to feel sorry for Germans on this occasion. For example, they have on purpose destroyed Polish capital, Warsaw, to the ground, for pure desire to destroy it. Dresden destruction was unfortunately a collateral damage of the terrible war started by Germany. There is however something else what joins both Warsaw and Dresden. Both were very lucky to have been painted by Master Canaletto. The painter is known for his photographic attention to detail. Canaletto’s paintings were used to rebuild old town in Warsaw and later the same idea was used in Dresden. He has painted several works exactly across the river towards the old town.

The tower in the right belongs of course to the recently rebuilt Frauenkirche. It was originally left in ruin as a war memorial but quite recently it was rebuilt. Most of other buildings which you see along the quay belong to the Academy of Fine Arts. The building with Greek style columns in the very left I have already showed here before in the daylight. The elevated promenade along the River Elbe is known as Bruehl’s Terrace.

I should have probably written something on TrekEarth but the long essay which I already wrote on my TrekEarth profile site is still valid. I am sorry to see this website being neglected by the owners, a website which could serve like Canaletto paintings someday,

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