NYC has the Statue of Liberty, London has Towers of Parliament, and Berlin has the Brandenburg Gate. Mannheim has the Wasserturm. The weather was gorgeous today, and I couldn’t wait to test my new lens and ND filter at the fountains at Friedrichsplatz. This is the home of Mannheim’s Wasserturm (Water Tower)…the symbol of the city. Friedrichplatz is really beautiful, with art nouveau architecture abounding. Especially when the weather is nice, it is a wonderful place to come together with friends and enjoy life. So here it is – the symbol of my adopted city.

I used a tripod with an ND8 filter. I have to admit I am a bit disappointed in the filter. I bought it for only about 5 euros so my expectations were not that high. A neutral density filter blocks light by a certain number of stops so that you can get longer exposure times when light is abundant. The ND filter I have worked, but it also tinted the shot, which it shouldn’t have done. I played around with every setting in Lightroom and I am still not completely happy with the color in this shot. Nonetheless, it is a good shot and captures Friedrichsplatz and the Wasserturm on a beautiful spring day.

Camera: Canon 600D on tripod
Lens: EF-S15-85mm at 18mm
Filter: ND8
Aperture: f/18
Shutter speed: 0.8 sec
ISO: 100
Postprocessing: Photoshop
Date: May 10, 2015

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