Leipziger Platz square is the little brother of the adjacent Potsdamer Platz. Leipziger Platz was destructed in World War II and was still – to my surprise – under construction when I visited there. The tall Bahntower building and the railway station of Potsdamer Platz are in the background.
Potsdamer Platz, in addition to being a public square, is also a busy traffic intersection. Two big streets cross each other on surface. They are busy even at night. And railway station serves customers underground. It has both S-Bahn and U-Bahn lines. The tall buildings on the sides oversee the traffic with their lidless eye.
Today’s photo is about bridge. A bridge called Crusellin silta. It has been open for just one year. It was probably built because Jätkäsaari – where the bridge leads you – is having a lot of construction sites today. One of the specialties of the bridge is lightning. It’s just not the usual street lamps but the purple glow coming from somewhere. Also the modern architecture is right on spot: it fits to Ruoholahti which is a developing and relatively new district as well. Makes good scene for HDR photography :)
One of the first photos in the blog was from Ruoholahti. It was taken on late December. This one, on the other hand, is taken on Summer. During the blue hour. It is taken on a bridge and the place in overall is very good for photography. Water, lights and boats. The bridge itself looks good too. It’s actually very new bridge: it was opened last summer. I’ll post a photo of it a bit later.
I like when popular places in the core are empty. Central Railway station, for example, looks magnificent (and a little spooky) when there are no people. But it’s not empty often. I was thinking for a long time to go there at the best possible time. And turned out that Tuesday evening half past eleven was that time. Why? The last subway comes at that time. Slightly after, the gates to this part of the station are closed. Right before this, before the people walk up from the last subway, there’s nobody there. And this is when I striked. Very empty moment. Just four people sitting on the benches.
The scene was good for HDR photography as well. HDR doesn’t favor people since they are usually moving. And because HDR is about combining many photos to one, moving objects can be troublesome to the processing. Not it was without people so there were no problems in the processing.