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Palast der Republik

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A doomed building, the Palast der Republik in Berlin. It was built back in the GDR to show off how great they are and looks like a big mess of concrete and brown glass these days. And it’s supposed to be torn down – which is going to take a lot of time and money even after all the asbestos has been removed from the building.

Speaking in a polite way, the building looks like it has more historical than artistic value. I still took a photo of it during my recent stay in Berlin. And despite the photo not being too pretty I keep liking it. Odd.

Palast der Republik

Technically… we have the following situation: The photo was taken with my Canon T-70 camera on Adox-100 film (I think using the 24mm lens). Accidentally the camera had been set to ISO-400 so the film was push developed to compensate for that. Finally I did a high resolution scan of the negative at 4000dpi and converted the high-resolution TIFF file to the small JPEG file you see here.

See a larger version of the photo on flickr or ask me about the huge uncompressed original file. My current impression is that the details and grain of scanned negatives aren’t represented to well in JPEG compression.

April 9, 2006, 1:43

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