The US Spy Station Built on a Mountain made from the Wartime Ruins of Berlin: Teufelsberg

Towering outside Berlin in the Grunerwald forest is Teufelsberg, a 120m manmade mountain built from the rubble of World War 2. To understand how it got there, and its subsequent role as a US spy station in the Cold War, you need to understand some of Berlin’s uniquely messed-up history.

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32 Photos that Will Make You Want to Visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany

I visited the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany with my Canon 6D, tripod and Phantom 4 drone. It was midsummer, sunny and stormy, and I captured the castle and surrounds from quite a few interesting angles you mightn’t have seen before.

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A Roadtrip Through The Netherlands and Belgium Part 2: Bruges, Ghent and Brussels

In last week’s episode, (Part 1: Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Hague and Zeeland), we’re unable to resist the tempation of a roadside corn maze and we’re running late for an important work conference call as we cross the border into Belgium. It begins raining torrentially, and somehow, inevitably, we miss a critical turnoff to Bruges and have to double back, wasting precious time. But I still don’t panic, because we’ve booked ahead of time, and the hotel website loudly proclaimed “FREE WiFi in all rooms and public areas”. What could possibly go wrong?

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A Roadtrip Through The Netherlands and Belgium Part 1: Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Hague and Zeeland

The Netherlands and Belgium? They’re flat as stroepwafels, rather small and half under-water. Who’d want to go there when you could visit France, Germany and the UK? Me. The lowlands of Europe are oft-maligned yet among the best the continent has to offer. If you enjoy canals, cheese, bikes, very tall blonds or geoengineering then you’ll enjoy the Netherlands, while if waffles, apple pie, beer, chocolate or national disunity are your bag then you’d really dig Belgium. I’ll be honest- all of those things appeal to me, which is why my roadtrip through The Netherlands and Belgium was so long overdue.

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Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve Fireworks Photos

Despite living in Sydney most my life, I’d never really seen the famed Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve fireworks display properly. We went to a fun waterfront party in Point Piper in 2010, and I packed my tripod and camera with great anticipation, only for smoke to block all but the first couple of minutes. This year was going to be different. These photos are slightly different from your average fireworks photos. We were on a floating platform, so a long exposure was not possible, nor was using a tripod, and I had to make do with a high ISO. Because of this, these photos show a lot more detail in the smoke and explosion than you might usually see in regular fireworks photographs. We were also really close to one of the fireworks barges in the harbour which enhanced this effect.

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Sydney Harbour Illuminated- Sydney Vivid Festival 2014

If you were ever in any doubt that Sydney possesses the world’s most beautiful natural harbour, this year’s Vivid light festival would have reassured you. Now the biggest festival in Australia, Vivid encompasses music performance and an ideas forum, but the real drawcard for the visitors in their millions is the projected lightshow. I rarely need an excuse to go down to Sydney Harbour for a gander so I thought I’d get on down and put my Canon EOS 6D through its paces.

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