Munich Greening - Dirk Steffen Photography

Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green, the Global Greening campaign.

In 2014 over 70 iconic sites across the world went ‘green’. For the first time ever, an ancient wonder of the world – the Pyramids of Giza – and a modern wonder – the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro – went green, joining sites from Sydney to Stockholm, Cape Town to Moscow, London to Niagara Falls and San Francisco.

Also Munich participated, now the second time in a row, and fired up the Allianz Arena, home to the Munich football club FC Bayern München, the BMW World, the Munich TV Tower and the America House at Karolinenplatz.

Waiting on top of the Fröttmaninger Berg I watched the sunset and at 7 PM sharp the Allianz Arena went green and I tried two different framing options:

In the beginning I was unsure as to whether the northern (right) side of the arena would also be illuminated, but as time went by, it became clear that this was not going to be the case. The Allianz arena has built-in lighting and can shine white, red or blue - the colors of FV Bayern München and previous co-owner TV 1860 München. However, for the greening action, external lights had been installed and I guess the arena owner could not afford to buy complete 360 degrees coverage. In addition, the top of the arena is still in shade, obviously the spotlights could not reach these spots.

From further down I took some more shots (click to enlarge):

When walking back to the car I passed a skater park with the green arena in the background and took two pictures, one for the park and one of the arena, which I later put together in Photoshop. I kinda like the result:

My last photo of the Allianz Arena had to be the bridge shot with highway A9 (Munich's umbilical to the north) in the foreground. I again put this together from two images, as the bridge would slightly move or vibrate. So in order for the arena to be sharp, I selected a fast shutter speed and obviously a longer one for the headlights and taillights of the cars:

My next location was BMW World and I joined several photographers on their mission to document St. Patrick's Day 2014 in Munich. As I did several shots, here is a slide show (click here to get to the gallery):

But there is one that I particularly like: Standing on the bridge the moon was located nicely on the left with the green tower on the right which made for a nice image, I think:

I hope you liked that, feel free to post comments here or on my Facebook or G+ page.

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