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(January 1 – March 31, 2016)

Carsten T. Rees

The End of a Travel?

Jürgen Matern

Again Heading for Planes and Trains

Long Distance Train Station at the Airport, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

March 13, 2016, 10:28 UTC (11:28 local time)

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The location

The long-distance train station at the airport of Frankfurt/Main is one of 5.400 train stations in Germany. It's operated by the German railroad company Deutsche Bahn. The station went into service 1999. It measures approx. 700 m. in length, 50 m. in width and 45 m. in height. The station is divided into two main levels. The trains operate on the lower level, the passengers can change tracks and head to the airport via the upper level (distribution level). The large glass dome, which spans the distribution level is clearly visible in the panorama.

Outside the dome you can see The Squaire, which currently (2016) is Germany largest office building. It was built between 2006 and 2010 on top of the existing train station. You can see the station without The Squaire in an older panorama, which I took for the event Transportation in 2006.


Via a network of ICE high-speed trains, the station/airport is reachable within 11 min. from Frankfurt main station, within 30 min. from Mannheim, within 54 min. from Cologne main station and within 1 h 13 min. from Stuttgart. Directly at the exit of the train station you'll find check-in counters of the airport. As a special service of Lufthansa, you can also check-in your flight luggage in Stuttgart, or Cologne.

Making Of

The shooting was done with a 3 meter (appx. 10 ft) pole to reach a more elevated viewpoint. The lens was mounted with a custom-made bracket. Stitched from five images taken with a Walimex (Samyang) 7.5mm fish eye lens on a Sony QX1. Four images around and an additional image for the nadir. The zenith was retouched by hand in post-processing.
  • Camera: Sony ILCE-QX1 (QX1)
  • Lens: Samyang 7mm/3.5 UMC fisheye (lens hood shaved, MFT lens adapted for Sony E-mount)
  • Mounting: Custom-made lens bracket mounted on top of a 3.10 m (appx. 10 ft) monopod
  • Software: PTGui Pro, Smartblend, Photoshop CC, Pano2VR
  • 4 pictures @ 90°, one downshot, ISO 100

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