Oktoberfest (279/365)

by Lee Santiva October. 06, 2019 195 views
Limited edition Oktoberfest Bier

Limited edition Oktoberfest Bier

All over southern Germany - particularly Bavaria - there are the festivals related to Oktoberfest. The world-famous Oktoberfest in Munich actually starts in September.

The tradition started when Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810 and they celebrated by inviting the citizens to a festival on the Theresienwiesen where they have been held ever since.

Weissbier - Hefeweizen - wheat beer on the left and Helles - Pilsner - beer on right

Weissbier - Hefeweizen - wheat beer on the left and Helles - Pilsner - beer on right

The worst festival experience of my life was at the Oktoberfest in Munich in 1993. I went with a group of 50 people from work and we all didn't know we needed to have reserved a tent in advance. So immediately the group got split up into tiny groups of 2-3 people so we could squeeze into the few remaining seats in the overcrowded beer tents.

If you plan to go as a group, be sure to reserve a table in advance.

After just an hour, the stench of sweat and beer was too much for me and I went out for fresh air. They wouldn't let me back in due to over-crowding so I wandered around the Wiesn by myself for the entire day until it was time to get the train back home.

Beer cart in Munich, Germany

Beer cart in Munich, Germany

This year, a few months ago, while I was visiting a friend in Munich, I saw this beer cart on a busy, normal street. It was pedal-powered by women wearing the traditional dirndl dresses and drinking beer. Only in Bavaria would they allow you to drink and drive at the same time.

I think they got special permits because it is considered a sight-seeing tour attraction. ( pedalhelden.de )

Street photography in Europe has become increasingly challenging because you cannot publish photos where the person is identifiable in Internet without explicit permission.

Oktoberfest beer and pretzels

Oktoberfest beer and pretzels

This weekend's weather is overcast, cold and rainy so I didn't bother to go to the local Oktoberfest in nearby Hockenheim, besides I didn't want to spend hours in post-processing blurring out the faces of dozens of people.

Instead I took some Oktoberfest-themed photos in my backyard.

Prost!

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Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 6 months ago

Ive been to the Munich OF twice and each time I enjoyed it beyond mention... but we were only two people so we found sitting easily. I enjoyed your images a lot.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 6 months ago

Glad to hear you enjoyed the Oktoberfest and my blog smile

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

Tis the Season! Nice shots! Makes me thirsty!!!smile

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

Prost! 🍺

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Jay Boggess Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 6 months ago

+1smile+1

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Björn Roose 1 year, 6 months ago

"Only in Bavaria would they allow you to drink and drive at the same time" ? Sorry to disappoint you, but it's not a strictly Bavarian thing. "Beer-cycles" have been around in Flanders for at least ten years already smile And they are way more "advanced" than the one in the photo: http://www.beer-cycle.be/ But the guy/girl on the steering wheel is not allowed to drink alcohol

By the way, I wouldn't worry too much about the new privacy rules as far as street photography is concerned. First of all there's a difference between "aimed" and "non-aimed" photos of people. Then there's the fact that permission can be given in written, oral or ... silent form. And, far more important, if there's a so called "justified interest", you don't need any permission at all. And there's a justified interest for street photography, even two: 1) photography is art and artistic interest is one of the justified interests; 2) journalism is also a justified interest and everybody in belgium (I don't know about Germany) is entitled to call himself a journalist (it's not a protected title) smile

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Lee Santiva Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 6 months ago

thanks for the infos Bjoern! When I said „only in Bavaria“ I was thinking of within Germany that‘s interesting with Flanders.
I‘ll have to look into the German definition of photo journalist probably similar coz of EU.
I‘ll miss you in 365 next year although I don‘t know if I would do a daily again, maybe just a weekly... first I have to achieve all 365 this year snd that isn‘t always easy

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