Leipzig at Night

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I was checking out my website stats with Woopra yesterday, and I noticed that one of my most clicked links is that Green Cube On My Camera That Everyone Asks About. Funny! You would not believe how many people ask me about that in person. It’s a $7,000 camera, and all anyone wants to know about is the $9 green cube on top! Hehe…

I have a few more things I will add to the Photography Gadgets page as soon as I get some time… I actually don’t use a whole lot of stuff. I’m pretty bare bones. I keep a running list of my stuff in the HDR Camera equipment section here on the site as well.

Daily Photo – Leipzig at Night

When I was changing planes in Zurich, I had to go through some of the Customs run-around. It turns out that the customs officer was German. He asked where my ultimate destination was, and I said, “Leipzig”. I pronounced it “Leap-zig”.

“What?” he asked.

“Leap-Zig” I repeated, careful to annunciate each syllable.

“I have never heard of that.” he asked, regarding me suspiciously.

I was in a pickle. This guy was clearly German, as I could tell from his accent. I was a bit surprised because he was in Switzerland, but I figured that all nationalities come there to work. No big deal. But, still, how could a German not know about Leipzig. It’s not the biggest city, but I think it’s in the top 5.

I tried again and again. He seemed to be serious and not joking.

Finally, after about four more back-and-forth sessions, he said, “Do you mean Leipzig?” He pronounced it “LIPE-ZEEG”.

“Yes!” I exclaimed.

He gave me a little self-satisfied smile and signed my paperwork, sending me through…

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  • ignite

    Beautifully captured!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Huggett/520618251 Alex Huggett

    Great capture, and a funny story. How often do we show our ignorance over foreign names!

  • http://lightningpaul.shutterchance.com LightningPaul

    Very nice image. Good story, now you know how to pronounce Leipzig like the Germans do :-D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-De-Courval/575113859 Charles De Courval

    Leipzig seems like an easy one! I’ve tried many towns in Iceland and only got 1 or 2 right. I must have been lucky on those 2 :)
    Great capture.

  • richard

    he was “f…” well guess I should say “messing”with you,he knew damn well what you meant from the beginning,,same thing happened to me in prague,,LOL

  • http://achintya.smugmug.com sathya sayee


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Wilson/730559509 Dave Wilson

    A 3 axis level for under $10! That’s a great deal. I paid $40 for a 2 axis hotshoe level at our favourite local camera store and lost it the first day I used it. Someone in Las Vegas is probably enjoying it right now since it fell off my hotshoe somewhere on the Strip.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Thanks all

    Charles de Courval – I agree – those are really hard – you have to be a dolphin to say them!

    Dave – hehe – yes I lost one of these too somewhere in Argentina!

  • http://holgr.com Holger Eilhard

    Wow! Didn’t you take that while you were in Leipzig for Games Convention in 2007/2008?

    PS: Leipzig is at place 12 in Germany: ~500k – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_in_Germany_with_more_than_100,000_inhabitants

  • casusan

    Beautiful shot Trey! Love the lighting!Funny story too!

  • http://michaeltuuk.wordpress.com Michael Tuuk

    What a cool picture of a cool place. The starburst from the lights is incredible. I have always wanted to go there (and a thousand other places).

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/sonykus/ sonykus

    Actually, AFAIK, Switzerland is a tri-lingual country! Or well, it has at least three official languages. Situated at the crossroads between Germany, France and Italy, its languages are, well… German, French and Italian. :) Each spoken in various local dialects too, of course, just to add to the flavour. That, and there’s no Swiss language, as such. Just to add to your story, and to explain, potentially, why your airport pal spoke German.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mikael-Ohlson/751085978 Mikael Ohlson

    I got the impression that many Americans with family names that originally come from Germany tend to get the ei and ie pronunciations “wrong” in a consistent way. If Einstein had been born in the US, maybe he would have been called /Eensteen/ instead of /Eye-nst-eye-n/.

    Easy mistake to make anyway.

  • Cheryl McGregor

    In English the rule is:
    When two vowels go walking the first one does the talking
    In German it is:
    When two vowels go walking the second one does the talking.


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Molzen/733077065 Bruce Molzen

    Sorry, don’t like it. (am i allowed to say that?)

  • Craig Gowens

    Trey, you could have that conversation in Austin over the pronunciation of Koenig Ln. :D

    “Turn left onto CAY-NIG.”









    “Oh, you’re talking about FM2222 between I35 and Burnet!” (pronounced BURN-IT not BUR-NET)

    Every place has their idiosyncratic pronunciations. Its easy to spot a non-Central Texas by having them say Manor, Elgin, Buda, Manchaca and Burnet. ;-)

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Thanks all –

    Craig – yes I have had that convo in Austin as well!

    Bruce – sure, no problem. :)

  • http://ekine.de joe ekine

    Are you still in Leipzig? Because I am living there on a horse ranch. ^^

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Sorry mate – not there any more – I only spent a short time there, I am afraid!

  • http://ekine.de joe ekine

    Well, I hope you enjoyed your stay here in Leipzig. :)

  • Jeffery Chavez

    Looks like a hologram to me. Very nice! Almost 3D like.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frauke-Gimpel/1524724679 Frauke Gimpel

    Hi Being German I might want to add: Switzerland has 4 official languages. Their German is really not like ours (a lot of Germans have a hard time understanding) but when they speak German they can usually do it “non-swiss”, too.

    Leipzig pronounces real easy – yes, I am to talk :D

    “L-eye-p-tzick” or something like this. It is an L, then like “the eye” and then “zig” with a hard, hissing Z to start it.

    And, yet again sorry: German does not make the 2nd vowel sound. It is more difficult. vowels by themselves are realatively easy. combined they mean a different thing alltogether. “AU” is still easy (sounds like in WOW), EI is “eye”, ie is a long, soft “eeee”, AI is almost (not quite) like EI, EU is a different one again… not really anything like it in English, is there? Then there is Äu – again nothing like it.
    We also have combos with silent vowels, we have extra-vowels… ä, ö, ü and so on.

    But one thing we can claim: We are a hell lot easier than Icelandinc (which I would love to speak!!)

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