Streets of Berlin

Dear friend,

On my last trip I was visiting Berlin. Though it was late when I arrived I took a walk to take some pictures. 

The first one I’d like to share with you I took at Bertolt-Brecht-Platz. I saw this threesome and had to take a picture. Bench with a guy, a couple on the grass and another guy on a bench like a string of pearls.

The next series I took at Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. I quite like the location. There is always an opportunity for interesting pictures. Walking  back and forth through the narrow aisles I heard a school class approaching and took a series of the students roaming the area. because I intended to capture them as they crossed the aisle I was waiting with my camera at the ready and took my chance, it took my some trials to get the timing right. 

The next ones I made at the Sony center near Potsdamer-Platz.

One of the entrances was blazing with the light of the setting sun. So I made up my mind to do a series of silhouettes against the light in black and white, the post processing I did with the NIK-collection in Photoshop.

I took my time and waited for interesting situations. Some times if you spot an interesting location you have to be patient and wait for the right situation (light / people) coming to you instead of running through the streets looking for interesting scenes. Usually it helps if you blend in by wearing neutral cloth (jeans, dark colors no bright colored shirts or jacket), standing somewhere in a corner waiting for the right moment.

 

I think I was lucky spotting the manager deep in conversation. Fascinated by the contrast of the grey suit and the rainbow of shoes the bill-board was showing . He was blind to his surroundings so I approached and made some pictures without asking and him even noticing.

The last one for today I took in the atrium of the Sony center. The pattern of the roof showing in the windows is really awesome, the first time I was aware of this effect. Maybe I was just at the right location at the right time.

Streets of Shanghai

Dear friend,

I’m on a business trip in China at the moment. This week Shanghai, Monday I’ll be off to Changchun.

As the weekend is to my own disposal, I took the opportunity to roam the French quarter (yes there is one in Shanghai too) with the Taikang Lu and the Fuxin Park.

I usually start my day in the Fuxin Park, yes it’s not my first time in town. As the Chinese flats are tiny they go out to practice and perform what ever hobby, leisure activity they favor. There is dance (mostly European standards), Thai chi, sword play, choir, juggling and even saxophone practice going on. The big, new trend seems to be badminton. Everybody is trying to have a good time.

The Taikang Lu is quite famous for it’s small streets and shops, art, food, souvenirs.

The French quarter originates back to the early 1900 when the European merchants had a huge influence and the money to arrange with the officials an area where they build European style.

Soooooo enough text, this is a photography page. Any way here is a first, fast selection of the pictures I made today…

Comburg Samba Festival

Coburg is a small town it is know for historic personalities like Matin Luther, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, but also for the Veste, which is the castle looking over Coburg and the landscape surounding the city.

But once per year the city changes, it gets flooded by Sambaistas from all over the world. Starting on Friday evening way into Sunday night there is no chance escaping the drumming units the rhythm and the dance, except you leave the city limits. The Coburg Samba Festival is one of the biggest outside Brazil. So there is always opportunity for making great pictures. Here are my favouret pictures of the last years.

 

Out of the comfort zone… Conquer your fears

Dear friend,

I had the opportunity to attend a work shop conducted by Eric Kim. I follow his work for quite some time now and I’m always inspired and surprised by his pictures, articles and his attitude to photography and life.

November came and I was one of a dozen photo-addicted guys meeting in Berlin to get pushed out of their comfort zone… yes, for me it was way out.

We had two days of fun, learned about composition, gear, and that you do not instantly die, if you ask a stranger ‘may I make a photo of you?’ It was so worth the effort, time and sure the money. Eric shares most of his work for free so from my point of view it is more than fair to pay for his work shops.

So get inspired by the top picture of my new peers and me. 

Berlin 2017 Workshop Best Student Photos

Here you’ll find the pictures I selected out of my results:

Here are my peers and Eric in action

Frank