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.

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