Forest Light

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Forest Light
Forest Light

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr

Today I feel a little bit homesick… I miss my lake, my woodlands, my moors and my seas. There is only one way to cure that. I will pack my gear and hit the streets of Berlin. Happy days! Reinhold

Shadow People

When the sun sets in Berlin shadow people are all over the place. Yesterday evening I walked to the Potsdamer Platz (#1 and 2) and then to the Brandenburger Tor (#3 and 4). Chasing the shadows was a lot of fun. I sat in the last sunlight with a glass of wine afterwards. These shadow people exists for a short moment only and then the disappear in the dark.

Thank you for stopping by. Happy days. Reinhold

Fast Train

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Fast Train
Fast Train

The underground stations of Berlin are quiet interesting. During daytime it is difficult to find a spot with no people for a longer exposure. And it is a bit strange to set up a tripod in this environment. The challenge is to find the right moment to shoot. I like the yellow color of the the trains. The station is called “Paracelsus Bad” at U8.

Fineart Berlin

As ususal I couldn’t resist to do some Photoshop manipulations to my recent Berlin images. You know this feeling? You see a composition, you know how you want it to look. But there are disturbing objects in the frame, there are missing objects in the frame. Now this is the time when I start working with my MAC, my Wacom tablet and Lightroom and Photoshop. And to be true. It is not always the result which creates the fun factor. It is the process creating an image the way I see it in my imagination.

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Brandenburger Tor
Brandenburger Tor
RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Reichstag
Reichstag
RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Halle der Kulturen
Halle der Kulturen
RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Siegessäule
Siegessäule

If you missed my previous post and like to see a collection of my Berlin images in a short video please follow this link.

Thanks for stopping by and happy days. Reinhold

Details, textures and high tonality – ACROS

Fuji Acros is a low-sensitivity black-and-white negative film with super fine grain structure and high tonality.
It’s long been a favorite amongst die-hard black-and-white photographers, and its scheduled demise (end 2018) will surely be felt heavily in the community.
But there is good news:
My new Fuji X100F offers the film simulation Acros.
If you shoot the X100F in JPG mode you can select Acros as black and white film simulation and use the stunning in camera development feature.
If you are not sure… you can choose RAW + JPG as well. But I have stopped this after my first try. It feels like wearing trousers with a belt and suspenders.
I don’t want to bore you to death with technical details.
Hopefully you like my images and the look of Acros too.

Twisted Architecture

Berlin’s architecture. Not always straight lines reaching the sky. Often twisted shapes. Urban landscapes. I still need a bit of practice to get it right. I also haven’t found the right time of day to shoot these images. But may be there is no right and wrong.
Happy days and a nice weekend to all of you! Reinhold

And thank you for your visit and interest.

For more Twisted views… follow the link.

Urban Waterfall in Berlin

It was a bit of a surprise. I saw the sign “Viktoria Park – 350m” and followed that sign. From a closer distance I heard running and splashing water. And then I saw the waterfall and the national monument in the distance. Not the perfect time of day. I set up my Fuji X100F on a rock (no tripod, no filter) and used the ND feature of my camera (3 stops) to further reduce the shutter speed to achieve the blurry water effect. I shot a F16. ISO 100. My shutter speed was now at 2 seconds in bright day light. 2 second timer. The image is OK for me. But I have to come back. This time with tripod and filter and hopefully a sunset will light up the scene. I had to go all the way to Berlin to find a waterfall. Amazing! And… I heard there is a second one near to where I stay in Berlin. Happy days. Reinhold

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Waterfall in Berlin
Urban Waterfall in Berlin

Alien in Berlin

For the last years I lived in a remote location in North Germany close to the coast. I have a beautiful lake, moors, woodlands and lots of animals in my neighbourhood.
And… not many people or tourists. It is usually very quiet and peaceful.
And now… Berlin.
Packed with people and tourists, noisy and traffic… 24h a day.
Thousands of restaurants and shops, memorials, architecture and many green areas where you can stop and rest for a few minutes, before you jump into action again. It is overwhelming, fascinating and exhausting.
I feel like an alien in Berlin. A landscape photographer trying to
create images in street photography and urban landscapes.
First thing I did, I left my tripod in my room. Second thing, I used my Fuji X100 for most of my images.
It is perfect for street photography. I plan long exposures and urban landscapes with my tripod. But this is next on my project list. In the moment I try to adopt to the new location. I wander through the streets of Berlin, mouth open, and try to capture my first impressions.
Stay tuned to read more about the advantages of an alien in Berlin. In the moment it still is the place in the world where I want to be. 1st week is over. Let’s see what’s in the basket for the next weeks.
The gallery shows a selection of my images so far.

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Thanks and happy days. Reinhold

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