I left Berlin for the weekend and drove back home. We had beautiful weather. Sunshine and very mild temperatures at our lake. I sat on the terrace and watched the clouds passing by. While I was watching I asked myself how would a perfect cloud look like? I sat there for quite a while and captured this small, cool looking, perfect cloud. Now I am back in Berlin… and I can still see it passing by.
Tempodrom: founded by Irene Moessinger, it opened in 1980 next to the Berlin Wall on the west side of Potsdamer Platz, housed in a large circus tent. After several changes of location it is now housed in a permanent building in the Kreuzberg neighborhood.
That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
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.
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.
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.
If you missed my previous post and like to see a collection of my Berlin images in a short video please follow this link.
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.
Acros #3 – my wife searching for lights and shadows
Acros #4 – with permission of this friendly gentleman
This is the first video of my 90 days in Berlin series. Hope you will enjoy these first impressions of a city that never sleeps. Happy days and a nice and creative weekend to all of you. Thank you for your visit and your continuous support. Reinhold
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
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