First portrait shoot: Virginia

My (our) first portrait shoot ever. This time our story was “HAIR”. What an experience. We had so much fun during our first session. And we had no ideal conditions. Outdoor, in bright sunlight… using the Fuji X100F in ACROS mode. But at the end of our session we had 20 images for a new portfolio. We have already planned another project in 3 weeks. This time the theme will be “WIND”.  Autumn in North Germany is the ideal spot for that theme. Looking forward to that. Bye for now and 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

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.

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