I started to search for minimalistic, simple compositions during the last days. I still think there are too many details in the frame. But I like to reduce compositions of Berlin to a minimum. Still a long way to go but already a major fun factor in my photography walks. Will become one of my favorite categories for the next weeks and months.
S-Bahn station Potsdamer Platz. If you like to capture extreme contrast and silhouettes, this is my favourite go to location in Berlin. Best during daytime and harsh sunlight. When the sunlight is flooding the station and you stay or sit in the shade inside, people passing by turn into silhouettes against the bright background. The kid image is my favourite from this location. Shot with my Fuji X100F and processed with Snapseed.
Taking photos of people in the streets of Berlin can be quiet tricky. If you are a photo enthusiast with a blog, an Instagram account and many followers… street photography becomes a legal nightmare.
You are collection and sharing personal data. The face, the location, the time and date and everything that ties to the identity of a person. According to the new GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation of the EU… you have to ask for permission BEFORE you take the shot. Even a group of people as part of the composition is a problem. If one person can be identified in this group you are back to start.
That is why most of my images are silhouettes, protecting the face or are covered by a motion blur.
If you search the Internet for answers… you get many opinions.
May be I am on the safe side. But may be not. I will have to face this aspect in the next months. Hopefully we can all continue with a respectful art of street photography in Berlin and Germany.
PS: if you shoot for personal use only… happy snapping. The above relates to professionals and photo enthusiasts.
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People as shadows
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