buddhistisches haus – frohnau

A few days ago I was heading to Frohnau to check out the neighborhood. I stumbled over the sign “Buddhistisches Haus”. I know some of you are interested in this. I put a link to the English site at the end of this post.

http://das-buddhistische-haus.de/pages/en/

Happy days!

Reinhold

french cathedral

Berlin - Gendarmenmarkt - French Cathedral

Pretty inside views of the French Cathedral (Französische Kirche) located at the widely considered prettiest square of Berlin – the Gendarmenmarkt. What a piece of architecture! I will cover this square in one of my next posts. The square was home of open air concerts during the lasts days… and stage deconstruction work / cleaning up was still in process yesterday.

The tower of the cathedral is closed until April 2019. The inside of the tower and the viewing platform will be renovated.

I asked for permission to shoot the inside of the Cathedral and paid 2 € (Minimum 50 cents).

I captured the images handheld, no flash… with my Fuji X100F, f5.6, ISO 1600, Acros film simulation. A bit of fine-tuning in LR.

And for those of you who prefer the “golden” sights of a cathedral. Here are the colored versions.
I shoot pairs (JPG with Acros film simulation and RAW for colored versions).

Hope you enjoy the insights of the cathedral. I did. And the two ladies at the information desk were very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended place to go to if you travel to Berlin city. An urban highlight.

Happy days.

Reinhold

 

minimalist

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.

Happy and sunny days!

Reinhold

silhouettes

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.

summer in the city

It is hot. Extremely hot. Sometimes over C °30 (F °86). Pretty warm if you take the underground trains. But also the S-Bahn is too warm to feel comfortable. Watch out for the open windows on the left / right side of the trains. I always sit on the side in shadow and at the end of the cabin (in driving direction). That’s how you get a bit of wind to cool you down.

You want to shoot sunrise and sunset images. Prepare yourself for early / late hours. Sunrise is currently (July) around 4.30 a.m and sunset around 9:45 pm. And you have to be at the location before / after this time. Easier for sunset, but not for sunrise.

Public transportation is very limited during the early hours. It is quite reasonable for sunset shoots.

In the last days I usually took a bike (you can rent them nearly everywhere). Download the app of the provider, scan the bar code, unlock, take it for a drive, leave it in any place which looks ok for you, lock it (using the app) and off you go. The provider I am using accepts credit card and PayPal. And I like the orange color of the bikes. Look out for a bike with 3 gears. They are much easier to drive. But all of them are in excellent conditions.

Berlin bike
Berlin bike

I usually take my mirrorless camera, a Fuji X100F. Travelling light is the optimal way to cover the distance between locations. My „landscape“ gear. 2 cameras. 3 lenses, filters, tripod… next to impossible. No! Take a mini tripod if you have to. Or the GorillaPod.

And I usually carry lots of drinking water. Try to sell it in a supermarket nearby. The price for a small bootle of water is up to 300% higher at some tourist spots (not all of them, but guaranteed the one I visit).

I slowly adopt to these temperatures. And the forecast says… the current weather will continue. Definitely next week will be sunshine all over the place

Happy and sunny days from Berlin,
Reinhold

street photography in berlin

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.

berlin’s top 10

To get this one out of the way.
During the first weeks I obviously followed the routes to the touristic landmarks and locations of Berlin.

I my personal opinion these are:

  • Brandenburger Tor
  • Reichstag
  • Regierungsviertel (Government Quarter)
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Potsdamer Platz

which you can visit in one day easily.

 

  • Alexanderplatz / Fernsehturm (TV Tower)
  • Berliner Dom
  • Neue Synagoge

can be easily covered in the morning of day 2.

  • Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures)
    (tour 1)
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
  • Tempodrom
    (tour 2)
Tempodrom
Tempodrom

are add-on’s to tour 1 and tour 2.

You can add “Gendarmenmarkt” as #11. But I have to visit this location again. The first time it was gray and raining.

It is worth to visit these locations. But don’t expect to be alone.

Happy and sunny days from Berlin.
Reinhold

welcome to the streets of berlin city

Berlin - Brandenburger Tor

Berlin… vibrant culture, fabulous food and entertainment and tangible history.

Street photography, architecture and urban landscapes at your finger (shutter) tip.

 

You are looking for awesome and stunning locations, places and photography spots in and around Berlin? This blog is all about photography spots, information, recommendations, tours, top sights and local tips and images of this amazing city.

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Happy and sunny days in Berlin.

Reinhold

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