*Under the Bridge*
I didn’t have much time to walk around Berlin, but I did head out in the limited time I had towards Orianenstrasse. On the way I saw this expressway bridge and loved the metal framework. I didn’t have tripod so I positioned my camera on my backpack for this 20 exposure (or thereabours). It’s not perfect, I wish the car lights were more apparent, but it’s interesting and grimy.
The kid was feeding a very docile but very alert dog with crumbs of his muffin. I really wanted to capture the dog’s expression.
I didn’t get to see much of Berlin, and certainly didn’t get to see the « pretty » parts. But the Messe, where the conference I was attending was, was interesting in an austere kind of way. I think the masts and their shadows make the picture as much as the building, but that building has the austere 70s look that many people probably associate (wrongly, I’m sure) with Germany.
*Three Yellow Bands*
The Berlin metro is yellow and old, two things that make it photographically interesting. Using this to my advantage, I shot this quasi-abstract as the metro was speeding out of the station.
Diagonal of Light
Early morning light is the best. And sometimes, as you walk past a place that the evening before looked as nondescript as could be, you stumble upon a shot. I love this one. Not only the diagonal of light, but the shadow of the walking subject and the London Brick backdrop…
As I was walking towards a meeting in Pall Mall I walked passed St Martin in the Fields, and never having gone inside, decided to give it a try. It may look sober compared to the churches and cathedrals I’m used to in Paris, but there’s something soothing in that, even to an atheist like me. Anyway, I decided it was worth a shot. Only later did I notice the man silently praying on the right hand side of the shot.
Very close to Covent Garden, there was this building in the process of being renovated. Massive space, beautiful ceilings, no idea what it was before. Love the oval windows…
*Waiting for the Tube*
I’ve been roadtesting my newly acquired Fuji XT3 these last few weeks, and I did a lot of low light shots in the London tube to push the limits of the Fuji’s light sensitivity (this is ISO 3200 for what it’s worth). The London tube is colourful and recognisable of course which makes this a quintessentially London shot.
I can’t remember when I first saw ‘Les Horloges’, the statue by Arman that stands in front of St Lazare train station in Paris. I do know that I’ve been fascinated by it from the start, and have tried to shoot it in interesting ways repeatedly. The pigeon couple and the wide-angle shot make it more interesting, don’t they?
*Matter and Anti-Matter*
Powerful sunlight low on the horizon will create these deep projected shadows that I love. As I mentioned in a previous post I’m starting to experiment with how to capture them in an esthetic way, and this is one of those attempts.