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Exclusive office space in Berlin City (near Gendarmenmarkt)
Today I had an appointment with a property manager of a historic building in Berlin’s center. He gave me the assignment to shoot refurbished offices at famous Borchardt House near Gendarmenmarkt. (You may know that my commercial photostudio specializes in real estate photography.) This was quite a challenge because those 8,000 sqft where completely empty.
But when the manager took me on a tour for a first look I immediately knew what to do. There were so many visual highlights in those offices I could concentrate on:
- wonderful parquet all over the place,
- different moulding in every single room from modest to bombastic shapes, from plain white to deep colors
- impressive hallways and walk-through rooms which allowed great lines of sight
- excellent old wooded panneling, some of them carved, on the walls
- and finally lots of glass doors which let some light float around.
In the back part of the building I needed some lighting support from my mobile compact flash lighting kits (lightstand, umbrellas, speedlight, remote triggers), while at the street front there was lots of ambient light and thus no additional lighting necessary.
The view from the balcony allows unobstructed sight to the historic Gendarmenmarkt with its two huge Domes (French and German) and the famous Music Hall (Schauspielhaus).
More info on the shoot can be found here (in German).
Dresden Altstadt with Frauenkirche
Visiting a photogenic city and having plenty of time – what else would make a perfect photo night? Perfect weather. Well the first two things I had last weekend. But the weather was rather a challenge than being suitable for citynight photography: drizzling, foggy, low clouds and gusty winds.
My good old friend and photographer Volker lives in Dresden and was the perfect guide for our nightly photowalk. Ofcourse we started with one of the most famous vantage points: Canaletto’s View. (Canaletto was a painter who portrayed Dresden at around 1750.)
Next stop was a new bridge which has been opened just a few months ago after years of legal action between city planners, environmental activists and private interests. (Read on …)
Festival of Lights 2013 – Brandenburg Gate
The same procedure as every year. For two weeks in October Germany’s capital Berlin is a magnet for nightphotographers. During the Festival Of Lights many buildings and some landmarks are colorfully illuminated with different techniques from static troopers to impressive light projections performed by lighting artists.
As every year the Berlin based community of Germany’s leading internet forum for Nikon shooters Nikonpoint meets for a photowalk to shoot the most interesting objects. Yesterday we were a bunch of 9. But just in time with the start of the show at the Brandenburg Gate it startet to rain, too. First it was just some silent drizzle, then it became a solid rain that could harm entry level camera equipment and ended up in a heavy thunderstorm which forced us to shoot from some shelter.
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Worldwide Photo Walk Berlin 2013
Yesterday a bunch of people met in a historic part of Berlin, Germany for a two hour photo walk. This is organized by initiative of American photographer, author and educator Scott Kelby. Altogether there where almost 28,500 walkers on their way in more than 1,200 locations all over the world. The Berlin group consisted of about 20 photographers.
Tour guide Sebastian had organised his walk perfectly. Each walker got a printed map of the route with explanations for several spots – just in case one would get lost in this lively part of town. Between the stops there was plenty of time for exchange with other photogs and many more chances to shoot. Well, I call myself at home in Berlin but this tour lead me to corners I haven’t seen before (at least not from the vantage point of a photographer).
The 2.5 km route took us from underground station Weinmeisterstraße through (Read on …)