A couple days ago I posted about how I was having a hard time framing photos in Berlin. It wasn’t that the scenes weren’t pretty damn cool, it was just that there were cranes sticking out of every corner of the city, adding distracting elements to every photo. But, well Berlin might be “under construction”, once you get past the cranes and learn to accept them, the city is actually quite photogenic. I was on some of my best behavior in Berlin. Unlike Amsterdam where I was a bit of a bad travel photographer who let a bit of rain and wind deter me from getting out and shooting, in Berlin I was out shooting photos constantly. I focused my photography of three places: the Berlin Cathedral, Mauer Park and Flea Market, and the Brandenburg Gates. But, I also got some shots of other parts of Berlin in there as well. Here they are:
The first place I wanted to shoot was the Berlin Cathedral. It’s a great building, but it’s a bit of a challenge to shoot. On the river side, they don’t light it up and it can be a bit dark. I used the traffic from the road to add some depth and colour to the image instead.
The Brandenburg Gate was packed with iPhone wielding tourists when I got there. The last time I was in Europe, if I was shooting my DSLR people would respect me and get out of my shot. Nowadays, with so many DSLRs, people act as if I’m anyone else, and stand right in my shot. It was hard to frame a good image. I decided to make this bike cart a part of my image.
This was easily the best light I got in Berlin. You’ll never hear a photographer complain about clouds and really, these were the only decent clouds I got the whole time I was there. The shot is worth all the bland skies though!
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe seems like a mere set of stone pillars in the city. Then you start reading the names attached to them and get a feel for the scale. It’s a powerful place, so I wanted to put a powerful light to an image from there. This is what I came up with.
Inside Mauer Park Flea Market there were lots of old cameras and Polaroids. It’s a good thing I didn’t have any money with me or I would have left with one of these.
I had mixed feelings about the Berlin Wall. It was amazing, but I found myself extremely annoyed with the amount of graffiti and random pen scribbling on the wall. Don’t they enforce that as vandalism??? All the John + Jane = Love pissed me off. No, John and Jane, you are not cute, you’re bastards.
Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof station is one the few modern buildings I photographed. I liked the contrast between old and new in Berlin, but I definitely photographed the old more.
Another photo from the memorial. I must have looked like a stalker perched within the pillars waiting for a person to enter my frame.
Another shot of the Berlin Cathedral. I have been shooting too much HDR in Europe, but I think this one is done the right way. I love the bike, the street light, everything.
This shot took me about 4 minutes to get. There was a girl posing like an idiot while her boyfriend laid on his back shooting her. How are you not embarrassed to take those pictures? And that is some whipped boyfriend to put up with that.
Back in Mauer Park, this is my second favourite photo from Berlin. I love how you can just sit there and pick at the faces from the crowd.
Another shot from the Berlin Wall. I took quite a few photos there, but then again, who hasn’t.
When crossing the tunnel to photography the “Dome” from the other side of the road, I saw this scene. Sometimes, it’s not what you expect to be shooting.
Last photo from Mauer Park. I love this photo and the composition, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t about 20% talent and 80% luck and good timing.
My favourite photo from Berlin because it shows all my favourite sides of the city: architecture, alternative people, and a little bit of imagination.
Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on Google+. to learn a little bit more about me and my work.