December Days: light studies

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When I started to take photos with the Instant app, one motive popped up again and again. The tree and street lamp across our office with an interesting wall of corrugated metal. It’s not spectacular, but what makes it the topic of my studies is the light. It changes within minutes and every time something different is enlightened. The wall, the last leaves, the reflection of our office windows on the wall. Just look at these photographs. Sure they are edited with a random filter, but look at the light, the spots of light. Isn’t it fascinating?

Light adds the magic to almost every photograph. Light creates interesting contrasts. I want to lern the magic, to get my hands on it.

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Try it yourself. Choose one motive you can watch over day and take several photos, once in a while. When you compare them, you can spot the difference and where the magic lies.

December Days: one thing, ten perspectives

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A few days ago I watched this video about photo assignments and found the assignment so interessting, that I tried it then and there. Ignoring the fact, that I was in the office, actually working. But sometimes a girl just has to do, what she’s got to do, you know?

 

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The assignment: Choose 1 thing and take photos from 10 different perspectives.

 

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Simple, isn’t it? It was fun. You can see the images here. I choose my MacBook and was astonished, how fast I came up with new ideas. It was simply fun and set my inspiration on fire. Try it! I will definitely do it again, and again, and again.

photo walk: pair

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A new experience for me. I do photo walks for quite a while. I started in 2012 inspired by Elise Blaha. In 2014 I attended even a Worldwide Photo Walk in Berlin, but doing a photo walk with a couple of friends was a new experience for me. Since no one of them had ever done a photo walk before, we started with a simple topic ‘rectangle’. Too simple as we learned. So we changed the topic within one street to ‘pair’. And that my friends, was a real challenge for me. It was much harder and a little bit more abstract as my usual topics.

At first, I thought, there wasn’t many pairs around or too hard to find. But then my mind and eyes adjusted to the topic and I found more and more, as always. It always takes a little time to get the mind focus on the topic, but then it clicks and the right motives pop up everywhere. The trouble with the topic ‘pair’ was, that the motives weren’t that distinct. I had to decide each time, if the objects applied in my opinion as pair or not. It wasn’t as easy as red objects or doors, but I liked the challenge and will surely do more of these in the future.

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photo walk: rectangle

photo walk: rectangle

Lesson lerned. Don’t choose a theme, that’s too simple. Last week we went on our first group photo walk with six friends. Because no one ever did a photo walk before, I recommended a simple topic like ‘rectangles’. Everyone agreed and started walking. It took us exactly one street to notice, that looking for ‘rectangles’ in a city is simply boring. We changed the topic then and there to something more difficult: ‘pair’.

I don’t say, that rectangles or shapes in general are non of a challenge, but it’s essential to choose the right context, the right environment. In an area, where everything is made up out of rectangles and geometric shapes it’s not much of a challenge. It would have been more challenging, if we did it on a walk through a forest or along cornfields. Another bad example would be, to do a photo walk with ‘green’ in a forest in spring or summer. So be sure to choose the right topic for the region you are planning to walk.

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photo walk: green

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Everytime I start to a new photo walk I consider several themes and choose one before I’m out of the door. Everytime I doubt finding enough motives, but then I see the first thing and next to it the second. Suddenly everywhere pops something up. Like yesterday, when I chose ‚green‘ as my theme for the walk. I really doubted, that I would find much more than plants, but I forgot how colorful Berlin is. There were green doors, green graffitis, green shop signs and some more. Within an hour I had over 40 different motives together. I think, when you choose to shoot one theme, the brain focuses mainly on finding fitting things automatically. It’s like looking for Waldo. The brain is trained to search for a red-white striped thingy and blends everything else out. It’s amazing, what you can find with this technic.

Somewhere along the way an old man asked: ‚Do you take a photo of everything?‘ ‚No‘ I said ‚today just everything that’s green.‘ Sounds a little bit crazy, right? The man looked a little irritated till I explained, that I do photo walks with a theme to train my photographic eye and the use of my camera. We talked on for a while. When I walked on I had to smile. Yes, it sounds crazy taking photos of things, that are green. But it’s the best training I can think of and I found the most fun and beautiful things looking for little details on the photo walks, that most people will overlook.

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My very first photo walk was about ‘white‘. Colors are a very easy start to do a photo walk, because you train your eyes to look for everything and on unusual places. Therefore I started with several color themed photo walks back then:
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You can see how my photography style evolved over the years in big parts thanks to those photo walks. Find more photo walks here.

photo walk: house numbers

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Another blue sky Sunday with icy cold winds blowing around every street corner here in Berlin. Much too cold and uncomfortable to take a long walk, but okay for a short photo walk. I photographed house numbers today. A theme that’s been on my mind for a long while and today seemed like the perfect day. I hadn’t planned this photo walk and prepared a route with the most interesting house numbers, so we just walked around aimlessly. Therefore the numbers we found, weren’t that fabulous and different. So there will be definitely a second photo walk with this theme in the future and much better planned. But for now, I really like the few motives I found.

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photo walk: pattern II


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In 2015 I want to do one photo walk a month to get better in using my DSLR camera in manual mode and broaden my mind. Last Sunday I just started to walk without a concrete theme in mind. I passed several motives, but it wasn’t till I saw this beautiful green wall, when I knew my theme: pattern. I did this theme already in 2012, but it was one of my first and that shows. Therefore it was time to give it another chance.

The weather was beautiful although icy cold, but the blue sky and warm sunshine made the patterns look even more wonderful and sunny. I loved especially the colorful window inside the old Zionskirche at Prenzlauer Berg and the old, broken walls.


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