Yep, no black and white yet!
I’ve been developing and scanning like mad to get my films ready for a post but the black and white stuff will still take some time.
So for the moment here are my color impressions of Berlin. It’s just the last 24 exposures of the film that was already in my XA2 and I don’t want to waste anything, ever.
Mind you, it’s just my impressions of Berlin. In no way I want to deliver any statement about this city I have only visited for 2 days.
And anyways I’m not one for the usual tourist traps…. no Berlin Wall, no… OK you got me, I snapped the ‘Fernsehturm’. Found guilty!
What did I see this first evening in Berlin? Well, unlike Luxembourg, it’s a big city, a real city! Luxembourg city would not even fill a small district of Berlin.
Then again, it’s not as ancient as Luxembourg. Most of Berlin has been rebuilt since the end of the war and this building frenzy shows with buildings both dilapidated and spanking new.
You have to house those millions of people and this is the ugly result:
And of course some more dubious architectural deviances like this…
The people are a multicultural mix that’s very interesting.
But Berlin is not only the hustle and bustle of the main roads and the big Plazas. It has it’s more quite corners.
And of course, there’s the Berliner’s love for the bicycle! Driving in Berlin is not only a desperate search for your destination but a constant eye on the bicycles.
Here there’s just a handful, but more of those soon in the black and white post!
Just two more bikes for you, deeply in love!
One last thing that struck me is the number of people foraging in the trashcans… Never saw that in any other city (but then again I am not the greatest traveller).
And in the end just some more words about the camera I used, the humble Olympus XA2. I don’t know how Yoshihisa Maitani, the genius who developed this camera for Olympus (and other marvels like the Olympus PEN, Trip 35 or OM1 models) did the trick but this camera can’t be bothered by the most impossible lighting conditions.
Straight into the sun, some light flare but exposure is spot on and the result very pleasing. Only thing that can go wrong is my focusing!
All photos are straight out of the scanner, with Silverfast and the Fujifilm Superia 200 preset!
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it.
And see you soon for the darker part of Berlin!