Christmas time in Berlin with a Ricoh GR
by Sebastian Jacobitz
“The Berlin Ku’Damm is the most prominent shopping street in Berlin.Â Normally the street is filled with people looking for the newest dresses or Cellphones. But when the sun leaves the scene, another characteristic is visible. Almost like a blurry dream, the series displays another side of the street. Creating those scenes with a flash and a longer shutter speed, the characters of the people become a different twist. Unimpressive, mundane & usual at day. Extraordinary, gritty & wild at night. This is Berlin in a photography series.”
The photos were taken during the Christmas Time in Berlin. The Ku’Damm is enlightened with all the Christmas decoration and offer a unique opportunity for this kind of Street Photography.
Often times we feel less motivated during the winter. Especially for photography, there seems this prejudice that we need good light in order to create good photographs. Often times I even hear that Street Photographers don’t want to go out for a photo walk when it is a little cloudy or rains a bit.
With this series, I wanted to challenge myself. Street Photography is always possible no matter the circumstances. Wherever I go I take the camera with me. A small RicohGR makes that possible.
Since Street Photography is about life and life mostly happens on the Christmas market during that time of the year I wanted to show the different facets.
Some people are more joyful because of the delicious hot wine. Others seem more lost in thought.
Either way, the light of the festive decorations in the background allowed me to create these blurry images.
With the flash in my hand, I am my own master. I don’t need to rely on the sun upon illuminating the scene, but I can consciously direct the focus.
The RicohGR was the ideal partner for that project. It is small enough to be controllable with one hand while having the flash in my other. The shutter speed varies between 1/5th of a second to 1/20th of a second, depending on the length of the light trails that I wanted to create. When facing a lot of background light, I chose a slightly faster shutter speed, to not overdo the effect.
To get these two different layers, I needed to get close to the subject to have a greater effect of the flash. Most images were created from a distance of 1.5m to 3m, which might scare you at first because you believe that people get angry.
From my own experience, this isn’t a problem. Street Photography with a flash is way easier than expected. If you haven’t tried it out, don’t miss that opportunity.
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Bio: I am Sebastian Jacobitz, a 29-year-old hobby Street Photographer from Berlin, capturing the everyday life in this city.