Gendarmenmarkt | December 2017
Published on: 20th December 2017
By David Noton
From the steps of the Französischer Dom the view of the Christmas market nestled in the square below is enough to make even Scrooge feel festive. It’s not even 4pm yet but the lights in the market and the imposing Deutscher Dom on the opposite side of the square are starting to glow as the revellers below tuck into wursts washed down with tall beers or gluhwein. I’m planning to join them soon, but first I must nail this shot; the moment is nigh.
Thanks to its location this Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt is one of the most atmospheric in Berlin. Atmosphere and joviality were not aspects I remember in the bleak East Berlin I last visited almost 27 years ago. The Wall had come down, but the division between the west and east was still stark. Not now; the former east is the place to be, especially in the last week before Christmas. I’m glad I came; I’ve had a fulfilling time trudging the streets and photographing some of the more pertinent historical locations this city is littered with. You’ll be able to read all about it in the next issue of the f11 Photography Magazine.
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This month’s video blog from Brittany; if you’re not yet an f11 Member there’s a free preview here
This month in the December Edition of the f11 Photography Magazine we have exclusively for the perusal of our f11 Members the second instalment of our Behind the Lens feature from Brittany, with an accompanying Video Blog. Again, if you’re not an f11 member you can see a preview of this Video Blog here.
The Workflow series reaches its seventh part with a look at the process of the removal of imperfections and unwanted objects, also with an accompanying post-production video. The other post-production video in this month’s edition deconstructs the processing of a misty autumnal woodland panorama. I also Field Trial Lee Filters’ new Proglass neutral density filters. Meanwhile Ben Pipe has been shooting speedy cyclists at the London Velodrome, and the Guest Feature spotlights Nicolas Logerot to find out how life is as a commercial photographer in rural France. And then there are your images in the Member’s Gallery.
At the Brandenburg Gate there’s a lot of photography going on. Based on this evidence the craft of photography is in rude health, even if selfies predominate. When I was last shooting here the casual visitor just couldn’t capture this scene of the iconic landmark illuminated against the dusk sky; a tripod was a must. Now anyone with a phone can. But what happens to the pictures afterwards, and where is photography as a craft, art and profession going? Clearly there’ll be plenty to keep us on our toes next year in the f11 Photography Magazine.
Here at David Noton Photography we wish you all A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!