(Fontanepromenade with view of the Garnisonskirche, Berlin Kreuzberg)
Usually I’m anything but an early bird. But after having started taking photographs, I more and more came to realise that waking up early and dragging my rather unenthusiastic and sleepdeprived body (and mind) outside, does have its benefits as there are far less people around obstructing the view on buildings and places. 😉
(Fontanepromenade looking north)
Naturally it’s much easier for me to do that in summer than during the winter, and so the amount of images taken early in the morning will definitely be a very small one. Funny enough it’s not so much the cold that keeps me from pursuing this new found hobby but the lack of natural light. If the sun is shining I couldn’t care less how freezing cold it is outside, I go out there and discover my city (ok, let’s be honest with myself: I draw the line at -10° C/14°F 😉). But sadly those days are really rare here in Berlin.
I also started editing my photos with snapseed which I downloaded a couple of weeks ago (you may have noticed my poinsettia picture at Christmas had also been edited). Normally I’m a purist when it comes to photographs that is to say I like to leave them exactly as they were when I shot them.
This however doesn’t keep me from admiring photos that have been highly edited if the result is stunningly beautiful. 😄
With my new editing software though I discovered the pleasure of reinventing my photos, to make 2 pieces of art instead of just one, to transport the picture to a different level of storytelling if you like. Because that’s one of the things every picture, be it a painting, drawing or a photograph, does in my mind – tell us a story.
(Fontanepromenade after editing with snapseed)
I also discovered that when editing my photos I tend to give them a gothic kind of feel, somehow imagining it to be the cover of a gothic/horror novel, thriller or detective story. 😅
(Garnisonskirche after editing with snapseed)
So here I give you not only the photos of my early morning walk but also their highly edited twins. Please let me know what you think of them and if you also have to reign your editing horses in sometimes! 😉