I am taking break from this blog

I think I will stop posting photos here. Reason is a very low interest in the content I post here compared to other sites. Just a 4 views per post in avarage. And very little photography related discussions, too. When discussing, people mostly react on the texts that are not directly related to the photos. I suppose this post will be more of the interest as it is not photography related.

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Trip to Berlin

In March I have visited Berlin. I traveled with another guy from my home country. It was very intensive three days and two nights long photo trip. Our host was my long term Flickr friend Markus. He visited Ostrava last year (where we were shooting together) and I promised him that I will come to Berlin, too. And I did.

Since Markus is a big fan of night shooting, it wasn’t hard to convince him to go out at night to make some long exposures. He even borrowed me his tripod as I left mine at home. Markus was great host. He took us to many places, where we would never go if we did just a regular tourist visit.

So I have ended up with mixture of photos – night photos, architecture, urban corners, industrial and even some street photos.

Night shooting. I had some practice before the trip to Berlin, but I am not so experienced night shooter. I even thought my m43 camera is not capable for night shooting. Well, it is capable. With some limits.

Here are some photos, that ended up sharp (not blurry). Nights in Berlin can get very windy. So I had to repeat many shots when wind was a bit weaker.

Wind wasn’t the only obstacle we had to face. It was also incredibly cold weekend. Even thought it was just 2 degrees bellow zero, it felt like minus 20. We swearing on the weather pretty hard. No, looking at the photos, it does not look like it was so dramatic.  It was a fight.

Okay. During the day it wasn’t so cold. And we even got some sunshine! So here are some urban/industrial shots made during the daylight.

Since Markus had some other program  on Saturday morning, he dropped us to Teufelsberg. It is a hill with remains of U.S. listening station that was used in Cold War. Nowadays it is a home of street art. Home of old VW vans and other interesting things.

And some photos in square crop:

Well, it is very photogenic location. And I can find tons of photos from there on the internet. No wonder!

I did not particular focus on street shooting while I was in Berlin. But I did some shots along the way.

And that would be about all.  More detail about the places in photo description. Berlin feels like a city of many cultures. I was especially supersized how big is a Turkish community. But also I encountered a lot of polish speaking people in the streets.

(c) Pavel P.

What to do with too many photos?

Photos from February and beginning of March. Need to speed up posting. Too many photos to be able to post only a one a day.  So I am putting them all here. More info in the titles of the photos.

But what to do with too many photos?

(c) Pavel P.

To use photography filters or not?

I has been discussed many times. Use photography filters or rather keep photos as close to original as possible? This is a hard one. I personally have a dilemma here.  There are times I use them a lot. Other times, I would rely only to what comes out of the camera.

Should capture a photo which is, in our eyes,  would be as close to reality as possible? Or should we alter the images to the extent that we like?

Depends on everybody’s decision. What concept person chooses is based on experience and believes. And age? Cultural background?

All three photos above are straight out of the camera.

(c) Pavel P.

Why I switched to dumb phone.

Yes, I actually ditched my smartphone. The situation was unbearable. Smartphone connected to the internet is highly addictive device. I was heavy smartphone user for about 7 years. I checked it in the morning. I checked it before I fell asleep. I checked it in the restaurants during family lunch. I communicated on social media while driving my car. I relied on Google search. On navigations. It happened to be most important thing. Not having it in my pocket caused that I felt nervous. I became addicted. I depended on this device in almost everything. I was just unable to put it away.

Also in connection with social media and liking culture, it was just too much. I would check whats new on Facebook if new likes or comments or whatever was going on. Than I would check all other apps – Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter. And when I was done I would go back to Facebook if anything new showed up. Just crazy.

So I bought Nokia phone with no possibility to connect to Internet. It has 0,3 megapixel camera. Which means, that I use it only when necessary. Not for picture taking, because it is very low quality images.

Now I use phone to make and receive calls and write text messages. Thats all.

It wasn’t easy. I felt quite desoriented first couple of weeks. Re-learning how to deal without it.

But it is doable. I have been using my Nokia for approximately two months now. I feel more confident and less distracted. I have more time for my own thoughts. More time to read books. When I want to be on the internet, I turn on my laptop and I do what I want to do.

What helped me was the awereness that I am not the only one who switched to dumphone for exactly same reasons. There is tons of articles and videos when I searched the internet for “Why I switched to dumb phone”.

This video summs it up: Generation of idiots . Or this acticle Why a dumb phone is a smart move is also nicely written.

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(c) Pavel P.