How to shoot the obvious, part deux / by Tom Henderix

Continuing my previous post, different subject this time. If you haven't read the previous post on how to work a scene, read that one first here.

This time subject is the Reichstag building, still in Berlin. And I'm still using only the Fujifilm X-T1 and the 35mm focal length. No wide angles, so it's not easy to capture the vastness of the building. Even standing quite some distance away, it's hard to capture the essence. Arriving at the building, even from quite some distance, this is looking tough.

Take a snap, meh, not interesting enough. It's a vast building, but I don't like how I can't get it in the frame. Perhaps it would be better just to focus on the details. Time to move inside, up to the dome for which it's most famous.

That's about as much of the dome as I seem to be able to frame without including other stuff that detracts from the image. I'm liking the lines and the shadows, but it's not quite there yet... Okay, so perhaps get even closer then?

Lines, shadows, reflections, but it doesn't speak to me. It's missing something, let's try the inside walkways instead.

Strong light, so people appear as silhouettes, yes, that seems to work for me. And I like the German flag, but I need to keep looking for that frame that brings it all together. While moving, it's always a good idea to look back or down in this case. Nice, I'm liking the geometry. That'll do as far as the dome goes. Now for the other shot I want...


Looking up again, I see a kid moving into a sliver of light. The other people are still silhouettes if they don't start moving. Wait for the kid to move into the light. And click.

Captured the dome, captured some movement in the people and the flag, some reflections in the mirror assembly. Not the generic shot of the Reichstag that you'll find everywhere, so that'll do just fine.