Weekend break in Germany

What’s Occurring
Santa Claus flies over Hamburg Christmas market.

Last weekend we had a short break in Germany.  We met family and friends, and sampled a few Christmas markets.

We flew from Stansted to Lübeck early Saturday morning.  We then met Imke’s sister and family at the railway station before heading off to the Christmas markets.  Our friends, who we were going to stay with, met up with us for the evening.  The next day they showed us a few attractions in Mölln before going on to Hamburg.

I set myself a challenge to capture the atmosphere with some street photography. The challenge was made more interesting by only using a fixed 50mm lens and using the camera in manual mode.  This proved to be hard due to variable lighting conditions and making split second decisions with compromises for; shutter speed, depth of field and noise with high ISO settings.  Working in crowded spaces made it difficult to achieve the right distance between me and my subject.

Here are a few of my favourite photographs that I hope capture some of the atmosphere of Christmas and the places.  Enjoy.

Woman selling marzipan from Leubeck's famous Niederegger marzipan, which is supposed to be the purest form of marzipan you can buy.

Woman selling marzipan from Lübeck's famous Niederegger marzipan, which is supposed to be the purest form of marzipan you can buy.

Inside the Niederegger marzipan shop a sales woman is gift wrapping the customer's purchase.

Inside the Niederegger marzipan shop a sales woman is gift wrapping the customer's purchase.

A man negotiating with a Christmas market trader who is only illuminated by the flame coming from his lamp.

A man negotiating with a Christmas market trader who is only illuminated by the flame coming from his lamp.

Snap shot of Imke taken with a devil/jester kind of statue we found between market stalls.

Snap shot of Imke taken with a devil/jester kind of statue we found between market stalls.

I noticed this trader earlier with his striking attire.  This was a "decisive moment" kind of shot as I took this photograph as we were leaving and he looked up at me.  If the camera hadn't been in manual mode, the camera would have been fooled into over exposing this shot due to the darkness behind my subject.

I noticed this trader earlier with his striking attire. This was a "decisive moment" kind of shot as I took this photograph as we were leaving and he looked up at me. If the camera hadn't been in manual mode, the camera would have been fooled into over exposing this shot due to the darkness behind my subject.

Portrait of Imke's nephew and girlfriend taken after we take refuge from the bitter cold for refreshments.

Portrait of Imke's nephew and girlfriend taken after we take refuge from the bitter cold for refreshments.

After Imke's family leave to return to Kiel, we meet our friends who we were staying with. Annegret is buying a round of gluhwein.

After Imke's family leave to return to Kiel, we meet our friends who we were staying with. Annegret is buying a round of glühwein.

Candles are lit along each aisle in Annegret's local church, which create leading lines towards the cross and children practising for the carol services.

Candles are lit along each aisle in Annegret's local church, which create leading lines towards the cross and children practising for the carol services. Can you imagine that being allowed in England with all our health and safety regulations? 🙁

Street photography taken along Hamburg's harbour has lots of space.

Street photography taken along Hamburg's harbour has lots of space.

This is one of my favourite street photos with the young couple feeding the Seagulls with its complete narrative no explanation is needed.

This is one of my favourite street photos with the young couple feeding the Seagulls with its complete narrative no explanation is needed.

Our final treat at the harbour was to learn about the foot tunnel that goes under the river Elbe.  It was originally built for workers to cross under the river to the industrial side of the river.

Our final treat at the harbour was to learn about the foot tunnel that goes under the river Elbe. It was originally built for workers to cross under the river to the industrial side of the river. We then had a drive along the Reeperbahn before going to the town centre Christmas market where the photo of Santa Claus was taken.

I hope you enjoyed these photographs as a break from my commercial/social photography.

If you’ve got any thoughts or comments on street photography or my photographs above, please share in the comments field below.

About the author: Director, Photographer & Artist of PatB Photography. Award winning photographer and member of SWPP & SIFGP. Featured in cosmopolitan.co.uk, Photo Pro, Alt Fashion. Clients include; BT, Samurai Sports, ItalClean, KeyAgent & AutoTrader.

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