The Art of the Photo Walk

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Ryan Leon

Blogger and photographer Robin Schimko introduces his YouTube viewers to a new photo walk video he made in Berlin, Germany. Schimko photographs all over the city, ready to take the perfect photo at all times.

Watching “Berlin Street Photography” by Robin Schimko from the_real_sir_robin on YouTube really impressed me. I’ve never been into photography, so this was my first time seeing a video like this. Now that I’ve seen it though, photography is something that I am more interested in.

Photos from the Contax T2

Schimko used the Contax T2 to photograph and provided valuable feedback for it; the only negatives were the price tag and a lack of full manual controls. This feedback given for the camera was something I didn’t think I needed but was glad to hear in case I ever want to buy one for myslef. In fact, the photographs taken on the Contax T2 were so nice that I actually did think about buying it someday despite the negative feedback.

I loved every photo shown throughout the video because all of them act as their own unique story. This was enjoyable because it allowed me to view photography differently. I never knew so much narrative could be told in one photograph. 

Beauty and Music

Additionally, I really enjoyed seeing the sights of Berlin through the lens of a camera. This helped the video feel more entertaining. There were so many different photo opportunities for Schimko, and he used every single one of them to his advantage. Every photo taken was unique and simple enough that anyone could have done it the same way. Maybe not as good as Schimko, but the streets of Berlin are so nice that it would be hard for anyone not to take a good photo there.

There were so many things that made this video fun to watch; particularly the music. Schimko used lo-fi beats in the video, and they complimented the photos beautifully. This music helped them evoke a stronger sense of emotions out of me than they would have without. There’s just something about lo-fi beats in videos that enhances them. The photo walk would have felt very boring if there was nothing but the sound of Schimko’s voiceover.

The Art of Video and Photo

Something that I really enjoyed was the way the video was filmed. It was nice to see areas where photos were taken before hand. Although, there was a moment early on where he forgot to record footage for a few shots. Still, it was great seeing those moments captured in real time.

Also, the shots filmed from Schimko’s point of view were a great idea. The sight of his camera hitting eye level and going back down was a very nice touch. 

After seeing Schimko’s photo walk, I want to see even more work he has done. I can now say with absolute certainty that I will be checking out more of Schimko’s work, as well as other photo walks done by different photographers from now on.

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