How to capture Hamburg’s architecture in the best way

Our first MOIA Instaride

The sun sits at a perfect angle while our MOIA is in the middle of the beautiful Speicherstadt, as five photographers look for the perfect shot of Hamburg. We share the best tips from our first Instaride in the Hanseatic city.

Photographer Johannes Berger was the host of our first Instaride. He was joined by the four winners of a raffle in his Insta community: Anja, Cara, Witti and Jonas. Together, they set off to discover the most beautiful photo spots in Hamburg and exchange one or two tips for the perfect photo.

The day began in the best of Hamburg's bad weather. Everyone got into the MOIA and travelled together to the first stop of the day, the Michaelisbrücke bridge. The view of the Ellerntorsbrücke from here is characteristic of the Fleets of the Hanseatic city and the perfect spot for the first photo. The professional offered his first tip: "In order to give a photo depth and expression, it's worth shifting your perspective a bit downwards and using plants in the foreground as a natural frame". Johannes continued to pass on his experience to the participants: "Uncomfortable poses produce the best photos. So just sit on the ground or keep the camera dangerously close above the water surface," he said. "A long exposure gives you mirror-smooth water or long clouds." This classic photography technique is one that Witti in particular likes to use.

Witti uses a long exposure to achieve mirror-smooth water or long clouds.

With the first photos taken and some new insights gained, we went on to the Old Elbtunnel in the MOIA. This is probably one of the most frequently photographed tunnels, even beyond the borders of the Hanseatic city. There are a few things to keep in mind so that you can see through the tunnel. "Use the sidewalk as a guide line to lead the view to the centre of the picture. In addition, it is of course worthwhile to visit popular motifs at unpopular times. Getting up before everyone else is ultimately worth it if you get the perfect shot."

Johannes uses the sidewalk at the Alter Elbtunnel as a guide line to lead the view to the centre of the picture.

A quick look from the south side of the tunnel, then on to the next destination: the Speicherstadt. The local fleets and alleys should not be missed on a Hamburg photo tour, of course. The interplay with the sun produces beautiful pictures. The morning’s rain puddles presented Johannes with a chance to get the perfect picture: "Use the reflection of the water puddles to get new perspectives. And every picture shot in the reflection of a puddle is unique." Our chic MOIA was a wonderful setting for this.

After our participants produced their photo, we went to our last station. From the Oberhafenbrücke we had a wonderful view of the Ericusspitze, with a completely new perspective of the Hanseatic city. Similar to the plants at the Michaelis Bridge before, Anja, Cara, Witti and Jonas used the steel struts of the bridge as framing. Johannes offered one last professional trick: "It’s a good idea to use railings or similar surfaces as tripods, especially in bad weather conditions. This saves you from having to carry too much equipment and gives you wonderful shots".

Anja's shot on the beautiful industrial Oberhafenbrücke

To summarise of the day: our participants captured some wonderful moments and took Johannes's inspiration and tips with them for their next photos.

Thank you Johannes for sharing your knowledge with the community. And thanks to our MOIA rider Sebastian who took us from snapshot to snapshot in a relaxed way.

Did you miss our first Instaride? Don't worry, we've captured the entire tour in our Instagram Story Highlights.

Thanks to all the participants. We are looking forward to the next time. Maybe you'll be there for our next Instaride?