Remembrance

Reinhold

Reinhold Söder | + 19 January 2012

5 years ago to this day my father-in-law lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, a great friend for so many. An Elementary School Principal, he was passionate about his school and “his” children. He was very engaged in his church community. He was a passionate traveler and photographer. He was someone to look up to. He is missed, every day. He continues to live in his daughters and his grandchildren. In our hearts and memories. And he is watching from above.

This is my 100th post on the Streets of Nuremberg. It is a coincidence. This blog is about photography. But this blog is also a bit about life. It couldn’t have been a better 100th post.

Marcus

A penny for his thoughts

In thoughts

In Thoughts | Kronach | 2016

The job that pays my bills has me fully absorbed in a major project. On one side that’s great. The downside is too much time away from home and right now no time to shoot. Not even a tiny little bit. After a fifteen hour work day there is only a chance for a quick dive into last years archive before I call it quits.

This photo I took at the Kronach Light Festival last year. This is what I wished for during the day. To take a quick timeout from the meetings, sit for a few minutes in a quiet, spiritual place, thoughts drifting, eyes gazing around, unwinding a bit, reloading the battery, then back to work with new strength. My cold is still bothering me. As much as the many photographic projects I have on my mood board and that will have to wait.

Image taken with the Olympus PEN-F and the mZuiko 17mm f/1.8 with 1/30 sec and f/1.8 at ISO1600, handheld, jpeg out of camera, cropped to 4×6 ratio in Lightroom. The PEN-F generates excellent jpegs as you can see. Besides cropping I did not touch this image in post processing.

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Monday Mountains

Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro | Africa | 2016

I’m not sure if that category ever existed on WordPress, but if not I’ve just created it: Monday Mountains. In front of the magic light of an African sunrise this is the silhouette of the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano and with 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) the highest mountain in Africa. I took this image out of a regional airliner enroute from Kilimanjaro Airport near Arusha in Tanzania to Nairobi International Airport in Kenya on our way back from our Tanzania trip in February 2016. The airplane flew about the same hight as the summit of Kilimanjaro.

The photo was taken with my Olympus E-PL7 with 1/80 sec @ f/5.6 and ISO 800 at 42mm focal length. I sacrificed a slightly higher ISO for a higher shutter speed to avoid camera shake due to vibrations in the cabin of the Turboprop aircraft. Focussing was easy as I used the sharp contrast of the mountain slope as target for my single focus field. The relatively large aperture is needed to avoid getting dirt or scratches inevitable for airplane windows in the image. Focusing on infinity and a large aperture (low aperture number) is always a good trick to get clean images when photographing through unclean windows.

With no time for Street Photography I’m scavenging last years archive for some more impressions from Tanzania.

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My Sunday Miracle

Miracle

Miracle | Moosbach | 2017

Like many places on this planet we were blessed with plenty snow this weekend. As I’m fighting a really nasty cold I didn’t use the opportunity to head into Nuremberg to photograph in the snow covered city. But Sunday late afternoon my significant other more or less kicked me out of the house for a little walk in the woods and fields behind our house. Initially I didn’t want to take a camera, but then again, which photographer leaves the house without one?  So I grabbed the PEN-F and we headed out the door.  And sure enough, in the trees just behind the house my little miracle happened.  For the story and a couple more snowy sunset photos from Frankonia continue reading after the jump…..

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Instant Inspiration (9) – Concert Photography

Olympus PEN-F Concert Photography

Olympus PEN-F with m.Zuiko 17mm f/1,8 | 1/60 sec @ f/2 ISO3200

In time for the weekend here is a new edition of my “Instant Inspirations”, something for you to try to overcome photographers block or if you simply want to give your photography a new angle. This ninth episode should inspire you to combine photography with music. How about using your camera to capture some fond memories of a memorable concert? For a bit of how-to, lots of photos and links to some previous episodes of “Instant Inspirations” continue reading after the jump…..

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Congratulations Hamburg !

Elbphilharmonie | Hamburg | 2016

Elbphilharmonie | Hamburg | 2016

Honor to whom honor is due – the Streets of Nuremberg congratulate Hamburg to a splendid opening of their new iconic concert house Elbphilharmonie, one of the largest and acoustically most advanced concert halls in the world. I just finished watching the fabulous live broadcast of the opening ceremony and concert in the presence of German President Gauck, Chancellor Merkel and 2000 invited guests. The music inside was accompanied by a spectacular light-show on the outside. 

Fore some facts about the “Elphi” as it is nicknamed by the Hamburgians and some more images from a visit in the Summer of 2016 continue reading after the jump…..

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StoNur’s Landscapes – Frankonian Sunset

Winter Sunset

Winter Sunset | Franken | 2017

Despite Streets Of Nuremberg being mainly a Street Photography blog I will throw in the occasional landscape photo. I took this image at the Scherauer Weiher, a fish pond near Leinburg to the East of Nuremberg. Here in Frankonia (Franken) we sure live in a beautiful area of Germany.

I took this photo with my iPhone. Remember the saying “the best camera is the one you have with you”? So true….

Have a great day!

Marcus

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Nuremberg Explored (4) – Historic Steam Train “Adler”

Adler

Adler | Nuremberg | 2008

After lots of photography related posts it is about time I show you some more of my hometown Nuremberg. In this latest episode of my series “Nuremberg Explored” I take you back some 180 years to the very beginnings of railway industry. For the whole story and more photos of the historic steam train continue reading after the jump….

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Street Photography Quick Tip (5)

Lost Feet

Lost Feet | Tanzania | 2016

Street Photography Quick Tip 5 – Composition – the hidden subject

In time for some Sunday shooting here is the fifth edition of my Street Photography Quick Tips. Some short, easy to read and easy to use tips that I think could help you while shooting in the streets. Today’s post is a first tip on composition – placing a hidden subject in your photo that catches the eye only on the second pass of the image, thus adding additional interest to the image.

Here, the smiling African boy holding the saw and waving his hand at me is the clear primary subject. But as you take in this friendly African Street Scene you notice the two naked feet sticking out from under the van. Now what happened here? Was another person just run over by the vehicle? Is some guy taking a nap in the shade of the van? Are these just the feet of a mechanic who is working on the van parked in front of a repair shop?

Adding an additional layer with an additional, hidden subject adds interest to your composition.

This photo was taken with my OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 Travel Zoom with 1/160 sec @ f/5.6 and ISO 250. Focal length was 90mm (equivalent to 180mm full frame with the m4/3 crop factor of 2).

Take your cam, hit the streets and find your own composition with a hidden subject. And have fun!

Marcus

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Sleeping Mr. Price

Sleeping Mr. Price | Tanzania | 2016

Street Photography Quick Tip 4 – Shoot out of a moving car or bus

On the heels of my latest Instant Inspiration  here is a new Street Photography Quick Tip. Street Photography isn’t limited to shooting while walking on the streets. You can do it as well shooting out of a moving car or bus, as you can see from my photograph “Sleeping Mr. Price” above, that I took in Tanzania through the window of a fast driving Land Cruiser.

Interesting street scenes are everywhere. Just make sure you set the camera to a fast exposure time (I suggest at least 1/1000 sec) to make sure the photo you take is still sharp, despite the moving car you are sitting in. This technique comes in handy when traveling in groups, where you can’t avoid being caught in buses and cars for hours and where the driver won’t stop just because you saw a nice street scene you wanted to capture. It  helps if you use a fast prime or zoom lens so you can use very short exposure times without having to increase the ISO too much. Switch your camera to manual focussing and pre-focus your camera to infinity so you don’t waste any time focusing while doing “drive-by-shooting”, set an aperture that ensures everything is sharp from 10 feet out and then just press the shutter.

This photo was taken with my OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro Lens with 1/2000 sec @ f/3.2 and ISO 200. Focal length was 36mm (equivalent to 72mm full frame with the m4/3 crop factor of 2). I did some cropping and straightening in Lightroom.

Take your cam and practice. And have fun!

Marcus

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