Month: January 2017

Monday Mountains (3)

Montblanc

Mont Blanc | France | 2012

Early morning light touches the summits in the Mont Blanc mountain range in the French Alps, captured from a plane at 28.000 ft en route from Toulouse to Munich. Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco in Italian) rises to 4,808 m (15,774 ft) and is shared by both France and Italy.

With the exception of intercontinental flights, where I prefer to take an aisle seat, I always try to get myself a window seat when flying. I never tire of observing the world passing underneath. And sometimes you are rewarded with great photo opportunities, like on this February morning when flying along the Alps.

Taken with a Canon PowerShot G12 with 1/400 sec at f/4,5, 140mm focal length (full frame equivalent) and ISO 80. Once again, when you shoot through airplane windows, use an open aperture (low f-stop number) and focus to infinity so you minimize image degradation through scratches and blemishes on the glass, even when in the case of this image you would have probably gotten away with it.

Let me see your Monday Mountains…post a link in the comment section and make this a new WordPress regular category.

Have a great week!

Marcus

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CDG

CDG | Paris | 2013

There is something classic, timeless, about this flight board in Terminal 2F of Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). This is also where the last Concord flights departed. Although I’m currently sitting in CDG as I wait for the final flight home to Nuremberg I pulled this image from an earlier visit to Paris from the archives (when just transiting you don’t get there unless you want to exit the security area). Designed by architect Paul Andreu, Terminal 2 was constructed in the 1980’s and expanded in the early 1990’s.

This is another example of “the best camera is the one you have with you”…I took this photo with the iPhone 4s I had at that time. Just loved the elegance of this extraordinary flight board and its reflection on the shiny floor. I had to capture it and it had to be Black and White.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Marcus

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Travel Day

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound | USA | 2017

What a week, what a trip. Portland (Oregon), Cypress (California) and Plano (Texas) all in one week. Some readers asked about some shots from Southern California. There are non. I did have a dinner at Huntington Beach, but it was dark and apart from this dinner event there were only airports, hotels, meeting rooms. After a full week away from home (I left last Sunday before sunrise, will return this Sunday late afternoon) I’m looking forward for some nights at home, before heading back to the US (Detroit) the week after next. Right now I sit in the Lounge at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Intl, waiting for my transatlantic flight to Paris. There is nothing glorious about Business Travel. Photographically I’m happy noneless, ’cause I got this great shot of the Heineken Bar I already posted. One good shot a week makes me happy 🙂

You all have a great Sunday!

Marcus

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Repurpose

Repurpose

Repurpose | Tanzania | 2016

Yessss…I did it again 😉 Also this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge “Repurpose” I can answer with a Street Photography image.  A man making shoe soles out of old car tires. If this does not qualify as being a repurpose I don’t know what else could….

I took this photo in the Streets of Moshi in Tanzania.  The camera I used was my Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 14-150mm Travel Zoom, image details are 1/100 sec, f/5,6 @ ISO 200 and 42mm focal length (= 84mm full frame equivalent due to the m4/3 crop factor of 2).

Have a great weekend!

Marcus

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Happy Birthday, Streets of Nuremberg

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday | Nuremberg | 2017

A year ago today I started my photography blog “Streets of Nuremberg” with the post Shooting on a rainy Saturday. Completely new to blogging I had no idea what I got myself into and where this would lead me. My idea was to use it as sort of my own photographic diary as well as my space on the web where I could share with others my experiences on my way deeper into photography and some tips and inspirations for others to try.

The Journey was amazing! I would have never expected what this blog has developed into. First of all, and most important of all, I would like to extend a big, huge, gigantic and heartfelt “THANK YOU” to all my readers, followers and supporters!

For a few insights into this amazing ride, some reflections and outlook to what’s to come continue reading after the jump….

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Monday Mountains (2)

Giant under the Stars

Giant under the Stars | Germany | 2009

I never expected the positive response to my first “Monday Mountains” post last week, showing an areal view of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kenya. So here is the second edition. As my blog is running on CET this post might actually show as being published on Tuesday, but as I’m currently on a business trip to Los Angeles this technically is still Monday evening due to the nine-hour time difference. So it counts 😉 ….

The mountain depicted here is the Watzmann,  a mountain in the Bavarian Alps south of the village of Berchtesgaden.  Rising to 2713 meters (8900 feet) it is the third highest peak in Germany, and the highest located entirely on German territory.

As in last weeks Monday Mountains I gave some tips towards shooting out of an airplane window, this week I can give you some inspirations towards night photography. When I took this image of Mt. Watzmann from the balcony of a hotel room in Berchtesgaden it was actually pitch dark outside. Mounted on a tripod I set my Nikon D80 (that I was using back then) to an exposure time of 164 seconds, so almost three minutes. The f-stop (aperture) was f/5. As the camera was mounted on a tripod I used the lowest ISO of 100 for maximum image quality. I used self timer (2 seconds) to avoid any camera shake after pressing the shutter. Due to the long exposure time the star trails also nicely appeared in the night sky.

The details that come out of a long exposure night photography are simply amazing. Moonlight is very soft, so it maximizes the textures that come out of an image. You have to try this!

Have a great week!

Marcus

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Starstruck

StarStruck | Amsterdam | 2017

My first international travel of the year at least brought the opportunity of doing some photography while connecting through Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, on my way to Portland, Oregon.  As you know from previous episodes of my series “Street? Airport!”, airports buzzing with travelers provide some awesome opportunities for some quick street shooting while passing through the terminals enroute to the gate. For another shot from this bar and some “bonus” aerial views from my Delta flight from AMS to PDX continue reading after the jump….

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

Garceful

Who says Street Photography can’t produce graceful images?  This is my entry for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge “graceful” .

I took this photo of the backlit silhouette of a girl gracefully running in front of a fountain with gloomy thunderstorm clouds overhead in Munich.  The camera I used was my Ricoh GR II, image details are 1/400 sec, f/7,1 @ ISO 160.  The Ricoh has a fixed lens with 18mm focal length (equals 28mm in full frame).

Have a great weekend!

Marcus

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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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