StoNur on the Road – Color Splash

Font Màgica - Magic Fountain - Barcelona
Font Màgica – Magic Fountain – Barcelona

One of Barcelona’s biggest attractions is the Magic Fountain (Font Màgica) below the Palau Nacional at the start of Vinguda Reina Maria Cristina. Built in 1929 for the International Exhibition, the fountain offers a spectacular display of water acrobatics that is synchronized with music  and lights which generate over 50 kinds of shades and hues. The water beams create a magic dance which unfolds before the eyes of a usually quite big crowd. For more photos and explanations how I approached this colorful night time shooting continue reading after the jump….

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Blue Hour on the Pegnitz

Blue Hour
Blue Hour  | Nuremberg | 2008

One from the archives – Blue Hour on the Pegnitz River. Visible in the Background is the Hallertorbrücke, the Western exit of the Pegnitz from Nuremberg’s Old Town. The bridge house made out of sand stone was built in 1697 in place of the original wooden bridge constructed 1564.

The photo was taken with 1/3 sec at f/4 and ISO 800. Camera was on a tripod. I forgot to dial the ISO down (what is the sense of having the cam on a tripod and not shooting on lowest native ISO). But somehow I like the noise in the image, so I kept it. It is so much fun to shoot during the blue hour, you should try it!.

Tomorrow is once more a travel day, I’m heading to Detroit for a day and a half of meetings, will be back in Nuremberg Saturday.

Have a nice day!

Marcus

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Monday Mountains (4)

Monte Rosa
Monte Rosa | Italy | 2004
This week’s Monday Mountains features majestic Monte Rosa (Mont Rose), the second highest mountain in the Alps and of Europe, with its main summit (Dufour Peak)  rising to 4,634 m (15,203 ft) above sea level. The mountain is on the border between France (Valais Region) and Italy (Piedmont and Aosta Valley Regions).  From the Swiss side Monte Rosa can be reached from Zermatt which also sports the world famous Matterhorn.

I took this photo on a freezing morning (15 degrees Fahrenheit) from the Italian ski resort of Champoluc. The wind was blowing ice clouds off the mountain.

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

The Streets of Nuremberg passed another mile stone yesterday, reaching 1000 followers. A sincere “Thank you” to all of you, that is simply blowing me away. I would have never thought this would happen when I started this blog just about one year ago.

Have a great week!

Marcus

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Super Sunday

Cathedral
Cathedral of Light | Texas | 2015

Super Sunday is here. Super Bowl LI is upon us. The Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots. Since my days as exchange student in the USA in 1984-85 I’m an American Football enthusiast. Since then I have watched every single Super Bowl live on TV, even when here in Germany the game is on in the middle of the night. Not to mention that during NFL season usually my Sunday evenings are full of football as well. So you can call me a hardcore fan of this game. I rather not mention that since my exchange year my heart belongs to a team that has been notoriously success less  in the past twenty years, even though in this year they showed some signs of life again. I hope I live to see them reach the big game once more.

To see more monochrome photos of one of my live football experiences and read about some  of my thoughts about the game continue reading after the jump…..

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Instant Inspiration (11) – Change of Perspective

Spiral Harmony
Spiral Harmony | Vatican | 2004

The weekend is finally here, and with it a new episode of my “Instant Inspirations”. If you feel you suffer from “Photographer’s Block”  or simply want to shoot something that you have never tried or at least not recently, then this series is for you. My inspiration for you in episode 11 is to try a change of perspective. In my very first episode of “Instant Inspirations” I talked about “getting down low”. Today’s post is about looking down, looking up and looking outside in. To see my other change of perspective photographs continue reading after the jump….

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude

Solitude
Solitude | Cremona | 2016

I’m getting the hang of these photo challenges.  This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme “Solitude”. And I can once again match that with fun of my Street Photography photographs. Well, “street” is relative, as this image was taken inside a church in Italy. For me this is a perfect representation of solitude.

For me solitude is nothing negative. I don’t mind being alone at times. I’m alone a lot when traveling on business, at least while in the hotel in the evenings. But I’m at peace with that. Those evenings I spend with a good book or with photography. There are always photos I need to work on, there are blogs to read or blogposts to write. Sometimes I grab my cam and head out on the hunt for some new images. Perhaps I’m at ease when alone because I have a family and friends I can return to.

I acknowledge there are many that have no one to turn to. And those might hate being alone.

Photo taken with my Olympus PEN-F at 1/20 sec @ f/5.4 and ISO 1600. Lens was the mZuiko 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Travel Zoom. Monochrome conversion in Lightroom CC.

Have a great weekend!

Marcus

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Music

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A man and his trumpet | Nuremberg | 2016

I recently have discovered the Weekly Photo Challenges on WordPress for me. It is so much fun to try to answer these challenges with Street Photography images. This week’s theme of Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge is “Music”.

Frequent readers probably have already seen my four entries for the “monochrome music” challenge.

To see all my other monochrome music photographs for Cee’s challenge and for the links to the original posts continue reading after the jump….

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I’m only looking

Silent Virtue
Silent Virtue | Nuremberg | 2016

Detail of a bronzen face on Nuremberg’s Fountain of Virtue (Tugendbrunnen) created by Bendikt Wurzelbauer in the years 1584-1589, situated next to the North Tower of St. Lorenz  Church.

It was a conscious try at a high key photo with a very narrow depth of field to fully blur out the passing shoppers. I dialed in 2/3 of a stop positive exposure compensation. Image taken with the Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 17mm f/1.8 prime lens at 1/250 sec, f/3.5 and ISO 200. There is this rumor that mirrorless cameras can’t create a decent bokeh…

Have a great day!

Marcus

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Instant Inspiration (10) – Nocturnal Skyline

Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek | Hong Kong | 2 sec @ f/3.5 and ISO 100

The perfect way to start into February  is with Episode 10 of my Instant Inspirations (links to previous editions at the end of this post). Today I talk a bit about photographing nocturnal skylines and want to provide you with some inspirations to give your skyline photography some fresh angles, which of course would be also valid for shooting skylines during the day. To find out more about how you can bring some new life into your city skylines continue reading after the jump….

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