Month: September 2017

Back in Portland

Portland Color Night Steet Photography

It didn’t take me long to return to the Streets of Portland after my summer vacation. It was just one week, to be precise. Taking the 6am KLM flight from Nuremberg to Amsterdam and continuing with Delta for the 10 hour trip across the Atlantic was all to familiar routine. It is trip number 13 to the Pacific Northwest in 2017, and I’ll be here the next 10 days before heading back to Nuremberg for a week.

After lugging two Olympus cameras plus the big pro zooms around Namibia I travel rather light this time, just bringing the PEN-F plus the 12mm, 17mm and 25mm primes to do mainly street photography on the evenings I can escape into the city and for next weekend.

Also the rain in Rose City is all to familiar, but it is dearly needed to help extinguish all the bad wild fires that have plagued Oregon over the last months.

Portland Color Night Steet Photography

Portland Color Night Steet Photography

Portland Color Night Steet Photography

While in PDX I will finish my Namibia series in the next days and hope to add some fresh  photos from the Streets of Portland.

Have a great week!

Marcus

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High Key Wilderness

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Zebras in Etosha | Namibia | 2017

Somehow I have a hard time transitioning back to Street Photography, so here find another Africa post. While  sorting through my Namibia photos and selecting the ones I want to include in the photo book of our vacation, in a calendar etc…. I was also playing around with animal images I could convert to monochrome. I have a high key preset in Lightroom that I wanted to try out on panoramic groups of animals I photographed in Etosha National Park with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 40-150mm F/2.8 with the MC-14 Tele-Converter that increases focal length by factor of 1.4 . The Lightroom adjustments basically include increasing exposure and playing with the grad curves, were I increased the light midtowns and turned down the dark midtowns, to get that high key effect. I also increased the contrast and the clarity. To see more monochrome Etosha wilderness photos continue after the jump….

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Namibia Explored – Erongo Mountains

Sleeping Giraffe

Sleeping Giraffe | Namibia | 2017

A big giraffe sleeping all curled up like a dog? Are you kidding me? But look for yourself! If you want to find out if this really was a sleeping giraffe, and to read about our lonesome but fascinating hike to a cave up in the Erongo mountains were we found bushmen’s paintings and and carvings presumed to be more than five thousand years old, continue after the jump…. (more…)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

Sleeping Mr. Price

Sleeping Mr. Price | Tanzania | 2016

I have to say I missed the WPC Weekly Photo Challenges during my vacation. The current one with the theme “waiting” really is an easy one to meet with Street Photography images. Subways, airport bars and waiting areas near the gates as well as bus stops are great places to capture the “waiting moments”. Continue after the jump to see some more photographs of waiting people…. (more…)

Back on the Streets of Nuremberg

Purple Rain

Purple Rain | Nuremberg | 2016

After just three days in the office, Namibia seems to be a distant dream. Amazing, how fast a three week vacation can pass, when you are fully focused on making the most out of your family time while traveling through a truly magic country in Southern Africa.

Besides being back in the treadmill of the job that pays the bills, looking out the window is truly frustrating. Photographically speaking, instead of focusing about playing with the light in the great sand dunes of the Namib Desert, or dialing in a wide aperture to throw the background behind the lion’s head properly out of focus, I know need to start thinking again about making use of puddles to capture nice reflections.

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Well, know worries, there are plenty nice memories of Africa in the raw files on my MacBook’s SSD that still need sorting and working on. So you can expect a few more post as I finish up my “Namibia Explored” series in the coming days.

But outside it is cold, grey and rainy. Back on the autumn Streets of Nuremberg.

Check out my Learning Center with all my free tips and inspirations on photography, including puddle shooting 😉

Have a great week!

Marcus

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Namibia Explored – Cape Cross

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Cape Cross | Namibia | 2017

It’s travel day! We’re sitting at Windhoek Airport awaiting our flight back home to Germany after three magic weeks in Namibia.

While waiting for boarding I want to share the next episode of my “Namibia Explored” series, our trip from Swakopmund to Cape Cross.

Cape Cross actually has two major attractions, one of which heavily relates to Nuremberg.

To find out what it is and see some more photos of a colony of 250.000 seals continue after the jump….

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Namibia Explored – Sandwich Harbor

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Atlantic Ocean Dunes | Namibia | 2017

If you are an internet junkie, Namibia might not be the perfect place for your vacation. We had no web connection for more than a week, since leaving Swakopmund. We are currently in Etosha National Park in the north of Namibia, almost at the end of our three week Namibia vacation. So far it was a magic trip. But with my posts about Namibia I want to stay in sequence, so today I want to show you photos of a trip to the high sand dunes of Sandwich Harbor, where the Namib desert meets the cold waters of the South Atlantic Ocean.

We booked a day trip from Swakopmund with Turnstone Tours (as always, the included links are just for your reference, because I really liked the service, and I did not receive any benefits from posting the links). With our tour guide/driver Burger (hey Burger, if you ever read this, thanks for a super great day!!) we took of at 8:30 am from Swakopmund and drove down to Walvis Bay. On the 1.400 kilometers of Namibian coast line, there are only two natural harbors, Luderitz Bay and Walvis Bay, the rest is barren coast, with no fresh water and plenty of fog, appropriately named the “Skeleton Coast”. First stop was the Walvis Bay Lagoon, where we had beautiful views of the resident Flamingo population. For all the infos and the photographs of our great dune adventure continue after the jump…. (more…)