Month: June 2018

Mysterious New York City

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

I’m in a bit of a gloomy mood today, not only for yesterday’s depressing World Cup loss of Team Germany, that was well deserved and does not leave much room for any hope of going very far in this tournament.

I had this post on my launchpad for quite some time now. Trying to look at New York City in a very different way, I took a creative approach in post-processing. After monochrome conversion of my Olympus RAW files in Lightroom Classic CC, I played with selective blurring and darkening to create this moody series about some ironing NYC sites. To see them all continue after the jump…. (more…)

Matchday

Nuremberg World Cup-2

Finally the World Cup fever is properly settling in. I was in the kitchen all morning preparing food for a big soccer party with our neighbors this afternoon when Germany takes on Mexiko in their quest to defend the Cup. The weather is fine, so we’ll watch together in our driveway on the big screen. Plenty of food and drinks and hopefully a good match. Let the games truly begin!

Nuremberg World Cup

Nuremberg World Cup-3

Have a great Sunday

Marcus

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Game On

True Fans | Marseille | 2016

True Fans | Marseille | 2016

The World Cup has kicked off in Russia. Soccer is the national sport of Germany, and 80 Million head coaches are trying to figure out the best starting lineup for the first match of the defending World Champion on Sunday versus Mexico.

As I write this I’m sitting on my couch and watch the match of tournament favorite France playing the Soccaroos from Australia. Amazingly, they are tied at 1:1 going into the last 15 minutes.

I enjoy the downtime after a rough week in the office, made worse by some serious IT issues with my work laptop. Working privately on Mac infrastructure, I’m always amazed by the low cost / low quality equipment they give us to work with 10 hours a day.  Ridiculous.

Late for the Game | Marseille | 2016

Late for the Game | Marseille | 2016

These soccer street photos  I took when visiting the Euro 2016 semifinal match between France and Germany in Toulouse. Camera was the PEN-F and the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4-5.6 I used as travel all-purpose lens back then, now replaced with the 12-100 F/4.

Wish you a great weekend, and if you are soccer fan, a great start into the World Cup. May the best teams win….

Will catch up with comments and everybody’s blogs on the weekend!

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Marcus

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Playing Ball

Playing Ball | Seattle | 2018 | 1/500 sec @ f/6.3 and ISO 200

In less than 72 hours the FIFA World Cup will be upon us. Strangely, here in Germany it is still pretty quiet around the Nation’s favorite sports team, and we are far away from the euphoric mood that rocked our country four years ago and that culminated in one huge party when Germany won the final against Argentina for our fourth World Title. Maybe it has to do with the meager results in the test matches leading up to the tournament. Maybe it has to do with the host country Russia, which is not really known as a soccer nation. I myself am rather bearish on our chances for defending the cup.

But at least we have a chance, as opposed to the US team that didn’t even make it through the qualifiers. Maybe players like this highly skilled soccer dad would have helped the Team USA to make the tournament. His dedication for the ball and the fun he had with his kids was contagious. Eleven guys like him would make for a formidable squad, I’m very sure.

Photographically I worked the scene a bit with this guy. In the first image I intentionally used the unsharp faces of the kids enjoying their ice cream to frame the soccer player as they passed directly in front of my lens, shooting at the long end of my 12-100mm F/4 zoom. This creative composition element created depth in the image, served as a frame for the main subject and also provided a juxtaposition between savoring food and doing sports.

Soccer Dad

Soccer Dad | Seattle | 2018 | 1/250 sec @ f/11 and ISO 200

The second photograph works for the black and red color contrasts, the juxtaposition of the artistic play of the soccer dad against the statuesque posture of his kids. There are three subjects in the frame, uneven numbers are always more pleasing to the eye than even ones – ever wondered why a good florist would never sell you an even number of roses? The background is a bit cluttered, but I shot from a higher vantage point so the subjects at least stand out form a clean fore and middle ground.

The Artist

The Artist | Seattle | 2018 | 1/500 sec @ f/6.3 and ISO 200

I like the gesture of the soccer dad in this last shot. To isolate him from the cluttered background, I blurred the background in Lightroom during post processing, as the f/6.3 f-stop on my 12-100 provided too much depth of field in the shot.

Are you all geared up for the World Cup?

All photos were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 12-100 mm F/4.

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Wish you all a great week!

Marcus

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You’ve got a Friend

You've got a Friend

You’ve got a friend | Gosausee | 2018 | 1/125 sec @ f/5.6 and ISO 200

“You’ve got a friend” is a great song by Carol King. If you don’t know it, look it up on Youtube. Big Girl got a new friend while hiking on Lake Gosau in the Austrian Alps this afternoon. The butterfly initially was attracted by Grandma’s shoes, then hopped over onto the legs of The Significant Other. Then he transferred himself onto the fingers of Big Girl. He sat on her hands for a good 15 minutes. Amazing….

These two photographs show the versatility of my Olympus 12-100mm F/4 lens I had on the OM-D E-M1. The focal length of the first photo was 24mm (48mm full frame equivalent), the photo below was taken with 61mm (122 full frame equivalent).  There are still people disputing the capabilities of the micro4/3 system. That you can’t shoot photos with a nice bokeh with these small sensors. Well, keep carrying those heave full frame bodies and those big heavy lenses….if you like 😉

Saturday Chill

Saturday Chill | Gosausee | 2018 | 1/160 sec @ f/4.5 and ISO 200

This is the 400th post on the Streets of  Nuremberg. What a journey it has been 🙂

Wish you a great Sunday

Marcus

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Sticky Attraction

Sticky Selfie

Sticky Selfie | Seattle | 2018 | 1/80 sec @ f/4, ISO 200

What do people do when outlasting the frequent rains of the Pacific Northwest? They chew a gum. What do they do with the gum once they are finished chewing it? They stick it to a wall. Well, this certainly beats spitting the gums on the ground, where innocent tourists step on them. It definitely is somewhat disgusting. But it’s also cult. The Seattle Gum Wall, below the famous Pike Place Market. If you want to see more, continue after the jump. Viewer discretion is advised 😉 …. (more…)

Alpine Dreams

Alpine Caribbean | Switzerland | 2018

Alpine Caribbean | Switzerland | 2018  | 1/200 sec @ f/9 and ISO 200

I’m back in the corporate rat race after a great weekend in Switzerland. After I finally made it to Zurich on Friday night to reach my family, we did spent an awesome weekend with friends, doing a great trip into the mountains on Saturday and for some well deserved chilling on Sunday. For more photographs and some location infos of this Caribbean like mountain lake as well as a peek into the “Little Swiss Grand Canyon” continue after the jump… (more…)

Color appreciated

Purple Lips

Purple Lips | Seattle | 2018

A bit of color would be so much appreciated! Because it is super grey outside. Grey as in fog. My flight from Amsterdam to Zurich just got cancelled due to foul weather. I’m now flying back to Nuremberg, hope that I and my bag arrive in time to catch a flight to ZRH from there. I never had a turnaround at my home airport. Like arriving at 2pm, getting the bag off the belt, booking a ticket and doing the check in for a 3pm departure. There is a 7pm flight as well. I just need to get to Nuremberg. Color appreciated!

Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 12-100 mm F/4. Image specs are 1/125 sec @f/5 and ISO 200. Shot outside of the Museum of Pop Art (MoPOP) in Seattle.

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Wish you a great start into the weekend!

Marcus

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