Today is a happy day! My big boy is turning 17. But it is also a very hard day. For me. Because it is the first time I can not be with him to celebrate. Because I’m half a world away. It is the first time ever in my life that I’m not home for a family birthday. To be where the job that pays the bills requires me to be was the only rational decision. We face-timed while back at home he blew out the candles on his birthday cake and unwrapped his presents before going to school. While video phoning home I was already in bed ready to go to sleep after a long workday in Portland. Where I was it wasn’t even his birthday yet due to the 9h time difference. I was there but I was not there. Virtual hugs and kisses are not the same. Happy Birthday, Daniel! Love you, kiddo!
Sometimes one photograph is enough to tell the story of a whole day. Yesterday I arrived in Portland after another long flight. Went directly to the office, worked till late and went directly to the hotel. Jet lag hit me full in the face, I slept three hours from 11pm to 2am. That was all I managed. Was in the office by 6:30 am, worked until 8:30 pm. Back to the hotel pretty much destroyed, 14 hours work day on 3 hours sleep. Business travel reality. Feeling drained (pardon the pun).
Inspired by fellow blogger Uwe Richter’s recent post about light painting (you need to check out his awesome blog) I saw this gaudily lit faucet in my hotel and decided it is worth a try turning the reflections into a kind of abstract photo by using a slow shutter speed (2.8 sec) and just handholding/slightly moving the camera while pressing the shutter. This was actually my only attempt and it came out just fine (I realize you might have a different opinion but in the end, my shots only need to satisfy myself to put a smile on my face and make me feel better/good).
Photographically speaking, one shot that makes me feel good can save a whole day.
Taken with my Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 Pro Zoom at 2.8 sec and f/2.8 at 12mm focal lenght (equals 24mm in full frame).
Have a great rest of the week!
This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme “Shadow”. My entry perfectly reflects the current status of my life. Sometimes I feel like I’m spending more time in the air than on terra firma. For the job that pays the bills I’m working on a big project with a base near Portland, Oregon. For the foreseeable future I will be a lot in the Pacific Northwest of the USA as well as traveling to subsites around the globe. A lot of air time. A lot of time away from home.
This morning I got in from Detroit. But I shouldn’t complain too much as I got a complementary upgrade to First Class on my Lufthansa flight back to Frankfurt, so I crossed the North Atlantic in style. Thanks to the pilot’s decision to fly around the winter storm over the Northeastern USA the flight took even an hour longer than usual which was nice because I was able to get some sleep after a marvelous dinner. And I still was back in Nuremberg in time for breakfast with the family.
Next Wednesday I’m heading back over the pond, for three days packed with meetings. Not sure if I will have some opportunity to go shooting.
The photo above I took with my iPhone while approaching Brussels Airport. The Lesson: always have something ready to shoot with, you never know what jumps into your eyes.
Enjoy your weekend!
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!
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!
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….
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.
Wish all my friends a blessed, happy, marvelous, successful, beautiful, inspirational, wonderful and healthy 2017! Have a great year!
In my last post of 2016 I want to leave you with my favorite photograph of the year. It shows a group of small children in a very simple and small one room building deep in the Massai bushveld in Tanzania, that triples as kindergarden, elementary school and Lutheran Church. A few sunspots fall on the floor and on the children.
Of all the photos I took in 2016 this is not only the one that means the most to me. Photographically, but also the visit to this small Massai congregation out in the bush, where the clans still live in their traditional semi-nomadic way in their simple “bomba” (fenced in circular houses) without running water and electricity, was one of the most memorable impressions of this year and surely one I will never forget.
This photo also stands for my greatest wish for 2017. Let the children learn ! I truly believe this is the only way we can overcome the chaotic times we live in. If we would succeed in providing education for all children on this planet,teach them the core values of humanity that are universal to all cultures, this world would be a better place. And my visit to the Tanzanian bush has proved to me once again that children are eager to learn. They are interested in the world. They want to broaden their horizons. This is natural to children. We just have to let them learn!
I wish all of you and your loved ones a great start into the new year. Have a peaceful, blessed, successful, healthy and happy 2017. Chase your dreams and make them come true!
To everyone out there, but particularly to all the many magic people I’ve had the blessings to meet (at least virtually) during my first year blogging on the “Streets of Nuremberg” I wish a peaceful and merry Christmas and much love and laughters together with your family and friends.
Merry Christmas from the Streets of Nuremberg