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A German Sunset

German Sunset

German Sunset | Franken | 2017

July is upon us and with it the time for glorious, fiery summer sunsets. In the colors black, red and gold. The colors of the German flag.

And the start of July treated us German soccer fans to two international titles. First the Under 21 national squad won the European title by defeating Spain 1:0 in the finals. And tonight our National Team won the Confederations Cup in St. Petersburg with a 1:0 win over Chile. And this with a B-squad, as the key players from the 2014 World Cup Winner were given the summer off to get the needed rest before the pending start of the new European soccer season that will be capped with the World Cup 2018 in Russia next summer.

The two victories give is plenty hope we can defend our title next summer.

Image specs are 1/3200 sec @ f/7,1 and ISO 400. The short exposure time ensure the rendering of the landscape as a black silhouette.

Have a great July!

Marcus

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Rest Day

Field Flowers

Field Flowers | 2017

I arrived back home from the Pacific Northwest last evening. I’m flying out for another 4 days / 4 countries trip tonight.

In between there is a good day of…doing nothing. Like lying in a green summer meadow full of flowers. Gazing into infinity.

Image specs are 1/500 sec @ f/5.6 and ISO 500. To get this kind of effects use a zoom lens at its far end of the focal range (in this case 150mm in m4/3, equivalent to 300mm in full frame). Focus on a flower behind the first layers of grass and flowers.

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Wish everyone a blessed and relaxed Sunday!

Marcus

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient

Apocalyptic Bird

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme “Transient”. Sure I have photos of driftwood, of a poppy bud the moment it pops open. But then I thought that Street Photography is all about capturing transient moments of life. Attempts to preserve a short, fleeting moment of life, with all its stories behind. Each of these situations is fully unique, a snapshot of life that will never happen again, a moment in time as we and the ones we photograph wander through our lives. For my selection of images from transient moments continue after the jump…. (more…)

Instant Inspiration (18): Alternative Portrait

Father and Daughter

Father and Daughter | Hamburg | 2017

This is a very alternative portrait of my big girl and me. We were riding the metro train in Hamburg on our way to see the “Lion King”. I took this shot with my iPhone. Have you ever thought about shooting portraits of loved ones or friends in a very different way?

Take your camera (or phone) and be creative! I’d love to see your photos – post a link in the comment section.

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Have a great and peaceful Sunday!

Marcus

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Summer over the Imperial Castle

Imperial Castle Nuremberg

Imperial Castle | Nuremberg | 2017

Another splendid day over Nuremberg and a long weekend ahead, due to a public holiday on Monday. This iPhone panorama shows the castle gardens of Nuremberg’s Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle). Have I mentioned that I rarely shoot panoramas with my cameras anymore? Shooting a sequence of overlapping images and stitching them in Photoshop or Lightroom isn’t really worth the effort, as in most situations the iPhone panorama function does just fine.

Imperial Castle | Nuremberg

Imperial Castle | Nuremberg | 2017

This is the view from the city walls, where the wall walks atop the fortifications provide for a splendid view across the Tiergärtnertorplatz towards the Imperial Castle.

This photo was taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4.0-5.6 travel zoom at 1/320 sec, f/8 and ISO200, focal length was 14mm.

I processed the RAW image in Lightroom, mainly opening up the shadows in the wall walk. It is a good example how much tonal range you can capture with a RAW and make visible in post processing.

I wish everyone a peaceful and relaxing weekend!

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Perfect Imperfection

Cuddly Protection

Cuddly Protection | 2017

This capture of an intimate moment between father and son is not a perfect photograph.

I took this photo late in the evening in a dimly lit street cafe. It was a difficult situation to focus in as there was just not enough light. Aiming and shooting quickly the auto focus did lock on the contrast rich edge of the toy tiger in front of the two main subjects of the photograph, resulting in their faces being thrown out of focus due to the long focal length and the wide open aperture of f/5.6 at the far end of my zoom range.

I took only this one shot, as a second later they changed their posture and that intimate  moment was lost.

Missing the focus makes this technically a failed image. Is it a failed image? I think it is not. A photograph needs to have heart and soul, needs to carry a story. It’s contents over form. A technically flawless photo isn’t any good if it’s missing heart and soul. If you study the work of the masters of Street Photography like Henri Cartier-Bresson or Elliot Erwitt, you find many of their great photography are technically imperfect images. But they carry a strong story.

So my advice is press the shutter when you see something that touches your heart and your emotions and worry about the settings later. Having perfect settings or a perfect focus doesn’t help you when the moment is lost.

The photo was taken with my OM-D E-M1 and the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4.0-5.6 travel zoom, image specs are 1/13 sec @ f/5,6 and ISO 1600, 120mm focal length.

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

Have a great Wednesday!

Marcus

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Off Topic – Konfi Shooting

Konfirmation Fotoshooting

1/640 sec @ f/4,5 and ISO 200, 120mm focal length

With today’s post I’m once more venturing far away from my usual posts around Street- and Travel Photography. Friends have asked me to shoot the portraits of their son for his Konfirmation (confirmation).  So we met this past Sunday for a photo session in exchange for a delicious barbecue. Although I don’t have much experience in doing portraits I’m quite happy how this series came out and we had a good time. Definitely aided by using the perfect prop for a 14 year old teenager, his Piaggio Ape. To see more photos continue after the jump… (more…)

Street Photography Quick Tip (10)

Old Town Reflections

Old Town Reflections | Nuremberg | 2017

Street Photography Quick Tip 10 – Using Photographic Obstacles

My Street Photography Quick Tips are short, easy to read and easy to use tips that I think could help you while shooting in the streets. Today’s post is about using photographic obstacles to your advantage.

Have you ever found a parked car blocking that perfect view in a city you visit? Well, you  can try to walk around, but sometimes that won’t help because the nice perspective disappears or there is another obstacle blocking your view.

Well, as simple solution can be: Use it to your advantage. Include it in the composition. It just might made an otherwise boring composition all that more interesting. In this case I included the front window and the roof of a parked car als reflection surface while taking this shot in Nuremberg’s historic Old Town below the Imperial Castle.

Try it yourself! Don’t be frustrated with this stupid obstacle, accept the challenge and have fun!

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Have a great Sunday!

Marcus

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An Emperor’s Morning

Kaiserburg Nürnberg

It is a glorious morning above Nuremberg. On a day like this my Grandma always said “wir haben Kaiserwetter” – we have Emperor’s weather. So a perfect morning to show off one of Nuremberg’s principal attractions, our Imperial Castle, or Kaiserburg, built on a sandstone ridge above our historic Old Town. For more photos and a bit of history I invite you to continue after the jump… (more…)

Eyes wide open

Observations

Observations | Franken | 2013

I’m really looking forward to the weekend. Really!! This week was really tough. Sure it is nice to be home, no questions. But working a major project on the US West Coast out of Germany sucks a lot of the joy right out again, considering the 9 hours of time difference. Twice this week my last web meeting with my US based colleagues finished at 2 am in the morning. Long hours and no photography.

So for this post I went back into my archive and found this shot from 2013. A great example why you should always look up, down and sideways  when roaming the streets with your camera. This lady was sitting behind a 3rd floor window in one of our big sandstone townhouses. Ok, the color tone of curtain and her dress are not a 100% match, but still, this is as good as it gets.

I took that with my Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4.0-5.6 travel zoom. Images specs 1/200 sec @ f/7,1 and ISO 200, 150mm focal length (equals 300mm in full frame equivalent).

The plan for tomorrow is to head to the city with the cam. And to keep the eyes open.

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Have a super weekend!

Marcus

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