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…)
Happy Mayday from the Streets of Nuremberg! I’m really enjoying downtime with the family on this long weekend, as the first day of May is a public holiday in Germany. To kick off the new month photographically, I’ll take you on a small hike around the village of Oberhembach, just a few kilometers away from where we live. This is the prefect time of the year to just wander around and enjoy the springtime landscape, the fresh green around the little ponds outside the villages, the cherry and apple blossoms on the trees next to the half timbered farm houses, the chirping of the birds in the large pine forests that are spreading out around Nuremberg. Wanderlust around home. To get more impressions of a typical landscape and village outside Nuremberg, continue after the jump….. (more…)
It’s been a while since my last episode of “Nuremberg Explored”. With the introduction to the “Angelic Salutation” by famous German sculptor Veit Stoss from 1518, that is one of the masterpieces in Nuremberg’s St. Lorenz Church, I’ll send you in a hopefully sunny weekend. For facts about this artwork and some more photos from inside St. Lawrence continue to read after the jump….
You want to know why I love my city? Just look! The first day of April is a day full of springtime magic in Nuremberg’s historic Old Town at the banks of the Pegnitz River. Maxbrücke to the left, Weinstadel and Henkersturm in the center, the wooden Henkersteg to the right. This would not have looked any different on a spring day four hundred years ago. Tomorrow before sunrise I’ll head back to the Pacific Northwest. But today I enjoy this splendid spring day on the Streets of Nuremberg.
Yes, we made it. We made it to spring. Finally. It was a gorgeous spring day in Nuremberg, temperatures finally above 20 degrees celsius, the birds are going crazy, buds are coming out everywhere, it is just beautiful! Balm for the soul, after a totally crazy work weak. These are some photos of Nuremberg’s northern historic city walls, around the Maxtor, constructed between the 11th and 13th century. Too see some more of the Imperial’s City fortifications on a splendid spring day, continue after the jump….
“Instant Inspirations” is my series for you 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. In time for the weekend here is Episode 13. I want to inspire you to go out, visit an exhibition or a gallery and capture pictures IN an exhibition. With a bit of patience and a good eye these places offer plenty opportunities to play with light and composition. On top of working your photographic skills you can cross-pollinate by studying the masterpieces of other artists and art forms. For more images and info continue reading after the jump….
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).
On the road again towards Portland. Well, I should rather say in the skies again, as I’m currently somewhere above Canada on my Delta flight from AMS to PDX. As usual I used the layover in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport for some Street Photography in the Terminal. To see what I captured during this connection continue reading after the jump…
The other day my significant other, sharp as ever, asked me why I have called my blog the “Streets of Nuremberg” when lately the contents is mostly about other places (I wonder how she found out, as she merely tolerates my photographic ventures she’s also not following my blog). Well, the answer is simple. Because Nuremberg is my hometown that I love, where I live and that I love to shoot in. And at the time I started and named my blog my work situation didn’t require all that much of travel. I work in the field of mergers and acquisitions (rather doing the integration part of it) and this is a very cyclic business, there are times with low project volume and then there are times like now where the job that pays the bills requires me to be on the road the majority of the time. And lately (and for the foreseeable future) one of my principal destinations is Portland, Oregon, as I work a major project there.
But here is the nice thing about my passion for photography and my blogging, I can take it everywhere I am. So this post is a perfect example about doing photography on a business trip. Working long hours when on project, I need to make use of the evenings to go out shooting. In this case I left the hotel around 9pm to take a tour through the nocturnal streets of the City of Roses, as Portland is also called. For more about my venture and for the images I invite you to continue reading and looking after the jump…
This blog is about my journey deeper into photography. As I’ve written in many posts, photography is my passion, the creative outlet I need to balance the demanding job that pays the bills. I have no idea where this journey will eventually take me, but for sure I want to have fun on the way. The title of my blog was clear when I started it, I called it the “Streets of Nuremberg” derived from my passion for Street Photography and my hometown. The logo for my blog, the camera and the silhouette of Nuremberg’s Imperial Castle with the blog title that is also the name to my website, I actually designed much later. This came even after I created my own Street Photographer’s Business Card.
Last week I was musing about what else I can do with my logo. I am a coffee junkie, and both at home as well as in the office you hardly see me without a mug in my hand. So I had the idea to have mugs imprinted with my Streets of Nuremberg Logo. After some research about vendors I ended ordering them at vistaprint.de (the same site in the US is vistaprint.com). Cost was super affordable (about 7 € per mug plus shipping). I exported my logo from Photoshop into a jpg, uploaded the file to the Vistaprint site, placed in on the mug, hit the order button and was done. The mugs arrived a few days later. They came out great, as you can see from the photo above. Why shouldn’t I to something to promote my brand when running around my office or entertaining at home? And it’s really fun drinking coffee from my very own mugs.
Also using Vistaprint I already have designed and ordered my own T-Shirt. A white one with the logo in black on the front and the William Shakespeare quote from the “About this Blog” page on the back. And a black shirt with logo and Shakespeare quote in white. They are ordered and I’m quite exited how they will come out. So I’ll be my own billboard when roaming the Streets of Nuremberg with my camera.
Am I crazy? Maybe, but why shouldn’t I have a bit of fun. While building my brand. There is no rush.