Explosion in the sky

Explosion in the sky
1/60 sec | f/5.6 | ISO 640 | 28mm

Another landscape image on this street photography blog, but I couldn’t help posting after seeing this explosion in the sky just about an hour ago. After a warm summer day spent working for the job that pays the bills, I had taken my convertible for a small trip around the countryside near our house. Just in case, I brought the Leica M with the Elmarit 28mm. Then I saw this amazing Cumulonimbus popping up at 9:30pm local, lit by the setting sun. I got home in time. Now, the heavy T-Storm is raging outside. More explosions in the sky….

Image specs 1/60 sec @ f/5.6 and ISO 640. RAW conversion in Lightroom Classic. I did expose for the sky and opened up the shadows of the foreground.

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Wish you a great start into July! Stay safe!

Marcus

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Magic afternoon in the mountains

Rainbow Mountain
1/800 sec | f/11 | ISO 200 | 47mm

Good things come to those who dare – like on this magic afternoon in the mountains. The Significant Other and I decided to do a late afternoon hike up the Riedingtal, a valley in the Austrian Alps, despite the overcast and showery weather. And yes, while almost up on the valley floor, it started pouring, and we barely escaped into a serviced alpine hut for some cake and coffee. And then the magic happened….

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Jordan explored – Al Balad Market

Amman - Al Balad Market
1/80 sec | f/4 | ISO 1600

Last November, The Significant Other and I visited Jordan. It was a great trip into a fascinating country. I already wrote about our visit to the ancient Nabatean capital Petra and the tour of Kerak Castle, a stronghold from the time of the crusaders. Today I take you along to explore Al Balad market in the old town of Jordan’s capital Amman.

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Good friends are like stars

Starry Night
20 sec | f/2.8 | ISO 3200 | 7mm

“Good friends are like stars, you don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there”, an old saying goes.

A Milky Way shot to open the photography year 2020. Taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the mZuiko 7-14mm F/2.8. Image specs 20 sec (camera on a tripod) @ f/2.8 , ISO 3200 and 7mm focal length.

Postprocessing of the RAW in Lightroom Classic – mainly using haze reduction and increasing clarity in parts of the Milky Way, plus some overall sharpness masking and noise reduction.

Wish you a great Thursday!

Marcus

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My photographic journey through 2019 (4)

Cannon Beach at sunset
Cannon Beach

Of course travel photography has played a major for me also in 2019. While the trips for the job that pays the bills have been significantly reduced from 2018, I still had the opportunity for some travels to my beloved Pacific Northwest, and I added a trip to Udaipur, India, late in the year. Private trips had The Significant Other and myself travel, among other short visits to our neighboring countries, to Estonia, Italy and Jordan. And we had our usual share of trips around Germany. So here are a few of my fav travel images from 2019….

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All is calm, all is bright

Boccadasse Dreams

The second day of Christmas. Downtime. All is calm, all is bright. In Pajamas all day. Watching TV documentaries. Couch sleeping (a lot). Playing with some photographs taken during the year, like this night shot from Boccadasse, Genoa. Just imagining, how the little port would look without light pollution.

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I hope your are all having a fantastic Christmas as well.

Marcus

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A magic view

Nuremberg Old Town Skyline by Night
1 sec | f/5 | ISO 640 | 29mm

Just a quick one today, fresh out of camera. Tonight I climbed the North Tower of St. Lorenz Church, one of the two major city churches of Nuremberg’s Old Town. Even though born in this city, it took me 52 years to make it up this medieval bell tower, from which I had a magic view across the Old Town over to the main square, city hall, St. Sebald Church and the Imperial Castle behind.

I will post more views from the top, but this will have to do for tonight. Taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1X and the mZuiko 12-100mm F/4. Image specs 1 sec @ f/5 and ISO 640, with 29mm focal length. I rested the camera on a bean bag put on the railing of the outside gallery that runs around the tower in lofty heights.

Wish you a fabulous Thursday!

Marcus

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Nuremberg Explored (8) – Martin Behaim

Martin Behaim Monument
1/125 sec | f/1.8 | ISO 1600 | 25mm

It’s been a while since my last episode of “Nuremberg Explored”. But when tonight The Significant Other, myself and good friends went for dinner in a restaurant at Theresienplatz in Nuremberg’s Old Town, I took some pictures of the monument of Martin Behaim, and coming home, I thought I share his story with you.

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Winter is here

Tiergärtnertorplatz
5 sec | f /11 | ISO 200 | 12mm

Last week, the first snow has graced the Streets of Nuremberg , a first sign that winter is here. Not that it stayed very long, gone quickly after a rain storm – we will be back to 12 degrees celsius next week, probably able to sit at those tables again. But it helped getting into the right winter mood. Five more work days until a nice long break well into the new year.

I took the photograph of the historic Tiergärtnertorplatz (with the famous Albrecht Dürer’s House in the center) in Old Town Nuremberg with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the fabulous 12-100mm F/4 allround zoom. I had to use a tripod to be able to shoot at f/11 and ISO 200, resulting in a five second shutter speed. RAW conversion and post processing in Lightroom Classic.

I’ll be using this weekend for some gear cleaning and checking for new firmware for my Olympus camera bodies and lenses. Both is needed once in a while and should not be neglected.

Wish you a great Saturday!

Marcus

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Jordan explored – Petra by Night

Al-Khazneh - the Treasury - in ancient Petra, Jordan,illuminated at night.
1/20 sec | f/1.2 | ISO 1600 | 17mm

One of the most memorable experiences of our recent trip to Jordan was experiencing Petra, the ancient capital of the Nabataean Empire, by night. On three evenings per week, visitors can take the one mile passage through the narrow gorge known as Siq down to the legendary Al-Khazneh (Pharao’s Treasury), with the walkway being illuminated by six thousand candles.

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