A concert to remember

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Last night I took The Significant Other downtown Nuremberg to visit a concert by the Zurich based Indie-Folk-Pop Band Steiner & Madlaina. I used the opportunity to try my hand at some concert photography using my Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 75mm F/1.8 prime lens. For more info about a truly fantastic show and more images continue after the jump…. (more…)

Buy books not gear (2)

IMG_7501With my first episode of “buy books not gear” drawing a huge response, here is the second edition of my new series about great photography books I own and which, by studying them, most likely help me improve my photography much more than buying yet another new camera or lens (ever heard about G.A.S. ?)

This post is about Elliott Erwitt’s coffee table book “Snaps”. For the book introduction and a few of Elliott’s photographs continue after the jump… (more…)

Shoot one photo a day

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Up! | Nuremberg | 2019 | iPhone

I get it..even we as passionate photographers don’t get to go shooting everyday. The job, the family, other things to do. Grabbing the camera bag and doing some meaningful photography takes time.

But there is no reason not to do some “on the fly” photography every day. We all carry our cellphones around, and all of those have decent cameras built in. So why not use your phone to do some “visual push-ups” every day?

This photo was taken last night when The Significant Other and myself went downtown to see a play. When I saw the staircase of the Schauspielhaus in Nuremberg, I just had to take a picture. My visual push-up of the day!

Have a great Friday!

Marcus

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Camera History – Konica Autoreflex T2

Konica Autoreflex T2

The Konica Autoreflex T, launched in 1968, was the first camera with fully automatic exposure control through the lens (TTL). Both features, in their own right, already existed before: the fully automatic exposure control with built-in light meter on the Konica Auto-Reflex, the exposure metering through the lens on the Topcon RE Super / Super D and the Spotmatic series from Pentax. But the combination of both was new. Back then, fully automatic exposure control was a very advanced feature of SLR cameras, other manufacturers were still unable to offer this option a decade later, and until the end of the 1970s fully automatic exposure control was not a matter of course.

For more about this iconic camera and a visual journey around it continue after the jump…. (more…)

Wow

40mm @ 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200

40mm @ 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200

Wow that was easy. Setting up an account on the German small ad portal of ebay (similar to Craigslist in the US) and putting up for sale one of my older m4/3 lenses, the mZuiko 12-50mm f/3.5 – 6.3. I haven’t touched it in ages and I decided I need to do some serious spring cleaning of some of my old gear.  I still have a closet full of my old Nikon stuff that (apart from Big Girl and Big Boy for their school photo classes) no one has touched in 5 years, since my migration to Olympus mirror less. So this is kind of a winter test run for a spring sale. I’m curious how it will pan out. Stay tuned…

Photograph taken with the Pen-F and the 12-40mm F/2.8, specs 40mm @ 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200.

Wish you a great Monday!

Marcus

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Nuremberg Airport Instawalk (3)

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1/8 sec – f/4 – ISO 320 – 24mm

This post is the 3rd and final episode with my photos from the Instawalk at Nuremberg’s Albrecht Dürer Airport (NUE), organized by the admins of the Nuremberg Instagram community @igers_nuernberg (in case you missed it, you can read the first two posts here and here). The walk, authorized by the Airport, gave 15 Instagramers the possibility to tour the car parks of the airport with cameras and tripods. The group was led by two admins and and a photographer from the airport staff. To check out the rest of my images continue after the jump…. (more…)

Winter on the Streets of Nuremberg

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Castle Gate | 2sec – f/4 – ISO 250 – 20mm

We’ve got a lot of snow in the past days, although today the rain has washed away most of it. When it started to snow on Thursday, I decided to put camera bag and tripod in the car to head downtown for some after office shooting of the snow-covered old town. For more photographs and my weather induced challenges continue after the jump… (more…)

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: In the Distance

 

 

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On the Moon | New York City | 2018

Frequent readers of this blog know that, once in a while, I like to participate in photo challenges on Word Press, albeit less frequently lately due to the discontinuation  of the WPC from “There Daily Post”. And typically I try to enter a street style photograph into the challenge, that, depending on the prompt, is sometimes more and sometimes less difficult. When I saw the first post about Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge titled “In the Distance” , I immediately had one of my images in mind (many times the library catalogue in my mind works much better than the real one in Lightroom 😉 ) .

There are hardly more distant places than the surface of the moon. But taking advantage of our reflections in the framed, huge wall photograph of the lunar landscape in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City,  The Signifiant Other and myself managed to warp us directly into Space 😉

And a second image I chip in is the one from the (for me still totally amazing) Yoga lady doing a headstand on her stand-up board on Lake Crescent on the Olympic peninsula.

Yoga Queen | Crescent Lake | 2018

Yoga Queen | Crescent Lake | 2018

If you want to go out shooting on the weekend and are still looking for tips and inspirations around photography, check out my free Learning Center.

Wish you all a great start into the weekend!

Marcus

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Streets of Nuremberg

Platz am Tiergärtnertor | Nuremberg | 2019

Platz am Tiergärtnertor | Nuremberg | 2019

This day three years ago I started the “Streets of Nuremberg”. What a journey it has been.  And what better way to celebrate the blogaversary as with two photographs of the city that gives this blog its name (also supposed to be a teaser about an upcoming post from Thursday night’s winter walk through the snow covered Old Town).

Aside from being my own creative outlet  (“phototherapy” is a great way to compensate the pressures from the job that pays the bills), the real fun part is to connect with different people from all over the planet (this blog is read in 146 countries and counting…). So to all my readers, and especially to the many ones with whom virtual and real friendships have started, a heartfelt “Thank You” for being part of my fun ride! And to many more happy years of blogging to come!

City Walls | Nuremberg | 2018

City Walls | Nuremberg | 2018

The photographs were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 12-100mm F/4 and a tripod. A post with more images and all the photographic challenges on that icy night is coming up.

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Wish you a great Friday!

Marcus

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Travel Day (16)

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Today it was finally travel day again, my first out-of-country business trip of the year. Just a one day trip from Nuremberg to Zurich. I left 5:15 to drive to the airport for the 7am flight to ZRH, needing the extra time due to the couple of inches of snow on the ground, as it had continued to snow throughout the night (last night I took camera and tripod to town for some awesome shooting of the snow-covered Old Town and the Imperial Castle – post coming up). For the rest of the photos and the days story continue after the jump….

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