Going for a walk

Catwalk | Schwäbisch Hall | 2018
Follow Me | Schwäbisch Hall | 2018

Tomorrow night I’ll go for a walk. I’ll join my very first Instagram walk. While this blog is my main outlet for my street- and travel photography, I also have two Instagram accounts where I occasionally post my images: @streetsofnuremberg (street) and @travimago (travel).

Nuremberg has a very active Instagram scene, I discovered about a year ago when I ventured into an excellent Instagram photo exhibition curated and organized by the city marketing department (that is also very active on IG). I joined a guided tour through the exhibit moderated by one of the leading local Instagramers. I was surprised to learn there is a lot of organized activities in the community, among those the IG walks, that also offer opportunities to get access to places where you can’t normally shoot yourself. Continue reading “Going for a walk”

Instant Inspiration (27) -Alternative Postcard Shot

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1/20 sec – f/4 – ISO 1600 – 100mm

“Instant Inspirations” is my series for you if you look for something to overcome “Photographer’s Block”  or simply want to shoot something that you have never tried, or at least not recently. Episode 27 is for you, if you are tired of taking the same “postcard” photographs of famous attractions that everybody else shoots.

When in Berlin the other week, we stepped onto Alexanderplatz where the famous huge TV tower is situated. Affectionately called “Spargel”, with its height of 368 metres (including antenna) it is the tallest structure in Germany, and the second-tallest structure in the European Union! Located in Berlin Mitte, you can take a lift 207 meters up and have a 360 degree view of the German capital! On top there is also a bar and a restaurant where you can eat and enjoy the fantastic view while sitting!

First reflex would be to take a photo of the big tower, maybe combine it with the red Berlin City Hall or the bell tower of the Nikolai-Church. The Postcard Shots. Which of course I have taken as well during prior visits. There is nothing wrong with Postcard shots. Everybody back home would be disappointed if you don’t have the classic shot everybody knows from magazines and coffee table books. So take one. But then, to satisfy your creative genes, go look for slightly different perspectives. For some ideas continue after the jump…. Continue reading “Instant Inspiration (27) -Alternative Postcard Shot”

NYC Experience – Memories

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Resilience | New York City | 2018

Day 2 of our week in the Big Apple was full of memories for me. We took the subway downtown to the World Trade Center. As a seventeen year old exchange student in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, my host family took me to my very first visit of New York City, back in 1984. My host-dad was a sheet metal worker, and I vividly remembering him taking me up to the observation deck of the Twin Towers and telling me full of pride how he helped build the towers. I’ve returned to NYC many times, and each time I see the skyline I miss the elegant silhouette of the Twin Towers. During my last visit in 2012, the new One World Trade Center was almost finished, the memorial fountains in the footprints of the old towers where already there, the 9/11 museum not yet open. To see how it looks today continue after the jump… Continue reading “NYC Experience – Memories”

StoNur on the Road: Chicago

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I was in Chicago last week, but really I wasn’t. In fact, the only piece of it I saw aside from O’Hare airport, a hotel and a meeting room in the northwestern suburbs was a great view of the skyline from the plane as it crossed the Lake Michigan shoreline south of the city while on direct approach to the airport (the photo I took from the plane is the first you see after the jump). This is really a pity, as the “Windy City” is a great place to visit and photograph. So while sitting in my hotel in super rainy Portland I searched for some images I took during an earlier visit pretty much 9 years ago to the day. The camera I used back then was a Panasonic DMC TZ5. So if you like to see some Chicago impressions, continue after the jump… Continue reading “StoNur on the Road: Chicago”

Berlin Quick Pic

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Off handed | Berlin | 2017

Just got back in from our marvelous Berlin weekend. My bag is already repacked for another quick trip to Portland. My alarm will go off at 3:30 am, then I’ll drive to Munich for a 7am flight to Amsterdam and then on to PDX.

The photo above was my personal favorite from the weekend, a shot I took in staircase of the Otto Bock Science Center in Berlin. Taken with the PEN F and the mZuiko 14-150mm F4-5.6 travel zoom. Image specs are 1/60 sec @ f/4.5 and ISO 320, focal length was 22mm.

Will sort through the rest of my Berlin photos on the plane tomorrow and post from the US.

Habe a good week!

Marcus

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House of Blue and Gold

House of Blue and Gold
House of Blue and Gold | Berlin | 2017

A quick one to send you into a blessed Sunday. Berlin is full of amazing architecture. Now it has a new highlight. This is the “Upper West” Tower at the Breitscheidplatz with 113m height and 33 floors. It is occupied (among other tenants) by Motel One, and it has a Skybar on the top floor. The building opened in 2017. So no need to go to Dubai to see fancy architecture.

Image specs are 1/8 sec @ f/5 and ISO 1600, handheld. Camera was the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4.0-5.6.

Happy Sunday!

Marcus

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Looking Up at Things

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Space Hotel | Shanghai | 2013

My entry for this weeks Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Looking Up at Things is a photo I took during a business trip to China back in 2013 inside the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Shanghai. The Hyatt is inside the Jin Mao Tower, one of my absolutely favorite skyscrapers on this planet.  The architecture of this one of its kind. The barrel like atrium starts at the 56th floor and extends upwards to the 87th floor. Lined with 28 annular corridors and staircases arrayed in a spiral, it is 27 m in diameter with a clear height of approximately 115 m.

Jin Mao Tower itself has 93 floors and a height of 420.5 metres (1,380 feet). At the time of opening the Grand Hyatt was the highest hotel in the world.

I’m safely back home in Nuremberg and looking forward to a couple of free days. I brought back some street photos of Portland and some spectacular aerial views of Mount Hood, the Sierra Nevada and Los Angeles I took on my travel day back to Nuremberg. Need to process the images and will post soon 😉

Have a great weekend!

Marcus

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Congratulations Hamburg !

Elbphilharmonie | Hamburg | 2016
Elbphilharmonie | Hamburg | 2016
Honor to whom honor is due – the Streets of Nuremberg congratulate Hamburg to a splendid opening of their new iconic concert house Elbphilharmonie, one of the largest and acoustically most advanced concert halls in the world. I just finished watching the fabulous live broadcast of the opening ceremony and concert in the presence of German President Gauck, Chancellor Merkel and 2000 invited guests. The music inside was accompanied by a spectacular light-show on the outside. 

Fore some facts about the “Elphi” as it is nicknamed by the Hamburgians and some more images from a visit in the Summer of 2016 continue reading after the jump…..

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