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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.

So when I saw the announcement of a Mini-Instawalk on the premises of Nuremberg Airport, I entered myself and was one of the lucky Fifteen that got selected to participate in tomorrow’s photo walk. I’m really looking forward to it, not only doing some night photography at the airport, but also meeting some of the local Instagramers for the first time face-to-face.  I will take the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the 12-100mm F/4 and think also bringing the PEN-F with the fisheye. Plus a tripod. Stay tuned for the results 😉

The photo above was taken with my iPhone 8plus.

If you want to pick up your camera and are still looking for inspirations what to shoot, check out my free Learning Center.

Wish you a great Thursday!

Marcus

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Stay Underground

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

1/6 sec @ F3.2 and ISO 200

Taking the camera and shooting underground is always a good option when the weather is bad on the surface. Commuters are usually too much in a hurry to notice the inconspicuous standing street photographer, especially when he shoots with a small camera like the Olympus PEN-F with the attached 17mm F/1.8 prime lens. This photo I took crouched down, two catch the pigeon trying to beat the people exiting the train to the escalator (…just joking).

While the streets of Nuremberg are graced only by a touch of snow, Southern Bavaria and the Alps are hit by the worst winter weather in a decade. Downtown Munich (just 90 miles south) sports a whopping 2-3 feet of snow, and in the mountains many villages are cut-off from the rest of the world buried under up to 9 feet of snow. It will continue the snow and there is significant danger for people and buildings. Almost all small roads and train lines are interrupted. The winter weather is forecasted to continue well into next week. I cancelled the business day trip to Munich scheduled for today to avoid having to drive into the chaos.

I really hope everybody down south stays safe.

Have a great Thursday

Marcus

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Go out and shoot

1/60 sec - f/2 - ISO 1000 - 12mm

1/60 sec – f/2 – ISO 1000 – 12mm

Christmas is behind us, and with it the seemingly endless flow of festivities and opulent meals. My calorie balance is deeply negative in the past four weeks, but as the saying goes, you don’t gain wait between Christmas and New Year but rather between New Year and Christmas.

So now is the time to grab the camera (maybe the new one you got for Christmas) and head out into the streets. Roaming through the cities provides not only for plenty of street photography opportunities, it also gives you the opportunity for some brisk walking in fresh air to shake off those holiday cobwebs and re-energize yourself, creatively and physically.

This is why street photography is such a great genre, it keeps you out and about, and you can combine exercise and creativity!

If you look for tips and inspirations around photography check out my free Learning Center.

The photograph was taken with the Olympus PEN-F and the mZuiko 12mm F/2. Image specs 1/60 sec @ f/2 and ISO 1000. Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.

Wish you a great Saturday!

Marcus

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Smoke and Fire

Smoke and Fire | Nuremberg | 2018

Smoke and Fire | Nuremberg | 2018

The job that pays the bills has been properly roasting me in the past days, like one of those Nuremberg Bratwurst grilled sausages. But after 32 years in the company there is not much I couldn’t handle, although times have rarely been this crazy.

I would love to grab the camera and shoot in the streets more often, but I just don’t get to it. Which is a pity, because the Nuremberg Christmas season is in full swing, and the Christkindlesmarkt, our famous historic Christmas market, with plenty of tourists and locals roaming the small alleys between the wooden stalls, is a perfect place for street photography. But the weekend is coming up and there is light at the end of the tunnel, and maybe a Bratwurst waiting for me….

Photo taken with the Olympus PEN-F with the 12mm F/2, image specs 1/100 sec @ f/2.5 and ISO 200.

If you want to pick up your camera and are looking for tips and inspirations around photography, visit my free Learning Center .

Wish you a great Friday!

Marcus

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Weekend Rush

Weekend Rush

Weekend Rush | 2018 | 1/200 sec – f/3.5 – ISO 1600 – 12mm

Who says people aren’t in a rush on the weekend? Example of walk-by street photography. I kept the camera (Olympus PEN-F with the 12mm F/2 prime lens) in front of my chest and just snapped away at interesting looking people. I set the shutter speed at 1/200 sec, kind of the minimum required to “freeze” moving people, especially when I’m moving myself.

Obviously there is a lot of hit and miss in this approach, but actually I’m enjoying this “hunt” as a kind of photographic challenge to myself. You need to know your camera pretty well, as just a slight tilt in the wrong direction will result in chopped-off heads or people only half visible in the frame. I used the 12mm (24mm full frame equivalent), so this is as wide angle as it gets in the streets. And it means I need to be awfully close to my subjects to fill the frame.

Try it yourself, there is a lot of fun in this type of photography, and trust me, no-one will notice you snapping away, as long as you are moving as well. Obviously, having a small, inconspicuous looking camera like the PEN-F helps.

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Wish you a great Sunday!

Marcus

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Thunder Night

Gloomy Night

Thunder Night | Nuremberg | 2018 | 1/8 sec – f/2 – ISO 320 – 17mm

The hot summer weather came to a shrieking halt today, as a series of heavy thunderstorms passed over the Streets of Nuremberg. Nature is in dire need of the water after weeks of drought. And after spending the last evenings in the beer gardens of the Old Town, today people were rushing to seek shelter from the arriving torrential rains.

Time for me to work through my emails and catch up with blogging. There is an advantage to everything.

Taken with the PEN-F and the mZuiko 17mm F/1.8

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Have a great Thursday!

Marcus

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Another step down the road

Into the Sun

Into the Sun | Nuremberg | 2018

When I started this blog two and a half years ago, I intended it to be the diary of my photographic journey deeper into photography and to let interested readers participate in my learnings. Sometime down the road I started my two series “Instant Inspirations” and “Street Photography Quick Tips” to empower others to expand their photographic skills. As I wrote in the “About Me” of this blog, I had the hope to eventually one day generate some earnings from my photography to pay for my GAS (gear acquisition syndrome). While the GAS is pretty much cured by now, I finally did reach that other milestone.

Yesterday I held my first individual photography coaching session. We started with a two hour theory lessons around camera settings and controls and some photography 101, after which we roamed the streets of Nuremberg for a good 6 hours for a lot of practical photography exercise. We had a great time on a beautiful Mayday (May 1st is a public holiday in Germany) and I enjoyed myself passing on my knowledge of and love for photography. Doing this the first time, I learned myself so much about handling such an all day tutoring, which required plenty of on the spot adjustments, despite so much of preparation that I have put into this venture. I did get great feedback though, and in the end collected my very first ever photographic revenue.

With plenty of input to adjust and enhance my coaching concept, I will sure do this again once the next opportunity arises. It was another step down the road of my journey deeper into photography.

The photograph was taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the mZuiko 12-100mm F/4 , image specs 1/320sec @ F/9 and ISO 200, 12mm focal length. Jpg out of camera.

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Wish you a great Wednesday!

Marcus

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This is what you get sometimes when shooting strangers in the streets 🙂 But why should only the photographer have all the fun?

Taken with my Olympus PEN-F and the mZuiko 25mm F/1.8. Image specs 1/60 sec at f/2.2 and ISO 2000 (it was already much darker than it seems in the photo).

I’m seriously looking forward to the weekend, after another endless hours work week.

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I wish you all a great weekend!

Marcus

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When life is grey make it colorful

Wordless

Wordless | Nuremberg | 2018

Yesterday afternoon the significant other and myself headed into downtown for some shopping, where I brought my GR II to at least get a few snapshosts of Nuremberg street life. It was a really grey and drizzly day, so a good opportunity to turn on the vivid color program on the Ricoh and snap away at colorful shop windows. I shot in P-Mode, resulting in shutter speeds between 1/40 and 1/60 sec, an aperture of f/3,2 and ISO 100.

Shopper's Geometry

Shopper’s Geometry | Nuremberg | 2018

Casual Observations

Casual Observations | Nuremberg | 2018

Storefront windows are aways a good background to capture passing shoppers. Especially when they are decorated with bright colors, then it is up to you to just stand there and waiting for the right things to happen.

Last week the “Streets of Nuremberg” had their second blogaversary. My little blog has grown to almost four thousand followers in those two years. This is the 323rd post. So I guess the concept is right. Thanks to all of my readers and followers for a great journey, the interaction with all of you and the many (virtual) friendships that came out of this is the best part of my blogging!

I wish everyone a happy and colorful Sunday!

Marcus

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