Eye in eye with a master

Monet - behind the maze
1/100 sec | f/2.8 | ISO 6400 | 70mm

Wow…there was never a four week break between posts on this blog. And this when I wanted March to be the month to pick up the pace on the “Streets of Nuremberg”. But then, two years into the pandemic, the Covid bug finally caught up with us. First Big Boy, then myself, then The Significant Other. It was no fun, for none of us. But all of us were triple vaccinated, and so we were able to weather the virus at home. While it felt like a typical winter flu, it still took me the good part of two weeks to really get back on my feet. Two weeks also without any creative energy. But here’s a few photographs I took just prior to the virus attack in an exhibition of the works of French impressionist Claude Monet. The Street Photographer eye in eye with a master…

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Antelope Canyon in black and white

Rock structures in Antelope Canyon

Arizona’s iconic Antelope Canyon in black and white. Seems a real contradiction. As the Antelope Canyon is an explosion in light and colors. But last weekend I visited an exhibition of renowned nature photographer Norbert Rosing with his breathtaking black and white photographs of nature’s monuments in the West and Southwest of the USA. His photographs are very much inspired by the work of Ansel Adams. They show an inspiring and exciting play of light, contrast and composition, which make these shots quite unique. The exhibition inspired me to look back at my photographs from a tour of the US Southwest back in 2012 and convert some of them from color to black and white. I started with images from amazing Antelope Canyon. I invite you to continue and take a special tour of Antelope Canyon in black and white…

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Classic Cars

Oldtimers Classic Cars
1/80 sec | f/4 | ISO 400 | 92mm

The other weekend, my Dad and I went to a Classic Car exhibition in the Nuremberg Trade Fair. Big Boy got us the tickets, and it was a great opportunity to escape the Covid dullness and do something special. Not that I’m too much into cars. But they are sure fun to photograph. Especially when they are Classic Cars. So I grabbed my Olympus OM-D E-M1X with the mZuiko 12-100 F/4 with the intention to shoot some details of the exhibited cars. Click the link below to see some resulting images.

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Red Carpet

Mercedes Benz Emblem in front of a red carpet
Red Carpet | Nuremberg | 2021

Just a random shot that I took yesterday at a classic car exhibition at the Trade Fair Nuremberg. Colors match those of the festive season, that is not so festive here on the Streets of Nuremberg. For the second year in a row, all Christmas markets in Bavaria have been canceled. The car show was still on, but you had to be double vaccinated and additionally present a negative Covid test certificate less than 24h old. Plenty effort to go watch some vintage cars. But at least an opportunity to grab the cam and do some creative shooting.

Image specs 1/10 sec @ f/8 and ISO 400, 200mm focal length.

Have a great Monday

Marcus

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Another weekend – another photo exhibition

Another weekend – another photo exhibition (have you read my post from the SteveMcCurry exhibition?). This time we were a bit more south. The Significant Other and I spent the weekend in (our former hometown) Genoa on the Ligurian coast to visit a dear friend. And, as things go, there was another exhibition in town – “L’Italia di Magnum”. Another opportunity to see great photography and do some street shooting inside the exhibition.

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Colors in the dark

As written in my last post, The Significant Other and I spent last weekend in Zurich. We used the occasion to visit the exhibition “The world of Steve McCurry” in the Maag Halle. Those of you who have the opportunity to see this exhibition, either in Zurich or elsewhere, go! All others can join me for a quick glimpse of this awesome presentation of McCurry’s work and see some colors in the dark.

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Looking at you

Lady looking at a Steve McCurry Portrait of an Afghan
Looking at you | Zurich | 2021

Life’s been wild lately, not only for us, but also for the rest of the world. “Looking at you” I dubbed this shot of The Significant Other looking at a Steve McCurry portrait of an Afghan mujahideen. The world famous documentary photographer, known for his intense portraits, took this image in Afghanistan back in 1979. We are in Zurich for the weekend and took the opportunity to visit the Steve McCurry exhibition that’s currently on display at the Maaghalle. Over the years, McCurry has been multiple times to Afghanistan, and some of his most iconic images are from there. On display at the exhibition, they now emit a strange sense of actuality, given the current sad events.

You know I like to shoot street photography in exhibitions and museums, and this beautiful curated and presented display of McCurry’s work provided an awesome background. For tonight I leave you with this initial image and get now busy with more editing from this afternoon’s photographic outing.

Image taken with my iPhone 12 Pro Max, post processed with iOS photo app.

Have a great weekend!

Marcus

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One Exhibition, one lens

Photographing art with a smartphone
1/125 sec | f/2.8 | ISO 1600

Last Sunday, together with good friends, The Significant Other and I visited the exhibition of contemporary German painter Christopher Lempfuhl in the Museum Würth in Künzelsau-Gaisbach. Frequent readers of this blog know that I love shooting street photography in an exhibition. Taking my recently acquired used Leica M for a spin, I gave myself the challenge to shoot a small reportage with only a 35mm prime lens. One exhibition, one lens.

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NürnbergMesse Instawalk (1)

Silhouette of Photographers
1/160sec – f/4 – ISO400 – 75mm

Last night I have joined another Instawalk organized by the admins of the Nuremberg Instagram community @igers_nuernberg. This time, a group of 22 Instagramers toured the exhibition grounds of NürnbergMesse equipped with cameras and tripods. The group was led by two admins and two friendly staff members from the NürnbergMesse. To check out some initial impressions from the walk, continue after the jump….

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NYC Experience – Day at the Museum

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Watch your back | New York City | 2018

One of the largest museums in the world is the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City. It is situated across the Central Park in the Upper West Side of the Big Apple. Opened in 1877, the museum contains over 33 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains and cultural artifacts, of which only a small fraction can be displayed at any given time. If you have seen the 2006 movie “Night at the Museum”, you know that this exhibits can come to live at times. For more about the museum and more photographs from our visit continue after the jump…

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Soggy outside? Shoot in an exhibition!

 

Japanese Aesthetics

Yesterday I went into downtown Nuremberg for some street shooting, but the weather was super miserable, it was snowing heavily but due to the above freezing temperatures it melted immediately into a big soggy mess. So I decided to escape the streets and took my Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 12-40 F/2.8 Pro Zoom into the “Neues Museum Nürnberg“, our modern architecture art museum within the historic city walls. It currently features a special exhibition “On the Art of Building a Teahouse – Excursions into Japanese Aesthetics”, a topic that fits perfectly to a fascinating book I recently read – “Wabi-sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers” by Leonard Koren. For more photos and some more information about the exhibition continue after the jump…. Continue reading “Soggy outside? Shoot in an exhibition!”

Instant Inspiration (13)- Pictures in an Exhibition

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Exhibition III | Nuremberg | 2016

“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….

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