The Streets of Nuremberg go sub sea this time. I wanted to share some images I took while snorkeling with my kids on the Spiaggia del Relitto, the Relict Beach, near the village of Pomonte on the Italian Island of Elba. To read more about our little wreck diving adventure and how I took the photos continue reading after the jump…
Walking through Porto Azzurro the other week I was passing through the small shady alleys of the old town trying to find some protection from the blazing midday sun when I heard someone playing a bass. Through the open doors of an otherwise empty bar I saw this guy sitting in front of wide open windows, seemingly fully ignorant of the world around him, playing away some experimental tunes on his bass guitar. Even while improvising he played full of passion, and I felt very attached to the sights and sounds of this particular scene.
Shouldn’t we all do some more experimenting of our own? Playing around with things and in ways we are not familiar with? Ignorant of those who tell us what we should do and ignorant of the first achievements while expanding our creative horizons. After all, expanding our knowledge and horizons through experimentations is deeply embedded in our genes, as this is exactly what children do when they “discover” their world. And children don’t really care how the initial results look while singing, drawing, building etc., they rather enjoy the activity itself, the process of experimentation and discovery.
As photographers we can learn a lot from the trial and error approach of children. First of all it helps you to get your creative juices flowing when trying out new photographic styles. Experimenting around is fun, and don’t let yourself get discouraged when initial results don’t meet your usual standards. And don’t let other people tell you what you should or should not do, or what looks nice and what doesn’t. Just experiment with things you like and see how the results gradually improve. Enjoy the road of discovery.
Photography is my passion, Street Photography is the style that works best for me, but photographically I have tried many genres and still try out new styles. For example during this years summer holidays I experimented a lot with portrait photography.
And also creating “Streets of Nuremberg”, starting a blog to write about my photographic endeavors was (is still) an experiment to open a new creative outlet for me.
By experimenting more try to expand your horizons and find out what works best for you. Inspirations you can find everywhere, in books, other websites and blogs, social media or by talking to friends and connections in the digital world.
Discovery through experimentation can help to overcome the dullness of daily routine and to find happiness, purpose, and more motivation to live.
So go out and experiment!
Have a great Sunday!
Holidays means also having finally time for a lot of (photography) related reading of books, blogs and websites to get fresh doses of inspiration. And also having time to try out a few things off your usual beaten paths.
In this case I decided to do some portrait photography with my (more or less willing) family. First victim up was my son Daniel. To see more and learn how this studio-like portrait was taken without help of any flash on a 1m stretch of white wall inside our rented apartment’s bedroom continue reading after the jump.
In reminiscence to my “Street ? Airport!” series I’m uploading some images I took in Genoa’s Airport Marina last evening. Doesn’t looking at ships always makes you want to hop directly on regardless where their next port of call might be?
On my bucket list is doing a vacation on board of a freight ship crossing an ocean and visiting some distant ports. Probably crazy…but maybe not.
We took a walk in Genoa’s Airport Marina after a fabulous dinner. Brought the PEN-F along with the mZuiko 12mm f/2.0. As all the super yachts we hoped to see where out to sea (figures, its main travel season in Europe) there weren’t many motives out. I played with the monochrome modes of the PEN-F. Who says you can’t shoot monochrome in a harbor at night?
You all have a great day!
In today’s world photography has become mainstream. Excellent cameras have become very affordable and smartphones are 24/7 companions that allow everyone to do serious photography on the spot.
Each second thousands of photos are uploaded to social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and image platforms (flickr, 500px). And all of us who contribute to this never-ending stream of photographic output hope that somehow our work finds some recognition.
With the growing numbers of aspiring photographers also the amount of educational and inspirational information has vastly increased. Photography magazines, how-to books, websites and blogs provide a wealth of technical knowledge and inspiration for just about every genre of photography that you can imagine. Thanks to this resources teaching yourself the technical and artistic aspects of photography (and even the business side if you want to look at that as well) is not difficult at all if you learn to differentiate the wheat from the chaff. I’m not saying that this replaces the need for a professional education (if you really want to work as a professional photographer you should have a proper one) but for all us aspiring wannabe professionals who dream about generating some cash out of our hobby one day the training material available online or what you can pick up by attending workshops is more than sufficient to get us properly started.
With affordable gear, a wealth of information and inspiration available remains the question what to shoot. I for myself feel attracted to all sorts of genres. Landscape, portrait work with available light or strobes, boudoir, street photography, macro, wildlife, fashion, travel, documentary, you name it. I have tried most of them to some degree or other. Even bought gear (ever heard of GAS – gear acquisition syndrome) to being able to properly do it, inspired by one article or another in one of my many photography magazines, books or on a blog or photography portal site.
The thing is, all of this is nice, some come with caveats that are not easy to overcome (e.g. getting yourself models for portrait/fashion shootings, getting up in the middle of the night to catch the golden hours of landscape photography) so the genres that eventually attract you will narrow down themselves. And if you really want to become good at something you need to focus. Most great artists / scientists have been or are specialists of some sorts. Sure there are exceptions. Bryan Adams is a great Rock Star and also a well-known photographer, but in music he focuses on Rock and in his photography on portraits and fashion.
So how do you focus, how do you find the style of photography that suits your aspirations, that allows you to become good enough that you yourself are satisfied with the results. And again, as long as you don’t have to make a living out of your photography your own judgement of your results is the only relevant criteria. If in addition to that your work finds whatever recognition on social media, image sharing platforms, websites or photography magazines that is just icing on the cake.
The road to discovering your individual style as a photographer is a very personal one. But there are some things can help you and that have certainly helped me. Find out more after the jump. (more…)
While strolling through the streets of Marseille’s magnificent Old Town some weeks ago I also took some photographs of local street life. While doing my selections / post processing a couple of images caught my eye. I realized that unintentionally I have captured humans in activities that for me are somehow representative for their respective stages of their lives. So I put them together in this post and wrote down a few brief thoughts coming to my mind when looking at those images.
I want to start with the elder ones. The generation that has built the foundations of what we live in today through a life full of work and caring for their families. The last stage can be a tough one. Poverty, deteriorating health, the loss of a partner, increasing loneliness. Still there are many that remain active, take their lives into their hands, find time to enjoy what they didn’t have time for during their working years. Still passing on their experiences and lessons of life. (more…)
A scene I found captivating, seen last weekend in Berlin while doing a river boat tour on the Spree. Taken with the PEN-F and the mZuiko 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 at 1/640 sec at f/5.6 and ISO1600.
You all have a great weekend!
Sometimes I turn Street Photography into Subway Photography. There are various good reasons for that. In the underground you can escape foul weather. On their way to and from the trains people are mostly in a rush so they tend to oversee the “hunting” Street Photographers. And in the subway cars travelers are often so focused on their smart phone or their books and papers that you have a very good chance to go unnoticed while taking candid portraits. For other good reasons to take your Street Photography below ground and more subway photographs continue reading after the jump. (more…)
While in Stockholm we visited Fotografiska, a centre for contemporary photography that was opened in May 2010 by American star photographer Annie Leibowitz. It is situated in an old customs building on Södermalm island directly at the waterfront near the Viking Lines cruise terminal. It features a bar, a great store for art and photography and it is open until 11pm most days so you can actually spend “a night in the museum”.
Fotografiska carries parallel exhibitions, when we visited last week there was the awesome “Inherit the Dust” exhibition by British photographer Nick Brandt, a collection about photos of famous Swedish Actor Greta Garbo as well as an exhibition featuring the impressive photographic work of Rock Star Bryan Adams. Known for his exceptional fashion photography (e.g. Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford) and portraits of famous musicians (e.g. Amy Winehouse, Rammstein, Rolling Stones), film stars (e.g. Christoph Waltz, Christopher Lee) and politicians (e.g. Queen Elizabeth).
Besides the portraits a second part of the Bryan Adams exhibition featured “Wounded: The Legacy of War”, his portrait work of military servicemen and women from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the injuries they have sustained, matter-of-factly. Their missing limbs, prosthetics and scar tissue are seen by the viewer as part of the subjects as they are now. The portraits are very graphic and carry a lot of emotions.
In this part of the exhibition I also took the photograph above were a mother tried to explain to her children the horrors of war, a scene that I found very touching.
For some more photos from Fotografiska and for the links to the website of the photographers and the museum click here. (more…)