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Street Photography Quick Tip (16)

Order Here | 2018 | 1/320 sec - f/6,3 - ISO 200

Order Here | 2018 | 1/320 sec – f/6,3 – ISO 200

Street Photography Quick Tip 16 – Capture what captures attention

My Street Photography Quick Tips are short, easy to read and easy to use tips that I think could help you while shooting in the streets.

When shooting Street Photography, I’m always on the lookout for photographs that have the potential to make the viewer stop and think about the story behind it, before swiping on to the next image.

In this photo, the contrast between the bright face and the darkness of the window behind should capture the attention of the viewer. Then comes text, which is also something we more or less automatically scan. “Order here”. What is it that can be ordered from this girl? Also, the hand written sign about not accepting American Express cards tends to attract attention more then the logo cards of the other credit cards.

How do you see it?

Photo taken with the OM-D E-M1 and the mZuiko 12-100 F/4. Image specs are 1/320 sec @ f/6,3 and ISO 200.

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Wish you all a great week and a good start into the week!

Marcus

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Some thoughts on monochrome shooting

Choices

Ice Bar Lobby Color | Berlin | 2018

I believe every photographer, when editing the day’s harvest, would for some images ponder the decision whether an image would look better in color or monochrome. For me, this happens mainly with photographs that have a high contrast range, like this scene I took in the Lobby of the Ice Bar Berlin (ever had a drink in an arctic environment?). I was attracted by the harmony of the colors, in addition to the playful lighting effects), so I shot this in color with my PEN-F and the 12mm f/2 prime lens (image specs 1/80 sec @ f/2.2 and ISO 2000). When processing the photo in Lightroom CC Classic, I was seeing the potential for a monochrome conversion, and applied a high contrast preset, that also introduced some grain, mimicking an analogue film (as you see above, the PEN-F has no noise issues at ISO 2000, at least if you keep the image at a reasonable size). I like both version, but if I need to pick one I tend to take the colored version. I would be interested in your views, please comment below.

Ice Bar Lobby Monochrome | Berlin | 2018

I’m back in the Pacific Northwest, but this time for work again. It has been a busy week, thus the lack of posts and opportunities to venture out and shoot in the streets. I’m heading to Seattle for the weekend, so this will change 🙂

Wish you a great Friday

Marcus

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Finally Weekend

Ball Python | 1/80 sec - f/4 - ISO 1600 - 57mm

Ball Python | 1/80 sec – f/4 – ISO 1600 – 57mm

You also have those weeks where the job that pays the bills gently surrounds you and gradually turns on the pressure in order to suffocate you? Like a majestic Ball Python (aka Royal Python)? Well, I did make it into the weekend, although barely. The Significant  Other and I will head into the mountains to visit good friends. Looking so much forward to it!

The photo of the snake I took just the other week when visiting the Biosphere in Potsdam. I post-processed it in Lightroom Classic CC to a high contrast black& white image to be added to my fine art wildlife series (I blogged about the how-to here).

Hopefully I find some time on the weekend to catch up with blogging!

Wish you a great weekend!

Marcus

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Wordless Wednesday

1/200 sec | f/13 | ISO 500

Taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the 12-100 F/4. Image specs 1/200 sec @ f13 and ISO 500.

Wish you a great Wednesday!

Marcus

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Happy 4th of July

Wave the flag

Wave the flag | Anacortes | 2018

I had a rough weekend and Monday coming down with a bad case of stomach flu. No photographic ventures whatsoever. And the job that pays the bills clouds the rest of the week.

Still I want to take the time to wish all my American friends a peaceful and happy Independence Day!

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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek | Nuremberg | 2016

This week the weekly photo challenge (WPC) from Word Press’ “The Daily Post” has the theme “Lines“. So here is my “lineiest” street photo. For some more line items (pun intended) continue after the jump…. (more…)

StoNur goes Sub Sea

Diving Boy

Sparkling Blu | Isola d’Elba | 2016

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…

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Go out and experiment!

Playing a guitar for himself

For himself | Porto Azzurro | 2016

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!

Marcus

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Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing | Isola d’Elba | 2016

Technically no street photography I would say even though there are persons in the image and there is a road on the far shoreline ;-).  Sunset at a small beach on Elba’s North Shore near Cape St. Andrea. Both images shot with the Olympus PEN-F and the m.Zuiko 12mm f/2.0 . Jpg’s as they came out of camera (Color Profile 3 and Dramatic Art Filter 2).How beautiful is Italy !

Dramatic Sunset

Dramatic Sunset | Isola d’Elba | 2016

Enjoy your weekend!

Marcus

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