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Back on the Streets of Nuremberg

Purple Rain

Purple Rain | Nuremberg | 2016

After just three days in the office, Namibia seems to be a distant dream. Amazing, how fast a three week vacation can pass, when you are fully focused on making the most out of your family time while traveling through a truly magic country in Southern Africa.

Besides being back in the treadmill of the job that pays the bills, looking out the window is truly frustrating. Photographically speaking, instead of focusing about playing with the light in the great sand dunes of the Namib Desert, or dialing in a wide aperture to throw the background behind the lion’s head properly out of focus, I know need to start thinking again about making use of puddles to capture nice reflections.

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Well, know worries, there are plenty nice memories of Africa in the raw files on my MacBook’s SSD that still need sorting and working on. So you can expect a few more post as I finish up my “Namibia Explored” series in the coming days.

But outside it is cold, grey and rainy. Back on the autumn Streets of Nuremberg.

Check out my Learning Center with all my free tips and inspirations on photography, including puddle shooting 😉

Have a great week!

Marcus

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Summer over the Imperial Castle

Imperial Castle Nuremberg

Imperial Castle | Nuremberg | 2017

Another splendid day over Nuremberg and a long weekend ahead, due to a public holiday on Monday. This iPhone panorama shows the castle gardens of Nuremberg’s Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle). Have I mentioned that I rarely shoot panoramas with my cameras anymore? Shooting a sequence of overlapping images and stitching them in Photoshop or Lightroom isn’t really worth the effort, as in most situations the iPhone panorama function does just fine.

Imperial Castle | Nuremberg

Imperial Castle | Nuremberg | 2017

This is the view from the city walls, where the wall walks atop the fortifications provide for a splendid view across the Tiergärtnertorplatz towards the Imperial Castle.

This photo was taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4.0-5.6 travel zoom at 1/320 sec, f/8 and ISO200, focal length was 14mm.

I processed the RAW image in Lightroom, mainly opening up the shadows in the wall walk. It is a good example how much tonal range you can capture with a RAW and make visible in post processing.

I wish everyone a peaceful and relaxing weekend!

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Off Topic – Konfi Shooting

Konfirmation Fotoshooting

1/640 sec @ f/4,5 and ISO 200, 120mm focal length

With today’s post I’m once more venturing far away from my usual posts around Street- and Travel Photography. Friends have asked me to shoot the portraits of their son for his Konfirmation (confirmation).  So we met this past Sunday for a photo session in exchange for a delicious barbecue. Although I don’t have much experience in doing portraits I’m quite happy how this series came out and we had a good time. Definitely aided by using the perfect prop for a 14 year old teenager, his Piaggio Ape. To see more photos continue after the jump… (more…)

Eyes wide open

Observations

Observations | Franken | 2013

I’m really looking forward to the weekend. Really!! This week was really tough. Sure it is nice to be home, no questions. But working a major project on the US West Coast out of Germany sucks a lot of the joy right out again, considering the 9 hours of time difference. Twice this week my last web meeting with my US based colleagues finished at 2 am in the morning. Long hours and no photography.

So for this post I went back into my archive and found this shot from 2013. A great example why you should always look up, down and sideways  when roaming the streets with your camera. This lady was sitting behind a 3rd floor window in one of our big sandstone townhouses. Ok, the color tone of curtain and her dress are not a 100% match, but still, this is as good as it gets.

I took that with my Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4.0-5.6 travel zoom. Images specs 1/200 sec @ f/7,1 and ISO 200, 150mm focal length (equals 300mm in full frame equivalent).

The plan for tomorrow is to head to the city with the cam. And to keep the eyes open.

Check out the Learning Center for all my free tips and inspirations around photography, if you haven’t done already. Let me know if there are some topics you want me to write about.

Have a super weekend!

Marcus

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage

Cold Bloods

Cold Bloods | Franken | 2016

This weeks Weekly Photo Challenge from Word Press’ “The Daily Post”  has the theme “Heritage”. There is a lot of heritage in Franken, the region around Nuremberg. Among it are the many horse drawn carriages that take tourists through the historic centers of our towns. Many of those carriages are drawn by gargantuan cold blood horses, beautiful and amazing creatures. Also these horses are part of the heritage of this rural area, have the carried the load of heavy farm work for centuries.

This photo gives also an impression what you can do with a 12mm wide angle prime lens, in this case the mZuiko 12mm F/2.0 that I had attached to my PEN-F. I was on my knees practically underneath the horses, shooting upwards looking through the swivel LCD screen of the cam.

I hope you are having a good week, mine is quite rough as the job that pays the bills is completely dominating my days and nights. No time for shooting and no time for blogging. These weeks are really tiring. But it could be worse. It could be Monday 😉

Have you checked out the Learning Center with all my free tips and inspirations around photography?

Have a great Friday!

Marcus

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Spring on Nuremberg’s City Walls

Historic Nuremberg City Walls

Yes, we made it. We made it to spring. Finally. It was a gorgeous spring day in Nuremberg, temperatures finally above 20 degrees celsius, the birds are going crazy, buds are coming out everywhere, it is just beautiful! Balm for the soul, after a totally crazy work weak. These are some photos of Nuremberg’s northern historic city walls, around the Maxtor, constructed between the 11th and 13th century. Too see some more of the Imperial’s City fortifications on a splendid spring day, continue after the jump….

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Blue Hour on the Pegnitz

Blue Hour

Blue Hour  | Nuremberg | 2008

One from the archives – Blue Hour on the Pegnitz River. Visible in the Background is the Hallertorbrücke, the Western exit of the Pegnitz from Nuremberg’s Old Town. The bridge house made out of sand stone was built in 1697 in place of the original wooden bridge constructed 1564.

The photo was taken with 1/3 sec at f/4 and ISO 800. Camera was on a tripod. I forgot to dial the ISO down (what is the sense of having the cam on a tripod and not shooting on lowest native ISO). But somehow I like the noise in the image, so I kept it. It is so much fun to shoot during the blue hour, you should try it!.

Tomorrow is once more a travel day, I’m heading to Detroit for a day and a half of meetings, will be back in Nuremberg Saturday.

Have a nice day!

Marcus

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I’m only looking

Silent Virtue

Silent Virtue | Nuremberg | 2016

Detail of a bronzen face on Nuremberg’s Fountain of Virtue (Tugendbrunnen) created by Bendikt Wurzelbauer in the years 1584-1589, situated next to the North Tower of St. Lorenz  Church.

It was a conscious try at a high key photo with a very narrow depth of field to fully blur out the passing shoppers. I dialed in 2/3 of a stop positive exposure compensation. Image taken with the Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 17mm f/1.8 prime lens at 1/250 sec, f/3.5 and ISO 200. There is this rumor that mirrorless cameras can’t create a decent bokeh…

Have a great day!

Marcus

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My Sunday Miracle

Miracle

Miracle | Moosbach | 2017

Like many places on this planet we were blessed with plenty snow this weekend. As I’m fighting a really nasty cold I didn’t use the opportunity to head into Nuremberg to photograph in the snow covered city. But Sunday late afternoon my significant other more or less kicked me out of the house for a little walk in the woods and fields behind our house. Initially I didn’t want to take a camera, but then again, which photographer leaves the house without one?  So I grabbed the PEN-F and we headed out the door.  And sure enough, in the trees just behind the house my little miracle happened.  For the story and a couple more snowy sunset photos from Frankonia continue reading after the jump…..

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StoNur’s Landscapes – Frankonian Sunset

Winter Sunset

Winter Sunset | Franken | 2017

Despite Streets Of Nuremberg being mainly a Street Photography blog I will throw in the occasional landscape photo. I took this image at the Scherauer Weiher, a fish pond near Leinburg to the East of Nuremberg. Here in Frankonia (Franken) we sure live in a beautiful area of Germany.

I took this photo with my iPhone. Remember the saying “the best camera is the one you have with you”? So true….

Have a great day!

Marcus

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