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Opposites

Opposites

Opposites | Nuremberg | 2017

In Episode 4 of my “Instant Inspirations” I talked about Juxtaposition, a great compositional element to add interest to photographs.

There are a few opposites also in this image from the streets of Nuremberg. Old vs young, big vs small, sitting vs standing, real vs virtual, smiling vs seriousness.

Then you have multiple layers in this photo as well. The man in the foreground, the dressing dummies in the middle and the wall posters of the smiling children above and behind as background.

How many opposites can you put in an image? I would love to see your results, post links in the comment section.

Shot taken with my Olympus PEN-F and the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4-5.6. Image specs 1/160 sec @ f/8 and ISO 1000. It was already late in the afternoon and a bit dark, hence I had to increase the ISO to get the necessary depth of field with ab f/8 aperture and the higher shutter speed to ensure sharpness of the man.

RAW conversion in Lightroom CC.

Have a great Tuesday!

Marcus

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For all my free inspirations and tips around photography visit my Learning Center.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

Mighty Guitar

Giant Guitar | Nuremberg | 2016

Scale” is the theme of the Word Press’ Weekly Photo Challenge for this week. Scale is about perspective, seemingly unusual sizing of objects in relation to other objects due to their placements relative to each other in the focal pane, or due to unusual viewpoints, for example by looking down from extreme heights or looking up at things from the ground.

This is a creative playground for us photographers with almost unlimited possibilities. To see my entries for this week’s challenge, consisting of street- and travel shots as well as a couple aerial photographs I made with my little drone in Namibia,  continue after the jump….. (more…)

On the Streets of Berlin

Blurred Shopping Girls

1/8 sec @ f/6,3, ISO 200, 49mm focal length

As already mentioned in my previous post, I’ve spent last weekend in our Nation’s Capital, which is always a treat. As the main purpose of the trip was visiting a very close friend and going on a specialty Whiskey tasting (which was totally awesome by the way), an actual visit to the Streets of Berlin was limited to a few hours on Saturday when we went to the Potsdamer Platz district,  visited the Mall of Berlin and the Otto Bock Science Center. I brought along the Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 14-10mm F/4-5.6 travel zoom, and after the jump you can see some of the results…. (more…)

Road to Berlin

Road to Berlin

Road to Berlin | Germany | 2017

Before heading back to the Pacific Northwest before sunrise on Monday morning, the significant other and myself took the road for our Nation’s Capital on Friday afternoon to visit close friends, do some shooting and shopping in the city  and attend a Whiskey tasting I got as present for my 50th birthday back in January. The photographs shown here are taken out of the moving car in a combination of slow shutter speeds (both were shot at 1/13 sec) and panning the camera backwards against the driving direction. The conversion to monochrome was done in Lightroom CC with the pre-set mimicking a TRI-X analogue film.

Wind Song

Wind Song | Germany | 2017

For more tips and inspirations published on the Streets of Nuremberg visit my free Learning Center.

Have a great weekend!

Marcus

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Instant Inspiration (20) – Backlit Fountain

Backlit Fountain Street Photography

1/125 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 200

“Instant Inspiration”  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. Read the posts, become inspired, take your camera, head out and have fun! After a summer break I now bring you episode 20, where I work the scene around a fountain backlit by a late afternoon sun. For the how-to and the rest of the photos continue after the jump…. (more…)

Late Summer Family Street Fun

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1/160 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 1600, 120mm focal length

The day was too beautiful not to use it for some shooting in town, so I escaped for an hour into Nuremberg’s Old Town in the late afternoon of this last day of September. It was surprisingly warm, and everybody enjoyed what was potentially the last warm day of summer. Inspired by the atmosphere I was consciously looking for scenes of kids and their parents having fun together. I like giving me these small photographic assignments, it helps me to quickly focus and get into the flow (especially when I have only limited time for shooting) and to train visual awareness. I was with my Olympus PEN-F and the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4-5.6 travel zoom. For the rest of this series continue after the jump… (more…)

Weekly Photo Challenge – Windows

I want to be real

I want to be real | Nuremberg | 2016

Another week, another photo challenge from Word Press’ “The Daily Post”. The theme this time is “Windows“. And after being late with the challenge last week, I’m early this time 😉 . I can’t really show what was in front of my window this morning, as I was sitting next to an airplane window. And when, after a seemingly endless night, I opened the blinds this morning  while we approached Amsterdam there was…..nothing. After some splendid warm and sunny late summer days in the Pacific Northwest I’m back to the European rainy autumn weather. But in a few hours I will be back home, so the weather will be not something I will overly care about the next days.

So coming back to the “Windows”-Challenge, I need to revert to some monochrome photographs from my archives. To see my variety of “windowed” shots continue after the jump…. (more…)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered

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Creating Memories | Nuremberg | 2016

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge from Word Press has the theme “Layered“. I submit some of my street photography images that all are “layered”, signifying they have at least two layers of action, adding interest to the photograph by creating depth. To see more examples of “layered” street photos, continue after the jump…. (more…)

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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Sunset at the end of the road

African Sunset

African Sunset | Swakopmund | 2017

Driving on African gravel roads is tiring. The landscape around you is fantastic, bit keeping the car steady on the gravel or sandy roads takes a lot of effort, you can never drive on “autopilot”. After a 380 kilometer and 6 hour trip on unpaved roads we arrived at the coastal town of Swakopmund. After checking into our B&B we went straight to the historic jetty to experience the African sunset behind the Southern Atlantic Ocean.

Despite having a coastline of 1400 kilometers, Namibia has only two natural ports, Luderitz Bay in the south and Walvis Bay just 30 kilometers south of Swakopmund. As Luderitz was limited to the diamond mining operations and had no real access to the rest of the country due to being isolated by the Namib desert, and Walvis Bay was British, the German colonial authorities founded Swakopmund as a city that had at least some access too fresh water and decided to built a Jetty in 1905 to help the unloading of cargo from ships and support the settling activities. At the Ocean end of the Jetty is a great restaurant where we enjoyed a great fish dinner after getting the obligatory sunset pictures first.

The Ocean waves where impressive, as was the colors of the sky after the sun went down behind the great Oceans waves. I wanted to create a long exposure image of the waves, creating that dreamy effect. In order to achieve the longest possible exposure time I set the PEN-F to its smallest aperture of f/22 and the lowest native ISO of 200, resulting in a 6 second exposure time, long enough to create what I was after.

To keep it simple, I did not attach any filters, and neither I used a tripod. I simply set the camera on on of the rocks between the road and the beach and used a 2 second self timer to avoid any camera shake after pressing the shutter.

The photograph is a jpg out of camera, no postprocessing was applied.

Have a great Friday!

Marcus

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