November Blues

Motion blurred lady ascending out of a subways station into dark streets
0.5 sec | f/11 | ISO 1600| 25 mm

November is upon us. And with it the obligatory November blues. Many persons I know are dreading this month, as it is the month of remembrance of the dead, the month of grey, wet, foggy, cold dull days. There is lots of work in the garden to prepare it for winter. With the change of the clock to winter time this past weekend it is practically dark by 5pm. It is also the transition month between the last warm days of the year with the explosive colors of autumn and the happiness and joy of the upcoming festive season.

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Pardon the Pun

Point of Interest
POI | Cannobio | 2021

I momentarily debated whether to post this image I took today in Cannobio on Italy’s Lago Maggiore. But Street Photography may be controversial, as is the life it depicts. And it may be funny, as is the life it depicts. It invites the photographer to roam the streets and watch life as it happens, to find an interesting scene, a story happening on the stage that is our world. Were all the humans are merely players.

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Camouflage

Camouflage, lady with flower shirt standing in front of flowers
Camouflage | Nuremberg | 2021

Haven’t I said it in yesterday’s post? October weather has taken a turn for the worse, the weather changing hourly between heavy rain and light rain. Time to go into hiding….pardon the pun. Standing in front of the flower shop in city center Nuremberg, it was just a matter of waiting before an appropriately clad lady walked in front of the flowers on sale.All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women, merely players”, as William Shakespeare has rightly put it.That’s what I call perfect camouflage.

It also works in color. Check it out by clicking below..

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Classic Beauty

monochrome portrait of a classic beauty
Classic Beauty | Corinth | 2021

I’m much too busy taking photographs and vacationing (as in being down at our private beach) than downloading and editing what I already captured on the SD cards during our stay in Greece. Or writing blog articles. But when I saw this one of The Significant Other I couldn’t hesitate throwing out a quick Sunday post after all. Classic Beauty is all that comes to my mind, as she stands in front of the ancient temple of Apollo in Corinth. Can anyone understand why this beautiful woman always gets a panic attack when I point a camera at her?

Taken with the Leica M and the Summicron 35mm F/2. I was really pushing the settings here, did already consider putting an ND filter on the camera to block out some of the light. But with a fast 1/4000 shutter speed and slightly stopping down to f/4 I still got the shot in the bright afternoon light with shallow enough depth of field to blur the background, but still have the 2500 year old temple clearly recognizable.

If you are looking for tips and inspirations around street photography, check out my free Learning Center

Have a great Sunday

Marcus

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Saturday at the market

Vendors at a greek street market
1/125 sec | f/6.8 | ISO 200 | 50mm

Sure enough our vacation in Greece offers some opportunity at street photography. We spent the morning of last Saturday at the market in Argos, the town nearest to our holiday getaway. I brought along the Leica M (Type 240) with the Summicron 50mm F/2. Here are a couple shots from that outing.

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More from the streets of Bologna

Monochrome street photograph showing the juxtaposition of thin and fat
Differences | Bologna | 2021

While thoroughly enjoying our days in Greece (and being busy filling my SD cards) here is some more from the streets of Bologna. This series is all monochrome (RAW conversion in Lightroom Classic). I loved the harsh contrasts the bright afternoon summer light threw onto the streets in the old town.

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Reading between the lines

Car driver reading a letter while parked
1/100 sec | f/5.6 | ISO 125 | 85mm

Wondering about the story behind the image. This is what makes Street Photography my favorite genre. Reading between the lines. What was my subject up to? This example nails it. What does this taxi driver read? Is ist a letter? A handwritten contract? Just some notes? Definitely something unusual in the times of everyone only looking at LCD screens.

The next time you are out and about in your city, try to capture a photo that gets the imagination going. You can capture it even with your smartphone. Be on the lookout for those scenes wherever you are. It can be in the grocery store just as well as when you are roaming the streets. You can train your eye even when you have to camera or smart phone with you. Find your image that makes everyone try to find the story behind.

If you are looking for more tips and inspirations around street photography, check out my free Learning Center.

Have a great Saturday and stay safe!

Marcus

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Light at the end of the tunnel

Cyclists in a tunnel
1/4 sec | f/7.1 | ISO 1600 | 38mm

There is light at the end of the tunnel. Far in the distance, barely visible. Pessimists might even argue that, in all likelihood, it is the headlamp of an oncoming train. Well, Murphy’s law won’t happen in this tunnel. While indeed being an old railroad tunnel at the Ligurian coast, nowadays it belongs to bikers and hikers. So why I’m musing about a light at the end of a tunnel in Italy that, due to Covid restrictions in Europe, can’t even be reached these days from Germany?

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Winter Woods

Winterwald

We really got hit by snow over the last days. In fact, it’s been a few years since we had so much of the white powder. So much, that the other day The Significant Other and I took our cross country skies and started a tour right from behind our house. And this afternoon, right before sunset, we did another little hike into the winter woods surrounding our village.

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NYC Experience – Oculus

In yesterday’s posts I left you with a small riddle, asking whether anyone would recognize the building were I shot the abstract fine-art architectural shots. While no-one came up with the right solution (Oculus – World Trade Center Station in New York City), a few readers correctly recognized the work of architect Santiago Calatrava. Today, continuing my series “NYC Experience” from our trip to the Big Apple in 2018, I show you a bit more of the outside and interior of this new iconic NCY landmark.

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