Self-Isolation

Girl in self-isolation wrapped in blanket talking from a window
Isolation | Nuremberg | 2022

Two years into the pandemic, the family had its first case. Big Girl came down with Covid. Properly vaccinated and even boostered, her symptoms subsided after three days, but then she had to go into self-isolation for a good week, which turned out to be really hard for her. Living in the same house as grandma, aunt and cousin, she at least got her needed supplies delivered to her door. Being a pediatric oncology nurse, Big Girl took her self-isolation serious. Which meant we were able to see the kid only from down the sidewalk. But thankfully she’s healed, back at work now and up and running again.

February was a busy month that left not much time for photography and blogging. But I got myself a new camera. And sold a lot of my old APS-C stuff to pay for it.

And then, last weekend, after years of following each other’s blogs, I finally met another of my virtual friends face to face on the Streets of Nuremberg.

So plenty stories still to tell.

The photo of Big Girl at her window was taken with my iPhone.

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Have a great Friday

Marcus

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Rock structures in Antelope Canyon

Arizona’s iconic Antelope Canyon in black and white. Seems a real contradiction. As the Antelope Canyon is an explosion in light and colors. But last weekend I visited an exhibition of renowned nature photographer Norbert Rosing with his breathtaking black and white photographs of nature’s monuments in the West and Southwest of the USA. His photographs are very much inspired by the work of Ansel Adams. They show an inspiring and exciting play of light, contrast and composition, which make these shots quite unique. The exhibition inspired me to look back at my photographs from a tour of the US Southwest back in 2012 and convert some of them from color to black and white. I started with images from amazing Antelope Canyon. I invite you to continue and take a special tour of Antelope Canyon in black and white…

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Impromptu Indoor Portrait Session

Homeshooting Portrait of a young lady
1/125 sec | f/2.8 | ISO 1600 | 59mm

Having had the opportunity to test a Leica SL2-S full frame mirrorless system over the weekend, I have asked Big Girl to pose for an impromptu indoor portrait session. I wanted to do another test of the high ISO capability of the camera and find out how usable the files are in terms of noise when shooting at higher ISO. And, I have to say, the Leica performed admirably. But see for yourself…

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Nocturnal Street Photography

Walking the dog next to a museum
1/160 sec | f/2.8 | ISO 12500 | 70mm

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to test an amazing camera, the Leica SL2-S, bundled with the Leica Vario-Elmarit 1:2.8/24-70mm Asph. I was particularly interested in the low light capability of the 24mp full frame mirrorless camera. So I headed into town to do some nocturnal street photography…

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Goodbye 2021

Lonka Valley
1/500 sec | f/9.5 | ISO 200 | 50mm

The last day of the year is upon us. Goodbye 2021! The Significant Other, Big Girl, two dear friends and myself spent the day hiking in the Austrian Alps in the Weißpriach Valley along the Lonka River. Enjoying a marvelous day. Walking along the mountain river has something cleansing to it. Washing 2021 away, looking forward to a brighter new year.

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Big Girl

Portrait of Big Girl
1/350 sec | f/2.8 | ISO 1600 | 50mm

Haven’t posted a portrait of Big Girl in a while. She doesn’t look like having worked 4 consecutive night shifts as pediatric nurse on the oncology ward of Nuremberg’s Children’s Hospital.

Image taken with my Leica M (Type 240) and the Summicron 50mm F/2. Jpg out of camera.

Have a great Thursday

Marcus

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Oldtimers Classic Cars
1/80 sec | f/4 | ISO 400 | 92mm

The other weekend, my Dad and I went to a Classic Car exhibition in the Nuremberg Trade Fair. Big Boy got us the tickets, and it was a great opportunity to escape the Covid dullness and do something special. Not that I’m too much into cars. But they are sure fun to photograph. Especially when they are Classic Cars. So I grabbed my Olympus OM-D E-M1X with the mZuiko 12-100 F/4 with the intention to shoot some details of the exhibited cars. Click the link below to see some resulting images.

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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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