monochrome

Wayback Machine

Generations

Generations | Camogli | 2001

The magic of photographic archives is that whenever you like you can turn on the “wayback machine”. Today I was looking back into the very beginnings of my digital photography. Searching for a complete different photograph, I stumbled across this shot from December 30th 2001. The camera was a Sony Cybershot DSC 1. We just had moved to Italy that year. When friends from Nuremberg visited us in Genoa we visited the little coastal town of Camogli. The three little girls in this image are now grown women of almost 20 years. We adults have a few wrinkles more. And we all are still friends. Live is changing, but life is also good. Yes, we should capture all those moments in our hearts. But photography helps to preserve those hidden little treasures that put a smile on our faces when we look at them and remember……

Have a great Sunday!

Marcus

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Street Photography Quick Tip (9)

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Rushing after the subway bird | Nuremberg | 2016 | 1/6 sec @ f/3,2 and ISO 200 

Street Photography Quick Tip 9 – Motion Blur

As you already might have learned from the last edition of my Instant Inspirations (“Instant Inspiration (15) – Long Exposure Waterscapes”) , recently I just love to play with longer shutter speeds and the effects you can generate with it. So with the ninth episode of my “Street Photography Quick Tips” I apply this technique to shooting everyday life in the streets. For more how-to and inspirational photos continue reading after the jump…. (more…)

Some thoughts on monochrome shooting

Peter Iredale

Peter Iredale | Oregon | 2017

During last weekend’s trip to the Oregon Coast I took some photographs that due to the high contrasts within the composition, I thought would look good converted to monochrome. When shooting with B&W already on my mind, I typically set my camera to a monochrome preset (most modern cameras have that feature). So when composing, I’m looking already at a monochrome image in my viewfinder or on my LCD screen. This helps me judging the impact of light and contrast before pressing the shutter. Maybe this is not the right approach for a purist, but I gladly take this as a great supportive feature of modern cameras and is as helped me discover the fun in B&W photography. For more monochrome coastal images and some more thoughts around it continue reading after the jump…. (more…)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wanderlust

End of the World

End of the World | Oregon | 2017

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge has the title “wanderlust”.  It is the perfect theme to show you another photo from my trip to the Oregon coast this past weekend.

I took this image at Cannon Beach, where the late afternoon sun used a short break between showers to backlight the trees on the cliffs at the northern end of this magnificent mile long sandy beach at the shores of the grand Pacific Ocean.

I’ve been privileged to have been at the Pacific many times before, but never this far north. The moment felt special, the beauty of this moment where I saw the glow of the sun on the wet sand of this magnificent beach, the cliffs and the tree providing a perfect backdrop. The sound of the waves, the spray of salty air on my face. It felt great, I felt wanderlust throughout. I felt blessed that despite all the hard times that the job that pays the bills demands of my family and myself, it still gives me the opportunity to occasionally explore places I haven’t seen before and that I might never have seen otherwise.

Wanderlust!

The photo was taken with my Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 Pro Zoom, image specs are 1/640 sec at f/9 and ISO 200 with 12mm focal length. B&W conversion of the raw file in Adobe Lightroom CC.

Have a great Thursday!

Marcus

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Where the river meets the ocean

Astoria - Megler Bridge

The Bridge | Oregon | 2017

Yesterday I did a nice tour from Portland, driving up along the Columbia River to Astoria where the mighty river flows into the Pacific, then down the coast to Cannon Beach and finally back to PDX. All in all I was 14 hours on the road. The weather was very oregonic, starting with pouring rain along the river, turning to a sun / show mix on the coast and eventually finishing in a nice sunset. I will need to hit the digital darkroom over the next days to look through my images, but I’ll show you a first photo from the mouth of the Columbia River, where a mighty, 4.1 mile long bridge takes Route 101 across and connects Astoria in Oregon with Megler in Washington State. It opened in 1966. The south part has a 200 ft clearance so oceangoing ships can pass on their way to the upstream harbors of Portland and Vancouver.

I took this long exposure image from the Cannery Pier just west of it. To smooth out the water and clouds I dialed in a 13 second shutter speed, closed aperture down to f/20 and used the lowest ISO of my PEN-F. To avoid overexposure I had attached my Haida ND3.0 neutral density filter, essentially a piece of darkened glass that reduces the amount of light hitting the sensor by 10 stops, the only way to achieve these long shutter speeds in bright daylight. The camera was mounted on a tripod and I used the Haida ND3.0 filter.

I converted the RAW file to monochrome in Lightroom CC, using a monochrome preset as a starting point and then mainly adjusting the gradation curves.

You will get to see more of this trip in the next days. Today will be all rain and I haven’t decided if I drive up to the Columbia Gorge to see the waterfalls.

Wish you all a great Sunday!

Marcus

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Sicilian Good Friday Procession

Easter Procession

Easter Procession

It is Good Friday. For many this day is the start to a long Easter Weekend. Time for relaxation, time to spend with families and friends. For many this is a day to celebrate and live their faith.

To this day I never felt the intensity of a Good Friday more than back in 2002 when we spent Easter in Sicily and watched the Good Friday procession in the Old Town of Trapani.

Easter Procession

Easter Procession | Sicilia | 2002

Easter Procession

Easter Procession | Sicilia | 2002

Whatever you do and wherever you are, I wish you a peaceful, blessed and happy Easter!

Marcus

A Sunday Haiku

Pensive

Pensive | Marseille | 2016

A tranquil morning
fish wonder who will eat them
thoughts drift out to sea

Last night I went to a poetry and blues evening with Fitzgerald Kusz reading poems to the legendary blues play of Klaus Brandl. The two Nuremberg cultural greats pulled off an awesome show. After a mega intense work week in Portland this combination of poetry in frankonian dialect and blues really slowed me down and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was never a big reader of poetry. Maybe the combination of music and words did the trick, I was really fascinated by the poems about day to day life scenes. And I loved Fitzgerald Kusz’s frankonian Haikus.

When back home I read about what makes a Haiku and the basic rules. Thanks for the know how the web provides. This morning I wrote my first Haiku. Photography and Haiku is also a combination that could go well together. I believe in cross-pollination !

Don’t be to hard on me 😉 ! Have a blessed and sunny Sunday!

Marcus

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Symmetry

Symmetry | Nuremberg | 2017

Spring has blessed the Streets of Nuremberg, people all are out and about, seeking those warming rays and a relaxed Saturday in Nuremberg’s pedestrian zone. Also for me an opportunity to look for some fresh street photos with my Olympus PEN-F. In this shot it was the striking symmetry of sun bathers on the bench, pedestrians moving into the scene from both sides in the background and the window dressing dummies right and left of the tree that caught my eye. Me and my significant other were sitting in a cafe enjoying a great double espresso and I was merely waiting for the elements to fall into place. Image specs are 1/320 sec @ f/5,6 and ISO 200. I shot in P-Mode. Fore some more photos and the stories to the images continue after the jump….

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Monday Mountains (6)

Mount Jefferson, Oregon, USA

Mount Jefferson | Oregon | 2017 

Another episode of my Monday Mountains. For this I stay in the Pacific Northwest and introduce you to another of the Cascade’s great stratovolcanoes, Mount Jefferson,  neighbor to Mount Hood, the subject of the last edition of MM. For some more information about this stratovolcano and more photographs of the mountain I took from inside an airplane passing over it, continue reading after the jump….

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Instant Inspiration (13)- Pictures in an Exhibition

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Exhibition III | Nuremberg | 2016

“Instant Inspirations” 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. In time for the weekend here is  Episode 13. I want to inspire you to go out, visit an exhibition or a gallery  and capture pictures IN an exhibition. With a bit of patience and a good eye these places offer plenty opportunities to play with light and composition. On top of working your photographic skills you can cross-pollinate by studying the masterpieces of other artists and art forms. For more images and info continue reading after the jump….

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