Nuremberg

Never too late

Never too late | 1/100 sec - f/4 - ISO 1600 - 100mm

Never too late | 1/100 sec – f/4 – ISO 1600 – 100mm

For me it is never too late for a good hot Espresso. I can drink it in the morning, I can drink it in the middle of the night. I love my small coffee breaks when shooting in the streets, and I love my Espresso when doing some post processing late in the evening. I find it gets my creative juices flowing.

Image shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the mZuiko 12-100mm F/2.8. Image specs 1/100 sec @ f/4 and ISO 1600, 100mm focal length.

Post processing in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.

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Wish you all a great Sunday!

Marcus

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Hello November

Nightstand | 2018 | 1/4 sec - f/8 - ISO 1600 - 12mm

Vespa| 2018 | 1/4 sec – f/8 – ISO 1600 – 12mm

October has been good to us, especially weather wise, now November is upon us. A.k.a. the “greyest month of the year” (in the northern hemisphere that is). It’s getting cold and damp, daylight is getting shorter and shorter.

The perfect time to head out into the streets to capture interesting shades and textures under the streetlights, without having to wait too long that it gets dark.

Shot with the Olympus PEN-F and the 12mm F/2. Image specs 1/4 sec @ f/8 and ISO 1600. F/8 was needed for the extended depth of field I wanted to achieve, having everything sharp from foreground to background, and focusing 1/3 into the frame. Obviously, this resulted in a slow shutter speed of 1/4 sec, which still can be handheld due to the good image stabilization of the PEN-F.

Wish you a great All Hallows day and a good start into a creative November

Marcus

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Rainy Sunday

Black & White

Black & White

Back home from Memphis I found that whatever was left from an amazing summer in Germany has left. It was raining all day with temperatures close to freezing.

The best thing to do? Meeting up with old friends. Instead of a planned hike we escaped into a well-known art gallery. A perfect place for street photography on a rainy day, unless you want to go for the first puddle shooting of the wet season.

Although I had my E-M1 in the backpack, I left in the locker and shot with my iPhone 8 plus. Which is perfectly suitable for street photography.  And in a gallery environment, it even has its advantages. Other visitors tend to totally ignore you when you shoot with a phone. They don’t even bother walking out of the frame. This would have been a different story if I have had the E-M1 with the rather large 12-100mm in my hand. For more photos from my gallery shooting continue after the jump… (more…)

Weekend Rush

Weekend Rush

Weekend Rush | 2018 | 1/200 sec – f/3.5 – ISO 1600 – 12mm

Who says people aren’t in a rush on the weekend? Example of walk-by street photography. I kept the camera (Olympus PEN-F with the 12mm F/2 prime lens) in front of my chest and just snapped away at interesting looking people. I set the shutter speed at 1/200 sec, kind of the minimum required to “freeze” moving people, especially when I’m moving myself.

Obviously there is a lot of hit and miss in this approach, but actually I’m enjoying this “hunt” as a kind of photographic challenge to myself. You need to know your camera pretty well, as just a slight tilt in the wrong direction will result in chopped-off heads or people only half visible in the frame. I used the 12mm (24mm full frame equivalent), so this is as wide angle as it gets in the streets. And it means I need to be awfully close to my subjects to fill the frame.

Try it yourself, there is a lot of fun in this type of photography, and trust me, no-one will notice you snapping away, as long as you are moving as well. Obviously, having a small, inconspicuous looking camera like the PEN-F helps.

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Wish you a great Sunday!

Marcus

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Are you a Hunter or a Gatherer ?

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek | Nuremberg | 2016

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Driving or Diving?

Driving or Diving

Driving or Diving | Nuremberg | 2016

Taken today in Nuremberg’s Street of Human Rights (Straße der Menschenrechte) across the main entrance to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum.

Ricoh GR II | 1/1000 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 160. Raw conversion in Lightroom CC.

Red Rush

Red-haired girl rushing by

Red Rush | Nuremberg | 2016

Taken this morning in Nuremberg’s central station in the walkway below the tracks. I saw this girl with the amazing red colored hair coming my way from the opposite end of the tunnel. And I knew I had to somehow take her picture. Getting the Ricoh out the backpack was no option, so my iPhone had to do. Processed in phone with VSCO G2 preset.

Let the Games begin !

Team Germany

Team Germany | Nuremberg | 2016

Yesterday the UEFA EURO 2016 has started with the opening match of host France vs. Romania, with the French team winning on a last minute goal. I watched parts of the first half on a muted TV in an airline club at DFW airport, when the game was decided in the second half I was already in the air on my way back to Germany.

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When you know you got a winner

young boy splashing water on camera

Splash Hero | Nürnberg | 2016

Do you know this feeling? You just pressed the shutter button and you know instantly that you bagged yourself a winner, a keeper, without even re-checking the exposed frame on the rear display of your camera. A pic that alone was worth the photographic outing.

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Ghost Rider

Ghost Rider Cyclist

Ghost Rider | Nuremberg | 2016

Another one from the motion blurred series of cyclists I took on the Pegnitz bikeway near Nuremberg’s Halletor, opposite from the “Schnepperschütz” Bar. Taken with the Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 17mm. Shot was taken with 1/13 sec @ f/7.1 and ISO200 with the Monochrome 2 profile of the PEN (jpg out of camera).

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