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…)
Slowly, very slowly, the signs of the nearing summer are appearing in Germany. It’s getting warm enough to start spending the weekend evenings comfortable out in the streets. Street festivals are happening everywhere so there is no reason to stay home. Grab the camera and get out there. It’s time to dance the streets 🙂
Both photos were shot with the Olympus PEN-F and the mZuiko 17mm F/1.8.
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Have a great Sunday!
Down with the bunnies
Easter belongs to kittens
The Lamb is waiting
Easter is upon us. Finally time to relax. We are visiting friends in Zurich. The weather is rather portlandish 😉 So enough time for a second Sunday Haiku 🙂 ! We plan to visit the Swiss Photo Awards Exhibition in the afternoon, I’m really looking forward to it.
The morning show belonged to kitten Bruno. He was not at all into all the hidden chocolate eggs, but the plushie bunny came just right.
Taken with the Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 12mm F/2.0 @ 1/60 sec, f/2 and ISO 500.
You all have a great Easter Sunday!
I’m safely back home from my trip to Portland. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a very northerly route, that took my Delta Airlines A330 over the center part of Greenland, I was on the lookout for Northern Lights, as I had a window seat on the left side of the plane. A few weeks ago I saw a Blog Post from someone who actually photographed the Aurea Borealis from a plane. As it is a dream of mine to see the magnetic lights in the sky, I stayed up (watching “The Accountant” with Ben Affleck – a super movie) and waited for the green flares to appear, but I didn’t saw any. As it turned out, I might have missed them by just one night, as from this fantastic blog here I learned the Aurea Borealis was active the night before.
But I got lucky on two very important aspects on my return flight. The first you see in the photo to this post, I was blessed with an incredibly colorful dawn high in the sky above France. The colors were insane. I took the photo with the Olympus PEN-F and the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4.0-5.6 Travel Zoom pressed to the window. Image specs were 1/10 sec @ f/4.9 and ISO 1600. The photo is a jpg out of camera.
Almost more important was the fact I saved 4 hours of lay-over at Paris Charles De Gaulle. The Delta flight got in 30 minutes early, which gave me an outside chance of catching the 8:35 morning flight to Nuremberg instead of the 13:00 connection I was booked on (and believe me, waiting 4 hours in the remote Terminal 2G of CDG is no fun). I gave up hope when we taxied in for 15 minutes and then on top parked at an apron position where buses took us to the terminal 2E once everybody was out of the plane. But then security control went so smooth and there was an immediate shuttle bus connection to Terminal 2G where I arrived just when Boarding started for the Air France / HOP flight to Nuremberg. I went directly to the Transfer Counter (where there was also no other passenger) and asked if they can put me on the early flight. The lady there told me it would not be possible as I was on a Delta ticket, and rebooking that would take too long as boarding was already in progress.
Refusing to give up I went directly to the boarding gate to try my luck once more. And there you go, the great guy at the gate typed something in his computer, made a phone call and then printed my new boarding pass. The flight was not even 1/3 full. Instead of coming home Sunday afternoon I was home in time for breakfast with the family, what a treat!
So the lesson learnt here is: Never give up, always try! Works wonder in travels! And: try to fly with carry on baggage only. With a checked bag this would not have been possible. I can live up to 6 days out of my carry on, I’ve optimized that over the years, so I never check bags unless I absolutely have to.
Have a great Sunday!
The job that pays my bills has me fully absorbed in a major project. On one side that’s great. The downside is too much time away from home and right now no time to shoot. Not even a tiny little bit. After a fifteen hour work day there is only a chance for a quick dive into last years archive before I call it quits.
This photo I took at the Kronach Light Festival last year. This is what I wished for during the day. To take a quick timeout from the meetings, sit for a few minutes in a quiet, spiritual place, thoughts drifting, eyes gazing around, unwinding a bit, reloading the battery, then back to work with new strength. My cold is still bothering me. As much as the many photographic projects I have on my mood board and that will have to wait.
Image taken with the Olympus PEN-F and the mZuiko 17mm f/1.8 with 1/30 sec and f/1.8 at ISO1600, handheld, jpeg out of camera, cropped to 4×6 ratio in Lightroom. The PEN-F generates excellent jpegs as you can see. Besides cropping I did not touch this image in post processing.
It just happens once in a while, to me as probably to all of you as well. We don’t have the drive to go out shooting, we feel like our images look all the same, lack creativity. It’s called “Photographers Block”. What we shouldn’t do (and I’m very much guilty of this) is then to go out to buy new gear, a new camera, another lens, because we feel this motivates us and will take our photography to the next level. This trap, commonly called G.A.S.(Gear Acquisition Syndrome), will only help the camera manufactures make profit and won’t make us better photographers. Because most of us already own perfectly fine cameras.
Sometimes all it takes to get over “Photographers Block” is to look for a different view point, a fresh angle in our photography. When I suffer from”Photographers Block”I look through images from fellow bloggers or through my Instagram contacts to look for fresh ideas, inspirations. Photographs that “turn me on”, that have contents, perspectives that I find appealing, that I’d like to try myself. Not copying it, but using at as new fuel for my own creative variations.
For that reason I decided to start a new series on “Streets of Nuremberg”, where once every while I post an image where I think that might serve one or the other as inspiration to try something new, find a fresh angle to his or her photography and overcome “Photographers Block”. A sort of little “bump”towards new creativity. I call this “Instant Inspiration”. If you take up on this little inspirations I invite you to share the results in the comments, post a link to your image, as sharing ideas between us could be fun for everyone.
So the first “Instant Inspiration” is to shoot the streets from a very low angle. I took the image above with the PEN-F and the 25mm f/1.8 lens (a “nifty fifty” in full frame equivalent). The legs are those of my wife, I didn’t sneak up to a stranger ;-).
It has been a while since I last posted from the Streets of Nuremberg, but lets just say I had my summer break 😉 Was back in town yesterday doing some shopping with my wife and brought along the Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 25mm F/1.8 (my m4/3 equivalent of a nifty fifty, considering the m4/3 crop factor of 2).
Passing through the old town we discovered that this weekend was an Italian Market on the bridges over the Pegnitz River. The food vendors offered plenty of Italian goodies to try and we even bought some delicious Italian truffeled salami to take home.
And right across from the food stalls I saw this guy leaning on the bridge railing, all relaxed and having a smoke. And I decided just then and there it would be a good time to put my new resolution (shooting deliberate street portraits with short primes instead of shooting unobtrusive candids with more distance to the subject) to a first test, so I walked up to the guy and just asked him if I could take his portrait because I like his style. And sure enough he smiled and agreed. Talking a bit to him learned he’s Italian himself.
Visually, his bright red cloves contrast perfectly with his black coat, so I left the photo in color, just increased clarity in Lightroom to give the portrait more punch and worked a bit on the graduation curves. I also added a slight vignette. The image was taken at 1/160 sec f/3.2 and ISO 200.
While strolling through the streets of Marseille’s magnificent Old Town some weeks ago I also took some photographs of local street life. While doing my selections / post processing a couple of images caught my eye. I realized that unintentionally I have captured humans in activities that for me are somehow representative for their respective stages of their lives. So I put them together in this post and wrote down a few brief thoughts coming to my mind when looking at those images.
I want to start with the elder ones. The generation that has built the foundations of what we live in today through a life full of work and caring for their families. The last stage can be a tough one. Poverty, deteriorating health, the loss of a partner, increasing loneliness. Still there are many that remain active, take their lives into their hands, find time to enjoy what they didn’t have time for during their working years. Still passing on their experiences and lessons of life. (more…)
A scene I found captivating, seen last weekend in Berlin while doing a river boat tour on the Spree. Taken with the PEN-F and the mZuiko 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 at 1/640 sec at f/5.6 and ISO1600.
You all have a great weekend!
While in Stockholm we visited Fotografiska, a centre for contemporary photography that was opened in May 2010 by American star photographer Annie Leibowitz. It is situated in an old customs building on Södermalm island directly at the waterfront near the Viking Lines cruise terminal. It features a bar, a great store for art and photography and it is open until 11pm most days so you can actually spend “a night in the museum”.
Fotografiska carries parallel exhibitions, when we visited last week there was the awesome “Inherit the Dust” exhibition by British photographer Nick Brandt, a collection about photos of famous Swedish Actor Greta Garbo as well as an exhibition featuring the impressive photographic work of Rock Star Bryan Adams. Known for his exceptional fashion photography (e.g. Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford) and portraits of famous musicians (e.g. Amy Winehouse, Rammstein, Rolling Stones), film stars (e.g. Christoph Waltz, Christopher Lee) and politicians (e.g. Queen Elizabeth).
Besides the portraits a second part of the Bryan Adams exhibition featured “Wounded: The Legacy of War”, his portrait work of military servicemen and women from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the injuries they have sustained, matter-of-factly. Their missing limbs, prosthetics and scar tissue are seen by the viewer as part of the subjects as they are now. The portraits are very graphic and carry a lot of emotions.
In this part of the exhibition I also took the photograph above were a mother tried to explain to her children the horrors of war, a scene that I found very touching.
For some more photos from Fotografiska and for the links to the website of the photographers and the museum click here. (more…)