reflections

Not always “on”

Social Media | Berlin | 2018 | 1/40 sec - f/2 - ISO 2000 - 12mm

Messaging | Berlin | 2018 | 1/40 sec – f/2 – ISO 2000 – 12mm

Most of us photographers don’t only shoot solely for our own archives, but share our work on our blogs and social media accounts (Instagram, 500px, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter). To find recognition, collect likes and comments.  And who doesn’t like to receive positive feedback?

But it shouldn’t turn into an obsession. I’m picking up my camera because I want to create art. If I shoot an image that visually pleases me, I’m totally happy. And if some of you like it as well, after I post in on my blog, that’s even better. My blog posts are automatically posted on my facebook pages, but I have to admit I rather infrequently check my facebook, be it my feed or comments/notifications. Flickr I hardly use anymore, on 500px I’m practically a no-show.

On Instagram I have two accounts  – Travimago for my travel images, streetsofnuremberg for the street photography. I have days where I post regularly on Instagram, followed by weeks where I am not active. Probably that shows in my followers there, only about 100 and 200 respectively. It spikes a bit when I post, then drops again to that level. I don’t see Instagram as an outlet that brings much benefits for me, also because I like to share some info with my photography, that I can do only in a limited way on this platform. And that probably no-one reads anyway, as Instagram is a swipe and like only medium. So as I’m not on a hunt for  likes and followers, I feel there is no real need to invest much time on my Instagram accounts. I mainly use it as a picture archive that I have on my phone where I can quickly show particular images to other people I talk to face to face about my photography.

So my main outlet is this blog, that requires already much of my time, preparing posts and photographs, writing, answering comments and browse to my feed from the many blogs I follow myself. Generally, the interaction through blogging beats anything I find on other social media channels.

As I mainly restrict myself to blogging, I’m not constantly “on” to check all social media channels, checking my likes and count my followers. Instead I use the time to pick up my camera and create art which is much more gratifying.

The above image was taken with my Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 12mm F/2. Images specs are 1/40 sec @ f/2 and ISO 2000.

If you look for tips and inspirations around photography and want to use the weekend to pick up your camera, check out my Learning Center.

Wish you a great weekend!

Marcus

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Blue Hour | Berlin | 2018

We’re back in Nuremberg after a great weekend in Berlin where we visited close friends. Besides spending real quality time together I also got some street shooting done when we headed into city center after we did a fun tour riding a rail trolley (Draisine) in the afternoon.

This street photo I took during the blue hour near the Alexanderplatz. I loved the color contrast between the blue light outside in the street and the yellow light in the shop window. Then I merely waited a few seconds until a subject arrived on the scene (didn’t have more, as the others in the party, already starved, where rushing towards a nearby Vietnamese restaurant that we always visit when in Berlin).

The photo was taken with the PEN-F and the 12mm F/2. Image specs are 1/250 sec @ f/4 and ISO 1600. When shooting people in the blue hour, don’t even try to get the white balance right in order to get correct skin tones. That’s why it is called blue hour 😉

Monsieur Vuong | Berlin | 2018

Monsieur Vuong | Berlin | 2018

That’s “Monsieur Vuong”. Same camera/lens combo, specs 1/20 sec @ f/4.5 and ISO 1600. As I’ve written many times on this blog, instead of complaining about cars parked in the wrong place in front of your subject, use them to your advantage. Have I mentioned I love reflections?

There is more to come from our Berlin weekend, stay tuned!

Wish you a great Sunday!

Marcus

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Street ? Lake !

Yoga Queen | Crescent Lake | 2018

Yoga Queen | Crescent Lake | 2018

I do have deep respect for people doing Yoga, something that is on my bucket list but that I have not accomplished yet (although some Portland based work colleagues try to talk me into it).

But that what I saw on Washington’s Lake Crescent the other day is definitely something out of the realm of my possibilities.

A girl doing a headstand on a stand-up paddle board. On a lake. Like with moving water. Totally insane.

Shot with my Olympus PEN-F and the mZuiko 40-150mm F/2.8. Image specs 1/2500 sec @ f/9 and ISO 200, 150mm focal length.

Street Photography shot on a lakeshore.

Have a great week!

Marcus

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Ready for the Easter Bunny

Easter can come

Easter can come | Nuremberg | 2018

How ’bout a small German lesson – “Ostern kann kommen” – reads this shop’s window and attracts (chocolate starved) onlookers. I personally take a good tasty Bratwurst any day over a chocolate Easter bunny. But that’s just me.

I’ve officially made it already to my long Easter weekend, but it was a rough ride the last days. But the business laptop is closed and won’t be opened until Tuesday. Never mind, the e-mails will also arrive by iPhone 😉

Photo was taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the Oly 12-100 F/4 Pro Zoom, image specs 1/320 at f/8 and ISO3200 (still form that infamous series), focal length was 38mm (76mm full frame equivalent).

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Have a great Friday!

Marcus

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Back on the Streets of Nuremberg

Purple Rain

Purple Rain | Nuremberg | 2016

After just three days in the office, Namibia seems to be a distant dream. Amazing, how fast a three week vacation can pass, when you are fully focused on making the most out of your family time while traveling through a truly magic country in Southern Africa.

Besides being back in the treadmill of the job that pays the bills, looking out the window is truly frustrating. Photographically speaking, instead of focusing about playing with the light in the great sand dunes of the Namib Desert, or dialing in a wide aperture to throw the background behind the lion’s head properly out of focus, I know need to start thinking again about making use of puddles to capture nice reflections.

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Well, know worries, there are plenty nice memories of Africa in the raw files on my MacBook’s SSD that still need sorting and working on. So you can expect a few more post as I finish up my “Namibia Explored” series in the coming days.

But outside it is cold, grey and rainy. Back on the autumn Streets of Nuremberg.

Check out my Learning Center with all my free tips and inspirations on photography, including puddle shooting 😉

Have a great week!

Marcus

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A Pacific Sunset

Pacific Sunset

Pacific Sunset | Oregon | 2017

I’m back in Portland after a great weekend on the Oregon coast. I took too many photos that will take a few days to sort through and post-process. So like yesterday I show you once more the final image of the day, a sunset scene near Lincoln City. Isn’t this what a drive along the great ocean is all about?

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Image was taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the mZuiko 40-150mm F/2.8 Pro Zoom. Image specs 1/2000 sec @ f/9 and ISO 200, 90mm focal length.

I wish all of you a great week.

Marus

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Parliament | Budapest | 2017

Back home from my express trip to Egypt and Hungary, all within 72 hours. What I didn’t  achieve in Cairo I managed to get done in Budapest. I escaped my business duties for one evening and got to a full 5 hours of sightseeing (mostly on foot) through this magnificent imperial city, returning to the hotel way past midnight.

I brought along the Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4.0-5.6 travel zoom. And me and my cam had a fabulous time. I took to many photos for a quick post processing session, but I promise I’ll take you on a tour through a summer Budapest evening. After all, I have a long weekend ahead due to a public holiday here in Germany. So I leave you with this appetizer shot of the Hungarian parliament building, taking from the gardens of the former imperial palace. Image specs are 0,6 sec @ f/6,3 and ISO 200, focal length was 90mm (equals 180mm in full frame equivalent). I put the camera on a stone wall, as I didn’t bring a tripod. I just added a bit of clarity and contrast in Lightroom CC, otherwise this is out of camera.

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Wish you all a great Thursday!

Marcus

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Old Town Reflections

Old Town Reflections | Nuremberg | 2017

Street Photography Quick Tip 10 – Using Photographic Obstacles

My Street Photography Quick Tips are short, easy to read and easy to use tips that I think could help you while shooting in the streets. Today’s post is about using photographic obstacles to your advantage.

Have you ever found a parked car blocking that perfect view in a city you visit? Well, you  can try to walk around, but sometimes that won’t help because the nice perspective disappears or there is another obstacle blocking your view.

Well, as simple solution can be: Use it to your advantage. Include it in the composition. It just might made an otherwise boring composition all that more interesting. In this case I included the front window and the roof of a parked car als reflection surface while taking this shot in Nuremberg’s historic Old Town below the Imperial Castle.

Try it yourself! Don’t be frustrated with this stupid obstacle, accept the challenge and have fun!

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Have a great Sunday!

Marcus

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Portland Pearl District

Dangerous Streets | Portland | 2017

Frequent readers probably know that I try to meet the Weekly Photo Challenge from Word Press’ “The Daily Post” with one of my Street Photos. This week’s challenge has the theme “Danger”. Now this is easy to match.

Street Photography is a dangerous genre. Not that you get hit by people who don’t like you take their photo. Actually this is not a problem at all.

The real danger in Street Photography is that you constantly expose yourself to the risk of being run over by a crazy driver – or by a normal driver while you try to take a crazy photograph.

Rough Rider

Rough Rider | Marseille | 2016

Have a great weekend!

Marcus

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Instant Inspiration (14) – Car Reflections

Car Reflections

“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. With Episode 14  I want to inspire you to go out and use the glossy paint and the glass of car windows to capture interesting reflections of buildings, pedestrians and lights. For more images and info and links to all previous editions continue reading after the jump….

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