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Under the meteorite showers

A man looking at a Meteorite Shower

Meteorite Shower | Portland | 2019

Ok, technically this is not a meteorite shower. It is an art installation called “Moving Mountains” by PNW artist Annette Bellamy. It is part of the special exhibition “the map is not the territory” in the Portland Art Museum. I took this indoor street photograph during last weekends visit to the museum that I used for some indoor street shooting.

Winter Travel Weather

But to me it looks like a meteorite shower. Or a snow- or hail shower. And this is exactly the kind of weather hitting many parts of the continental US today. Making for less than ideal travel conditions for my trip back to the Streets of Nuremberg.

I got up at 3am in the morning to pack my bags (went also to bed at 8pm to start my adjustment back to European time). Left my Portland Hotel at 4:45 for the twentyfive minute drive to PDX airport. Due to the winter weather in the Midwest the 7:10am United Flight to Chicago was delayed, but as the plane spent the night at PDX it was only a matter of getting ATC clearance. We ended up leaving at 8:25 for the 3 hour 30 minute flight to the Windy City, getting there 65 minutes late in snow, ice rain and low visibility.

A useful travel tip for ORD airport

When booking a connection through Chicago O’Hare I try to give me ample buffer time, which turned out to be a day saver. The remaining problem was that I didn’t realize that SWISS departs from Terminal 5 and not from the C concourse of Terminal 1 where the rest of the Start Alliance partners leave for Europe (note to self: it would be helpful checking the travel documentation once in a while).

Going to Terminal 5 would normally mean leaving the security area, taking the airport train to T5 and having to go once more through. But a very friendly United Lounge agent not only let me have a coffee in the T1 Polaris Lounge, but also pointed out a short-cut to T5, one that you don’t find if you follow the official signs. For that I had to walk from T1 through T2 and on to Gate G17 at the tip of T3. A relaxed 20 minute stroll. And from there, every 20 minutes leaves a shuttle bus that takes you directly into T5. Without having to go through security again, as you never leave the security area. This friendly hint really made my day – thanks United (I have to thank them also once in a while as I normally just bash them).

So now it is just a matter of waiting for my SWISS flight to Zurich to board. I should be back on the Streets of Nuremberg by tomorrow early afternoon.

Wish you a great Wednesday!

Marcus

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Castle Gate | 2sec – f/4 – ISO 250 – 20mm

We’ve got a lot of snow in the past days, although today the rain has washed away most of it. When it started to snow on Thursday, I decided to put camera bag and tripod in the car to head downtown for some after office shooting of the snow-covered old town. For more photographs and my weather induced challenges continue after the jump… (more…)

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: In the Distance

 

 

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On the Moon | New York City | 2018

Frequent readers of this blog know that, once in a while, I like to participate in photo challenges on Word Press, albeit less frequently lately due to the discontinuation  of the WPC from “There Daily Post”. And typically I try to enter a street style photograph into the challenge, that, depending on the prompt, is sometimes more and sometimes less difficult. When I saw the first post about Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge titled “In the Distance” , I immediately had one of my images in mind (many times the library catalogue in my mind works much better than the real one in Lightroom 😉 ) .

There are hardly more distant places than the surface of the moon. But taking advantage of our reflections in the framed, huge wall photograph of the lunar landscape in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City,  The Signifiant Other and myself managed to warp us directly into Space 😉

And a second image I chip in is the one from the (for me still totally amazing) Yoga lady doing a headstand on her stand-up board on Lake Crescent on the Olympic peninsula.

Yoga Queen | Crescent Lake | 2018

Yoga Queen | Crescent Lake | 2018

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Wish you all a great start into the weekend!

Marcus

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Streets of Nuremberg

Platz am Tiergärtnertor | Nuremberg | 2019

Platz am Tiergärtnertor | Nuremberg | 2019

This day three years ago I started the “Streets of Nuremberg”. What a journey it has been.  And what better way to celebrate the blogaversary as with two photographs of the city that gives this blog its name (also supposed to be a teaser about an upcoming post from Thursday night’s winter walk through the snow covered Old Town).

Aside from being my own creative outlet  (“phototherapy” is a great way to compensate the pressures from the job that pays the bills), the real fun part is to connect with different people from all over the planet (this blog is read in 146 countries and counting…). So to all my readers, and especially to the many ones with whom virtual and real friendships have started, a heartfelt “Thank You” for being part of my fun ride! And to many more happy years of blogging to come!

City Walls | Nuremberg | 2018

City Walls | Nuremberg | 2018

The photographs were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 12-100mm F/4 and a tripod. A post with more images and all the photographic challenges on that icy night is coming up.

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Wish you a great Friday!

Marcus

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Today it was finally travel day again, my first out-of-country business trip of the year. Just a one day trip from Nuremberg to Zurich. I left 5:15 to drive to the airport for the 7am flight to ZRH, needing the extra time due to the couple of inches of snow on the ground, as it had continued to snow throughout the night (last night I took camera and tripod to town for some awesome shooting of the snow-covered Old Town and the Imperial Castle – post coming up). For the rest of the photos and the days story continue after the jump….

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StoNur on the Road – Hong Kong

Morning view of Tsim She Tsui | 2.5 sec - f/8 - ISO80

Hotel room morning view of Tsim Sha Tsui | 2.5 sec – f/8 – ISO80

These days it is the job that pays the bills that prohibits me to pick up the camera and head into town. Especially now, that the gruesome weather of the past days has given way to calm winter weather.

But it is also the same job that comes with some benefits, like traveling to places around the globe. And while those business trips for the most part are limited to seeing airport, office and hotel, sometimes arises the opportunity to sneak away for an hour or two to catch some more touristic glimpses of those fascinating places. Especially, when you are willing to fight the jet lag and wander around a foreign city all by yourself late at night or very early in the morning.

This is a kind of throwback post of a short trip to Hong Kong back in 2010. I stayed in a hotel on the Victoria Harbor waterfront, directly behind the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. And while the special corporate rates normally get you only the backside rooms (or those facing the 10 lane highway), this time I got really lucky with this million dollar view across the harbor to the Tsim Sha Tsui area on the Kowloon side.

For the rest of the photos and some more info continue after the jump…. (more…)

Say Cheese

Big Wave | New York City | 2018

No, “say cheese” is not what I say when taking a candid street portrait of a complete stranger. Actually it is much simpler. Walking up, smiling, raising the camera, taking the shot, smiling again, maybe waving “thanks”, walking away. That’s standard street photography. About half of the people put up a smile and actually like having their picture taken, the other half doesn’t react much, and then there is maybe one in fifteen tries where the person signals they are not in agreement to have a stranger take their picture. In those cases I smile “thanks anyway” and walk away. No big deal. No reason to be anxious taking portraits of strangers.

Photograph taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the mZuiko 12-100mm F/4. Image specs 1/60 sec @ F/4 and ISO 250, 29mm focal length. I was standing directly in front of this guy, you can see my reflection in the window of the ice cream parlor.

Wish you a great Saturday

Marcus

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My photographic journey through 2018

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I’m enjoying the last day of my two-week Christmas break. Although we are already into 2019, I still want to look back and reflect on my photographic journey through the past year. As I did already last year, I went through my WordPress media gallery in chronological order and selected some photographs that triggered remembrances about places, moments and emotions. 2018 was another good year for my photography! For the whole  gallery continue after the jump…. (more…)

Merry Christmas from the Streets of Nuremberg

Imperial Christmas Tree | Nuremberg | 2018

Imperial Christmas Tree | Nuremberg | 2018

To everyone out there, but particularly to all the many magic people I’ve had the blessings to meet virtually – and this year also finally face-to-face – during my three years blogging on the “Streets of Nuremberg”,  I wish a peaceful and merry Christmas and much love and laughters together with your family and friends.

Merry Christmas from the Streets of Nuremberg

Marcus

Imperial Castle | Nuremberg | 2018

Imperial Castle | Nuremberg | 2018

St. Sebald

Christmas Reflections | Nuremberg | 2018

Christmas Market | Nuremberg | 2018

Christmas Market & Church of our Lady | Nuremberg | 2018

Imperial View | Nuremberg | 2018

Imperial View | Nuremberg | 2018

Nuremberg Christmas Vibes

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While in the city the other night I also did a quick walk through the historic center to capture some of the Christmas vibes of my hometown. All photos taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the mZuiko 12-100mm F/4. To see some more photographs continue after the jump… (more…)