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Matchday

Nuremberg World Cup-2

Finally the World Cup fever is properly settling in. I was in the kitchen all morning preparing food for a big soccer party with our neighbors this afternoon when Germany takes on Mexiko in their quest to defend the Cup. The weather is fine, so we’ll watch together in our driveway on the big screen. Plenty of food and drinks and hopefully a good match. Let the games truly begin!

Nuremberg World Cup

Nuremberg World Cup-3

Have a great Sunday

Marcus

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True Fans | Marseille | 2016

True Fans | Marseille | 2016

The World Cup has kicked off in Russia. Soccer is the national sport of Germany, and 80 Million head coaches are trying to figure out the best starting lineup for the first match of the defending World Champion on Sunday versus Mexico.

As I write this I’m sitting on my couch and watch the match of tournament favorite France playing the Soccaroos from Australia. Amazingly, they are tied at 1:1 going into the last 15 minutes.

I enjoy the downtime after a rough week in the office, made worse by some serious IT issues with my work laptop. Working privately on Mac infrastructure, I’m always amazed by the low cost / low quality equipment they give us to work with 10 hours a day.  Ridiculous.

Late for the Game | Marseille | 2016

Late for the Game | Marseille | 2016

These soccer street photos  I took when visiting the Euro 2016 semifinal match between France and Germany in Toulouse. Camera was the PEN-F and the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4-5.6 I used as travel all-purpose lens back then, now replaced with the 12-100 F/4.

Wish you a great weekend, and if you are soccer fan, a great start into the World Cup. May the best teams win….

Will catch up with comments and everybody’s blogs on the weekend!

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Playing Ball

Playing Ball | Seattle | 2018 | 1/500 sec @ f/6.3 and ISO 200

In less than 72 hours the FIFA World Cup will be upon us. Strangely, here in Germany it is still pretty quiet around the Nation’s favorite sports team, and we are far away from the euphoric mood that rocked our country four years ago and that culminated in one huge party when Germany won the final against Argentina for our fourth World Title. Maybe it has to do with the meager results in the test matches leading up to the tournament. Maybe it has to do with the host country Russia, which is not really known as a soccer nation. I myself am rather bearish on our chances for defending the cup.

But at least we have a chance, as opposed to the US team that didn’t even make it through the qualifiers. Maybe players like this highly skilled soccer dad would have helped the Team USA to make the tournament. His dedication for the ball and the fun he had with his kids was contagious. Eleven guys like him would make for a formidable squad, I’m very sure.

Photographically I worked the scene a bit with this guy. In the first image I intentionally used the unsharp faces of the kids enjoying their ice cream to frame the soccer player as they passed directly in front of my lens, shooting at the long end of my 12-100mm F/4 zoom. This creative composition element created depth in the image, served as a frame for the main subject and also provided a juxtaposition between savoring food and doing sports.

Soccer Dad

Soccer Dad | Seattle | 2018 | 1/250 sec @ f/11 and ISO 200

The second photograph works for the black and red color contrasts, the juxtaposition of the artistic play of the soccer dad against the statuesque posture of his kids. There are three subjects in the frame, uneven numbers are always more pleasing to the eye than even ones – ever wondered why a good florist would never sell you an even number of roses? The background is a bit cluttered, but I shot from a higher vantage point so the subjects at least stand out form a clean fore and middle ground.

The Artist

The Artist | Seattle | 2018 | 1/500 sec @ f/6.3 and ISO 200

I like the gesture of the soccer dad in this last shot. To isolate him from the cluttered background, I blurred the background in Lightroom during post processing, as the f/6.3 f-stop on my 12-100 provided too much depth of field in the shot.

Are you all geared up for the World Cup?

All photos were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 12-100 mm F/4.

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Wish you all a great week!

Marcus

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Game On – 10 Day Photo Challenge

Game On

Game On | Marseille | 2016

The going gets tough in the next 10 days. Tomorrow I’m heading back  to Portland for a brief 48 hour stint, only to return to Nuremberg already on Saturday. Next week is a big week at work with some high level meetings, and it’s the birthday week for Big Girl (Wednesday) and The Significant Other (Thursday), with the latter reaching the big 5 milestone 😉 , which will be properly celebrated with various events throughout the rest of the week and the weekend. So I know what keeps me busy the next week and a half.

Through all of this I will join the 10 Day Photography Challenge of fellow blogger Cassia Denner. I came across her blog while browsing through the photography feed in the WordPress reader, saw her post about the challenge and signed up. It will run from February 1st through February 10th. 10 days – 10 topics. All photos have to be taken by the contestants. Also participating in the challenge are the challenge host  Cassia (thanks so much for organizing this),  ArianaGracieJennaArabella and Susan, all in all a good mix of young and talented photographers and more seasoned veterans 😉 .

I have never participated in a challenge like this before, but I’m curious how it will pan out, considering that during the challenge I will be occupied with two intercontinental flights and tons of business meetings and birthday parties 😉 . But at least I don’t have to think what to post on the blog. I get my daily assignment, go out, shoot and post. I’m sure it’s gonna be fun! You will see the results on this blog! Game On!

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A German Sunset

German Sunset

German Sunset | Franken | 2017

July is upon us and with it the time for glorious, fiery summer sunsets. In the colors black, red and gold. The colors of the German flag.

And the start of July treated us German soccer fans to two international titles. First the Under 21 national squad won the European title by defeating Spain 1:0 in the finals. And tonight our National Team won the Confederations Cup in St. Petersburg with a 1:0 win over Chile. And this with a B-squad, as the key players from the 2014 World Cup Winner were given the summer off to get the needed rest before the pending start of the new European soccer season that will be capped with the World Cup 2018 in Russia next summer.

The two victories give is plenty hope we can defend our title next summer.

Image specs are 1/3200 sec @ f/7,1 and ISO 400. The short exposure time ensure the rendering of the landscape as a black silhouette.

Have a great July!

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