Shoot anywhere, anytime

Commute | Nuremberg | 2019

I know I’m neglecting my blogging, but life is kind of crazy these days. But not only my writing is affected, I also haven’t had time to go out shooting in what seems a lifetime. That said, I still try to capture at least one image a day. I even have embarked on a couple of 365 challenges but never finished one. But sometimes it just hits me, and I pull out whatever camera I have with me (and if it is my cellphone) and look for something to shoot. And if it is capturing legs in the subway. Who cares. A small visual pushup. And a satisfied feeling after. There are better days ahead!

Have a great Thursday!

Marcus

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Two girls laying on the ground with their legs up in the air
Up in the Air | Chicago | 2019

When have you juggled yourself in the air lately? Isn’t this a perfect fitness program to get yourself into shape for for those upcoming beach days?

A fun part about street photography is playing with perspective. Like in this image from Chicago’s Millennium Park. Taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1X and the mZuiko 12-100 f/4. Image specs 1/200 sec @ f/4 and ISO 200, 75mm foval length.

Wish you a great start into the week!

Marcus

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Back to work

Motion blurred passengers exiting a subway in Nuremberg
1 sec – f/14 – ISO 200 – 100 mm

After a truly nice long Easter weekend and great times with friends and Family it is back to work, but at least on a short week. I took this photograph during my recent subway photo walk with the Nuremberg Instagramers (detailed post is coming up). I experimented with long shutter speeds to capture the motion in the passengers exiting the train. One second proved to be the best choice, as I got interesting effects from the moving people while retaining clarity and texture in their bodies. Also, the one second handheld exposure allowed me to capture a sharp train as background. The diagonal lines, the layered people and the motion blur effects add compositional interest and depth, making this image work. Taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1X and the mZuiko 12-100mm F/4.

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Wish you a great Monday!

Marcus

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In a rush

Monitor blurred man walking in a colorful Nuremberg subway station
0.4sec – f/11 – ISO200 – 100mm

Life is really in overdrive these days, with the job that pays the bills clearly in the drivers seat. The little free time I have is filled with post-production work of the various photo-shooting specials I’ve squeezed in the last weeks. And I have another busy weekend ahead, before heading once more across the pond coming Monday for a short trip to Chicago. And then I’m looking forward crossing the finish line for a long (and free) Easter weekend. Until then my life will really be in a rush.

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Shoot against the sun

Street portrait of a red haired girl backlit by the setting sun
1/200 sec – f/4 – ISO 1600 – 100mm

I’m sure you have witnessed those situations, where people wanting to take a portrait of someone else place their subject to have the sun shining directly onto them. Because it looks nice. Objects look sharp, crisp and colorful when the sun shines on them. That’s definitely valid for landscapes, buildings and stationary things. It’s less favorable for human beings. Because they tend to squint when facing the sun, and you get unfavorable shadows in their eye sockets, especially when the sun is high.

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