To everyone out there, but particularly to all the many magic people I’ve had the blessings to meet through my blogging on the “Streets of Nuremberg” I wish a peaceful and merry Christmas and much love and laughters together with your family and friends.
Färdder Kärwa – a difficult term for my English speaking readers. It is the local name of the Michaeliskirchweih in Nuremberg’s neighboring city of Fürth, a city fair that annually starts on the Saturday following the name day of Archangel Michael, typically at the end of September. A great opportunity to head over to Fürth and take my 17 and 25mm F/1.2 prime lenses for a nightly spin….
My best shot from an afternoon outing on what was supposed to be the last really warm and sunny Sunday this year. I have no idea what the boy was doing half inside in the fountain, but I thought it looked hilarious.
Taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1X and the mZuiko 12-100mm F/4. Image specs 1/200 sec @ f/4 and ISO 200 and 100mm focal length.
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My life continues to be on a fast track these days. Sometimes I feel like a subway train racing through a tunnel, occasional streaks of light, a rare stop in a station, moving again. Not unpleasant, apart from the feeling that there is not enough time for all I need and want to do (like finally posting the images from the Instawalk through the Nuremberg subway system organized by the admins of the Nuremberg Instagram community that I did join a few weeks ago).
When walking down the streets, you should always be conscious about what lies ahead of your feet. Just so you don’t stumble. But also photographically speaking, it can be worth to scan the ground ahead.
This lost glove, lying at the entrance to a subway station, caught my eye. I liked the shape, that almost looks like a life hand is still inside. That just threw away the spit-out, flattened chewing gum. Or a baseball glove that’s stretching out for the incoming ball. Maybe you can come with some stories of your own. I also liked the texture of the concrete surface.
Capturing the stories of the streets is what street photography is all about. When roaming the streets of a city with my camera, I’m constantly scanning my surroundings for those stories. Trying to capture life as it happens. The best photographs are those who tell a story, but with room for interpretation. Continue reading “Capture the Stories of the Streets”→
Wow that was easy. Setting up an account on the German small ad portal of ebay (similar to Craigslist in the US) and putting up for sale one of my older m4/3 lenses, the mZuiko 12-50mm f/3.5 – 6.3. I haven’t touched it in ages and I decided I need to do some serious spring cleaning of some of my old gear. I still have a closet full of my old Nikon stuff that (apart from Big Girl and Big Boy for their school photo classes) no one has touched in 5 years, since my migration to Olympus mirror less. So this is kind of a winter test run for a spring sale. I’m curious how it will pan out. Stay tuned…
Photograph taken with the Pen-F and the 12-40mm F/2.8, specs 40mm @ 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200.
Tomorrow night I’ll go for a walk. I’ll join my very first Instagram walk. While this blog is my main outlet for my street- and travel photography, I also have two Instagram accounts where I occasionally post my images: @streetsofnuremberg (street) and @travimago (travel).
Nuremberg has a very active Instagram scene, I discovered about a year ago when I ventured into an excellent Instagram photo exhibition curated and organized by the city marketing department (that is also very active on IG). I joined a guided tour through the exhibit moderated by one of the leading local Instagramers. I was surprised to learn there is a lot of organized activities in the community, among those the IG walks, that also offer opportunities to get access to places where you can’t normally shoot yourself. Continue reading “Going for a walk”→
During my last transatlantic flight I watched “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, a quite impressive movie, for which Frances McDormand deservedly won the Academy Award in the category Best Actress in a Leading Role.
“Variations on a Billboard” is the title of the 22nd episode of my “Instant Inspirations”, 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 (you can find all previous episodes in my Learning Center“).
I saw this huge advertisement on the side of high-rise building in downtown Portland. It caught my eye in more than one aspect. Even though it is obvious, I honestly saw it only when I processed the photographs on my computer. They eye wants to see what the eye expects to see.
Strolling around the Rose Quarter, a sports and entertainment district located east of downtown Portland on the banks of the Willamette River, I saw a couple of Hockey Fans waiting in front of the Memorial Coliseum. This couple caught my eyes, so I walked up to them and asked them what game they are waiting for, as Portland doesn’t have a NHL team. So they educated me about the Western Hockey League, where hockey is played by young athletes between 16 and 20 years old. The league consists of teams coming from Canada and and the Northwestern US. The Portland based team is called the Winterhawks.
Joan and Ron told me they like the passion with what the kids play the games, that it is a very laid back atmosphere at the games that, obviously, are much more affordable to watch than the high profile NHL games.
And after a very nice conversation they happily posed for a portrait.
Today is my last workday in the Rose City, tomorrow morning I head back home via Seattle and Amsterdam. Can’t wait!
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While standing on a parking lot trying to photograph a giant mural in downtown Portland last Saturday, I couldn’t help noticing this guy leaning on his car and munching a fully loaded sandwich he had just picked up from one of the food trucks across the street.
The reason I noticed him was because he had a good loud chuckle. So after snapping the mural, I walked up to him and asked him what was so funny. He pointed to a car still trying to maneuver its way into an empty parking bay, explaining it was his buddy who is just never able to properly park the car. I just replied that to some it is given, and to some it is not. And we shared a good chuckle together.
I thought he had an interesting face, so asked him if I could take his portrait. He thought for a second, than agreed without hesitation, and threw himself into this very serious pose. I just took two shots, and immediately liked this one with the tighter framing, after checking my camera screen to see if it was sharp. We wished us a good day and went our ways.
Just one of a few nice encounters I had with the people of Portland last weekend. More to come.
The photo was taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the mZuiko 12-100 F/4 Pro Zoom. Image specs are 1/125 sec @ f/4.5 and ISO 200, 44mm focal length.
After a five-week stint at home it was back to business traveling today, taking my (usual) 6am flight from Nuremberg to Amsterdam and on to Portland for two weeks of project work in the Pacific Northwest. The five-week flying hiatus meant finally a new meal menu and also a bunch of new movies to watch.
During the early morning approach to Amsterdam Schiphol I took some aerials of the frozen coastal area of the Netherlands. And connecting through AMS airport I used the opportunity for some quick street (or rather airport) shooting. For all the photos continue after the jump…