Strassenfotografie

Street Photography Quick Tip (10)

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!

Find all my other Street Photography Quick Tips in my new free Learning Center.

Have a great Sunday!

Marcus

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Eyes wide open

Observations

Observations | Franken | 2013

I’m really looking forward to the weekend. Really!! This week was really tough. Sure it is nice to be home, no questions. But working a major project on the US West Coast out of Germany sucks a lot of the joy right out again, considering the 9 hours of time difference. Twice this week my last web meeting with my US based colleagues finished at 2 am in the morning. Long hours and no photography.

So for this post I went back into my archive and found this shot from 2013. A great example why you should always look up, down and sideways  when roaming the streets with your camera. This lady was sitting behind a 3rd floor window in one of our big sandstone townhouses. Ok, the color tone of curtain and her dress are not a 100% match, but still, this is as good as it gets.

I took that with my Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4.0-5.6 travel zoom. Images specs 1/200 sec @ f/7,1 and ISO 200, 150mm focal length (equals 300mm in full frame equivalent).

The plan for tomorrow is to head to the city with the cam. And to keep the eyes open.

Check out the Learning Center for all my free tips and inspirations around photography, if you haven’t done already. Let me know if there are some topics you want me to write about.

Have a super weekend!

Marcus

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Night of the Senses

Nacht der Sinne 2017 Neumarkt Opf

1/100 sec @ f/3,2 and ISO 2000 – 20mm focal length

Saturday night we visited a street festival in Neumarkt, a town of 40.000 with a historic city center between Nuremberg and Regensburg. The event was called the “Night of the Senses”, and combined late night shopping (everything was open until 11pm) with many performances of bands and artists and ample opportunity for food and drinks. While my significant other thought shopping I brought along my Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 Pro Zoom. For more photos of this event plus some explanations around my late night street photography continue after the jump…. (more…)

It’s time to Dance

Purple Way

1/80 sec @ f/2 and ISO 500, 17mm focal length

Slowly, very slowly, the signs of the nearing summer are appearing in Germany. It’s getting warm enough to start spending the weekend evenings comfortable out in the streets. Street festivals are happening everywhere so there is no reason to stay home. Grab the camera and get out there. It’s time to dance the streets 🙂

It's time to Dance

1/60sec @ f/1,8 and ISO500, 17mm focal length

Both photos were shot with the Olympus PEN-F and the mZuiko 17mm F/1.8.

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Have a great Sunday!

Marcus

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Wayback Machine

Generations

Generations | Camogli | 2001

The magic of photographic archives is that whenever you like you can turn on the “wayback machine”. Today I was looking back into the very beginnings of my digital photography. Searching for a complete different photograph, I stumbled across this shot from December 30th 2001. The camera was a Sony Cybershot DSC 1. We just had moved to Italy that year. When friends from Nuremberg visited us in Genoa we visited the little coastal town of Camogli. The three little girls in this image are now grown women of almost 20 years. We adults have a few wrinkles more. And we all are still friends. Live is changing, but life is also good. Yes, we should capture all those moments in our hearts. But photography helps to preserve those hidden little treasures that put a smile on our faces when we look at them and remember……

Have a great Sunday!

Marcus

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Danger

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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Street Photography Quick Tip (9)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Rushing after the subway bird | Nuremberg | 2016 | 1/6 sec @ f/3,2 and ISO 200 

Street Photography Quick Tip 9 – Motion Blur

As you already might have learned from the last edition of my Instant Inspirations (“Instant Inspiration (15) – Long Exposure Waterscapes”) , recently I just love to play with longer shutter speeds and the effects you can generate with it. So with the ninth episode of my “Street Photography Quick Tips” I apply this technique to shooting everyday life in the streets. For more how-to and inspirational photos continue reading after the jump…. (more…)

Natural Thirst Quencher

Thirst

Thirst | Chennai | 2017

Today I want to share this portrait out of my archives, again from the Streets of Chennai, India. The lady just had treated herself to a coconut to quench her thirst on this very hot and humid afternoon. Beats a Coke, doesn’t it?

Image taken with a Canon Powershot G11, specs are 1/160 sec @ f/4,5 and ISO 200. As usual when on the streets I shot in P-Mode.

Tomorrow at 4:15 am my taxi will pick me up for the 30 minute trip to the airport. Then it’s off to Portland via Amsterdam. Looks like I trade the Nuremberg snow for the Portland rain. Right now I’d take Chennai over both 😉

Have a good week!

Marcus

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Happy Girl in front of fountain

Happiness | Munich | 2016

Street Photography Quick Tip 8 – Capturing Gesture

Time for another of my Street Photography Quick Tips. One of those 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 capturing gesture. Don’t just capture people walking with arms hanging at their sides or with expressionless faces. Gestures can convey strong emotions in your photographs. If you want to find out more, continue reading after the jump…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

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Frequent readers probably know by now 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 “Surprise”.

While visiting Tanzania last year (a trip organized by our local church parish), on one of our tours out of Moshi (where we were based) we also visited the little town of Muikwa on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro where we took a stroll on a small path through lush vegetation and little coffee and banana farms left and right the way. And in this very remote (touristically speaking) area all of a sudden a wild and laughing group of young kids in school uniforms came downhill towards us.

Based on their “surprised” reaction I assume they never before saw or could have expected a group of foreign visitors wandering up the small path through their settlement.

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Communication obviously was limited to smiles and waving hands and their curious looks in the display of my camera that got them really exited. While the little students disappeared into the settlements left and right of the path we continued a bit uphill were we eventually found their school, the Maremi Primary School. I did a post about this school early into my blogging and you can find it here.

I hope you like my interpretation of the challenge.

I wish all of you some happy, relaxed and peaceful Easter days!!

Marcus

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