Looking at you

Lady looking at a Steve McCurry Portrait of an Afghan
Looking at you | Zurich | 2021

Life’s been wild lately, not only for us, but also for the rest of the world. “Looking at you” I dubbed this shot of The Significant Other looking at a Steve McCurry portrait of an Afghan mujahideen. The world famous documentary photographer, known for his intense portraits, took this image in Afghanistan back in 1979. We are in Zurich for the weekend and took the opportunity to visit the Steve McCurry exhibition that’s currently on display at the Maaghalle. Over the years, McCurry has been multiple times to Afghanistan, and some of his most iconic images are from there. On display at the exhibition, they now emit a strange sense of actuality, given the current sad events.

You know I like to shoot street photography in exhibitions and museums, and this beautiful curated and presented display of McCurry’s work provided an awesome background. For tonight I leave you with this initial image and get now busy with more editing from this afternoon’s photographic outing.

Image taken with my iPhone 12 Pro Max, post processed with iOS photo app.

Have a great weekend!

Marcus

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Reading between the lines

Car driver reading a letter while parked
1/100 sec | f/5.6 | ISO 125 | 85mm

Wondering about the story behind the image. This is what makes Street Photography my favorite genre. Reading between the lines. What was my subject up to? This example nails it. What does this taxi driver read? Is ist a letter? A handwritten contract? Just some notes? Definitely something unusual in the times of everyone only looking at LCD screens.

The next time you are out and about in your city, try to capture a photo that gets the imagination going. You can capture it even with your smartphone. Be on the lookout for those scenes wherever you are. It can be in the grocery store just as well as when you are roaming the streets. You can train your eye even when you have to camera or smart phone with you. Find your image that makes everyone try to find the story behind.

If you are looking for more tips and inspirations around street photography, check out my free Learning Center.

Have a great Saturday and stay safe!

Marcus

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From a distance

Two elderly ladies talking through a window
1/30 sec | f/5.6 | ISO 125 | 85mm

With the third Covid wave rolling with full force through Germany, we are now facing a socially distanced Easter holiday. It’s been more than a year since the pandemic started. A year of failed promises from the countries leadership. People are worn out, it is visible everywhere. We are all in need of closeness, being able to able to physically embrace our friends when we see them. You remember the times when complete strangers stood in our pedestrian zones holding up signs offering free hugs? Instead we now only talk from a distance. But what is the photographic lessons learnt?

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Anyone home?

Woman standing in open house door telephoning
1/125 sec | f/5.6 | ISO 250 | 72mm

Anyone home? This would be the title to this street photograph. But it also would have been the right question to ask the “Streets of Nuremberg” in the past weeks, the last post already dating back to the end of February. No worries! I’m still here, alive and kicking (as much as the Covid restrictions allow).

I simply took a break from blogging. I needed it, after five years of continuous content creation. But now it’s time to be back and continue to share my photographic ventures. Will need a few days to answer all comments and catch up with all of your blogs. I hope that you all got through these pandemic time unscathed.

Have a great Tuesday!

Marcus

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Färdder Kärwa

Färdder Kärwa
1/80 sec | f/4 | ISO 200 | 25mm

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….

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Hanging in there

Little boy with a balloon hanging head down over a fountain wall.
1/200 sec | f/4 | ISO 200 | 100 mm

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.

If you still want to go out shooting today and are looking or tips and inspirations, check out my free Learning Center.

Hope you had a great Sunday as well!

Marcus

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In the Tunnel

1/3 sec – f/4 – ISO 200 – 7.5mm

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).

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Look down while walking

Still Life of a lost glove lying on a wet street
Still Life | Nuremberg | 2019

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.

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Capture the Stories of the Streets

Call Me - Street Photograph of two suit clad men gesturing about calling each other
Call Me | 1/200 sec – f/4 – ISO 250 – 86mm

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

40mm @ 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200
40mm @ 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200

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.

Wish you a great Monday!

Marcus

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Going for a walk

Catwalk | Schwäbisch Hall | 2018
Follow Me | Schwäbisch Hall | 2018

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”

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