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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Snowsolation

snowsolation
Snowsolation | Dillberg | 2021

What looks like a scene from the arctic is actually just a few kilometers from my house, on the Dillberg. With 600m (2000ft) above sea level it is one of the higher elevations in the area. A perfect place to for some sportive activities in the snow, properly socially distanced. Or as I call it, snowsolation.

Shot with my iPhone

Have a great Saturday

Marcus

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Shooting with a 60 year old lens

Winter Portrait of a Lady
1/125 sec | f/4 | ISO 1600

I was very much looking forward to this, shooting with a 60 year old lens. My Dad gave me a vintage 90mm Leica Summicron F/2 for Christmas (thanks, Dad, for the awesome present). The beauty of the Leica M system is that you can attach any lens from the Leica (M)esssucher (=rangefinder) system introduced back in 1954 to modern Leica digital cameras with an M-Mount. And as I have acquired a (for digital camera standards also vintage) used Leica M (Type 240) about a year ago, the 90mm is a great addition to my small collection of Leica prime lenses.

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Castle Ghosts

Castle Ghosts
Castle Ghosts | Nuremberg | 2020

This is my last street photograph of 2020. People passing through the old city gate under the Imperial Castle. Like castle ghosts. Using my Olympus OM-D E-M1X and the mZuiko 12-100 with a long shutter speed of 2.5 sec to create the ghosting effects through intentional motion blur, both of the moving subjects as well as light intentional movements of the camera (ICM) to blur the old stones in the ancient tunnel.

“Sharpness is a bourgeois concept” is one of my favorite photographic quotes, said by the godfather of street photography Henri Cartier-Bresson. Always be open minded when you are out and about shooting. Experiment with whatever comes to your mind. You digital camera (or your smartphone) is just like the shovel that you used to play with in the sandbox when your were little.

Make 2021 your year to be more creative with your camera! If you are looking for tips and inspirations, check out my free Learning Center.

Have a great Saturday!

Marcus

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Rain and Rights

Socially Masked

It’s been literally weeks that I was downtown with a camera, but today The Significant Other an I visited the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, one of our last outings before Germany goes back into a 4 week Covid lockdown coming Monday. Nuremberg is already a hotspot with new cases spiking, so the city imposed mandatory mask wearing for everyone inside a public building or shop and out on the streets. After exiting the Museum, I used the opportunity for some street shooting around the entrance to the Way of Human Rights, one of my favorite photo locations in the city.

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Distanced Observations

Nazi Ralleygrounds

With the daily infection rate on the rise again here in Germany, Covid is still dominating our lives, and somehow also my blogging. A couple of days ago, The Significant Other and I visited the Documentation Center of Nuremberg’s historic Nazi Party Rally Grounds. Our first trip to a museum since the start of Covid was the opportunity for some photographic, distanced obervations…

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Christmas Romance

Romantic Christmas
1/60 sec | f/1.8 | ISO 1600

After yesterdays moody Christmas tree image I felt the need to post some real Nuremberg Christmas romance. It shows the Christmas tree on historic Tiergärtnertorplatz, once more with the birth house of Renaissance Super Star Albrecht Dürer in the background. Definitely one of the more romantic views of my city.

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A night with the master

Nils Landgren
1/250 sec | f/2.5 | ISO 1600 | 75mm

Last night, The Significant Other and myself went to see one of the world’s best trombone players, Swedish jazz musician Nils Landgren. He is nicknamed “Mr. Red Horn” because of his red trombone. His most famous formation is the Nils Landgren Funk Unit. But last night, he played a concert in a little barn 25 km outside Nuremberg. And he teamed up with the teachers band of the local music school. It was an awesome night with the master….

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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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Travel Day (16)

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Selfie

Today it was finally travel day again, my first out-of-country business trip of the year. Just a one day trip from Nuremberg to Zurich. I left 5:15 to drive to the airport for the 7am flight to ZRH, needing the extra time due to the couple of inches of snow on the ground, as it had continued to snow throughout the night (last night I took camera and tripod to town for some awesome shooting of the snow-covered Old Town and the Imperial Castle – post coming up). For the rest of the photos and the days story continue after the jump….

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I can see clearly now…

Rain Day | Nuremberg | 2018
Rain Day | Nuremberg | 2019

…the rain has come. I know, the song by Jimmy Cliff has a slightly different title. But the snow on the Streets of Nuremberg has been replaced by torrential rain. It’s gruesome outside. The maximum you can do as street photographer is going for some puddle shooting. And then finding a coffee shop for some hot Espresso.

The photograph was taken with the Ricoh GR II, specs are 1/125 sec @ F/5 and ISO 1600.

RAW conversion and monochrome processing in Lightroom Classic CC.

If you want to pick up your camera this Sunday and are still looking for inspirations what to shoot, check out my free Learning Center.

Wish you all a sunny Sunday!

Marcus

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