Street-Photography

Keep Portland Weird

Keep Portland Weird

KPW | Portland | 2017           1/40 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 200

After a six week hiatus I was back in Rose City this week. And amazingly, the weather matched the season, with some beautiful and warm summer days. Despite a fully loaded schedule I managed a small photowalk last evening, just taking my tiny Ricoh GR II that I had brought for this trip and doing a bit of walking through a mild Portland summer evening. I was looking for the famous “Keep Portland Weird” sign that I haven’t seen before, and that set the tone for the rest of my walk. For some more “weird” photographs from PDX continue after the jump… (more…)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient

Apocalyptic Bird

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme “Transient”. Sure I have photos of driftwood, of a poppy bud the moment it pops open. But then I thought that Street Photography is all about capturing transient moments of life. Attempts to preserve a short, fleeting moment of life, with all its stories behind. Each of these situations is fully unique, a snapshot of life that will never happen again, a moment in time as we and the ones we photograph wander through our lives. For my selection of images from transient moments continue after the jump…. (more…)

Instant Inspiration (19) – Tell your day in two photos

Road to America

Road to America | Portland | 2017

“Instant Inspiration”  is 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. Read the posts, become inspired, take your camera, head out and have fun!

Episode 19 should inspire you to describe your day’s content with just two photos.

The idea to this inspiration came to me while on my “usual” Delta flight from Amsterdam to Portland. “Usual” ? Well,  despite having not travelled to Rose City in the past six weeks, this is already my tenth business trip to the USA this year, and we are not even at the half year mark. And in addition to this trip there will be minimum two more travels to PDX before my summer vacation. And I really like being in the USA. Since my days as an exchange student in Pennsylvania some 33 years ago,  I consider the USA my adopted second home country. I have been here countless times for travel and on business. And I liked each and every trip.

The thing is, this short trip is packed full of “road work”. I have meetings lined up from the moment of arrival until I step back on the plane for the return flight Friday afternoon. No time for photography this time. But thankfully there is the archive (I took the two photos during one of my last trips to Portland).

 

Road Work

Road Work | Portland | 2017

So how does your day look like? Try to capture it in two photos. Take your camera (or phone) and be creative! I’d love to see your photos – post a link in the comment section.

For all other episodes of my instant inspiration and many more photography tips visit my Learning Center

Have a good week!

Marcus

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

Travel Love

Travel Love | Budapest | 2017

Focus” is the theme of this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge from Word Press’ “The Daily Post”. I can meet the challenge with one of my street photos that I took just this past Tuesday evening in Budapest.

A photograph has to convey emotion, has to have heart and soul to capture the viewer’s imagination. It does not have to be technically perfect, it does not have to perfectly in focus. Sometimes, being a bit blurred can even add to the message of an image. When you look at the works of the masters of the genre, like Henri Cartier-Bresson or Elliott Erwitt, many of their iconic photographs are not technically perfect, but have an abundance of heart and soul.

This photo of kissing teenage travelers I took on Budapest’s famous Fischerbastei (Halászbástya) with the parliament building providing the background is for me such an example where the focal point of an image does not need to perfectly in focus.

I took the photo with my Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4.0-5.6 travel zoom, image specs are 1/10 sec at f/6.3 and ISO 1600, 63mm focal length.

Shooting with a relatively low shutter speed at 1/10 sec (due to the low evening light) my lens was not fast enough with the motions of the young couple. This is also a good example why leaving the camera in “P-Mode” makes so much sense. When you see a motive that attracts you just compose and press the shutter, without fumbling with the settings. Because capturing a possibly imperfect image that means something to you is better than no photo at all. It might not be perfectly in focus. But it can have heart and soul.

Have a great Friday!

Marcus

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Instant Inspiration (18): Alternative Portrait

Father and Daughter

Father and Daughter | Hamburg | 2017

This is a very alternative portrait of my big girl and me. We were riding the metro train in Hamburg on our way to see the “Lion King”. I took this shot with my iPhone. Have you ever thought about shooting portraits of loved ones or friends in a very different way?

Take your camera (or phone) and be creative! I’d love to see your photos – post a link in the comment section.

For all other episodes of my instant inspiration and many more photography tips visit my Learning Center

Have a great and peaceful Sunday!

Marcus

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Friend

Jeune et Heureux

This weeks Weekly Photo Challenge from Word Press’ “The Daily Post”  has the theme “Friend”. Here are a few of the street images that perfectly symbolize friendship for me.

Friendship is one of the greatest gifts of life and we all need to make sure we cherish it. Have you called an old friend lately? Pick up your phone and do it. One of the great treats of true friendship is that it is timeless. It doesn’t matter when you have last spoken. You start talking, cherishing to hear your friends voice, and it is as you have just spoken yesterday. Let’s all be inspired by this weeks photo challenge…..

For a few more friendship images continue after the jump… (more…)

Perfect Imperfection

Cuddly Protection

Cuddly Protection | 2017

This capture of an intimate moment between father and son is not a perfect photograph.

I took this photo late in the evening in a dimly lit street cafe. It was a difficult situation to focus in as there was just not enough light. Aiming and shooting quickly the auto focus did lock on the contrast rich edge of the toy tiger in front of the two main subjects of the photograph, resulting in their faces being thrown out of focus due to the long focal length and the wide open aperture of f/5.6 at the far end of my zoom range.

I took only this one shot, as a second later they changed their posture and that intimate  moment was lost.

Missing the focus makes this technically a failed image. Is it a failed image? I think it is not. A photograph needs to have heart and soul, needs to carry a story. It’s contents over form. A technically flawless photo isn’t any good if it’s missing heart and soul. If you study the work of the masters of Street Photography like Henri Cartier-Bresson or Elliot Erwitt, you find many of their great photography are technically imperfect images. But they carry a strong story.

So my advice is press the shutter when you see something that touches your heart and your emotions and worry about the settings later. Having perfect settings or a perfect focus doesn’t help you when the moment is lost.

The photo was taken with my OM-D E-M1 and the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4.0-5.6 travel zoom, image specs are 1/13 sec @ f/5,6 and ISO 1600, 120mm focal length.

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

Have a great Wednesday!

Marcus

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You see me

You see mee ?

You see mee ? | Berlin | 2017

“You see me”, this is the motto of the 2017 German Protestant Church Day (Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag) in Berlin. 2500 events in 5 days, 100.000 fulltime visitors.

The oversized portraits by Christof Krackhardt were on display at the main location of the event at the Berlin Exhibition Center.

Looking at, being looked upon, seeing, not being seen, all in one photo….

Can I help you ? |

Can I help you ? | Berlin | 2017

Selfie

Selfie | Berlin | 2017

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Wish you all a splendid and sunny weekend!

Marcus

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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!

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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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