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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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.
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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…)
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 🙂
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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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…)
This blog is about my journey deeper into photography. As I’ve written in many posts, photography is my passion, the creative outlet I need to balance the demanding job that pays the bills. I have no idea where this journey will eventually take me, but for sure I want to have fun on the way. The title of my blog was clear when I started it, I called it the “Streets of Nuremberg” derived from my passion for Street Photography and my hometown. The logo for my blog, the camera and the silhouette of Nuremberg’s Imperial Castle with the blog title that is also the name to my website, I actually designed much later. This came even after I created my own Street Photographer’s Business Card.
Last week I was musing about what else I can do with my logo. I am a coffee junkie, and both at home as well as in the office you hardly see me without a mug in my hand. So I had the idea to have mugs imprinted with my Streets of Nuremberg Logo. After some research about vendors I ended ordering them at vistaprint.de (the same site in the US is vistaprint.com). Cost was super affordable (about 7 € per mug plus shipping). I exported my logo from Photoshop into a jpg, uploaded the file to the Vistaprint site, placed in on the mug, hit the order button and was done. The mugs arrived a few days later. They came out great, as you can see from the photo above. Why shouldn’t I to something to promote my brand when running around my office or entertaining at home? And it’s really fun drinking coffee from my very own mugs.
Also using Vistaprint I already have designed and ordered my own T-Shirt. A white one with the logo in black on the front and the William Shakespeare quote from the “About this Blog” page on the back. And a black shirt with logo and Shakespeare quote in white. They are ordered and I’m quite exited how they will come out. So I’ll be my own billboard when roaming the Streets of Nuremberg with my camera.
Am I crazy? Maybe, but why shouldn’t I have a bit of fun. While building my brand. There is no rush.
We are all living a different life. Coming from different backgrounds, living in different social environments, having pursued different career paths. Sometimes we are happy and content, sometimes we are deeply enervated or bored by our surroundings and about what we do. Sometimes we even feel trapped in life and by the burdens of having to make a living, feed our families and make our partners happy. And we feel we have missed opportunities in certain stages of our lives. And at times this leads to loss of energy and motivation.
But regardless of the situation, should we always try to dig ourselves out of these emotional holes? Finding new motivation and interest in what we do?
To read my thoughts on how this transfers to our Street Photography continue after the jump…
Another image from my recent vacation on the Italian island of Elba, taken in the village of Cavo at the north tip. I just loved the passion of this big dude, doing is utmost to sell some jewelry to this group of elderly local beachcombers. I think they enjoyed the negotiations as much as he did, at least everybody seemed to have fun.
The beach of fine light pebbles was beautiful, the water crystal clear. Not many tourist there, mainly locals, as this group of Italian grandmas enjoying their late afternoon together with some of their grandchildren.
And I enjoyed some street photography while lying lazy on the beach. How ’bout that for a change?