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Old Town Fair | Nuremberg | 2020

Just a quick post today, with a photograph I took when The Significant Other and I visit the Old Town Fair that the city has organized on Nuremberg’s Central Market, as kind of compensation for the two big city fairs that had to be cancelled due to Covid this year. Does it then make sense to still have fair with a ferris wheel, a rollercoaster, an auto scooter and a carousel when cases are still raising with all the people returning from vacation? I’m not sure, but it sure was fun. Fully masked though….

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Smartphone or entry level camera?

Portofino
Portofino

I get asked a lot for advice on a low-budget entry level camera. I usually respond by asking for what kind of photography it is intended to be used. Because, frankly speaking, if people want to spend 300€ on a simple entry level camera for just some basic snapping of the usual holiday / people / travel photos, they should stay away and just use their smart phone. Because smart phones these days are also really good cameras, and one that you always carry with you….so the question is: Smartphone or entry level camera?

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Positive side effects

Pretty Woman in a restaurant in Nuremberg Old Town

Who would have thought that Covid has some positive side effects. And I’m not talking global effects, like blue skies without contrails, clean city air and coast lines that see sea life returning. To compensate reduced occupancy due to distancing requirements, the City of Nuremberg allowed restaurants in the Old Town to put tables out on the streets combined with blocking traffic and turning streets into pop-up pedestrian zones.

On the weekend, The Significant Other and I made use of it, enjoying a dinner together with friends in an excellent French Restaurant in a beautiful alley in the Old Town below the magnificent towers of St. Sebald Church.

I took this photograph of my beautiful wife with the Leica M and the Elmarit-M F/2.8 28mm. Image specs are 1/25 sec @ f/3.4 and ISO 3200. The Leica handles the ISO quite well, the only challenge was to manually focus the rangefinder to make sure her profile is sharp. Who says a 28mm isn’t suitable for portraits? There is nothing like the smooth rendering of the Leica lenses shot wide open.

Do you have similar positive side effects from Corona? Let me know in the comments!

Have a great Tuesday and stay safe!

Marcus

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Street Photography Quick Tip (18)

Monochrome street photograph of two lady throwing a dirty look

Street Photography Quick Tip 18 – Layered Faces

In time for the weekend here is the eighteenth edition of my Street Photography Quick Tips. Some 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 adding interest to your street photography by shooting layered faces…

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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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A very special visitor

Neowise
Neowise | 20 sec | f/4 | ISO 1600| 41mm

Covid-19 is seriously impairing travel. While the job that pays the bills used to come with lots of business travel, I’ve been restricted to work from home since beginning of March. Also private travel is significantly reduced in Europe, and the streets of Nuremberg haven’t seen many visitors either. But our night sky has been graced by a very special visitor from outer space, comet Neowise. Properly socially distanced, it passed our planet at a distance of 103 million km or 64 million miles.

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What she stands for

Statue of Liberty
Lady Liberty

Whenever I’m in New York City, I try to visit the Statue of Liberty. Like last in April 2018, when I took this photograph, on a less than clear day. And whenever I see her, I’m always awed by her sight – and by what she stands for:

Peace – Hope – Unity – Dignity – Equality- Respect – Solidarity – Tolerance – Dialogue – Friendship between Nations – Liberty – Justice

These values should apply to all members of the human family and are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. Let us all not forget that.

I wish all my American friends a peaceful 4th of July. Stay safe!

Marcus

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Explosion in the sky

Explosion in the sky
1/60 sec | f/5.6 | ISO 640 | 28mm

Another landscape image on this street photography blog, but I couldn’t help posting after seeing this explosion in the sky just about an hour ago. After a warm summer day spent working for the job that pays the bills, I had taken my convertible for a small trip around the countryside near our house. Just in case, I brought the Leica M with the Elmarit 28mm. Then I saw this amazing Cumulonimbus popping up at 9:30pm local, lit by the setting sun. I got home in time. Now, the heavy T-Storm is raging outside. More explosions in the sky….

Image specs 1/60 sec @ f/5.6 and ISO 640. RAW conversion in Lightroom Classic. I did expose for the sky and opened up the shadows of the foreground.

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Wish you a great start into July! Stay safe!

Marcus

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