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Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage

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Cold Bloods | Franken | 2016

This weeks Weekly Photo Challenge from Word Press’ “The Daily Post”  has the theme “Heritage”. There is a lot of heritage in Franken, the region around Nuremberg. Among it are the many horse drawn carriages that take tourists through the historic centers of our towns. Many of those carriages are drawn by gargantuan cold blood horses, beautiful and amazing creatures. Also these horses are part of the heritage of this rural area, have the carried the load of heavy farm work for centuries.

This photo gives also an impression what you can do with a 12mm wide angle prime lens, in this case the mZuiko 12mm F/2.0 that I had attached to my PEN-F. I was on my knees practically underneath the horses, shooting upwards looking through the swivel LCD screen of the cam.

I hope you are having a good week, mine is quite rough as the job that pays the bills is completely dominating my days and nights. No time for shooting and no time for blogging. These weeks are really tiring. But it could be worse. It could be Monday 😉

Have you checked out the Learning Center with all my free tips and inspirations around photography?

Have a great Friday!

Marcus

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting

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Bells & Bratwust | Nuremberg | 2016

This weeks Weekly Photo Challenge from Word Press’ “The Daily Post”  has the theme “Reflecting”. I could have answered the challenge with last weeks challenge “danger”, as my submitted image included a very nice reflection.

But no worry, I have many more of my puddle shots, one from the Streets of Nuremberg is my entry for this week. For a small collection of my reflective images look after the jump… (more…)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Danger

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Dangerous Streets | Portland | 2017

Frequent readers probably know that I try to meet the Weekly Photo Challenge from Word Press’ “The Daily Post” with one of my Street Photos. This week’s challenge has the theme “Danger”. Now this is easy to match.

Street Photography is a dangerous genre. Not that you get hit by people who don’t like you take their photo. Actually this is not a problem at all.

The real danger in Street Photography is that you constantly expose yourself to the risk of being run over by a crazy driver – or by a normal driver while you try to take a crazy photograph.

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Rough Rider | Marseille | 2016

Have a great weekend!

Marcus

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wanderlust

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End of the World | Oregon | 2017

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge has the title “wanderlust”.  It is the perfect theme to show you another photo from my trip to the Oregon coast this past weekend.

I took this image at Cannon Beach, where the late afternoon sun used a short break between showers to backlight the trees on the cliffs at the northern end of this magnificent mile long sandy beach at the shores of the grand Pacific Ocean.

I’ve been privileged to have been at the Pacific many times before, but never this far north. The moment felt special, the beauty of this moment where I saw the glow of the sun on the wet sand of this magnificent beach, the cliffs and the tree providing a perfect backdrop. The sound of the waves, the spray of salty air on my face. It felt great, I felt wanderlust throughout. I felt blessed that despite all the hard times that the job that pays the bills demands of my family and myself, it still gives me the opportunity to occasionally explore places I haven’t seen before and that I might never have seen otherwise.

Wanderlust!

The photo was taken with my Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 Pro Zoom, image specs are 1/640 sec at f/9 and ISO 200 with 12mm focal length. B&W conversion of the raw file in Adobe Lightroom CC.

Have a great Thursday!

Marcus

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

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Eternal Light | Antelope Canyon | 2012

To honor the upcoming Earth Day, this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge bears the title “Earth” to celebrate this planet on which we live.

For me, the ethereal atmosphere in Antelope Canyon perfectly symbolizes the beauty and perseverance of nature. The powerful flow of water once carved out these slot canyons in the barren landscape of Utah over the course of thousands of years, and the sun shining into the narrow canyon has created the magic beams of light in the past and will continue to do so for all future. Let’s all join in protecting the magic of our planet earth.

Photo taken with a Canon Power Shot G12, image specs 0,6 sec @ f/8 and ISO 100, camera was mounted on a tripod.

Have a great Thursday!

Marcus

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

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Frequent readers probably know by now that I try to meet the Weekly Photo Challenge from Word Press’ “The Daily Post” with one of my Street Photos. This week’s challenge has the theme “Surprise”.

While visiting Tanzania last year (a trip organized by our local church parish), on one of our tours out of Moshi (where we were based) we also visited the little town of Muikwa on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro where we took a stroll on a small path through lush vegetation and little coffee and banana farms left and right the way. And in this very remote (touristically speaking) area all of a sudden a wild and laughing group of young kids in school uniforms came downhill towards us.

Based on their “surprised” reaction I assume they never before saw or could have expected a group of foreign visitors wandering up the small path through their settlement.

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Communication obviously was limited to smiles and waving hands and their curious looks in the display of my camera that got them really exited. While the little students disappeared into the settlements left and right of the path we continued a bit uphill were we eventually found their school, the Maremi Primary School. I did a post about this school early into my blogging and you can find it here.

I hope you like my interpretation of the challenge.

I wish all of you some happy, relaxed and peaceful Easter days!!

Marcus

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Security

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When I read the theme of this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Security, I immediately had this street portrait of a Tanzanian Security Guard in mind. He was protecting the entrance of a bank in Moshi, Tanzania. And he loved to pose for my camera. But while scanning over my street photo collection I also found this more subtle interpretation of the theme which I took in the old town of Marseille last year.

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Jeune et Heureux | Marseille | 2016

I hope you enjoy my interpretation of “Security”.

Have a great Thursday!

Marcus

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dense

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This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme “Dense”. I enter various interpretations of the theme that came to my mind when I read the challenge. Dense urbanization in LA, the dense African bush, a dense concert crowd and a very dense magical fountain. To see them all continue after the jump…..

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Road Taken

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This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme “The Road Taken”. I enter the Safari Roads of Southern Africa. There are not many things in life that are more exhilarating than to take a 4×4 before sunrise and head out into the African Bush. The road is bumpy, but it feels more like a refreshing massage. The fresh air is full of excitement. You don’t know what animal waits for you behind the next curve, blocks the road, hides behind the bush watching you carefully. Every trip down these narrow dirt roads will have its own surprises for you. If there is something you need to put on your bucket list, it is an early morning ride on the narrow roads of the African bush veld. To see what blocked my road and hid behind the bushes, continue after the jump…..

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The Streets of Portland – Finally

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Marquam Bridge | Portland | 2017

Here it is, my first real photo of the Streets of Portland, literally. Last night after work I drove up the South Portland’s Marquam Hill (aka Pill Hill), where the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)  and the Portland VA Medical Center operate large hospitals, whose modern architecture is quite fascinating of its own. But my real target was the upper station of the Portland Aerial Tram, from which you have a stunning view across downtown, the Willamette River with its many bridges and on clear days onwards to Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens. I found free parking behind the Doernbechers Children’s Hospital and walked over to the Tram Station.

I knew that from the station there is this great view of Interstates 405 and 5 merging and crossing the Willamette River on the Marquam Bridge. And this is the photo I really wanted to take. So I brought the Olympus OM-D E-M1, the mZuiko 40-150mm F/2.8 Pro Zoom and my Rollei travel tripod. Temperatures last night where just above freezing and there was a nasty rainfall. Camera and lens are waterproof, so that was more of a problem for me with my thin and not waterproof jacket. The good thing was that inside the Tram Station I was protected by the roof. I put the tripod on the railing at the far end that is open towards city and river, and snapped away. The photo came out just as I had hoped for. Image specs were 8 seconds (to capture the light trails of the traffic crossing the bridge), f/10 and ISO 200. Focal length was the far end of my zoom at 150mm (equals 300mm in full frame) and I used the 2sec self timer of the camera to avoid any shake after pressing the shutter.

This is a good example of a planned shot, where you have in mind what you want to do and then just execute.

I took a few more photos on Marquam Hill, but need time to process and edit, A post will follow. And then of course I need to really hit the Streets of Portland. But due to a full business agenda this might have to wait until my next trip.

Have a great day!

Marcus

Update 3/15: Entering this shot in the WP Weekly Photo Challenge “Atop”

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