Do you know the land where lemons grow?


…Goethe wrote in a poem. In the beginning of September I was looking for summer and traveled to the Cinque Terre region where I not only discovered a lot of nice photo subjects but also countless lemon trees. While it started to cool down back home, here the sun was burning in the sky. And wherever you walked, everywhere you’d pass by sweet-smelling tomato bushes, different kinds of Aloe Vera plants – and, finally, by lemon trees.

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SIGMA News -SIGMA announces three new lenses at the Photokina


SIGMA makes its fans happy – the Japanese camera and lens manufacturer announces three new lenses at the Photokina, which is currently taking place in Cologne.

 A new lens for the SIGMA Sports series

SIGMA 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM: the SIGMA Sports series (S) adds another top model! According to the manufacturer it will be available with SIGMA, Canon and Nikon bayonets.

It can be used on full frame cameras.

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Photokina – Imaging Unlimited


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We’ve already written about this topic once – but now the time’s come! In the scene it is THE big event – the Photokina. Photographers from all around the world travel to Cologne end of September to visit the exhibition. It’s always highly anticipated because camera and lens manufacturers like to use it as a platform to announce their new products to the public for the first time. In 2008, for example, the Leica S System was announced, or at the last Photokina in 2014 the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX1, a mirrorless digital compact camera with a full frame sensor, was presented, or SIGMA’s high-resolution digital cameras DP1 and DP2 Merrill with a Foveon X3 sensor.

The target groups at the Photokina are very broad as you can quickly notice on the homepage: They address pros but also young “smartphoners”. No surprise – because the presentations and discussions offered are as diverse as the numerous international exhibitors.

This year, among other things, the event covers the following focus topics: The popular photo competition BLENDE will take place where everyone can prove their abilities and talents. Besides that there will be a stronger focus on blogging, on the internet and social media as well as on video and light painting. You’ll get the chance to try out virtual reality headsets as well as 360° videos and images. Fun, thrill and a wonderful innovative experience in this branch in technology will be guaranteed to every visitor.

 The Photokina takes place at the Messegelände Köln from 20 to 25 September 2016 daily from 10 am to 6 pm.

Off the beaten track with Sightsmap


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Are you also one of those people, who always have their camera or their smartphone on hand? Ready any time to take a photo, no matter if you are walking around your own city or traveling the world? I’m definitely one of those people. Whenever I leave the house, I’m looking for my next photo motive and since I’m living in one of the most photogenic cities in the world, my memory cards are full within only a few hours.

When I’m traveling it’s even worse. I’m often catching myself shooting exactly those buildings or places, which were snapped by millions of people before me. “Photo hotspots”, so to speak. As a result, my pictures are often pretty identical to those of millions of other photographers and that is exactly what I don’t want them to be. This is way I started to search for the most photographed places in the world and then NOT take a picture of them.😉

Sightsmap is the perfect tool for that mission. Like an infrared camera it shows you the “hottest” , meaning, the most photographed, places in the world. There have been pretty amazing findings already, also about human behavior. For example, the map made obvious, that most humans do stick to the beaten paths and therefore, most of us experience and see the same things while traveling. That is a pretty scary insight for me. That’s why I decided to walk off the beaten path and to take more photos of places and sights, that aren’t on top of the Sightsmap ranking.  Who knows what Photo treasures I will find?!😉

Brandnew optics for SIGMA


Aiming for a stronger presence in the video business, SIGMA dives into the market with a new series of cinema lenses. The optics is specifically designed for cinematography.

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There’s an increasing demand for high resolution lenses and the Japanese company is reacting to this.  First, Sigma will release two zoom lenses for cameras with EF and E mounts. These lenses are made for a 6K and 8K resolution. One year later some more zoom lenses and five focal lengths are said to follow up.

High Speed Zoom series:

This product line will be the first to be released on the market. To be more exact, this line will first include only two T2 constant aperture zoom lenses. In the beginning there will be a 18-35mm T2 and a 50-100mm T2. The FF zoom line is, as its name suggests, designed for the use of full frame cameras. First there will be a 24-35mm T2.2 FF.

The focal lengths of the FF High Speed Prime series that have already been announced are the following: 20 mm T1.5 FF, 24 mm T1.5 FF, 35 mm T1.5 FF, 50 mm T1.5 FF and 85 mm T1.5 FF.

So far Sigma has not published any price information.

Photo Walk


After Hoi An, Hanoi and Sapa I continued my Vietnam trip to Dong Hoi. Near this city you can find many interesting caves, the biggest ones in Vietnam and in Asia and even the biggest in the whole world! Big enough for a jumbo jet and higher than some skyscraper – the Son Doong Cave in Central Vietnam is breathtaking. But this cave isn’t the only one that’s worth to be seen. There’s an entire little jungle inside another cave and another can only be visited by boat. All caves are located in a National Park which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2003.

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TED Talks Photography


I watched my first TED Talk about 2 years ago and since then I’m hooked. Whenever I feel uninspired, down or have troubles getting started, I watch a TED Talk and it motivates me instantly. There are countless inspiring talks on the website and there are talks for pretty much any topic or situation. No big surprise that my favorite category is of course: Photography.

I have to admit, that I watched my favorite photography TED Talks far more than once. Among those favorites is definitely the talk by Jonathan Klein. He speaks about pictures that changed the world and highlights the immense power and influence that pictures can have on history and people. During his talk he shows some of the most famous pictures in the world and informs his audience about the link between those pictures and milestones in history of mankind.
Photographs can be opinion-forming, they can be thought-provoking and they can make people reconsider their behavior on certain things. I’m highly recommending this TED Talk to all of you.

„Images provoke reaction in people and those reactions provoke change.” (Jonathan Klein)

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RAW format for Photoshop Lightroom on the iPhone


Just before launching the new iPhone 7 Apple has released the new iOS 10 operating system. There were some problems with the first distribution but by now iOS 10 will have reached countless devices. Adobe took advantage of some innovative features and considerably improved Photoshop Lightroom for iOS with a new update. That’s why from now on the iPhone can produce RAW format files. Of course the editing workflow is improved by that as well.

The update can be downloaded in the Apple AppStore now.

AquaViva


Summer is almost over and life is slowly but steady going back to its common ways. With summer ending, comes the end of vacation season for most of us as well. At least those kind of vacations which include the ocean.
I am one of those people who would be totally happy with a yearlong summer and who already misses the ocean while standing at its shores on the last day of vacation. For me the ocean definitely plays a major role during summer and I’m sure it is the same for at least some of you.😉
In my yearning for the sea, I stumbled across Pierre Carreau a couple of days ago and I was instantly fascinated by his AquaViva series. He showed me a whole new side of my beloved ocean.

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The artist manages to capture something as vivid as a wave in the ocean at the exact right moment and makes it look frozen in time. His pictures let you observe the waves in detail and one cannot deny its spectacular beauty.

Asked on what fascinates him most about photographing waves, Pierre Carreau answered, that water itself is simply amazing to him. Water, which basically has no color, can, through the reflection and refraction of light, possess all of the colors in the world.

His photo results are always a surprise, even to the photographer himself, because, you can’t plan or stage something as wild, vivid and unpredictable as water. For a great wave picture, like the ones below, he needs a lot of patience and most of all luck.
To me, his Idea is simply genius and impressive. Pierre Carreau is truly a photography inspiration to me. What do you think of his work?

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