Fragmented Worlds


Lately I happened to come across a photographer whom I consider really fascinating. He composes some sort of a creative photographic puzzle which he creates from already existing famous places and objects of which he builds entire new worlds and perspectives. One example is the Grand Canyon as a model. I’d like to present you this inspiring character and therefore I’ll give you some short insight into his art and his ways of working and thinking. Enjoy reading.

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Paul Nicklen – the one who speaks with polar bears


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Again and again I’ve come across photos of his face when researching and browsing the internet for inspiring photographers. His face red because of the cold, snow crystals on his eyebrows and a cap covering his forehead. I wanted to know more about this guy, this crazy photographer who peeps out of some holes made of ice, half-frozen. And I’m not only fascinated by his great, impressive and overwhelming wildlife photos but also by him – a humorous and courageous character. Since winter is looming closer and closer with its first snowflakes and its bitter cold, I have a contribution for you as an introduction and as an inspiration to go out into the wilds nevertheless – perhaps outweighing the extremes and limits a bit less – and as a reminder not to forget your camera. There’s a lot to discover! But have a look for yourselves…

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Portrait Photography with the Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM


One Model – one Location – one Lens. To have the right equipment for my upcoming photoshoot, I look through my objectives for a suitable portrait lens.

Back then, as a beginner in the photography, I bought the light strong Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lens. Now, I unpacked it again and to have a closer look. In comparison with my Canon 50mm F1.4 is the fixed-focal-length from Sigma with 800g significantly heavier and therefore handier, what I really like.

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Laurent Baheux – Black and white wildlife photography


To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.” – Andri Cauldwell

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I’m a huge fan of black and white photography. I think that sometimes, when it comes to photographs, colors simply distract from the subject or motif. Black and white photography on the other hand is subtle and in some occasions it lets you focus on the essence of a photograph much better than any photo in color ever would allow! The other day I stumbled across a gorgeous black and white photograph of a lion. It was so beautiful and mesmerizing, I simply had to find out more about the photographer and his work.

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Escaping the city


Trees are losing their last remaining leaves, autumn covers the city in a mist of grey and a cold wind is blowing through the streets. Winter is coming… and to provide my eyes and my lens with some change of impressions, I decided to drive to the countryside for a couple of days.
Packed with my camera and my SIGMA 17-50mm f/2.8 I wandered through vineyards and indulged in the amazing scenery. From a photographic point of view, nature has a lot to offer this time of the year. The naked trees, the last remaining bits of green in the meadows, all the ravens and crows, the cute little houses…so many great motifs.

I especially enjoyed my visit to a small farm, which was alive with animals. There were cats hiding in the hay, occasionally chased by a small, cheeky dog and in the stables, the sheep was another perfect motif.

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Cats of Istanbul


For me, there has to be a city trip at least once in a year!
This year it was time for Istanbul, but before I start to tell you what I liked the most about the city, how great the food tastes there, about all the great impressions and the amazing photo motifs I came across, I want to tell you something else.
Something, I enjoyed, from a photographers point of view, as much as visiting all the touristy sights.

I’m talking about CATS!😉
I’ve never before, been in a city that inhabits more cats than Istanbul. Every single corner, every park and in all the streets, no matter how busy, you’ll find them – Istanbuls’ street cats.

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“Restlicht” by Bernd Nicolaisen


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For most of us, the thought of spending time in a place, so extremely cold and inhospitable as an ice cave is not a very pleasant one. Nevertheless, there is no denying it, eternal ice and those parts of the world where you can find it, are incredible fascinating and stunning to look at.

Photos of ice caves, icebergs and ice formations of all kinds, with their countless shades of white, grey and above all blue, are somehow magical and surreal.
One that has been especially fascinated by the wonder of eternal ice is Bernd Nicolaisen.

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Berlin Wonderland


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During the day there aren’t many hours left where you can sit in the sun and enjoy the daylight. At the beginning of this week, however, while strolling around Kreuzberg I found some time to shoot some photos in the evening atmosphere with my camera which was equipped with the SIGMA Art 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM on that day.

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SIGMA presents its first short films


As all of you may certainly know already SIGMA has just extended its product range. Aiming to become more visible in the field of video technology SIGMA enters the market with a new product series of Cine lenses.

The demand for lenses processing high resolution is permanently increasing and the Japanese company is reacting to this trend. First, Sigma will release two zoom lenses for cameras with EF and E mounts. These work with 6K and 8K resolutions. In the year after more zoom lenses as well as five fixed focal lengths are assumed to follow up.

Now SIGMA wants to show the performance of these lenses in its first home-made short film!

The movie “blur” shows in a very fascinating way that humans who are deeply moved by something get inspired to take pictures. Every photo they create this way turns out as impressive as daily life itself. The short film which SIGMA has been planning for two years was produced by Yu Yamanaka with SIGMA’s new cine lenses. Those of you who’ve become curious now are invited to take a look on this website: http://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/blur/

You can see a making-of video and get a lot of insider information. Enjoy🙂