New York Air: The View from Above


George Steinmetz

Remember my blog post about the International Drone Aerial Photo Competition? Today I’ll show you something similar – photos taken from a bird’s-eye view. Taken by George Steinmetz, who takes his camera with him on a helicopter ride and who creates jaw dropping photographs while doing so.

More than a year, he took photos of New York from above and the results are simply stunning. His photos of New York are showing the city over the course of time.

Looking at his photos gives me a sense of freedom and they give me a serious yearning for NEW YORK.

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Review: Sigma 20mm ART F/1,4 DG HSM wide-angle lens


Belonging to the Sigma ART series, this wide-angle lens is characterized by its excellent bokeh performance.

With the 20mm Art F/1,4 DG HSM lens, Sigma managed to create an exceptional tool for astronomical pictures. This lens covers a huge focal length, while simultaneously catching big quantities of light with the aperture. High quality night sky pictures are therefore no problem with this lens.

For the affordable price of about 1050€, the processing of the camera body is of an excellent quality and it is pleasant to hold. Although, since it is loaded with technical features, it’s a bit heavier than other lenses. Its weight is about 950grams, which shouldn’t be an issue for an experienced photographer.

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Weather Photographer of the Year 2016


There is a lot of talking about the weather nowadays. It’s in the News, it’s talked over at the breakfast table, in the office and even debated in politics. The discourse about the weather is mostly negative these days… natural disasters, climate change, rainy summers, snowless winters and so on…

The Royal Meterological Society together with the Royal Photography Society and their “Weatherphotographer of the Year”  photo competition, remind us that weather and its diverse formations can be something truly stunning. Captured on photos ,storms and clouds can look simply magical.

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Photo Credit: Mat Robinson

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The very special backgrounds – Sarah Oliphant


Who of us doesn’t know the unique pictures taken by Annie Leibovitz – one of her trademarks in studio photography being the exceptional backgrounds she uses. Structures. Color gradients. Unique patterns. These backgrounds give her images an additionally distinctive character!

But where do these works of art come from? And yes, in this case you can definitely call them works of art, as they’re all hand-painted. Hand-painted by this woman, Sarah Oliphant!

For more than 30 years she’s been painting with her colleague Adelaide Tyrol the very special screens for film productions, photo shootings, or even for the theater and much more. The list of her clients is endless, as not only Annie Leibovitz but also many top photographers are among her fans (we’re talking about names such as Stephen Klein or David LaChapelle). Fashion houses ranging from Marc Jacobs to Ralph Lauren and Prada have already used Sarah Oliphant’s painted works of art on several occasions. And even in the Editorial sector the list of clients is very long, ranging from Vogue Magazine to the Rolling Stone to Harper’s Bazaar and The New York Times.

Brent Stirton – things that matter!


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His pictures are often disturbing and hard to look at, they put emphasis on topics that are often willingly overlooked or even ignored, but this is exactly why they are so important and fascinating.

Brent Stirton – is definitely a Name to remember! The South African multiple World Press Photo Award winner and National Geographics photographer aims to put peoples focus on things that matter. Starting from Global Health, diminishing cultures, sustainability to environmental issues in general, he uses his photos to highlight these issues. His work is broadly acknowledged, he is frequently published in big scale magazines like the TIME, National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Human Rights Watch and many more. Over the years, he received countless Awards, among them also 7 World Press Photo and 7 Picture of the Year Awards, an Emmy and a Bafta Award and he also received two awards form the United Nations, for his work in the field of HIV/AIDS and environmental issues.

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SIGMA Background Check – Part 2


Hey guys!

This blog article comes with another 4 thrilling facts about the company SIGMA – we already know quite well how lenses function. But what’s behind the name of the company? What made Kazuto start the enterprise? And what is the profit of the home-made cameras?

Enjoy reading:)

 

  1. SIGMA

The people interested in photography are likely to primarily associate the term SIGMA with the company. But actually Sigma is the 18th letter in the Greek alphabet (Σ, σ, at the end of the word: ς) and refers to the Latin letter “S”. In mathematics it is a symbol for summation, and it’s meant to reflect the company’s business concept. For the company SIGMA, the name is symbolic for a blend of technology, knowledge, experience and wisdom.

 

  1. Kazuto Yamaki and SIGMA

Kazuto claims that he was growing up with his father’s wish to take over SIGMA after his death since it was very important for him that the company remain in the family. And family is also one of the key aspects in SIGMA’s business philosophy. That’s why Kazuto first began working in the company’s manufactory as a technical engineer before he could start a management position in the company. Michihiro wanted his employees to get to know his son and vice versa so he would be accepted by the employees as the company’s new CEO.

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Face to Faith – A very special crowdfunding project


Samuel Zuder, a photographer from Hamburg, has created something amazing. Something beautiful. Something exciting. Something adventurous. Something crazy: In 2012 he spent several weeks in Tibet’s hardly accessible Mount Kailash region. He’d taken an analog 4×5” large-format camera with him, numerous sheet film holders and hundreds of Polaroid and color negative films. He decided for this slow and extremely demanding working method in order to approach the pilgrims and Mount Kailash, which means so much to them, with due respect as a photographer.

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SIGMA Background Check – Part 1


Recently I realized how much I actually know about SIGMA lenses and with how many evaluations and test reviews I permanently expand my knowledge while I never asked myself what’s really behind the name SIMGA. Success, of course. And a vision. And lots of ambitions that made the company achieve its extraordinarily good position on the photographic market. But there’s more than that. Here are the first 4 of the 8 most thrilling and interesting facts in a summary:

  1. Michihiro Yamaki

In his late twenties and a student in optical industry. And with a great vision and ambitions. The man behind the name Michirhiro Yamaki founded SIGMA in Tokyo on 09 September 1961. The market was quite big and complex already – at that time there were about 50 lens manufacturers when SIGMA started as the latest and smallest enterprise and with Michihiro Yamaki it became one of the leaders and most important players in this industry.

He can claim many great innovations and he remained closely affiliated to his company for a lifetime. In 2011 he was awarded the Golden photokina Needle for the photographic and imaging industry. Michihiro Yamaki died in 2012. SIGMA’s present CEO is his son, Kazuto Yamaki, who wants to continue operating the enterprise by following his father’s footsteps.

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An older image of Michihiro Yamaki – SIGMA CEO

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Contrast Syria


When we think of Syria as a country, images of destruction, suffering and death come to our minds.

At his exhibition “Contrast Syria”, Syrian photographer Mohamad Al Roumi now shows his motherland from another perspective. The exhibition, which can be visited in Berlin’s Pergamon Museum from June 29 to October 9, shows the ordinary lives of farmers and nomads during the 1980s and 1990s. The peaceful times in a war-torn country are displayed. By doing so, the photographer gives us a different impression of his home country. He shows us the beauty but also the ugly faces of everyday life. Syria is home to people of diverse ethnic and religious origins. The photographer tries to demonstrate what life in Syria really looks like.

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