Steve McCurry


Many colors, impressive portraits, photos showing real life, authentic images from war areas… These are the trademarks of Steve McCurry, the renowned and admired NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC photographer.

Steve McCurry was born in Philadelphia in 1950 and graduated in 1974 in film studies and history at the Pennsylvania State University. Then he started to work at Today’s Post before becoming a freelancer for diverse international magazines in India.

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Recommendation – “Inspiration Photography – from Makart to Klimt“


To all Viennese and Vienna lovers among you –the stunning Belvedere Palace in the Austrian capital currently houses an exhibition called “Inspiration Photography – from Makart to Klimt”. It was opened on June 17 and will last until October 30, 2016, located in the Orangerie in the Lower Belvedere.

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Beauty and decay – Abandoned sites by Niki Feijen


There is something very fascinating and mystical thinking about , what will happen after the human species disappears. The human race, which dominates this planet like no other creature and which heavily affects it in its development and its appearance.

Since humans and their influence is so evident on planet Earth, it is almost impossible to imagine, what it will look like when they’ll be gone.
This might be the reason why Niki Feijens photos are so compelling and simply breathtaking. For years now, the Dutch Photographer is going on expeditions all over the world, in search of abandoned places. Long closed fairs, hospitals, hotels or even entire cities, Feijen finds those deserted sites and photographs them.

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But first coffee… Lens Review SIGMA Art 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM


Friday morning. You know that feeling? That incredibly good weekend feeling you get in spite of the working day that’s still ahead? When suddenly all the stress is gone and you can start your day completely relaxed?

That’s the way I was feeling today.

The sun was shining through the leaves of the trees in the garden that were blowing in the wind and the air is still fresh after some cool rainy days. And I cuddled up on my cozy sofa in the conservatory with freshly made banana milk, blueberries and a steamy cup of black, good smelling coffee, with some music and some travel books for this summer.

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Photo walk with the DP2 Quattro at the Japan Festival in Munich


This year once more the Japan Festival, which has been celebrated in Munich for more than 20 years, took place on July 17, attracting hundreds of visitors.
So I decided to participate and take some pictures of the fantastic cosplay costumes. In addition to the many dress-ups, the culinary delights and performances conjure up spellbinding subjects for my camera.

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Event: Rencontres d’ Arles Award


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Hey guys,

last week I wrote an article for you about Dronestagram. Actually I wanted to take a closer look at drone aerial photography in this blog article. This is a very interesting and diversified modern field in photography, even from a legal point of view, and there are many unknown aspects about it. However, while browsing the internet I came across something else, which is why we’ll both still have to wait a bit for my article on drone aerial photography. Since this is the perfect time now for traveling, I have a very special tip for all those who don’t have any plan yet about where to go and for all travelers who will decide spontaneously: Arles.

In Arles, France, a photo festival takes place from July 4 to September 25, 2016, that is a little different and one of the most important festivals in the world – “Les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles”. Its colorful, summerlike, bizarre looking upside-down photographs on the posters already make you curious and motivate you to go there and explore it on your own. You’ll be looking in vain for boredom and tiresome exhibitions, even though the festival has already existed since 1969. The highlight of the festival weeks is the “Rencontres d’Arles Award”.

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Volte-Face: Oliver Curtis is photographing against the tide


No matter how different they are, famous monuments and touristic attractions do have one thing in common. They are always the center of attention.

As a consequence, there are countless pictures of those attractions, that all look alike. Huge crowds of people gather around those monuments, with their cameras, smartphones and selfie-sticks, all trying to take a picture. A picture, that already exists a million times.

Not so, Oliver Curtis. Although he is standing in front of the same monuments, his lens is facing in the opposite direction.

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Dronestagram – a special photo contest that arouses your wanderlust once more


For the third time Dronestagram, a platform for drone aerial photography, and National Geographic have announced the International Drone Aerial Photo Competition. By looking at the winner photos you will see what great fascination bird’s eye photography can exert – the effect of the images is enormous, and so is the feeling of freedom you get from these pictures.

There were three different categories:

  • Travel
  • Adventure and Sports
  • Nature and Wildlife

The three best photos in the Category Travel were:

1st Prize Winner: “Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi” by Francesco Cattuto in Umbria, Italy

Francesco Cattuto shot this wonderful picture on the 26th of December. He went for an evening walk and made his drone fly in spite of the mist. Probably he would have never expected to take this breathtaking photo.

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A photo walk in the evening with the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens


This afternoon I got hold of the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens and of course I had to test it right away!
After some arrangements I could finally start off, install the lens on my camera and go on a tour with it. The last few times I was always out in the country and that’s why today it was time again to discover a fairly urban area. First I kept wandering through the university quarter that is totally new and straight-lined, very modern and clearly structured. Easy prey for architecture photographers. I don’t belong to those and that’s why after a while I kept walking ahead to an amusement park. I love the colorful lights and the atmosphere at such places. :)

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