Martijn van Oers and the mystery of 70-year-old photographs


As you probably already know, I’m a big fan of antique photographs. It’s one of my biggest dreams to discover an old, not developed film one day and to see photographs from a past era, pictures nobody has ever seen before. That’s been one of my childhood fantasies. And that’s why I’m regularly searching flea markets and keep looking for old cameras and reels of film as well. So far, unfortunately, my search has been rather unsuccessful. Once in Amsterdam I actually discovered an old reel of film on a street flea market. However, as I wanted to develop it with a friend, it turned out that the reel was so damaged it couldn’t be used anymore. But I won’t give up my search and in the meantime I’m also happy about everyone who’s been more successful.

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Cool refreshments for hot summer days


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What’s the secret for a nice summer evening with friends? Cool drinks in all colors and flavors.

Last time I took you along my baking procedure on a picturesque culinary tour. Today I’ll offer you some cool refreshment for hot summer days. And there’s nothing better for this than cool drinks. Fruity, fresh and cool drinks are the nicest change in summertime. Cocktails and lemonades don’t only taste great – they’ll catch your eyes when they are nicely prepared.

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The winners of the 4th Dronestagram Award


It seems to be an award season! A couple of days ago I told you about the iPhone Photography Awards and today you can already admire the next awarded pictures.

The winners of the fourth International Drone Photography Contest, which was initiated by Dronestagram, have been announced and, as expected, there are some really amazing photos among the winning pictures.

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Ange Ong‘s way to see or: Color dots from the Far East


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When browsing my virtual magazine library which I’ve created over the last couple of years and which I love searching at least once every week while enjoying a strong espresso in the sun, this time I discovered some especially beautiful photographs.

They were taken by artist Ange Ong, who did her Master’s degree in art history in Chicago. Now she works in Brooklyn, New York, and, as she says on her website, from time to time in Hong Kong as well.

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Pictures like from the old days


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All those among you who’ve been following this blog for quite some time know I’m a huge fan of antique pictures.

If I remember correctly, the retro look of Instagram filters with which you could convert your own images within few seconds into something that seemed to be from another era was the only reason why I opened an Instagram account some years ago! 😉

In the meantime the retro hype may have decreased, but speaking for myself I still like such images a lot. For this reason I came across Craig Murphy when I discovered one of his pictures by chance in my Facebook feed.

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Studio experiment and review of the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens


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After you read mainly about the SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art, the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art or the SIGMA 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM lenses in the last few weeks and months, today I’d like to get back to the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM!

This lens is particularly suitable for portrait, documentary but also wildlife, company and astro-photography.  Some time ago I’ve already tested it outdoors for you, capturing many animals on my lens. I tested it in detail in terms of autofocus, sharpness and speed under normal light conditions outside. For today I’ve come up with a new idea!

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Unique pictures taken by Andreas Lie


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Andreas Lie achieved international fame and popularity with his double exposure series “Norwegian Woods”. This wonderful series shows animals that harmonize with Norway’s scenery. Snow-covered mountains and thick fir woods become the fur of the regional wild animals such as wolves, foxes and deer.

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Guest contribution: Portrait and landscape photography with the Sigma 35 mm f1.4 Art and 20 mm 1.4 Art lenses


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Hey guys!

I’m really excited to give you some insights into my world of photography. In my article I focus on using the Sigma 35 mm f1.4 Art and 20 mm 1.4 Art lenses while I work with my Canon 5d Mark III. Sigma’s 35 mm lens is a true all-round lens which I primarily use for portrait photography. But even for landscape photography I appreciate and love the Art series in particular because of its high light intensity and, in my opinion, its perfect bokeh. Today I mainly want to show you creative portraits because that’s what the Art series is based on. “The kind of photography that makes a photographer an artist.” As for landscape photography, I’ll show you what in my opinion is possible with Art lenses – at daytime and at night.

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Get on the train, please! –Michael Wolf and Tokyo’s rush hour


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Everyone living in a big city can at least picture how unbearable the situation of people captured in the photos taken by Michael Wolf must be like. In the summer months, in particular, public transport isn’t a place to feel very good. In cities with an extremely high population density it won’t ever be. As someone living in a city with an excellent public transportation network where masses of passengers, apart from some exceptions, are rather limited, I almost get dizzy when looking at the photos from Tokyo. Perched in, their faces pressed at the glass windows and pushed to their limits is how I’d describe the looks of these persons. Feeling something like that is what I can’t and don’t even want to imagine and certainly not experience on an everyday basis, every morning and every evening.

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Animals seen from below – Andrius Burba


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First it was dogs under water, then it was dogs shaking their bones and cats jumping through the air, later on dogs catching a goodie and the most recent idea that’s fascinated animal fans from all around the world is called “Dogs seen from below”. Sometimes I really wonder why I don’t also have such great ideas. 😉

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