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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The SIGMA Road Trip


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In the summer months in particular (from March to October, to be exact) SIGMA will be traveling a lot to many events in Germany where many photography fans come together.

With their silver Air Stream caravan which the company calls its SIGMAliner you can’t miss them. The project is a great adventure because visitors can test some products there and get useful information from professional experts. You can even borrow different products for half an hour.

Last year we also attended the “horzonte Environmental Photography Festival” in Zingst as visitors. This year, unfortunately, we couldn’t participate due to a busy schedule. But this year, SIGMA was also present at the event to show a colorful variety of products to all the visiting photographers.

For all those among you who don’t want to miss the chance to visit the SIGMAliner – it’s currently been to Berlin at the “Classic Days” . This week the SIGMAliner will move on to the “Roadrunners Race 61“ , which will take place at the Aerospace Museum Finowfurt, which is about an hour away from the German capital.

Then it continues its journey to the Kitesurf Cup in Sylt  . There the SIGMAliner will stay from June 27 to July 02 before moving on to Warnemünde from July 21 to July 23 . Then it will make a stop in Sylt again from July 26 to July 30  – at the shores of the North and the Baltic Seas SIGMA seems to have a great time. Zingst will be the next stop as the Autumn of Photography  will be celebrated there. It will take place from September 29 to October 02.

The SIGMAliner and its crew will finish their long and picturesque road trip on October 21, where they will stay at the Pirmasenser Fototage  in Rheinland-Pfalz until October 22.

So there are plenty of opportunities to test your dream lens at a dream location combined with a wonderful holiday in Northern Germany.

Enjoy!

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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Lars van den Brink and his hidden object images


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I hardly know anybody who wasn’t enthusiastically looking for Walter as a kid. Children (and adults like me ;)) all over the world are fans of the red- and white-striped, dressed up character with the typical bobble cap and the black glasses.

Staring for several minutes at one and the same image and still discovering something new in it – no doubt that hidden object images have a particular fascination for many people.

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A somewhat different kind of hobby for father and son


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Adrian Sommeling and his son practice a hobby of a special kind. For many years Adrian has been working in the marketing industry. According to his own statement, he’s cooperated for many national and international campaigns. For some months he’s been focusing on more personal sorts of projects.

These projects combine his profession with photography and image editing and composing in particular with the free time he spends with his son. Both create extraordinary and unique scenarios. Thanks to these photos, Adrian discovered his great passion for the combination of photography and digital drawing.

I can only recommend all Photoshop fans to check out his YouTube channel on  . In his numerous videos you can still learn a lot – for instance about the topic of composing. And those of you who’d like to deepen their knowledge are advised to look at his homepage where he offers additional tutorials: http://www.adriansommeling.com/

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18 years old, student of art and Instagram user


“I hate when I don’t have enough time to take photographs or when I don’t feel inspired. Sometimes I feel disappointed with myself when I realize I could do much better.”

This is a statement by the only 18-year-old girl Luisa Azevedo, who currently studies art in Lisbon and practices her greatest hobbies, photography and image editing.

Actually the 18-year-old comes from a small town in Portugal called Covilha, located near the highest mountain of the country. Most of her pictures were taken in that little town and their surroundings.

“To me, photography is a escape from reality, where I can develop my creative way of seeing the world.”

 At the age of 17, Luisa discovered photography at High School by using the internet platform Instagram and today she considers it to be a challenge for herself and a passion. Currently her account has more than 60,000 active followers – and the number is growing.

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Chris de Bode – LensCulture Portrait Photo Award Winner


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Photo: Chris de Bode

What makes a good portrait picture? To me portrait photography is difficult and exciting at the same time. Difficult because your own work to a high degree depends on another person and the harmony between the photographer and the person portrayed has a great impact. Even if you master your technique perfectly and have the best equipment, you won’t be very successful when there’s not much chemistry between the photography and the model.

It’s exciting for the same reasons! 😉 But beyond that, I’m fascinated by how the atmosphere during the shooting and the state of the model can have an impact on the final result, by how many different facets a model has and by how personal a portrait shooting can actually be.

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Europeana – A dream come true for every antique photography fan


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I love looking at old photographs. One of my nicest childhood memories is how I was sitting on my great-grandmother’s attic with a box full of faded photographs I kept browsing through.

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The power of images


Photos can be a powerful tool. Both in a negative and in a positive way. Photos show reality the way it has happened, objectively and truthfully. At least that’s been the opinion of most people for a long period of time.

Nowadays one has become a bit more skeptical concerning photos and videos. We know that professionals can manipulate and also exploit almost every detail of an image with Photoshop and other programs and we’re aware that images nowadays can also be willingly used to serve certain purposes.

However, photos can also cause something positive. They can make people think, inspire and delight them. They can also create social changes, reforms and revolutions.

One guy who has changed the situations of many people in a positive way with his pictures is Jacob Riis.

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Martha Cooper


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Some consider it to be art, others call it vandalism. I definitely belong to the first group. At least when it’s not just scrabbling but when there’s a message behind the whole image, when some style or at least some effort can be recognized. I’m talking about street art.

Martha Cooper is almost a celebrity in the street art and graffiti scene – and this although she doesn’t even belong to the Urban Artists. The 77-year-old woman has been taking photos since her childhood. She claims that she always knew that photography is her calling. In the 1970s she achieved what many can only dream of: She worked as a photographer for a renowned newspaper. One morning, on her way to work, she noticed the New Yorkan trains decorated with graffiti and she began to take pictures of them. Her fascination with the New York behind the scenes, the underground and the visible decay of the city increased every day and finally she quit her job at The New York Post. In the 1970s, New York was going through an economic and mainly a social crisis. Large parts of the population were almost left to themselves with only few perspectives. Martha thinks that the “make something out of nothing” typical of the graffiti and hip hop culture at that time fascinated her in particular.

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