When it’s hot outside, I can hardly resist the temptation of renouncing my camera, of escaping the bustling city and riding my bike to the riverside to go for a swim. Relaxing summer afternoons with friends are the best thing…
So it’s even better to feel the cool air of an approaching storm after some unbearably hot days. The cloudy sky covers the blue color of the summer and the sun, thus functioning as a perfect soft box for background layouts. A day that is perfect to grab the camera and move on. And as the days at the river were so beautiful, I picked this location on this particular day as well. I quickly swapped my swimming bag for a camera bag with several lenses inside. For this excursion, however, I chose the SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM, my darling made of glass, as you know.
A summer we haven’t had for a long time. The perfect weather allows us to bathe longer in the sun and refresh ourselves by jumping into the cool water. With very hot temperatures outside in particular we also look forward to the cooler hours in the evening.
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.
“PDN’s best 30“ probably sounds familiar to you. In 1999 already the Photo District News Magazine published its first “30 New and Emerging Photographers” list and thus started a new era in the photographic industry. Before that, young photographers barely had the chance to start a successful career or attract attention. They would usually work as newcomers and assistants for experienced photographers, practically doing a traineeship. The “PDN’s best 30” list, according to PDN editor Holly Hughes, has significantly helped to eventually overcome this system.
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.
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.
I’ve never been a member of the “Team iPhone”. But for quite some time I’ve been a fan of the iPhone Photography Award. Every year, I’m impressed by the incredible variety of breathtaking pictures you can take with an iPhone (and of course, with other smartphones as well). No matter if it’s spectacular landscape images, street photography, artistic portraits and atmospheric momentary shots – the Award shows us the possibilities the technology of smartphone photography offers. You almost always have it with you and have the chance to capture every moment, and sometimes you manage to capture very special moments in a photo.
When the week comes to an end, I feel immense anticipation for the free days, especially on hot summer days. I’m looking forward to sleeping long until the sun wakes me up, to a fresh espresso on my balcony, to the life on the streets in the morning, to swimming in the lake and to finally having time to read my new favorite book.
The most beautiful thing, however, is when you plan something special like a picnic with friends in a park in the late morning. And what can be celebrated in a better way than some fresh cake that tastes like summer?
That’s why I’ve been baking tonight. In order to let you join me and maybe also motivate you and increase your anticipation for the weekend a bit more, I’ve taken pictures of the working steps.
Today we’ll compare two different SIGMA top lenses and three different focal lengths. We shall examine diverse aspects regarding technology and aesthetic features while focusing on product photography.
Comparing the two lenses is pretty much unfair. The SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 is a fixed focal length from the Art series, a celebrated lens that creates extremely brilliant photos and achieves top scores in many reviews. The other lens is a functional, compact and popular all-round lens – the SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 with an open aperture of 2.8, less light-intense but an extremely practical zoom lens, for instance used for traveling.
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.