David Uzochukwu, born in the Tyrol, Austria, in 1998, is called a child prodigy in photography. At the age of 18 he already collaborated with Adobe and Instagram, presented his work in New York and was finally discovered by Vogue Italia.
It’s his particular style to combine strong and brilliant colors in wonderful intense tones and special backgrounds given by nature with the fragility of often naked and imperfect bodies. His models symbolize vulnerability and human strength at the same time, arousing different emotions when you look at them. When you look at his photos you get drawn into an apparently surreal world he’s produced and you get carried away by the somber scenes he’s created in his photos.
In 2015 refugees were a big issue in Europe. In border areas in particular the agitation and the stream of people seeking refuge could be noticed. Hungary and the train station in Budapest were affected quite a lot as well. Thousands of refugees kept waiting there for transit permits, gathering on the spot. These events were covered by a lot of media and resulted in some impressive photographic creations. The works created by contemporary photographers are now displayed in Vienna’s Galerie Westlicht, showing images of the things that happened at the Austro-Hungarian border in autumn 2015.
Even this year SIGMA continues its tradition and raffles one participant’s ticket for a fantastic Photo Safari. There the participants will get the chance of taking unforgettable photos of diverse impressive animals in the wild every day with a high-quality lens which is rented especially for this event.
In the past few years the destinations of the photo safari were Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. In 2017 the journey will take you to the unique Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Masai Mara is one of the best areas for animal observation in Africa where photographers encounter an impressive variety of wild animals such as elephants, hippos, zebras and, of course, diverse wild cats. In the reserve the participants also get the chance of learning everything about wildlife photography. SIGMA Product Manager Harald Bauer and Kenya-based photographer Andreas Knausenberger will provide them with insights into the theory and practice and the real essence in this particular field of photography.
The thing that makes this year so very special is the fact that SIGMA has decided to raffle one participant’s ticket. The winner gets the chance of taking part in the entire safari worth about 4,000 Euros. In order to participate 10 questions need to be answered correctly on the company’s website. Moreover you’ll need to upload your favorite picture in order to vote for the final winner by choosing a photo. Among all the participants the prize of a SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM | Contemporary lens will also be drawn.
I’m a big fan of all kinds of photo awards and competitions and I’m always looking forward to the moment they announce the winner. There is more than one reason for my enthusiasm, but one of the main reasons is definitely, that thanks to these awards and competitions I keep discovering inspiring photo artists.
A couple of days ago, the winner of the “Amateur photographer of the year award 2016” (APOY) was announced. This competition, which is sponsored by SIGMA Imaging UK, has eight monthly rounds, from March till October. The APOY competition took place for the 19th time this year and it all started with the decision of the Amateur Photographer Magazine to showcase all the amazing photographs they received by their readers.
As all of you may certainly know already SIGMA has just extended its product range. Aiming to become more visible in the field of video technology SIGMA enters the market with a new product series of Cine lenses.
The demand for lenses processing high resolution is permanently increasing and the Japanese company is reacting to this trend. First, Sigma will release two zoom lenses for cameras with EF and E mounts. These work with 6K and 8K resolutions. In the year after more zoom lenses as well as five fixed focal lengths are assumed to follow up.
Now SIGMA wants to show the performance of these lenses in its first home-made short film!
The movie “blur” shows in a very fascinating way that humans who are deeply moved by something get inspired to take pictures. Every photo they create this way turns out as impressive as daily life itself. The short film which SIGMA has been planning for two years was produced by Yu Yamanaka with SIGMA’s new cine lenses. Those of you who’ve become curious now are invited to take a look on this website: http://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/blur/
You can see a making-of video and get a lot of insider information. Enjoy 🙂
Since a few days it seems like everybody is talking about the new smartphone by Kodak. As many of you might know, it’s not the first try by the photography giant to establish itself in the Smartphone business. Back in 2015 Kodak introduced the IM5, but it wasn’t a success. The second try, with the “Kodak Ektra” seems to be more successful right from the start. At least it’s already getting a lot of media attention. The Ektra resembles a camera like no other smartphone before and Kodak clearly aims to reach all the photography souls out there. For many of us, taking photos with our smartphones and most of all the quality of these photos makes up a big part in our decisions to buy or not to buy a smartphone.
The new Kodak phone is definitely eye candy for everybody who loves photography. The retro design resembles the old Ektra camera from the 1940s and when it comes to the cameras performance, Kodak scores with a 21-mp camera and its own photo-app.
I read a couple of reviews about it already and most of them are pretty good. For me, a passionate photographer, the new Kodak smartphone-hybrid is of course very appealing and I’m really thinking about getting myself one, especially because I constantly stumble across great photo motifs, but I don’t always have my camera on me, the Ektra might be the solution for that.
If the pictures taken with smartphone-camera hybrids can really keep up with pictures taken with classical camera pictures, has to be found out. I’m also not quite sure if smartphone-camera hybrids like the Kodak Ektra are going to establish themselves. What do you think? Will cameras in the original sense soon be obsolete or will true photographer always opt for the real thing?
Would you consider getting yourself a smartphone-camera hybrid like the Ektra?
The prize is awarded by the German Design Council, an expert for labels and design in Germany. It’s meant to represent the German design industry and supports the economy with increasing the brand value through design. There are three different categories of this renowned award – the official Gold, Winner and Special Mention labels.
SIGMA’s sd Quattro with its Foveon X3 direct image sensor technology was awarded along with the multi-functional PG-41 Power Grip and the additional EF-630 flash light system.
As always the world of photography has become calmer after the Photokina. After all big manufacturers have presented their new products and revealed the great surprises there’s now much less news to report about. As all of you know already some new SIGMA lenses have been released on the market and of course we’re aching to test them.
In today’s news article I’d like to present some events where SIGMA will be present in the next couple of weeks. SIGMA is going to announce to the visitors of these events their latest products at the exhibitions of the photo community.
An example of an event that will take place very soon is the house fair Foto Lambertin in Cologne, Germany. It lasts from 28 Oct until 29 Oct 2016 An der Rechtschule 1 in Cologne. Lambertin belongs to the photo retailers that are very popular in this city.
The International Nature Photography Festival, organized by the Society of German Animal Photographers, takes place from 29 Oct until 30 Oct 2016 in Lünen, Germany. Besides a prestigious exhibition visitors can also enjoy a full program including a photography flea market.
SIGMA will also take part at the Fernweh Festival, which takes place from 17 Nov to 20 Nov 2016 in Erlangen, Germany. In these four days visitors are invited to join a thrilling tour around the world. They will see fascinating pictures displayed on a 12m screen and besides that they can get information on the topics outdoor, traveling and photography at more than 50 exhibition stands.
A glimpse at SIGMA’S event calendar for further information on the events, exhibits or shows is always a good hint.
The Belvedere Museum in Vienna is among the most important art museums in the world. The prestigious house owns the greatest collection of Austrian art, among which there is the world’s largest collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt.
It’s quite an honor that a prestigious house like that dedicates an exhibition to a phenomenon that is so new, so far less glamorous and still, such an influence to the contemporary photography scene. I’m talking, of course, about Instagram.
The Social Media platform has like nothing before awoken so many peoples interest in photography. If all of the 95 million photos uploaded every single day are good or do even have artistic value, is something that can be argued about. Nevertheless, fact is that Instagram moved up into the world of fine art. The exhibition “Instagram Now” that is displayed in the course of the “Eyes On – Month of photography Vienna” is also proof of that. The Belvedere museum aims to have a closer look at the phenomenon Instagram and the way it influences contemporary photography.
For me, a devoted Instagram fan, it’s a must go to.
The exhibition takes place from the 20th of October till the 30th of November 2016 at the Spitzhof of the Lower Belvedere in Vienna. Admission is free.
During the Photokina 2016, which took place in Cologne end of last month, SIGMA CEO Kazuto Yamaki was asked, among other things, what the future of home-made SIGMA cameras may look like.
The interviewer confronted Yamaki with the question if investing in cameras still makes any sense. The CEO of the rising company gave three reasons that speak for the big investment in manufacturing their own cameras, even though the company spends a lot of money on developing and constructing home-made Foveon sensors.
For lens manufacturers producing their own cameras is extremely important as with the knowledge they gain by doing so they can build better optics. Defaults and weaknesses can thus be avoided or detected and improved.
For SIGMA’s engineers the manufacturing of cameras is a great challenge which they take with a lot of passion.
As you could see in the previous blog article with all the background information on SIGMA, building cameras on his own was Michihiro Yamaki’s big dream. Michihiro Yamaki was the father of Kazuto, who now follows in his footsteps as present CEO of the company and who tries walking along the same line and realizing and expanding the same dream as his father.
By the way – photo freaks in particular love SIGMA cameras. The Foveon sensor has the great advantage of extracting color information from three different layers of which each corresponds to an RGB color. As a result, each pixel contains the complete color information. This makes the camera take very good pictures under good light conditions with a lower ISO sensitivity level in particular.