Konsta Punkka. In our area quite an unusual name of an unusual 21-year-old guy from Finland. In journals and magazines as well as in diverse articles and online blogs he’s been celebrated as an animal whisperer with a camera and as a wildlife photographer who can look into the soul of an animal for a couple of months now. His Instagram account reflects the success of the subtle emotionality that characterizes Konsta’s wildlife pictures as it currently has 940,000 followers – a number that’s constantly growing.
“Small kids & big dogs” is the title of a heart-warming photo project on which Andy Seliverstoff has been working for some time. In this project he wants to show the connection of little human-beings with their pets.
After giving you a little impression of the SIGMA Art 50-100mmf/1.8 DC HSM lens on my photo tour in the zoo and the photos I was taking there, today you’ll get the extensive review of this new lens which I promised you. My descriptions and technical information will be highlighted with a lot of pictures I took in the zoo so you’ll get a proper insight into how things work out in practice. With the photos you’ll also receive the metadata to get a real impression. The camera I used was the Canon EOS 600D.
It’s nothing new, that animals on Instagram are a huge success. We already told you about Mack the Pug and Gandalf the cat which travel the world and bring in a lot of money for their owners while doing that. Today we want to tell you about another furry star of Instagram: Pumpkin the Raccoon.
Who doesn’t know him? Pippi Longstocking’s Mr. Nilsson. Mr. Nilsson was played by a squirrel monkey, a tender little primate you can normally find in large groups in the warm regions of Central and South America. Well – my present financial situation doesn’t allow me to travel to a Latin American summer but it was good enough to visit the zoo in town.
Again and again I’ve come across photos of his face when researching and browsing the internet for inspiring photographers. His face red because of the cold, snow crystals on his eyebrows and a cap covering his forehead. I wanted to know more about this guy, this crazy photographer who peeps out of some holes made of ice, half-frozen. And I’m not only fascinated by his great, impressive and overwhelming wildlife photos but also by him – a humorous and courageous character. Since winter is looming closer and closer with its first snowflakes and its bitter cold, I have a contribution for you as an introduction and as an inspiration to go out into the wilds nevertheless – perhaps outweighing the extremes and limits a bit less – and as a reminder not to forget your camera. There’s a lot to discover! But have a look for yourselves…
“To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.” – Andri Cauldwell
I’m a huge fan of black and white photography. I think that sometimes, when it comes to photographs, colors simply distract from the subject or motif. Black and white photography on the other hand is subtle and in some occasions it lets you focus on the essence of a photograph much better than any photo in color ever would allow! The other day I stumbled across a gorgeous black and white photograph of a lion. It was so beautiful and mesmerizing, I simply had to find out more about the photographer and his work.
Trees are losing their last remaining leaves, autumn covers the city in a mist of grey and a cold wind is blowing through the streets. Winter is coming… and to provide my eyes and my lens with some change of impressions, I decided to drive to the countryside for a couple of days.
Packed with my camera and my SIGMA 17-50mm f/2.8 I wandered through vineyards and indulged in the amazing scenery. From a photographic point of view, nature has a lot to offer this time of the year. The naked trees, the last remaining bits of green in the meadows, all the ravens and crows, the cute little houses…so many great motifs.
I especially enjoyed my visit to a small farm, which was alive with animals. There were cats hiding in the hay, occasionally chased by a small, cheeky dog and in the stables, the sheep was another perfect motif.
For me, there has to be a city trip at least once in a year!
This year it was time for Istanbul, but before I start to tell you what I liked the most about the city, how great the food tastes there, about all the great impressions and the amazing photo motifs I came across, I want to tell you something else.
Something, I enjoyed, from a photographers point of view, as much as visiting all the touristy sights.
I’m talking about CATS! 😉
I’ve never before, been in a city that inhabits more cats than Istanbul. Every single corner, every park and in all the streets, no matter how busy, you’ll find them – Istanbuls’ street cats.
Owning the power of invisibility, who hasn’t dreamed about owning it once in a while? It could definitely come handy in some occasions.
Exactly this power immediately caught my attention, when I discovered a picture by Iago Leonardo in a magazine. The picture shows a swarm of grey fish. So far so unspectacular, BUT once you have a closer look, you see that above the grey swarm, there is another swarm of almost invisible fish.