As some of you may already know, I belong to the persons who experience wanderlust like very ordinary emotional chaos. At almost every hour at day and at night I’d love to hop on the next plane and explore new worlds. The destination itself isn’t even important for me – the main thing is getting away.
After an exhausting month of exams at university the desire for some fresh air was rarely as big as yesterday evening. So despite the freezing cold and the dark I decided to drive to the river at the outskirts of the city with my camera equipment. This time I took the SIGMA Art 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM and my Canon EOS 600D with me.
New Year’s Eve… Almost every year it’s the same. You keep discussing which party or which dinner you may join with your friends. This year I didn’t want to take part in that game and went to Venice spontaneously with two friends.
As you could already see on this blog, the SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens has been part of the equipment I take with me for quite some time now. I’ve tested its heart and its soul by studying diverse reports, professional reviews etc. and, of course, by taking photos myself under different conditions.
In order to finalize all the information on this particular lens I took pictures under very special light conditions for you – in artificial light in the dark.
Regarding the specs I need to say that I took all the pictures with an APS-C camera, the Canon EOS 600D. This means that I had to keep the ISO value as low as possible in order to take high quality pictures – so it was a real challenge for the optics of the lens.
Last weekend I decided to relax and forget about my daily stress and walked out in Vienna with my camera. The Sunday in particular welcomed me early in the morning with its warm sunlight and turned out perfect to move on right away and enjoy the day outside to the full. Ranging from taking pictures in an old abandoned house and a sunset above the vineyards in the city in autumn to the light show at night, which has taken place for the second time at the Natural History and Fine Arts museums, all was included. Beyond this, there were also a lot of warm sunbeams and in the evening I enjoyed my first “Punsch” (mulled wine) for this season. From a photographer’s point of view this Sunday was very exciting since I got confronted with many different light conditions. A true challenge for the camera I’d taken along, the Canon EOS 600D, and the SIGMA 35 mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens.
1. Location: The abandoned house
The abandoned house where I took my pictures is a dream. It’s a wonderful three-story villa with a lot more to discover, ranging from old wallpaper to rusty keys and special furniture. The lighting mood was fantastic, however it was also rather dark – despite the sunlight outside. The SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 did not let me down, though. Thanks to the perfectly working wide-open aperture I was able to keep the ISO value very low and still I took top-quality pictures reflecting the atmosphere.
2. Location: Sunset above Vienna
I always become happy when I see cities from above. The hustle, the many impressions, the noise, everything seems to dissolve all at once in this wonderful panorama Vienna offers when seen from the vineyards. Enjoying the last sunbeams for today I captured the surroundings with my camera and the lens. As you can see in the close-up picture of a withering scrub the SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 delivers a really amazing depth of field and fantastic bokeh with a fully open aperture.
3. Location: The light show on the museum facades
For the second time the facades of the two famous museums, the Natural History and the Fine Arts museums, have been turned into a huge screen where diverse light effects are displayed. And I was looking forward a lot to seeing this live this year. Accompanied by harmonic sounds, the walls of the buildings turn into colorful images every other second. Once Archimboldo’s “Four Seasons” were projected while in the next moment small figures rushed across the museums. This was an impressive show, which is why I wanted to try to capture it with my camera right away. This time I took my pictures with a higher ISO value, again with an open aperture and short shutter speed. You can see the results below.
For a couple of months now the SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM has become one of my favorite lenses that keeps fascinating me over and over again. Especially after today I was very convinced once again by its performance.
After countless walks, tours and holidays with the SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art lens I decided today to take it outside at night. So far it has always proven very useful for me and I’ve always been very contented. With its big focal length of 24-105mm it can be used universally and covers several classical focal lengths (such as those of 50mm, 85mm and 100mm). The big focal length area is ideal for travel photography but also for diverse photo stories. With the lens you can work quickly and efficiently and you’ll also save time by avoiding time-consuming lens swaps. Besides that I’ve always been very happy with its optics when doing portrait photography! The lens has a consistent light intensity of 4 and in addition it can be supported by image stabilization. Under normal conditions its focus is fast and uncomplicated. That was all when it comes to normal conditions – now let’s go out into the night!
Thank God the days are getting longer! I did not get a chance to shoot much in daylight recently. Capturing a sunset after work? Forget about it! Since it’s been so depressingly dark (and for a photographer even more so) my workmates head straight for the pub to have some ćevapčići with either a beer or Rakija (Serbian brandy) or with both. I have other ways of dealing with winter blues. Despite those terrible green and yellow streetlights, I grab my SD1 with a tripod and go out to take some pictures. Photos instead of Rakija! Hmmm, now that I think about it, it would make a catchy slogan for a T-shirt. On the other hand, every Serb I’ve met loves Rakija, so again – no chance for me to get rich. Continue reading →
Today, once again, I have been taking pictures with the ultra-wide-angle lens. This time I decided to put the so called “zoom in effect” (what a funny word, actually) suitability of the Sigma UWW to the test.
Only recently a friend of mine, who is also interested in photography, told me that a regular use of a single focal length or a single lens can sharpen one’s perception. That is why I dedicated the past few days to explore SD1 and Sigma 10-20 f/3.5. As far as I remember, I have never been a big fan of ultra wide angle lenses, but that changed a couple of months ago. The perspective distortion at 10mm can result in some very cool effects, however you first have to learn how to deal with this challenging focal length, which is easier said than done. Continue reading →