All posts by Lars

Picture vs. life? Volcano tourism on Hawaii

The pictures traveled around the world. At present Hawaii has been struck by one of the strongest volcano eruptions for decades. Although Hawaiians have always lived with their volcanoes and been aware of the risks and although most inhabitants have already experienced several eruptions, the situation now is quite different. The Kilauea (translation “the spewing ...

Surrealism – in photography as well?

We’re all familiar with names like Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst or René Magritte and without thinking we categorize them as surrealism in art. We’ve often seen paintings like “The Persistence of Memory”, “Celebes” or “The Son of the Man” and these impressive works are stuck in our minds (or at least in my mind). Melting ...

Sigma improves compatibility of several lenses with Canon and MC-11 with new firmware versions

Here is some good news for owners of Canon / Sony cameras and Sigma lenses for the EF mount: today Sigma has released new firmware versions for several lenses and the MC-11 adapter which patch different bugs and improve compatibility. Some of the lenses are now compatible with Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function, while ...

The potato camera

Potato Camera is a term readily used by the English speaking YouTube community when commenting on shots and videos that have extremely low image quality. “Was this video filmed with a potato camera?” is a good example of such comments. The folks who run Corridor Crew, known for their quirky experiments, wanted to find out ...

Which have better bokeh, zooms or primes?

Right from the start it should be clear that there is no general answer to this question. As is often the case, circumstances are critically important. Which specific lenses are being compared? Are you comparing widest aperture vs widest aperture or are you stopping down the prime lens? Are you looking at bokeh circles or ...

Summer Drinks with the SIGMA 50mm F1,4 DG HSM | Art and the SIGMA 24-70 mm F2, 8 EX DG HSM

Hey guys, We all enjoy the sun. And finally it’s back again! Temperatures around 30°C, the ice cream tastes even better and there’s nothing better than a nice and cool after-work drink.  And that’s exactly the pictures I’m going to show you today! The day was very hot and I was supposed to take pictures ...

La Gacilly – Europe’s biggest photo festival in Baden, Austria

“Europe’s biggest photo festival”. With this slogan the La Gacilly Photo Festival, which takes place in Baden in Lower Austria from 8 June 2018 to 30 September 2018, of course attracted my attention right away. The biggest photo festival – and so far I’ve never really heard anything about it? I’ve got to change this! ...

This is how to take better pictures with your smartphone

Click. Click. Click. That’s how fast it goes these days to capture the right moment in a photograph. Grab your smartphone and just press the button. When the first mobile phones with integrated digital cameras entered the market, the quality of the pictures was more than questionable and in no way comparable to the quality ...

“My art is not an answer, it is a question.” Gottfried Helnwein

Today I want to talk about an artist whom most of you know for sure: Gottfried Helnwein. This artist is known around the world for his hyper-real images which, even when taking a closer look at them, don’t look much different from photographs and in which he mainly deals with issues like pain and violence. ...

Sigma 135mm and its magnification of 1:5

Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art’s highest magnification is ‎1:5, which really doesn’t sound like true macro. It should go without saying, that this isn’t enough for portrait shots or even tight shots of butterflies. For shots of butterflies including their surroundings this is enough, however - none of the three butterfly photos were cropped. Furthermore the ...