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The invisible Liu Bolin

I once was lucky enough to visit one of his photo exhibitions. On large-formatted canvas, Liu Bolin, also known as the invisible Chinese, was even harder to make out than had already been the case with his tiny internet-pictures. He literally merges with carefully selected sceneries, be it Chinese propaganda posters, supermarket shelves, rivers or ...

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Pictures, once again

After almost an entire week, it is high time for me to post a few new pictures. Work, nice weather and some minor technical issues kept me from uploading new content. As is often the case with me, either cute four-legged friends or delicious dainties cross my camera’s way. I hope you enjoy these little ...

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The camera market is shrinking: compact camera soon to be an endangered species

According to Cipa, the interest group of the Japanese photo industry, 14 mio cameras have been delivered worldwide in the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the previous year, when 25 mio were shipped, this constitutes a sharp decline of an alarming 40%. Especially the demand for compact cameras has heavily decreased. While 21 mio ...

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Tip: How far may image editing go?

I found a very interesting article today on kwerfeldein.de (german): "Where does image editing begin and where does it end?" The entire editorial team discusses the boundaries of image editing, the point at which harmless retouching turns into manipulation. In a time where we build our opinions from photos or assume them for certain ideals ...

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Catherine Balet: Strangers in the Light

We are living in a time characterised by a strong media current and “cheap memories”. I shoot more photos now than ever before, but especially valuable are the few pictures from my childhood days and family photos that came into being long before I was born, a time when it was still largely considered expensive ...

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Information: Sigma 18-35 f1.8, 60mm f2.8 and USB Dock

I once again worked flat out to find information on the, at least in my opinion, most intriguing photo equipment of recent weeks. We are talking about the recently introduced Sigma 18-35 f1.8, the fastest photo zoom in the world, the USB dock and the 60mm f2.8 for NEX- and mFT-cameras. Meanwhile, on dpreview.com there ...

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Comparison: Sigma DP2 Merrill vs Sigma SD1 & 30mm f1.4 Part 2

In the previous comparison, I promised to shoot and hand in further photos with the Sigma SD1 and the DP2 Merrill using a tripod. I tried to adapt the image sections as well as in any way possible but it turned out to be trickier than I thought, especially because the 30mm of the DP2m ...

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Photography basics – part 7 – ways to achieve nice bokeh

Following megapixels, which every modern camera is equipped with in abundance nowadays, background blur, also known as bokeh, is currently on everyone’s lips. People talk of shallow depth of field (DoF) and of how large aperture resembles engine size/cubic capacity – in other words something you can never get enough of – and how you ...

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Andy Prokh: the cat and the girl

Ingenious photography can be complex at times. One would have to travel to the end of the world in order to capture unspoilt places or rare, gorgeous animals, or alternatively rent expensive cars and properties and hire even more expensive models, sometimes even calling in every favour just to be part of exclusive events. And ...

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The “old” Sigma 30mm f1.4 EX HSM should not be put on the scrap heap

I already tested the Sigma 30mm f1.4 EX HSM two years ago on a Canon EOS 40D. And precisely because a successor will soon be available for all (?) mounts and because the choice of products drastically changed, I would like to share my thoughts on the lens with you. It still is a highly ...

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