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New National Geographic Blog

Similar to the New York Times‘ „The Lively Morgue“, the National Geographic Society now runs a blog featuring lesser known but nevertheless incredible pictures from its own archives. The “NatGeo Found” blog has been launched last week on occasion of the 125th anniversary of National Geographic and is slowly but surely gaining about 3 to ...

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In Search of Inspiration: Nick Frank’s Subway

Subway stations are universally known as places full of motion where you can easily feel claustrophobic – that’s how I feel about it, anyway. This is not the case in Nick Frank’s photos, however. The Munich photographer succeeds in recognizing as well as capturing beauty within functional architecture. Bright and deserted, his photography is reminiscent ...

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A relaxed TIME-interview with Saul Leiter

Only now, seventy years after he shot his very first pictures, his work finally receives the due recognition on the part of photographic mainstream. And yet, Saul Leiter is not only pioneer, but also revolutionary. © Saul Leiter © Saul Leiter William Eggleston has allegedly influenced the art circles into accepting colour photography; this took place ...

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SIGMA Photo Pro 5.5 and the new monochrome mode

With soon 5 Merrill cameras available on the market, Sigma has promised to turn its attention to the software side of its “ecosystem”. SIGMA Photo Pro 5.5 is compatible with Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 8 and comes with various bug fixes and the all new monochrome mode. I have processed some of my pictures ...

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Panoramic photo of London – 320 gray gigapixel

A few days ago, a new record in terms of picture magnitude was set once again. A huge 320-gigapixel panoramic picture of London was made up of  48.640 individual frames by a team of photographers. No expense was spared. Four Canon EOS 7D SLR with EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lenses and Extender EF ...

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My opinion on Sigma DP2 Merrill

Although there are plenty of DP2 Merrill reviews out there, I still feel like sharing my thoughts about  Sigma’s premium compact. The fact that I used to have the previous model, the DP1s, allows me to evaluate some of its features even better than some well-known reviewers. What’s the first thing you notice about it? ...

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Those extra winter pounds

I can’t say if it has anything to do with the cold, but I’ve been craving heavy, unhealthy food lately. Sport seems to be an abstract concept and recently comes down to walking to a shop or a restaurant where I get even more food. I’m doing fine with those extra winter pounds, growing in ...

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Bad weather photo subject ideas: cats and food!

I‘d love to grab my tripod and SD1 and take some photos outside, but the weather conditions and light shortage make it impossible.  The only thing I can do I guess is taking my Sigma DP2 Merrill and   using something I come across on my way to work or while shopping as a subject.  There ...

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Photography basics – part 6 – focal lengths and their suitability

When you read photography forums – especially the sub-forums containing buying tips – you notice straight away that many users ask the “best lenses for …” question. Beginners seem to struggle determining what focal length, in millimeters, is good for what application. Only when you know the right focal length for your needs, you can ...

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UPDATE: Sigma DP3 Merrill: RRP, Previews and samples…

The 3rd edition of DP Merrill camera comes with an RRP of €1099, same as previous two versions. No surprises here. It seems like nothing has changed on the inside. The sensor has been there since the original SD1. The buffer itself seems to be larger. From available photo samples it looks like the lens is ...

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