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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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Bokeh-overdose with the Sigma 30mm f1.4

Just recently, I came across some pictures that were shot wide open in daylight. The combination of bokeh and direct sunlight instantly fascinated me. I absolutely needed to simulate the effect. Taking photos in bright light with f1.4 is easier said than done. Even with the SD1, which can go as low as ISO100 and ...

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Autistic son communicates with father through photography

Autistic children have a high tendency towards repetition; daily routine usually consists of strung together rituals. One day, when Elijah was five years old, the San Francisco resident photographer, Timothy Archibald, started documenting his son’s exceptional behavior. What set out as photographic preservation of evidence – Timothy presented various specialists with the photos in order ...

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Portraits of the old school: Keliy Anderson-Staleys tintypes

For nine years, she has devoted herself to portrait photography by exclusively using a process almost as ancient as the art of photography itself. With her collodion iron plates (tintypes), Keliy Anderson-Staley travels around the USA, always on the look-out for interesting faces and captures them on the robust medium. © Keliy Anderson-Staley © Keliy Anderson-Staley Every tintypes is ...

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Celebration in the country

Last weekend, a work colleague invited me to celebrate one of the most important moments in his life. On April 14th 2009, his son and daughter-in-law veered off the street and frontally crashed into a tree. The car was ready for the scrap heap, looking like an accordion, but the both of them remained unharmed. ...

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The fastest zoom in the world: Sigma announces the 18-35 f1.8

I remember being engaged in discussions on various photography-forums years ago focusing on the question of why there are no zooms out there faster than f/2.8. The design was said to be too complicated and expensive. Some were even of the opinion that a lens like this would be far too big and heavy to ...

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Is the noble idea behind creative commons too naive?

When photographer Kevin Collins uploaded his picture of a giant leopard moth on Flickr and Wikipedia in 2008 under his creative commons license, he probably had something different in mind than helping a photo-thief win his first prize in a photo competition. The young Frenchman, Romain Eloy, cropped the photo, mirrored it sideways and rendered ...

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Finally spring

Yesterday, spring has finally arrived! Indeed, it was almost three weeks behind schedule, but as the saying goes, better late than never 😉 . Just in time before I forget how to handle the DP2m. After lunch, I speedily headed to the park, where I spent the rest of the afternoon. Simply marvelous! I hope ...

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