Nasim’s site

Do you know the Mansurovs? Well, as a Nikon photographer you may have heard of them, others probably not. But Nasim writes maybe the best camera reviews I’ve read so far, probably together with Gordon Laing and with Imaging Resource. And like Ming Thein for instance, he’s also photographer enough to show the potential of the gear he reviews.

Today he published his review of the Fuji X-T1, a camera which I handled too briefly to write anything meaningful about it. And as always, looking at the photos in his review, it’s much more than the “nice camera” I called it. See Gordon’s and Imaging Resources takes on the X-T1 as well if you’re really interested in that camera, or in cool review sites.

Nasim mostly writes about Nikon gear, because that’s what he and his wife are using. But he also has reviews about some other stuff, like the Olympus E-M5 and E-M1, some Canon or Sony, and even a Mamiya RZ67. Plus they also have useful articles and tutorials, so they’re well worth a visit. They? Yes, several people are writing there, see them on his “About Us” page.

So, Nasim’s site is called “Photography Life“, and well worth a visit (or as in my case, even a RSS bookmark).

Two photos *not* taken by me

Got a free haircut today from Mitchie (thanks!), and shortly after that she also took my picture in front of my storm grey, and lit by my beauty dish:

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Wolfgang, June 2014

After that it was Zuleikha’s turn, who until then had helped with holding a reflector on the shadowy side (and I took her part here):

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Zuleikha, June 2014

Then Zuleikha took a picture of her Mama which I cannot show here, tho it’s one of the best portraits of Mitchie that we have. It’s always the interaction between photographer and model, and that shows…

Anyway, thanks for viewing.

One more from Thursday, and one from today

Before we left town from our train station on Thursday, I took this:

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Courage. Olympus E-PL5 with M.Zuiko 45mm/1.8 lens.

And this morning on our veranda I saw this:

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Snails in a small bird feeder. Olympus E-520 with Zuiko 50mm/2 macro lens.

Thanks for viewing.

Going to school…

Today is a public holiday here in Germany, and so we took the chance to try the way to Zuleikha’s new school, which she’ll have to go each day starting from September. It’s two stations with a train, and some additional with a bus or by bicycle.

On our way back from that other city, I took a photo of Zuleikha during our train ride:

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Zuleikha, June 2014

Thanks for viewing.

“Gülle Racer”

One of the colleagues around has transformed a Honda CX500 motorcycle into a café racer, and due to a common joke here in Germany, called it “Gülle Racer”. Anyway, in my eyes she’s a beauty:

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Honda CX500 “Gülle Racer”

I’d need more time and better and controlled light to photograph this one…

Thanks for viewing.

My old and trusty

Today I took some photos with the DSLR again. And I even took off the 50mm macro lens which is normally mounted, and used the weakest one I have, at the weakest focal length and aperture. 10 Megapixels, and “only” about 10 stops of dynamic range when used at the lowest ISO setting. Did it matter? Not at all…

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Lavandula angustifolia

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“nubi”

Thanks for viewing.

Nice camera

Just came back home from a meeting of the IBM photo club, where a colleague brought his new Fujifilm X-T1 camera. He let me try it for a while, even with my own SD card in it, so I could take some photos home. Very nice, tho my raw converter doesn’t know the camera yet, and doesn’t demosaic its raw files which are not in the typical Bayer pattern. So I’ll show you some non-people shots, first of and then from the camera (from jpg in this case):

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Fujifilm X-T1 (shot with Olympus E-PL5)

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Olympus E-PL5 (from a jpg image out of the Fuji X-T1)

Nice camera. Oh, and it’s true what they say about its built-in electronic viewfinder – it’s gorgeous. As are the 23mm and the 56mm lenses (didn’t try others yet).

But even much more interesting were Alexander’s big prints which he also brought in a huge map. Like this one for instance:

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One of Alexander’s photos (most probably taken with a Nikon camera, not this new Fuji)

Next time I’ll ask him if he has some of them online, so I can link to them.

Thanks for reading.

“Bee hotel”

This Pentecost weekend, we can hardly complain about temperatures anymore. It’s 31°C outside now (and almost 22 in our flat), so although this is still not Texas or Malaysia or elsewhere, it feels more like Greece than like Germany.

I was out for a short while and photographed something like a shelter for insects, at least Zuleikha and Mitchie told me that they’re sold as “bee hotels” in the nearby shops:

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Bee hotel. Olympus E-PL5 with its 14-42mm kit zoom lens.

Thanks for viewing.

Just a few quick snaps, with one of our favourite lenses

Today I mounted the Micro Zuiko 45mm/1.8 lens onto my camera. It’s my go-to lens for portraits, and it’s Mitchie’s go-to lens for about everything. And since I was thinking about that “everything” part, and the angle of view which you get with a lens which compares to 90mm on an older film camera, I pretty much knew what I would get. Here are a few shots I took:

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Flowers

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Clothespins

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Clothespins

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Cup

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Flower

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Speaker terminal

All of these were taken with an aperture of f/4, and all except the last one hand-held, so yes, from a composition or separation point of view, you could get almost the same results with a kit lens. Maybe just a tad less nice and acute than with this one (your typical kit lens would be at f/5.6 when zoomed fully out to 42mm, but to get sharp photos you’d probably have to step it down to f/8).

Still, as one who loves to take portraits, this would be the first lens I’d buy after a kit lens, even before getting a fixed focal “normal” lens, which would have around 25mm length for the (Micro) Four Thirds sensor.

You see, we both love this lens, and consider it essential. But as a “normal” kind of person, how should you decide which perspective and focal length you should get when buying your first prime after a zoom lens? Simple: leave your kit lens at 42mm for a week, and photograph everything with this focal length. Then, after a week or so, leave it at 25mm for another week (or even at 20 or 17mm). You’ll learn pretty fast what kind of perspective you prefer. And then go for it, you won’t be disappointed.

Thanks for reading.