Category Archives: Photography

Galleries and equipment

Tierpark Hellabrunn with Minadax Telephoto

Click for Photo Gallery – read on for background information. Munich’s Hellabrunn zoo was founded in 1911 as the first “geo-zoo” in the world. Animals live spacious enclosures, often without any significant barriers at all, that are organized in geographic clusters. Harmless animals that are used to human contact, from goats to peacocks, are free […]

Compact Camera Caveat

Modern enthusiast-level compact cameras, i.e. those whose image sensor is smaller than “full frame” (24×36 mm or “35 mm”) and which may use fixed rather than interchangeable lenses, tend to be advertised with surprisingly excellent lens parameters. Generous zoom lengths of hundreds of millimeters are combined with very bright f-numbers of f/2 or less. Users […]

Olympiapark & Sea Life

I uploaded some photos from a visit to the Munich Olympiapark, created to house the 1972 Olympic Games. Six are views from the observation platform of the Olympiaturm, located at a height of 190 m along the 291 m tall tower. Four are from the Sea Life Center that happens to be located nearby and […]

Minadax & Polaroid Telephoto

The longest lens I have for the Sony Alpha 7R II is the Sony SEL-70200G with 200 mm at full zoom. That’s not very long for small objects at a distance, so I looked at the possibility of adding a teleconverter. Sony has announced a proper rear-mounted teleconverter for the successor of my lens (Sony […]

Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum

Click for Photo Gallery – read on for background information. Part of the many exhibitions organized by Deutsches Museum is the Verkehrszentrum (Traffic Center), residing in Munich like its parent though halfway across town. Three great halls hold hundreds of horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, motorcycles, automobiles of all ages, locomotives, and train cars, as well as […]

Villa Stuck & Friedensengel

Click for Photo Gallery – read on for background information. Nearly forgotten today, Franz von Stuck (1863–1928) was a popular and highly acclaimed artist in his time. Stuck designed his Munich villa (built 1897–98) as a rich homage to European art, from antiquity to contemporary styles. Like most late 19th century attempts to revive historical […]

Sony SEL90M28G Macro Lens

Sony has finally released its new full-frame macro lens, the Sony SEL90M28G (FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS) which fits my Sony Alpha 7R camera. Since I like macro photography but made do with the Marumi Achromat screw-on filters, I got this dedicated macro lens despite its hefty price tag. Was it worth it? To […]

Etruscans & Greeks

Click for Photo Gallery – read on for background information. Munich’s museums lower their ticket prices to €1 on Sundays, a great opportunity to check out interesting special exhibitions. Last Sunday the Staatliche Antikensammlungen opposite the Glyptothek featured a large number of remarkable Etruscan pieces. I took a couple of pictures with the iPhone 5s, […]

King Ludwig’s Walhalla

Click for Photo Gallery – read on for background information. King Ludwig I of Bavaria (1786–1868) was the grandfather of Ludwig II (1845–1886) who eclipsed him in popular memory as the “Märchenkönig:” patron of Richard Wagner, Neuschwanstein castle, mysterious early death. Ludwig I was rather more mundane but left a much greater cultural legacy, simultaneously […]

Focusing a Woodlouse

I’ve recently moved to a house near a river whose banks are home to legions of woodlice. I know this because they apparently mistake the house for a tree and love walking up its walls, sometimes straying into the house through open windows. Most are ordinary small black pillbugs but today I spotted a magnificent […]