Category Archives: Photography

Galleries and equipment

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 […]

Passau Veste Oberhaus

Click for Photo Gallery (and another) – read on for background information. Founded in 1219 to overlook Passau, Veste Oberhaus is a true medieval fortress at its core. That’s unmistakable when you try to reach the castle: the ascent covering a height of 100 meters resembles Frodo’s journey into Mordor, except with more sunshine and […]

Aperture & Macro Photography

The constant maximal f/4 aperture of the Sony Alpha 7R’s two standard zoom lenses – SEL-2470Z (24–70 mm) and SEL-70200G (70–200 mm) – allows for a wonderful amount of light and great bokeh. However, one area where it’s not terribly useful is macro photography with screw-on magnification lenses, in my case the Marumi DHG Achromat […]

Sony Alpha 7R & SEL-2470Z

Click for Photo Gallery (and another) – read on for background information. After 1.5 years with the Sony NEX-7 (APS-C format) I realized I wouldn’t stop boring people with my amateur pictures anytime soon, so I might as well upgrade to a full-frame camera. I considered the new Nikon D810, a traditional DSLR that got […]

Light Field Photography

The American company Lytro makes cameras based on light field photography. The first version, a tiny box, made headlines but didn’t have much impact. Now Lytro tries again with the Lytro Illum, an improved model about the size and shape of a typical “prosumer” camera. One defining feature of light field photography is the ability […]

Busy Red Wood Ants

Click for Photo Gallery – read on for background information. A colony of red wood ants has discovered a nearby tree stump and is busy building its nest there. I snapped a series of pictures as ants were dragging tasty food (pictured below) and building materials into the nests. Bonus pictures include a cardinal beetle […]

Peacock Butterfly & More

Spring is here – time to post more pictures of beetles and butterflies! I’ve also linked two Google Photos albums from March not yet mentioned on this weblog. Click on each album image to see the full-size JPEG. The info icon shows basic EXIF data and my description, if any. Use the magnifying glass icon […]

Stephansdom & Lightroom

Click for Photo Gallery – read on for background information. Having victimized a neighborhood squirrel for my first experiments with raw digital images, I now decided to rectify the one notable omission in this summer’s Passau gallery. That’s the famous Stephansdom, or St. Stephen’s cathedral. It had been undergoing renovation which is now finished, and […]

Raw Conversion with Squirrels

Click for Photo Gallery – read on for background information. So far I had let my Sony NEX-7 convert all pictures to JPEG format in-camera. However, professionals say the professional thing to do is to use a digital camera’s raw image format that precisely captures the original sensor data. There are two problems, though. First, […]