Tag Archives: Nature

Animals and other natural topics

Passau Ilzschleife

The extensive gallery you find at the bottom of this post combines two older expeditions in August and September 2014. The original Google Photos galleries had been linked in my initial review of the Sony Alpha 7R which I first used on these trips. However, that review was already quite long so while moving the […]

Tierpark Hellabrunn with SEL-24240

Last summer I had posted a bunch of photos from Munich’s Hellabrunn zoo using the Sony SEL-70200G f/4 lens with an additional Minadax 1.7× telephoto converter on my Sony A7R II – see earlier post for gallery and photographic details. As noted there, the long zoom and lack of polarizing filter kept me from taking […]

Tierpark Hellabrunn with Minadax Telephoto

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 to roam the visitor walkways. Of course there are also […]

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 […]

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. There’s little difference in the […]

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 […]

Peacock Butterfly & More

Today I finally caught a beautiful peacock butterfly on camera. While feeding honeybees are extremely placid and easy to shoot, butterflies tend to flutter around… well, like butterflies! The peacock was so big (easily over 5 cm) that most of the pictures I kept were shot without my usual Marumi DHG Achromat +3 macro filter, […]

Marumi Macro October

Autumn was unusually warm and sunny, so I managed to shoot another batch of arthropods. Once again, the equipment was a Sony NEX-7 with the SEL-18200 zoom lens and a Marumi DHG Achromat +3 macro filter. Most of the pictures are new but I also collected a few from August and September. Click on any […]

More Marumi Macro Moths

Late summer is here, meaning that flowers are running out of nectar and I’m running out of opportunities to shoot feeding insects oblivious to human observers. So I made another trek with my Sony NEX-7 camera, the SEL-18200 zoom lens, and a Marumi DHG Achromat macro filter. Unlike my previous expedition with the +5 filter, […]

Macro Critters with Marumi Achromat

Seeing that the world has survived my first round of photos, I put together another gallery full of magnificently magnified insects rather than castles. The magnification was achieved with a Marumi macro filter, as described in the next section. Scroll down to see the gallery itself, and click on any image to enter a full-screen […]