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 … Continue reading “Sony SEL90M28G Macro Lens”

Etruscans & Greeks

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, and also some from the regular Greek exhibition in the … Continue reading “Etruscans & Greeks”

King Ludwig’s Walhalla

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 industrializing Bavaria – site of the first German railway in … Continue reading “King Ludwig’s Walhalla”

Passau Veste Oberhaus

The 34 photos from this tour are divided into two galleries, the first on the very long ascent to the castle and the second on the castle itself. Most pictures were taken with a Sony Alpha 7R and SEL-2470Z lens, except for four iPhone 5s photos from on an earlier walk. Click on any picture … Continue reading “Passau Veste Oberhaus”

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 … Continue reading “Aperture & Macro Photography”

Sony Alpha 7R & SEL-2470Z

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 excellent reviews, but eventually settled for the mirrorless Sony Alpha 7R using … Continue reading “Sony Alpha 7R & SEL-2470Z”

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 … Continue reading “Light Field Photography”

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, … Continue reading “Peacock Butterfly & More”

Stephansdom & Lightroom

< p class=”first”>After some 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. I also switched to Adobe Lightroom for post-processing, as described in the next section. Scroll … Continue reading “Stephansdom & Lightroom”

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 … Continue reading “Marumi Macro October”