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”

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

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 down to … Continue reading “Stephansdom & Lightroom”

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, … Continue reading “More Marumi Macro Moths”