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color digital Panorama photography

Hamburg Binnenalster at night

Hamburg Binnenalster at night

If you hear Hamburg you can think of many things: You think of musicals, water, Reeperbahn, St. Pauli, Kiez, Elbe, Alster, Sternschanze, Altona and many more. I especially fell in love with all the reflections and lights. The following picture is made of 4 straight out of camera snapshots, stitched, cropped and finally I added a frame. Enjoy and add Hamburg to your vacation list.

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color Nex photography

Impressive lines: DC tower 1

I think the tower is the highest building right now. And it is not even finished yet. But the lines are impressive…

DC tower 1

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Macro Nex photography

The ultramacro lens for Sony Nex

Actually I do not think the Yasuhara Nanoha is not really a macro lens. It is more like the missing link between a macro lens and a microscope.

The lens comes with a  3 LED lighting which is fixed to the lens. A screw driver is included, so you could remove it. There is also a battery box (which is fed by 2 AA batteries) and a USB cable.

The lens has a maximum aperture of 11 and stops down to 32 and the focus works between 11 and 16 millimeters. I do not need to tell you what that means for depth of field.

I started a Flickr group dedicated to the Yasuhara Nanoha. If you want to see some special things nanohified let me know…

Kenko and Nanoha

The letter

Silica

Spiral

Leaf

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Macro photography wallpaper

A snowflake of summer – a short one on magnification

There it is finally. The awakening of my lust for photography after a longer break. And the journey will start again, where it once started: In the macro dominion.

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Macro photography photowalk Uncategorized

How much water does a bee need?

No really! That is no trick question. I visited the botanical garden today and it was hot. Not hot as in hot but hot as hot as in hell. So stand in the middle of all the plants and start to question myself: How much water does a bee hive need? Do bees actually need water?

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digital photography Uncategorized

As steady as change

I always enjoyed this saying on change and security. Just remembered it and had to make this poster.

I think change is one of the things you cannot get used to. What do you think?

As steady as change

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photography postprocessing visualisation

Picture of the moon with the Nifty Fifty

There are a lot of pixels on that lovely Sony Nex-7. So many I could crop in the picture.

The Nex-7 has 24.3 MPixel on the sensor. The base file was 6000×4000 (24MP) and the final picture was a square crop 2580×2580 (6.7MP). That’s about 28% still left. 

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color digital photography Video

New Zealand with a Nex-7

What kind of lenses do you take on a trip to New Zealand? The choices could be many, depending on the camera system. The good thing is that I have a Sony Nex-7.

There are not many lenses for the Sony E mount. That way the choices are not many. I have not many lenses either and chose to take two. The lenses were my two favorites at that time:

  • Sony 50mm f/1.8
  • Sigma EX DN 19mm f/2.8

You could take millions of pictures in New Zealand. Don’t panic. You do not have to watch them all. I selected some for you and offer a video (unstabilized and ungraded) as a short vacation for you.

BTW: Next time I would go for the Sigma EX DN 30mm f/2.8 and a 18-200 for video. Enjoy.

 
A rainbow in NZ by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
A rainbow in NZ by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Dead Sulphur Mill by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Dead Sulphur Mill by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Sunken into by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Sunken into by Stefan Steinbauer
 
White Island Sulphur by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
White Island Sulphur by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Orange steel by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Orange steel by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Rusty tower by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Rusty tower by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Leaving White Island by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Leaving White Island by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Champagne Pool by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Champagne Pool by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Craters of the moon by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Craters of the moon by Stefan Steinbauer
 
I spit fire by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
I spit fire by Stefan Steinbauer
 
On the moon by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
On the moon by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Everything orange? by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Everything orange? by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Flowery water by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Flowery water by Stefan Steinbauer

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color photography wallpaper

Elephant in clouds

Well this one is an elephant. Enjoy the wallpaper…

Elephant cloud wallpaper

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Lens photography

Review of Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Sharpness

So I made some further observations after the first review yesterday. I also got a message telling me that other and more detailed shots are needed to see. So here we go. Below you will find the corner and center crops from shots I took today in the morning. The shots were made handheld and the ISO was limited to 100. First the center shots of a street scene using apertures 2.8, 4 and 8 As you can see, the center gets sharper at f/4 to soften up at f/8. Next you will see the details in the upper right corner. As you can notice there is a slight purple fringing which gets softer when the lens is stepped down. Strangely enough the shot at f/4 is not sharp. I think the branch has moved in the wind, but the wall looks sharper.You can find the full SOOC shots here. As a conclusion I have to say, that for me the lens is very fine wide open. I haven’t considered if I prefer f/8 or f/16 for my night cityscapes. What still is strange to me is that the lens falls in to a resting position when turned off with a hearable soft *tock*. What I have not tested by now is the fact, that the lens seems to take long to “boot” – the Iris is closed and opens wide only to get stepped into positions. I will save this for the next blog entry. If you have questions you can also leave a comment. @Edit20120420: A reader mentioned that he thinks the blurriness at f/4 in the corner could be due to the exhaust of the truck you see. This sounds reasonable as everything is a little bit blurry in that corner.