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Tunnel to the future with many exits

The tunnel is an old symbol for a passage. On photographs they also make good models: Symmetry, interesting shape, often intriguing details.

I love this one in particular. It always reminds me of the fact that even if you do not see the exit and it looks like a dead end, there are plenty of exits to this tunnel – always. Why would there be a tunnel?

Feel free to use this picture in your presentations or any other work which is not for sale.

Tunnel to the future

Tunnel to the future

Quick review of the Sigma 30mm 1:2.8 EX DN for Sony Nex E-Mount

When I first took it out of the packaging I thought it was broken. But the lens element is not fixed if the lens is not “on”, aperture is closed.

Size is smaller than the 18-55 kit lens, I would say it is as if someone cut the kit lens between zoom and focus ring. Build quality is high and solid plastics. It feels good and I like the smooth focus ring. I tried some shots, could not find any odd things. I doscovered some very soft magenta streaks in very high dynamic regions when pixelpeeping. Concerning the quality I would say that this is a no-brainer for Euro 199,-.

For those of you who like pixelpeeping I have some testshots in f/2.8, f/4 and f/8 at my ge.tt acount, for all the others: A wallpaper in Full-HD.

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HDR and back light – wallpaper “Gloriette”

One great situation to use the HDR technique is when having backlight. In this picture here I used 5 brackets +/- 1EV. I could have used seven or nine brackets, but then the effect would have been gone.

I threw in a polarizing filter and my trusted Sigma 10-20mm to catch the magic beauty. I left my tripod at home so I made the shot handheld.

In postprocessing Nik HDR color efex and the updated Nik color efex was to be used. They had this promotion so I bought the update. They finally added support for stacked filters, so I can skip some steps and win time. Some filter algorithms are also working smoother – until now it was worth the money.

I did all the processing in lightroom 4 beta, which works like a pearl. I cannot wait to see the final.

So here is the wallpaper I promised. Click on the picture and rightclick afterwards to save the wallpaper.

Gloriette wallpaper

Wallpaper: “Sunset on Vienna”

Facebook is a bitch.

I am one of those people who randomly post their pictures on facebook. And I am one of these people who want their pictures to be seen – I consider them art and not instances of reality. So if somebody asks for a wallpaper I cannot say no.

This might explain why the picture looks like it is. 

10mm have a very distinct look of its own and when you turn it into an HDR and apply the usual suspects: Contrast treatment, some glow, slight color shifting and some other lightroom thingies. Tataaaa – after approximately 100 minutes you get this.

Consider this a gift and use it as you like. Dimensions are FullHD (1920 x 1080) and license is creative commons. Have fun and consider sharing this post with your friends.

Or maybe you want to put this picture on your wall (german only)?

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