Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Stich'm up! Oldtimer goes Cabrio - Brenizer with SEL50F18. English/Deutsch

 Am enjoying the 50mm lens. Color rendition and clarity is superb in my opinion. I had some fun stiching Brenizer like some pictures together, as shown below. The large aperture combined with OSS allows to keep ISO low. Stiching with Photoshop took awfully longer compared to I.C.E., but it was capable to get those right at which ICE failed.

Ich geniesse das Sony 50mm-Objektiv. Die Farbwiedergabe direkt aus der Kamera und die Klarheit sind meiner Meinung nach beeindruckend. Die grosse Blende kombiniert mit der Bildstabilisierung erlaubt es, die ISO niedrig zu halten. Ich habe aus Spass ein Paar Fotos zusammengesetzt nach der Brenizer Methode. Wobei alle aus der Hand geschossen wurden. Photoshop macht es aber immer dann besser, wenn I.C.E. Probleme hat.

I have never seen a convertible version before. Single shot 5N & SEL50.

Every read Tintin comics? That IS the car of the bad guys. 2 shots, F4

F2, 5 shots

Jaguar SS, 6 shots, F2

Austin Healy 3000, 4 shots, F8

Monday, March 26, 2012

Olympia Munich / Olympia München (english/deutsch)

I had the opportunity within a short time again of being at the Olympia center in Munich. The weather was fine and I was able to take some quick snapshots - with the Sony kit lens. This lens is sometimes derided but IMHO, it is quite good considering its price. Maybe I just have a good sample? All shots pp'd in Photoshop, no lens compensation. This OOC picture crop shows that lens compensation removes any CA effectively.

Ich hatte das Glück innerhalb kurzer Zeit zum zweiten Mal im Olympia-Zentrum von München sein zu können. Tolles Wetter und ein paar Minuten um ein paar schnelle Schnappschüsse machen zu können. Mit dem Kitzoom der 5N geschossen, ich finde dieses Objektiv gut vor allem in Anbetracht des Preises.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Märzenbecher, durch Zufall entdeckt

Diese Märzenbecher haben wir ganz durch Zufall in einem Tobel entdeckt. Obwohl ganz in der Nähe gelegen, waren wir noch nie da, und vor allem nicht genau in diesen Wochen wo diese Blumen blühen.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Oldtimerfabrik Neu-Ulm / Oldtimer Garage (deutsch / english)

Hier in der Gegend hat es die Oldtimer-Fabrik Neu-Ulm. Es ist kein Museum, sondern eine Garage, welche von den Autobesitzern finanziert wird. Eine schöne Gelegenheit, einige seltene Exemplare der Automobilgeschichte aus der Nähe zu sehen. Die Betreiber sind absolut liebenswert, engagiert und freundlich.

In the neighborhood, a special garage stores precious oldtimers. It is not a museum, but financed by the car owners. Great opportunity for some close photo shoots. The owners are charming, engaging and friendly.

Nex 5N with kit lens or Canon FD 24/50mm, hand-held.

Moderne Kiemen / Inspite of the modern lines, a touch of animal roundness

Nummer eins in der Beliebtheit auch ohne viel Pferdestärken / #1 in likability if not in sheer power


Glanz vergangener Jahre / Old glory

Spielzeugauto? / Toy Car?

Alte Ästhetik, auch heute noch schön / old design but beautiful


Automobiles Traumzimmer

Waffenbrüder / Brothers in arms

Glanz mit Spuren der Zeit / Traces of times gone by

Jaguar SS


Chromorgie / Orgy in chrome

Ausblick / Outlook

Muskeln / Muscles

Warten auf den Frühling / Waiting for Spring

Nur ein Tip: USA / Only one hint: It's American

Was gibt's zum Frühstück? / What's for breakfast?

Froschkönig / King Frog

Das 180°Gegenstück / Total inverse design

Bond Auto / Bond Car


Thursday, March 15, 2012

SAR chopper

5N & FD 80-200

Just as if I had planned it, I walked there and within seconds liftoff occured.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Macro photography with a plain kit lens

Technology has advanced quite far. As much as I like my legacy manual lenses, but the minimum focus distance is at least 25 cm. Back in those days, you had to buy a macro lens, an intermediate ring or a close up lens.

The kit lens of the Nex is capable of focussing very close, so with focal length set to 55 mm and aperture closed down to 8, you can get real close. The two sides of a coin :-) shown above have been cropped only in a minor way.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sports with manual focus lens

As I learned yesterday, it IS possible to shoot sports with a manual focus lens. The basketball game between Ratiopharm Ulm and New Yorker Phantoms (Braunschweig)  in the new Ratiopharm Arena was brightly lit with LED lighting. Light was actually so good that I could use aperture 2.8-4, ISO 100-250 with a handheld FD 100/2.8 lens (effectively 150 mm).

After an initial slow start, the Ratiopharm Ulm team worked hard to get back in the lead and suceeded in the last minutes of the game. It was very exciting, although I was partly deaf for some time due to the noise level.
For me, this was the first major basketball game I experienced and I found it to be fun. In fact, much more exciting than soccer because more goals are scored and the fouls do not tend to cripple the opponent as in soccer.

Per Günther in action

Bryant on the left


Slow start

Well, decide for yourself...

Another one

Still catching up

Dance team

New Yorker Phantoms charging

Swann can fly :-)

Swann and Bryant

Must be hard playing in the home town of the other team

Still in the ened of catching up


Swann and Günther
The end