2015 Calendars by photocircle.net

This post is a little heads up letting you know that the world is ending. I mean the year…the year is ending. And what is it we all need to feel prepared for the new year? Right, calendars – beautiful calendars. Photocircle.net happens to sell beautiful ones. In fact, 16 different kinds with all sorts of themes from B like Buddhism to U like Urban. Sales of each kind of calendar support a different social project. Some of my pictures are part of the Cuba calendar which supports an education project in Haiti. Some of my pictures are also in the Urban calendar supporting funds for girls education in Bangladesh.

To have a look at some nice photography and learn more about it, click here: http://www.photocircle.net/eu/photo-calendars

German speaking folks may click here: http://www.photocircle.net/de/fotokalender-bestellen

And if you think of ordering, feel free to use the coupon OLIVER15 to save 15%.

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My 2011 Wall Calendar is Here!

It’s finally here – I’m excited about this. This is the New York City wall calendar for 2011 with 12 of my best New York images. All images are from the HDR series.

After going through various print-on-demand companies, I decided to go with RedBubble.com as I really like the quality and design they are offering. They also present themselves a bit more artsy and serious, but less gimmicky than most other companies that offer similar services.

In case you want one, you can order it right here, and I think you can pretty much get it from anywhere in the world. So far it got mostly ordered from people who work around my desk. I received it today and pretty much at the moment I took it out of the box I got the first buyers.

Once you are on RedBubble you can choose your currency.

– The US price for example is $27.17 per copy.
– If you order from Europe, you pay €18.59 per copy.

There are rebates for those who buy more than 2.
Note that the prices do not include shipping. The shipping costs vary depending on where you are.

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Let me give you a quick tour (you can click on the photos to see more details):

The cover

The calendar is printed on beautifully thick 200gsm satin art paper. Colors come out very nicely.

The design is modern simplistic

I hope you’ll enjoy it, and feel free to send me your feedback!

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Buying Guide: Canon 5D Mark II

I’m now starting to write little buying guide posts from time to time. I will basically be talking freely about the gear I’m using or have been using in the past.

This is the first article of this kind, and I will start off with the piece of equipment that is always involved when I’m out there taking pictures. Of course, I’m talking about the camera body. In my case that would be the Canon 5D II.

Here are my 5 top reasons why the Canon 5D Mark II is my body of choice.

1. No matter how much ice cream you eat, you will hear people saying that you have a great body

Happens to me all the time.

2. Because the image sensor is so large, your photographs won’t show much noise even when shooting with higher ISO

Different from the most commonly used sensor size (known as APS-C size), full-frame sensors produce less image noise. Noise (or grain) can look nice and artsy in some images, but in general the camera that produces less noise gives you more freedom. It allows you to increase the sensitivity of your image sensor (by increasing the ISO in the camera settings) and take beautifully smooth images in low light situations.

Now why is that?
The image sensor is the part of your camera that actually captures the light coming through the lens. The sensor translates the captured light to electric signals so that it can be digitized and stored on your memory card. So far so good. Now why would one pay so much more money just for a larger sensor? Simply because each single pixel in your image is based on one electric signal. When all these signals are squeezed tightly together on a small sensor, the signals interfere with each other resulting in unsightly image noise.

Let’s compare it to a daily life situation: when you sit in the economy class of an airplane squeezed between other passengers, you are affected by whatever your fellow travelers do. You smell the food they are eating, you hear the things they are talking and you notice every move they are making. Now you can imagine the arrangement on a full-frame sensor as the first-class section in an airplane. Everybody has plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the trip. Now after the long journey is over, who do you think comes out looking better? The OJ zipping first-class passengers, or the squeezed-out people from the economy class?

3. With 21 Megapixels the resolution is high enough for producing large-scale prints of high quality

As discussed in (2) I wouldn’t want 21 Megapixels on a APS-C sized sensor because of the interference mess. In case of the 5D II however, I thankfully take the 21 Megapixels and blow the images up to brilliant looking large-scale prints.

4. It is the most affordable (Canon) body with a full-frame image sensor

Now that you are aware of some great advantages of the sensor size, you might want to have a look at other full-frame cameras out there.
If you do some research and look at the different Canon lines, you will see that you would have to spend at least twice the money for other cameras housing the exact same sensor. If money is a concern, and you are not too specialized in what you are shooting, the 5D II seems to be the best choice.

5. It’s weather sealed and built to last

I used my 5D II in the rain and in nasty dust storms and it is still working like it did on the first day*.

*results may vary.

Last but not least, two high-ISO example images taken with that body:

This is an example of a nightly street photograph taken with ISO 3200:

An HDR image from three exposures – each taken with ISO 400.

I know most of us don’t order such a piece of equipment spontaneously. But if you at some point decide to purchase one, feel free to put a smile on my face by ordering through this link: