Fotografie Photography

The Other Passion

   

Beside amateur radio, photography belongs to my favourite activities. It became new lease of life to me, no doubt, since the introduction of digital photography a few decades ago, as I feel analogue photography had given me a lot of recurring disappointments. Today photography occupies a great part of my spare time; sometimes it is more than just competing with amateur radio.

Back in analogue times I had used a MINOLTA 505SIsuper, a DSLR-camera, with the following lenses at choice: MINOLTA AF 50 mm 1:1.4, SOLIGOR AF Zoom 28-105 mm 1:2.8-3.8, and  SOLIGOR AF Zoom 70-210 mm 1:2.8-4. A MINOLTA 5600HS served as flash unit. The MINOLTA had been a very good and compact analogue SLR system and ideally suited my purposes. The disappointments mentioned above chiefly originated from the more or less dubious work many of the commercial photo labs used to deliver, in the main affecting colour photography.

Analogue times are definitely over. So, in March 2006 I decided upon a  SONY DSC-R1 digital camera which utilises the excellent ZEISS Vario-Sonnar lens (1:2.8-4.8  14.3 -71.5 mm digital). After all, this (bridge) camera has become my favourite and steady companion, although it always suffered a little from the disadvantage of being a single-lens camera, giving no opportunity for changing lenses - lenses which I theoretically have at hand (see above).

It was to my greatest surprise (and to my great joy!) that, in 2013, SONY had launched a new DSLR camera - the SLT-A58 - which uses the same alpha-bayonet system for interchangeable lenses as my old MINOLTA camera. So, with the SLT-A58 all of my never-forgotten interchangeable lenses could be put into operation again. As if that weren't enough: with the help of a simple adaptor, even the outstanding MINOLTA 5600HS flash unit with its guide number of 56 could be activated again, too. The SLT-A58 came with a DT 3.5-5.6/18-55 mm (digital) SAM II lens which was not really needed but, nonetheless, seems to be a welcome addition. Since August 2017 a TAMRON 5-6.3/150-600 mm (digital) more or less completes the range of lenses and probably will be of great help in nature photography.

Having bought the SLT-A58 in October 2015, it's too early to give any lengthy experience report about it. Only so much: the results are very promising. It perfectly works with all lenses available, autofocus (AF) and everything, and there are absolutely no problems with the external high-power flash unit.

By the way, there's definitely no intention to replace the DSC-R1 by the SLT-A58. I shall use the two systems alternately, quasi situation- or motive-relatedly. Which means that at least on my tours as a photographer, I'll carry both cameras and the necessary lenses with me.

The main focus of my photographic activities is devoted to travel, landscape, architecture, nature, and - occasionally - to experimental photography. I prefer to make comprehensive photo reportages rather than shooting single, one-subject, or accidental photographs. I am very interested in, but still roving about in the "lowlands" of, High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography.

Very obviously so, the good old dark rooms from good old analogue times have been replaced by numerous and manifold PC programmes. Manifold - I use a lot of quite different PC programmes for the post-production processes of my photographs, as each  exhibits advantages and disadvantages of their own. Here is my "dark room" software list (in bold those used regularly, all others sporadically):

Software*

Source

Application

freeware/licence fee

URL

DxO Optics Pro 11.4.2

DxO Image Science

(Automatic) image enhancement and correction**

licence fee

www.dxo.com/intl/

DxO View Point 3.1.2 DxO Image Science Geometrical correction licence fee

www.dxo.com/intl/

DxO Film Pack 3.2.3 DxO Image Science Colour correction, b&w conversion, creative rendering  

licence fee

 

www.dxo.com/intl/
Foto Sketcher 3.3.0 David Thoiron Image editing and picture conversion

freeware

www.fotosketcher.com
Foto Suite 2006

Microsoft Corp.

Image editing and enhancement

licence fee

www.microsoft.com

GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) 2.8.20 GIMP Developing Team Image editing and enhancement

open-source freeware

www.gimp.org
HDR Darkroom 6.1.0 Everimaging Ltd HDR editing

licence fee

www.everimaging.com/
HDR Projects Darkroom 2.26 Franzis Verlag HDR editing

licence fee

www.franzis.de/hdr-projects-darkroom
HDR Projects Platin 1.2.3 Franzis Verlag HDR editing licence fee www.franzis.de
HDR Projects Professional 1.25 Franzis Verlag HDR editing licence fee www.franzis.de
Image Data Converter SR 1.0

Sony Corp.

RAW (SR2) format conversion

freeware (part of DSC-R1 software package)

www.sony.de

Image Data Converter 4.2.04 Sony Corp. RAW format conversion freeware www.sony.de
Machinery HDR 3.0.41 Machinery HDR Software HDR editing licence fee www.machineryhdr.com
Machinery Explorer 2.2 Machinery HDR Software Picture file management for Machinery HDR freeware www.machineryhdr.com
Media One 2.10 Corel Corp. Image editing and enhancement, organising

licence fee

www.corel.com
One Click Wipe 3.0 Franzis Verlag Image optimising, retouching licence fee www.franzis.de
Painter Essentials 3 Corel Corp. Picture conversion and painting licence fee www.corel.com
Paint.NET 4.0.17

Paint.NET

Image editing and enhancement

freeware

www.getpaint.net

Paint Shop PRO X

Corel Corp.

Image editing and enhancement/filtering

licence fee

www.corel.com

PhotoBC 1.0

Antonio de Cruz

Special black-and-white effects

freeware

www.photofiltre.com

PhotoDirector 4.1.4 Cyberlink Image editing and enhancement, HDR editing licence fee de.cyberlink.com
Photo Filtre 7.2.1

Antonio de Cruz

Image editing and enhancement/filtering

freeware

www.photofiltre.com

Photo Impact X3 

Ulead Systems

Image editing and enhancement/filtering

licence fee

www.corel.com

Photomizer Retro SE 2.02.13 Engelmann Media Imaga editing freeware www.engelmann.com
Photo Scape 3.7 Mooi Tech Image editing and enhancement/filtering, animation freeware www.photoscape.org/
Photoshop CS2

ADOBE Systems, Inc.

Image editing and enhancement/filtering

licence fee

www.adobe.com

Photo Shop Elements 5 ADOBE Systems, Inc. Image editing and enhancement/filtering licence fee www.adobe.com
Photo Studio 10 Zoner Software Image editing and enhancement/filtering licence fee www.zoner.com/de-de/products
Photo Zoom Classic 4.1.4

Ben Vista

Image enlarging and reduction

licence fee

www.benvista.com

PlayMemoriesHome 5.4.02 Sony Corp. Image editing and enhancement, organising freeware www.sony.de
Topaz Adjust 5.0.1 Topaz Labs Image editing, special effects licence fee www.franzis.de
Virtual Painter

P. & A. America, Inc (?)

Filtering,  picture conversion ("virtualisation")

licence fee

www.virtualpainter5.com

Xtreme FotoDesigner 6

Magix AG

Image editing and enhancement/filtering

freeware

www.magix.de

*Software version presently in use          **in the first place camera- or lens-specific

For scanning pictures I use a  Canon MG7550 printer in conjunction with one of the image editing and enhancement programmes.

To scan negatives and slides from analogue times, a  ROLLEI scanner DF-S110  is in use since January 2010.

Although I've once been working for a German photographic magazine and having worked as an editor of quite a lot of illustrated books (architecture, landscape, art...) and journals, I've never liked to think of myself as an outstanding photographer - so please do not expect any photographic masterpieces. You can nevertheless visit my Photo Gallery below which provides an insight into my photograhic work and in that of friends. The Gallery, which will be steadily extended by new exhibitions, reflects the great fun and satisfaction I gain from photography. Photography has become sort of "another passion" (beside amateur radio) to me.

In case you want to know more details about my personal or professional background, please click HERE.

Make your choice for one of the exhibitions by clicking on the respective picture:

Hartmut Raspers "Ansichten" -

Zu Gast in der Foto-Galerie: Hartmut Rasper mit seiner Ausstellung "Ansichten" 

A special guest in the Gallery: Hartmut Rasper presenting his exhibition "Ansichten" (sentiments). Captions in German.

- Everything Can be Virtual
Is reality really reality?

A selection of photographs virtualised by the author

Ein Herbsttag in Salzburg -

Bilder und Gedanken anlässlich einer Reise des Autors in eine bezaubernde Stadt (Fotoreportage in vier Teilen)

The author's photographic round tour through a wonderful old city (in four parts). Captions in German

- Leben ist nicht genug, sagte der Schmetterling

- It is not merely to exist, said the butterfly  

Erinnerungen an Dänemark

Danish memories

 

Photo-Graphics by Hans-Dieter Teichmann

 Aphoristic texts by H. C. Andersen

 
 

 

 Initially published: 2005
Last revision: 3rd October 2017
©2005-2017 by Hans-Dieter Teichmann

Impressum/Editor's Note