Once again it's time (probably it's not, but in my opinion it is) for drastically restructuring, reorganizing and redesigning my websites.
So far there are the following sites:
The plans is to put this all together and reduce it to one single website. The focus will be on photos and better but less frequent blogging. And there will be some new downloads!
Work's just about to start, so it will take a while. But make sure to check back soon..!
I ordered my copy of the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX, 11-16mm, f/2.8 for Canon on digitec.ch - one of Switzerland's leading online shops for camera gear – for 593 Swiss francs (~620$) and picked it up at the local post office just a few days later. It is a bit bigger and heavier than I'd expected it to be, but it seems to be built really solid, looks like great quality (just like mentioned in most reviews). And still it's not that heavy.
Anyway, I did some two short timelapse tests. The sunset one took me about 50 minutes to shoot, the moving stars thing was a little more than an hour and a half and the one with the moving clouds was shot in about 40 minutes. I've also shot some cityscapes and landscapes, and built some HDRs outta some of those.
The great aperture comes up to the high expectations I've had. Sharp at very low aperture, corners can be a tiny little bit soft sometimes. Colors look great as far as I can tell so far. I've had some difficulties with the auto-focus but I guess I'll figure that out soon. The AF is not too slow and I don't really give a damn about the noise it makes (still it's not the loudest AF).
The lens has quite a small focal range though this is no problem for me since I was actually looking for a wide-angle prime but found this to be the better choice.
Test shots: Bern, Switzerland (2012/09/10)
Loads of links this week. So many great people and things out there…
- Frank Kunert creates super realistic and very strange models of public spaces. No Photoshop here!
- sssquare is an online gallery that sells art in the pay-what-you-want way. Sounds interesting…
- allink is a young creative agency which is active in web and brand design.
- Fab 5 is a Belgian photographer who mainly shoots portrais of somewhat extraordinary people and creates kinda surreal pictures through editing them to Photoshop's limits.
- Neighborwoods are hand-drawn and laser engraved maps made of wood by impressive designer Aymie Spitzer from the Brooklyn-based Hyperakt studio.
- Area 17 is an interactive agency for a new era of people-technology-brand interaction with locations in New York and Paris. Good stuff!
- Bekka Palmer is a dreamer, designer, maker, doer. And she does great.
- Chad from Artistic Fury is a graphic designer and creative visual enthusiast born and raised in Southern California.
- Fabienne Crot is the Queen of Design and creator of the awesome layout design of the GUSVAV mag.
- Yatzer is your global online destination for fine and applied arts.
- Trendsnow is a magazine about design, graphics, fashion and innovation.
- Laura Laakso is a designer in visual communication. Her work looks really nice.
- Karine Pfund is another visual communication designer who does great work.
- And one more: She's Magdalena Budyn Schimpf and her blog is Visual Pudding.
- Jessica Mbangila, designer, lifestyle addict, flaireuse de tendances, social photographer.
- Tim Wood takes amazing pictures.
- Contemporist is a celebration of contemporary culture, focused on architecture, design, art and travel. Amazing stuff!
- Laurent Nivalle is a great photographer!
- Daniel Don Chang is a product designer doing some nice work.
- Andrew Lewicki has some very interesting and extraordinary projects going.
- Pulssart is Adrien Donot's portfolio. I love how he mixes different techniques to create his masterpieces.
Some updated travel plans…
- August: Herning, Denmark.
- September and on: If the Young Boys advance to the Europa League group stage I'm intending to visit whatever destination they will play at. If they won't play in the group stage, I'm probably gonna spend a coupla weekends in close-ish parts of Europe.
- October: Five days in Amsterdam.
- December: A coupla days in Berlin, Barcelone or some other European metropole. Travel on to Noo Yawk for a week or two.
- January: Traveling in Southern America for a month, probably Ecuador and Peru.
- Next summer: Two or three weeks in Sweden, probably by car.