In April i bought a Sony A7II and got the brand new ZEISS Batis 18mm 2.8 for testing. I did a video test for the Website Netucated.com, that you can find here. Moreover i did a written test for kwerfeldein.de which can be found here. Both tests are in German. I just wanted to quickly show you a few photos i took with the lens.DSC00200DSC00172DSC00084DSC00204DSC00199DSC00207-EditDSC00037-EditAnd this is what the lens looks on a Sony A7II. Pretty big, huh?IMG_6691

All of those photos are shot on a Sony a7rII and ZEISS Loxia 21mm, 35mm & 50mm

Driving from Hamilton to Kawhia

As a born and bred Waikato kid, my beach of preference has always been Raglan. The laid-back atmosphere of the town and the wild, usually empty beaches provide an escape from the stresses of everyday life, and is only 35 minutes drive from Hamilton. But since we went to Raglan several times on our last trip (see here), I thought we could try a different West coast beach, and so we ended up at Kawhia. The road to Kawhia is a stunning combination of native forest and rolling hills with the coast on the horizon, and we stopped many times to admire the view.

-Tamsin

Kawhia Ocean Beach

Like Raglan, the ocean beach at Kawhia has sooty black sand, caused by molten lava from the nearby volcanoes hitting the water and shattering into billions of fragments. It’s magnetic, so be careful of your cameras and phones! The rough black sand gives the beach a natural, untamed look; it’s a whole different experience to those pristine white powder beaches that are overcrowded with tourists baking in the sun.

The beach is also thermal, meaning that if you dig a hole in certain places, hot water bubbles up through the sand. We saw plenty of people digging their own hot tubs on the beach, but in the 30 degree heat we were more interested in cooling off in the waves instead.

-Tamsin

Dinner in Kawhia

After a few hours exploring, we were getting hungry. For some reason, all of the places in Kawhia that sell fish and chips seemed to be closed. A friendly resident saw us wandering up and down and asked if we were looking for somewhere to eat. He pointed us to the Kawhia Hotel that does takeaway fish and chips that are “the best in town”. We ate them next to the wharf with the seagulls circling hungrily, a delicious end to a perfect day trip.

-Tamsin

At the beginning of 2015, I wrote an article in a german photography online-magazine about how and why i use manual focus. I turned out that ZEISS read that article and they contacted me a few days later. They asked me if I would be interested in doing some photos and texts for them with some lenses they would send me. Who would say no to that? I ended up with the Distagon 25mm 2.0, Apo Sonar 135mm 2.0 and the Otus 85mm 1.4.

For about a month I took these lenses with me everywhere i went together with my Planar 50m 1.4. I tried to deliver as much variety as possible and as much bokeh as possible 'cause I guess that's what they wanted. I took trip to the Black Forest, areas in Switzerland and France and just walks in my hometown. On many of those photos you'll see my girlfriend but also Luke was with me for a few days. He studies photography in Leeds and contacted me over the internet to ask, if he could join me on a few trips. So he came over and visited me.

They must have been pretty happy with a few of those photos as they used them for their brochures and in photography magazines to advertise their lenses, which is a great reference for me now. Also i have to say that i'm more of a fanboy now. I always imagined ZEISS as a pretty old and conservative company but the contacts I made there were so nice and open for all ideas that i brought to them. It was great working with these guys.

It's been nearly two years since I shot those photos but i still feel like they're worth showing. I shot them in New Zealand, in the area of Rotorua. It's a little town based on a big lake that we tried to drive around as far as possible (basically until we were in the middle of the woods and rising night got us a little scared). But Rotorua has more. It's got a Maori Village, wonderful landscapes and i really loved that awesome breakfast at the "Fat Dog".

After not really being able to shoot many photos during this year, i'm really looking forward to the beginning of next year. In the middle of January we'll be off to New Zealand again. This time for about 6 weeks and we've got many things planned so this will be the time for some new pictures!

Since i moved to the city Stuttgart, i keep saying, that for me, it's like the San Francisco of Germany. I've never been to SF but that's how i would imagine it and how i know it from pictures. Because it's built between mountains, Stuttgart has many streets going uphill and many steps between streets. There is also a subway that adds to the feeling. While wandering through the streets with Alexander Pollnow (a Stuttgart based Photographer) today, i took a few shots to explain what i mean. Maybe you guys see it too?

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This is an ode to all these simple things that we enjoy on sundays. Like eating fresh baked cookies, surfing the internet, re-decorating the home or if it's my girlfriend's sunday: playing the Cello, knitting and painting. That's these things that really define our lifestyle.

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“60secondframes” is a series of very similar pictures, shot in a short period of time, usually around 60 seconds.

A very spontaneous photo-series. We drove in a car and i suddenly stopped on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere without saying a word. Cornelia gave a pretty scared look until i told her "the sunset is great, let's shoot some photos".

 

 

Suddenly on the wedding day it started to rain and everyone tried to get the herbs safe. I walked into the room wehre they put them to and was amazed by this light. So i spontenausly took these frames.

All of these shots are processed with the Photoshop action "Sundried Film"

As some of you may know, i broke my leg on the 31st of December 2010. I'm already able to walk a few steps without cruches and today i felt safe enough to take some photos in my garden.

These flowers are growing in my garden at the moment and i really wonder why they are the only flowers in the garden. Also my neighbours don't have any flowers growing yet. I wanted to take some photos before they're blooming. So when they finished the blooming process, i will take some pictures again ;).

BTW i have no i idea what kind of flowers these are, any ideas?

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A very spontaneous little shooting. The camera was lying on the ground and i pressed the shutter button without looking on the display what i was shooting. It was pretty hard 'cause i have a broken leg at the moment so i wasn't shure if there would be some good photos resulting.

Hope you like them anyway!

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