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Sony 35mm f1.4 photos

Sony has been working on responding to the criticism that they don’t have enough lenses for their full frame E mount system in a similar way that Fujifilm did when coming out later on the scene: by cranking them out. But the Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 doesn’t feel rushed at all. In fact, it feels very timeless and beautiful. This lens has a very unique design with its aperture ring–it’s the first Sony lens to have one and is designed for videographers who want easier control over their lenses. Rather than fully building a cinema lens, Sony solved the problem by giving it autofocus abilities that also work well for still shooting.

With a metal exterior, weather resistance, and solid focusing abilities for its size and weight, there is very little for us to not like about this lens.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 28-300mm product images (1 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Looking for the last of the Mother’s Day deals? Well here’s a link to  B&H Photo’s Mother’s Day specials when you use “MOMDAY15″, Amazon‘s.

Also check out these refurbished Nikon cameras, Fujifilm accessories, Tamron Rebates, Tokina rebatesSigma rebates, and this Canon 5D Mk II deal with up to $625 in savings at $3,289.

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All images by Jorge Cervera Hauser. Used with permission.

Photographer Jorge Cervera Hauser is based in Mexico, and he is the executive producer at Calypso Media, co-director at Pelagic Life, and producer of the documentary feature “México Pelágico” about the Mexican open ocean. But he’s a lot more than that–he’s also an ambassador for the Discovery Channel in Latin America, and was a speaker at TEDx San Miguel de Allende in 2014. Jorge’s passion is underwater wildlife.

Jorge shoots beautiful images of sharks, dolphins, turtles, alligators and so many more animals under the seas. He’s always had an affinity for documenting things and so it meshed well with his love of adventure underwater. We talked to Jorge about underwater photography and his favorite animals.

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That right there is the Legotron Mark I, a masterful DIY concoction from Cary Norton, an Alabama-based photographer. It was borne of two very simple loves: large format photography and Legos. The planning process was virtually nonexistent, and the timeline was amorphous. It was a passion project that progressed incrementally. When it finally came to fruition, Norton photographed with it, and it worked.

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2014 was a year of one-day turnarounds. With a couple of days left in 2013, I decided to commit to a 365-day project that would force me to have my camera on me every day. Up until that point, photography was an occasional habit, and I’d read about how 365-projects have led to significant opportunities, though I didn’t go into it with any expectations. On the last day of the project (Dec. 31, 2014), I reflected on the project as a whole. In the time since, I realized that it was somewhat unwise to do a post-mortem the day it ended. No time had elapsed, and I was quick to pen my musings. That’s not to say that everything I wrote was invalid, but it was tinged with the pride that comes with completing a huge project. Now, four months out, I can safely that that project was the best and worst thing for my photography.

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Leading lines in photography are some of the best ways to naturally tell the viewer where to look–besides using depth of field, rule of thirds and more. But they’re very important in regards to portraits because of the way that it can make a body specifically look. The folks over at Weekly Imogen talk about specifics like using corners and other lines based on the specifics of the portraiture (such as posing.)

Essentially what they’re saying is to use natural areas but don’t look at your scene in terms of simple emphasis on your subject. Instead, they’re trying to teach you to look at the entire scene. Don’t think that’s important? Consider the fact that simple things that are out of focus can end up bothering viewers because of the way that it looks like they’re coming out of a person’s body.

One of the absolute best ways to teach yourself to look at leading lines is to shoot an image and render it in black and white. Then after this, print the image out and draw the lines out on another sheet of paper. Look at the shape and decide whether it’s interesting or not. This exercise will teach you to see the world in a different way.

The video on using leading lines is after the jump.

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