REVIEW: Fujifilm 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro (Fujifilm X)

Macro photography is important for everything from wedding details to food and beverage advertisements; so is Fujifilm’s new 80mm F2.8 the new go-to option for X-Series macro enthusiasts?

Macro photography is one of those interesting niches of photography that can sort of bleed over into almost every other niche. You have wedding photographers needing macro detail shots of the wedding rings and reception details. You have food and beverage photographers needing 1:1 images of the items they are shooting. Heck, you also have true macro enthusiasts shooting insane shots of insects and other tiny objects.

But for all of these things, one needs a specialized macro lens. You’ve got a lot of lenses these days sell themselves as almost macro lenses with 1:2 reproduction and a very close focusing distance. This is good enough for many photographers. But for anyone needing true macro capabilities those quasi-macro lenses will not suffice, and a dedicated macro lens with a least 1:1 reproduction is a necessity. Continue reading…

Fabian Oefner’s Dancing Colors Puts Sound Waves Into Colors


All images by Fabian Oefner. Used with permission.

Photographer Fabian Oefner was born 1984 in Switzerland and calls himself a curious investigator, photographer and artist, whose work moves between the fields of art and science. His images capture in unique and imaginative ways natural phenomena that appear in our daily lives, such as sound waves, centripetal forces, iridescence, or the unique properties of magnetic ferroliquids–and that’s the idea behind Dancing Colors.

“Photography has always been an important role in communicating my ideas as an artist to the world.” Fabian tells us. “It has been and still is my tool to explore new discoveries and expand my artistic expression.”

The inspiration for Dancing Colors came from his reading about different techniques of visualizing sound waves in a magazine, such as pouring sand onto a speaker, working with non-newtonian fluid, etc. “What I particularly liked about it was the fact that you transfer one sensory input into a different realm of senses, going from audio to visual.” he states.

Though this project looks fairly simply, lots of trial and error went into it. He needed to shoot lots and lots of photos. “I started by putting different grains on the speaker, rice, millet or sand and looked at the way they react to the sound waves. Eventually I came up with the idea of using salt, as it proved to be just right in terms of weight/height of bouncing off the surface of the speaker.” Fabian then added color to the scene by adding pigments to the salt.

“After finding the perfect material to use, it was fun to try out different sounds and styles of music and see what different outputs I get. In the end its a very playful approach that I have to art. Its something that evolves naturally.”

Fabian has been working with ideas like this for a while and eventually opened up an installation. That lead to a deal with Peugeot Design Lab, who asked if he would like to collaborate with them on an installation for Milan Design Week. Then presented “Field of Sound“ at the Salone about a month ago, and he tells us it was a huge success.

More from Dancing Colors is after the jump.

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The Lyre Bird Imitates the Sound of a Camera Shutter, and One With a Motor Drive

Sometimes the most random and awesome things can be found in the wild. No, we’re not talking about photographing animals this time around, but we’re talking about just how awesome some of them can be. The Lyre Bird mimics the sounds of other birds in the forest. But in this video, it isn’t only mimicking those: but also that of a camera shutter. Then later on in the video, he does a camera with a motor drive and then a car alarm and a chainsaw.

You have to watch it to believe it.

Via the Online Photographer