Ming Thein is a true professional behind the camera, even though he found his vocation rather late. After receiving a master’s degree in physics when he was only 16, and followed by a successful career in business, Ming Thein became a full-time photographer in 2011. Today, 26-year old Ming Thein likes to spend time eating – and taking photographs of food for his clients. Ming lives in his native Malaysia and praises the country’s “unbelievable diversity of dishes.” That variety also applies to his choice of equipment. From Ming Thein’s many lenses, he uses his ZEISS Makro-Planar T* 2/100 and ZEISS Distagon T* 2/28 most frequently in his food photography.
“That was a real stroke of luck,” says Jiang Xiaoran over the fact that he was born in China and studied in France, “because both countries are famous for their excellent food.” Yet as a photographer his love of food is not only driven by how it tastes, but also by how it looks. So his camera, which is equipped with a ZEISS Distagon T* 2/28, remains a constant companion. Jiang likes working best with an open aperture, but is not willing to compromise when it comes to sharpness; and he likes an excellent bokeh. With the help of his ZEISS Distagon, that is all possible — which only whets Jiang’s appetite further to create new pictures.
Traditional food photography stages food, making it an object of art, mostly under studio conditions. For Jiang Xiaoran, too, food is clearly ’artwork’; but at the same time it is about more than pure nourishment. The way food is produced, its colors, how it is arranged, the way people eat it, and the things that surround them during the meal — tables, chairs, the atmosphere in a kitchen or restaurant. All of the factors that contribute to a food ‘culture’ interest Jiang as a photographer.
Carl Zeiss has once again succeeded in recruiting a team of top international stars for roles both in front of and behind the camera in a photo shoot for the company's third art calendar, under the motto "Complementing Moments". Displaying her unique creative and artistic flair, well-known German photographer Ellen von Unwerth has put together a striking series of images featuring Oscar winner Adrien Brody ("The Pianist") and top model Toni Garrn. ZEISS SLR lenses were used in the photo shoots.
Starting September 2011, Carl Zeiss will be offering four new diameters for UV and POL filters (circular): 52 mm, 55 mm, 62 mm and 77 mm. With these new sizes, the company is expanding its range of filters, which until now have only been available in diameters 58 mm, 67 mm, 72 mm and 82 mm. (press release). In this article, we discuss how POL filters can be used to create impressive visual effects. The photographs in this article were taken with a full-format DSLR camera with ZEISS Planar T* 1,4/50 and Distagon T* 2/28 ZE lenses.