Like many photographers, the Golden Gate Bridge is one Matt Walker’s most popular motifs. When the fog lies low in the bay of San Francisco he’s off, searching for the best spot from which to capture the lights of the Golden Gate Bridge in the far distance – especially at dusk and at night. And with his ZEISS lenses in tow, he produces impressive images every time.
A clear night sky has always appealed to Loscar Numael. No smog and no light pollution — conditions you will only find outside in nature. When Numael points his ZEISS lenses at the sky — toward the Milky Way above California, for example, or the Northern Lights — he loses himself in another world. With fascinating photographic results.
Around four years ago, Loscar Numael was gripped: during a trip to Oregon (USA) he experimented for the first time with taking landscape images at night. He liked the results so much that night photography has been a fixed element in his photographic adventures ever since. During these trips he always takes five ZEISS lenses with him. He entered the “world of ZEISS” around five years go. He used his first ZEISS optic — a head loupe needed for his studies. From there it was just a small step to the Distagon T* 2,8/21, whose precision thrilled him so much that he gradually came to augment his photo gear exclusively with ZEISS lenses: the Distagon T* 2/35, the Makro-Planar T* 2/50, the Makro-Planar T* 2/100 and finally the Distagon T* 2,8/15.
Spain is teeming with architectural masterpieces from the Middle Ages, the early and later Gothic periods, as well as works of well-known 19th and early 20th century architects. There is also plenty of modern 21st century architecture to make a photographer’s heart beat a little faster. When David Aguado photographs these jewels, ZEISS lenses are among his most important companions.
Food photography is considered the art of presenting food in elegant compositions that resemble true works of art. When Daniel Dytrych takes up his camera, he sees himself as an artist seeking to examine the origins of the food through photography – from a natural perspective. Whenever he needs to produce the best possible pictures, ZEISS lenses are always nearby.
The key element in Daniel Dytrych’s photography is light – in this case natural light, because he believes that only natural light, not artificial studio lighting, can present food at its best. The dishes and foods for his photo shoots are always freshly prepared, using the best ingredients. The image produced should speak for itself – without artificial embellishments.
As a travel photographer, Laura Saffioti often finds herself in exotic countries like India, searching for the stories of the street. Her shots of street life transport the viewer into the everyday life of cultures foreign to Europeans, placing the European value system in a new light. The performance of ZEISS lenses is vital to Saffioti’s work.
Saffioti’s favorite picture is the image that came 8th in the Carl Zeiss Photo Contest 2012 that had the theme “The moment that knows no limits.” It is also the picture that shows best how ZEISS lenses support Saffioti’s photography.
The picture of the man pulling a loaded cart was taken with the Makro-Planar T* 2/50 from a moving tuk-tuk in the city of Maduai, India. The exertion from pulling the cart through the street traffic is written on the man’s face and we can see quite clearly his pearls of sweat. Through the use of f/3.5 the man is detached from his background, while the bus in the background appears in a pleasant bokeh, helping to keep the viewer’s attention focused on the man. The motif was captured in movement, and the optical performance and fast handling of the Makro-Planar made the image possible.
“My mind thinks and dreams in light,” says JanLeonardo Woellert about his art. The light photographer and pyrotechnician is out and about almost every night. Whether out in the wilds or in unusual buildings, he tirelessly seeks out spectacular subjects and transforms them by using a range of LED light sources and existing light. His choreographed movement patterns create new, mysterious worlds.
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.
It was through his father that Raymond Larose, at age 13, discovered his love for photography and nature. Since then, he has been fascinated by water and his home state of New Hampshire (USA) offers a stunning backdrop. Larose, 40, likes working without a flash, strobes and reflectors. He believes nature should show the magic of water as it is, while his role is to capture the moment.
Water. For photographers who want to capture this element at its best, South Africa’s Cape region offers the perfect backdrop. And luckily for Martin Zimelka, it is here, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, that he calls home. Regardless of whether the sea is active or calm or the motif is a small bay or long coastline, Zimelka’s images depict water in all its manifest forms.