New blog and website

Januar 12th, 2011 by Julia

If you want to know why it became so quiet around here: I was working on an new website und a blog. It is still about photography, but this time not only black and white and landscape and still life, it is about portraits. No typical portraits, but artistic and natural. My point of view lies on the sustainability in photography.

Here is the link:

The portrait-photography-website for Bonn and Cologne:

The sustainable-photography blog:

So I hope you enjoy this sites, even if there are in German. But when I have enough time I might relaunch foreignlight.

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Your first camera

August 23rd, 2010 by Julia

When I started photography I had at first a simple point & shoot. This was ok for the moment, but in fact, if you truly begin to fall in love with photography, you need more. So I got a Single Lens Reflex (SLR) from Canon (EOS 33V; or ELAN 7N in the US). With this camera I learned to enjoy black and white film photography. The camera was great for the landscape photography or city details. Looking back, it is kind of nostalgic, taking the pictures without knowing how it will look after the film is developed. But I was very satisfied with it, until digital photography came up.

With it everything changed. Photography became faster and calculable, the time of the photographic film was almost gone. I also decided to welcome the new period of digital photography and bought a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) - again a Canon camera, the 40D.

So in our ages most people will prefer digital stuff, especially for beginners it is great. You can try different settings, play around with the exposure time and aperture. One second later you see the result and can be satisfied or try again. The picture will cost you nothing. In the times of photo film, you always had to measure, whether you shoot or not, because it was expensive. Now you have got a chip and can go on and on and on.

The Canon EOS 50D, the currently available successor of the 40D, is also a good model for starters. It is semi-professional model and easy to handle. It can be used with an automatic program or you can adjust the camera settings as you need them. This is the benefit of a DSLR for a beginning photographer: it is easy to learn the relationship between exposure time, aperture setting, depth of field and so on. And you can learn much faster than I did, because you don’t have to wait for the film to be developed. Furthermore, the 50D it is not as expensive as a professional model, but delivers an excellent picture quality, and you decide what kind of lenses you buy for your kit. So you can get the equipment you need for your special needs, and invest in better equipment as your skills grow. I suggest you start with an inexpensive, but capable prime lens. With it, you can learn the basics of composing the frame without relying on a zoom lens.

There are many shops which can help you chose the camera you require, however if you are looking to save a bit of money currently have an offer on at Comet.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge in Rain

August 20th, 2010 by Julia

Photo of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Rain, with a Ferry in the foreground

Here is another impression of Sydney and its Harbour Bridge in the rain. It gives the surrounding a special and different feeling. Perhaps it is good to have a different view of this place. And of course it was a good cooling.

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Sydney Opera House under an Umbrella

Juli 10th, 2010 by Julia

Black and white picture of the Opera House in Sydney on a rainy day, below an umbrella.

Normally the sky over Sydney in summer is blue and quite hot, but at this day it was raining cats and dogs. Anyway, the dark sky in combination with the umbrella makes the picture of the opera house much more interesting.

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View over Sydney

Juni 3rd, 2010 by Julia

A black and white view over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as seen from The Rocks

I found this perfect view down to the city of Sydney and its Harbour Bridge and I had to take a pictures immediately. The view was amazing and I could have spend a whole day at this hill just watching and enjoying what I saw.

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Colourful Cup-Cakes

Mai 20th, 2010 by Julia

Photo of colourful cupcakes in a window in Sydney, Australia

This picture has to be in colour, because the famous cupcakes have to be as colourful as they can. This delicious small cakes are typicall for Australia, you can find them in every city. There look awesome and every one is a little work of art in itself. But be careful, they are very sweet and if you ever taste one, you will never get enough of them.

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About Blog.ForeignLight

In photography the picture becomes a moment which is captured and the camera becomes some kind of 'third eye'. Every picture is a part of reality. The photography becomes a language, a language beyond the word. Every photographer has its own language.

This is my one.