Wish you A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year !

Christmas is one of the most fascinating celebrations of the year. It is the time when Jesus, our saviour was born. It is the time when families get together to celebrate this, it is time for rejoice.
Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

Merry Christmas to Everyone !!!!

Vernissage Salon International de Photographie ISO2012


Le concours international a été placé sous les patronages de:

Trois sections étaient admises :

A : Images projetées couleur

B : Images projetées monochrome

C : Images projetées Alternative Creativity

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200Discover new perspectives with the inspirational D5200.
From breath-taking photos to smooth Full HD movies, this D-SLR can't wait to bring out your creative side.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 6 November 2012: Nikon introduces the latest D-SLR to its mid-range DX-format line-up, the 24.1 megapixel Nikon D5200, designed to bring out your creative side. From beautiful still photos to smooth Full HD movies, this camera empowers your freedom of expression, letting you capture your own unique view of the world.

Marina Gurevich, Product Manager for Nikon Europe, says: “The inspiring Nikon D5200 is ideal for those who are passionate about photography and want to experiment with the camera’s superior features. The impressive image and movie quality alongside a versatile varyingly LCD monitor lets users unlock their creative potential.”

Source: DPR

Technical Specifications

Effective pixels 24.1 million
Image sensor 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
Image size (pixels)
  • 6000 x 4000 (Large)
  • 4496 x 3000 (Medium)
  • 2992 x 2000 (Small)
Viewfinder Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Shutter Speed 1/4000 - 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 remote control)

Flash sync speed

X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower

Metering mode

TTL exposure metering using 2016-pixel RGB sensor

Exposure compensation

Can be adjusted by -5 - +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV in P, S, A, and M modes


  • Exposure bracketing: 3 shots in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
  • White balance bracketing: 3 shots in steps of 1
  • Active D-Lighting bracketing: 2 shots

ISO sensitivity

ISO 100 - 6400 in steps of 1/3 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available

Active D-Lighting

Auto, extra high, high, normal, low, off

Lens servo

Auto Focus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status

Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used

Built-in flash

Auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, party/indoor, pet, portrait, color sketch: Auto flash with auto pop-up P, S, A, M, 0food: Manual pop-up with button release
White balance Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning
Monitor 7.5-cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot (VGA), vari-angle TFT monitor with 170°; viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment


One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL14 battery


  • (W x H x D) Approx. 129.0 x 98.0 x 78.0 mm (5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 in.)


Approx. 555 g (1 lb 3.6 oz) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 505 g/1 lb 1.8 oz (camera body only)

Exhibition- 2. Internationaler Merchweiler Photosalon - Die Ausstellung

Merchweiler Invitation

6. bis 28.10.12
Rathaus Wemmetsweiler
Großer Kuppelsaal
Rathausstr. 1
66589 Merchweiler

montags bis freitags von 8.00 bis 16.00 Uhr
sonntags von 14.00 bis 18.00 Uhr


Photokina 2012


Every two years PHOTOKINA brings together the industry, trade, professional users and end consumers in the world’s leading imaging fair.

The Fair tool place in Koln (Cologne, Germany) during 18-23/09/2012 and according to official statements it was a great success.

A total of 1,158 companies from 41 countries participated in photokina 2012, with 63 % of the exhibitors coming from abroad. The exhibiting firms included 280 exhibitors and 140 additionally represented firms from Germany and 523 exhibitors and 215 additionally represented firms from outside.

You can read on the Photokina official website that:

"Some 185,000 visitors from 166 countries attended the world's leading fair for the photography and imaging sector, which marked an increase in visitors from the prior event in 2010 (181,464). The share of trade visitors was 48.8 per cent; 42.5 per cent of these visitors came from abroad, a significant increase (7.5 per cent) compared with the equivalent figure for the prior event. In particular, photokina recorded a substantial increase in the number of specialist dealers and imaging professionals from Asia (16 per cent), North America (26 per cent), and Eastern Europe (40 per cent)." If interested, you can download the final report here.

We went there on Saturday 22/09/2012 and need to say, compared with the 2 last editions of the fair, it was by far busier with people. Thus, access to various products proved to be very difficult because of crowds queuing around. So not too much time to lay hands on the new cameras or lenses.

Lets very briefly walk through some of the highlights of the fair:


The highlight of the section was the public appearance of the last week announced Nikon D600. The new DSLR features a new 24.3 MP FX (CMOS) sensor powered by the same Expeed 3 processing engine as the one in the top-of the-range Nikon D4. Although a very advanced camera, I was not impressed by the ergonomics of the D600, the lack of external buttons might definitely have an impact on your shooting speed. On the other hand, once you master the menus, you are good to go.


Canon used Photokina to launch their new Canon EOS 6D. The new DSLR features a new designed 20.2 MP FF sensor in the world's lightest DSLR body. It is also the first DSLR to have a WIFI and GPS connectivity, for easy photo sharing. The EOS 6D is best seen as a full frame version of the EOS 60D - indeed it's very similar in both control layout and dimensions. Its front profile is very similar to the Nikon D600, but it's rather slimmer front-to-back, and lighter too.


At Photokina, Panasonic presented the Panasonic Lumix dmc-gh3 , a micros Four Third compact system camera. The machine features a new 16MP Live MOS sensor powered by a new Venus engine in a 550g body. Also The GH3 gains a weather sealed (dust/splash proof) magnesium alloy body which now gives Panasonic a camera body to match their moisture- and dust-sealed G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH lens and G X Vario 35-100mm F2.8 ASPH fast zooms.


Pentax announced its new cameras in advance of Photokina. The new announced Pentax Q10, Pentax K-5 II, Pentax K-5 IIs and new lenses were on the stands. Pentax Ricoh has announced its latest flagship DSLRs - the K-5 II and K-5IIs. The 's' version, which costs $100 more, comes without an anti-aliasing filter, to offer higher resolution at the risk of more prominent moiré interference patterns. Both cameras feature 16MP sensors and the weather-sealed magnesium alloy build of the original K-5.


Like Nikon, Sony publicly presented at Photokina 2012 its new products announced last week. The Sony Alpha SLT A99 is the world's first full-frame DSLT camera featuring a 24.3 MP sensor, the company is hoping to take on the might of Canon and Nikon with its new offering. Meanwhile, the Sony Alpha NEX-6, the company's latest compact system camera, can be seen on stands as well.

Please find below a selection of photos from Photokina 2012, the full gallery  is available here.

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Dear All,

Feel free to check out my recent updates in the conceptual portfolio:

  1. Disintegration
  2. Freedom
  3. Ambition
  4. At the Realm of Unknown

Enjoy !





BENELUX Photosalon 2012

The vernissage of the BENELUX Photosalon 2012 is going to take place on the 8-th of September 2012.
I have 2 acceptations, I won the BFF Bronze Medal in the Monochrome Section.

Exhibitions are held in Hamme, near Bruxelles, Belgium, between:
■ 9-16 September 2012 from 10:00- 18:00
■ 15 September from 14:00-18:00
■ 17- September from 10:00- 16:00

The event is held under the patronage of:
Met de medewerking van:
- Het Ministerie van de Vlaamse Cultuur du
- Het Gemeentebestuur van Hamme
- Het C.V.B.
- De B.N.A.F.V.
- De F.L.P.A
- De B.F.F.
- De Oost-Vlaamse Unie voor fotografie
- De Koninklijke Antwerpse Verbroedering van Fotokringen
Avec la collaboration :
- Ministère de la Culture Flamande
- de l’ Administration Communale de Hamme
- de la FIAP
- du C.V.B.
- de la B.N.A.F.V.
- de la F.L.P.A.
- de la F.B.P.
- de l’ O.V.U.
- du K.A.V.F.

If around feel free to step in, there are many photos worth seeing.

EISA Photo Awards 2012-13


EISA stands for the European Imaging and Sound Association and has been awarding for more than 30 years. EISA is the unique association of 50 special interest magazines in audio, home theatre, in-car electronics, mobile electronics, photo and video, from 20 European countries.

Please find below the 2012-13 awards:

  • European Photo Software- Adobe Lightroom 4
  • European Advanced SLR Camera- Canon 5D Mark III
  • European Photo Printer – Canon PIXMA PRO-1
  • European Compact Camera- Canon PowerShot G1 X
  • European Professional Compact System Camera- Fujifilm X-Pro1
  • European Professional Camera- Nikon D4
  • European Camera- Nikon D800
  • European Compact System Camera- Olympus OM-D E-M5
  • European All Weather Camera- Olympus TOUGH TG-1
  • European Compact System Lens- Panasonic LUMIX  G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH
  • European Advanced Compact System Camera- Samsung NX20
  • European Macro Lens- Sigma APO Macro 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
  • European Travel Camera- Sony Cybershot DSC-HX20V
  • European Advanced Compact Camera- Sony Cybershot DSC-RX-100
  • European SLR Camera- Sony SLT- A57
  • European Lens- Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD

Source: EISA












Funky P- Blues Express 2012

The Blues Express Festival took place in Luxembourg on July 14, 2012, in Lasauvage, Fond-de- Gras, Differdange. The line-up can be found here.
Amongst the ones who performed on the Fond-de-Gras / BGL BNP PARIBAS-Stage / Hall des Trains, it was Funky P, a soul group from Luxembourg. The photos of the event can be found in my gallery at BLues Express 2012, Luxembourg.

Please find below the members of the group:

  1. Isaac Roosevelt - Lead-Vocals
  2. Marc Reichling - Bass
  3. Jeff Herr - Drums & Song-writing
  4. Remo Cavallini - Guitar
  5. Claude Schaus - Keys & Song-writing
  6. Helmut Engelhardt - Sax
  7. Pit Kuffer - Trumpet
  8. Jacques Reuter – Trombone

Funky PFunky PFunky PFunky P

Tommy Schneller Blues Band- Blues Express 2012

The Blues Express Festival took place in Luxembourg on July 14, 2012, in Lasauvage, Fond-de- Gras, Differdange. The line-up can be found here.
Amongst the ones who performed on the Fond-de-Gras / BGL BNP PARIBAS-Stage / Hall des Trains, it was Tommy Schneller. The photos of the event can be found in my gallery at Blues Express Festival, Luxembourg 2012.

Tommy Schneller

In 2010 Schneller got an offer from the German bluesrocker ace Henrik Freischlader's record label CABLE CAR RECORDS to make a new album. Freischlader in person and together with Schneller produced the record that was released in November 2011. The music on the new CD gets people out of their chairs and onto the dancefloor faster than anything that the singer and saxophonist has done to date: there is funk, soul and blues at the highest quality. Since 2012 Schneller brings this exciting collection of grooves to the stage with a brand new band.


Tommy Schneller Blues Band

More photos can be seen on my photo website.



The band that supports Tommy SCHNELLER (sax and vocals) are composed by passionate musicians who are masters of their instruments with decades of music-business experience.

- Jens FILSER (guitar and vocals) is the epitome of the guitar freak's fantasies, as he has demonstrated in his years of work with Annie Haigis, Rob Strong, Mighty Flea Conners, Jeff Healey, Birth Control and many others.

- Gregory BARRETT (organ, piano and vocals) will be remembered by German fans as the longtime keyboardist and frontman of Supercharge. Home back in the US he has worked with many outstanding artists including Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Tracy Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Carl Perkins, Allman Bros. founder Dickey Betts, Chuck Berry and Tinsley Ellis.

- Gary WINTERS (trumpet/flugelhorn) is a shoo-in for the label "world-class musician"; he is a regular in the bands of Fred Wesley and Bootsy Collins and has accompanied a slew of international stars in his still-young career.

- Dieter KUHLMANN (trombone/sax) has been Tommy's musical collaborator for more than ten years, and sits in the swing-seat with two instruments in the new line-up.

- Maik REISHAUS (bass/vocals and Bernhard WEICHINGER (drums) are the band's rhythm section; Weichinger has worked with Candy and Hans Dulfer among many others.



Even as a child Tommy Schneller knew what he wanted to be when he grew up and have not changed his mind; after catching the musical virus from an Elvis cassette, he set his sights on music and never looked back. Schneller grew up in Germany's "Blues Capital", Osnabrueck, wellknown for the number of nationally active artists in the genre who live there, and while still young he began to appear regularly at the legendary Monday jams in the city's live music institution the "Pink Piano".

In 1987 he appeared in his first professional gigs , and ten years later delivered his debut CD "BLOWING AWAY". Since then he has toured and performed regularly throughout Europe's rich network of great music clubs and festivals. By 2004 Schneller had released two more albums, "BLUES FOR THE LADIES" (2000), the popular title cut of which was rearranged and recorded again for the new CD, and "A HEARTBEAT AWAY" (2004).

Since the year of 2000, apart from the Schneller recordings and shows, as as a member of the "Blues Night Band", he has worked with a number of other international artists including: the Ford Blues Band, Sydney Youngblood, Ron Williams, Rolf Stahlhofen, Red Holloway, Angela Brown and MANY others. In addition, he recently released the trio CD "LET'S GET HIGH" with "Bluesin' the Groove", trio that was joined by the piano icon Christian Rannenberg and young lion drummer/singer Alex Lex.

In 2007 Schneller met the guitarist, singer and multi-instrumentalist Henrik FREISCHLADER. In 2008 they started to work together in the group called "5 LIVE". Later on they released the CD "5 LIVE: IN THE KITCHEN" with the support of the major German broadcaster NDR (North German Broadcasting).

In 2010 Tommy had received an offer from Freischlader which soon resulted in the release of the current CD "SMILING FOR A REASON" (2011): a mix of funky blues and soul, which infects the listener with its driving rhythms. Apart from "the Al Green classic "Never Found Me a Girl", the music was written by Freischlader, keyboarder Barrett and Schneller himself.

"Things weren't always rosy between us. How could they be? As a conservative politician and public figure my father had to deal with the escapades of a teenager who had just discovered Elvis and was swept up by youthful rebellion. Not easy for him! But he let me find my way...he supported me in the search for a calling that would bring me happiness, and for that I will be eternally grateful."

Visit: Tommy Schneller for more info.


Challenge of Photoclub Esch 2012, Luxembourg, Salon Mondial d' Art Photographique 2012, Luxembourg

Feel free to step in during the vernissage/ days of exhibition, you can see some of my photos if interested.

Salon Mondial d' Art Photographique 2012, Luxembourg

Challenge Good Year Luxembourg 2012

Challenge Good Year Luxembourg 2012

Every year an awaited event is the monochrome contest and exhibition "Challenge Good Year" organized by the Photo-Cine Club of Colmar Berg in Luxembourg under the patronage of FLPA. Only monochrome photos are accepted both in the imposed and free subject sections. This year the imposed subject was "the Luxembourg Transportation Infrastructure".

  • Vernissage: 18/5/12 at 19:00.
  • Location: "Centre Culturel de Colmar-Berg".
  • Exhibition: 19-20/5/12.


    Dear All

Feel free to check out my last 3 updates:

  1. Robert Kane Singing the Blues
  2. Walking Madonna
  3. A Walk into the light

Happy Easter 2012


Happy Easter !


Easter Greetings!!!

Easter is a Christian feast and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. Easter is preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, commemorating Maundy and the Last Supper,[4][5] as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.

The 4-th Luxembourg International Digital Contest Public Showing and Awards Ceremony

The 4-th Luxembourg International Digital Contest Public Showing of the Projected Images and Awards Ceremony is going to take place Saturday the 21-st of April 2012, at the Centre Culturel "Tramsschapp" in Rue Emersinde, Luxembourg Limperstberg.

The list of awards and accepted photos can be seen here.

4-th Luxembourg International Digital Contest Public Showing and Awards Ceremony

Exhibition of Romain Nero and Jeannot Caudron

Dear All,

There is a new photo event you may want to attend namely the Exhibition of Romain Nero and Jeannot Caudron
The Vernissage is on the 8-th of March 2012 at 19:30, at the restaurant "A Casa Mia", route de Perle in Flatzbour.
The exhibition will be open from 09.03 to 08.06 2012.
Looking forward to see you there!

Exhibition in Steinsel, Luxembourg


Dear All,

A new event related to photography  you may want to put into your calendars  is the Exhibition of  Michele Lamesch-Junio, Jean-Paul Schmit and Roland Schockweiller.

The Vernissage takes place on January 27, at 19.30  in the Art Gallery “Am Duerf”, place de l’Eglise Steinsel, Luxembourg. 

The exhibition will be open Saturdays and Sundays on January 28-29 and February 4-5, 2012, from 14.30 to 18.30.


The Nikon D4 has been announced

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Nikon D4, a Nikon FX-format camera that serves as the new flagship model in Nikon's line-up of digital-SLR cameras. Nikon will be exhibiting the D4 at the 2012 International CES, to be held Tuesday, January 10 through Friday, January 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This electronics exhibition is open to the public. Want to read more ? Click here.

Here are some of the specification highlights of the Nikon D4:

  • - New 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor (36.0 x 23.9mm)
  • - Latest generation of Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processing engine
  • - New 91,000-pixel 3D colour matrix meter
  • - ISO range from 100 to 204,800 for low-light capture
  • - Advanced Multi-Cam 3500, 51-point AF System for maximum speed in a variety of challenging shooting situations
  • - 15 cross-type sensors in the centre to detect contrast data in both vertical and horizontal planes
  • - Full resolution JPEG or RAW files at up to 10 fps with full AF / AE or up to 11 fps with AF / AE locked
  • - AF sensor, including subject colour as detected on the 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
  • - 16 bit pipeline written to dual card slots optimized for the latest UDMA-7 Compact Flash cards, and the new XQD memory cards
  • - In-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) function that merges consecutive exposures.
  • - Full HD video recording including: 1080p 30/24fps and 60 fps at 720p
  • - B-Frame data compression method, users can record H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC format video for up to 20 minutes per clip
  • - Using the camera’s HDMI port instead of the CF or XQD card, users can stream an uncompressed full HD signal directly out of the camera
  • - Stereo headphone jack for accurate monitoring of audio levels while recording, output adjusted in up to 30 steps for precise audio adjustment. High-fidelity audio recording control with audio levels that can be set and monitored on the camera’s LCD screen. Microphone connected via the stereo mic jack can be adjusted with up to 20 steps of sensitivity for accurate sound reproduction
  • - New 3.2" LCD screen with high resolution of 921K dots, with auto brightness adjustment and the capability to zoom in up to 46x to check critical HD focus


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