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Laptop & Monitor Stand in Wood

For some time now I have been working on my other venture: Nordic Appeal. Here you can see a few of the products I use in my office when edition images.

Monitor Stand

Being tall I have always needed my monitor to be quite high compare with others. Generally I used books but I’ve wanted something more unique and simple when working with my images. It’s not good for concentration and feng shui with colourful book just below the monitor where you adjust colours and fine tune exposure.

When I was working with the design of the MacBook Stand, I got the idea of make a iMac Stand in similar design. It’s very simple and yet very complicated to get it right in the process of heating and pressing the wood into the fine curves. After being in the press for minutes the wood needs to cool down and even small errors or differences in the wood will yell a skew example.

The laptop stand for the MacBook is great when on the road. It helps cool the MacBook but also keep it a a comfortable angle and make a solid platform. The monitor stand is great for raising you monitor to a correct level yet keep you working environment clean and tidy.

Compared with other stands you can get I love these ones as they comply with the ECO-label and are made in sustainable wood. As a nature photographer you are very focused on the damage and exploitation of the environment so I’m happy with the environmental touch.

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Have a great day!

Martin Bay

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

I’ve always considered the 50mm a perfect little lens when used on the old 35mm film cameras – it was my favorite and together with a 24mm it was my only kit for a long time – that was the Pentax area. I’m using Canon now and I have never got to buy any of their 50mm lenses despite they have three versions. I would love to go out and get the 50mm f/1.2L but it’s simply too heavy and expensive – the 50mm f/1.4 would be my favorite lens – its not too expensive, not too heavy or large but it’s very old technology and in my opinion not up to the standard of the new digital SLR cameras from Canon.

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Zoom lens is a great lens! I don’t own this lens but have tried it and if used right it takes very high quality images. It’s a versatile and relative compact zoom lens that’s easy to bring along on your holidays and travels.

Image of Yellow Mountains

The above images show the sunrise at Huangshan or the Yellow mountain in China. The image was captured during sunset when I visited Huangshan in China last year. The area is known for its beautiful scenery, peculiarly shaped peaks and Huangshan Pine trees. The area used to be a frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature, as well as modern photography – today it’s very tourist exploited with lots of shop, hotels and concrete trails with traffic regulations!

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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L Mark II

The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II is the perfect super wide angel zoom. The wide angle zoom lens is what I consider one of the most important wide angle lenses in Canon’s line up – I love it.

Canon EF 16-35mm

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II

As seen on the above image you can crop a lot of things into the frame – in this photo I us the 16mm angle setting to focus on the rocks in the foreground with the turquoises water and the snow covered mountains in the distance. The rocks are warmly colored by the setting sun which is contrasted of a light layer of snow. The image was captured on the Outer Hebrides on a rocky coast with small sandy beaches. It was a cold day on this exotic coast and the image was captured with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II and the Canon 5D Mark II solid on the Gitzo Tripod.

Shanghai Skyline with Canon EF 16-35mm

A completely different images is this panoramic photo of the Pudong district in Shanghai– the largest city in the People’s Republic of China – beside this wide angle shot captured with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II and the Canon 5D Mark II I made a large panoramic photo stitch together in Adobe Photoshop CS5 from 6 RAW images. The same image but captured with at two different lenses at different focal length!

Yes, this lens exhibits some corner softness and light fall off at the wide end and/or at f2.8, however this starts to clear up nicely even at f/4 and is completely gone by f/8. So altogether and excellent lens for landscape photography. Compared to the Canon 17-40mm f/4 I prefer the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 because it goes down to an aperture of f/2.8.

Read about the lens at Canon or a more in-depth-review of the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II.

Martin Bay

Canon 5D Mark II – Best Landscape Camera

The Canon 5D Mark II really stands for quality and flexibility – excellent for land- and cityscape and for macro photography.

Canon 5D Mark II

The Canon 5D Mark II is my primary camera and was the camera that made me switch from Nikon (D300) to the Canon system. It appealed to me because of the advantage of the full-frame sensor. The full-frame sensor and high mega-pixel count gives the camera excellent low light performance and the ability to produce images for large prints.

The camera was not the only think that made me switch from Nikon to Canon, the main reason was the lenses. I was in love with Canon’s 16-35mm f/2.8L lens and Nikon really didn’t have an equivalent for a long time, and then Nikon released the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens with very limited ability to use filter. This was the drop. I use filters for most of my photographs often I use a UV-filter but really depend on graduated filters and neutral density filters.

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