Alles Neu Land Online Festival & Media Library

SwiftUI used in Production

It runs on iPhone, iPad & AppleTV with a backend on AWS.

These days, app development has become the web design of the early years of the millennia. Anyone can do it and the entry barrier is lower than ever, especially with Apple’s 2019 release of SwiftUI. It is the latest framework for declarative development of user interfaces on every platform in the Apple technology ecosystem. With the updates presented at WWDC 2020, it felt like a production ready environment for SwiftUI only app development for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV or even the Mac.

In late 2020, I was working on the web platform for the Alles Neu Land online…

Seeing in the Dark

Some reflections on using an f/0.95 lens

Advertised as a lens that outperforms the human eye, the LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. is considered the best 50mm lens by many. Beyond bokeh worship and any aficionado praise for the romantic, dreamy and surreal look it produces, it is indeed a lens with state-of-the-art optics and unique characteristics. So I was happy to spend some time with lens and see if all the fuzz is for real.

“The world’s fastest aspherical lens”

Source: Leica Camera AG

During a recent lens service by Leica, I was able to lend the Noctilux lens for some weeks through the company operated…

New Leica M10-R Camera

I attended the Leica M10-R release event July 16, 2020 in Düsseldorf to test the new M 10 family member.

As it happens, I was invited by Leica to attend the Leica M10-R release event July 16, 2020. With current COVID-19 restrictions also applying to this event, I joined a small group of people at the official Leica flagship store in Düsseldorf for the release event, that was streamed live on YouTube from Wetzlar.

Different from previous releases of new camera models, most of the relevant information was already spread on the internet weeks and days before through numerous leaks. But even Leica hinted at what was about to come on their website and social media channels. …

Leica M10-P White Edition

Following the lead of all past and present Leica M-Cameras

The all-white design takes its cue from the extremely popular M8 White Edition released in 2009. This time, it’s even better.

So here it comes. After months of consideration and deep soul searching, the day has finally arrived. Ever since my last endeavour with rangefinder photography, I knew I would return to the Leica M System at some point. Little did I know that it would happen in white. And yet, here I am sharing my first in depth encounter with a marvellous piece of German engineering and product design, the Leica M10-P White Edition.

Even though I unpacked various Leica cameras before, it felt considerably different this time. It was almost a meditative process. It resembled the feeling from unboxing…

This is my take on the Leica SL, the new world it created within the Leica ecosystem, how I used it and why I left it behind.

The Leica SL (Typ 601) is a 24 megapixel full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera introduced by Leica in October 2015. It is a L-mount camera that natively supports both SL and TL lenses from Leica as well as any L-mount lenses from other vendors of the L-Mount Alliance (Leica, Sigma, Panasonic). Also, it supports literally all Leica lenses ever made through use of adapters for M-Mount, R-Mount, S-Mount and even Leica CINE lenses. More importantly, it is Leica’s first full-frame mirrorless system with autofocus and promoted as a weather sealed camera system for professional applications.

As in late 2019, Leica…

As an obvious and long standing Leica aficionado, I must admit that I fell for the promise of the Leica CL:

“Dream Big. Pack Small.”

With its iconic design, its mechanical precision and compact construction made in Germany, it felt like the perfect candidate as an everyday camera and light-weight companion. It offered fancy new features such as WiFi, an outstanding EVF, 24 megapixels, the Maestro II processor and all kinds of bells and whistles. It even supported the Leica Photos iOS companion app. With Leica’s latest L-Mount bayonet it also allowed access to newer (and also considerably more affordable)…

Leica R8 — The quintessence of photography

I still remember the times during my studies of media technology when I dreamed of someday owning a Leica camera. Although I was happy with the Nikon F2 SLR and Nikon 24mm f/2.8 setup I used during the photography classes I took at university, I kept longing for more. A close friend and I spent many nights debating used camera options available at local Leica dealers but always decided to stay away from it. To be completely honest, we dreamed mostly about rangefinder photography and the M System, but this felt out of reach (for reference: at this time the…

The CSTI — Creative Space for Technical Innovations is an interdisciplinary platform for research and knowledge transfer in areas such as human-computer-interaction (HCI) or smart systems at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. The lab is part of the Computer Science department and collaborates with areas such as mechatronics, design, art, social and culture studies. It takes part in a network of other facilities at Hamburg universities, e.g. at Hamburg University, TUHH Lab at Hamburg University of Technology and the City Science Lab at HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab.

The main goal of the…

WWDC 2009 — Apps Wall

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone on January 9, 2007 at Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, no one was expecting the revolutionary effect it would have on most of our lives. Most important component of the Apple led smartphone revolution is undoubtedly the App Store that was introduced in parallel to the iPhone 3G, the second generation iPhone.

When it was opened on July 10 2008, exactly 10 years ago today, it started out with just 500 apps. …

heart/work iOS app generates original interactive artworks based on unique health information and real time workout data collected on the Apple Watch. Bridging the gap between wellbeing and health data, heart/work creates a new type of data visualisation. It uses meditative breathing exercises, real time heartbeat data and environmental information.

The app was developed by a group of students during one of the many challenges at the Apple Developer Academy in Napoli, Italy. It is available for free on the Apple iTunes App Store with In-App-Purchase premium features.

Why Generative Art?

Health is not a number. Anyone should be able to easily understand…

Moritz Philip Recke

Engineer. Essentialist. Explorer.

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