Jul 182016

The door at the end of this corridor, that’s where I currently work. Thankfully with the new office building we’ve said good-bye to open floor plans. People work in small rooms with between two and – rarely – six persons, and due to the generous attitude towards teleworking, many work from home one or two days a week.

On the one hand the new attitude was a concession to the majority of our collegues, for whom the new location of the office brought drastic increases in commuting time, and on the other hand everybody works on virtual machines anyway. You can do that from any place in the world, so why not from home?

Jul 172016

Allow me one last look into the orangerie. I promise it’s the last time, ok?

It is the one without plants in it, the one with the benches, the one used for events. The distortion of the glass, the rich, filtered light on the wood inside, all that makes this a magic golden place. Unfortunately one that we’re locked out of, but I suppose that’s part of the magic 🙂

3558 – Tipsy Illumination

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Jul 162016

In German, saying someone is “illuminated”, is a polite way of calling him drunk – or maybe at least tipsy. That’s what I had to think of, when I saw this lamp. Reminds me of someone stumbling back home in a state of “illumination” 🙂

3556 – The Lazy Lion

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Jul 142016

Do you use filters? I don’t. Of course I’ve done it in the past, and in the beginning I even used “protection filters” on all my lenses.

No more. I’ve spent a fortune on such protection, certainly more than the worth of a few lenses, and in the few cases a lens fell, normally I got away with scratches and maybe a damaged lens shade. One lens took some damage that made manual focus sound like the lens were broken (though AF still worked silently and flawlessly) and in one case the plastic lens barrel broke. None of this would have been prevented by a “protective filter”.

It’s different with polarizers and ND filters. I appreciate their value, I know when and how to use them – and I still don’t do it. Too much hassle. Take this image. I needed f2.8 (the widest my Olympus 60 mm macro goes) for some background blur, but on that bright day I was already at 1/8000 s and ISO 160. I was lucky. A little more light and I would have needed an ND filter or a polarizer. I think I don’t have one for the 60/2.8, and if I had had one, I most likely wouldn’t have had it with me on that day trip.