Jan 282015

and this is his bus.

“There Is A God” is a song by “33 Miles“, a “contemporary Christian band” from Tennessee. “Contemporary Christian“! Did we have any of those in my youth? I’d have thought not, but I can be wrong.

In any case, the case they’re trying to make in this song is rooted in an inability to explain, in a scary sense and a lot of hope and belief. Somehow the exact proof eludes me, but as a song it is not bad.

YouTube has the song.

Jan 272015

Great swan, exactly the right moment, exactly the right light, wrong lens though. I suppose the 40-150/2.8 would have been the tool for the job. Or even the lowly 40-150/4-5.6.

Would I have pointed the right lens with the right zoom at the right moment into the right direction though? Sounds like a lot to get right, huh? Considering that, I actually feel good with what I’ve got :D

The Song of the Day is one more time “Ride A White Swan” by T-Rex. Smells like youth :)

Hear it on YouTube.

Jan 262015

Don’t get me wrong, I do know that in a place where on a normal sunny day a few thousand people relax walking, running or cycling, a never seen image is hardly to be expected.

I don’t care though. Those few sunny days in winter are too much a pleasure to be neglected.

I took off from work very early, returning hours later, when the sun had long set. Unfortunately I can’t do that all the time :)

The Song of the Day is “Skyline” by Court Yard Hounds. Hear it on YouTube.

Jan 252015

If I didn’t know that this is my shadow, I wouldn’t recognize it at all. The Stairs make it look as if I’d wear a coat, while in reality I wore a short winter jacket :)

By the way, I just found out, why I didn’t get email notifications for comments on my blog. I had tried a few things like using different email addresses (in the end all being redirected to my GMail account), but whatever I did on server side didn’t help a thing. Why? GMail had decided that those mails were SPAM.

In other words: keep an eye on your GMail SPAM folder. It may contain more than you expected it to :D

The Song of the Day is one more time “I Got Stripes” by Johnny Cash. Hear it on YouTube.

Jan 242015

This is the building where I work now. It’s less ugly than the last one, and much to my surprise I found it very functional. Of course big organizations are what they always are, regardless of the enclosing architecture :D

Still, it’s a good place to work. And only 18 minutes away from the river.

The Song of the Day is “Work Song” by Hozier. Hear it on YouTube.

Jan 222015

I lied. Here’s one more image from my walk in Villach. When I left the car and walked down to the river, I came along a heap of garbage in front of a shop, neatly piled up around a light post. I couldn’t get a proper angle at it and so I didn’t take the image.

When later I walked back to the car, coming from the other side and on the other side of the street, I saw the garbage again, this time at the end of an oblique line across the street. Two diverging lines, one leading into garbage, the other into an uncertain future. Maybe there’s an allegory buried somewhere :)

The Song of the Day is “One Way Or Another” by Blondie. Songs from my youth. Oh how I love them! :D

Hear it on YouTube.

Jan 202015

This piece of moss on the wall was lit by beautiful late sunlight. I saw it and immediately loved the color, only to later find out, regardless of what I did in post-processing, that every magic was gone. I just couldn’t reproduce the colors of my memories. Everything looked bland or simply wrong.

That’s one of the moments when I frequently try black and white. And indeed it works for me.

The Song of the Day is still “Stone Walls” by Three Tall Pines. Hear it on YouTube.

Jan 192015

I used to care much about equipment. Not so any more. I have a camera that’s ideal for my needs, lenses that are ideal given my quality requirements and weight restrictions, and what I use at any given time is more or less randomly chosen.

At the moment I walk around with the 12/2.0, 25/1.8 and 75/1.8. Double the numbers and you get the “full frame” equivalences. 12, 17, 45 is another triad that I use fairly often, 12, 25, 45 is the third. Whatever I choose, I can go for shallow DOF if I want to. I rarely feel the urge though. I once did and I still use it at times, but any feeling of obligation is long gone :D

The Song of the Day is still “Stone Walls” by Three Tall Pines. Hear it on YouTube.