Oct 242016

This is not a church, it’s the town hall or Hôtel de ville as the French say. I don’t know how old it is, but in any case the lights are pretty new. Of course their color cycles through the whole spectrum, a fancy and tasteful effect never seen before 🙂

My camera and I preferred blue.

Oct 232016

If there is anything like a composition typical for me, this is probably it. You may have seen similar pictures over and again. If it’s not your thing, you must be annoyed by now. I can’t help it though. The moment I see such a scene, dying light caressing an old wall, I have to take a picture. It’s automatic.

If it’s not your thing, please come back tomorrow. There will be something different 🙂

Oct 222016

This is Chapelle des Oblats, a small church on the eastern end of Cours Mirabeau.

Here I had the first opportunity to try out the fisheye. The image on the right was taken with the 12-40/2.8 PRO at its widest.

The other two images are from the 7.5mm fish, and in this small room it makes a world of a difference. It’s not exactly what I saw while I was there, the impression of the room is completely different, but I sure like what I see.

In the Image of the Day the fishyness is not even immediately apparent, because I have centered the cupola. In the other image it’s obvious, but here we see the big benefit of this lens: my other ultra-wide lens, the 7-14/2.8 PRO, wouldn’t have allowed me to capture the room in its totality like I did here. No recitlinear lens would have done the trick.

Oct 212016

Both of today’s images were taken through my spying glass, the big, heavy 40-150/2.8 PRO. What did I bring along? The usual vacation gear (aka “The Big Gear”), meaning the trinity of the Olympus PRO lenses. Additionally I carried the small fisheye. I had bought it only days before the trip, and I figured I should use it while it was new, otherwise I’d probably forget about it 🙂

Do you still write post cards? I used to do it on vacations, but I have stopped at least ten years ago, maybe much, much longer.

In a way it was a nice ritual: searching typical, beautiful post cards that still avoided clichés, trying to perfectly match cards and recipients, trying to write individual, witty messages tailored to their recipients, buying stamps, finally searching for a mailbox. Yes, it sounds tedious, and that’s probably the main reason why we stopped doing it 🙂

Oct 202016

Does not look like stereotypical Provence, does it? Well, don’t fear, we’ll get to that 🙂

Today’s images (and tomorrow’s as well) were taken on Place des Cardeurs, where we sat for our first dinner. It’s one of the few places spacious enough that you can sit outside in the sun. Most other places crowded with restaurants are narrow and always in the shadow. It does not matter after sunset, but with long June days I enjoyed dining in the sun.

Oct 182016

And off we went to France. Aix en Provence was the destination and we went by car. It’s easily reachable from Austria in one day.

This image was taken on the French highway, somewhere between Cannes and Nizza, during a refueling stop. It was drizzling a little and I took my first image on that trip: the hood of a big and expensive BMW SUV, sprinkled with cheap rain, reflecting a disfunctional roof 🙂

3650 – All Around the Station

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Oct 162016

Today’s image has been taken in an Underground station that I pass through every time I travel to Vienna. It’s always well after midnight and I regularly arrive half a minute after the train left. That always gives me about ten minutes, and normally I use the time to make an image. You’ve seen a few, this is just a little wider and more curly 🙂

3649 – Have a Seat

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Oct 152016

I think I’ve mentioned it when it happened: I’ve bought a fisheye. It’s not the fancy over-the-top Olympus 8/1.8, but instead a manual Walimex 7.5mm f3.5 lens that was on sale at Amazon.

These and yesterday’s wall are some of the first images taken with it. I don’t expect to use it very often, but at times it’s funny. The extremely short focal length makes it pretty “fishy” even on Micro Four Thirds. The subject? A forklift in a factory building.