Aug 232016

This year we changed to summer tyres extremely late. I didn’t regret it though, as the appointed day was one day after the unexpected snowfall. This is an image taken while I was waiting. You see, the snow on this garden hut’s roof had already melted away. The hut, the car and I were ready for summer 😀

Aug 212016

April 28. We’ve had snow that late in earlier years. Well, I can remember at least two occasions, one was even in early May. Never before was it that much though.

We had already brought most of the plants out, and it was arranged that in a few days the protective nets for the cats would be strengthened, in order to better survive next winter. They had suffered a little, even though we’d had an exceptionally mild winter.

Well, and then 15 cm of that wet, heavy slush fell down on us in a single day. It was even more in Klagenfurt, around 20 cm, and friends from Rosental, the valley where we lived for 20 years, told us a story of 40 cm of snow and almost two days without electricity.

Aug 192016

It’s funny. I initially gave this image the quite matching title “Tangled Up in Blue”, but then I decided to post another image in my “Electric Ladyland” series instead. It had been quite a while and I had to search my own blog to find out what was the last post. Turns out it was “3040 – Electric Ladyland XX“, and it has the exactly same subject 🙂

Aug 182016

I see, I see: this was “Cheap Week” 🙂

The Image of the Day was made with another cheap and light lens, the collapsible pancake lens Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm 3.5-5.6 ASPH. You have to admit, this is pretty much of a name for such a small and light piece of almost nothing 😀

I rarely use it nowadays, but really, it is a lens good enough for a trip to sunny places. I certainly could have used it in Lisbon for most of the images made with the much more expensive, much bigger and much heavier 12-40/2.8 PRO. The collapsing mechanism is something that I need to get used to, but after an hour it feels natural enough.

This small zoom, the plastic 40-150, and probably the Olympus 9-18 if I need it real wide, that’s probably as light as it gets. Occasionally I may have to raise ISO to 1600 or even 3200, but then I can always process with DxO. Oh yes, and: you won’t shoot action with that combo. The cheap 40-150 focuses abysmally slow. For my kind of images it doesn’t matter though. My subjects rarely move.

3590 – Something Coming Our Way

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Aug 172016

Here’s another image made with the cheap and lowly Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R, also known as “The Plastic Lens”. It even has a plastic mount. The glass is OK though. Wide open (which is not wide at all) it is not comparable to the 40-15/2.8 PRO, but like here, at f10, you won’t see that much of a difference. Give it some light and it shines.

3589 – The Secret of the Spiral

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Aug 162016

Do you also like this kind of images? Exotic spiral staircases? I certainly do. You see a real lot of them on Flickr and elsewhere, and I have always wondered how people find so many of them.

Well, I suppose I know now. I’ve always looked in public places for big spiral staircases. Of course the few that I found were always full of people. Recently I discovered this one, and suddenly it all became clear: they are tiny and narrow! They are not in big public buildings, they are in private houses.

It doesn’t mean that I’ll suddenly find more of them, but it means I can stop looking in the wrong places 🙂