Jun 282015

I remember being in south-west France, the Occitaine of old, thirty years ago. Then I was surprised by the abundance of Romanesque architectrue, the way the Gothic architecture in Albi looked more like a fortress than like a church, and I was also surprised by the lack of anything else.

But of course that can all be explained from history. The pre-Gothic era was the high-time of an independent and proud southern state of Occitaine, Gothic was the architectural style of the northern french conquerors, Albi was the place where southern resistance and a southern flavor of Christianity were cruelly suppressed.

After that time centralization set in, the French kings sucked out the land and all money went to Paris. The culture of the Troubadour courts died and the following hundreds of years saw little architectural innovation down in the stubborn old south.

Here in Austria our high-time was in the era from Baroque up to the end of the Empire. It shows. You hardly find churches without baroque altars and sculptures, and so it is here in Villach.

The Song of the Day is “Devotion” by Jessie Ware. Hear it on YouTube.

Jun 272015

It’s hard to decide which of these two images I like better. In the end I have decided for the more dynamic one and against the subtle light reflexes on the facade of this office building in Villach.

As far as I remember, I have used that building at least once, but that’s the beauty of long lenses: you just take another shot of another detail :)

The Song of the Day is “I Like It Rough” by Lady Gaga. Hear it on YouTube.

3168 – Stained Glass I

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Jun 212015

Here’s a dusty stained-glass window in a modern church in Vienna, along with a cobweb in the corner and some very nice light.

The Song of the Day is “Stained Glass” by Jon Guerra, a musician whose view on religion on I obviously don’t share, but you’ll have to admit that a song with “stained glass” in its title is hard to find outside of a religious context :)

Hear it on YouTube.

3167 – Don’t Apply Compression Gently III

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Jun 202015

This is an image very similar to what I’ve frequently made in my Nikon days. Need shallower DOF? Just focus a vertical slice nearer. There is no advantage to any camera system with a bigger sensor. That’s even f3.5, not f2.8. That’s what I’ve chosen in order to make the old woman in the back at least recognizable as a human being.

The Song of the Day is still “Don’t Apply Compression Gently” by Courtney Barnett. Hear it on YouTube.