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I didn’t make any images on Saturday. This is an image of today, and another one of today will follow in the next post.

Yesterday I spent most of my time at the computer, creating a Windows XP virtual machine with one of my old XP licenses. A virtual machine (I use Sun’s VirtualBox) is a convenient thing to have. You can use it to execute programs of dubious origin, you can use it to safely surf, and whenever you have the feeling that the machine is compromised, infected by a virus or a trojan horse, you simply wipe it and restore it from an export.

I wanted to do that for a long time, now finally I have, but it is incredible how long it takes to install Windows. OK, I started with a pre-SP2 installation medium, installed SP2 from CD, and then SP3 and all patches up to now via Windows Update. And of course Windows always wants to chat with you in between. Talk of tedious.

In the end I only managed to drive to the lake, swim a little, and then the big rain came. It only lasted for a few hours, but the amount of rain was impressive 🙂

This image was taken on a short trip in the very morning. Obviously it’s a crop, not a stitched panorama 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Valley Of The Birds” from the much underrated 1997 Stranglers album “Written In Red”. See them live on YouTube.

  7 Responses to “1044 – Valley Of The Birds”

  1. I would have been impressed if this image was a stitched panorama, with all these birds taking off. Maybe if you tape two or three cameras together and synch their shutters, somehow… 🙂

  2. Fantastic idea. Let's see: The Nikon D300 weighs 825g, the Sigma 150/2.8 another 895g, times three, that's almost 5kg. Impressive. I would need a backpack full of lenses just to not fall forward 🙂

  3. love @ first sight 🙂

  4. Oh, for me it took quite some work to love the image. You should have seen the original from the camera 🙂

  5. Enthusiasm for one's goal lessens the disagreeableness of working toward it. [thomas eakins quote] 🙂

  6. The result of your effort is gorgeous. Is there any possibility that you might be willing to post a before shot for some of these wonders you produce? I don't know why I want to be endure more frustration—of the "I wish I were able to accomplish that!" variety. But, I do.

  7. Anita, I can't right now. I am without my collection at the moment. I even forgot my card reader, thus I can't post an image tonight 🙂

    I'll think about a post where I explain in detail what I currently use most of the time. This image would be especially interesting, because it surprised even me, and the reason was the surprising effect that one of the Topaz Detail presets had. I'll think about it.

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