1615 – Another Green World

Uhh, you guess it, I have not a single image of today 🙂

Weather was not really worth going out. I went anyway, although much too late in the afternoon, and in the end I spent my time at the local electronics market, wondering if I should buy a Panasonic LX-5. Well, I kept wondering for months now, and in the end I never do it. I know, it’s stupid, I should either buy the damn thing and use it like Juha does, or else just stop thinking about it, but of course I don’t.

The LX-5 is just such an admirable piece of technology, and it has exactly the size that I would want for a second camera. I have tried the Olympus PEN E-PL2, and while I like it, it is already too heavy and big. The new Olympus XZ-1 is nice and I guess I like its ergonomics better than that of the Panasonic, but then, the LX-5 goes wider.

In fact, when I look at my work of the last 16 months, a vast majority of my images has been taken with the Tamron 17-50/2.8, so obviously this zoom range (25.5-75 mm equivalent) is perfect for most of my work. The LX-5 offers 24-90/2.0-3.3, thus it’s not only longer, its lens is even very fast, and when you go into macro mode, it focuses down to 1 cm. I suppose, although I don’t need it at all, I’ll keep thinking about it 😀

The Image of the Day is from last Summer in Liguria, Italy.

Not all of Italy is lush, but Liguria certainly is. Lots of rain, we got some of it, but I absolutely love the landscape. I still have lots of those images processed, uploaded, but not yet used in a blog post. Perfect for a Saturday like this, when I write programs instead of taking photographs.

The Song of the Day, “Another Green World” from Brian Eno’s album of the same name, as you can hear on YouTube, is not much of a song at all, but I like the album and, well, on a gloomy day like this, I like the title even more 🙂

5 thoughts on “1615 – Another Green World”

  1. Andreas, we seem to share the same thoughts about the gloomyness of the day as well as the LX5. While there is not much to do about the first – political ventings on photoblogs seem not to be received too well – the LX5 also for me is an object of long-time desire, and similar to you I haven’t done it yet. I still have the feeling I will loose my familiarity with my tool of choice, and also will get my vision influenced by the new tool, and I am not ready for this. For the time being, my Sony together with a 16-80 zoom can do 99% of what I want, so besides comfort there is no real reason for another camera.

  2. Beware – in changing the camera you might end up rewiring you brain. (Which in the current configuration produces such gems such as the photograph here.)

    I’m writing this half joking, half serious. This is something I have been thinking about since reading Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. The book is quite controversial, but it is backed up by some fresh research.

    The choice of a camera – or any technological tool – may affect how one sees the world. In learning a new camera you also learn a new way of seeing, and may lose some previous skills.

    Of course, I may be completely wrong claiming that cameras – and approaches to photography – are that different from each other. And in any case, what was once learned can be re-learned with relative ease.

  3. Hi Andreas, I recently bought the LX-5 to use next to my SLR and I don’t regret it. Sure, when possible I rather shoot with my SLR than the LX-5, but the LX-5 is easier to always carry around. The macro is indeed a cool feature. On my site youll find a few photo’s taken with the LX-5.

  4. I don’t have any opinions on the LX-5. but the picture is superb, even if it is an ‘old’ image. I was about to use the word ‘lush’ to describe it, but then noticed that you had used the word in your post… It does some up the picture well though. Lush.

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