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4040 – So Many Stories Told

This was the my first time in Brixen / Bressanone. I’m 53. I may visit the town once more in my life, but I’m not sure. It’s not because I didn’t like what I saw (much to the contrary!), it’s because the world is too big and too beautiful.

The cloister is full of beautiful imagery. Stories over stories. I’ve taken a few pictures, and the framing was more determined by my compositional style than by anything content-related. It’s sad in a way: I most likely won’t ever see more of those stories than I do now, when I look at my images. It’s also true that I did not concentrate on seeing while I was there. I concentrated on framing.

But then: I’ve been in places where I didn’t take images, places where I did concentrate on seeing, and now all is lost, all is gone from my memory. These images at least will remain.

4039 – A Cloister in Brixen / Bressanone

Here we are, that was the reason why we went there: the cloister.

I present you two versions of the same image, one developed with DxO Optics Pro, the other one with Lightroom. I think what DxO did all by itself looks better than what I did in Lightroom, therefore the DxO version became Image of the Day.

I had the idea to invoke DxO, because due to the extreme contrast and how I had to pull up the shadows, noise began to creep in. DxO is my panacea for everything noise-related 😉

4036 – A Sunny Day in Brixen / Bressanone

And this is already Brixen’s cathedral. It originates from the 10th century, was rebuilt in the 13th and again completely converted to Baroque style in a few years around 1750. The latter fact alone makes clear how rich this city must have been at that time.

We’ll see more of the cathedral in the next posts.

4035 – Sitting Around Hanging

I’ve seen this peculiar kind of presentation before, and I’ve even taken an image of it. I also know that I’ve seen it recently, but quickly scrolling through the pictures of up to 2009, I thought I’ve missed it and gave up.

In the end I searched my own blog for posts with the tag “mannequin”, and sure enough, among the first hits it was, “2422 – You Keep Me Hangin’ On“, taken in Villach in 2013. Looks like a pretty good reason to keep blogging, if you ask me 🙂

4034 – A Sea Of Flowers In South Tyrol

Until the end of World War One, South Tyrol was a part of Austria, then it had to be ceded to Italy. Since then, the Austrian province of Tyrol consists of two disconnected parts, North Tyrol (or simply “Tyrol”) and East Tyrol, which is kind of an annex to Carinthia.

It’s a little bit far for a day trip, but this May we decided to take just that: a day trip to Brixen / Bressanone. We mostly wanted to see the famous cloister in Brixen’s cathedral. Other than that, well, we would see. If nothing else, there was always good food and classy wine.

4033 – The Glass House – Scratched Edition

A few days ago I’ve looked at the stats of this blog on Statcounter.com. Oh my! It’s really good that I don’t care any more 😀

Basically it’s at around 30 average daily unique visits with 33.5 average page views. In 2009 that were 158 and 200, and when I ran tutorials or gear reviews, then I had highs between 3k and 4k on certain days.

I don’t do that any more and it shows. On the other hand, you can do only so many things in a short life time. Why waste it on always the same?

Again, I don’t care. There is no magic in accumulating hits. It’s just providing content that people want to see, promoting that content, and putting lots of work into it. And that exactly is what I currently don’t want to do 🙂

It’s not even the work, it’s the content as well. Content people want to see, that is frequently not content that I want to produce. Sure, I could write reviews, especially of exotic pieces of equipment, that hardly anyone writes about. For instance I have bought a Mitakon 20mm F2 4.5x macro lens in January.

It’s probably one of my less successful purchases, because when I found out that it can’t focus beyond a few centimeters, I put it back into its box and on a shelf. There it’s collecting dust. I could as well have put it on a camera, the camera on a tripod, and then started to get creative with flowers or all kinds of small objects. It would have made an interesting review, and for such an exotic lens it would likely have been one of only a handful of reviews on the Internet.

Hmm … it even begins to sound interesting, but don’t count on it 😀

4032 – A Sea Of Flowers II

Flowers! I mean, how on earth can you be original with that? Turns out I can’t, but a lot of people can. I’m pretty sure though, they’ve spent at least as much time taking pictures of flowers, as I’ve spent taking pictures of bicycles.

Speaking of bicycles: you know, I don’t see that many of them where I live and work now, and therefore they have practically vanished from my work. Maybe I should more often get into Vienna’s center again and – most importantly – take my time when I’m there.

At the moment I am looking through my old images. There are a little more than 7000 since 2006, that have been processed and mostly used on this blog. Since I bought the new iPad, I’ve put all of them on the tablet, and while I was at it, I’ve put them on the Mac and on my phone as well. Which means: I’ve started to browse them again.

I haven’t done that at any time. There were too many of them for my small devices. Now my phone has 64 GB, that’s enough for my images, the German Wikipedia (without pictures), plenty of Kindle books, all of my productivity apps, offline maps, and I still have 16 GB of free memory.

At the moment I have finished browsing through the images of 2006 through 2009. Lots of bicycles, lots of shallow DOF, lots of creativity. Hmm … compared to 2009, my current work looks pretty bland. And I guess that’s what it is. I think I should really put more time into photography again, do it more regularly again, daily even 🙂