3956 – Red Berries I

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Aug 192017
 

A winter without snow, a sunny day with blue sky, the sun already waning in early afternoon.

You feel like you’ve not taken an image in months (which is not true, but still …): what do you do?

I drove around randomly, worrying about the sun, and suddenly I found rows of trees with strangly red fruit, planted around one of Villach’s schools.

No leaves, only thousand of red berries. In size they almost approximated cherries, but they were densely clustered along the twigs. Some of them were already foulish brown, many were still in red splendor. Any idea what that is?

Jun 082017
 

Let’s have some more of those gorgeous glass windows, shall we? In many cities in central Europe, glass windows have not survived World War II. This is especially true for most of Germany and Austria, but it’s also true for much of the occupied territories. It may also be true for parts of southern England. Aerial bombardments and glass windows make for a bad match.

I am not completely sure, but I think these windows are old. Prague has been occupied, but it was largely spared the bombings that devastated so many of our old cities.

You see it. Prague looks older than, for instance, Vienna, and it has a density of sights that is far greater. Yes, from communist times you have a lot of unpleasant architecture at the outskirts, but at the center it is extremely beautiful. By contrast, in Vienna you have regions at the center that had been hastily rebuilt after the war, and the architecture used was cheap as well. But that’s how it is and that’s why we have to be thankful for being able to live in peace. I’m quite sure the people in Aleppo would have loved it as well.

3866 – Saint Vitus Cathedral From Afar

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May 212017
 

And here’s the reason why you should climb Petřín Lookout Tower (or take the elevator): you have an impressive view over the city. Don’t forget your long lenses and (in case you use Lightroom) don’t forget to play with gradient filters, dehaze and painted masks. That’s exactly what these tools were created for.

3856 – Saint Nicholas

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May 112017
 

Standing in such a big church with a long, well stabilized lens, you have almost endless possibilities.

The golden patron saint is a detail from the main altar, the other image is from somewhere on the ceiling. I could have gone on and on, but somewhere you have to stop. One more post and then we’re out of the church 😀

3783 – The Carpenter’s House

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Feb 272017
 

Back to Carinthia. This is again an image taken with a 40-150, but this time it’s the big gun, the f2.8 PRO. Even at f8 it makes a difference, but it is not substantial in terms of sharpness. In terms of focusing speed it is though.

3735 – Keep It From Breaking Apart

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Jan 102017
 

I took this image from the same spot as yesterday’s, under the sun shades of an outdoor café in Klagenfurt. While the other one was taken wit the wide end of the 40-150/2.8, we see the long end at work here. Don’t look for the detail, it’s not the same subject, by the way 😀