In reality this is just part of a wheelchair sign in a parking lot in Villach, but doesn’t it look remarkably like the Lambda sign from Half Life? Gordon Freeman was here! Yeah!!
This is a cheap apartment building with a nice facade, especially in this late light. I’ve seen some apartment floor plans, and they are all the same and among the worst.
Basically you have a small balcony that is the width of the whole apartment. The balcony is on the short side of a long, narrow room with no other windows. Then, in the middle of the apartment there is a bathroom without windows at all, followed by another long room with its only windows on the far side. Basically the apartments are a series of stacked tubes. It does not help either, that the balconies face a loud and busy street. Horrible.
Yesterday my friend Ted Byrne, Artist and blogger from Lancaster, PA, was here in Vienna and I’ve shown him a few places. We’ve talked a lot about politics, art and of course photography. Black and white vs color was among our topics, and this is one more example for why I use B&W:
The image simply didn’t work in color. First there was not much color to begin with, and then I had to selectively push exposure and increase contrast, for instance to bring out the structure of the reflections on the lower side of the blades. That’s the kind of operation that ruins every color consistency and, frankly, it also raises noise. None of that is a problem in B&W.
Here’s some morning light in Vienna. I love the colors, but …
… it turns out it also works pretty well in dramatic B&W. What do you prefer?
Actually this is one of the benefits of not blogging images the day they were taken or at least processed. I’ve created the B&W version just a few minute ago, half a year after the original. It was a sudden idea and I really like the result. Had I blogged it in November, I most likely would never have returned to that particular image.
A camera is a computer, right? Caputure timestamps are important, right? So, please, can anybody tell me why cameras can’t switch between normal and daylight saving time automatically? Yes, there is the matter of location, I know, but if we have point’n’shoots with GPS receiver modules, why can’t we have them on expensive system cameras like the PEN-F?
Energy drain? Not really. You could either track location permanently (and have it recorded in your pictures, accepting energy drain) or you could check at least once every 15 minutes as long as the camera is on.
Of course this image is one hour off, and that quite a few days after we changed from DST to standard time. Oh my!