3809 – Curves

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Mar 252017

It’s interesting to see how things change. This is one of a few high-rise buildings that have been built around Vienna’s new central railway station. Some of the architecture is boring, some is interesting, and sometimes even the boring gets interesting when seen from the right angle.

In any case the whole area looks strangely empty. There’s no organically grown infrastructure, and when you leave the immediate vicinity of the station, you are alone on empty sidewalks.

3802 – The Cannon

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Mar 182017

No battleship without a cannon, right? Well, this one looks like I would have imagined the Enterprise’s Phaser cannons in my childhood.

Star Trek was my favorite TV show in elementary school and we played it in all our breaks. My mother had sewn badges that we pinned to our shirts, my father had created wooden phaser pistols.

I was Captain Kirk, my best friends were Spock and Scotty, a girl that I secretly adored was Uhura, but now I wonder who played Dr McCoy. This all stopped when I changed school at 10, and many of them I haven’t seen any more. “Scotty”, who in reality became a doctor, died a few years ago. Strange to think that he is only a memory now.

Feb 092017

HDR is an invention of the “Digital Age” of photography. It just wouldn’t have been possible with film.

These days I mostly shun the technique. Dynamic range has become pretty good, even on “inferior” small sensors like those of Micro Four Thirds cameras. Still, there are situations like this, I on top of a tower, taking images into the sunset, where HDR tremendously helps with shadow detail.

Once you have your bracketed exposures, guesswork begins. What is the correct white balance? There is no right or wrong here. In retrospect I prefer the warmer colors and lighter tonality of the image that ended up as Image of the Day, but that’s largely a matter of taste.

3760 – Two Bikes Hanging Out

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Feb 042017

Rovinj, like so many of these old mediterranean cities, wouldn’t be my first choice for riding a bicycle. Cobbled, narrow streets full of tourists, much of the city perching on a hill, but hey, I’m just the photographer, and as such I was glad to have a few bikes around. For years they were one of my favorite subjects 🙂

3759 – Backyard

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Feb 032017

Rovinj is one picturesque place where even the backyards look interesting. I was there on an overcast day and then once again after sunset. I wouldn’t have minded some sun, but that’s what you do when traveling: you take what you get. At least I can come back in three hours if I want to 🙂

3758 – Blossoms for a Lonely Scooter

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Feb 022017

There’s nothing new that I could tell you about the E-M1 MkII. I had it with me in Vienna, but I’ve hardly used it at all.

At the moment I’m on the train from Vienna to Carinthia. Tonight we had snow in Vienna, but it’s already thawing, contrary to the predictions.

In Carinthia, where we had day-highs of -7 degrees Celsius last weekend (and basically for two weeks), we seem to get +10 and more the next days. Warm and moist air from the Mediterranean, cold air from the north, wherever they meet there’ll be snow. I sincerely hope it’s north of the Alps 🙂

3757 – The Crowd

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Feb 012017

You may ask yourself, is this the right time to get an E-M1 MkII? Isn’t this a little bit late? Should I wait for the next model?

Well, no. If at all, it’s still a little bit early. Lightroom only has “preliminary support” for now. It looks good, but the usual Olympus color profiles like “Normal” and “Vivid” are not yet available. Neither is support in DxO. The latter is announced for February. In other words: no need to hurry 🙂