Oct 292016

Here we have again a mix of three lenses, the 12-40/2.8 at the top,

the fish for the image showing how the stairs leading to the cloister are situated in relation to the refectory (a cool application of this lens, if you ask me),

and finally the 7-14/2.8 for the B&W shot looking down. I like the image looking up best, therefore the order is a little bit weird 🙂

I can’t remember why I went B&W with the last shot, but I suppose this is a case of “tried it randomly and it worked”.

Oct 282016

Empty halls of pure architecture. That’s what those old French monasteries are.

The first two images have been taken with rectilinear lenses. I’ve used the 7-14/2.8 for the big hall of the church. Could easily be mistaken for Dwarvish architecture in Moria, below the Misty Mountains, right?

The third image has been taken with the 7.5/f3.5 fish. It’s a manual lens without electronic communication between lens and body, but I am absolutely sure I have used it wide open.

It’s the first time I have used a fisheye on vacations. You won’t see it in use very often, but during the months since, I have found it to be a valuable addition to my “Big Gear”.

Oct 222016

This is Chapelle des Oblats, a small church on the eastern end of Cours Mirabeau.

Here I had the first opportunity to try out the fisheye. The image on the right was taken with the 12-40/2.8 PRO at its widest.

The other two images are from the 7.5mm fish, and in this small room it makes a world of a difference. It’s not exactly what I saw while I was there, the impression of the room is completely different, but I sure like what I see.

In the Image of the Day the fishyness is not even immediately apparent, because I have centered the cupola. In the other image it’s obvious, but here we see the big benefit of this lens: my other ultra-wide lens, the 7-14/2.8 PRO, wouldn’t have allowed me to capture the room in its totality like I did here. No recitlinear lens would have done the trick.

3650 – All Around the Station

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Oct 162016

Today’s image has been taken in an Underground station that I pass through every time I travel to Vienna. It’s always well after midnight and I regularly arrive half a minute after the train left. That always gives me about ten minutes, and normally I use the time to make an image. You’ve seen a few, this is just a little wider and more curly 🙂

3649 – Have a Seat

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Oct 152016

I think I’ve mentioned it when it happened: I’ve bought a fisheye. It’s not the fancy over-the-top Olympus 8/1.8, but instead a manual Walimex 7.5mm f3.5 lens that was on sale at Amazon.

These and yesterday’s wall are some of the first images taken with it. I don’t expect to use it very often, but at times it’s funny. The extremely short focal length makes it pretty “fishy” even on Micro Four Thirds. The subject? A forklift in a factory building.

3648 – Convergence

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Oct 142016

This is a little bit odd and actually surprising. Exactly ten years ago I’ve posted “1 – After Grandma Has Gone“. Ten times 365 plus three days from leap years, in my book that makes 3653. Somewhere along the line we’ve lost five posts, have we?

Maybe not. I can’t be sure that I haven’t missed a post or two, although I deem it unlikely. Five posts? No way!

The most likely explanation is, that I’ve re-used the last number five times. It happens. I’ve caught myself doing it, and so far I have assumed that I’ve caught myself every single time that it happened. I may have been wrong.

Anyway. This blog is ten years old and I pretend it has been daily. I’m not going to look for the errors and renumber a few thousand posts 🙂

When I began, I found my numbering scheme a little pretentious, but I decided to do it anyway. I saw it as kind of motivational, and really, it was. Next target: 4000 in little less than a year.