Apr 152017
 

Today I’ve seen something that I can’t really believe. Can anybody confirm that this is not satire? The journalist, with desire in her eyes, praying to her hero-god? The absurd pseudo-scientific expression of “five-times-better”? “Oh, of course my experts say it’s 5.37 times better, but because I’m a humble man I round it down!”. And then her question “unmanned”? Yeah sure, this time. Normally our bombs have pilots, but this time we knew they would explode!!!

Please, beg you please, tell me this was satire!

Apr 132017
 

I’ve used DxO Optics Pro for this image. I could have done it to de-fish the picture, but that’s not what I’m after. If I want ultra-wide and recti-linear, I just use an appropriate lens.

No, it’s that I used 1/100 s and ISO 1250. The advantage is, that I’ve frozen the escalator’s movement, and although everything up to ISO 3200 would be perfectly OK for an image like this, I routinely use DxO for everything above 400. It’s not necessary and nobody will peep at pixels, but then, there is more to DxO’s PRIME noise reduction than noise reduction. Color accuracy, dynamic range, they are all better than with Lightroom. They’d better be so, given that Lightroom renders in real-time and DxO takes half a minute for an image.

Apr 112017
 

This church is pretty dark, and the patterns of colored light coming in through the stained-glass windows can be breathtaking. They are not very gentle to your sensor though. The JPEG directly from the camera was worthless, this conversion from RAW is quite decent though. I think I’m satisfied with the PEN-F’s dynamic range.

Apr 102017
 

Nice chandelier, huh? Seen in Vienna’s Votivkirche, a church having been “in renovation” for more than 10 years now, still far from being reopened as a church. I was there to see an exhibition of photographic reproductions of Michaelangelo’s frescos in the Sixtine Chapel.

Frankly, the exhibition was disappointing. I’ve seen the real thing and there is nothing new to be learned from the images. Well, if anything at all, then that even large format film can’t be blown up endlessly without looking blurry 🙂

Apr 082017
 

Half a year has gone by since I took these images. I’m pretty thankful for my cache of pictures, because I hardly take images at all right now. Why? Stress, a transitional phase at work, and then I’ve got my Sony PS4 Pro, remember?

I bought it for making first steps in VR, but in reality I have spent countless hours in “Skyrim“. Meet Astaroth, level 47 conjurer, Archmage of the College of Winterhold, Citizen of Whiterun and Solitude, Dragonborn 🙂

I’ve played Skyrim’s predecessors “Morrowind” and “Oblivion” on the PC, but at the time “Skyrim” came out six years ago, I didn’t have a powerful enough graphics card. Today’s “Special Edition” brings lots of new visual goodies, and on the PS4 Pro it runs buttery smooth in all its glory.