Tag Archives: Bicycle

3622 – The Rusty Old Bike

There’s a deplorable scarcity of bicycles where I live and work now. You’ve heard my lament πŸ™‚

On the other hand, sometimes you find them where you wouldn’t expect it. Here for instance is one mounted to the top of a fence at a restaurant.

There was really no good angle for a decent background. I let the 75/1.8 take care of the problem. The lines in the background are from the railing of a bridge. Unfortunately nothing could be done about them. Cloning was out of the question πŸ™‚

3573 – Got to Grow

It’s peaceful here in rich Vienna. Children have their colored bicycles and everything is sleepy and silent.

This is the same world and the same small continent as the one where terrorists have started to kill people every few weeks. It’s the same place as the one where xenophobia has started to cancel all altruism.

I think as a species we still have a long way to go. Instead we inevitably slip into evitabilities – just like on the verge of World War I. Everybody knows it’s stupid what we do, nobody wants to be the first to draw consequences. Lemmings we are, seeingly heading towards the cliff.

3481 – A Bike at Night

I remembered to have taken this image around midnight, but no, it was just early evening. It didn’t make a difference though. In mid-January it’s all the same πŸ™‚

The image posed a challenge though. It was taken at an Underground station with light coming mostly from orange sodium-vapor street lights, along with some much cooler light spill from the station. Believe me, there’s no proper white balance for the whole picture. I’ve used different gradients with different white balance settings and different exposure / contrast /saturation / vibrance settings, I’ve generally taken out a lot of blue, and at least the bike itself seems pretty accurate to me now.

Was it worth it? Well, as an exercise in any case, and I like at least the composition πŸ˜€

3456 – Altogether Now!

Once, a long time ago, I was the King of Bikes. Where I lived, in the most progressive district near the center of Vienna, bicycles were ubiquitous. Now, living on the edge of town, that is long gone. It’s all cars, cars, cars.

This image was taken on an afternoon when I had a meeting in a department more or less where I once worked.

It’s interesting. As soon as I get there, as soon as I see the old environment, the old instincts are back in the minute. It’s really a different kind of attention to a different kind of things.