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.
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 🙂
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 😀
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.
Apart from being a cream machine, the other great use for the Mitakon Speedmaster 25/0.95 is of course as a low-light lens. This image has been taken in very, very low light indeed, and I still needed ISO 1000 🙂
A long lens carves a small frame. The smaller your angle of view, the more options you have to direct the camera to something never seen. It’s as simple as that. Nevertheless it always takes me some time to get adjusted to this kind of seeing.
The Song of the Day is still “Don’t Apply Compression Gently” by Courtney Barnett. Hear it on YouTube.