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4000 – A Painful Bird

4000 blog posts, at least one per day, almost eleven years. So, why is this painful?

The image was taken at the hospital on February 20 this year. I was there with my parents to hear the results of my father’s chemotherapy. Basically the cancer in his liver had not receded and instead grown. Further chemotherapy was offered tentatively, but it was clear that he would die some time this year. It was just a matter of how long his liver could carry on working.

It’s a sad image.

3764 – Late Light

Now that’s the same church as yesterday, only not molten 🙂

The image of the bird is unfortunately not sharp enough to qualify for its own post. Still, the scene is too perfect to throw the image away.

Granted, I’ve used an unnecessary f9.0, but the focal length is only 100mm (200mm eq.), taken at 1/250s. I should have been able to easily hold that, even without stabilization. Fact is I couldn’t – and this is only one out of three images. All were taken with the same technical parameters within seconds and under the same light. I wasn’t in a hurry either.

This may be one of the odd combinations of camera body, lens, focal length and shutter speed, where some weird resonance renders the stabilization ineffective. The E-P5 normally has the same stabilization as the original E-M1, but I can’t remember ever having seen this with the E-M1 or with any other lens. I think this is what “Anti-Shock” was introduced for. I believe the E-P5 should already have had it, but I may be wrong.

3761 – Evening Call

I stood a while and took images of this guy. A few seconds later another bird came, they had a short fight and the other bird won. I only have one image of the fight and it’s been taken a second too early. The next already shows the other bird in a triumphant position with spread wings, but unfortunately the tip of one wing reaches out of the frame. I’ve tried it, but there’s no way to save that image.

Now that I think of it, the fight of the two birds is a situation where the E-M1 MkII’s “Pro Capture Mode” would have been helpful. It wouldn’t have saved the image with the cut-off wing, but it would have given me at least one good image of the fight. The only problem is, I wouldn’t have been able to set it up in a hurry.

It seems like I should set up a “Custom Mode” (that’s what the old “MySets” are called today). Switching between custom modes is easy as well. They finally have dedicated positions on the mode dial.

3685 – Bird’s Wings

A new day, a new town. This is Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume. We are here for the church. There’s kind of a fair or a market in front and north of the church, where we would normally park our car. I’ve found a place behind the church though, and that’s where we are now, looking up at this bird soaring, and at the mighty shadow of its wing.

3496 – Birding

Villach is an interesting town. I grew up in Klagenfurt, 35 kilometers away, and Klagenfurt had very distinct quarters. There was a district around a hill on the north-western side, that was where the rich lived. South-west and east were much less noble, and the part where I lived was technically within Klagenfurt’s borders, but practically considered countryside.

Villach is different. It has smaller districts, and for instance the nobler resideces are scattered much more. One of the reasons is, that Villach is at the confluence of two rivers, at the cross of two railway lines and two major roads. Villach is cut in two by a meandering river Drau, and then once again by its railway lines. In effect, whenever you want from A to B, your first thought is “What bridge should I take?”. Add to that a few hills and you have a varied geography made up of small and very different neighborhoods.

This is a noise barrier along the western railway line. Pink is not necessarily my color, but I enjoyed it in February 😀

2328 – Ride A White Swan

In the last post I wrote about Sunday’s elections in Carinthia, but here on the blog it’s actually still Saturday. And while the image for Friday’s post and Sunday’s news was taken on Saturday, let me further confuse you with an image taken on Sunday for Saturday’s post. Here we go 🙂

I was pretty lucky with this image. It was the last in a series, with the swan swimming away from me, right into the reflection of the sun. Here they came perfectly together. You can’t plan such a shot, it’s pure luck and you can only be thankful. It helps to be prepared though 😀

The Song of the Day is the T-Rex classic “Ride A White Swan“. Hear it on YouTube.