Feb 082017
 

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

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Feb 052017
 

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

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Nov 202016
 

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.

May 152016
 

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 😀

3475 – Swans of the New Year

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Apr 242016
 

It has taken a while, but now we finally dip into 2016 on this blog.

January was a particularly lazy month for me, at least as regards photography. Otherwise I was preparing for a new project at work, something that drained all my energy. But rest assured, I’ve recovered since 😀

3452 – Adoration of the Moon

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Apr 012016
 

I’ve taken this image out of my office window. Pretty extreme perspective correction has been applied, but I think the result was worth it. There was no way I could have taken this image “in-camera”. At least not without having wings myself 🙂

3198 – Ferrara VIII

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Jul 212015
 

Ever felt like going on a crusade? Some raping, looting and a lot of slaughter? Never found a reason? It’s God’s Will, stupid!

Almost a millennium has passed, crusaders are still there, now for the oil. Nothing changes and the doves on San Domenico don’t care.

Mar 042013
 

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.

Feb 102013
 

Here’s one image of a lone magpie resting on a tree across the street. Thursday morning it sat there long enough for me to take several images.

No images were taken on Saturday though. I was busy buying a new washing machine, installing it and getting rid of the defective old one 🙂

The Song of the Day is not exactly a song at all. It’s the overture to Gioachino Rossini’s opera “La Gazza Ladra”, famously used by Stanley Kubrick in “A Clockwork Orange”. If violence disturbs you, I suggest you’d better avoid the two scenes from the movie where it was used so brilliantly.