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!

3800 – The Wooden Wall

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Mar 162017
 

All the images that I made on Pyramidenkogel’s observation tower are of the rather non-touristic type. This is home-turf, a place where I can come back any time I like (although I normally don’t do it), and this puts me in a different seeing mode. Not that I don’t see or look for that type of images when on vacation, but in other countries, in places that I’m not likely to visit again, at least part of my attention is on documenting.

3668 РThe Graves of S̩nanque

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Nov 032016
 

Lavender fields in B&W? That would indeed be objectionable, but this post is not about lavender, this post is about the dead. See the graves on the backside of the church? This is the place where the monks find their last rest.

In the original color version the crosses, being in the shadow on a bright, sunny day, would have been easy to miss. B&W gave me the leeway to emphasize them dramatically but without ruining the image.

Oct 292016
 

Here we have again a mix of three lenses, the 12-40/2.8 at the top,

the fish for the image showing how the stairs leading to the cloister are situated in relation to the refectory (a cool application of this lens, if you ask me),

and finally the 7-14/2.8 for the B&W shot looking down. I like the image looking up best, therefore the order is a little bit weird 🙂

I can’t remember why I went B&W with the last shot, but I suppose this is a case of “tried it randomly and it worked”.

3659 – Goin’ Home

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Oct 252016
 

This image has been taken three minutes after yesterday’s. The sky may have been slightly darker if at all, the street lights had the same color. I could again have played off orange against blue, but with the strong light fall-off from top to bottom, I figured I would need more violent manipulations to make that image sing – if it could be brought to sing at all.

In that situation I normally go B&W. It’s easier, because when you raise extreme contrasts from shadowy corners, you often have to struggle with color casts. You can get the tonality that you crave for, but the colors betray you immediately. It’s not something that can’t be fixed, but for one it’s hard, and then, it may not even be worth it. There are scenes that cry for B&W, and in my opinion this is one of them.