A few flowers on a narrow strip of lawn between a banking office and the sidewalk. It’s not the environment where you’d expect nature’s beauty, but when you use a long lens and point the camera straight to the ground in front of your feet, you can create a frame tight enough to exclude everything 🙂
An aperture of f10 is commonly considered a no-go in MFT. Refraction eats away all sharpness, they say.
They’re wrong 😛
This year we changed to summer tyres extremely late. I didn’t regret it though, as the appointed day was one day after the unexpected snowfall. This is an image taken while I was waiting. You see, the snow on this garden hut’s roof had already melted away. The hut, the car and I were ready for summer 😀
At least that’s what this image reminds me of. But then, I don’t like flags and I don’t like nations.
Whenever things get tight, people tend to flock together in groups, tend to accentuate the differences and not the common, tend to seek salvation in separation. It’s easy to see why.
Keeping the unknown at bay and sticking to the known is a way of denying change. It’s only that change does not come through refugees. Refugees come through change.
Their world changes, and it is through our actions or our refusal to act. Sure, we can keep them out and just pretend that there is no problem. The problem is only that it does not work.
By refusing to change we must change ourselves. By setting up borders we lose the freedom to cross them. By waging war in other countries we make ourselves the target of revenge. By following our fears we make them reality.
Bombs in Paris, bombs in Brussels, and the only thing we’re capable of is to ramp up surveillance and further limit freedom. It didn’t help the French and it didn’t help the Belgians, did it?
Do you remember Terry Gilliam’s prophetic movie “Brazil“? Well, it positively begins to feel like that.
Well, ok, I admit it’s clear what it is, but it’s again an example of how decay can turn something mass-fabricated into an interesting object.
The Song of the Day is “Whatever It May Be” by Dagha. Hear it on YouTube.
Compositionally this is not very different from yesterday’s image, only that I’m playing with shallow DOF now. Technically I am near the sortest focusing distance. This is not macro range (the 75/1.8 can’t do macro), but it is near macro territory. The tiles are maybe four inches high in original.
The Song of the Day is still “Some Walls” by Peter, Paul and Mary. Hear it on YouTube.
This is a house in Vienna’s second district, once the center of Vienna’s rich Jewish culture, today, well, just that, but on a much smaller scale. If you are in the business for kosher food, that’s the place to go.
This house was reported to me as “The Russian House”, and I don’t know why. A Google search reveals that it has been sold recently as a luxurious city residence. Maybe it was sold to rich Russians, maybe the name dates back to the time of Russian occupation after WW2. I didn’t ask and now Google won’t tell me 🙂
In any case the image did quite well on Flickr, even got into Explore, although it only did so at the very end of the day and just rose above 1000 views that day, approximately double since.
The Song of the Day is “Hopelessly Blue” by Kat Edmonson. Hear it on YouTube.
The Image of the Day has been taken in Ispra, a small town on the east coast of Lago Maggiore, south of Laveno. The town is best known for housing the Institute for Environment and Sustainability, part of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. We only passed through and I didn’t look for the institute, but what immediately caught my attention was this wall.
Somehow the streetlight and the top of the door look like a crown to my eyes. Add the extravagant color and you know why I call it the Queen’s Club 😀
The Song of the Day is still “Viaggi e Miraggi” by Francesco De Gregori. Hear it on YouTube.
What’s that, you ask? Well, we’re on a terrace, our nose a few centimeters from an enameled blue flower pot. The yellow and white are a reflection. On the other hand, do you care? Whatever the designers say this year, these are the colors of summer. Any summer. Accidentally it even happens to be June 21 today 🙂
The Song of the Day is “Colors Of Summer” from the current “Rookie of the Year” album “The Goodnight Moon Part II”. Hear it on YouTube.
Two weeks ago I was again in my old hunting grounds, the seventh district, probably Vienna’s most colorful, varied and interesting part, full of galleries (“Westlicht” is here, a photography gallery with a strong auction business), restaurants and shops of all sorts. I was there to buy something to hang between two windows and ended up with an old mirror from Morton’s Art Palace, likely my favorite furniture shop.
The actual image is the base of a shop window. Inside we see pink drapery and a price tag hanging from something we don’t see. There’s a blue wood panel on the wall below the window, and in the lower left corner we see pavement. This is my personal most favorite image from the last months.
The Song of the Day is “Swell Window” by Zee Avi. Hear it on YouTube.
Today in private conversation we’ve talked about Big Data. You know, that’s the concept that you can get a lot of useful facts out of a random heap of information, as long as the heap is big enough. For instance there was mentioned that Google can monitor the spreading of a virus almost in real time, just from the fact that people search for remedies. Conventional methods only allow for very delayed tracking instead.
This is only one example and I may not even remember it correctly, but that’s not important here. Just take it as an example for what Big Data can mean. Wonderful, huh?
On the other hand Big Data means that insurance companies have changed their business model years ago. When once they had tried to get as many customers as possible, just to balance their risk, they now try to deny selling insurance to risky customers, basically accepting those who least need it, and thereby minimizing the value of the concept “insurance” for the public, while maximizing their own profits.
Or of course the big elephant in the room, spying by the NSA and their allied secret services, that’s Big Data as well and it is as big as it gets. Isn’t it sad that we as a species are seemingly not able to use all our wonderful technology for useful things?
The Song of the Day is “Wonderful And Sad” from Hawksley Workman’s 2003 album “Lover/Figher”. Hear it on YouTube.