2477 – Summer Days IV

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45 mm f/1.8  Comments Off on 2477 – Summer Days IV
Jul 292013
 

Here is the last wallpaper for now, again with the full size on Flickr.

Meadows like this one are almost too good to be true, and if you doubt its fully natural origin, you are absolutely right. The image, like the water lilies in the previous three posts, was taken in a park called Blumengärten Hirschstätten. That’s where the municipal gardeners cultivate the flowers that get planted all over Vienna throughout the year.

It’s a nice place with not only glass houses, but a number of demonstration gardens showing off flowers, typically Viennese vineyards, orchards full of heritage fruit trees, a bamboo forest, a paleozoic area, a park in French style, a labyrinth, a Mexican and a mediterranean area, a pond with lilies, and there is even a wedding pavillion. Pretty cool, and I guess I’ll come back soon. It’s not even far from where I live. In fact it’s little more than a short walk.

One last time the Song of the Day is “Summer Days” from the 2013 Camper Van Beethoven album “La Costa Perdida”. Hear it live on YouTube.

2476 – Summer Days III

 Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R  Comments Off on 2476 – Summer Days III
Jul 282013
 

More water lilies anybody? Here are some, taken with my by far cheapest lens, the all-plastic Olympus 40-150. See in the full size on Flickr whether the image quality is cheap as well.

Like for the other wallpapers, I have omitted my usual white border. That makes it easier to use the image as a desktop background.

Throughout this mini-series of wallpapers, the Song of the Day is “Summer Days” from the 2013 Camper Van Beethoven album “La Costa Perdida”. Hear it live on YouTube.

Jul 272013
 

This is the next one in this mini series of wallpapers. Same pond, same flowers, only this time it’s my currently widest lens, the Olympus 12/2.0. Again you find the full size on Flickr.

In case you wonder, no, I didn’t use a polarizer. Not because I generally dislike them, rather just because I currently don’t own any that fit on my tiny lenses. I’ve done some things in Lightroom though. Mostly it’s pulling the highlights back to -100, pushing them back up selectively where I feel it’s needed (for instance the white flowers), de-saturating the blues, shifting them slightly towards magenta, increasing vibrance, using a radial filter, and in general trying to create a pleasing tonal distribution along with vibrant but still believable colors. Hmm … maybe a polarizer would have been easier 😀

The Song of the Day is still “Summer Days” from the 2013 Camper Van Beethoven album “La Costa Perdida”. Hear it live on YouTube.

2474 – Summer Days I

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75 mm f/1.8  Comments Off on 2474 – Summer Days I
Jul 262013
 

This is the first post in a series of images that I consider nice wallpapers. As always you can find the full size on Flickr.

The Song of the Day is “Summer Days” from the 2013 Camper Van Beethoven album “La Costa Perdida”. Hear it live on YouTube.