3676 – Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d’Aix-en-Provence III

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Nov 112016
 

This is a nice example for what’s possible with the Olympus OM-D E-M1. A mostly cloudy day, a bright sky, flat light – the JPEG was utterly bland. The result of my processing in Lightroom looks a lot like HDR, but it isn’t. It’s just using what’s in a single RAW file, and that’s a lot.

3674 – Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d’Aix-en-Provence II

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO  Comments Off on 3674 – Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d’Aix-en-Provence II
Nov 092016
 

I would have liked to get the image of the baptistery perfectly centered, but while it was in use, I would have had to step into the water. Today there is no water, but people toss coins into the empty basin, and therefore there is a fence around it. Impracticable to climb across 🙂

It took me a few attempts handholding the camera at arms length. This is a situation where a tilt/swivel screen like on the PEN-F or on the new OM-D E-M1 MkII excels. The tilt-only screen on the E-M1 is superior in other situations though.

Other than that: Trump! OMFG!!!

I have no idea what that means for Europe or the rest of the world. Maybe for us he is better than Hillary Clinton. It would certainly be a relief if the US would stop messing around in our periphery. I mean, Syria and Lybia were not exactly the most democratic states, but they were stable and people were not forced to leave them in masses. The Ukraine was a fairly stable country and it would have found its slow way to an association with and maybe later membership in the EU. It’s hard to see why it was necessary to initiate a régime change, and at the same time provoke Russia with something exactly like what the US found utterly unacceptable during the Cuba crisis.

Yes, an isolationist Trump may benefit the world. At least as long as he doesn’t blow it up. It’s a little bit frightening to see nuclear arms in the hands of a man with his personality.

But there’s more. He also sets a precedent by establishing a political culture, or rather a lack thereof.

We saw that in Austria with the late Jörg Haider. He was admired because he said things that nobody in the political establishment would say, and he did it in a way that everybody understood. He didn’t address an intellectual elite, he addressed those who were normally ignored by politics. He was a natural-born demagogue and he used his talents to extend the range of what could be said. It was he who again established xenophobia and hate as accepted means of politics. He died, drunk, in a car crash, but his legacy lives on. I fear so will Trump’s.

3673 – Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d’Aix-en-Provence I

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Nov 082016
 

Aix-en-Provence is about twice the size of Villach, but it’s much more than twice as beautiful 🙂

Small wonder, the city looks back on a history of more than 2000 years. In any case it is big enough to rectify taking one or two days. That’s what we did after the day with the two abbeys: we spent a lazy day in Aix.

Our hotel was in the old Roman baths, now a small modern spa, not far from the Cathedral. That’s were we went first, and here I was enjoying the rectilinear 7-14 again.

There’s seems to be kind of a fundamental law of wide angles: If it’s Baroque, you may use the fish. If it’s Gothic, you need a rectilinear lens. Gothic architecture is all about straight lines. Go wide and play with them, but don’ bend them 🙂