Tag Archives: China

443 – Bring On The Dancing Horses

Today I didn’t go out before the evening, when I had to bring Michael to the train station in Velden. Already being there, I decided to take home some food from our favorite Chinese restaurant, and while I had to wait there for a few minutes, I took this image of a horse figurine.

Sigma 70/2.8 macro at f2.8, 1/50s and ISO 500. I guess that is my first shot with this lens that qualifies as macro 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Bring On The Dancing Horses” by Echo & The Bunnymen. It’s from “Songs to Learn and Sing“, the only one of their albums that I have. See the video on YouTube.

408 – Anything Goes

Today, when in the morning the fog lifted for some minutes and I caught a glimpse of blue sky, it almost looked like we could get a sunny day.

I was so wrong. Not only that the fog returned for hours, no, it even began to drizzle. In the late afternoon I gave up my hope on landscape shots and decided to drive to Klagenfurt. They have a Christmas market, and that always means color and light.

I was so wrong. By the time I was there it poured down and there was no chance to get any decent shots. I already played with the thought of using one of yesterday’s images, shot immediately before I made yesterday’s “Chance Meeting“. You can even see the door in the background.

When I eventually drove down to our favorite China restaurant, I finally found the image. I had already stopped looking, at least consciously, when I recognized that they had added Christmas decoration to the already lush lights on the restaurant. I had the Sigma 10-20 mounted, and with all the cars parking in front of the lights, it was hard to get any interesting composition. OK, I thought, then with a car. And so I did 🙂

Sigma 10-20 at 10mm, f5.6, ISO 125, 1/4s, hand-held from under an umbrella.

The Song of the Day is my all-time favorite version of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes“. It’s from the opening scene of “Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom“, sung by Helen Hobson in Mandarin. Hilarious! Hear a sound sample on Amazon.com. It’s track 8 you want. Track 16 is the normal English version.

Today, when in the morning the fog lifted for some minutes and I caught a glimpse of blue sky, it almost looked like we could get a sunny day.

I was so wrong. Not only that the fog returned for hours, no, it even began to drizzle. In the late afternoon I gave up my hope on landscape shots and decided to drive to Klagenfurt. They have a Christmas market, and that always means color and light.

302 – A Rainy Day in China

At the moment we have a cyclone over the Mediterranean, that constantly shuffles humid air into central Europe, causing a lot of rain and already high water in Switzerland and parts of Germany. Well, sometimes it’s good to live on a hill 🙂

Nevertheless, weather yesterday was far from fair and I had to drive around a little. I got some decent shots, all with the Nikon 18-200 VR (ideal for shooting from out of the car), and when upon returning home I fetched food from a Chinese restaurant in Klagenfurt, I took this image.

China” from Tori Amos’ fabulous 1992 debut album “Little Earthquakes” is the Song of the Day.