3729 – Waiting for the Circus

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Jan 042017
 

This is an almost certainly wrong statement. In a way all images lie, and the more a lens deviates from the “normal” range between 35 mm and 70 mm, the more the image lies. Here the equivalent focal length of 120 mm compresses the width of the street away, and it fabricates a connection between the woman most likely waiting for the bus and the circus tent far in the background.

3503 – The Circus is in Town!

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May 222016
 

F1.8, 1/13s and ISO 6400? I suppose you agree: it must have been dark there 🙂

By the time you read this, the image should already be on Flickr in full size. Look at it at pixel level.

Not impressed? Ok, now look at the small red inscription on the green glass in the upper left corner. Look at the small yellow reflexes on the chrome against the dark sky. That’s what I mean when I praise DxO PRIME’s color purity. I’ve never seen anything like that before.

2639 – Bread And Circus

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Jan 072014
 

Well, there’s probably a lot to say about our inexplicable willingness to let the powerful fob us of with some bread and circus, but rest assured, I won’t bother you with another rant.

8 pm approaches mercilessly and I have to keep this short 🙂

Here’s an image of a part of a poster advertising a Russian circus. A stolen image in a way. I do that sometimes 😀

The Song of the Day is “Bread And Circus” from Marc Almond’s 2010 album “Varieté”. Hear it on YouTube.

2391 – The Circus of Life

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May 052013
 

When I was a child, it was a big thing when the circus came to town. I remember having seen not more than maybe four or five shows in all my life, and the last one a few years ago in Villach. It was out of nostalgia, but I really can’t recommend the experience. Unless you have kids of course, then you probably don’t have the choice 🙂

Why not? Well, I had memories of a gigantic tent, lions, tigers and elephants, and all sorts of exotic attractions. Once you’re grown up, everything looks small, and although it is a good thing that lions, tigers and elephants can’t be shown any more, it also takes away much of the magic. Sad but true.

Anyway. The Song of the Day is “Billy’s Ray Circus of Life” by Yvalain, sung by Sean Wright. Hear it on YouTube.

Apr 202012
 

This is Keith. Keith is happy. Keith, say hi to your fans 🙂

Well, the image of Keith was taken with the E-P2 and the Olympus 40-150 lens. Of course this image is from the same series as “2010 – He Shall Feed His Flock“.

Btw, I’m happy as well. Today I got my Olympus OM-D E-M5, and although I made only a few images so far, I can already say that this is the best camera that I ever had. See for instance the two images below:

On the left side you see the JPEG that came out of the camera. On the right side, with the white border, you see what I made of the RAW file using Corel AfterShot Pro, Topaz Denoise 2 and Photoshop CS3.

Of the few images I have chosen this one, because although it is base ISO 200, the dynamic range of this scene is brutal. Click on the images, both open to full size. Look at the dark ceiling. It was almost black and I have opened it up considerably. There is definitely some noise, but it is very well controlled. At the same time I could bring a little more contrast into the highlights. There is plenty of headroom on both sides.

Of course this would not have been possible with the Panasonic LX5 and the Olympus PEN E-P2, but in fact my Nikon D300 would have been much worse as well. Really, in terms of dynamic range (and also of high ISO noise as I’ve already seen) the OM-D bests the D300, just as I had hoped for.

In case you wonder, I have tried the RAW converter of Olympus Viewer 2, the software that came with the camera. Forget it! It is so painfully slow, I can’t use that program in my regular workflow. In a discussion on dpreview.com I found out that although Adobe does not yet support the OM-D, Corel AfterShot Pro does. You may not know it by that name, Corel only recently acquired it. The program was formerly known as Bibble Pro 5, thus it is no newcomer at all. It’s also reasonably fast and it may currently be your best choice if you need a RAW converter for the OM-D. At 80$ or 90€ it is not even expensive, and usability is fine as well.

As soon as Adobe’s DNG converter supports the OM-D, I will switch back to that again, but for now I can at least work.

Of course I have not tried everything yet, but as far as I can tell now, the OM-D is a perfect upgrade from the D300. As a consequence, not only the E-P2 will go, the D300 and most of its DX lenses will go as well.

The Song of the Day is “Happy” from the 1972 Rolling Stones album “Exile On Main Street”. Lead vocals by Keith Richards. See a live video on YouTube.

Apr 192012
 

We wanted to go to the circus today, but as it is already the third week, there were not enough people and the show was canceled.

I got to see some animals though. Somehow I love it how their humps rhyme with the tents 🙂

The Song of the Day could have been “Wild Billy’s Circus Story”, but we already had that, and so we go two centuries back in time. William Christie’s “Messiah” is and has always been one of my most favorite recordings of Handel’s oratorio. Hear Andreas Scholl and Barbara Schlick on YouTube.

1030 – The Circus Is In Town

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Aug 092009
 

The circus is in town and we’re gonna see it today. We’ve asked, it’s OK to take pictures as long as you don’t use flash. That’s fine for me, I never would 🙂

Other than that, we’ll see Michael today and the day’s gonna be busy.

The Image of the Day was taken from the tripod, using a cable release and an ND grad filter. You may recognize the view from the window of my study 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Circus” from Tom Waits’ 2004 album “Real Gone”. Oh dear, is this man good. Hear for yourself on YouTube.