Oct 122013
 

Living far from Vienna’s center now has completely changed my approach. I don’t have to walk through center districts any more to get to work, I more or less cross the street. I walk less because I need to, and instead I do it willfully, more like a tourist than like an inhabitant. And that’s OK. It makes me explore and see in a way I have not done in a long time. The downside is, that I often come up with typical tourist sights. This clock in Vienna’s Hoher Markt (High Market) is one of them. I hope you don’t mind.

The Song of the Day is “Six O’Clock News” from John Prine’s 1971 self-titled debut album. Hear it on YouTube.

1364 – Six O’ Clock

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Jul 092010
 

I do have a few images of today (well, yesterday actually, as it is 4:15 in the morning now), nothing really good, so I don’t bother spending an hour in Photoshop, trying to wrestle it into a form that I can accept. Instead I have another image from Italy, taken in Sestri Levante while we spent an hour, hungrily waiting for the first restaurants to open. But at least it was not Madrid, where you’re frowned upon, when you come as early as 9pm đŸ˜€

The Song of the Day is “Six O’ Clock” by The Lovin’ Spoonful. Ten years ago I bought a double CD with “Everything Playing” (where this is on) and “Do you Believe In Magic”. Can’t say I have heard it much, but here it is. I have no idea who’s really interested in that “Song of the Day” thing that I do, but I can tell you, I benefit greatly: I dig through my own music đŸ™‚

YouTube has the song.

1360 – Time Passes

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Jul 072010
 

Time passes. Let’s see: I started my SoFoBoMo 2010 month on June 19, the day we arrived in Italy. A poor choice, I have only one or two usable images from that day, but that’s how it is. I have to finish on July 20, that’s a Tuesday, and for all practical reasons this means the Sunday before. It’s not real tight, but I don’t have so many images processed yet, I have not even a full list of candidates. I can’t let it trickle an image a day, I really have to speed up. We’ll see.

This is the post for Sunday, July 4, the image is again from June 20. The place is again Lavagna. Currently I don’t put much energy into photography. I have images for Monday and Tuesday (back in Vienna), but only a few, and if by chance I fail to produce an image a day in the next two weeks, I won’t complain. There should be enough material from Italy, that I have to process anyway.

The Song of the Day is “Time Passes” from Paul Weller’s 1995 album “Stanley Road”. See him perform live on YouTube.

1084 – To Me You Are A Work Of Art

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Oct 022009
 

Sometimes I wonder if I should go back to older images and re-do them in Photoshop. Of course I don’t do it, but in many cases it would make so much difference.

It’s incredible how much you learn and how this never ends. Of course it’s the tools as well. Take this bicycle for instance. I have used Topaz Detail to give it an extremely graphic and overdone look, basically by combining the presets “Creative Detail Accent” and “Micro Contrast Detail”. Then I have made a mask to restrict the effect to the bicycle alone. In the next step I have layered on top what I call my “Neutral Blur” (see “542 – The Show Is Over, Say Good-Bye” for details), and as base of the blurring I have taken the original image.

That’s something that I use very often: two opposite effects, both pretty overdone, layered in two groups, one above the other, and then I fine-tune the overall effect by varying group opacities. Whatever the result is, due to the leveling effect of the blur, it needs a “Levels” adjustment layer, and finally I do some sharpening, mostly in the mid-tones and probably again with pulled back opacity. Normally I also apply an edge mask to the sharpness layer, here I simply took the mask that I already had made. Does this make sense? Hmm … I really should make a tutorial of that.

The Song of the Day is “To Me You Are A Work Of Art” from Morrissey’s 2006 album “Ringleader of the Tormentors”. Hear the song on YouTube.