Tag Archives: Cloud

2497 – White Cloud

A cloud and the shadow of a tree, looking almost as if they’d belong to each other. It’s easy to construct that kind of images with a wide lens. You still need some material to work with though 🙂

The Song of the Day is “White Cloud”, a meditative saxophone piece from Jan Garbarek’s 1979 album “Photo With Blue Sky, White Cloud, Wires, Windows And A Red Roof”. It was a different time, a time when it was possible to make slow movies and slow music. Both are pretty rare now, especially the movies.

Hear the song on YouTube.

2117 – Change Your Mind

Every time I drive to the lake for swimming, I pass by a church in Augsdorf, a small village, the church standing a little off the street, always tempting, but for some odd reason I’ve never been there.

It is a typical rural Carinthian church, nothing out of the ordinary, merely a nice specimen of the ordinary.

Yesterday I decided to make some images there. I had just left the car when suddenly the sun vanished behind a not so big but surprisingly stationary cloud.

Well, I changed my mind and took photos of the cloud. The second image is of another cloud, an hour later, when I drove back from swimming.

The Song of the Day is “Change Your Mind” from Neil Young’s 1994 album “Sleeps With Angels”. See and hear it on YouTube. It’s almost a quarter of an hour but time well spent 🙂

2027 – Night And Day

It was a mostly rainy weekend in Vienna, but on Saturday I could pick out some sunny hours. I did not go swimming like last week, but at least I got some material to feed into Lightroom.

Admittedly the Image of the Day is much more noisy than it should be. In the early evening I looked out of the window and there it was: a wonderful moonrise, a yellow moon in dark blue clouds. The correct action would have been to go for the Sigma 150/2.8, shoot wide open and use base ISO 200. Instead I took the 40-150 (that was nearer) and just took the image, even without looking at the aperture setting. From the sunny afternoon session it was still at f8 and there I had it: ISO 800, deliberately underexposed for the bright moon, most of the picture made up of the inherently more noisy blue channel.

Do I regret it? Not at all. Had I hesitated even seconds, the image would not have been taken. It was just a fleeting moment.

The image is a tiny crop, because I had to get rid of the roof of the next building, but still, I like it and I have it as my current wallpaper. If you like it as well, the image links to the full size and without the white border.

The Song of the Day is Cole Porter’s “Night and Day“, taken from the 1959 album “Anita O’Day Swings Cole Porter With Billy May”. Typically Anita, sooooooo good, but hear for yourself on YouTube.

1985 – The Storm

Today I was pretty satisfied with the idea to take one of yesterday’s images, the fence with the yellow stone and post. I knew I wouldn’t have much time for photography and I didn’t have a problem with that. After all, there are still some images from Aquileia, Italy waiting to be posted, two others taken this week, and I really could use a break as well.

It’s supposed to stay warm and sunny, only today some rain was forecast and rain we got. Not as much as the thirsty earth would need, but enough to give us an interesting spectacle in the sky.

More than three hours are between the Image of the Day and the rainy day sunset. Both images have been taken from our roof terrace, the first with the Olympus 45/1.8, the second with the Panasonic 20/1.7.

At first I was not sure if I should take them at all. I mean, from the terrace? And what’s the subject anyway? Turns out I very much like them both; like them for the light, like them for showing how it was. After all: that IS a quality 🙂

The Song of the Day is “The Storm” from Marcia Ball’s 2003 album “So Many Rivers”. Great music, hear it on YouTube.

1962 – You And The Clouds Will Still Be Beautiful

Here’s one more from Sunday afternoon. I think the way the clouds are reflected and how the reflection melts into the sky is pretty interesting.

It’s not a square and I didn’t want to stretch it. It was just the only way to take an image of this building without having distractions in the frame. Any other angle wouldn’t have worked.

The Song of the Day is “You And The Clouds Will Still Be Beautiful” from the 2000 XTC album “Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2)”. Hear it on YouTube.

1403 – It’s A Fire

Oh dear, a sunrise! How could I?

But then, why not? Sure, it’s a cliché, with probably only sundowns being worse, but it has happened, it did impress me, and I have the feeling that the image is quite a good representation of what I saw.

If sunrises totally disgust you, I can offer you a look though one of the etched windows in our stairwell here in Vienna. It’s likely the better image, but, damn, that sunrise was really great 🙂

The Song of the Day is “It’s A Fire” from the 1994 Portishead album “Dummy”. Nice song. Head over to YouTube for it.

1393 – Stormy Weather II

Funny, I had thought these images were from Saturday. Now it turns out I shot them on Friday afternoon. Oh well, I did a lot of work over the weekend, seems I got a little confused.

It’s not that great an image, I just had to take it, because this was the overture to one of the most violent rainfalls that I’ve ever seen. When finally the rain began, I used the time for a pause and a nap. There’s nothing better than sleeping when the rain drums 🙂

I have not countless, but quite a lot of versions of Harold Arlen’s “Stormy Weather”. Contrary to my normal habit I present a version here, that I don’t own, but it’s a version that I dearly love: Elisabeth Welch’s performance in Derek Jarman’s interpretation of “The Tempest”. Honestly, it’s too long that I saw the film, I can’t remember how it was, but I do remember that scene towards the end (or was it the end?) when Mrs Welch came in and began to sing. Incredible! YouTube has a good version, but of course the effect of the sudden transition is lost. Still, you may like it 🙂

1175 – Last Good Day Of The Year

The world changes, and it does not. So we do, and we do not. Time goes by, another year is over, a new one waits for us, and it will be like all the others: it will bring us joy and tears, and when among the tears there is enough joy to remember, then it is a good year.

I’d like to thank all my readers, all of you who take time to comment, all of you who are too busy and still come back, all of you who were actually looking for a song and who found that you like the pictures as well. I wish you all the best. See you on the other side 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Last Good Day Of The Year” from the UK band Cousteau’s self titled debut album. Enjoy it on YouTube.

1093 – Dream River

I took this image yesterday evening, on my way back from swimming. This is one of the three or four possible roads, one avoiding the highway.

I know this place. This is a sundown place. I don’t use it very often, but yesterday I didn’t have anything compelling, so I tried my luck. The Tokina 11-16 was still mounted and two test images confirmed, that I best would use a sequence of bracketed images, or otherwise I would have to choose between detail in the sky and detail in the landscape.

My soft edge split neutral density filters would not have helped me here. Through this ultra-wide lens, the transition would have been much too soft. They would at most have darkend the top too much, doing almost nothing to the sun. The right traditional tool for the job are Singh-Ray’s reverse graduated ND filters. Maybe I should get one, I suppose it would have worked very well.

With no filter available, I resorted to HDR. This is an image made of four out of a sequence of nine exposures. I tried Essential HDR first, and when it had problems aligning the images, I switched to Photomatix Pro. Both are excellent programs, none is perfect, but normally one of the two works fine. I don’t care that much which it is, I go to Photoshop anyway. Of the two tone mapping modes in Photomatix Pro, this is the more conservative, called “Tone Compressor”.

In fact I can imagine very different ways to process the image, with this one just one possibility. The “Detail Enhancer” tone mapping made the scene much less peaceful, more dramatic, and even in Photoshop there are so many different ways to go. There is no single right way and on another day I probably would have produced a very different result.

The Song of the Day is “Dream River“, again by the Mavericks, but this time from the 1998 album “Trampoline”. Hear it on YouTube.

1070 – Under A Stormy Sky

Sorry for the irregular posting intervals. At the moment I am pondering a major overhaul of this blog, and most of my time goes into reading web reviews of web hosting services, comparing hosting plans, etc.

Anyway. Yesterday was supposed to be a mostly rainy day and it actually turned out to be not. There were high clouds towering on all horizons, but most of the day it was warm and sunny in central Carinthia. I was even swimming.

The Song of the Day is “Under A Stormy Sky” from Daniel Lanois’ first album, the 1989 release “Acadie”.

To my great surprise YouTube has multiple videos, for instance a live performance, another that’s part of a documentary, where Daniel explains what this song is about, and finally another documentary about the Canadian “Mariposa” festival, where he performs the song in a manner very similar to the album version. Pretty nice coverage 🙂