Sep 152016
 

I write this text on my way to Vienna. For Thursday, Amazon has promised me delivery of a new toy. Chances are, I already have it when you read this post.

Remember my speculations about this fall’s gadgets? Hmm … speculating must have put me in the mood 🙂

I knew I would buy it some time, but actually I expected to buy it used in a year or so. Anyway, I finally ordered an Olympus PEN-F! Who would have thought that? I certainly wouldn’t 😀

Sep 142016
 

I’m growing old. On a free day in Vienna I thought I’d take some images of waterfalls.

They don’t come aplenty around Vienna, but there are a few not far away to the south. Myrafälle (Myra Falls) they are called, and they are quite a tourist attraction.

Lots of people queue at the entrance in the lower part of the gorge. The way through is extremely busy, but if you’re patient, it’s definitely possible to get some images that look like “wilderness”.

Of course it was not the right time of the day, at least if you’re looking for silky water. On the other hand, using a tripod in that location would have been completely impossible anyway, therefore even a very strong neutral density filter wouldn’t have been an option. I took my images with small apertures instead (most of the time f10) and tried to avoid the most contrastful areas.

The funny thing is, and that’s the reason why I say I’m growing old, it took me all the way through the gorge to realize that I had already been there once. I don’t remember when though.

I know that I must have turned around somewhere after the middle, because I don’t remember the – rather unspectacular – upper part, where the gorge widens and you follow a small and quiet creek.

Actually I don’t remember having taken photographs either, so it may have been sometime around 2000 or even earlier. In any case I found the experience of that memory loss a little bit spooky 🙂

3588 – Waters of Spring

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Aug 152016
 

Every once in a while I come back to the region where I lived for 20 years. It’s halfway between Klagenfurt, the city where I was born, and Villach, the city where I live now. It’s not on a direct line, but on the northern side of a valley parallel to that line.

I’ve taken a few images along that creek. It runs along one of the many ravines that go down to river Drau. Most of them are off the street and you won’t notice them if you don’t know them. This one is an exception, because a small road down into the valley follows it for a while.

2330 – Agua

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Mar 122013
 

I’m moving. Here in Vienna I am moving to a new apartment and that eats up all of my time. The victims are photography and … you. Sorry for that.

This is the post for last Monday. That’s more than a week ago, and this makes it my longest hiatus from posting in the history of this blog. I’ll try to catch up quickly, and in order to do so, I’ll post a series of images, most made this week, but I won’t write a lot. Hope you understand.

The Song of the Day is “Agua” from the 1987 Manhattan Transfer album “Brasil”. Hear it on YouTube.

2314 – Green River

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Feb 162013
 

After all that snow, how do you feel about some green? Villach has it all. At the base of Mount Dobratsch is the source of a small, warm creek. You wouldn’t recognize it in summer, but in winter the contrast between the white snow and the green algae in the water is stunning.

OK, it’s not a river, but still, the Song of the Day is “Green River” from the 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival album of the same name. Hear it on YouTube.

Sep 122012
 

Today is Wednesday, it rains and I am on my way down to Carinthia. Weather for tomorrow is predicted to be bad, but other than in Vienna it will likely recover during the weekend. I expect to be swimming again the next days.

Today I didn’t make any photographs, thus I’ll show you one more from the series in “2151 – Wild Water Blues“. Somehow I just love how far you can go in black and white without breaking the image. Here I have pulled back the highlights as much as possible, lightened the shadows, darkened the sky, and it all still looks natural. Do that to the same extent in color and you’ve got all sorts of problems.

The Song of the Day is “That Old Black Magic” from Ella Fitzgerald’s “Ella In Rome – The Birthday Concert”. Hear it on YouTube.

Sep 082012
 

When I went photographing and swimming yesterday, it was high noon.

The place is under the bridge across a creek that I cross pretty often. It’s not the direct way to the lake, but it is a way that I like for its photo opportunities.

The water runs cold and clear, directly from the mountains. Here, under the bridge, it cascades down over some rocks.

I made all the images here with the Olympus 45/1.8 (though I used the 40-150 for some others that didn’t make it into the post), and for its 37 mm filter thread I don’t have an ND filter, and if I had had one, I wouldn’t have had it with me.

In situations like this, you basically have two options: either to use a strong ND filter (remember, it was noon on a sunny day!), or to completely freeze the action. I had no choice, thus I froze it.

It’s pretty much impossible to pre-visualize the result of such an image. Even a tenth of a second between two images makes all the difference in the world. It’s totally chaotic and your only chance is to make lots of images and hope for the best. That’s what I did 🙂

This won’t be my last visit there. I suppose I’ll buy a 58 mm Heliopan Vari-ND filter on Monday, and if the weather is fine next week, I’ll try the silky variant next.

The Song of the Day is “Wild Water Blues” by Kokomo Arnold. Hear it on YouTube.

Jul 312012
 

I don’t exactly know why, but this image made trouble. I tried to process it in Lightroom only, but after two attempts I gave up, took my best version over to Photoshop and finished it there. Sometimes choice is fine 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Deep Forest” by Earl “Fatha” Hines. I have it on disc 77 and disc 136 of “The Ultimate Jazz Archive”, a great collection of 168 CDs full of classic Jazz. I got it for 99€ some years ago, and now I see it from an Amazon Marketplace dealers for $398.99. Oh well 🙂

Hear it on YouTube.

Jul 282012
 

When you’re in for a new camera, or at least you believe so, which we all do all of the time, so, in case you consider options, how important is high ISO for you?

The reason why I’m asking is, that it was important for me. I bought a camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M5, that without a problem goes up to ISO 3200, or if you lower the standard only a little, even does ISO 6400 pretty well. Only – I don’t use it.

Look at this image: light in that forest was low, the subject was dark and with any reasonable shutter speed I would have been down to f2.5 and beyond ISO 1600, my default auto ISO limit. Even though that would not have been a problem at all, I decided to switch to shutter priority, 1/3 s and f5.6. Sure, the motion blur of the spinning wheel contributes greatly to the impact of the image, but this is not the point. The point is, that the impulse to use those settings was in the first place triggered by the desire to lower ISO. Stupid, huh?

The Song of the Day is “Spinning Wheel” from the self-titled 1968 Blood, Sweat & Tears album. Hear the album version on YouTube.

May 122012
 

The forecast for today only told of rain and cold. It was all different though.

Michael is here and we went swimming in the early afternoon. The lake is already warm enough, though there are almost no tourists yet. I took the image from a bridge (the word bigger than the thing) over a small creek, just around the corner from the lake.

The Song of the Day is “Hiding All Away” from the 2004 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album “Abattoir Blues / Lyre Of Orpheus”. Hear it on YouTube.