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3903 – The National Gallery IV

OK, I admit I’m stupid. It’s not ebooks, it’s apps. I have just checked the websites of two of the most important museums in Europe, the Louvre in Paris and the Prado in Madrid, and both of them offer apps.

I’ve also installed the Prado app. Basically it’s a shell app that only allows for in-app purchase of the official guide in a number of major languages. What you buy is essentially an ebook. Cool.

For our own “Kunsthistorisches Museum” in Vienna, a museum also in the top league, I found an app with “Stories”, but nothing complete. There is an ebook guide from the series “Rick Steves Tour” for €1.99 at Amazon though. At 30 pages it’s not comprehensive at all, but it has floor plans, some images of the most prominent works, and it might be enough to help along one’s memory a few months later.

Prague does not seem to have anything like that yet. That’s unfortunate, but I think in general we’re going in the right direction.

3902 – The National Gallery III

I’m pretty sure the Image of the Day is a Caspar David Friedrich, but I can’t find it online. If so, it’s certainly not one of his most prominent works.

The others I don’t know. I could have documented them by taking images of the labels, but that would have taken me out of “Seeing Mode”. I don’t do that any more. I also used to buy museum catalogs. The problem is, that they are heavy and I don’t want to haul them around. As always, the solution would be an ebook. Hmm … actually I didn’t even ask. Maybe I should have? How else would they know there is demand?

3901 – The National Gallery II

I like to take photographs of paintings. Surprisingly it’s possible in quite a few of the big museums.

When I do it, I don’t strive to reproduce what I saw while being there. Instead I try to correct the images, much like I do with my own photographs.

Over the centuries the varnish of paintings tends to get yellow, even brownish. The effect is very similar to a color temperature that’s set too high. It turns out that you can very effectively remove the color cast of paintings in Lightroom. Of course I can’t be sure that this is how the paintings were originally intended, but normally the results look extremely balanced.

3900 – The National Gallery I

The National Gallery in Prague is spread over a a few buildings, one or two down in the center, the rest up in front of the castle.

We already had Schwarzenberg Palace, which houses part of the collections.

As always I’ve not tried to “catalog” what I’ve seen. I’ve just taken a few pictures of sculptures and paintings that I found impressive or appealing for any reason.

One of today’s images is of course a Rembrand, the other – I don’t know. I like it though. It’s a beautiful rural scene with an abundance of details.

3899 – All for a Dove

I hate those long-perspective shots in crowded places. You have to wait one or two eternities until the view is clear, and when you have finally verified your composition, someone walks in from the side again.

Repeat.

In this case I’ve accepted the half-hidden person at the far side. And the crouching child wearing an aggressively yellow coat? Cloned out, what else 😀

3898 – Surreal Stairs II

These images were taken with a relatively cheap, manual focus Walimex lens – or Samyang or Rokinion, depending on where you buy it.

I bought it when it was available for 30% off on Amazon. Normally I would probably have bought the expensive and super-stellar Olympus 8/1.8 for between two and three times the price. Would it have been worth it? Probably not. This lens has plenty of sharpness, and most of the time focusing is not necessary at all. The Olympus would have given me some extra greatness, bought with extra size and extra weight.

As it is, the fisheye is always in my “Big Travel Bag”, along with the three PRO lenses. I don’t have to remember packing it, it’s just available when I need it and that’s surprisingly quite often. Had I bought the Olympus, I would have been forced to buy a bigger bag (NO WAY!!!) or alternatively I would have been forced to choose between the 7-14 and the fish. You see, better sometimes can be much worse 🙂