3797 – Let’s Face the Music and Dance

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Mar 132017

This is my last image taken in Maribor. All in all I can say is, that I was surprised by how lovely this small city is. Maribor is actually not far from home, but it is in that unfortunate zone that is a little bit too far to drive there for a coffee, but on the other hand so near that most of the time we drive by to another destination. It shares that fate with Udine or Ljubljana. The question is always: “Why not drive a little bit further and down to the sea?”. Well, this time we didn’t and I’m glad about it 🙂

Sep 302016

It’s not really fair, is it? When I started posting images taken with the E-P5, it was already almost replaced with the PEN-F. It’s unfair, because I didn’t write about it while my enthusiasm was still there.

On the other hand, you just got the opposite with my short series about the PEN-F: a lot of posts about a new camera and new experiences, but no pictures to back it up.

Can I do better at the moment? Can I buy new cameras when they are actually new on the market, and can I write about them as soon as I get them?

You know the answer and you know that I can’t. I’ve played the game for some time, I’ve reviewed the D300 when it was very new, I’ve reviewed some lenses when almost nobody else had done it, and those efforts still lead people to my blog.

For me it’s not about hits any more though. In two weeks this blog will have its ten year anniversary, and I can only sustain my efforts when it continues to be fun. The way I do it now, it is. In the long run I keep losing readers, regretfully yes, but in the log run we’re all dead anyway 🙂

Sep 042016

This is what happens when I use a manual lens for a week: I invariably switch lenses for the next week.

In this case it was again 25 mm, but this time it is the Olympus 25/1.8, one of my favorite lenses. It’s small, light, ultra-sharp, and it focuses instantly.

It’s been some time ago, but I remember my relief: Wow, back to automatic again!

It’s interesting, some people enjoy the slow-down induced by manual lenses, but in general I don’t. I see something that catches my eye, I want to take an image quickly, and while doing so, I want to concentrate on framing only.

Slowing the process down does not make my images better. It does not cause me to spend more time thinking about the image and its intended composition. It just distracts me. How’s it for you?

3349 – The Red Heart

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Dec 202015

It’s not so long that I’ve been there, but this is a classic case of that I only remember what I’ve photographed.

Looking at the image, I had no idea where exactly this place is. The striking fact was my point of view. I must have been on the level of the first floor, high above street level, and that while the small alley we are looking into leads upward! Strange, huh?

Fortunately I have another image taken 50 seconds later, and that’s of a place I know. This made finding the spot of the Image of the Day on Google Street View easy. Here we are: shooting from a raised position into an alley leading upwards 🙂

Jun 042015

I have no idea what kind of shop this was. There are still holes where the sign once was mounted, but now it is gone as the shop. Time has been cruel to small shops and their owners.

The Song of the Day is “The Old Curiosity Shoppe” by Frank Zappa. Hear it on YouTube.

3117 – Half Hidden

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May 012015

Decay may be a problem, but a photographic problem it is not. To the contrary. Decay is organic, even if the decaying object is made of concrete and steel. Decay puts an end to the boring same-ness of artificial surfaces. Decay makes duplicates unique. I like decay!

The Song of the Day is “Half Hidden” by Sophie Hutchings. Hear it on YouTube.

3076 – Old Town

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Mar 212015

Tarvisio or Tarvis, as it was once called, is a small town just across the border to Italy. Until the end of World War I it belonged to Austria. In my youth it was the place to go for cheap leather wares, bags, shoes and such exotic things as leather jackets.

Then Austria joined the EU and the Schengen agreement about a borderless European core. At about the same time the highway was completed, with a highway connection from northern Europe down to Italy’s heel. Only a fraction of the trains stopped now, none of them for any longer time, and trucks did not have to wait for up to days to get through customs. Tarvisio began to die.

Today it is mostly focused on winter sports. After all, it’s built into a very shadowy part of the valley and snow tends to stay for a long time. Still, much of the former grandeur is gone, much of the old town has become shabby. And beautifully so.

“Old Town” by The Corrs is the Song of the Day. Hear it on YouTube.