3791 – The Bridge

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Mar 072017

Maribor in Slovenija is a beautiful town not far away from the Austrian border. It lies at the same river Drau/Drava as Villach, only about 150 km downstream. It’s one of those towns that not only nominally lie at a river, it’s one of those that really make use of that position.

You don’t see the promenade in this image, you don’t see the the restaurants and cafés along that promenade, but they are what make the difference.

Historically it’s of course understandable. Today’s rivers are regulated and relatively safe. You see the perils of building too near the river in some of those cities that are situated at the confluence of two or sometimes three rivers. The city of Steyr in Austria is regularly flooded and so is Passau in Germany.

In Maribor the main city is safe at something like 30 meters above river level. A cascade of restaurants and cafés, warehouses and workshops falls down to the river, and that’s where the most beautiful spots are.

3519 – Fighting the Haze

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Jun 072016

There is nothing particularly interesting in this image. It was taken on our way back from Eisenkappel.

I’ve used the Olympus 40-150/2.8 at its longest, and like in so many long-distance shots the colors were distorted by haze. Not only that, they had also suffered much more in the far-away background of the image. Hey, I thought, what better image to try out Lightroom’s new “Local Dehaze” feature.

Of course this is much more useful than a global dehaze, because normally haze comes exactly like in this image: vastly different for different distances.

There is no overlapping foreground, and so I was not forced to do any complicated mask painting. A simple gradient from top to bottom did the trick. As far as I remember, I have used “Dehaze”, a slight shift to a warmer color temperature and maybe not much more. It was really easy.

3477 – On a Red Bridge

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Apr 262016

Yes, yes, I know, I’m milking this New Year’s Day as long as it gets, and now that we’re on the bridge, you may guess what comes next.

Don’t worry, we’ll speed through all of January in nine posts, and six of the ten images were taken on that first day 😀

3476 – When a Red Bridge turns Golden

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Apr 252016

Using a macro lens for any kind of architectural photography is a little bit unusual. Maybe I should really, really try to take a few proper macro images some time 😀

This red bridge is one of my favorite places when I need a quick image in Villach. It has enough architectural details, it’s in the sunniest spot of Villach, it’s just a few minutes from home and – did I mention it? – it’s red! At least unless the sinking sun turns it golden.

3475 – Swans of the New Year

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Apr 242016

It has taken a while, but now we finally dip into 2016 on this blog.

January was a particularly lazy month for me, at least as regards photography. Otherwise I was preparing for a new project at work, something that drained all my energy. But rest assured, I’ve recovered since 😀

Jan 152015

This image has been made. Out of the camera it was nothing but shit. This is not, I think.

In recent years I have been quite reluctant when it came to dramatic changes to photographs. Does not mean a thing though. When the situation calls for it, I do what needs to be done 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Cold River” by Mountain Witch. Hear it on YouTube.

Jan 062015

Same river, same town, same bridge, same walk. Under this bridge I finally decided I had enough and it was time to go home. May I have an honorable mention for the effort? 🙂

The Song of the Day is one more time “Winter River” by So Far So Good. Hear it on YouTube.