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2085 – Duck & Cover

All these images were taken on Tuesday, and they were taken along with a hundred other exposures.

Most of them were rubbish.

Imagine me, sitting in the water, only head and shoulders above. There was no wind, hardly waves, but the motion of the water was still enough to make taking pictures a challenge.

Is the picture straight? Is enough of the sky in the picture? Is the sun in the middle?

My intention was to shoot as low as possible. In the two pictures with the ducks I already was at f11, and still I was getting only very little depth of field. Of course there was no way of getting ducks and background equally in focus, thus I settled for the ducks..

When I finally drove back, the sun had already vanished in thick clouds at the horizon. The sky glowed a little, the cloud pattern was interesting, but it never became really colorful.

The Song of the Day is “Duck & Cover” from the 2010 De Phazz album “Lala 2.0”. Hear it on YouTube.

1986 – Duck & Cover

Ossiacher See (Lake Ossiach) is a lake near Villach at the foot of mount Gerlitzen, Villach’s skiing resort. Although opening hours of super markets are regulated in Austria, there are exceptions for tourist areas, and due to the combination of mountain and lake, Treffen, a village at the western shore of Lake Ossiach, is a tourist area almost all of the year.

As a consequence, this small village has a respectable concentration of supermarkets. All chains, regulars and discounters alike, are present there and supply Villach on Sundays.

I was buying some food and, already being there, enjoyed the sun. I even met a guy who undressed and sprang into the water. He didn’t stay there longer than maybe 20 seconds, but then he repeated the show. I was so amazed that I even forgot to take an image 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Duck & Cover” from the 2010 DePhazz album “Lala 2.0”. Hear it on YouTube.

902 – April After All

April may be the cruellest month, but is it really necessary that every song about April is about rain?

Yes, I know, now that winter is over, we want our summer and we want it instantly, but, remember, it’s a dangerous thing to wish for the time to pass quickly 🙂

But really, while searching for a song, I noticed that rain seems to be the governing theme. Deep Purple’s masterpiece “April” is about gray skies that should be blue, and the song that I finally decided to use, “April After All” from the Anne Sofie von Otter / Elvis Costello collaboration “For The Stars”, tries to comfort us with the vision of a passing April leading into May and June.

It’s still a beautiful song. Hear for yourself on YouTube.

Anyway. This April definitely starts out fine. My firefighter work on that project is over, work gets enjoyable again, it’s warm and sunny, and the days are long again. Today I even managed to squeeze in a short deviation to the back waters of river Danube. What can I say? It was a pleasure 🙂

Out of a whim I decided to use the Nikon 24/2.8, and all color images were made using a polarizer. Makes a big difference in the Image of the Day and an even bigger difference with the swan.

The Image of the Day should really be this one, at least it is the only one that rises above the level of vacation snaps, but, you know, I really wanted to show off some different colors, some change of mood. Hope you enjoy it.

What’s your view of April? Actually, now that I think of it, this is incredibly dependent on location. On the southern hemisphere, April corresponds to our October, near the equator it may make not much difference (does it?) and in some of the hotter countries on the northern hemisphere it may be the most pleasurable time of the year. But, what do I know? Tell me about it: What does April mean for you?