Tag Archives: Flash

521 – Stories Of The Street

At the moment weather tries to be nasty again. Today was all gray in gray with some rain in between, thus I lusted for color. This is a shop covered in graffiti, seen over some red flowers.

Other than that, well, I was asked to shoot a swimming pool cover on Friday, and I have finally bought a flash. Not the Nikon SB-800 but the Metz Mecablitz 58. It can do all the tricks the Nikon can, and then some.

The Song of the Day is “Stories Of The Street” from Leonard Cohen’s debut album “Songs of Leonard Cohen“.

216 – Viva Italia (or Hungary?)

At the moment I’m constantly one day behind, but with a little luck I’ll catch up today.

Yesterday was rainy and I had to resort to macro photography. It was late when I began and it took me four different flowers until I came up with anything halfway decent. This is not a particularly ingenious composition or so, but I feel lighting is quite OK, so all tribute to Nikon. The flash system is really top notch.

This daisy looks a little bit like an Italian flag or maybe a Hungarian, depends on how you look at it. The background was originally a dark pale green, but I have overlayed a slightly blurred version of some grass that I have shot last fall.

The Song of the Day is from one of Italy’s most favorite cantautori, Francesco De Gregori. It’s “Viva l’Italia“, originally from the 1979 album of the same title. I have it on the 1994 live album “BOOTLEG“. Unfortunately I could not find a sound sample from that, so I’ll have to direct you to the greatly different 1979 version.

215 – I’ve Got a C3P0 Now

Yesterday it had to be. I mean, if you feel the need for something, and if it simply is nowhere in stock, then it’s not so hard to be rational and not buy it. I mean, I’m an online buyer for music and DVDs, yes, but for technical gear I feel there’s nothing more satisfying than feeling the impulse, trying to resist (honestly … well) and finally giving in. Of course that does not work if nobody stocks it, and so I was protected for some days, until finally yesterday I found out that there are two dealers in Vienna that have a C3P0 on stock.

Did I say C3P0? No no, I meant an R2D2! Ah, now I have it: it’s an R1C1 and it consists of an SU-800 and two SB-R200, not to mention the bundled SX-1, SG-3IR, SW-C1, two AS-20, two SZ-1, two SW-11, an SW-12 and all those other unnamed accessories. But, thankfully the guys were so kind as to provide an SS-MS1 to carry everything around. Click here to see what it looks like when assembled.

This is the first image I made with it. Sigma 150/2.8 at f13, ISO 100 and 1/250s. Quite easy to handhold, but I still used a tripod for reasons of control.

On the music front there’s something new as well. While ripping CDs filed under “F”, I found out that two discs had inexplicably vanished, Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love” (1975 )and Aretha Franklin’s “Young, Gifted and Black” (1972, 1973). For me they are somehow linked together emotionally, for purely personal reasons and because of them being out of the same period. I may have lent them to someone and this would explain why exactly these two were gone. Anyway, yesterday I’ve got a package from Amazon.co.uk with these two gems and Aretha’s “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You” thrown in for giving me the feeling that I’ve bought at least one thing new 🙂

Completely unconnected with this image, Aretha’s “All The King’s Horses” from “Young, Gifted and Black” is the Song of the Day. Enjoy. I certainly do.