3248 – Fence Against The Flowers

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Sep 092015

This is the fence on the backside of a storage area of some small workshop. What struck me was the contrast between the tender filligree of the flowers and the almost brutal reality behind the fence. I feel some deeper truth about the soul here, and besides, it’s our own choice, which side we’re on.

Jul 062015

This is a cool image. Really. I’ve cooled it way down in terms of color temperature 🙂

It’s also an image that I’ve manipulated. I’ve increased clarity of the flowers and decreased clarity towards the edges. I might also have added a negative vignette to give the image a more dreamy look 😀

The Song of the Day is “Poppies” by the divine Nina Simone. Hear it on YouTube.

Sep 052014

This image has been taken on a short trip to one of the biggest mountains near Villach, Mangart, a peak right where Austria, Italy and Slovenia meet. I was not at the peak, just took the road to the highest parking lot at about 2000 meters. Still, with the help of wide angles I got some nice pictures for this and the next two posts.

The Song of the Day is “On Up The Mountain” by Jakob Dylan. Hear it on YouTube.

Jul 072013

Last weekend I had the opportunity to take images at a florist’s exhibition, or to be precise, at the exhibition of the 2013 Federal Florist Apprentices’ Contest.

This year it took place in a beautiful monastery a few kilometers from Villach. I tried it and I found it … challenging. This was for a few reasons.

The exhibition was a presentation of the best works from a contest. It was clearly meant to be seen, but obviously nobody had tried to make it easy to take images. Many arrangements were not opaque enough to block the distracting backgrounds. What you see here are some easy examples of dense pattern-like arrangements.

Lighting was generally bad, with painted, well-lit walls, big windows and comparatively cool light on the flowers. Thus in many cases the background was lighter than the flowers, often with warmer colors from incandescent light. I really had to avoid backgrounds at all costs.

But apart from those external factors I had one more fundamental problem: I am not good at photographing flowers. I just don’t do it very often, and as with everything, practice really, really helps.

So, here’s obviously a lot of room for improvement, but hey, there is always a next time, and next time it will be easier 😀

The Song of the Day is “As A Flower Blossoms” from the Pat Metheny Group’s 2007 album “Secret Story”. Hear it on YouTube.

Sep 302012

Or do they? Actually I have no idea, but that’s what the song says, and at least these flowers didn’t 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall” from the 1966 Simon and Garfunkel album “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme”. Hear it on YouTube.

Aug 122012

A rather stressful weekend, but in the end I managed to get to our place at lake Keutschacher See and swim a round.

Here’s a view back across the meadow towards the entrance of our place. I loved the pattern of the shadows on the grass.

The Song of the Day is “That Sunday That Summer” from Natalie Cole’s tribute album to her father “Unforgettable: With Love”. Hear it on YouTube.

2083 – Fields Of Flowers II

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Jul 012012

It’s hot, really hot, it’s summer and photographically it’s a rather silent time.

At least I managed to take these images. It was around noon (did I say it was hot?) and I considered taking the images later in the evening. I’m glad I didn’t, because when I passed the spot again in late afternoon, all the flowers were closed 🙂

The Song of the Day is one more time “Fields Of Flowers” from the 1984 album “Pure Fantasy” by Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia. Hear it on YouTube.

Jun 302012

The Image of the Day is from Wednesday. I took it at the railway station, immediately before boarding the train to Carinthia.

The other four images were taken one day earlier. Maybe I like the b+w image of the chairs best, and that’s probably because I was pretty surprised when I tried a conversion “just for fun”. In color the chairs are much more isolated in front of a bluish gray background, but in b+w it all becomes kind of a pattern. I like that.

Yeah, and then there is this image, taken in an Underground station. I had been swimming, I was tired, and I took the image only because, well, because I always take images. Interestingly enough it is my so far most successful image on Flickr. Why? Don’t ask me, I don’t know 🙂

The Song of the Day is the fantastic “Why” from the 2003 Devil Doll album “Queen of Pain”. Hear it on YouTube.