3601 – One Cool and Foggy Morning

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Aug 282016
 

I don’t do HDR very often. I used to do it in the past, but frequently it seems too much hassle. Dynamic range of digital cameras has become so good, that it rarely is necessary any more.

And there are exceptions 🙂

This image is one. No way I could have got both clean grass and that much detail in the sky in one exposure. I can’t remember whether I had to clone out a reflection of the sun in the lower right part, but I suspect I did …

… no, I’ve just looked up the original exposures, and there is really no trace of a reflection. Amazing how good those Olympus lenses are on Olympus bodies. I have no idea how well they do on Panasonic bodies, but I’ve always had trouble with extensive flares when using Panasonic lenses on Olympus bodies. Must be some incompatibility of sensor reflectivity and lens coating.

Mar 032016
 

Two images of red trees, taken about a week apart, one on a sunny Carinthian day, the other on a foggy morning in Vienna.

The foggy image is more than slightly exaggerated. I remember it that way though, and only the image out of the camera was almost devoid of color.

Well, the eye is a very sensitive organ. If contrasts are low, if colors are pale, our eyes and minds just boost sensitiviy. Evolution really has made us able to detect patterns, even when absolute contrast or color differences are low. It was a matter of survival.

In comparison, sensors act just the same, regardless of what they record. In order to boost a photo sensor to the next of its 255 shades, always the same increase in the number of photons is necessary. Therefore a foggy image always looks dull. At least before you process it 🙂

And yes, I know that was unscientific and plain wrong in a number of ways 😀

2956 – Sunny Misty Morning

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Nov 212014
 

I’m repeating myself, but what consoles me is, that everybody does 🙂

I don’t exactly know how many variations of this image I have made during the last three years that I’ve lived here. I loved this spot even more while the fence was still broken. Now it is still a wooden fence, but it’s ugly and I have to omit it 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Sunny Misty Morning” by Simon Klein. Hear it on YouTube.

2649 – Double Cross

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Jan 172014
 

Here are some more images from last sunny Sunday, taken at the cemetery of Sternberg, the church on a rock above the fog.

These are likely among my last pictures with the Panasonic Lumix G 20/1.7 ASPH. The new Olympus 25/1.8 is rumored to be presented on January, 29, first leaked pictures of the lens are online, and it seems to be a plastic lens, in build more like the 45/1.8 than the 17/1.8. Well, if it is comparable in quality, I will certainly buy it, and if it is not, there’s always the Panaleica 25/1.4, waiting to be bought again 🙂

In the meantime I don’t care much. I’m back to the convenience of the 12-40/2.8 zoom, and apart from the fact that it is not as fast as the primes, it is second to none in quality.

The Song of the Day is “Double Cross” from Mary Coughlan’s 1985 debut album “Tired & Emotional”. Hear it on YouTube.

Jan 162014
 

When I set out to take images on a foggy day in Villach, I knew I would just have to drive up Mount Dobratsch, and regardless of how high the top of the fog is, 1700 meters are always enough.

But then, some bluish quality of light made me assume that the top of the fog couldn’t be very high and even a hundred meters would probably suffice. So it was.

I drove to Sternberg, a church on a rock between Velden and Villach, and though it was only hardly out of the fog, it was enough to make my day.

Of course I was not alone. The bench in front of the church was full of people enjoying the warm sun. While I was there, I took several images of the constantly rising fog. Three of them are here. They are not that different, but it’s really a sight that I can’t get enough of, especially at this time of the year.

The Song of the Day is “Heavens Above” from the much maligned Style Council album “The Cost Of Loving”. Hear it on YouTube.

Dec 222013
 

To be honest, not only is this not the top of the world, it’s not even the top of Mount Dobratsch. It is a spot more than 200 meters below the summit, just a few meters above and off the highest parking area.

Does it matter to me? Not at all when I’ve just made it out of the fog and into the sun 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Top Of The World” from the 1990 James album “Gold Mother”. Hear it on YouTube.

Dec 162013
 

The last few days we had fog in Villach, but only below around 750 meters. This image was taken from almost 1000 meters above. You’ll see more images from my short after-work trip to Mount Dobratsch in the next few posts 🙂

The Song of the Day is “White Moon” from the 2005 White Stripes album “Get Behind Me Satan”. Hear it on YouTube.

Nov 222013
 

Same place as yesterday, same wind turbines. I didn’t expect to take such images at all.

The weather forecast had predicted high-altitude fog and sunshine had seemed to be an impossible dream.

While I stood there, the fog moved quickly. One of my images turned out to be completely white, because I couldn’t decide upon the exact framing, and while I shifted the camera and finally found my composition, the fog suddenly turned dense.

Again, wind turbines are not normally seen as objects of beauty, but here the fog has taken away almost all context and I could as well have been on an alien planet.

The Song of the Day is again “Sunrise Of The Planetary Dream Collector” from the Kronos Quartet’s 1984 recording of Terry Riley’s “Cadenza on the Night Plain”. Hear it on YouTube.

Nov 212013
 

Beauty is mostly a matter of convention. We tend to attribute it to things for all sorts of reasons that are not intrinsic to the attributed objects themselves. One example is the coziness of familiarity, that so often is mistaken for a sign of beauty. It is not. The strangest things can be beautiful.

Imagine being on an alien planet. Everything would be different, no context would exist, everything would have to be seen as a member of a new category, isolated, emerging from the mist of non-existence, coming upon us as a new and unfamiliar concept, a thing with no words attached to it, no associations and no history.

The Song of the Day is “Sunrise Of The Planetary Dream Collector” from the Kronos Quartet’s 1984 recording of Terry Riley’s “Cadenza on the Night Plain”. Hear it on YouTube.