2662 – In The Cool Of The Evening

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Jan 302014
 

I’ve taken this image before and I guess I will take it a few times more. It always happens when I return from Italy. That’s the view from the highway before the valley closes in, and fortunately it is possible to pull over and stop the car. I love that gradient above the snowy mountains.

The Song of the Day is “In The Cool Of The Evening” by the Nat King Cole Trio. Hear it on YouTube.

Jan 262014
 

I’m hearing Holly Golightly right now. While looking up the lyrics of the Song of the Day, I found that there is also an interpretation by Holly. This dragged me over to Amazon and made me put two of her CDs into my shopping cart. One other CD already waited there for enough company to get free shipping. You know, that’s one of the exceptions when I buy plastic: the CDs plus MP3s cost about the same as the MP3s alone.

I still haven’t submitted the order though.

I recently got myself a Spotify account. Going to Spotify I found that I can have the same music for free. Well, Spotify plays ads in between, but when I want to get rid of the ads, I can just shell out 10€ per month and that’s that. I even get offline playback and a higher quality as well. Why should I submit the order to Amazon? Really?

Well, from a financial point of view I simply can’t rectify shopping for music. Streaming via Spotify (and I really mean the non-free version) or Google Play (or whatever runs on your devices and in your country) is much cheaper.

I’ve already bought music for 31€ this month, hitting submit on my order will bring me to 60€ just for January. When I consider how much music I hear, this is insane. The amount for January would buy me a practically infinite amount of music for the next six months.

Should I submit the order anyway? Would you? Is there a benefit to owning music? What does it mean to you to own music?

Both images of today were taken in Friuli, Italy. The second image is not a stitched panorama, but just a strongly cropped single exposure. With a size of 4696 x 1457 it’s still larger than the biggest monitor you can buy 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Getting Mighty Crowded” from Elvis Costello’s 1980 collection of mostly B-sides “Taking Liberties”. Hear it on YouTube.

Jul 102012
 

No images today. And not only that I didn’t make images in the morning, now, in the evening, it is also raining.

The image was taken on March 3 in Italy. Yesterday we talked about uniformity. Well, some places are different and in some parts of Italy the mail boxes are not even boxes 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Moving” from the 1990 Redbox album “Motive”. Hear it on YouTube.

Jun 232012
 

I have not taken anything that I could show here today. It doesn’t matter though, I have plenty of images that you have not yet seen. Here’s one from early March, another addition to my “Electric Ladyland” series.

The Song of the Day is, like always, “(Have You Ever Been To) Electric Ladyland” by jimi Hendrix. Hear it on YouTube.

Mar 042012
 

Here are two more images from Aquileia, down in sweet Italy, It’s not far from home and it’s almost by the sea.

In fact once, in Roman times, it was, but since then the big northern Italian river, the Po, has deposited enough sand to cut Aquileia off. There’s still a yacht harbor though, connected with the Mediterranean by canals.

Yesterday’s trip to Aquileia was my first outing with the complete kit, consisting of the Olympus E-P2, the 14/2.5, 20/1.7, 45/1.8 and the 40-150. I’ve bought a small Sony shoulder bag that can take all five pieces, at least as long as I have one of the pancakes mounted and the EVF taken off. Pretty convenient, about 1 kg of weight and no size.

On that short trip I have made use of all four lenses, at least one of the images taken with the 14/2.8 will follow soon.

The Song of the Day is “The Canals Of Our City” from the 2006 Beirut album “Gulag Orkestar”. Amazing how well this music fits into an Italian setting. Hear it on YouTube.

1964 – On Saturday Afternoons In 1963

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Mar 042012
 

Dammit! What a wonderful chance missed! Why couldn’t Saturday have been one day earlier 🙂

Yesterday we were down in sunny Italy. To be hones, it was just as sunny at home in Carinthia, but there’s still a feeling that the light is brighter in Italy.

This image was made in ancient Aquileia, in Roman times an important city, today a sleepy town. I guess we’ll see more of that in the days to come 🙂

The Song of the Day is “On Saturday Afternoons In 1963” from Rickie Lee Jones’ 1979 self-titled debut album. Hear it on YouTube.

Mar 182011
 

OK, I’ll stop bothering you with yesterday’s rain images. Unfortunately if today was anything, it was worse than yesterday.

But that’s what archives are for, right? Here is one more image from our recent trip to Italy, again one that wouldn’t fit into the series in “1594 – We Came Along This Road“.

The Song of the Day is one of the most beautiful Rolling Stones songs, hard to imagine that it is an outtake from “Exile On Main Street”. You find it on the bonus disc of the 2010 Deluxe Edition. Money well spent, but hear for yourself on YouTube.

1609 – Waters Of March II

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Mar 132011
 

Well, I probably should rather go out and make some good images, than find excuses for publishing bad ones, but it’s one of those days, you know? 🙂

This image on the left is the second best of yesterday’s series, I’ve put it up for illustration only and not for its merits.

The image of the Day is from our recent trip to Friuli, Italy. It did not fit into the series published in “1594 – We Came Along This Road“, so I saved it for a poor day. Well, today is a poor day 😛

The Song of the Day is again the Antonio Carlos Jobim composition “Waters Of March” as in “1601 – Waters Of March“, but today it’s not Holly Cole we hear, today it is Cassandra Wilson on her 2002 album “Belly Of The Sun”. Hear it on YouTube.

Mar 042011
 

Sixteen hundred? Oh dear!

Meanwhile I am on the train to Carinthia, and here it is, as announced, the end of the “Frozen” series. I haven’t done this ever before, posting a series of images consecutively, one image a day, but in this case I found it interesting and convenient at the same time.

It was convenient, because I was busy programming and my mind was so occupied solving riddles, that I could hardly let loose and just see. I have made some images this week, one or two may even fill a gap further down the road, but in general I was glad to already have some material.

It was interesting on the other hand, because this is essentially the same background over and again, and all six images were taken during only 20 minutes, thus it’s the same weather and light as well. I have varied the foreground and the processing, and with that comes variation of the mood. Today’s image is sightly more dreamy, and it was actually the first of the series that I took. This is the kind of composition that I had visualized, the image that I was after.

The Song of the Day is still “Frozen” from Madonna’s 1998 “Ray Of Light” album, and looking for a variation on the video, I found that this is a much covered song.

Here’s for instance a metal version by a band called DISTANCE and, probably more in tune with today’s mood, an obviously privately recorded but surprisingly good voice over piano version by some Barrie Walker. Way cool!

Mar 042011
 

Slowly this series comes to an end. This is the second to last. Here is a slightly more realistic rendition of the scene. I have hardly introduced colors and instead concentrated on contrast in snow and ice.

The Song of the Day stays the same, it is again “Frozen” from Madonna’s 1998 “Ray Of Light” album, but for a change the video today is from her 2001 Drowned World Tour.