2989 – It’s Sand, Man

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8  Comments Off on 2989 – It’s Sand, Man
Dec 242014

It’s Christmas Eve for all of you who get meaning out of that. Me? Actually I don’t. Having no children and growing older makes it fairly easy to ignore that big spending spree 🙂

This image was taken at a walk along river Gail. What it is? “It’s Sand, Man!”. Hear it on YouTube.

Dec 032013

Remember my failure to take images of a gorgeous sunset? Well, I may be stupid, but I’m not stupid all the time 🙂

On the next day the evening sky before sunset was looking exactly like the day before, only this time I was prepared – and so was my camera. The OM-D E-M1 has a dedicated button for switching to HDR mode. In that mode the camera takes a fast, bracketed burst and then automatically merges the images. As a result you get just one JPEG and one RAW, that’s it.

I’m not exactly sure whether the RAW file is really the result of a merge, or if that is only true for the JPEG, but I suppose it is. Sure, the E-M1 has plenty of dynamic range, but even after applying an extreme curve I can get good detail out of the darkest shadow, much better than from any other camera so far. Thus, yes, I think the RAW is merged as well. It looks a bit different from the JPEG, but that seems to be mostly due to the defaults of Lightroom.

OK: it’s not. The manual says: “In the case of HDR1 and HDR2, the HDR-processed image will be saved as a JPEG file. When the image quality mode is set to [RAW], the image is recorded in RAW+JPEG. The only image recorded in RAW is the image with suitable exposure.“. Seems like dynamic range is that good 🙂

The Song of the Day is again “It’s A Fire” from the 1994 Portishead album “Dummy”. Hear it on YouTube.

2566 – Little Water Song

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45 mm f/1.8  Comments Off on 2566 – Little Water Song
Oct 262013

Every once in a while I feel compelled to take images of running water in a river. This one is river Gail, one of the two rivers that join south of Villach, very near to where I live.

It never fails to fascinate me, how different images of the same spot can look. Take these three, taken within four seconds. Similar overall, different in every detail.

The Song of the Day is Nick Cave’s “Little Water Song”, interpreted by Ute Lemper on her 2000 album “Punishing Kiss”. Hear it on YouTube.