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2830 – The Part That Really Matters

When I took this image one morning a few weeks ago, I was on my way to see the doctor for a prescription. I used the car and I had passed that point pretty often by now, but at that time the light was absolutely magical. I had to stop the car and take an image.

At home, when looking at the image, all the magic was gone. The colors were flat, the shadows much too dark, the highlights already losing detail, it was a mess.

Days later I got back to the image because it was raining and I was bored. I tried a few things, completely altered the tonal distribution, changed color balance to bring out the reds, and suddenly, suddenly the magic came back. Suddenly I was able to see why I had taken the image in the first place.

This is not a matter of right or wrong. The camera may have recorded the image in a way that is more true to reality than my own version, but the part that really matters is, that I was there and what the camera recorded is not what I remember. What I remember is what I see now.

The Song of the Day is “The Part That Really Matters” from the Proclaimers album “This Is The Story”. Hear it on YouTube.

2801 – Love You Deadly

It was only a lamp in the garden of a nice restaurant in Villach. Actually the garden was much nicer than the food, but I won’t complain. At least I ended up with an image.

April jokingly found it scary, and although that wouldn’t have been my first association, I think I can relate to where it came from.

So now, here it is, the Song of the Day, “Love You Deadly” from the Nekromantix album “What Happens In Hell, Stays In Hell”. If it just would 🙂

Hear the Song on YouTube.

2706 – Waking Light

We’ve just had a few beautiful days that I should have spent being out and around photographing. Instead I’ve spent some good time writing programs and a lot of not so good time talking about writing programs. Oh well!

Here’s an early morning image. The shadow is of some fence post. Probably. Anyway, it caught my attention 😀

The Song of the Day is “Waking Light” from Beck’s new album “Morning Phase”. Hear it on YouTube.

2534 – Over The Hills And Far Away II

This is where Mario lives. Well, not exactly among the olive trees, but the terraced hills around his house are one big garden made up of olive trees. It’s a pretty delightful and peaceful place. I guess we can easily agree on that 😀

By the way, the Image of the Day makes for a pretty nice desktop wallpaper. I currently have it on two of my computers, and I can confirm that it works wonders on my mood 🙂

As always you can download the full size from Flickr.

The Song of the Day is “Over The Hills And Far Away” from the 1973 Led Zeppelin album “Houses Of The Holy”. Hear it on YouTube.

2006 – The Well

Now finally the rain is here. I mean, it has rained a few times the last days, but we had always some sunny moments in between. Today – nothing. Only rain.

I made this image from the car, through the side window. It was this hand pump well in the rain, an image that I found somehow fitting 🙂

The Song of the Day is “The Well” from “The Last Waltz”. Hear it on YouTube.

1689 – Make Yourself At Home

It’s Friday, I’m on the train to Carinthia and here are two images made this morning.

The B&W image is one that I wasn’t able to compose quite as I would have liked it. I would have needed to lie down or at least go very low and use the tiltable electronic viewfinder. But then, the probably best solution would have been a tilt/swivel LCD like on the Canon G12, the Nikon D5100 or the Sony A55, to name just a few.

I’m really curious how Nikon positions this kind of display. It debuted on the D5000, but none of the other cameras in that series had it, neither on the low, nor on the high end. The D5100 has it again, the 3100 and the D7000 don’t. Hmm … can I have that on the D400 please?

Of course it won’t happen. I really ask myself, what does Nikon think? Such a display is tremendously useful and opens a whole class of interesting opportunities. Imagine a macro mounted and the camera positioned on the ground between the grasses and weeds. Can you say jungle?

Or used with a wide-angle (basically what I did here). Shooting from unusual positions is so much easier with a tilt/swivel display.

Apropos Sony A55. I really don’t like the company but sometimes they have a product that deeply impresses me. The A55 is such a product. It has this semi-transparent mirror, that always stays down, even for shooting, and the mirror is not used for the viewfinder but only for phase-detect autofocus. In fact, it has an electronic viewfinder and no optical viewfinder at all, but if you ever see one in a shop, have a look through its viewfinder. It’s gorgeous! It’s easily the best viewfinder that I’ve ever seen, my D300 definitely included. I guess that’s the future. Don’t believe me? Have a look for yourself, but I warn you, it hurts to use your own camera afterwards 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Make Yourself At Home” by Cab Calloway. Hear it on YouTube.

1677 – Out Of Focus

The more you deviate from f2.0, the less beautiful is the bokeh of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5. Here’s an image at f5.0. You can clearly see the hexagonal shape of the aperture, but for this image I think it works. It emphasizes the flowers, making them bigger, especially those in the background.

The Song of the Day is “Out Of Focus” from Mick Jagger’s 1993 album “Wandering Spirit”. It’s not available for download, but at least I’ve found a video on YouTube.

1662 – The Swimming Song II

It’s swimming season again. The water is still cold and the various web pages don’t report water temperature values. The only page that lists any value at all, reports 13-16 degrees Celsius.

Well, I’d vote for 16, and I must know, because I was swimming today. It was a bright, hot and clear day and I swam for at least ten minutes. Smells like Summer. Yummy!!!

This image is of some ferns on our place at the lake. They were all in a uniform yellowish green, so I thought, what the heck, forget colors, let’s go black’n’white and play with tonal values. Hmm … kinda like what I see.

The Swimming Song” from Eddi Reader’s 1992 solo debut “Mirmama” was already Song of the Day back in “241 – The Swimmer“. At that time I could provide not even a sound sample, but today I found the song on YouTube.

1397 – Jungleland

Do I miss my D300? Sure. It’s faster than the D200, where preview is painfully slow. It has a bigger and better display and it has more dynamic range. All true.

And the images? They are different too, at least the JPEGs, but that’s something I don’t care about.

In the end my images get created as much in Photoshop as in the camera. Take this one. Colors were vastly different from what the D300 would have produced, and the tone curve has changed completely. In reality it makes makes no difference though. At any time I have a certain feeling of how my images should look like, and that’s what I make them look like, regardless of the camera used.

The Song of the Day is “Jungleland” from Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 album “Born To Run”. YouTube has a fine 1978 live version, ripped from an old B&W video tape that has been played much too often, complete with thin, hissing audio, but you won’t mind. Believe me, you won’t mind 😀

1328 – The Perfumed Forest Wet With Rain

And if it’s not the forest but only my backyard in Vienna, oh well, it’s rain nevertheless 🙂

Yesterday I told you about the latest quirk of my Tamron 17-50/28 VC lens, namely that it sometimes overexposes the first image after I have turned on the camera. This is what it looks like:

Both images have the same EXIF data. It’s 1/20s, f6.3 and ISO 200. They should look exactly the same but don’t, thus one of the values must be wrong. ISO and shutter speed are set in the camera, thus it must be the aperture setting.

This actually makes sense. Normally the lens is wide open, to make for a brighter viewfinder image. Only when I press the shutter, the lens is stopped down to the selected aperture, then the shutter opens, the image is exposed, the shutter closes, and finally the aperture opens up again. Seemingly my lens sometimes fails to react to the command to stop down. From f2.8 to f6.3, that’s two and a half stops, and this is about the amount the exposure is off.

As I said, my current strategy is to set the camera to continuous mode and make not one but two exposures. It works but is still a crutch.

The Song of the Day reflects today’s weather: “The Perfumed Forest Wet With Rain” from Abdullah Ibrahim’s 1979 album “Africa – Tears And Laughter”. YouTube has it.