Sep 032007
 

I’m back to Vienna and it looks like summer’s gone. Normally we should have three more weeks of warm late-summer weather, but instead there’s what seems to be a solid rain front, and I fear it will kill off what may be left of summer. Snow down to 1000 meters is predicted for Wednesday! I feel betrayed.

Anyway. It was clear it wouldn’t last forever, and it could be better next weekend in Carinthia. We’ll see.

It was time for the Sigma 30/1.4 again, and I used it around 5:40pm at f1.4, ISO 110 and 1/30s. Speak of a gloomy day.

The Song of the Day is “The Closing of the Doors” by Róisín Murphy, ex-singer of Moloko, this one being from her solo-debut “Ruby Blue“.

Aug 142007
 

It’s 5am, I have fallen asleep while preparing images (“just a minute on the sofa while it’s sharpening”) and woke up only an hour ago. Oh well, let’s keep this short 🙂

I shot this image yesterday on my way home in Kaiserstraße. This street only in certain parts slowly manages to recover. When, after the long years of Underground construction, Mariahilferstraße again came to splendor and fame, there was simply no room for the mostly small, family-run shops in Kaiserstraße. Many of them closed down, and though in some places they were replaced by restaurants, and some even by new shops, there was never again the right mix that would attract the critical mass of buyers needed to sustain the quarter.

This is the grille of one of those run-down, closed for years shops. I shot it with the Sigma 10-20 at 10mm, f8 and ISO 1600.

It’s funny. In the meantime I have all of Marcia Ball’s records, this is the third time we have her, and always it’s the first album I’ve got, the 2001 release “Presumed Innocent“. I can’t give you lyrics, sorry, but the Louisiana style Rhythm & Blues number “I’m Coming Down With The Blues”, a Don Covay song from 1960, is the Song of the Day.