Feb 272016

Being in a mundane environment has many advantages as well. For instance you see what you see over and again in always different lighting situations.

Time of the day, angle of the sun, weather, seasons, really, don’t expect that you can always come back if you miss an image. It may take years until you see the same constellation again.

On the other hand, it may be worth trying, and still being there the next day at least gives you an option.

Oct 072015

It’s funny. While the layered architecture of modern computers enables tremendous progress by boosting developer productivity (both on the hard- as well as the software side), it also makes the systems brittle, unnecessarily complex, and – if things go wrong – impossible to diagnose for anybody but experts. Well, even becoming an expert (or maintaining that status, once reached) gets harder and harder.

Windows 10 is much more stable than Windows 7 and a Mac is a pretty awesome machine (as long as you play by its rules), but both will invariably fail in almost mystic ways. You won’t know why. They won’t tell you. Maybe you’ll find something on the Internet if your problem frequently occurs, but maybe you’ll just hunt from page to page, in search of the elusive hint.


3164 – Don’t Apply Compression Gently I

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Jun 172015

Yesterday’s post may have seemed overly negative, but I just wanted to point out the undeniably existing negative points and how Olympus’ Pro series of lenses greatly cancels the weight advantage. There are a few advantages as well though 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Don’t Apply Compression Gently” by Courtney Barnett. Hear it on YouTube.

Jul 122014

Yesterday I said I’d close the chapter of my trip to the shores of the northern Italian lakes, but in the meantime I’ve processed this image. It was also taken on the closing day and it shows stairs leading down to the water of Lago Maggiore. So if you wonder what’s that lake that you can’t see in this image, Lago Maggiore is it 😀

Twelve was such a nice, round number, I really had to choose another song. Here’s “Post Scriptum” by Cristina Branco. Differently southern but southern as well. Hear it on YouTube.

May 242014

Today the American architect Christopher Alexander is paradoxically best known for the applicability of his “Pattern Language” to the description and construction of computer programs. Basically he developed a hierarchical system for the description of patterns. A pattern is something like an archetypical solution for an archetypical problem in a certain problem domain and a given context.

Patterns are related to other patterns, and a certain situation can match more than one pattern. Patterns can also be contained within other, higher level patterns. That sounds pretty abstract and that’s right, but this kind of abstraction makes patterns so useful. Christopher Alexander for instance used patterns to describe how Good Architecture according to his best knowledge and individual style and taste should work.

In his Pattern Language he described how cities should be distributed across regions or how living and working areas should be intermingled with common spaces to create neighborhoods worth living within. The next step was the distribution of buildings and negative space, how that can create living or dead places. The pattern language is nothing more than a formal notation, usable in any field, but what Alexander used it for, was the blueprint for a beautiful world adapted to the needs of people, instead of the other way round, as is so often seen in modern architecture.

One of his smaller patterns is that we should build our homes piece by piece, including things from our past, things that mean something to us.

Recently I saw a house that perfectly fits Alexander’s patterns. It is full of things that have grown over time, have been made by their owners, and you immediately feel at home in such a place. It has character and it is above design. Sure, you can employ an interior designer and although someone really good (and most likely really expensive) can create something similar, something more refined, polished and maybe even more balanced, probably even a piece of art, it will always be just something bought. It won’t be the same thing. There is a “quality without a name” that money can’t buy.

The Song of the Day is “Money Can’t Buy It” from Annie Lennox’ 1992 album “Diva”. Hear it on YouTube.

May 032014

Unfortunately I had to go to work and so I had only a few moments to take a picture 🙂

This post is a few hours late. Sometimes life interferes with my schedule. Sorry for that.

The Song of the Day is “I Would Have Waited Here All Day” from the Lambchop album “Damaged”. Hear it on YouTube.

2714 – Oblique

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Mar 232014

First World problems? Well, I’ve got three of them 🙂

The first problem is, I’ve got more images to post than days a week. Ok, I could do as other people do and just post more than one image per day. I’ve done it in the past and I do it today.

The second problem is, that I often find music on Spotify that I don’t find on YouTube, and that makes it impossible for me to link to it. For this post I had a good song called “Slanted? Oh Yeah!!”, but because I couldn’t link to it, I’ve searched on and settled with “Oblique”.

Actually that’s not entirely true. I could link directly to Spotify, and even without a premium account you could hear the songs – for free. The problem is, you’d at least need a Spotify account. Even worse, Spotify is available in only a few select countries, thus, if a song is not on YouTube, I don’t play it.

The third problem? I have too much music in my inbox. Being able to choose the best title among millions of songs confronts me with so much new music, that I have trouble hearing all of it 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Oblique” by Eddie Palmieri. Hear it on YouTube.

2705 – Valley Of The Low Sun

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Mar 142014

Back to color. Obviously this image works in black and white as well, but emotionally it grabs me more in color 🙂

In reality this is just a park around the corner from where I live. It’s not even a particularly beautiful park. In fact this is one of the few perspectives that work at all.

The Song of the Day is “Valley Of The Low Sun” from Jakob Dylan’s album “Seeing Things”. Seeing, yeah, that’s what we do 😀

Hear it on YouTube.

Nov 252013

We had a few cold and very rainy days and what are you supposed to take images of on such a day? Well, one option is to wait until night falls, drive to the next supermarket, stay in the car, let the rain splash on your windshield and take abstract images.

Here I’ve used manual focus and the 45/1.8. Longer lenses give you more options to get abstract, more rain also helps 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Night Vision” from Suzanne Vega’s 1987 album “Solitude Standing”. Hear it on YouTube.

Sep 062013

This is an industrial ruin in Villach that I’ve shown a few times, but this time was the first time that I actually entered.

I didn’t expect much, so you can imagine how pleasantly surprised I was when I saw the pattern of the shadows. It is like a weird, second geometry that is cast over a conventional architecture.

You can be sure that I’ll come back. Just imagine how it would look like at noon on a winter day!

Thinking about a title, I thought of a cage, maybe a prison, and therefore the Song of the Day is “Prisoniero” by Los Chunguitos.

If you like Flamenco, hear the song on YouTube.