Vienna has two newspapers that are distributed at underground stations for free. They are also the worst kind of newspapers imaginable. Still, people read them and they even have political influence. It’s hard to understand, but it’s harder to argue with facts. Although, the whole concept of facts seems to be of diminishing importance today 🙂
Both of today’s images were taken through my spying glass, the big, heavy 40-150/2.8 PRO. What did I bring along? The usual vacation gear (aka “The Big Gear”), meaning the trinity of the Olympus PRO lenses. Additionally I carried the small fisheye. I had bought it only days before the trip, and I figured I should use it while it was new, otherwise I’d probably forget about it 🙂
In a way it was a nice ritual: searching typical, beautiful post cards that still avoided clichés, trying to perfectly match cards and recipients, trying to write individual, witty messages tailored to their recipients, buying stamps, finally searching for a mailbox. Yes, it sounds tedious, and that’s probably the main reason why we stopped doing it 🙂
A warm wall drenched in sunlight, two colorful receptacles. Choose now, choose wisely 🙂
The Song of the Day is “Choose Now” by Clifford Brown. Hear it on YouTube.
Saturday we drove around a little in search of the next battle. Weather was overcast, but in fact I did not worry at all. Basically I did not look for things to photograph, I looked for ideas for things to photograph. Let me explain:
I often say that the world is fractal. In every place you are, you can take photographs of infinite variety. You just have to look closer or look in directions or at things that you normally don’t look in or at. Still, if you keep doing so for a long time, you will feel that you know everything in the immediate surrounding, with the familiarity diminishing with distance, the distance getting longer and longer.
There is some truth to it, although due to the fractal nature of the world, it should not matter in even a lifetime. The problem is, it feels that way, therefore you sometimes have to make concessions.
One of the easiest ways to get out of the perceived rut, at least for a photographer, is to buy new equipment, for instance a new lens, or in severe cases to buy a new camera or even into a new camera system. That’s not an option though.
I currently spend money on furniture, and besides, I have done that. I had a bridge camera, bought a Nikon D200, upgraded to a D300, collected a total of 22 lenses for Nikon F mount, bought a Panasonic LX5, an Olympus E-P2 and OM-D, sold most of my Nikon equipment and finally bought more Micro Four Thirds lenses than I care to have or carry. Really, even if I wanted to spend the money, a new camera could hardly satisfy me. I’m perfectly happy with the OM-D and the only near-future change that I see is to sell the big, heavy Panasonic 7-14 (more than 300g!!!) and instead buy the tiny Olympus 9-18 instead 🙂
The other option is, to begin looking for different things, things that you normally don’t consider photographing, that are a-plenty but not ubiquitous, things that have a certain appeal. Something like bicycles, only that bicycles are on my list anyway.
That’s what we did on Saturday: scouting for new things to look for, for things that will make me see the immediate environment with new eyes.
Mailboxes are a good candidate. They are colorful, they can be contrasted with their surroundings, you see them often but not everywhere, and in a way they are a dying species. This is only one idea that I have considered, let’s see where I get.
The Song of the Day is “In Search Of The Next Battle” from an album “Best of the Valkyria Chronicles” by some Hitoshi Sakimoto. Unlikely as it seems, this is the soundtrack to a PS3 game. I had to think hard why on earth I have this album, especially because I neither have a PS3 nor do I own or have ever played that game.
This is part of the apartment complex where I live now in Vienna. It’s not the most flattering of views (while in fact this is one of the best apartment complexes that I’ve seen in a long while), but when I saw this yellow needle in front of architecture and blue sky, I simply had to take the picture.
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.
Yesterday evening we’ve got heavy thunderstorms, rain, and temperatures dropped by something between 10 and 15 degrees. No swimming today. Instead I spent most of the day converting the months February through April from iMatch to Lightroom. Here are some images that I couldn’t help but processing 🙂
Well, actually it’s not really converting what’s that much work, that’s just a matter of importing files into Lightroom. The problem is, that I have given up on keywording years ago, and that I want to have keywords in Lightroom. Thus I spent those hours keywording the images of four months.
Oh yes, I have a Flickr pro account now. From now on you can also see my images in my photostream, and you can also download original sizes there. Why that? Well, just because Lightroom makes it effortless.
The Song of the Day is “Words Can’t Describe” from Sarah Vaughn’s 1957 album “Swingin’ Easy”. Hear it on YouTube.