Fake? Nope. Absolutely real!
I may have added a touch of saturation to what the camera saw, but then, what the camera saw was nothing compared to what my eyes saw. Actually I’ve never seen a sunset that looked so unreal in reality 🙂
Carinthia is a rural part of Austria with a nice mix of lakes, soft valleys and high mountains. This image has been taken in one of the more mountainous regions. The bit of snow on the roof of this small wooden chapel, along with the snow-capped mountain in the background even gives an impression of winter.
One of the marvels of digital photography is the option to correct perspective. I don’t do it always, but in this case it was inevitable.
I stood in front of that building, a do-it-yourself store, and I took an image of the reflection in the upper story window. The angle was quite steep, the distortion extreme, but I believe it took not more than a button click on Lightroom’s automatic correction to give me this image, devoid of my own reflection.
Valbruna is a village at the mouth of a side-valley just south of Tarvisio. At the end is this, a steep cliff facing north, a place that looks like the home of winter 🙂
The Song of the Day is “Ice Winter Rock” by Ewan Dobson. Hear it on YouTube.
Always the same song? Doesn’t it get boring? Right, thought so 🙂
But, wait a minute, there is something. The city itself is small with an old but unspectacular Visconti castle, some mediocre churches, but where the mountains rise, their sides are covered with luxurious residences. Everyone of these thousands of houses has an incredible look on the lake, because none of them has anything in front.
There is a pilgrim church high on the mountain. It was drizzling, thus I did not go in, but on the image to the left you see what it looks like. Once it stood along at that height, today this is the only view that mercifully hides the apartment buildings around it.
The Song of the Day is “Give It To Me Straight” by The Locarnos. Hear it on YouTube.
Here are some more images from last sunny Sunday, taken at the cemetery of Sternberg, the church on a rock above the fog.
These are likely among my last pictures with the Panasonic Lumix G 20/1.7 ASPH. The new Olympus 25/1.8 is rumored to be presented on January, 29, first leaked pictures of the lens are online, and it seems to be a plastic lens, in build more like the 45/1.8 than the 17/1.8. Well, if it is comparable in quality, I will certainly buy it, and if it is not, there’s always the Panaleica 25/1.4, waiting to be bought again 🙂
In the meantime I don’t care much. I’m back to the convenience of the 12-40/2.8 zoom, and apart from the fact that it is not as fast as the primes, it is second to none in quality.
The Song of the Day is “Double Cross” from Mary Coughlan’s 1985 debut album “Tired & Emotional”. Hear it on YouTube.
When I set out to take images on a foggy day in Villach, I knew I would just have to drive up Mount Dobratsch, and regardless of how high the top of the fog is, 1700 meters are always enough.
Of course I was not alone. The bench in front of the church was full of people enjoying the warm sun. While I was there, I took several images of the constantly rising fog. Three of them are here. They are not that different, but it’s really a sight that I can’t get enough of, especially at this time of the year.
I did buy the 20/1.7 yesterday, but before you see the first images taken with it, I just have to use a few more taken with the 12-40/2.8.
In the meantime I have finally sold my OM-D E-M5 – for a very low price. This was everybody’s Camera of the Year last year, and now an amount of 480€ was all I got after continuously lowering the price for a month. Seemingly the E-M1 is a big success, but unfortunately especially among E-M5 owners 😀
Anyway, I’m sure the new owner will like the camera, just as I did.
Still more snow, again these are some images of my short walk to the steep cliffs on the southern side of Mount Dobratsch.
I’ve promised you snow, here is snow. I had come too late to strive for the very summit, but I could take a side route into an area where you see the steep cliffs on the southern side of Mount Dobratsch.
What else? Oh yes, it’s the end of the year.
Was it a good year?
In general I’d say no. It was a particularly bad year for all the refugees who died at sea, trying to enter a fortified Europe, it was a bad year for the people of Syria, who found themselves as helpless victims of a domestic dictator and of ruthless, cynical foreign politics, and it was a bad year for everyone who up to now has believed in democracy and freedom.
It was the year when Rick Falkvinge plausibly explained why it’s probably too late for the US to stop becoming a police state, and once the dominant empire goes down into plutocratic totalitarianism, hardly any hope is left for the rest of us.
Was it all bad? Personally I can’t say so. I’m working in an interesting project with people I like, I suffer no hardship, I’m healthy and so are the people I love. Things are fine around here.
I even have a new camera. I’ve been using the OM-D E-M1 for about a month now, and although the OM-D E-M5 was a good camera, the E-M1 is better. It has a bigger, better viewfinder, better ergonomics, knows a few new tricks, and in general it gives up nothing of what made the OM-D E-M5 everybody’s Camera of the Year 2012.
No, personally I’m doing well, but, dear governments, can I still have some democracy and freedom please? I swear, I’ll praise you next year. Thanks a lot!