3482 – The Window of Opportunity

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May 012016
 

For those of you living in a big city: Do you ever visit your own museums?

I certainly do so on vacation in other cities. I rarely miss an important one. But Vienna? Yes, I’ve been a few times in Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna’s most important collection of paintings, but it took me more than 30 years to visit the Academy of Fine Arts. Yes, that’s the academy that refused Hitler and forced him into politics. What a pity! The world of Art would have survived another talentless painter, but so many millions of people would have survived. The Academy has a much smaller collection, but it has one of the most interesting works of Hieronymus Bosch.

Finally in January, and now we are where this image was taken, I visited Albertina, the museum primarily known to me for its graphic art collection with Dürer’s famous “Young Hare“.

Oh how mistaken I found myself! They have a vast collection of modern Art with major works from the Impressionists, Expressionists, Surrealists and many more. In any case, if you are ever in Vienna and are even remotely interested in paintings, all three museums are well worth your time.

3334 – History Lessons In The Cloister

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Dec 052015
 

This is interesting and I didn’t expect it at all: The cloister behind the Cathedral, accessible for a fee through the ambulatory, is actually an archeological museum!

You can walk around as one usually does in a cloister, but there is also a walkway on the inside, where you can look at the site closely.

By the way, this is a kind of cloister that I’ve never seen before. Normally cloisters are on one side of the church, accessible through a side door, and normally cloisters have four sides. This one seemingly had only three sides, with the patio closed off by the church itself.

Well, maybe the cloister of the Carthusian monastery in Ferrara was similar, at least it was behind the church like in Lisbon, but I couldn’t get in. The Quake, remember?

I can’t explain the spatial arrangement in Ferrara, a city where there was always plenty of space inside the walls. Here in Lisbon it’s obviously due to space constraints. But then, it’s interesting anyway.

Nov 062015
 

Today we have two more images from inside of the museum. Shutter speeds are 1/8 s and 1/10 s.

ISO is even below the E-M1’s base of ISO 200. While you don’t gain quality by going below base ISO on most cameras, on the E-M1 you do. Image stabilization makes sure that I can operate at f5 and f7.1, thereby having plenty of DOF.

Nov 052015
 

Now we’re inside of the museum. It’s a pretty random collection of Roman stones, Egypt mummies, books, tiles and all sorts of old things. I spare you those.

As a museum it didn’t impress me, but of course I’m a sucker for church architecture.

This is the kind of architecture that I’ve bought the Olympus 7-14/2.8 for. It’s the ideal lens for cramped spaces 🙂

While you see some ghosts of the harsh lights in the Image of the Day, they are so unobtrusive, that I decided to leave them in the image. You may remember that I once had the Panasonic 7-14/4.0. It’s exactly this kind of situation where the Olympus lens is phenomenally better. Using the Panasonic lens on an Olympus camera, I would have had to battle numerous big, bright purple balls all over the image. I don’t know how the lens behaves on a Panasonic body (it must be something about the reflexivity of the sensor), maybe much better, but on an Olympus I probably wouldn’t have been able to take this image at all.

2890 – The Emperor

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Sep 162014
 

The local museum in Villach currently runs an exhibition of old pictures of the city, mostly early photographs some paintings and some early maps. It’s pretty interesting to see, what the place where you live has looked like, one or two hundred years ago.

Of course even ten years sometimes make a tremendous difference. Take for instance the part of Vienna where I live now. It’s currently expanding like mad and it does so in a mostly positive way. In fact Vienna invests a lot in planning and infrastructure, in order to not repeat the sins of the past.

But I digress. The bust in the image is from the museum and it shows the emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, commonly referred to as “The Emperor”, just as if there never had been another monarch claiming the title 🙂

The Song of the Day is “The Emperor” by Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy. Hear it on YouTube.

2749 – Little Palaces III

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Apr 272014
 

I’ve squeezed one last image out of my visit to the Natural History Museum in Vienna. This is the lower flight of the central stairway, leading up from the entrance hall below the cupola. It was taken from one of the two symmetrically arranged upper flights. They lead from the first landing back up to the restaurant, also below the cupola.

The Song of the Day is still “Little Palaces” from Elvis Costello’s 1986 album “King Of America”. Hear it on YouTube.

Apr 252014
 

Here are more images taken at the Natural History Museum in Vienna. Below this cupola there is a restaurant, right at the heart of the building. I suppose there are worse things to be seen while dining 🙂

Once again the Song of the Day is “Little Palaces” from Elvis Costello’s 1986 album “King Of America”. Hear it on YouTube.

Apr 242014
 

Imperial architecture in Vienna can be quite impressive. This is the cupola of the Natural History Museum in Vienna. It’s the kind of faux historic buildings that was built along Ringstraße after Napoleon had forced down the medieval walls, making place for Emperor Franz Josef’s new boulevard.

In defense of our architectural honor I have to say that, although none of the representational buildings along Ringstraße is from the era that it claims to be, the whole ensemble is pretty tasteful.

If you remember a very similar image from “2456 – Big Stuff“, well, that was in the Arts museum, a twin building right across the square. I repeat myself, but only in a way 😀

The Song of the Day is “Little Palaces” from Elvis Costello’s 1986 album “King Of America”. Hear it on YouTube.