Apr 062014

In a perfect world we would know exactly if a color temperature is correct or not and actually the camera would be able to determine it accurately, thereby reducing the need to even worry about the concept. It turns out though, that correctness is a concept that does not even make sense in that context.

I can see the red of my windbreaker in the reflection. It looks perfectly correct and precisely saturated, but I am sure that the golden-yellow is much more colorful than what I have seen.

On the other hand, what I have seen was much brighter and the sun was blinding in a way that my and your poor screens can’t even begin to reproduce. Fortunately so, I might add.

Still, the feeling that I get when I look at this image is not very different from what I felt while being there. Correct? No, not at all. Satisfying? Yes, indeed!

The Song of the Day is “Perfect World” from “Little Creatures”, my all-time favorite Talking Heads album. 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.

2595 – Embroidery

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Nov 242013

This is an image that I’ve taken before. In fact I take something like this at least once a year – at this time of the year. And it always reminds me of precious embroidery.

“Embroidery”, the first piece on Terry Riley’s live improvisation from the album “Songs for the Ten Voices of the Two Prophets” is the Song of the Day.

It has always fascinated me since I bought the vinyl album in the early 1980s, and because I have no turntable any more, I have not heard it in a long time. Now it’s back, now you can get much of Riley’s work as digital downloads, and I’m sure I’ll look deeper into it soon. Unfortunately it’s not yet on YouTube. Hear “Eastern Man” from the same album instead.

Nov 232013

It’s not a posh neighborhood where I live in Vienna, but honestly, I couldn’t care less. Industrial decay is a style that I’ve always liked in games like Unreal Tournament, and really, this looks a little bit like the result of a game level designer gone mad.

Down at the bottom level, in the most dangerous spot where the light is brightest, we would position the highest level pickup, possibly a Big Keg’o’Health or maybe a mighty weapon. The tree is in a slighty unfortunate position though, because it hurts the flow on the second level 🙂

And up the stairs? Of course there must be a sniper gun somewhere.

Hmm … but then, at a time when you find out that your heroes are killers, liers and fascists, at a time when you find out that democracy does not even exist, and that wars for economic dominance are fought under the pretense of fighting terrorism, first-person shooter games acquire a bitter taste.

The Song of the Day is “Creepin Up The Backstairs” from the 2007 Fratellis album “Costello Music”. Hear it on YouTube.

Nov 222013

Same place as yesterday, same wind turbines. I didn’t expect to take such images at all.

The weather forecast had predicted high-altitude fog and sunshine had seemed to be an impossible dream.

While I stood there, the fog moved quickly. One of my images turned out to be completely white, because I couldn’t decide upon the exact framing, and while I shifted the camera and finally found my composition, the fog suddenly turned dense.

Again, wind turbines are not normally seen as objects of beauty, but here the fog has taken away almost all context and I could as well have been on an alien planet.

The Song of the Day is again “Sunrise Of The Planetary Dream Collector” from the Kronos Quartet’s 1984 recording of Terry Riley’s “Cadenza on the Night Plain”. Hear it on YouTube.

Nov 212013

Beauty is mostly a matter of convention. We tend to attribute it to things for all sorts of reasons that are not intrinsic to the attributed objects themselves. One example is the coziness of familiarity, that so often is mistaken for a sign of beauty. It is not. The strangest things can be beautiful.

Imagine being on an alien planet. Everything would be different, no context would exist, everything would have to be seen as a member of a new category, isolated, emerging from the mist of non-existence, coming upon us as a new and unfamiliar concept, a thing with no words attached to it, no associations and no history.

The Song of the Day is “Sunrise Of The Planetary Dream Collector” from the Kronos Quartet’s 1984 recording of Terry Riley’s “Cadenza on the Night Plain”. Hear it on YouTube.

2591 – Welcome To The Machine

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Nov 202013

Same place as yesterday, only a few minutes later. This is an Underground station where I have to change trains every time I arrive in Vienna. Always I am a few seconds late and have to wait for the next train. Hope you don’t mind 🙂

Welcome To The Machine“, the Song of the Day, is from the 1975 Pink Floyd classic “Wish You Were Here”. Hear it on YouTube.

2590 – Mr. Ghost Goes To Town

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Nov 192013

I took more than one image from this point of view, trying to place the lines as exactly into the corners as possible. This would have been one of the best attempts at what I’ve been up to, if only, if only … that man wouldn’t have entered the frame.

My first impulse was to throw the image away, but then I realized that this ghost is in a perfect spot to balance an otherwise unbalanced image.

The Song of the Day is “Mr. Ghost Goes To Town” by Tommy Dorsey. Hear it on YouTube.

2589 – Here We Are

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Nov 182013

In a way I was afraid of leaving Vienna’s bustling 7th district and moving out to where I live and work now. And it’s obvious, this is not a photographer’s paradise of small and smallest shops and of busy people any more. This is suburbia, the realm of concrete and of cars, of shopping malls and of big apartment blocks. This is a totally different world.

It’s not less interesting to take images though. It’s different, that’s all.

The Song of the Day is “Here We Are” from “Old Yellow Moon”, the 2013 collaboration of Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Hear it on YouTube.