3629 – Shady Corners

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Sep 252016
 

Again this is no image taken with the PEN-F. There won’t be any until mid-winter. But we can talk about it. Let’s see what else is interesting.

The viewfinder is a step back from the VF-4 that I bought with the PEN E-P5. No denial, it is smaller. It does not stick out from the camera though. In fact the whole camera looks smaller and much more retro.

Instead of a Gariz case (like for the E-P5) I bought the original Olympus metal grip instead. It has the same huge price as the very elegant Gariz leather half-case, but it gives better hold. Both have an opening in the bottom plate that allows access to the battery and (theoretically) the SD card.

Why I say theoretically? Well, it does so, but you’d have to have very small fingers. I could get the SD card out of the E-P5 in the Gariz case, but I can’t get it out of the PEN with the Olympus grip.

That’s stupid. I mean, it would have been perfectly possible to make the opening big enough for the door to the battery/card compartment to open wider. They didn’t. It’s hard to imagine that nobody had issues with that during testing, but even if so, they must have chosen to ignore it. For a $130 piece of alumunium this is unacceptable. What do I? I’ve put a pair of pincers into my bag. Problem solved, albeit in a most embarrassing way 🙂

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.

Pathetic.

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.

3110 – Weathered

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Apr 242015
 

The base of a fence, Lichen on old concrete, shadows of the fence. A man-made structure under the influence of organic decay, with the shadows of man-made iron rods criss-crossing its weathered surface.

The Song of the Day is “Weathered” by The Dangerous Summer. Hear it on YouTube.

Mar 202015
 

Usually I have my camera with me, but the first time I recognized the complicated pattern of shadows on this multi-layered fence, I didn’t. Thankfully the weather situation was consistent and I found the exact same light next day. Lesson: don’t leave home without a camera. You might be as lucky as I was, but be warned, regret is the rule, not the exception 🙂

The Song of the Day is one more time “Complicated Shadows” by Elvis Costello & the Attractions. Hear it on YouTube.