Feb 222017
 

Not long ago, during the Yugoslavian War, Rovinj was almost empty – shunned by tourists. Yes, this was 25 years ago (really? oh my!), but you wouldn’t believe it when you see it today.

This has been taken a bit off the night tracks. It’s one of the streets leading up to the church, and most people at that time of the evening are busy finding a table in one of the countless but hopelessly overcrowded restaurants.

3581 – Running in Parallel

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Aug 082016
 

It was early April. I got an offer I couldn’t refuse 🙂

DSLR-Forum is a very active community of german-speaking photographers and they have a lively marketplace. I’ve sold most of my Nikon gear there and I’ve also bought some Olympus and Panasonic lenses. It’s all private to private, it’s all based on trust, but I’ve never had any problem when I’ve payed in advance. Everything always arrived in exactly the condition that was advertised.

I can’t really say that I need something, but I still have the habit of browsing the Olympus sales forum at least once a month. You never know, do you?

Early April I was electrified: I saw an Olympus PEN E-P5 in silver, with VF-4 and without a kit lens, for a very reasonable price. Low count of exposures, good condition, what was not to like?

This is a camera that I’ve always wanted to buy. It came out while I had the OM-D E-M5, shortly before I switched to the OM-D E-M1. Basically it’s E-M1 tech in PEN format. No weather sealing, but otherwise the same perfect stabilization, an external electronic viewfinder with the same resolution. It’s elegant. A beauty.

When it was new, I found it too expensive for a second body that I’d probably rarely use. It’s also not the camera for big and heavy lenses like the 40-150/2.8 PRO. Now, after almost two years, I got it for substantially less than half of the initial price.

I added a Kalahari leather wrist strap and a Garitz half case. The latter is pretty mandatory, because the grip of the E-P5 is exactly as bad as everybody says. It contains the WiFi antenna, therefore no good external grips are available. With the Garitz case I’ve got a pretty decent hold on the camera. I had to order it from Singapore though. It’s not made any more, not available in Europe, and the few US shops still having it refused to ship to Austria. Well, it was cheaper in Singapore anyway.

Here we are, I’ve got a second body 🙂

Oct 192015
 

Lisbon is famous for its black and white pavement. What you see here is a pattern of stars on the sidewalk of Rua Alecrim, a street leading from Largo de Camões down to Cais do Sodré, terminal station of linha verde, the green line (underground lines in Lisbon are color coded), and to the shores of river Tejo.

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.