Sep 212016
 

By the time you read this, I will have the PEN-F for a week, by the time I’ll write the next post, I will have used it for half a week. I guess I’ll be able to give you at least a first impression in tomorrow’s post.

What will I do with the PEN E-P5? I have no idea. The original plan was to sell it, and I might still do that, but then, it’s also a beautiful camera for sure.

Of course the problem is, that I don’t even need two bodies, and therefore much less three. We’ll see 🙂

May 132016
 

Yesterday’s image, this one and a few of the following have all been made one on February, 20, more or less around noon. I had taken only a single lens with me, my most expensive one, the fabulous 40-150/2.8 PRO.

You see, not only do I take less images than in earlier time, I also write less about it and sometimes even I get bored. This is clearly reflected in the number of visitors.

Should I stop blogging? Is this even a blog now? Well, you clearly don’t see me at the height of my enthusiasm, but photography is still very important to me. It’s also not that I feel that I’ve lost my “eye”. I just have less time. I read more, I have a lot of stress at work, and in my free time I put a lot of effort into “staying competitive”.

Apart from that: this blog has been running for nine and a half years now. It would feel very odd stopping it before it reaches its tenth 🙂

3088 – Playground Love I

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Apr 022015
 

By the time you read this, the web application that I’ve been working on for more than two years will be in production – for better or worse. Like in all such efforts conducted after the old-fashioned “waterfall” model, things get pretty hectic at the end. I write this post more than a week ahead of publication, and I expect a terribly busy week with not much time to think and even less for photography 😀

The Song of the Day is “Playground Love” by Air. Hear it on YouTube.

Dec 032014
 

Here’s another post with autumnal impressions collected during the last weeks.

The Image of the Day is interesting, because I’ve come to that tree at exactly the right day. One side, that exposed to the wind, had already been devoid of leaves, the other side was still in full color.

This will hardly have been the first time in my life that I saw such a phenomenon, but at least I can’t remember any other occasion.

The Song of the Day is “Seasons Change” by Marketa Irglova. Hear this lovely song on YouTube.

2812 – Viaggi e Miraggi I

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Jun 292014
 

I’ve been back from Italy for a week, but only now I’ve finished tagging and processing my images. Some of them 🙂

Today’s images are from the first day. We spent around six hours on the highway, driving from Villach via Udine, Venezia, Padova, Verona and Milano to the three great prealpine lakes of Italy, Lago Maggiore, Lago di Como and Lago di Lugano.

We stayed on the western shore of Lago Maggiore, the most western of the three lakes. The shore is already in Piemonte, the northern part reaches into Switzerland’s Canton Ticino.

The “traditional” place to stay would have been Stresa (Hemingway’s choice), but a few kilometers north is Verbania, and that has the big advantage to have a car ferry across the lake. That’s where we took residence.

The church image and the passage way are from the first evening in Verbania. That was the night when Italy won its first soccer game during the World Cup. I still hear the ecstasy of the fans 🙂

The Image of the Day was taken the next day south of Laveno, on the other side of the lake, after our first trip with the ferry. We’ve had rain in the morning and the wet playground was where I began taking images.

The Song of the Day is and will be for the next few days “Viaggi e Miraggi” by Francesco De Gregori. Not only is this a great song, I also like the title, “Voyages and Mirages”. Somehow fitting 😀

Hear the Song on YouTube.

2808 – Dusk ‘Til Dawn

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Jun 252014
 

Today I have two images that share colors. The Image of the Day was taken in the last evening light, the second image in the morning on a playground.

I love this kind of sidelight, and while it’s easy to catch it in the evening, I normally fail completely in the morning 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Dusk ‘Til Dawn” from the Creepshow album “They All Fall Down”. Hear it on YouTube.

2584 – Children’s Games

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Nov 132013
 

Yesterday night we got some unexpected snow and it stayed with us all day. The sky was overcast and although I drove around a little, this image of a shovel mounted to the fence behind the playground was the best I came home with 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Children’s Games” by The Singers Unlimited. Hear them on YouTube.

Aug 082013
 

I’ve had an image of this wooden horse in winter, more than a year ago, but still, every time I see it, I get furious over what some people’s idea of a playground is. Even though the place looks substantially bigger due to the extreme wide-angle distortions, it still looks small.

Well, you know how big a toy horse is, how big a fence and how small flowers are. That’s a lot of distortion! In reality it’s a narrow strip of grass between the private road through our housing complex and the fence. The building housing the garbage containers to the right and the electric post to the left have been omitted. Oh dear!

The Song of the Day is again Cat Stevens’ “Where Do The Children Play“, interpreted by Dolly Parton. Hear it on YouTube.

2429 – Far Gone Now

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Jun 112013
 

Jack Vance, one of the great masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy, one of those who defined the genre, an author of high sophistication, one of the most original inventors of intricate worlds, Jack Vance has recently left us.

When I packed my books in Vienna, I found that I had owned German translations of “The Dying Earth”, two of the “Alastor” books and “The Grey Prince” – only I had never read a single one of them. Don’t ask me why.

I’ve really discovered Vance only a few months ago. I read “The Dying Earth”, his early fantasy success, and I loved it, especially the incomparable “Cugel the Clever”. “Lyonesse” captured me for maybe a month and is still vivid in me, and now I’ve just begun reading “Magnus Ridolph”, the complete collection of his early space mystery stories revolving about this detective / adventurer of the same name.

So far I have read only the first, and apart from the fact that mathematicians are still supposed to use slide rules (something that I’ve found in Asimov’s early “Foundation” trilogy as well), it seems still pretty enjoyable, even if it dates from 1948.

The Song of the Day is “Far Gone Now” from the 1990 Vaya Con Dios album “Night Owls”. Hear it on YouTube.

2428 – I’ve Just Seen A Face

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Jun 102013
 

I’ve been doing these pre-scheduled posts for almost two weeks now, always scheduling for 8pm local time, and I can tell you that I like it. Yes, it takes away spontaneity, it allows me to cheat and to use one day’s images for a series of days (I’m just running such a batch taken on Friday), but it also takes out the stress.

Here is the first of two images taken on a playground in Villach. This was some kind of riding device, what you see is a face, probably a stylized bear.

The Song of the Day is “I’ve Just Seen A Face” from the 1965 Beatles album “Help”. Hear it on YouTube.