Dec 042013

Remember, I recently bought the Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera with its kit lens, the new 12-40/2.8 PRO, a lens that costs 990€ separately. As part of the kit it cost me 700€, thus I could easily sell it on, maybe even with a profit. Should I?

I admit, I think about it. Not for the profit, but more so because it is big and heavy (compared to my primes), overlaps with three of my lenses, the 12/2.0, 17/1.8 and at least partially with the 9-18/4, and although it is an excellent lens, it is not better than any of these primes.

It also overlaps with the Panasonic Leica 25/1.4. Yes, I’ve had that lens and sold it, but guess what, I miss the Panaleica and consider buying it again.

It is weather-sealed. OK, I didn’t miss that in my primes.

It focuses very near, nearer than any of my primes. I like that and I may miss it.

It is extremely well built, definitely the most solid lens that I’ve ever had.

It is beautiful.

The Song of the Day is “Think About It”, an outtake from the 1977 Fleetwood Mac album “Rumours”. Hear it on YouTube.

2476 – Summer Days III

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Jul 282013

More water lilies anybody? Here are some, taken with my by far cheapest lens, the all-plastic Olympus 40-150. See in the full size on Flickr whether the image quality is cheap as well.

Like for the other wallpapers, I have omitted my usual white border. That makes it easier to use the image as a desktop background.

Throughout this mini-series of wallpapers, the Song of the Day is “Summer Days” from the 2013 Camper Van Beethoven album “La Costa Perdida”. Hear it live on YouTube.

Jul 272013

This is the next one in this mini series of wallpapers. Same pond, same flowers, only this time it’s my currently widest lens, the Olympus 12/2.0. Again you find the full size on Flickr.

In case you wonder, no, I didn’t use a polarizer. Not because I generally dislike them, rather just because I currently don’t own any that fit on my tiny lenses. I’ve done some things in Lightroom though. Mostly it’s pulling the highlights back to -100, pushing them back up selectively where I feel it’s needed (for instance the white flowers), de-saturating the blues, shifting them slightly towards magenta, increasing vibrance, using a radial filter, and in general trying to create a pleasing tonal distribution along with vibrant but still believable colors. Hmm … maybe a polarizer would have been easier 😀

The Song of the Day is still “Summer Days” from the 2013 Camper Van Beethoven album “La Costa Perdida”. Hear it live on YouTube.

2474 – Summer Days I

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Jul 262013

This is the first post in a series of images that I consider nice wallpapers. As always you can find the full size on Flickr.

The Song of the Day is “Summer Days” from the 2013 Camper Van Beethoven album “La Costa Perdida”. Hear it live on YouTube.

Jan 202013

Instead of an image taken on Saturday, here’s an old one. Two years ago on a pond in mid-Carinthia, a sign reminded me to stop here and not go any further. Not that I would have liked to do so 🙂

The Song of the Day is “The Stopper” by Sonny Rollins and The Modern Jazz Quartet. Hear it on YouTube.

Apr 062008

Saturday morning I woke up from the door bell. I thought it was the baker who comes every Saturday morning. “I’m coming!”, said I and dressed quickly, rushed to the door, opened it and … saw cousin Peter smiling in my puzzled face, just like on this image, in full attire, saying: “C’mon, let’s go and cut down some trees!”. I’d give a lot for an image of my face 🙂

It turned out that he was here to fell two trees near our house, just on the other side of the street. He said he needed me to watch for cars, and I thought I couldn’t let him work alone, so I volunteered to help him. Well, two trees became eight, and when we were done with work it was four hours later.

The Image of the Day is from late afternoon. This is a pond near Klagenfurt and I love the reflections of the trees.

The Song of the Day is the “Lumberjack Song” from “Monty Python Sings“. See the video on YouTube.