3784 – Garnets

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO  Comments Off on 3784 – Garnets
Feb 282017
 

Radenthein is a small town in Carinthia, in earlier times mostly known for its garnet mine. Today it is a museum and children can pick their own garnets from the stone. Once they have a few, the stones can be brought to the shop, where they are cut and polished. It’s a nice idea and seemingly a big success.

An interesting fact that I learned was, that in the 1500s, the high time of Radenthein’s garnet production, the stones were not cut and polished in town, they were transported to Prague. There the emperor employed the best of Venice’s jewel cutters.

Sounds cool, working as an expert for the emperor? Forget it. They lived miserable lives, had to work lying flat on their bellies, pressing garnet against rotating grindstone. The position was unnatural and crippeling, the dust ruined their lungs. So much for being an expert.

3783 – The Carpenter’s House

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO  Comments Off on 3783 – The Carpenter’s House
Feb 272017
 

Back to Carinthia. This is again an image taken with a 40-150, but this time it’s the big gun, the f2.8 PRO. Even at f8 it makes a difference, but it is not substantial in terms of sharpness. In terms of focusing speed it is though.