May 182014

This image has been taken more than an hour before sunset. EXIF data says two hours, but that’s only because like every year I forgot to change the camera to daylight saving time. I wonder how long it will take the camera industry to figure out that a camera today is actually a computer and that computers adapt to time switches automatically. Oh well!

I took the image while waiting for the train to Vienna. It had been pouring like mad an hour before and it was still raining. Lights were low and this is a situation where I immediately feel the drawback of the light weight of my latest acquisition, the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm 3.5-5.6 ASPH. At 12 mm the maximum aperture is f3.5, but that quickly rises to beyond f5, and using such a slow lens at dusk or even at night feels odd for someone accustomed to using fast primes. But again, lenses always come with trade-offs. Sensor stabilization takes care of the problem for me, allowing me to hold effective 64 mm at 1/4 s. This is not an action shooter’s lens, but for my purposes it is fine.

The Song of the Day is again “When Lights Are Low” by Roberta Gambarini. Hear it on YouTube.

Apr 292014

In general, Saturday was a sunny day, except for the two hours while I was out with the intention of taking photographs. In the end I spent the time shopping and mourning the sun through rain-splashed windows. Naturally, as soon as I was back home, the sun was again up in a clear blue sky. I didn’t let it fool me once more though :D

The Song of the Day is “When Sunny Gets Blue” from the 1967 album “Simply Streisand”. Hear it on YouTube.

Apr 192014

Last week we had some impressive rain in Vienna. It didn’t last long, but when it lashed against the window of my workplace on the seventh floor, it could get positively scary. Here’s an impression of the window sill, taken through raindrops on the glass, from near, with the aperture wide open and at slow speed. I like the pattern :)

The Song of the Day is “Every Drop Of Rain” from the David Byrne and Fatboy Slim concept album “Here Lies Love”. Hear it on YouTube.

Nov 252013

We had a few cold and very rainy days and what are you supposed to take images of on such a day? Well, one option is to wait until night falls, drive to the next supermarket, stay in the car, let the rain splash on your windshield and take abstract images.

Here I’ve used manual focus and the 45/1.8. Longer lenses give you more options to get abstract, more rain also helps :)

The Song of the Day is “Night Vision” from Suzanne Vega’s 1987 album “Solitude Standing”. Hear it on YouTube.

Oct 042013

Today’s three images were taken with my single least-used lens, the Olympus 60/2.8 macro.

It’s not a bad lens, not at all, it’s only that macro photography is not my forté. By all means, I really should sell this lens, pass it on to someone with a passion for macro photography, but then, I always had at least one macro lens, and sometimes they come handy.

The Image of the Day is of a wet cobweb on a fence, the water drops are on a leaf below the fence, and the third image shows the scene from a normal perspective.

The Song of the Day is “Closer Than Most” from the 2000 Beautiful South album “Painting It Red”. Hear it on YouTube.

Jun 062013

Why do I make such an image, you ask? This image is not beautiful, you say?

Yes, yes, you’re right, it ain’t, still I do. It’s not that I don’t have enough “beautiful” material to draw from, it’s more that I sometimes feel an urge to show things “as they are”, another fallacy, but one that’s widely accepted among photographers.

Of course it did look like that and it didn’t at all. This image is restriction of an unbounded reality to the narrow bounds of a square, and it reduces a complex reality to a “yin-and-yang-ness” that the whole situation clearly didn’t have. And then, what is a “whole situation” anyway?

The Song of the Day is “Muddy Waters” from the 1992 Vaya Con Dios album “Time Flies”. Hear it on YouTube.

Jun 052013

Central Europe is pretty much drowning in rain at the moment, with flooding and enormous damage along the big rivers. Eleven years ago we had a “once-in-a-century” flood, and this time it’s worse.

Neither Villach (or any part of Carinthia) nor Vienna have been struck. In Villach it is due to a less vulnerable geography (although we had serious flooding in 1966) and in Vienna it is due to ingenious artificial protection, realized by the Social Democratic government in the 1970s, against grim resistance of the Conservative party. Well, sometimes socialism just works :)

This image has been taken in front of our old office building. It may well be one of the last images that I ever take at that place. Today I had my last working day in that building, next week I have taken off, and when I get back to work, it will already be on the other side :D

The Song of the Day is the beautiful “The Perfumed Forest Wet With Rain” from Abdullah Ibrahim’s “Africa – Tears and Laughter”. Hear it on YouTube.