And that’s it with 2016. The last image.
Here’s another images that I couldn’t remember having taken. Looking at the timestamp, I most likely was on the train at that time. Obviously the camera was still an hour off 🙂
As to the image itself, well, it’s one of those unspectacular images that I might have deleted. Instead I tried a B&W conversion and some heavy vignetting, and suddenly it began to look kind of interesting. Ymmv.
And off we went to France. Aix en Provence was the destination and we went by car. It’s easily reachable from Austria in one day.
This image was taken on the French highway, somewhere between Cannes and Nizza, during a refueling stop. It was drizzling a little and I took my first image on that trip: the hood of a big and expensive BMW SUV, sprinkled with cheap rain, reflecting a disfunctional roof 🙂
March again! It’s spooky how time flies by, right? Well, this image at least is from a rainy night in October.
We (yes, dear reader, you an I) have spent long, long four days in Lisbon. In the meantime you’ve seen all of September and now we’re already in mid-October. It was a stressful time and the few images taken since will fly by as well 🙂
Put your wallet where your mouth is, so they say. Well, I did, and from now on 50 Euros a month go to Caritas Austria. It’s one of the most respectable and trusted organizations caring for refugees. Another good choice would have been the Red Cross. Both should be tax deductible wherever you read this. Both are international and you should go to their local website in your own country. If you like none of them, choose another. Just do it!
The amount of the donation is deliberately set a little on the high side. It’s considerably more than one percent of my net-income, more towards two, and it is regular. I’ll see how that feels over time.
A pack of cigarettes every three days? That’s what I’ve smoked for two months now. I want to stop anyway.
Seven months add up to one Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 lens. That’s what I’ve ordered two days ago and what should arrive sometime in October. I ordered it with a second thought, but just one.
Yesterday’s naive calculation was of course based on everyone giving the same 1% of net-income. That won’t happen. We have to account for the real poor, the greedy, the careless, the thoughtless and the nazis. The poor won’t be able to help (though they often do it in surprising ways and to unexpected degrees), to convince the others is our job now.
Go out and do it. It makes you feel good 🙂
This is la città delle biciclette.
It’s another aspect of Italianità: this complete disregard for the dangers that we care about so much. Here in Austria it is pretty common to see bicycle riders wear helmets. In fact it’s rather unusual seeing someone not doing so.
… before the rain came. And how it came!
A few days ago I had a short “zoom phase” and this image has also been taken with the tiny Panasonic 12-35. It’s actually a pretty fine lens and although f3.5 at the wide end is rather slow, the E-M1 and its stabilization can even handle low light images such as this one. Handheld on a rainy night at ISO 1600 and 1/5s.
The Song of the Day is Tom Waits’ “Little Drop Of Poison” in Rebekka Bakken’s rather interesting rendition. Hear at least part of it on YouTube.
What do you make pictures of on a gloomy, rainy day in early December? Well, here’s what I do 🙂
The Song of the Day is a beautiful “If We Make It Through December” by Holly Cole. Hear it on YouTube.
People around here generally agree that this was one lousy summer. I won’t complain though and the rain can’t keep me from making images. Here is one taken from the train 🙂
The Song of the Day is “Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain” by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. If they somehow flew under your radar so far, you may at least remember them from Paul Simon’s masterful album “Graceland”. Hear it on YouTube.