3255 – A Thousand Stars

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Sep 162015

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 :)

Aug 082015

This is la città delle biciclette.

A little rain can’t impress Ferrara’s proud bicycle riders :)

There was even someone who came by bicycle to sell umbrellas to fellow cyclists.

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.

In Italy? Hmm … actually I can’t remember having seen a single helmet. Just as it was around here in my youth. But of course we have all died therefore 😀

3215 – Ferrara XXV

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Aug 072015

… before the rain came. And how it came!

With the umbrella stowed away in the car, we decided it was the safest course of action to have some more wine :)

Actually I enjoyed it sitting there, most of the time just out of reach of the rain, relaxing and taking images. You’ll see some more of them tomorrow.

3065 – Little Drops Of Poison

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Mar 102015

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.

2884 – Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain

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Sep 102014

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.

2850 – Every Drop of Rain

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Aug 072014

Well, this is probably not that much of an image, but in a way I like it. It’s a fly screen soaked by rain. Yes, this lens has shallow depth of field and, yes, this lens is sharp. There was the inevitable trace of purple fringing, but of course Lightroom got completely rid of it. I probably should point you to the full size on Flickr, but I don’t have it up yet. It will be on Flickr by the time you read it though. If you want to see the full size without moiré, check out my photostream.

The Song of the Day is “Every Drop of Rain” from “Here Lies Love“, a “theatrical experience” by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim. Hear it on YouTube.

2845 – A Little Rain II

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Aug 022014

A few days ago I wanted to go swimming in Vienna, but when I arrived in my favorite bath, Gänsehäufel, an island in a backwater of river Danube, rain was imminent.

And so it fell. The island Gänsehäufel is basically a big park full of cottonwood trees and I can remember at least one incident during the last years, when smeone came to death during a thunderstorm, slain by a falling branch.

On the other hand, it decidedly looked like a storm passing to the north, and therefore I waited in a restaurant, along with some parents who had failed to leave with their children in time.

In the end I got what I had come for. Rain subsided, I swam for a few minutes and the day was a full success :)

The Song of the day, “A Little Rain” from Tom Waits’ album “Bone Machine” has already been used in “1098 – A Little Rain“, but that’s been almost five years ago. I guess it is OK to re-use it today :)

Hear it on YouTube.

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.

2751 – When Sunny Gets Blue

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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 😀

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