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.

Apr 012013

For Easter we had planned to have dinner in a restaurant about 1000 meters above sea level. Well, we didn’t. Although down here in Villach the snow gave way to rain, up there it must have snowed all through Sunday.

This depressing image was taken through the car’s windshield when I brought aluminium cans to the recycling container.

The Song of the Day is still “Easter Theatre” from the 1999 XTC album “Apple Venus Volume 1″. We’ve already had it in “1238 – Easter Theatre” and in the last post. Hear it on YouTube.

Dec 062012

Using digital cameras didn’t make me a B&W person either. In reality digital cameras are color devices. Well, the Leica M Monochrom is not and some CCTV cameras are not, but whatever we normally buy is meant to take color images.

Of course we can convert to B&W, many of us do, I frequently did in the past (or probably not that frequently), but there is some element of randomness in it. Starting with a RAW file you can simulate any kind of filter, any kind of development, and what you get is very much a function of your mood at the time you do the conversion, in fact much more than that at the time you took the image.

When I used digital SLRs I never saw B&W. Granted, the same is true for HCB and his Leica, but at least for me it makes much of a difference how I see the image while I frame it.

And here we are. Electronic viewfinders make the big, crucial difference. Suddenly I see in B&W, frame in B&W, suddenly I deeply enjoy making B&W images, and now the difference is, that I don’t only enjoy processing color images to B&W, but instead enjoy taking them as B&W.

Today’s image is another one taken Wednesday in Vienna.

The Song of the Day is again “I Got Stripes” from Johnny Cash’ “At Folsom Prison” album. Hear it on YouTube.

Nov 072012

Although I’ve made a few images on Tuesady, none proved to be really usable. I may try to take one of them again next week though.

Instead I show you one more image from my walk in a rainy styrian park ten days ago. I have a few more, but I guess you’ve already seen the best.

The Song of the Day is one more time “Walking In The Park” from the 1971 Colosseum album “Live”. Hear it on YouTube.