3705 – Another Madonna

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Dec 112016

I’m afraid I don’t know which of the many churches and chapels this is. I delayed tagging the images until it was too late. I suppose I could find it on Street View, but I’m on the train now and my connection is flaky. Having an LTE plan is one thing, having LTE is another 🙂

… some time passes …

No, I’ve tried just that, I’ve walked the streets of Aix, I know the part of the city where it should be, but obviously I have made a shortcut or a deviation somewhere that I’ve forgotten.

I have made a non-distinct image a minute before, and the next images came only 15 minutes later. 15 minutes are a long time. Even one of them is, as we’ve learned in Yellow Submarine 😀

Nov 102016

Did you know him? Honestly, I didn’t. In any case, it’s an impressive list of scientific fields that he was involved in.

Sure, it was easier then. So many things were waiting to be discovered, and many of them didn’t need a lot of apparatus to begin with. If they did, it helped to be rich. He certainly was that 🙂

3623 – The Silly Lion

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Sep 192016

Long ago, in Austria’s glorious past, we owned all of Venice. It was only a short period following the Napoleonic wars and before we lost our war against the Prussians, but nevertheless it made sense to have a sculpture of the Lion of Saint Mark’s, Venice’s symbol, in the hall of Vienna’s sounth-bound railway station.

Today this is Vienna Main Station, a new and in my eyes quite successful attempt at station building. It’s all glass, steel and polished stone, but the lion is still there. It doesn’t always look this silly, by the way 🙂

3556 – The Lazy Lion

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Jul 142016

Do you use filters? I don’t. Of course I’ve done it in the past, and in the beginning I even used “protection filters” on all my lenses.

No more. I’ve spent a fortune on such protection, certainly more than the worth of a few lenses, and in the few cases a lens fell, normally I got away with scratches and maybe a damaged lens shade. One lens took some damage that made manual focus sound like the lens were broken (though AF still worked silently and flawlessly) and in one case the plastic lens barrel broke. None of this would have been prevented by a “protective filter”.

It’s different with polarizers and ND filters. I appreciate their value, I know when and how to use them – and I still don’t do it. Too much hassle. Take this image. I needed f2.8 (the widest my Olympus 60 mm macro goes) for some background blur, but on that bright day I was already at 1/8000 s and ISO 160. I was lucky. A little more light and I would have needed an ND filter or a polarizer. I think I don’t have one for the 60/2.8, and if I had had one, I most likely wouldn’t have had it with me on that day trip.

3439 – Curves in the Sky

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Mar 192016

This is the same sculpture as yesterday. The image has been taken with the same lens, the superb Olympus 7-14/2.8. As you see and just as in yesterday’s image, there are some nice and unobtrusive flares. I could easily have taken them out, but they are of the kind that other people sometimes put in in Photoshop, so I didn’t bother 🙂

The sun was right outside of the frame. I suppose my Olympus 9-18 would have fared almost as well. It’s better than Sigma’s 8-16 that I had on the Nikon D300. Sigma’s flares are normally small, but they are intensively green.

And the Panasonic 7-14? Well, don’t get me started on that. I can only imagine the purple explosions all across the image. It’s an interaction with the Olympus sensor though. As far as I’ve heard, the Panasonic 7-14 does very well on Panasonic cameras.

Mar 182016

You’ve probably seen a lot of such images. I follow a number of architecture photographers on Flickr, who use such a style of black and white images, frequently coupled with long exposures.

I always wanted to know whether an image taken on a bright, sunny day can be converted in that way without resorting to optical filters and without Photoshop. There’s nothing wrong with Photoshop, but for my daily work I much prefer the simplicity and speed of Lightroom.

Well, here we are: it works. This image has been processed exclusively in Lightroom 🙂