3798 – The Soldier

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45 mm f/1.8  Comments Off on 3798 – The Soldier
Mar 142017
 

The 45/1.8 is a lens that I very rarely use. It’s not that it does not perform well. It does, and it does extremely so. It is also not the angle of view. In fact the 90mm (eq) focal length is what I find most satisfying for street photography. At that focal length the size of the frame best matches my area of attention. Seeing with the 45/1.8 is completely effortless.

No, it’s the same reason why I tend to prefer the 17/1.8 over the 25/1.8: metal over plastic. Stupid, huh?

3784 – Garnets

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO  Comments Off on 3784 – Garnets
Feb 282017
 

Radenthein is a small town in Carinthia, in earlier times mostly known for its garnet mine. Today it is a museum and children can pick their own garnets from the stone. Once they have a few, the stones can be brought to the shop, where they are cut and polished. It’s a nice idea and seemingly a big success.

An interesting fact that I learned was, that in the 1500s, the high time of Radenthein’s garnet production, the stones were not cut and polished in town, they were transported to Prague. There the emperor employed the best of Venice’s jewel cutters.

Sounds cool, working as an expert for the emperor? Forget it. They lived miserable lives, had to work lying flat on their bellies, pressing garnet against rotating grindstone. The position was unnatural and crippeling, the dust ruined their lungs. So much for being an expert.

3705 – Another Madonna

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO  Comments Off on 3705 – Another Madonna
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

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75 mm f/1.8  Comments Off on 3623 – The Silly Lion
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

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro  Comments Off on 3556 – The Lazy Lion
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.