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 🙂

3410 – Heaven and Hell

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Feb 192016


Back again in Klagenfurt, the town where I was born. Today is February 13, 2016. These images were taken on September 7 last year. That’s how long it has taken us to get through the Lisbon portfolio. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I did.

Why exactly I’ve been in Klagenfurt and why exactly I’ve been in that church, honestly I can’t remember any more. It wouldn’t make much of a difference though, I assume.

3409 – What’s in a Name?

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Feb 182016

Wikipedia calls Fernando António Nogueira Pessôa one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese language. He left a small number of published works and a trunk with 25,574 unpublished pages. Editing is still in progress.

An interesting aspect in Pessôa’s work is his extensive use of heteronyms. Pessôa used more than 70 of them, voices of different aspects of his own personality, each of them given a name of its own.

The statue of the poet is in front of the café “A Brasileira” in Rua Garrett. My hotel was next door and I took the image immediately before getting down into the Underground and out to the airport. This is my last image from Lisbon.

3341 – A Fish In An Awkward Position

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Dec 122015

Here’s another detail from Miradouro de Santa Luzia. If there is anything remarkable at all here, then it is the superb highlight detail in this image. In the reality of bright noon light everything was just white and hurting the eyes. The original from the camera did capture the highlight details, but at the expense of an overall dull, grayish appearance. Processing from RAW made a world of a difference. I like this image.

3338 – Things Never Change

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Dec 092015

In old Lisbon things are as they always were: Readers keep reading, dogs keep watching and warriors hold to their swords 🙂

We are still in Lisbon’s Cathedral, but from the cloister we have returned to the ambulatory. Here we find graves of queens and kings of old.

As we will see in a while, later royalty was buried elsewhere, in a monastery built in the 17th century. On this blog and at current velocity it will take us a week to get there 😀