Today I was lazy. I slept in the afternoon and left home only at 5pm for some swimming. I took this photo from the tripod, exposure bracketing with 1 EV apart, and later I have processed it with Photomatix and Photoshop, taking the HDR result from Photomatix as one of three pixel-based layers, the other two being a light and a dark exposure. The process was not at all controlled. I simply did what seemed appropriate.
This morning I really had not time for photographing, and I took my first images when leaving from work shortly after 7pm. I used the Sigma 30/1.4 and took my way along Josefstädter Straße. The sun already lit the southern side of the street, and the reflections from the shop windows made all kinds of interesting patterns of light and shadow. I had a hard time deciding which image to select as Image of the Day, there are at least two other worthy contenders, but decide I must, and here it is.
I love this image for its feeling of loneliness. It really looks like a deserted city, completely devoid of people. I used “Cloudy” white balance, and in Photoshop (apart from cloning out some distractions) I have only pushed it further along that route.
The Song of the Day, Van Morrison’s “Evening Shadows“, reveals another mystery of Amazon.com and of our beloved recording industry. I have it on a 2002 album called “Down the Road“. Amazon.com lists the album with 13 tracks that you can listen to and mentions two bonus tracks. Amazon.de lists 15 tracks but has no sound samples, Amazon.co.uk, which I have linked to, finally lists 15 tracks with sound samples, albeit not Windows Media but Real Audio (I guess when you’re on a Mac, you’ll always get Real Audio). The CD that I have has only 14 tracks, “Evening Shadows” is number 13, it is one of the two bonus tracks, but a regular track is missing.
So now: why on earth does Amazon.com list the regular tracks only, when the other versions list all 15 tracks? Why do they have sound samples for the same album in one country and not in the other? Why different formats? And why is my CD missing a track??
Yesterday I was swimming for the very first time this year. Old Danube is already warm enough, weather was hot and Vienna’s most famous public bath, Gänsehäufel, in its 100th year, was definitely the place to be. I really like it there. It has the charm of the 1950s, and it is so big, that it never feels overly crowded. After work I spent one hour swimming and lying in the sun, and then another hour taking photographs.
I really like the images I made there and normally one of them would have made it, but then, on my way home, I saw this bicycle, lit by the headlights of a car. I had no time at all and somehow I seem to have used it well. This is right out of the camera, a grabshot really, but I immediately fell in love with it 🙂
Sigma 30/1.4 at f1.4, 1/60s and ISO 360, D200 on ISO automatic.
Nothing has moved, still the Nikon 50/1.8 and Nikon Capture NX. I shot the image this morning in Mariahilfer Straße. It is not the first time that I tackle this shadow, but it’s the first time that I’m satisfied.
For me this image is all about light and also about light is the Song of the Day. I never heard XTC when they were popular, but I have salvaged that some years ago. Enjoy “We’re All Light” on “Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2)“.
Oh, by the way, five days ago when the stars were falling, I wondered where these bizarre reflections came from. Well, I was there again today, I looked, I tried to find out, but to no avail. Maybe it is Microsoft?
Oh my! The decimal system takes its toll, we have arrived at another semi-round number 🙂
Photographically this was quite a good day. I’ve uploaded seven images to Smugmug, all of them at least approaching what I expect of an Image of the Day. I finally settled with this one, I can’t even tell what exactly makes its appeal to me. It is something with this business guy, all self-conscious, controlled, acting cool, and at the same time oblivious to being mocked by his ridiculous shadow.
The Song of the Day is from Robbie Williams’s masterpiece “Swing When You’re Winning“, it’s called “Me and My Shadow“. No wonder he has a crisis. What more can you expect from life than being hailed in Royal Albert Hall?