Sep 232017
 

Well, not exactly that old, but at that time I’d already had the PEN-F for a few months.

Compared to the OM-D E-M1 it is a much more beautiful camera. It has a higher resolution sensor. 20 megapixels are not only nominally more than 16, I also experience it subjectively. It feels like substantially more. I suppose an increase from 32 to 36 megapixels would go comparatively unnoticed. But then, let’s wait a few years and see 🙂

Unfortunately the PEN-F has its faults as well. We could count that knob at the front as one, but actually I think it may be useful for some people. It’s just not for me. It would be nice if we could program it for any purpose, but I don’t complain.

No, after a year now I still see only two major faults and one weakness. First there is one stupid thing that drives me mad, and that could easily be changed in firmware by making it customizable: The button position that is used to zoom into the image upon viewing is in a completely different position than on the OM-D. In the position that I’ve come to be used to from the other cameras is a button for toggling write protection of the image. You can customize both buttons for shooting mode, but you can’t customize them for playback. Madness and fury 😀

Number two is the fact that there is no option for a deeper eye cup. I always order the deeper eye cup for my OM-D cameras, because that way I never get stray light onto the proximity sensor when viewing away from the sun. With the PEN-F it frequently happens that I want to take an image, stray light gets onto the sensor and the camera switches the electronic viewfinder off and the back LCD on. You can avoid it by shielding the light off with one hand, but this is clearly an issue caused by a priority of design over usability.

The third point is of course the smaller viewfinder. If you’re used to the viewfinder of the OM-D E-M1 or the E-P5, the PEN-F is a clear step back.

Would I sell it? No way. I love this beauty and I didn’t even sell the E-P5 😀

3987 – Snow Among the Trees

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Sep 192017
 

Last winter we didn’t have much snow, or better, what snow we had, we didn’t have for long.

What you see here is from mid-January. Within a day quite a lot of wet snow had fallen, and a few days later it was aready gone.

Or at least that’s what I thought to remember. I don’t have taken images daily those days, but from what I see now, we seem to have had at least a month of continually white landscape. Strange how memory fails 🙂

Aug 212016
 

April 28. We’ve had snow that late in earlier years. Well, I can remember at least two occasions, one was even in early May. Never before was it that much though.

We had already brought most of the plants out, and it was arranged that in a few days the protective nets for the cats would be strengthened, in order to better survive next winter. They had suffered a little, even though we’d had an exceptionally mild winter.

Well, and then 15 cm of that wet, heavy slush fell down on us in a single day. It was even more in Klagenfurt, around 20 cm, and friends from Rosental, the valley where we lived for 20 years, told us a story of 40 cm of snow and almost two days without electricity.

3077 – Ice Winter Rock

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Mar 222015
 

Valbruna is a village at the mouth of a side-valley just south of Tarvisio. At the end is this, a steep cliff facing north, a place that looks like the home of winter 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Ice Winter Rock” by Ewan Dobson. Hear it on YouTube.

Feb 032015
 

When I saw the reflections of the morning sun on snow and ice in the parking area, I was not at all sure that I’d be able to get the effect into a picture. Indeed more post-processing than usual was needed, but I think the result was worth it. I suggest you click through and look at the biggest size, though. Otherwise the effect is pretty much lost.

The Song of the Day is “Snow Glow” by Stephen Green. Hear it on YouTube.

3008 – A Winter’s Night

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Jan 122015
 

Climate change. These images were made in Vienna on Wednesday. I was on my way to Carinthia, where I spent two icy days.

Saturday we had 14 degrees Celsius, that’s what we normally have in April, only to be followed by frost on Sunday morning, heavy rain in the afternoon, and for the next week temperatures in Vienna are expected to peak out at 8 degrees Celsius.

Crazy is the new normal 🙂

The Song of the Day is anything from Sting’s album “If On A Winter’s Night”. See the performance live at Durham Cathedral.