You’ve seen some images from Croatia in Spring and then some blossomy trees in Vienna, but Spring is rarely a time of stable weather. Here’s a sample from April 19, taken while waiting for the Underground. It didn’t last long though 🙂
I could have sworn that these two images had been taken in Carinthia – and I would have been wrong. They are in the same folder as yesterday’s, and I know for sure that that one has been taken in Vienna 🙂
Yeasterday’s has been taken in the morning, these two in the afternoon. I have no idea where exactly.
Vienna is normally two weeks ahead of Carinthia, vegetation-wise. Although Carinthia is slightly south of Vienna, 250 meters of altitude make a difference. Here we are in Croatia, further south and on sea level as well.
It’s always a joy driving down to the sea in early spring and seeing flowers aplenty.
OK, back to Carinthia, back to the E-M1, back to the big, long and heavy lens. Well, at least for Micro Four Thirds that is.
Does it make a difference? Sure, it does. Here we have a dreamy, rural scene, shot wide open through a lot of foreground dandelions, augmented by a pseudo-infrared black and white conversion in Lightroom. You can’t do that with the cheap plastic lens at f5.6 or, as I mostly use it, at f8.
On the other hand, aside from the conversion, the use of foreground bokeh is an effect. I like it, but using it makes the image less dependent on composition. In a way it just looks good all of itself.
I wouldn’t call it a cheap effect (certainly not in a literal sense, when you consider the price of the lens), but when I think of it, working without it takes more creativity.
Well, look at yesterday’s streetlight overwhelmed by the tree. Positioning the light was a conscious decision. I put thought into it and I like the image, because there is much of myself in it.
You know that I have my problems with the concept of “style”, but as it is, you can’t escape developing something like that. Yesterday’s image has more of my style than today’s. Today we see just a technique that I employ a few times a year, when I feel like it or, like here, when the lens permits it.
Here’s the color version.
We’ve had this shopping center in Villach a few times, I guess. I like the decoration made of real plants growing up the columns, and I also like the strange effect of the curved, mirrored surfaces. Add a few blossoms and you can imagine being in the jungle on an alien planet. Ok, maybe you can’t, but I can for sure 😀
A few flowers on a narrow strip of lawn between a banking office and the sidewalk. It’s not the environment where you’d expect nature’s beauty, but when you use a long lens and point the camera straight to the ground in front of your feet, you can create a frame tight enough to exclude everything 🙂
An aperture of f10 is commonly considered a no-go in MFT. Refraction eats away all sharpness, they say.
They’re wrong 😛
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.
Every once in a while I come back to the region where I lived for 20 years. It’s halfway between Klagenfurt, the city where I was born, and Villach, the city where I live now. It’s not on a direct line, but on the northern side of a valley parallel to that line.
I’ve taken a few images along that creek. It runs along one of the many ravines that go down to river Drau. Most of them are off the street and you won’t notice them if you don’t know them. This one is an exception, because a small road down into the valley follows it for a while.