3605 – More Rural Beauty, Less Color

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Sep 012016
 

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.

3602 – Welcome to the Jungle!

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Aug 292016
 

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 😀

3599 – Pretty Blue

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Aug 262016
 

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 😛

3595 – Two Days Later

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Aug 222016
 

Looks like a long time has passed, right? It didn’t. Only two days are between the images in yesterday’s post and these two.

I’ve used the same lens and I’ve tried for roughly the same perspective. It’s not perfect, but hopefully good enough to convey the sense of wonder 🙂

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.

3588 – Waters of Spring

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Aug 152016
 

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.

3587 – Rural Beauty

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Aug 142016
 

A spring meadow with flowers and blossoming trees, the shot taken low and with blurred flowers in the lower foreground, well, that’s kind of a classic. You could also say that it’s a cliché, but I don’t care and allow myself the luxury of a few such images per year 🙂

Looks nice, huh? Incredibly rural, far from the madding crowd?

Nope, it’s halfway between a busy street, leading into Villach from the south, and our apartment complex, basically a hundred meters in each direction. I love living in a small town 😀

3586 – Spring Blossoms

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Aug 132016
 

Both of today’s images were taken with the same lens, the Olympus 75/1.8, a lens able to achieve shallow DOF as well as the compression of a lens equivalent to 150 mm.

The Image of the Day may not look like it, but I used f10 for maximum sharpness of the foreground blossoms. The background is still pleasantly out of focus, because I was close to my subject and the distance between subject and background was comparably huge.

The other image was taken at f1.8, but focused somewhere in midground, with the whole subject pretty far away for slightly different values of “far”. The result looks much more like a continuum.

3538 – A Row of Trees on my Way to the Castle

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Jun 262016
 

The images of the next three weeks were all made on a single one day trip to Schloss Hof, a castle or more of a palace that once belonged to Prince Eugene of Savoy.

Rejected by Louis XIV for service in the French army, he moved to Austria and became the Habsburg Monarchy’s most successful general in their war against the Turks on the Balkans, in northern Italy and where else Austria cared to meddle.

These two images were taken in the morning on my way to the castle.

May 242015
 

While I waited for the tires being changed, I took some images in the garden of a shool nearby.

I have no idea what kind of tree that is, but its blossoms are for sure impressive – and so is the bokeh 😀

The Song of the Day is “The Soft Parade” by The Doors. For a certain time in my youth The Doors were my absolutely favorite group. I guess that’s a pretty common phenomenon 🙂

Hear it on YouTube.