Neither did I walk this gigantic stairway up nor down. It leads all the way from Castelo de São Jorge to Praça Martim Moniz, a place aptly named after a knight, who played a tragic role in the Portuguese conquest of the then Moorish Castelo.
Yesterday’s post may have seemed overly negative, but I just wanted to point out the undeniably existing negative points and how Olympus’ Pro series of lenses greatly cancels the weight advantage. There are a few advantages as well though 🙂
The Song of the Day is “Don’t Apply Compression Gently” by Courtney Barnett. Hear it on YouTube.
What do you do when you’re early for the train? Well, if you’re like me, you take images, what else?
This is an image that I took rather uninspired, an image like so many others. I didn’t even check aperture. At 12 mm, an aperture of f2.8 would have sufficed for the image and would have saved me two stops. To make it even worse, I was careless and forgot to switch to manual mode, in order to profit from the OM-D E-M1’s stellar stabilization. As it was, the camera chose 1/40 s and ISO 3200. Oh well, it happens 😀
At home I was pretty sure I had nothing. I already wanted to throw the image away, but as so often I tried to fool around a little in Lightroom, turned the image 90 degrees clockwise, corrected colors, removed noise, made some local adjustments to contrast and clarity, and when I was through with it, I finally found the image perfectly acceptable. In fact I like it 🙂
When I processed this image, I was puzzled. I strongly remembered that I had taken it looking down the stairs. But had I? This looks very much like looking upward, right? And indeed, that’s the case. It’s a different place, one that I had been in before taking the Underground, not afterwards. Sometimes even strong memories can be completely wrong 🙂
The Song of the Day is “Up Or Down” from the 2012 Quietdrive album of the same name. Hear it on YouTube.
I’ve squeezed one last image out of my visit to the Natural History Museum in Vienna. This is the lower flight of the central stairway, leading up from the entrance hall below the cupola. It was taken from one of the two symmetrically arranged upper flights. They lead from the first landing back up to the restaurant, also below the cupola.
The Song of the Day is still “Little Palaces” from Elvis Costello’s 1986 album “King Of America”. Hear it on YouTube.
When you come back to a place where you’ve lived for a really long time, you know what it’s like.
You get a certain feeling of home, a feeling that you exactly know what to expect, and although thousand details may actually be different, it still has a certain character that you immediately recognize.
My honeymoon with the Olympus 9-18 is more or less over, it’s just one of my lenses now. Still, at times it is convenient to have the lens mounted, even if the focal length would be available from other, higher quality lenses in my bag.
Today’s image for example has been taken at 12 mm, a focal length that I’ve covered by an expensive and beautiful prime, the Olympus 12/2.0.
Would there have been a difference? Hardly at f8. The prime might have been a smidge sharper and for maximum print sizes it may matter. Here, on the web, the difference is negligible.
The Song of the Day is again “Halfway Up The Stairs” by Sixto Rodriguez, taken from his second album “Coming from Reality”. Hear it on YouTube.
I’m on the train to Carinthia again, this is the post for yesterday.
While the image of the scooter has really be taken on Thursday, the Image of the Day is one day older. Somehow I liked it too much to fold it into Wednesday’s “Monster” post, and I thought I might need it for Thursday anyway.
Fact is I didn’t, the scooter with the red ribbon would have been OK as well. I could have postponed the image even further, on weekends for instance I’m frequently in need of an image, but then, I like it so much that I’m eager to get it out.
The Song of the Day is one more time “Waste Of Words” from the 2005 De-Phazz album “Natural Fake”. I’ve already used it in “1891 – Waste Of Words” with an image taken at the same place. Hear it on YouTube.
Some years ago the two dominant gutter press newspapers in Austria discovered that giving away shortened editions for free actually generated revenue from advertising, and that it overall extended their reach to people who otherwise wouldn’t have bought newspapers at all. That in turn made them interesting for political parties, and the result is a very unhealthy mix of interests.
Of course a side effect of those papers being (a) for free and (b) distributed in Underground stations is, that they are frequently thrown away as soon as people leave the Underground. Here’s how that looked on Wednesday afternoon.
The Song of the Day is “Waste Of Words” (well, with those papers probably more a waste of pictures) from the 2005 De-Phazz album “Natural Fake”. Hear it on YouTube.