Tag Archives: Stone

2977 – Broken Circles

Decay is a wonderful state. Of course as a state it is as regular as it gets, because everything, once created, immediately begins to decay. First you don’t see it, but when you wait some time, it begins to get interesting.

This pavement is from a park and may have been laid in the 1970s. Looks great if you ask me 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Broken Circles” by the Levellers. Hear it on YouTube.

2540 – Broken Stones

Here are two images made in a forest. I liked the pattern of the stones, and again color contributed nothing at all, while black and white allowed me to concentrate on the essence of what I had seen.

It’s Sunday night, I’m on the train from Carinthia to Vienna. The results of the elections are in and although we have two new parties in our parliament (Frank Stronach’s “Team Stronach”, mostly those remains of Haider’s party that could be bought, and the NEOS, a neo-liberal party with a strong focus on liberal economy), it is guaranteed that nothing will change for the better.

ÖVP, the so-called conservatives, have lost more than their current social-democratic partner SPÖ, but they have at least three options for leading a coalition, or else they can simply go on with their current partner. On the other hand, no SPÖ-led left or center coalition is possible except the current one with ÖVP.

The result is clear, ÖVP has lost votes and seats, certainly also for their involvement in most corruption scandals of the last two decades, but they are in a position to dictate their terms to every possible partner, while no realistic government is possible without them.

The Song of the Day is “Broken Stones” from Paul Weller’s 1995 album “Stanley Road”. Hear it on YouTube.

2479 – Stones In My Passway

Take any Robert Johnson song and you’ll find countless interpreters. Interestingly enough I have only one version of this song and that’s Peter Green’s on his “Robert Johnson Songbook” from 2005, but that’s exactly what I can’t find online.

What I do find is Eric Clapton though. Well, another Englishman, I guess he’ll do for demonstration purposes 😀

See the video on YouTube.

1696 – Better

We had some rain and cold air for a few days, but now it’s so much better.

Today I left home late and was in a hurry. These are bad circumstances for contemplative photography, but sun always inspires me.

I mean, not that these are so great images, but for having been taken practically while walking (only a slight exaggeration), they are OK and I’m satisfied.

At the moment I am on the train from Vienna to Carinthia. This weekend will be one day longer, it’s Pentecost and we are a country of catholic hypocrites, thus I’ll be able to stay till Monday 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Better” from Regina Spektor’s 2006 album “Begin To Hope”. See a very nice video on YouTube.

291 – Cold Irons Bound

I’m back to the Sigma 20/1.8, a different exemplar this time, and it does everything well. Autofocus is perfect, the lens is still a bit low contrast wide open, but I guess that is to be expected with such a beast, and even at f1.8 it is wickedly sharp. I’m more than delighted. The guys at Blende 7 in Westbahnstraße simply changed the old with the front-focus problem for a new one, and that was it.

I love this lens. Wide-angle macro opens up a completely new dimension. Having no image of the day yet and not much time, I strolled around the U3/U6 cross “Westbahnhof” (where I shot yesterday’s image) for maybe half an hour, got the image you see here, and then many more. I guess I’ll post at least one of them at the Radiant Vista community forums as soon as I find some time.

The Song of the Day is “Cold Irons Bound” from Bob Dylan’s 1997 album “Time Out Of Mind“.